The Best Student Life. Bristol SU

Recognition for Bristol SU's best clubs and societies 

The Balloon Accreditation Scheme is Bristol SU's way of recognising and celebrating the brilliant things that our student groups get up to.  Our scheme helps groups offer the best possible experience for their members. 

We listened to your feedback and redesigned the scheme for 2018, with a simplified system and better rewards. 

 

Why take part?

 

Recruit more members

Earn rewards for your group 

Strengthen your committee and develop your skills 

 

How does it all work?

Any student group affiliated to Bristol SU can take part. Your group can win gold, silver or bronze! 

  • Simply submit evidence for the criteria your group has met,
  • Wait for your evidence to be approved by staff
  • Instantly track your group's progress using the table below.

There are 16 criteria in total.  Your group must achieve any 5 from the list to receive bronze, 9 to receive silver and 12 criteria to receive gold. The final deadline for submitting evidence is Tuesday 30th April 2019.

You can submit evidence in any format (including hyperlinks, photos and videos, and documents), as long as it shows how your group has met the criteria - you can include a short explanation on the form if needs be. If your evidence submission doesn't meet our requirements, it will be rejected and you'll need to resubmit it.

If you have any questions or feedback on the scheme, please email the Development Team (bristolsu-development@bristol.ac.uk).

Criteria

The criteria are based on the experience and feedback from the previous outstanding committees. Between 1st May 2018 and 30th April 2019, a group must:

1) Hold at least two alcohol-free socials per term 

Alcohol-free socials must take place in a venue where alcohol is not served or being drunk at any point.

2) Secure a sponsor or renew an exisiting sponsorship contract for your group

For help securing sponsorship, refer to our guide, training or book a Development Meeting. Don't forget to submit your sponsorship contract to the SU for checking before accepting it.

3) Secure a grant from an external provider (i.e. not Bristol SU or the Alumni Association)

For helping finding and securing grants, refer to our guide, training or book a Development Meeting.

4) Hold contested elections for the president/captain, treasurer and secretary roles

A contested election is an election in which more than one candidate stands for the position and voters have a choice over who to elect.

5) Achieve a 90% or higher member satisfaction score in the Rate My Group survey

Bristol SU runs the Rate My Group survey every spring. Groups must receive a minimum of 10 responses in order to receive a qualifying satisfaction score. It is the committee's responsibility to promote the survey to the group's members.

6) Collaborate with at least one other affiliated Bristol SU student group or network

For example, hold a joint event or run a joint campaign. There must be evidence of a significant contribution made by both/all groups involved.

7) Collaborate with an external group, charity or organisation

External groups, charities and organisations are those not affiliated to Bristol SU or the University of Bristol. There must be evidence of a significant contribution made by both/all parties involved. Student groups that are linked to an external charity or organisation should collaborate with a different partner to qualify.

8) Run a taster session at least once before and after Christmas aimed at attracting new members

Taster sessions should be suitable for beginners. Sessions organised as part of Bristol SU's Give it a Go initiative do qualify.

9) Organise two fundraising initiatives (either for your own group or a charity)

Money fundraised for other charities must be processed through the Bristol RAG account in order to meet legal requirements. Please contact bristolsu@bristol.ac.uk to arrange an internal transfer of funds.

10) Attend at least two non-compulsory training sessions (run by Bristol SU, SEH, Bristol HUB or another partner)

Bristol SU training sessions can be found on our Training Calendar.

11) Sumbit an annual budget and explain how you will use or have used it to inform your activities this year

An annual budget template and guidance can be found on our Finances and Grants page.

12) Collect feedback from your members and evidence how you have taken their feedback into account

For example, this might take the form of an anonymous feedback form, an equality and diversity survey, open meetings that all members are able to contribute to or an action plan based on feedback receieved in the Rate My Group survey.

13) Sumbit a three-year strategic plan and provide examples of how you are working towards the plan

This should include information on membership, finances, alumni engagement, resources and handover. A template strategic plan can be found on our Start Your Year page.

14) Show that your group has taken steps to minimise its environmental impact this year and enabled members to adopt sustainable behaviour

Our sustainability ideas guide can be found on our Start Your Year page.

15) Represent your group at 2 or more democratic events

Democratic events include Student Council, AMM and Network forums. Presidents and Captains are voting members at these events but may send a deputy from their committee instead.

16) Have an up-to-date Bristol SU website presence

The group's page should include a description of the group and its activities, contact details including a dedicated contact for interested or new members, a logo, membership details/prices, links to other pages or websites (if appropriate) and photos or videos (if appropriate). Instructions on how to edit your webpage can be found on our Attracting Members page.

Rewards

Gold winners

  • Additional grant pot exclusively available for gold winners

  • Exclusive mention of gold winners on our homepage during the Welcome Week

  • Exclusive feature in the Welcome materials

  • Exclusive feature on our social media platforms in the run up to the Welcome Week

  • Exclusive access to Lunch & Learn marketing classes on copywriting, videography and other tips and tricks

  • Celebrated at the SU Awards, Society Awards, and Sports Awards

  • Guaranteed publicity about your group on our comms channels  

  • 5 groups drawn to receive a professional promo video showcasing your group

  • 10 groups drawn to receive a professional photoshoot 

  • Special consideration in our means-tested process for room bookings

  • Digital logo and certificate to display on webpage

  • Stickers to display at the Welcome Fair

 

Silver Winners

  • Guaranteed publicity about your group on our comms channels  

  • Special consideration in our means-tested process for room bookings

  • 5 groups drawn to receive a professional photoshoot 

  • Digital logo and certificate to display on webpage

  • Stickers to display at the Welcome Fair

 

Bronze Winners

  • Special consideration in our means-tested process for room bookings

  • Digital logo and certificate to display on webpage

  • Stickers to display at the Welcome Fair  

 

Check out some amazing rewards for last year's winners (including promotion through videos and articles): Women's Football, Men's and Mixed Lacrosse, Archery, Chaos, Women in Finance, Basketball and the Medical Law Society being celebrated for their success!

Track your group's progress

Once you have submitted evidence, the table below will update automatically. Submissions that are pending approval will be indicated by a clock symbol, approved submissions will be indicated by a tick and rejected submissions will be indicated by a cross.