Yep, done all that to no avail. Local university not supportive despite many attempts over the years both with the university itself and via the students union. We are listed on their volunteer database but the students we've managed to get from the uni in the past (due to us getting a grant to attend freshers week in one year), say students don't use the database.
We can't afford to attend the freshers fair on a yearly basis as we had to pay a fortune and they won't reduce prices for charities despite asking.
We continue to use all avenues, including this forum to try and find leaders