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Community Engagement

We are committed to working in partnership with communities across Northamptonshire and beyond to improve the lives and opportunities for all.


The University of Northampton is the UKs first Changemaker Campus and one of only 50 Universities across the world globally recognised for its commitment to affecting positive social change by promoting social justice, sustainability, and supporting students who become the Changemakers of the Future. For more information please refer to our Changemaker page.

Changemaker Challenges

Through our Changemaker Challenges we actively encourage staff and student expertise to make a positive contribution to their community in four key areas:

  1. Contributing to making Northamptonshire the best county in the UK for children to flourish and learn
  2. Contribute to making Northamptonshire the leading county in the UK for Health and Wellbeing
  3. Contribute to building the cultural and heritage traditions of Northamptonshire into world class tourist attractions
  4. Contribute to making Northamptonshire the best county in the UK to start and grow a business

The Changemaker Hub

The Changemaker Hub is unique to Northampton and develops 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 increasing number community initiatives that work towards meeting a social or environmental need whilst contributing to the Challenges and providing students with opportunities to develop themselves as Changemakers of the future. Initiatives include our Pro Bono Advice Clinic and our Nlive Community Radio station, and student social enterprise United Amayi started by Emma Leering . We also support the community by providing business and enterprise related advice. For more information please visit our Business and Enterprise pages.

We work with a range of community and voluntary sector organisations and community groups, social enterprises, statutory organisations, and private sector organisations in delivering their corporate social responsibility.

If you want to work with us, have an idea you want to develop, looking for volunteers, or just want to find out more please email


Changemaking starts with volunteering. Volunteering is the portal to understanding some of the issues faced by individuals and the communities in which they live; building crucial networks with community leaders and champions.
We support students with their volunteering, provide access to opportunities and support engagement with community organisations to access work experience.
To enable us to strengthen our links with the local communities, and organisations that provide services to those communities, we are committed to working in partnership to provide tailored student and staff volunteering support.

Celebrating success

Every year we celebrate the contribution our staff and students make to their communities with our Changemaker Awards ceremony. It’s difficult to single out specific initiatives from the whole range of community Changemaker activities undertaken across the University, but we try. This year’s awards ceremony recognised a diverse range of individuals and organisations that can truly call themselves Changemakers.

For more information on how we can work together email

Community Forum

We host a termly Community Forum, which brings together staff from across the University and Students’ Union with members of the local community around our Waterside campus, including local action and residents associations, for an open, two-way dialogue to raise community concerns and create community solutions. If you would like to register an interest to attend a future meeting, please contact

Schools’ Engagement

The Schools Engagement Team work with primary and secondary children, within the county of Northamptonshire from the ages of 8 – 18 through our targeted Widening Participation and Uniconnect programmes. We provide an extensive aspiration and achievement programme of interactive on-campus and in-school opportunities, activities and learning resources. Our aim is to encourage children and young people to consider higher education as an educational opportunity for them.

The University’s UK Schools and College Liaison Team work predominantly with post 16 students in schools and colleges across the country and provide activities and sessions including workshops, presentations and events designed to engage with young people, fully informing them about the opportunities and advantages of studying at University of Northampton.

Find both teams and contact details.

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