UPP Foundation announces 2022 civic university grants

Several small pilot projects will receive up to £25,000 to develop new techniques that improve student outcomes and university sustainability

The UPP Foundation is to award universities and charities grants of up to £25,000 to pilot initiatives that improve graduate and student outcomes or support more sustainable universities.

The funding will be allocated to several small programmes that tackle these issues, identified in the foundation’s 2025 strategy.

Already, the foundation has invested over £1 million in 34 pilots covering a range of ‘civic’ university objectives. Grant recipients include a project to help homeless people access education and a tutoring programme for young people resitting GCSEs.

Now, the UPP Foundation wants to encourage applications from initiatives that address two new goals.

Regarding graduate and student success, the foundation says it wants projects to reflect upon the recommendations of its Student Futures Manifesto. The manifesto, written by a commission chaired by Mark Curnock Cook, recommends universities provide more careers advice before and after graduation, emphasise employability skills in courses, and maximise the numbers accessing work experience and placements.

Regarding the sustainability of university, the foundation says it is “particularly interested in innovative biodiversity schemes, environment service-learning pilots and/or projects which support the sector’s civic leadership of this issue”.

This round of UPP Foundation grants closes for applications in June.

Successful applications will demonstrate how they will collaborate and continue the project when the foundation grant funding ends.

The foundation is particularly looking for projects that display “a new or innovative approach to advancing [its] goals”.

Jon Wakeford, chair of the UPP Foundation, said: “Since 2016, the UPP Foundation has shown that relatively small amounts of money can make a big impact when it is supporting the right idea, with the right partner.

“We are looking forward to funding a new and exciting set of projects to advance innovative ideas in the sector – helping students, graduates and universities fulfil their potential to transform lives and communities.

“We welcome applications from across the sector – please do apply if you have an idea which meets our grants criteria.”


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