COVID-19 Updates: For advice and updates for staff, students, and applicants who may have concerns about the coronavirus outbreak please visit our Situation Updates page.

Academic Partnerships Changemaker Summer Programme

19th July 2020
1st August 2020

University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, University Drive, Northampton NN1 5PH


The Academic Partnerships Changemaker Summer Programme is a unique educational and cultural experience exclusively for our partnership students.

Participants will work with peers from around the world to develop innovative, research informed solutions to social and environmental problems of their own choosing, in pursuit of the University’s prestigious Bronze Changemaker Certificate and Employability+ Award.

Over a two-week period, you will be hosted by staff of the University of Northampton who will help you to develop your research skills and harness them to develop potential solutions to a host of social issues. And when you’re not working on your Changemaker Projects and developing your employability skills you will be enjoying many cultural and local experiences.

For further information click here: Academic Partnership Changemaker Programme 2020.

Included in the package is:

–  En-Suite Accommodation
–  Excursions to local attractions
–  Changemaker Spark Lab leading to Bronze/Silver* Changemaker Certificate and Employability+ Award
–  Research methods/Critical Analysis Workshops
–  Networking opportunities
–  Tailored social activities
–  Meet & Greet from London Heathrow Airport on Sunday 19th July 2020

All this and more for £1100 per person.

Limited capacity, a £375 deposit required to secure place and full balance of payment due by 1st June 2020.
*Silver Changemaker Award only available to students whom have completed the Bronze level.



The Sparks Lab is a dynamic process using design thinking to look at social issues, challenging our assumptions and working collaboratively to refine the problem, identify areas of research needed and create potential solutions.

This is an energetic workshop where participation is critical and humour a necessity.

This workshop supports the spark of ideas.

Social innovation is a common term used in Changemaking. This workshop provides you with a taste of social innovation; defining the term and process. It is where Changemaker crosses over with your academic knowledge, your skills and your passion. On completion of this workshop you will have explored the causes and effects of a social problem, and come up with a few ideas to improve the problem.  You will have experienced a social innovation technique and be able to apply this toolkit to other social problems.

The programme includes a workshop in research methods:

As part of your Summer School Experience you will take part in a one-day Human Centred Design Workshop. During this interactive workshop you will meet students from other parts of the world – studying varied disciplines and subjects. You will work as part of a team to identify a global challenge and be supported to explore the best approach to researching your chosen topic.

You will be guided through a range of research options and approaches to help you and your team decide on the best approach to investigate a social or environmental issue that is important to you.

This research workshop will not only improve your cross-cultural understanding and team working skills but will also give you a greater understanding of approaches to research and how to work as a team to identify and solve complex social issues.

For further information, please email 


Coronavirus situation updates

The safety of our guests is a priority at the University of Northampton, and as such we are monitoring official advice relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 and large gatherings of people. At present the risk to the UK remains moderate and events held on campus will proceed as planned. However, should an event need to be postponed or cancelled you will be contacted by a representative of the University or the event organiser. We also encourage you to check the University webpage ( in advance of arrival or contact us on 01604 735500 if you have any questions or concerns. We also request that if you or any of your party have travelled to the list of specified countries; possibly come in contact with an infected person; or is displaying any symptoms no matter how mild, to avoid attending events at the University of Northampton and immediately follow government advice.

< Prev

Postgraduate Drop-In

Next >

Telling Tales, because these stories won't tell themselves...


Our brand new £330 million campus.

  • Designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.
  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
  • 24/7 library and learning zone.
  • Low environmental impact.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour