The Sussex Leaves Reward Scheme encourages continual development within student-led groups at Sussex.
Groups can work towards nine leaves:
These awards reflect contributions of the society or sports club towards its members, the University of Sussex Students’ Union, the University of Sussex, the local community and the public.
Leaves can be attained at bronze, silver or gold levels by meeting 3, 6 or 9 criteria.
Leaves apply for an academic year as a symbol of what the present committee have achieved and will be archived. The Scheme will run from 17th September - 31st May 2019, and has a total budget of £1000 this year. Once this money has run out, the Scheme will still be open until the end of May but there will be no financial award available.
For each silver and gold leaf achieved the group will receive funding to further expand and develop - £10 for silver and £20 for gold.
Groups may use their leaf status on publicity and marketing materials to show students they are taking proactive steps to include members, act sustainably, contribute to the community and/or develop as a society or sports club.
Your group will increase the likelihood of being nominated for an award at the Student Awards as Leaves will be one of the criteria used to decide the awards.
And will have a greater chance of being granted funding from the Societies Fund or Sports Reps Fund, as you'll be showing your committment to developing your group.
Step 1: Decide on a leaf
Decide which leaf you want to try and achieve. If you have the evidence there is no limit to the number of leaves you can apply for.
There are 9 different leaves to choose from to reflect the many different types of student-led groups here at Sussex.
Step 2: Fulfil criteria
Your group will have to achieve a minimum of 3 points to achieve Bronze level, 6 points to achieve Silver and all 9 points to achieve Gold Level.
Groups need to fill out one 'Leaves Reward Scheme Evidence Submission Form' per leaf tier. You can access the form using your group email account (firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com). Log in to Google Drive with this email address and then you will be able to access the form.
Step 3: Accreditation
Once the application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by the Societies & Student Media Administrator or Sports Assistant.
The Leaf will either be granted, rejected and/or the group asked to provide further evidence.
The group will be notified of the outcome, the funding will be transferred to your group's account and the award added to the Tropy Cabinet on your minisite.
The Inclusivity Leaf is awarded to groups who have taken positive steps to increase the diversity of their membership and include as many members as possible. They have made specific efforts to include students that don’t traditionally engage, without ignoring or neglecting their current membership or other student groups.
In regards to groups who target a specific demographic, they have worked on expanding their membership and raising awareness of the issues that affect them to the wider student body.
The Student Voice leaf is awarded to groups who engage their members in Sussex Students’ Union campaigns, democracy and elections and influence the way the Students’ Union is run.
Groups who achieve this award are run democratically, seeking input from their members to shape their group and the wider Students’ Union. They also get involved with campaigns at a Students’ Union, local or national level.
The Social leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to include as many members as possible and regularly engage in various social activities, including those organised by - and with - other societies/sports clubs.
A ‘social’ is an event or activity outside of your group’s regular activity (meeting/rehearsal/training session etc) for the purpose of members to socialise, meet new people and have fun.
The Community leaf is awarded to groups taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change. This can be through involvement with activities and events on campus, but they will also have made an impact on the wider community by engaging with activities, campaigns and events at a local, national or international level.
They may have engaged with community groups and helped to promote that Sussex students are valued members of the community. Contact the Students’ Union Community Engagement Coordinator Monique on firstname.lastname@example.org for support with community projects.
The Team Sussex leaf is awarded to groups who have made efforts to encourage collaboration and mutual support between Students’ Union groups. Groups who achieve this award have worked in collaboration with other clubs and societies to support a welcoming, inclusive and friendly team environment within clubs & societies at Sussex.
The Development leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to develop themselves, offer development opportunities to their members, build on the successes and failures of previous years and/or worked to maintain the high standards of previous years.
They may have dramatically increased membership, developed new ideas or different events/activities or made necessary changes to the operational side of the society/sports club.
Such groups are organised, operate smoothly and work collaboratively other groups and with the Students’ Union.
The Fundraising Leaf is awarded to groups who dedicate their time to organising a variety of different fundraisers. Groups who have achieved this leaf will have raised money for their own group or another group at Sussex to help fund themselves to expand and develop, as well as for local, national & international.
The Communications Leaf is awarded to groups who communicate with their members and the student body regularly and in innovate ways.
These groups have taken active steps to promote their group and the opportunities they provide to members, utilising the Students’ Union website and Student Media groups to promote their group, their events and their achievements.