We’re starting to think about what Give it a Go! will look like for student groups next academic year with the hope groups will be able to put on in-person taster events whilst keeping the things that worked for them online.
On this page you will find all the information you need to host a cracking taster event and get your group off to the best possible start for 2021/22
If you haven’t heard of it before, Give it a Go! provides a fun and friendly way for new students to get involved with Clubs, Societies, Volunteering Projects and Networks, allowing them to ‘road test’ groups before committing to membership.
From a Student Group perspective it’s a huge chance to sell your group to potential new members – something vitally important to all groups following the COVID pandemic – and get your events promoted to a wider audience.
Give it a Go! will take place over 4 weeks from the start of Welcome.
Monday 20th September – Sunday 17th October
Once you have a clear idea of when your session (or sessions) will take place and have arranged any space bookings needed or sorted any tech for virtual sessions you should complete this Website Upload Form
This will get your event listed on the Bristol SU What’s On Pages and provide a place for attendees to sign up.
Events uploaded early (before the 27th August) will also be listed on our Welcome Portal. This is absolutely worth doing, with thousands of new students accessing the portal daily!
We will need to know:
We’ll confirm with you once your session is live and provide details on how to access attendees.
This form will go live 12th August 2021
To give you the best chance of attracting and recruiting new members to your group we will do the following:
For updates and full details on space bookings please visit our Bookings Page
Following feedback from last year, we’re offering groups a chance to individualise their listing logos and banners. These will need to be sent along with your other information on the Website Upload Form (You don’t have to do this, we can use a generic image should you prefer, it just looks 100% nicer if you do)
You will need to sign up for a free Canva account if you do not have one already, then follow the links below (tbc by August 12th) You’ll then need to download a JPEG or PNG file to upload to the form.
Listing your sessions early will mean more promotion and a higher number of attendees.
We’ll be keeping the form open into October, so if you suddenly plan a last-minute session we should still be able to list it on the Bristol SU What’s On Pages.
For those who want to be listed on the Welcome Portal we will need your details by 27th August
We would generally advise GIAG sessions are kept free to attended as this will attract the most attendees.
If, however, your session includes an additional cost to the group (eg van hire, a particular piece of safety equipment needed) then you could attach a small cost as long as this was transparent to attendees.
Whilst Bristol SU does promote the wider GIAG program to new and returning students, you do have responsibility for promoting your own sessions.
Your Bristol SU webpage
Your social media
Bristol SU Networks
Your current members
Your school or course
Think about why a new or returning student may want to join your group. Students are generally looking for one of 3 things when they join a group:
It may be they join your group looking for one of these things, or a combination of all three.
How can your tasters reflect this? How can you show off your group at it’s best? Take a look at our list below or, if you’re running a virtual event, have a look at the 101 Online Event Ideas.