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This page provides all the guidance you need to turn your ideas into an opportunity for students to transform. From applying, to securing funding and running your event, here you'll find all the resources you need to inspire students across UEA. 

If you have any questions relating to your event, please contact the Do Something Different Coordinator (Union.Opportunities@uea.ac.uk). 

How do I submit my idea?

Its easy to get involved in DSD. It all starts with completing the application form below, which equips us with all we need to help get you started. The application form should only take 10 minutes to complete. Please ensure that you submit your application at least two weeks before your event to ensure we have the time to review and promote your event effectively.

We also need a completed risk assessment and a jpeg image to represent your event on the Calendar (send to Union Opportunities). 

If we do not receive a completed risk assessment within two weeks of your event date, we cannot add your event to our Calendar. Please ensure that you plan ahead to avoid disappointment. 

Example risk assessment templates for your events can be found here.


Ready to begin? Send us your idea by completing the application form below!





Remember to send your completed risk assessment and image two weeks before your event!

What happens next?

Once we have recieved your application, we will review it within three working days and contact you once you have been approved. All funding applications will be reviewed by the end of each working week, and we will contact you afterwards with whether you have been successful.

After you have been approved, your event will be added to the Do Something Different Calendar for interested students to find. If we're really impressed by your event's quality, we may even select you to be one of the headliners in its week.  

Leading up to your event, we're here to support you with any part of planning your event. If the event details change at any point, please contact Union Opportunities or the DSD Team to update your information. 

At your event...

To help us improve Do Something Different over time, we expect all DSD activities to complete an attendance register and provide photos of their activity. Doing this helps us to showcase the hard work you put into your event, and give you the credit you deserve. 

An electronic copy of the attendance register is available below. Paper copies are available from the SU Offices.

Helpful Resources  

If you need help with various aspects of creating your DSD event, please see the relevant resource below. 

DSD Attendance Register

Claiming your DSD Funding

Planning Your DSD Event

Booking a Room

Or, if you want to create your own DSD posters and images, the assets below are free for you to download and use:

DSD Resource Pack