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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 only 50 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 highly employable, digitally literate, global citizens of the future who understands to ‘do the right things, in the right way, with the right people, for the right reasons”. 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, through a work placement, or by starting your own social enterprise or community venture you’ve got the opportunity to earn some money, improve your CV and use your skills to explore how you can change the world.

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 an injustice in the world through the creation of 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 and can help you develop an idea into a social venture by contacting the team at employability@northampton.ac.uk.

Changemaker Certificate

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 recognises the value of your innovation and effort.

All students are given the opportunity to complete the Changemaker Award, at Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. Address a social, environmental cultural or financial injustice, by contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through the creation of a new social venture. We 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 and venture development advisers. You will have access to workshops, 1-2-1 support, online information and advice through the Changemaker Hub portal, and access to start-up ad growth grant funding. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in summer overseas social innovation exchanges with other Changemaker Campuses, and attend the annual Ashoka U Exchange, and pitch your idea at the Oxford Global Challenge as part of the university’s social venture incubator programme.

As a graduate of the Changemaker Certificate you will be internationally recognised by Ashoka U as a Changemaker of the future.

Changemaker Awards

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 becoming a Changemaker email changemakerhub@northampton.ac.uk.

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