Making our planet sustainable is a goal that our students are passionate about. However to ensure that as a students’ union we move from just providing our students the platform to just talk about sustainability to taking actual action, your 2020/21 SU Officers have secured a £50,000 grant from the university to establish the UMSU Steve Biko Sustainability Fund. As part of the SU’s values, sustainability is something we hold dear to our hearts and the students union has been participating in the NUS Green Impact awards for years. So this fund is to help us embed the same values in our students and support them in their bid to create more impact and a more sustainable world. This fund will be open to all students who would like to undertake any sustainability /ethics- related projects but are financially constrained to do so.

Funding Notes

The Steve Biko Sustainability fund will provide up to a maximum of £500 to an individual or a team of students whose project proposal is selected. The allocation of the funds will be dependent on the scope of the project and whether or not we still have funds available.

Eligibility Criteria

Application is open to individuals and teams. However, we would encourage team application.

Applicants or the team applying must be current students of the University of Manchester regardless of their degree status (i.e. Undergraduate, Postgraduate taught or Research) or tuition fee status (home or International students).

The applicant or team applying for the fund must submit a maximum of a three page project proposal with an outline as below (any proposal that exceeds three pages will be automatically rejected)

  • A summary of the project
  • The project outputs
  • The benefits of the project (including the target project beneficiaries)
  • The Project cost breakdown
  • The project schedule

The application window will open from dd/mm/yyyy to dd/mm/yyyy. All the submitted project proposals will be reviewed and shortlisted. . Shortlisted projects will be invited for an interview and the successful applicants will be notified within a maximum of two weeks. The SU finance department will then get in touch with successful applicants for the money transfer purposes. Unsuccessful applications will be notified as well.

Benefits for successfully completed projects

  • You become part of the champions around the world that choose to be part of the solution.
  • Contribution to your Stellify scores / points
  • A practical achievement to add to your Curriculum Vitae to woo Employers
  • The bragging rights!!! as your projects will be published on the Students’ Union Website for life!
  • The Ability to use your project to apply for the Annual Make a Difference (MAD) Award by the University of Manchester and other social responsibility and sustainability awards around the world!

Individual Submission

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Team Submission

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Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants agree to use the funds received for the purpose outlined in the research proposal that was submitted and approved. Applicants whose application receives funding from this fund agrees to submit evidence of project outputs and or benefit after project completion, to the students union via [email protected] Successful applicants agree for their projects and the projects outputs to be published on The University of Manchester Students’ union website and or The University of Manchester’s Website. Successful applicants agree for the Students’ Union and The University of Manchester to use their projects and its outputs in its marketing and promotional materials.


Applicants declare that the project proposal submitted is based on their original idea and that they are solely responsible for any intellectual property violations that may arise as a result of not seeking permission from intellectual property holders whose ideas were used in this project.

The UMSU Steve Biko Sustainability Fund was established by the 2020/21 Executive Team comprising of: Kwame Asamoah Kwarteng, Carol Chepkech Tiriongo, Nana Freduah Agyeman, Chenze Ma, Junior Usina, Laetitia Alexandratos and Ecem Yalcin.

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