Raising and Giving

Raising and Giving (RAG) is AUSA’s student-run fundraising group.  Now in its 130th year, RAG aims to fundraise for local charities in and around Aberdeen.  Fundraising both independently and alongside other student groups within Aberdeen, RAG also supports other charity groups within the university wherever possible.

RAG lays claim to Aberdeen’s historical Torcher Parade as well as the RAG weeks, AU Charity Fashion Show, and other events throughout the year.  Continued support from Student Show, now in its 99th year, has allowed RAG to smash the £150,000 milestone in recent years.  Other partnerships including Bookends and the Hockey Society’s 24-hour hockey are also highly valuable to the campaign. RAG is always looking to join together with societies, sports and student groups interested in having a fundraising event.

Students: RAG are always looking for volunteers, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you think you could help!

Societies: If your society, sports club or student group wish to help us in our fundraising, then we would love to help you! Get in touch and see how AUSA RAG can support you in reaching your goals.  If you have a project ongoing to support your own charities, let us know how we can support you as the university-wide fundraising group on campus.

Charities: If you are locally based and would like to know how RAG can help you then please get in touch!  Each year RAG runs open applications to select which charities we will support.  Check back here or see our social media to find out the latest information on when funding applications open or on our deadline.



By Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ausaRAG/

Via Instagram – @AUSA_RAG

Or by email – rag@abdn.ac.uk


Our valuable partners

Student Show: Student Show forms a major part of the annual Raising and Giving Campaign. Now in its 99th year, last year the team smashed all records by raising £122,000 for the Glaikit Showman!  While previous shows include Mary Torphins, Michty Mia, and Fittie Fittie Bang Bang, each year the show often parodies well-known titles from the world of film, theatre and literature by adding an Aberdonian twist.  The musical comedy is put together by students from the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s University, and NESCOL over an intensive four-week rehearsal period – over Easter and just before exams – but manages to perform to sell-out audiences at Aberdeen’s biggest theatre, His Majesty’s.  As well as the show itself, Student Show always has a jam-packed schedule full of other events, ranging from pub quizzes to climbing Bennachie in fancy dress.

Student Show will next take to the stage for Freezin on the 22nd – 25th of April 2020.

For more information and how to get involved, please visit: http://studentshow.co.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/studentshowdeen/.

BookEnds: BookEnds is a second-hand bookshop run by students for students, which has existed at Aberdeen University since the 1980s. People can sell their old textbooks or fiction books and the seller gets 65% of the profit, 5% goes to the upkeep of the shop, and the remaining 30% goes to the Raising and Giving Campaign!  BookEnds also accepts any donations of which the full price can be split between the shop and the campaign.  Volunteer-led, a lot of time and energy goes into making the bookshop the best it can be, which also extends to events like the annual Halloween pub quiz! Other activities like baking, selling our bookends' merchandise, organising 'blind dates' with books, and book raffles help raise even more money for the charities RAG supports.

For more information and how to get involved, please visit: https://www.ausa.org.uk/getinvolved/other/bookends/ or https://www.facebook.com/AUSABookends/.


Applications for funding are now closed.

Please complete this form with as much information as possible and should be done so electronically. Failure to complete this form in full will result in your application being unsuccessful. Please Note: Maximum funding request is £5,000. Please submit completed application forms by Friday 13th March 2020 by email: ailsa.morris@abdn.ac.uk