University and RAG fundraising

The WaterAid Society at Southampton University WaterAid/Southampton University WaterAid Society

University is the perfect place to get involved in a cause you care about. Join us today, and help make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere.

Here in the UK, we probably take clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for granted. But millions of people still don't have these vital services. We want to make them normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation – and we need your help!

There are so many ways to support us. Joining or setting up a WaterAid society. Organising your own event on campus. Taking part in our Tough Sh!t challenge with your sports team. Fundraising with your university's RAG society. Just choose what suits you best. And speaking of suits, we have plenty of taps and toilet costumes you can wear!

What can I do?

Join a WaterAid society

Joining a WaterAid society is a great way to meet new people and make a positive impact. Plus, it'll look good enhance your CV and may even give you the opportunity to learn new skills.

We currently have five societies at universities across the country:

Southampton >

"Joining WaterAid gave me the chance to meet some incredible, like-minded people who want to direct their time and effort towards raising awareness for an absolutely wonderful cause. It has helped me to come out of my shell and be more confident in terms of organisation, involvement and interaction with other people in my community. The people you meet, the cause you campaign for and the skills you develop not just as a member of a charity but as a person, are nothing short of amazing. I would recommend it to anybody!"

Harvey, Social Secretary of WaterAid at Southampton University

If you’re a student at Southampton University, find out more by joining your society’s Facebook group: or email [email protected]


Manchester >

If you’re a student at Manchester University, find out more by joining your society’s Facebook group:



If you're a student of University of East Anglia, find out more by joining your society's Facebook group:


Edinburgh >

If you're a student of University of Liverpool, find out more by joining your society's Facebook group: 



If you're a student of University of Leeds, find out more by visiting their webpage: 

Set up a WaterAid society

Starting a WaterAid society on campus is both rewarding and good fun. It’s also a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and enhance your CV.

If your university isn’t listed above, just email [email protected] to find out how to set up your own.

Become a Student Ambassador

By volunteering as a WaterAid Student Ambassador, you’ll have the opportunity to learn important skills, meet like-minded people and gain valuable experience for life after university, all whilst helping to tackle the global water and sanitation crisis.

For your commitment, you’ll receive fantastic experience to boost your CV, a reference provided by WaterAid and one-to-one support from our team.

To find out more and apply, please email Katrina at [email protected]

Start RAG fundraising

If you’re part of your university RAG, why not nominate WaterAid as your charity of the year?

You could also organise a one-off event like a skydive or a Jailbreak – where you have 36 hours to travel as far from your university as possible without spending any of your own money!

Have a question about RAG fundraising? Email Katrina from our universities team >

Join a WateRAID

We always have bucket collections happening, so get in touch and get fundraising!

We’ll provide tap and toilet costumes, wigs, buckets and loads of motivation. We can also help you plan your event and apply for a permit.

To get involved, drop us a line at [email protected]

"WaterAid has provided me with the ability to grow as a leader, as well as a team member, for such an amazing cause. Working with my team is so much fun as we’re able to hold great fundraisers that are slightly different to the normal bake-sale approach, such as our festive funk and soul night, which makes the society so much fun to be a part of. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of the WaterAid team."
Lucy, Chair of WaterAid at Manchester University
Manchester University WaterAid society

Get some Good Sh!t

Good Sh!t is for people who know that doing good doesn't mean being boring. If you’re serious about making change happen, but don’t think that means taking yourself too seriously, this is the sh!t you’ve been waiting for.

Join us on Facebook >

Promote your activities

Download and fill out our posters to advertise your activities around campus. They're themed around periods and menstrual hygiene, but can be used to promote anything WaterAid-related!

Our work with University of the Arts London

We challenged postgraduate students from across the university to produce works of art and design that highlighted the power of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. The challenge was generously sponsored by Fujifilm, which meant that a Fujifilm X-T20 was at stake for those individuals taking part. The winner, painting student Daumants Brunins, said the challenge “allowed me to understand that painting as a visual art discipline crosses many fields like activism". You can see his winning entry, along with others, below.