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Community Engagement

We are committed to supporting the community, using staff and student expertise through a growing number of initiatives such as the Pro Bono Advice Clinic. We also support the community by providing business and enterprise related advice. For more information please visit our Business and Enterprise pages.

The Changemaker Hub develop strategic partnerships with organisations in local, national and international communities that provide innovative paid and unpaid opportunities for students. This means our students gain employability skills and enhance their experience while also benefiting local businesses and communities.

Sharing resources, skills, time and expertise, we have a number of community initiatives to work towards meeting a social or environmental need and providing students with the opportunity to develop themselves as leaders of the future in a socially innovative way.

We work with:

  • voluntary organisations
  • community groups
  • tenants and residents groups
  • faith groups
  • housing associations
  • community interest companies
  • mutuals
  • co-operatives and social enterprises
  • industrial and provident societies
  • sports organisations
  • grant making and charitable trusts
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • unincorporated groups
  • private clubs
  • public sector (such as the police, military, NHS trusts, public roads and transport, education, county and borough councils)

If you have a need or idea, are looking for volunteers, or just want to find out more please email

We also provide an aspiration and achievement programme of events and activities for Northamptonshire schools. This is provided by Aspire Plus and linked to the Aspire Network.

The University’s UK Schools and Colleges Engagement Team also offers a variety of sessions and activities including workshops, presentations and events that are designed to engage with students, fully informing them about higher education to allow them to make an informed decision about their future.

Changemaker Café

The Changemaker Café is an initiative developed by the Changemaker Hub to bring local, national and international community organisations and social enterprises onto campus. The purpose of the café is to enable the University to strengthen its links with the community, provide resource and skills to community organisations through work based learning and provide opportunities for students to build skills by networking and volunteering with community based projects.

Community work based learning has been enabled students to practically use the skills that they have developed within the curriculum, gain valuable credibility for their work and increase their network for life after University.


Changemaking all starts with volunteering.   Volunteering is the portal to understanding some of the issues faced by the community and helps to build crucial networks with leaders in the volunteering world.

The University of Northampton has developed a partnership with Voluntary Impact Northants

To enable us to strengthen our links with the local community infrastructure a​nd through the partnership we provide tailored student volunteering support.

Case study

Emma is a third year International Development student and the founder of United Amayi, a charity that helps women in Malawi have equal opportunities. With funding from our Changemaker Hub Emma’s story is an inspiration to us all.​ Listen to her experiences on our YouTube channel.


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