Bath university students take on the Rotork Challenge to help local community

By Nick Batten on 15 November, 2021

University of Bath School of Management students are working hard to help charities and community groups by participating in the Rotork Community Challenge, an initiative sponsored by Bath-based FTSE 250 engineer Rotork plc.

Over 150 students have joined the initiative which develops their management, creative and professional skills. As part of the challenge, charities and organisations have set 19 challenges for School of Management students, which need to be completed by early December.

The results of each project, which typically solve a specific operational issue, fundraising ask, or campaign requirement will be judged by business and management experts on 9th December. More than 150 students have signed up to the Challenge and the winning team will receive a donation from Rotork for their project’s cause or charity.

Jo Parry, Student Experience Officer, said,”We have had a record number of students sign up to this year’s Rotork Community Challenge – it not only benefits local charities but also brings students together, fostering their team working, planning, leadership and project management skills, and encouraging them to feel part of the wider Bath community.”

The community charities and local groups include The Paul Hodges TrustWhale and Dolphin ConservationGenesis TrustShare and RepairWheels for AllSave the ChildrenV Team BathThe Royal Life Saving Society1st Impressions CICCare Home VolunteersBath City FCMarmalade TrustGirlguiding in Bath, and homeless charity Julian House.

Julius Rich, Rotork’s Communications Director explained, “Rotork has supported this initiative for several years and we’re delighted to be involved again this year in collaboration with the University of Bath and local charities.”

The varied challenges include creating marketing materials for fundraising and volunteering campaigns, helping a charity source businesswear for women returning to the workplace, assisting an organisation that addresses the issue of isolation in the Bath community, and helping a local charity that supports female education in Uganda.

Etienne Lee, MSc Management student and part of the team supporting 1st Impressions CIC, added, “Taking part in the challenge not only equips me with transferable skills such as communication, project management and teamwork, but it also provides me with an invaluable opportunity to transform our diverse ideas into actionable recommendations and solutions to help our charities achieve their vision and make a positive social impact in the local community. I’m extremely grateful to be part of this challenge and would highly encourage anyone interested in getting involved to participate.”

The winners of the previous Rotork Community Challenge helped support Julian House.

Pictured above: Bath students taking part in the Rotork Community Challenge