Over the past seven years, the Settlement has successfully supported twenty two FAS projects and, in many cases, helped charities make real and lasting changes and improvements to the way they work. For example, over the summer of 2014, two Computing Science students assisted Toonpseak Young People’s Theatre by helping them to overhaul their entire IT system. The project has, said Toonspeak Manager Amanda Liddle, made “a massive long term difference to the company” and has allowed the stream-lining of processes and freeing up staff time.
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 National Theatre of Scotland – audience access analysis
- Citizens Advice Direct – survey of specific groups of services users
- The Robertson Trust – the creation of a communication network for scholars
In addition to offering invaluable professional and personal development for the students involved, Find a Solution has provided real and effective solutions and recommendations to specific problems faced by a broad spectrum of third sector organisations.
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 – to help the organisation find a solution to the identified problem. Students can be recruited from across all the disciplines represented at Glasgow University and are selected on the basis of relevant academic programme, prior knowledge and experience. Throughout the process, students are supported by UoG Settlement Committee mentors and also, through an informal arrangement, by academics within the University. Where the organisation does not have sufficient funds, the Settlement provides each student with a bursary of £1500. Following their placement, the students deliver a written report to the organisation and present their findings to an invited audience at the University, usually in September.