Students, Sector Leaders and Social Innovation

Posted on: 20 October 2015

It’s that time of year again! University terms have kicked off and we’re looking ahead to Emerge on 7-8th November at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Now in its 7th year, Emerge is one of the UK’s leading social change events, co-organised by Student Hubs and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Emerge brings together hundreds of students, professionals, entrepreneurs, academics, activists and sector leaders to share ideas for creating a more socially and environmentally responsible world. I first attended as a student in 2013 and was struck by the energy of the event – there is something special about being surrounded by challenging discussion, engaging with the latest socially innovative thinking (I’ve been a fan of Hello Sunday Morning ever since) and meeting like-minded people from around the world.

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Emerge 2015 will once again host a diverse group of internationally renowned speakers and contributors (see the full list here), including:

Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of The Eden Project, who will be delivering the Opening Plenary

Melissa Fleming, Head of Communications / Chief Spokesperson of The UN Refugee Agency, who will be speaking on the current refugee crisis

Nigel Kershaw OBE, Executive Chairman of The Big Issue Group, who will be in conversation with other speakers about communicating passion vs. expertise when pitching to investors

Jake Harriman, CEO of Nuru International, who will be sharing skills for effective storytelling

Mirjam Schöning, Global Head of Programmes and Partnerships at The Lego Foundation, who, along with other contributors, will be discussing how to create high social returns through grant-making systems and practices


This year, the format is changing a little, with Plenary Speakers, Conversations, Masterclasses and Workshops designed to suit a range of needs – whether you’re new to social innovation and entrepreneurship or an expert in your field.

With these sessions, structured networking, Mustard Seed funding pitches, an Oxford Union debate and evening entertainment on the agenda, Emerge 2015 is not to be missed! Find out more and buy tickets here.

Already got your ticket? Keep up with the latest news on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. We’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to, so tweet using #Emerge15 to introduce yourself.

We hope to see you in November!

Molly Whyte

Molly Whyte is currently the Communications Officer at Student Hubs as part of the Worthwhile Graduate Scheme. Alongside youth social action, she is interested in the arts, culture and education. Find her on Twitter: @molly_whyte.

Tags: Social Action, Social Enterprise

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