10 Years On: Launching our Graduate Impact Survey

Posted on: 8 May 2017

In May 2007, a group of students launched the Oxford Hub. They aimed to connect like-minded students with each other and with social action opportunities in their local community. Since then, Student Hubs has grown into the organisation we run today, supporting social action and student leadership across UK universities.

Now, as we celebrate Oxford Hub’s tenth birthday, we are excited to be conducting our first Graduate Impact Survey. We already know that Hub Alumni have gone on to tackle educational disadvantage with Teach First, start their own social enterprises, lead charities, work in politics and other worthwhile pursuits. Through this survey, we want to learn more about what students who were involved with Hub activities have done since leaving university. We also hope to gain insight into their current attitudes towards social action.

Long term impact is a core component of our Theory of Change. We believe that by taking part in social action at university, students develop behaviours and attitudes that they will keep for life. The data we gather from this survey will help us prove it. We are analysing whether graduates:

  • Continue to volunteer
  • Are confident that they can make change
  • Express social views
  • Pursue a career in “social impact”
  • Engage in philanthropy
  • Have an understanding of social issues / dedication to causes

Evaluation of this data will complement continuous and thorough impact measurement of our current student activities.

We hope you will help us by completing the survey if you were involved with Hub activities and graduated during or before 2016. If you are not eligible, we would appreciate you sharing the survey with your networks. The survey is available via bit.ly/SHgraduatesurvey17. We look forward to sharing the results with you later this year.

In the meantime, if you have any notable memories from your involvement with us over the past decade, we would love to hear about them. You can tweet us or post in our Alumni Network Facebook group. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Francis Wight

Francis is Student Hubs' Network Development Director, leading on policy, growth and partnerships across the network.

Tags: Impact, Social Action, Social Impact Careers, Third Sector

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