The RAG Awards 2017 will be hosted at Southampton Football Club’s ground, St Mary’s, during RAG Conference 2017. Make sure you’ve got your tickets!

The categories and criteria for each award are listed below. If you have any questions, please email

Being an outstanding student fundraising group involves hard work, passion, teamwork, and innovation. It isn’t just about raising the most money, but it’s about the work and drive that goes into fundraising.

  • What were the group's’ aims and objectives at the start of the year? How have they met or exceeded these?
  • How have they supported, championed, and developed their student volunteers?
  • How are volunteers rewarded and thanked?
  • Has the group developed their brand, and what impact has this had?
  • What events and activities have they organised this year, and how have these contributed to the success of the group?
  • Where has the group demonstrated innovation and fresh thinking?

Student fundraising groups and charities work together every day to fundraise more money, and to create new events and innovative activities. Charities work hard so that this is as successful as possible. This award is about recognising the charity that goes above and beyond to support student fundraising.

  • How has the charity demonstrated its support for student fundraising?
  • Has the charity attended your events?
  • Have you been invited to visit the charity or to visit centres that benefits from the funds?
  • How has the charity openly and honestly communicated with you as a student fundraising group?
  • Has the charity recognised the hard work of your volunteers, and said ‘thanks’?
  • Are any development opportunities offered to your student fundraisers?
  • Does the charity provide support and ideas for developing innovative fundraising activities?
  • Does the charity provide resources to aid your fundraising?
  • Has the charity communicated with you after your event, to follow-up and find out how it went?

Events are one of the key staples that RAGs and other charity groups run each year, from huge Jailbreaks to hilariously themed bar crawls. Events can really help motivate and even find new volunteers and are often what put RAGs on the map with their respective student bodies.

  • How many people attended? This will be considered by the Panel but we also want to know how you engaged with these attendees. The biggest event won’t necessarily be the best!
  • Was the event innovative or original, or was it based on an old idea but repurposed.
  • How was the event was inclusive to all that attended.

Student fundraising isn’t just about the money you raise, it’s also about the positive impact that you have!

  • This award can be about one specific impact, or it can be about the impact that your activities have had over a longer term
  • What positive results have come out of your actions?
  • Have the funds you’ve raised had a specific impact on a local charity, local project or an individual?
  • Have your activities created a positive change?

It can be quite easy to keep a RAG going year on year, but it takes a lot of work to take a RAG to the next level. It takes commitment, hard work and a huge investment of time whilst also studying, but it can really make a difference to some amazing causes!

  • You must have increased the total that you fundraised this year (compared to last year)
  • How have you improved the development of your fundraisers?
  • How have you improved your branding and communications?
  • Have you amended your strategy this year to make improvements?
  • Have you improved how you work with your students’ union, your university or college, your community, or the charities you work with

Working with others is a big and important part of fundraising and can really make the extra difference in the amount groups can raise.

  • Your collaboration may have been with:
    • Your students’ union
    • Other clubs/societies/groups
    • Your university/college
    • Your wider community (community groups/local or national business)
    • Charity/charities
  • Your collaboration may have been with one partner, or with more than one
  • This collaboration may have been for one event or for a series of activities
  • We’re interested to hear about how your collaboration impacted on your student fundraising

There are a few people that without, the RAG world would simply would not happen! And although it might look like full time employment, it’s just an excuse to stay a part of the amazing student fundraising world!

  • This person may support one student fundraising groups, or they could work with multiple groups
  • How do they support student fundraising? What do they do?
  • Why do they do it?
  • How do they go above and beyond to support student fundraising?
  • What impact do they have on student fundraising?

Please note: This award is for an individual who is not a student, who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to supporting student fundraising.

Student Fundraisers are the bread and butter of the RAG world and without them, and this award highlights the incredible work and commitment that some put into this.

  • How has this fundraiser demonstrated their passion for what they do?
  • When has this fundraiser gone above and beyond?
  • Has this fundraiser helped others to achieve more?
  • Have they demonstrated that they’re a great team player?
  • Why is this person passionate about fundraising?

Some RAGs don’t have the benefit of huge budgets or keen students to buy lots of tickets, but they still manage to run some incredible events and projects.

  • What scale of impact has the event or project had, both in terms of fundraising and impact on communities etc.
  • What sort of budget and resource was involved?
  • How many people got involved?

Please note: To qualify for this award, the budget spent would be no more than 5% of money raised.

Campaigns are an important part of any RAG and Charities work, and require a serious amount of work to help highlight important issues and causes.

  • What specific cause was supported?
  • What was done to help raise awareness?
  • How did the organisers engage students in an interesting way?