Tuesday 6 October 2015

University of Northampton sign

​​​The University of Northampton’s commitment to creating positive social change will be celebrated with a week of activities designed to inspire its staff and students to ‘Give More, Get More, Be More’.

Changemaker Week, which runs from Monday 12 to Friday 16 October, aims to bring together the core themes and values of the University’s ‘Changemaker Campus’ status.

The University has been internationally recognised for its commitment to social innovation and entrepreneurship by being designated a ‘Changemaker Campus’ by Ashoka U – the global association of the world’s leading universities supporting social entrepreneurs – and was the first in the UK to be awarded this honour.

The week will see a series of activities taking place across both University campuses, each with a Changemaker theme.

The events include a business ideas generation workshop; an inspirational talk from actor, playwright and mentor Rikki Beadle-Blair; a credit union awareness day and a £10 social enterprise challenge.

Students will also be able to attend a Changemaker Personal Development Programme event, designed to raise aspirations for what they can achieve in life, build resilience and confidence to support studies and future employability.

The first-ever Changemaker Awards ceremony will also be taking place at Highgate House, Creaton, to recognise those who have taken part in Changemaker activities.

Wray Irwin, Head of the University of Northampton Centre for Employability and Engagement, said: “This year we are delighted to be recognising excellence in Changemaking across the University with the inaugural Changemaker awards; recognising the achievements of those who have really made a difference to people’s lives.

“It is this commitment to Transforming Lives and Inspiring Change through Changemaking that differentiates Northampton from other universities, and the week will showcase the best of our Changemaker activities.”

A full timetable of Changemaker Week events is as follows:

Date

Changemaker Week Activities

Monday

12/10/2015

The Future of Northampton – Northampton through the ages and activities to discover what the future of Northampton looks like – Dialogue Café – 11am – 2pm – drop in
Mocktail Mixer – Changemaker Fun Booth, Hook a duck, Mocktail bar – Changemaker Hub Park Campus 10am – 7pm – drop in
Children’s University Ceremony – 5pm – Cottesbrooke 126

Tuesday

13/10/2015

Leaving your footprint – 11am – 2pm To connect to the footwear heritage in the area – encourage students to come and make new and innovative designs using donated wellies – or even add designs to their own shoes – Changemaker Hub (opposite restaurant) – Avenue Campus – drop in
Mocktail Mixer – Changemaker Fun Booth, Hook a duck, Mocktail bar – Changemaker Hub Avenue Campus 10am – 6:30pm – drop in
Business Ideas Generation Workshop and launch of £10 Social Enterprise Challenge – 1pm – 4pm Sunley Management Centre
DJ@Avenue – Guest speaker Daniel Johnson – Ex-Student and DJ, set up his own business as a Music Artist & Producer, inspiring young people in the community, 2 hour DJ set – come and have a go and show off your talent! Questions and answers about his journey after uni, setting up his business and how he works in the community -2-4pm MY89, Avenue Campus
Changemaker Dinner – Invitation only – 7pm – 11pm Highgate House – Dinner to honour Changemaker Award winners and Silver, Gold and Platinum Employability Plus Certificate recipients.

Wednesday

14/10/2015

Changemaker Personal Development Programme – Raise your aspirations for what you can achieve in life, build resilience and confidence to support studies and future employability

– Sunley Management Centre – 9am – 6pm

Guest Speaker – Rikki Beadle-Blair – Be inspired to pursue your dreams and do what you want to do –  Enterprise Club – 1pm-3pm –  Newton Hall, Avenue Campus – Book online
Children’s University Ceremony – 2pm & 5pm – Cottesbrooke 126
Thursday 15/10/2015

Changemaker Personal Development Programme – Raise your aspirations for what you can achieve in life, build resilience and confidence to support studies and future employability

– Sunley Management Centre – 9am – 6pm

 Credit Union Awareness raising – joint activity with the two other CU in Northamptonshire
 Stand on Park Campus – freebies, volunteer guerilla action. 10am – 3pm Library foyer
 Children’s University Ceremony – 5pm – HLT1

Friday

16/10/2015

Changemaker Personal Development Programme – Raise your aspirations for what you can achieve in life, build resilience and confidence to support studies and future employability

– Sunley Management Centre – 9am – 6pm

Leaving your footprint – 11am – 2pm – Dialogue Café – Park Campus

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