University of Northampton shortlisted for prestigious award that recognises positive social impact

News Page 15th May 2019

The University of Northampton is in the running for an award which recognises organisations that make a positive social impact.

The 2019 Making a Mark competition celebrates the vast and diverse impact created by accredited social enterprises such as the University of Northampton.

Organised by Social Enterprise Mark CIC, the award winners will be announced at a special ceremony on Wednesday 19 June.

The University of Northampton has been shortlisted for an award after impressing the judging panel with the video below, which outlines the University’s achievements and ambitions for making a positive social impact.

The video focuses on the University of Northampton’s involvement in the Roots of Empathy project, which raises levels of empathy in children, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression. It also offers an insight into the University’s successful partnership with the award-winning Goodwill Solution CIC, which helps the local community through the creation of projects and schemes designed to improve social welfare.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, explains in the video: “Universities are fundamentally part of their communities, in fact you may wish to call them social enterprises. The more communities and the wider public get to understand that universities are not just ‘like a big school’– and that we have a whole bunch of value that we offer – then the social value piece is perfectly demonstrated.”

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