The Campaigns Fund


How am I able to start my own Campaign?

NUSU wants all students at Newcastle University to have the opportunity to campaign on the issues that matter to you.

If you have a great passion to start a campaign, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have - please keep reading however, as we might have your question answered below. 

We also understand that finance can be a barrier to putting your idea into action, and we wholeheartedly believe that this is not fair.

That’s why we have funding set aside for student campaigns that are not supported by a Society, Sports Club or Go Volunteer project. All you need to do is apply for the Campaigns Fund and, if your proposal is successful, NUSU will allocate you a maximum of £300 to get your campaign up and running while also providing you with lots of help and support.


Apply for the Campaigns Fund:

To apply, you just need to complete the Campaigns Fund application form. Your application will be considered the following questions:

  • Is there a clear aim and set of objectives?
  • Is there sufficient evidence for the need to run the campaign?
  • Are the campaign’s activities safe and legal?
  • Are there clear budget requirements?

Once you have submitted your application it will be considered at the next meeting of the Campaigns Committee. We will aim to get back in touch with you within two weeks of your submission to inform you as to whether your application has been successful. If your application is successful, you will be invited to NUSU for an initial campaign meeting. 

Apply for the Fund

What other support is there?

In addition to funding, we also offer a wide range of support to help you get the most out of your campaign ideas including. For help help with any of the following, please contaxt Kay, our Campaigns and Democracy Co-ordinator by phoning on 0191 2393909 or by emailing here

  • Effective campaigning guidance (check out: Campaigns Toolkit)
  • Support with the creation of your marketing or promotional materials
  • NUSU Staff and Officer contacts
  • Health and Safety Information
  • Volunteer support
  • Room bookings information
  • External stakeholder information
  • Booking refreshments
  • Submitting motions to council


What other campaigns have been funded by NUSU?

Over the years the Campaigns Fund has supported a number of campaigns which have gone on to become very prominent student led campaigns here at NUSU. You can see some of the great examples of student-led campaigns below that were supported by our Campaigns Fund. 

From purchasing marketing materials, paying for branding or promotional printing, to helping set up launch and brand awareness days, the fund has helped support really important causes. The support offered from the Fund is really important to us as it allows all students to campaign on issues that they really believe in. 

Free Periods
The Fund aided the launch through the first Period Pride Day, 2015.

Free Periods

A grassroots campaign that mandated the Union to provide free menstual care to all and remove the tax on menstrual products sold. This has led to further successes.

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Go Green
The Fund helped buy marketing materials & event refreshments.

Go Green

A week dedicated to sustainability in all its possible forms with the hope of raising awareness and encouraging students to be more sustainable on campus.

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End Hunger UK
The Fund supported art-work and promotions of the campaign.

End Hunger UK

Led by two PHD students, this Campaign supported the national campaign that aimed to ensure everyone that no one needs to go to bed hungry.

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I Need Your Knickers
The Fund helped the start up of this student-led project.

I Need Your Knickers #ThisIsNotConsent

Run by 'It Happens Here' society members, students donated underwear from all genders to be put on display during sexual abuse and sexual violence week. 

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