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Become a Changemaker

Changemaker is a term you will hear a lot at the University of Northampton, and there are great reasons why.

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In 2013 we were the first university in the UK to be given the title of Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, a community of leaders and institutions who work to find solutions to society’s problems through Higher Education and beyond.

We are part of an exclusive network of colleges and universities around the world that are recognised as Changemaker Campuses. That means we are among the global leaders in social innovation with the vision of what education can be.

Your future is important to us, and we want to prepare you for everything the graduate world could throw at you. So it’s not just about making your CV look good, it’s also about enabling you to be resilient, innovative and socially aware when you start your job hunt. With these qualities, you will be miles ahead of your peers when it comes to landing the first step in your career.

One of the ways you can achieve this is through our commitment to social enterprise. Whether as a paid employee, a volunteer or through a work placement, you’ve got the opportunity to earn some money, improve your CV and use your skills to help the local social enterprises.

Take a look at our Enterprise Boost to find out more about our dedication to enterprise.

Do you have an idea that could make a difference?

We want to help you to be a leader of the future, and so we offer a Changemaker programme that will allow you to develop that idea and address a problem in the world through a new social venture, whether that is a business in its own right or a different way of working that changes the way people view things.

As a graduate of the programme, you will be internationally recognised by Ashoka U as a Chagemaker who has what it takes to make an impact on society.

Ashoka U’s Changemaker Director, Michele Leaman praised our approach to Changemaker:

“The University of Northampton’s commitment can be seen everywhere you look. The panel highlighted the University’s strength in leadership, commitment to the student experience and curriculum and its efforts to measure impact on society as a result. Social innovation and entrepreneurship is on every corner at Northampton, offering a unique example of a Changemaker Campus.”

Find out how our Changemaker Hub drives employability at the University or contact the team at or 01604 892727 for more information.

Changemaker Award

Making a difference to the world around you is a rewarding experience, but sometimes potential employers miss the importance and impact of the good you’ve done. That’s why we have a unique recognition scheme, that credits your innovation and effort.

All students are given the opportunity to complete the Changemaker Award, at Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. Address a problem, come up with a social venture to counter it and we will support you to plan and pilot any product or business idea, so you can launch your venture when you graduate.

You will be mentored by other students, with support from relevant academic staff through an online portal, and have access to network with students around the world through our Dialogue Cafe conferencing system. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in summer adventures in Kenya and other countries. As a graduate of the programme you will be internationally recognised by Ashoka U as a Changemaker of the future.


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