Students rise to Rotork’s Bath community charity challenge to help develop their skills

November 22, 2019

More than 100 students from University of Bath School of Management have teamed up with city-based specialist engineering firm Rotork to help local charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Under the Rotork Community Challenge, 14 local charities have set tasks which the student teams need to complete by early next month. 

The results of each project will be judged by business and management experts and the winners will receive a donation from Rotork for their charity at a presentation evening on December 4 on the university’s campus.

The challenges include developing fundraising strategies, awareness raising campaigns, and delivering events for good causes. Students receive professional skills training throughout the challenge in areas such as working with charities, making presentations and managing events.  

Last year’s winning team helped GIST Support UK, a charity that helps patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumours, a rare type of cancer.

Student experience officer Jo Parry said: “The Rotork Community Challenge benefits local charities but also brings School of Management students together, fostering their teamworking, planning, leadership and project management skills, and encouraging them to feel part of the wider Bath community. 

Rotork communications director Julius Rich added: “This is a fantastic collaboration with the University of Bath, we’re proud to be involved.”

The 14 charities and good causes taking part this year are: Bath City Farm, Bath BID (Business Improvement District), Curo Choice Ltd, Designability, Dorothy House, First Steps, Genesis Trust, GIST Support UK, Home Start Kennet, Jessie May, Love Weston Library, MHA Stratton House, Share and Repair, and The Woodworks Project.

Rotork is the world leader in the design and manufacture of specialist valves for the oil and gas industry, employing more than 3,800 in Bath and across its global network of local offices.

Pictured, from left: Panagiota Gkotsi and Sohail Munshi from the team taking on the Bath City Farm callenge to create an Adopt An Animal campaign and raise £1,000 for the charity

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