Our students have great ideas

Our colleges are full of bright and creative students, who never fail to impress with their ambition and drive. All students are encouraged to pursue opportunities and projects to help them develop personally, socially and academically. As colleges we are committed to supporting students with the resources and connections to succeed, in whatever it is they wish to pursue.

Step forward Great Ideas

Great Ideas is a crowdfunding platform shared by Grey College and Collingwood College. Here, students of Grey and Collingwood can pitch their ideas and get support, advice and funding from wider networks of alumni, friends and even family. These sponsors help turn student ideas into realities! Great Ideas is jointly managed by Grey College and Collingwood College (colleges of Durham University) but licensed from Hubbub - experts in crowdfunding!

Crowdfunding explained

In a crowd, each person only has to make a small contribution to effect massive change: this is the idea behind crowdfunding. Many sponsors each make a small donation in return for a small reward, and this helps the project team reach their overall target. Our crowdfunding platform showcases projects, provides a simple way for sponsors to donate online, and allows student teams to share their ideas with a wider audience.

Crowdfunding is “all-or-nothing funding”, which means every project must achieve its minimum needed by its completion date or no funds change hands. Why? Part of the appeal of crowdfunding is that sponsors get to engage with projects and see where their money is going. This keeps everyone happy!

As a supporter, you will make a pledge to give a donation and payment will only be taken at the point where the project achieves its target. As a project lead, it is your job to promote your project amongst your networks and groups to ensure that it reaches its goal.

Once the project is completed, the funding comes to Durham University and is distributed to the student project team by either Grey College or Collingwood College to enable them to complete their project.

Suitable projects

We are open to a wide range of projects and ideas. Want to start a new volunteering activity in Durham City or the North East? Build a robot to return your tray in the dining hall? Need new equipment for your club or society? Want to send your team on tour? Organise a symposium or academic conference? Go for it!

Creating a project

You must be a current registered student of Grey College or Collingwood College to create a project on Great Ideas.

Create an account (please use your Durham email address) and enter a few key details: a description of what you want to do, a funding target and completion date, and some rewards for pledges. Images and videos can also bring your project to life!

The project will be moderated by your college, who can provide feedback and guidance where necessary. As long as your project is considered suitable, it will be published on the live site and we'll support you in promoting it.

You’ll find great resources on the site to help you in creating the project – check the FAQ and Academy sections for guidance and advice.

Sponsoring a project

If a project grabs your attention, pick your donation and reward level, and follow the steps to make the donation. If you support a project, you will automatically receive updates about it. You can also interact directly with the team behind the project by leaving a comment on the project, or sending them a message.

Are there any fees?

Grey College or Collingwood College will cover the costs of platform and transaction fees. This means 100% of the funds donated to the project will reach the student project team.

College Contacts

Grey College: Email grey.opportunities@durham.ac.uk or speak to the Vice Master, Peter Swift

Collingwood College: Email collingwood.crowdfunding@durham.ac.uk or speak to the Vice Principal, Emma Brownlow.

Still got questions?

Check the FAQ section, or get in touch.