Put on an event

We want students running their own Do Something Different events. For this reason, we have a team dedicated to providing support and potential funding to develop your ideas into Do Something Different activities.


Please note that, like all events run by UEA and the Students' Union, DSD events are currently cancelled until further notice 


Click here to be directed to our get connected page

How do I submit my idea?

If you are interested in running your own (non-festival) DSD event, please fill in the application form below. This equips us with all the necessary information that we will use to advise and support you. Please provide as much detail as possible on this form and ensure you submit your application at least one week before the intended day of your event to allow 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, which you can send to dosomething.different@uea.ac.uk. If we do not receive a completed risk assessment within two weeks of your event date, we cannot add your event to our Calendar. Example risk assessment templates for your events can be found here.

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


You can also apply fro upto £40 in funding to help you with getting equipment for your event. In order to get this funding you must first apply for it and get a confirmation email from the DSD team. The funding will then be released to you after your event happens if you adhere to the following steps: 

  1. Complete a DSD register (these can be found at the SU reception or online at the bottom of this page) 

  2. Take picture of your event

  3. Keep the reciepts/invoices for everything purchased for your event

  4. Send all of these documents to dosomething.different@uea.ac.uk


Funding requests for food and drink will not be confirmed unless it is culturally/thematically relevant to the event or you are expecting over 50 attendees.

What happens next?

Once we have received your application, we will review it within three working days and contact you once we have made a decision. If your event has been approved we will add it to the Do Something Different Calendar for interested students to find. If the event details change at any point, please contact the DSD Team to update your information. 

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. This is particularly important if you are receiving funding for your event as any funding monies will not be released until we receive both a register and photographs of the event.

An electronic copy of the attendance register is available here. 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

Planning Your DSD Event

DSD Resource Pack