Society Badges: Apply

  • How It Works

    Society Badges has been designed to recognise student groups for their commitment to growth and change. There are 9 badges available:

    • Development – Developing and engaging with the Students’ Guild.
    • Fundraising and volunteering – Supporting others.
    • Inclusivity – Creating an approachable community.
    • Diversity –Providing opportunities for minority student groups.
    • Accessibility –Providing accessible opportunities.
    • Sustainability – Committing to more sustainable approaches.
    • Democracy – Encouraging engagement in democratic practices.
    • Welfare – Demonstrating care for student welfare.
    • Social – Providing varied social opportunities.

    To be presented with a badge, the group will need to complete the two mandatory criteria and showcase four further ways in which they’ve been committed.

    When ready, they can apply by completing the application form. These will be reviewed by a member of the Activities team with a Full Time Officer, and student groups will be notified within 5 working days.

      To keep the badge, the student group will need to complete the renewal criteria annually.

    What’s in it for you?

    • Society Badges will showcase your society, and be displayed on your webpage
    • Society Badge holders will be announced termly across University of Exeter Students’ Guild media.
    • Access to badge related awards at Guild Awards 2022.
    • Society Badges are great mentions at job interviews and CV’s.

    Complaints procedure?

    Any queries regarding this can be emailed to activities@exeterguild.com or a member of the Officer team who can be found here: Your Officers - Students' Guild (exeterguild.org)

  • Criteria

    The following table provides the mandatory criteria for each badge, as well as some examples of further ways you can demonstrate your commitment to the Badge.

    You will need to complete the mandatory criteria and explain four other ways you have earnt the badge.

    Applications received between May 2021-August 2021 can use examples from the 2020/21 academic year. From September 2021, only examples from the 2021-22 can be used.

    The training resources included in the Mandatory Criteria are being released as part of the Student Committee Leader Training programme. All sessions will be available here.  

    Badge

    Criteria (new)

    Examples of further points

    Criteria (renewal)

    Development – Signifies a Society’s commitment to development and engaging with the Students’ Guild.

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete the Development training resource.

    2. Arrange and attend a meeting with the Societies Coordinator.

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

     

    · Review your Society’s constitution.

    · Write up a plan of activities/events for the year.

    · Create a development for the society for the year.

    · Create a handover document for the incoming committee.

     

    Mandatory Criteria

    Fundraising and volunteering – signifies a Society’s commitment to supporting others

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete  the Society Fundraising training resource.

    2. Fundraise for a charity of your Society’s choice.

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

    · Hold a fundraising event for your society.

    · Collaborate with another society to run a fundraising/charity event.

    · Log volunteering hours as a society through the Volunteer Hour Logging System - My Volunteering - Students' Guild (exeterguild.org)

    · Promote fundraising/charity events to your members

    Mandatory Criteria

    Inclusion – Signifies a Society’s commitment to creating an approachable community

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete the Inclusivity training resource.

    2. Hold a welcome/taster event in term 1 and 2.

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

     

    · Hold at least 2 socials per term which are not alcohol-centric.

    · Hold 2 free events per term.

    · Hold at least 1 event at St Luke’s campus each term

    · Hold re-engagement activities for members.

    · Hold at least 2 remote/online socials per term.

     

    Mandatory Criteria

    Diversity – Signifies a Society’s commitment to providing opportunities for minority student groups

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete the Diversity training resource.

    2. Review the potential barriers for different student groups participating in your society.

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

     

    · Collaborate with a society which primarily supports a minority student group

    · Limit/remove a barrier which limits a student group participating in the society.

    · Provide opportunities for the membership’s voice to be heard and acted upon.

    · Create an anti-discriminatory pledge for members to sign.

     

    Mandatory Criteria

    Accessibility – Signifies a Society’s commitment to providing accessible opportunities

     

    Supported by the Disability Campaign

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete the Accessibility training resource.

    2. Include access statements within event and activity announcements.

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

     

    · Include alt text within social media posts

    · Include captions or subtitles on society videos.

    · Appoint an accessibility lead within the committee

    · Create a society access guide which provides a list of adaptions available to encourage and facilitate student accessibility.

     

    Mandatory Criteria

    Sustainability – signifies a Society’s commitment to a sustainable future

     

    Supported by the Sustainability Campaign

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete the Sustainability training resource.

    2. Actively replace single-use plastics with sustainable/recyclable alternatives

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

     

    ·Travel sustainable to organise activities/events (walk/cycle/public transport)

    · Participate in Go Green/Sustainability Week (Held in March)

    · Organise a swap shop among members or with another society.

    · Offset your carbon footprint

    · Swap meat-based food offers for plant-based.

    ·Actively engage in recycling in event/activity clear ups.

     

    Mandatory Criteria

    Democracy – signifies a Society’s commitment to encouraging democracy

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete the Democracy training resource.

    2. Gather insight/feedback from your members on how the society is being run

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

     

    · Promote your course reps to your members.

    · Advertise Guild Council to your members.

    · Actively encourage your members to participate in Guild Elections, held in March.

    · Hold a  hustings as part of your Society elections.

     

    Mandatory Criteria

    Welfare – signifies a Society’s commitment to student welfare

     

    Supported by SAFE society

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete the Welfare training resource.

    2. At least 3 committee members complete the Consent Training here.

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

     

    · Introduce/run a support initiative within the society

    · Introduce a welfare role into your society committee.

    · Participate in or a start a campaign which raises awareness of a welfare concern

    · Produce a welfare manual to share with members.

    Mandatory Criteria

    Social – signifies a Society’s commitment to providing varied social opportunities to their members

    Mandatory Criteria:

    1. At least 3 committee members complete the Social training resource.

    2. Hold an activity/event at least fortnightly each term.

    And -

    · Four further points on how your society has achieved this badge.

     

    · Hold an end of year celebration year

    · Hold an event in collaboration with another society

    · Hold a type of an event which your society hasn’t held before.

     

    Mandatory Criteria

  • Application

    Download form and email to activities@exeterguild.com
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