Health and Wellbeing

Situate - Student-Led Initiatives

If you are a student registered in an undergraduate course at the University of Sussex, you can apply to our Student-Led Initiative (SLI) fund!

The scheme will be open from the 1st May 2020 until the 1st May 2021.

 To apply, explain your idea in an initial email to   


Students can apply for up to £800 to fund initiatives which involve other students, and which fall within one or more of the broader themes outlined below.

We will consider requests to reimburse applicants’ time taken to develop and organise activities or facilitate peer support groups. We will also fund expenses including software platform licenses and expert speakers’ time. 

  1. Peer support in times of isolation and transition (online)

This could include focusing on one of the times/situations below:

  • Covid-19 pandemic/self-isolating
  • Festive and vacation periods
  • Before/during/after student placements
  • Other educational transitions
  1. Other support of student mental health and wellbeing (online)

This could include focusing on one or more of the areas below: 

  • Improving understanding of mental health and/or wellbeing
  • Activities or resources to support mental health and/or wellbeing
  • Signposting to services or support for mental health and/or wellbeing

 Note: In the event of the lock down being lifted and campus activities returning to normal in the new academic year, we will invite initiatives that involve in-person activities.

Guidance for applications

First, we ask to you to get in touch with us by email ( to give us a sense of you idea. Then, you will be asked to write (with our help) a full proposal.

 See full full application form


  • Your proposed activity may be designed initially for the departmental or School level, or for a broader range of undergraduate students across Schools.
  • Funding will not be granted retrospectively to cover initiatives that have already started.
  • Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis by a panel constituted of SITUATE project working group members.
  • Please ensure that you apply at least four weeks before the date of your initiative to ensure enough time for review and, if successful, setting up.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply in groups (of two to four people) but we will also consider single applicants. If applying as a group, we will require the name of the lead applicant.
  • The maximum total amount available to any single project is £800.
  • A clear budget is required in your application and successful applicants are expected to provide a final statement of expenditure after the initiative. The deadline for the final statement of expenditure is 6 weeks after your initiative has taken place. Any unspent funds should be returned to the SITUATE project (guidance can be provided upon request).
  • Please note that funds cannot be used to cover the applicant’s online course attendance, or staffing costs, and research projects are beyond the scope of this funding stream. However, we would consider covering applicants’ time for organising activities and facilitating peer support groups. Organisers/facilitators will receive compensation at the rate of £7.50/hour and can apply for up to 20 hours of work per week.
  • Projects are expected to deliver value for money, and funds can only be used for items that are required for the activity.
  • Award recipients should make themselves familiar with the University's supply agreements. Costs for catering an event should be reasonable, and where an external caterer is used, in line with hospitality provided by Sussex Food (guidance can be provided upon request).
  • If your application is successful, you will be required to identify a School/department budget code to which the funds will be transferred (get help from your school office).
  • For any proposed changes to the budget agreed by the awarding panel in advance of the initiative taking place, you will have to inform the SITUATE project coordinator.
Selection process

Membership of the selection panel will be drawn from the SITUATE project working group, which includes psychology researchers, professional services staff and elected student representatives.

In addition to overall quality, the panel will judge applications against the following criteria:

  • Alignment of the proposed initiative or intervention with themes proposed by focus group participants
  • Potential for the proposed initiative/intervention to promote awareness of, support or improve doctoral researcher mental health
  • Detailed and appropriate budget
  • Scalability of the proposed initiative/intervention

The panel reserves the right to offer partial funding for applications and may seek expert advice on any aspect of the application.  Applicants may be asked for further information, or to amend their application.

We aim to inform you of the decision as soon as possible, within three weeks after you applied.

Award Conditions
  • Evaluation: The SITUATE project team will likely specify measures of evaluation be used. This may involve questionnaires for participants. Details will be provided to organisers before the initiative starts. The organisers will be asked to submit an evaluation report within four weeks of the end of the initiative (one page).
  • An online library of successful applications will be made available to new applicants for assistance in putting together their application. Your application may  be included in this library.
  • In the event that there are multiple applications proposing very similar initiatives, you may be invited to work with other students to deliver the proposed initiative collaboratively. This will ensure that the funds available are able to support a diverse range of projects.
  • The University is committed to providing an environment that advances equality of opportunity. We are all responsible for ensuring that staff, students and visitors to the University of Sussex or involved in our events are treated with fairness, dignity and respect. For more information see the Equality and Diversity webpages.