This year RUSU has announced the introduction of the Knights Accreditation Scheme for Sports and Dance societies on campus. Structured similar to that of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the Knights Accreditation Scheme will ensure our sports clubs are being rewarded for their commitment and the positive impacts they have on the student body as well as their successes.
There are three different levels to this scheme – bronze, silver and gold. Each level will have different requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to progress. These requirements are focused on many aspects of the union, ranging from raising money for charity to non-drinking socials and much, much more. When you have completed the requirements for a level, complete the survey by ticking the boxes and submit to Student Activities. Each requirement needs to be backed up with evidence, so e-mail all evidence to Student Activities via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) once you have submitted the survey.
Every club must reach Bronze accreditation in order to be an affiliated club. This means you are able to have a bank account, a webpage, ability to bid for funding/extra grant fund etc., RUSU booking and admin/development support. Clubs must complete all 10 of the Bronze requirements to be considered a bronze standard club. These range from submitting a re-affiliation form with 4 positions including President, Treasurer, Secretary and Welfare. You must also have a representative attend a minimum of 3 out of 5 activity group committee meetings (RUSU recommends you come to them all) and have a minimum of 15 members part of the society.
Every club should achieve this to show they are a well-run, developing club engaged with the Students Union and the Knight community. Clubs must have achieved Bronze and completed 10 of the 15 of the Silver requirements to be considered a Silver standard club. Examples on how to achieve this stage include writing or featuring in an article for The Spark Newspaper (why not get in touch with us ahead of our next issue to get this ticked off). You must also collaborate with another club or society to run a joint event or club swap ( this can be through breaking down barriers RUSU events). Additionally, you must create a social media page/account to publicly publish results, show community work and promote the club on events such as non-alcohol socials.
Every club can easily achieve this, but can display a consistent level of effort put in by the committee to achieve a well-run and rounded club. Clubs that achieve this will be recognised at Awards and throughout the year through RUSU and social media. These stages include raising £300 for charity (can be in conjunction with RAG), running 3 volunteering events with at least 10% of members (can be in conjunction with RUSU planned volunteering projects) and increased your membership numbers by 10 %.