Find a Solution: proposal guidance notes
For over one hundred years the University of Glasgow Settlement has pioneered innovative ways of responding to changing social needs. Since 2008, the University of Glasgow Settlement has been assisting local charities in Glasgow through its annual Find a Solution (FAS) programme. Find a Solution harnesses the knowledge base of the University by recruiting students to help find real and effective solutions to identified problems. Examples of recent Find a Solution projects include:
- St Margaret’s Hospice – a patient evaluation of palliative care standards
- Alzheimer’s Scotland – innovative product designs for the Forget Me Not appeal
- The Robertson Trust – the creation of a communication network for scholars
In 2015, we also launched the successful FAS/ITI3 programme working with Computing Science students who use their specific IT expertise to help charities solve IT problems. Participating organisations have said that the programme has “revolutionised” their working practices and made a “massive long term difference” saving them around 25 working days each year.
Examples of FAS/ITI3 projects:
- Toonpseak Theatre Company – overhaul of IT systems
- Maggies Centres – new method of collection, analysis and presentation of data
- Legal Services Agency – new input and data analysis system
Finding a Solution
For each Find a Solution project, two University of Glasgow students are recruited to work alongside the organisation – usually over an eight-week period between June and August. Throughout the process, students are supported by UofG Settlement Committee mentors and also by academics within the University. We encourage participating organisations to apply for funding to contribute towards the average cost of £3000 for each project (the students each receive a stipend of £1500) but, where this is not possible, the Settlement covers the cost. Following their placement, the students usually deliver a written report to the organisation and present their findings to an invited audience at the University.
The main criterion for proposals is that the work will make a real difference to the organisation and that it could not have taken place without the assistance of Find a Solution. Examples of types of projects include:
- Business Studies students taking a fresh look at an old problem
- Creative Writing students rewriting a charities marketing and publicity material
- Using IT solutions in imaginative ways to transform working practices
- Market research to evaluate the impact of your organisation, identify strengths and weaknesses or the development of a future strategy for your organisation.
Please be realistic about what can be achieved within the 8 weeks of the project! For examples of previous projects, please visit the website.
How to apply
Proposals for Find a Solution/ITI3 taking place over the summer of 2017, can be submitted online at www.gusettlement.org between 6th November and 27th January 2017. UoG Settlement only have limited resources to support Find a Solution projects. Organisations will be informed of the outcome of their proposal within four weeks of the proposal deadline.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org