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Where and when is Conference being held?
In 2018 The National Student Fundraising Conference is being held at UWE Bristol. It’s being held 20 – 23 August 2018.
Is this RAG Conference?
Last year Southampton began a transition of calling it a National Student Fundraising Conference and we are the next step in that transition. Based on Southampton’s experience last year we believe that calling it this it will make Conference more inclusive of all student fundraising groups even if you are not called RAG. The Conference is still absolutely RAG Conference in its structure and the amazing time you will have but we hope it will attract more students than ever with the slight change to the name.
Who can come to Conference?
Anyone can come to Conference however we strongly suggest anyone who has any connection to student fundraising does. Whether you are part of a RAG, a students’ union staff member who supports student fundraising, part of a student fundraising group, part of a university charity group, works for a charity in student fundraising, works for a charity who wants to get involved with student fundraising or a company that has a connection to student fundraising. Conference is designed so you can come along at the start of your fundraising journey or if you are experts in the field.
What are these five values all about?
Our Conference bid talked about five values. These values are helping us to shape Conference 2018. More details on these values can be found in our bid document here: https://www.thestudentsunion.co.uk/tnsfc/vision/
Our Values are:
What is NaSFA?
NaSFA stands for 'National Student Fundraising Association'. NaSFA is an independent, membership led organisation, representing all student fundraisers in the UK. NaSFA represents higher and further education, and isn't just for 'RAGs' but also for individual fundraisers and other types of fundraising group.
NaSFA will be a strong part of Conference and they will:
- help to welcome you at Conference at the Check In
- hosting the first evening Networking.
- introduce themselves at the Welcome to Conference Keynote.
- have a stall at the Charities Fair.
- host their AGM.
- facilitate the awards at the National Student Fundraising Awards.
This list isn’t exhaustive, NaSFA are a big part of Conference and you’ll definitely see them around. More information on NaSFA can be found here: https://www.nasfa.org.uk/
How do I be part of the NaSFA Committee?
Every year a committee of six representatives are elected at the NaSFA AGM, which is part of Conference. The elected committee oversees the activities of NaSFA and ensures that the voice of student fundraising is strong. Leading up to the AGM they will be advertising how to be part of the committee so look out for this.
If you want to know more you can get in touch with NaSFA via email@example.com.
How do I hold Conference 2019?
Whilst we’re encouraging you to get excited about Conference 2018, some of you may be thinking about Conference 2019 and putting in a bid to host. That process is facilitated by NaSFA and more information on this process will be found on our website. We’re happy to answer questions about hosting Conference so get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to know more about the process you can get in touch with NaSFA via email@example.com.
When do Tickets go on sale?
Full delegate tickets have been taken off sale. If you have missed this deadline and would still like to attend as a full delegate please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you can be accommodated.
Day delegate and Awards tickets will remain on sale until 10 August 2018. You can find them on the Conference website or can be found directly here: https://www.thestudentsunion.co.uk/shop/catalogue/tnsfc/
Do I need to set up an account?
Due to restrictions on our website, you will need to set up a guest account for The Students’ Union at UWE website. When you try to buy a ticket you will be prompted to do so. Once you have set up a guest account you will then be able to log in a purchase your ticket. If you have any issues with this get in touch with email@example.com and we will help you out.
Do I need to put in my details to buy a ticket?
Yes, to ensure we are planning a conference that is accessible to all we ask for your contact details, where you are from and if you have any access or dietary needs.
Do I need to put in the details of everyone who I am buying a ticket for?
The system is set up so we need details for every ticket however we understand that for some of you though that you might not have the specific details of each person quite yet. If you don’t have the specific details feel free to ‘not sure’ or ‘to follow’ and we can sort them out at a later date when we send out the pre-conference survey. Just please make sure you put down some contact information so we know who to get in touch with.
What is included in each ticket?
If you click on each type of ticket it will provide you with more information on what each one entails. If you have any specific questions about them get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I pay for my ticket via invoice?
Absolutely, complete the ticket invoice form which can be found here. Or get in touch with email@example.com with the details of what tickets you want.
Is Conference Accessible?
As one of our core values we want to ensure Conference is accessible to all. This is not just physically but also our programme is designed to cater for all tastes and interests. Additionally we’re putting on a wide range of non-alcoholic activates to enhance the programme. We’re asking all ticket purchasers if they have any access needs to ensure we cater for them all.
Is everything close together?
All our Conference facilities are within a few minutes’ walk of each other. We’re using our brand new business building, students’ union building and our on campus Exhibition Centre. They are all very close with the accommodation just next to the Exhibition centre as well.
What is the accommodation?
Our Conference accommodation is in our University accommodation. This relatively new accommodation is all en-suite. It will be in our Frenchay Student Village which can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/accommodation/uweaccommodationoptions/studentvillage.aspx
Can you cater for my dietary needs?
On purchase of a ticket we will ask for your dietary requirements. Once we have this information we will feed it into the finalising of our Conference catering. We aim to before Conference email all those who have dietary requirements with our proposed menus to confirm they are suitable.
Are meals included in our ticket?
All meals from Monday dinner to Thursday breakfast are included in the full delegate packages. Day tickets included a packed lunch.
What’s the schedule going to be?
Our current schedule can be found here: https://www.thestudentsunion.co.uk/tnsfc/schedule/
Session details can be found here: https://www.thestudentsunion.co.uk/tnsfc/sessions/
What are the key dates?
- Check in for Conference 2018: Monday 20 August, 14:30
- Start of Conference 2018: Monday 20 August, 16:30
- Charities Fair 2018: Tuesday 21 August, 13:00
- National Student Fundraising Awards 2018: Wednesday 22 August, 19:00
- Farewell Breakfast from Conference 2018: Thursday 23 August, 10:00
- Departure from Conference 2018: Thursday 23 August, 12:00
What type of sessions are there going to be?
This year on top of the five workshops we’re also holding a Welcome to Conference session, an Impact Keynote and a Final Plenary. Details of the workshops can be found here: Session details can be found here: https://www.thestudentsunion.co.uk/tnsfc/sessions/
What is the NaSFA AGM?
The NaSFA AGM is held to discuss matters of student fundraising on a national scale. It also holds the elections for the NaSFA committee and the hosts of Conference for next year. You can only vote and speak at the NaSFA AGM is you are a current student however anyone can attend and watch.
When do I arrive?
Conference 2018 will begin on 20 August. Our Conference Committee and NaSFA will be ready to welcome you from 14:30 (this is subject to slight changes) at our Students’ Union building. You will then be able to check in to our very close accommodation.
Can I arrive late?
Lots of delegates will arrive throughout the first evening. If you plan on arriving later than 16:30 please let us know and we will ensure we can welcome you to Conference.
When is departure?
The National Student Fundraising Awards are the last organised activities of Conference 2018. We will then hold a farewell breakfast on the Thursday morning. Check Out is at 12:00 on that day giving you plenty of time to ensure you are safe and well to depart Conference 2018.
On top of the questions below more information can be found here: https://www.thestudentsunion.co.uk/tnsfc/charitiesfair/
How do I book a stall?
We've got lots more information on booking a stall at www.thestudentsunion.co.uk/tnsfc/charitiesfair/ which details the process and what each stall entails.
If I’m already a delegate do I get a space at the Fair?
Spaces at the Charities Fair are for those who have booked a space separately. For instance, if you are a Charities Delegate you would need to book an additional space at the Charities Fair to be able to have a stall there.
I just want to attend the Charites Fair, how can I do that?
If you would just like to attend the Charities Fair as an attendee you can do so as a full delegate for the Conference or by buying a day ticket for the Tuesday. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.thestudentsunion.co.uk/shop/catalogue/tnsfc/
If I have a stall at the Charities Fair can I attend Conference?
If you would like to attend Conference fully you need to purchase a delegate ticket. Charities Stall spaces are for the purpose of having a stall at the Charities Fair.
Where is Conference being held?
Conference is being held at UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Bristol. Check-In will be in The Students’ Union Building, Union 1, UWE Bristol, Bristol, BS16 1QY.
What is the best way to get to Conference?
Conference is easily accessible via road, train and coach. Bristol Airport is also a 2 bus ride journey away. Due to this we are not providing any transport to Conference, we also found that last year for some it caused more problems than it solved.
Which train station would you recommend going to?
UWE Bristol is very close to Filton Abbey Wood and Bristol Parkway. Filton Abbey Wood is a ~15 minute walk from Campus and Bristol Parkway a ~20 minute walk. Bristol Parkway is also a short direct bus away from Campus. Once at campus, campus maps will direct you to The Students’ Union building.
Where do I park for Conference?
UWE Bristol is just off the M32, which is easily accessible via the M4 and M5. Parking will be at the North Entrance. In our pre-conference survey we will ask if anyone needs parking and then send you a permit with more parking details. Once at campus, campus maps will direct you to The Students’ Union building.
Can I get a coach to Conference?
We would recommend getting the MegaBus to Conference as there is a stop on Campus. Once at campus, campus maps will direct you to The Students’ Union building.
How do I get into Bristol?
We've got direct bus links between Bristol City centre and UWE Campus. The UWE Express, Number 70, 71 and 72 are all good busses to get into the centre or return to campus.