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Student Group of the Month

a rosette adorned with the words "student group of the month"

May 2021: Boat Club!

We are excited to announce that the Student Group of the Month for May 2021 is........University of Bristol Boat Club!

The panel felt the committee have worked very hard all year, but particularly this month where they have:

  • Raised £1500 for an adaptive single scull, to be able to offer disability rowing to students and wider community
  • Recruited a whopping 60 novices on their Learn to Row scheme
  • Organised friendly fixtures with local teams

Past Winners

April 2021: Chaos (Physics Society)!

The panel felt the committee have working very hard this month to bring the following to their membership:

  • Hosting a successful and inclusive International Conference
  • Sourcing high-profile speakers for a debate on dark matter
  • Collaborating with 5 other physics societies in the SW
  • Implementing member feedback
  • Raised £400 for charity
  • Rolled out brand new fleeces to the group!


March 2021: East African Society!

The East African Society (EASOC) continued to cultivate its connection with the other EASOCs across the UK and America formed in TB1. They took part in organising and hosting a virtual valentine social.

The panel felt this was a great collaboration event, pulling in 10 other East African Societies and attracting over 70 attendees!


February 2021: Bristol Music Society (BUMS)!

The groups had an amazing run-up to Christmas, showcasing performances from their members every day in their BUMS Advent Calendar.

The panel felt this went above and beyond to bring some festive cheer to their members and recognised the hard work involved to bring the series together.


December 2020: Engineering Design Society!

The panel felt the group  had a great month and that their Wellbeing Week was well thought-out, timely and of huge benefit to your membership. In a month when engaging with members has been tricky for some you have pro-actively reached out, offering opportunities for engagement and wellbeing support. 


November 2020: Salsa Society!

The panel wanted to recognise the amazing efforts that Salsa Society have put into organising collaborations with other Salsa groups across the country.

Here is what society treasurer Charlotte Oatley had to say about what they had been up to:

"Over the summer we collaborated with different University of Bristol dance societies and organised an online danceathon fundraising event. We hosted lots of different dance classes for people to try, and ended up raising over £830 for NHS Charities Together and Bristol Black Carers!

Now, we are collaborating with Salsa Societies from 13 different universities across the UK. A different university hosts the weekly Salsa and Bachata lessons online, which have been very successful and enjoyed by all our members. It has connected Salsa lovers from across the country, and helped our members, who might be shielding/self-isolating or not able to be in Bristol, feel part of the university community.

We have also adapted our face to face classes and created ‘Bamboochata’. So that our members can still dance Bachata with partners, by holding either end of bamboo sticks and dancing together. It is a great way to safely partner dance, and has been loved by our members, who have missed dancing with partners."


October 2020: Men's Hockey Club

The panel felt that the club had gone above and beyond in preparing to welcome new players for the 2020 season, and wanted to recognise the amazing efforts that had been put in over the summer lockdown period with fundraising and raising awareness of men’s mental health needs.

Here is Club Captain Kincaid Ingram's low-down on what the club has been up to over the past 6 months:

"Over the lockdown period, the club has done numerous activities to engage members and prepare ourselves for the upcoming season! Firstly, some of our members (37) organised and ran a charity event (#Bristol2Bermuda) in May 2020. Running a total of 6530km and raising £5,010 (smashing both our set targets for dist. & money raised!) for #Run4Roshni to ensure food security for iPartner India:

The committee, especially Welfare Sec, have also recognised the increased importance of mental health (MH) and our members over the lockdown period. Therefore, in order to upskill ourselves over the past few months, 6 of our committee and head coach completed an online MH awareness course. The course focused on recognising and helping members, as well as breaking down barriers stopping potential members from getting involved, to increase our inclusivity."


April 2020: Khaleeji Society!

The panel have made their decision...

Bristol SU Group of the Month for April is… Khaleeji Society!

The panel really liked the way this new student group seems to be off to a cracking start, sharing their heritage in a successful event. They felt this was a very well organised and wholesome event and look forward to seeing more from this group in the future.


March 2020: ACS!

Congratulations ACS! Not only did they run their massively successful Take Me Out event in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, which lead to six successful matches, but they raised money to support scholarships and sanitary products for school children in Zimbabwe. 

The panel was impressed by the success of both the actual event and the ways in which it was used to raise money for charity. It was in keeping with the goal ACS set themselves this year of "Making an Impact, Leaving a Legacy" and to give back to African and Caribbean communities both in Bristol and globally.

February 2020: Bristol Barracuda!

Bristol SU Student Group of the Month for February is Bristol Barracuda! Their application showed that they have been not only winning matches (even if they let us worry until the last moment against Bournemouth), but have remained unbeaten in their division this season and are looking at promotion. 

The panel also really liked that the club currently has its highest ever number of international members and actively works on being an open and welcoming space.

December 2019: Lifesaving Club!

The winner of the December 2019 Bristol SU Student Group of the Month Award is……… Lifesaving Club! Awarded for their work on hosting a recent BULSCA competition. 

The panel felt this was a strong application and recognised the hard work it takes to put on a competition of this scale. They were impressed with the clubs results at the competition (winning it) and really liked how it was documented via Instagram Takeover.

November 2019: CoppaFeel!

We're proud to announce our Student Group for November is... CoppaFeel! - The Bristol Uni Boob Team

They've seen a clear need in the student body and set out to meet it, by creating a regular 'Cancer Coffee Morning' to support students affected by cancer, and the panel agrees they've done a fantastic job.

“Losing someone to cancer is incredibly difficult, especially while being at university and trying to continue your studies. The Cancer Coffee Mornings aim to create a student-led support network that can help students through these tricky times.

Grief and illnesses are something that are shied away from and we need to act upon this, talk about it in the open and change it so when something awful happens, students can feel more supported”

The mornings take place fortnightly every Tuesday, 10-12 in the Bristol SU Living Room. They are open to students who have been directly affected or bereaved by cancer; students who have a friend, housemate, or course mate directly or indirectly affected by cancer; students who are interested in helping support others.

More information can be found on their Facebook page


Enter yourselves in for the Bristol SU Student Group of the Month Award!

Here at Bristol SU we love to hear about the innovative, inspirational and fresh ideas our student groups come up with!
One of the very best ways for you to tell us about your achievements, and for us to celebrate all the amazing things you’re up to is by entering yourselves for Bristol SU Group of the Month! 
In the last month you might have: 

  • Supported your members virtually
  • Collaborated with another student group for an event
  • Held a series of successful virtual events
  • Done some volunteering or fundraising 
  • Been involved with your wider community 
  • Tried something new
  • Done something else worth celebrating 


Eligible submissions should feature any work or events carried out in that month that aligns with any of the 5 Bristol SU values:

  • Representation
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Fun

The scheme is open to all Bristol SU affiliated Student Groups and submissions will be judged by a panel made up of Staff Members, Officers and Network Chairs.

The competition runs throughout the whole academic year, and as a group you can enter as often as you like.

All entries must be complete with a photo attached.


Group of the Month Deadlines


Each month the winning group will get:

  • A feature on the Bristol SU social channels
  • A Digital Badge to display on your webpage (and wherever else you fancy!) 
  • Opportunity for an Instagram Takeover for the group
  • A certificate stating your groups awesomeness
  • Your groups photo hanging Pride of Place in our Reception area (when we’re allowed back in it)

Winning groups will be announced on the first Tuesday of each month