Welcome to the Graduate School's Postgraduate Community Fund webpage - we are pleased that you are interested in organising an event/activity and look forward to hearing from you!

The Postgraduate Community Fund is designed to assist with building your Research Culture, Community and networks. It is available to all postgraduate students and Reps who wish to fund activities and events to bring groups of students together to enhance the student experience and help fellow students to improve research skills, professional development as well as provide an additional system of support.  Activities can be multi-mode, remote or in-person.  

Anyone wishing to submit an application should read the criteria and additional information below carefully. Please note that applications which do not meet the criteria, or are not submitted by the deadlines stipulated, will not be considered.

If you require any advice on the Postgraduate Community Fund please contact Manager of Graduate School Administration, Bethan Ritchie

Funding Criteria

Application Criteria

  • The event or activity should be organised by one or more students (students can be assisted by staff/academics);
  • The fund is only available to support postgraduate students only
  • Individual students may submit only one application per academic session;
  • The activity must benefit a minimum of 8 postgraduate students
  • Applications from students registered within CDTs, should state how the event/activity will be opened to the wider student community;
  • Cohort activites should contain an element of professional development for those involved
  • Cohort activities must take place between 1st of October and the 30th of June each year (any expenses should be claimed by the middle of July at the very latest).  Those which take place outside this timeframe will not be considered.      
  • The fund is not available to support repeat activities i.e. those which have previously received funding.
  • Applicants should ensure that activities and events are as inclusive as possible and do not favour one group of students over another.
  • Please note that catering costs should not exceed those stipulated in College guidelines,
    • Lunch - £7.50 per head
    • Dinner - £15 per head
    • Tea/coffee/biscuits - £2.15 per head
  • Applicants should request no more than £500. Anything higher than £500 will require match funding from the student’s academic Department.
  • All applications will be considered for by the Graduate School's Course Quality & Strategic Development Committee (CQSD)

Important Information

  • Retrospective applications will not be considered.
  • Recipients of the fund are required to write a blog post about the activity.  All blog posts must be received by the Graduate School no later than early July so that funds can be distributed in the same financial year in which the activity took place.  Funds will not be transferred if this deadline is missed or if the blog post is not submitted. Guidance for writing your blog post can be downloaded here - Guidance for Writing a Blog Post.Pdf
  • It is usual practice for the Graduate School to reimburse the academic Department of the student organiser for the agreed cost, following the event.

Application Deadlines

To ensure that applications are considered by the Strategic Planning & Operations Committee (SPOC), forms should be submitted by the following deadlines,

Application DeadlinesSPOC Dates
Tuesday 21 November 2023 Tuesday 05 December 2023
Tuesday 05 March 2024 Tuesday 19 March 2024
Tuesday 11 June 2024 Tuesday 25 June 2024
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Apply for funding, submit your post-activity report or view previously funded activities: