- Make change in the local community as a student consultant
- In person (with some online recordings)
- Four hours per week from 25 October to 13 December
- No experience needed
What is the Social Innovation Programme
The Social Innovation Programme trains and supports teams of University of Bristol students to work on a real world challenge brief for a local social impact organisation.
The programme benefits our community partners through new perspectives, added capacity and improved community cohesion. It will also benefit your engagement with the world around you, wellbeing and key skills such as confidence, targeted researching, resilience, leadership and teamwork.
I loved the idea that the hard work I was putting in was being implemented into the charity I worked for, it was so satisfying. I enjoyed integrating myself into the charity, conducting fieldwork and delivering my recommendations professionally. Also, the experience I gained has shaped my career path.Jack Belby, Social Innovation Programme participant 2022 – 23
How to get involved
To apply you need to complete an application form to let us know why you’re interested in the Social Innovation Programme and your availability for the selection workshop.
Once we’ve heard from you the next steps will be:
- Application deadline on 9 October
- Attending selection workshop on either 11 October or 18 October
- If successful, joining our launch event on 25 October from 12:30 – 17:00
- Attending weekly training sessions from 25 October to 12 December
- Attending weekly team meetings to work on your report from 25 October until the deadline on 7 December
- Attending showcase on 13 December from 13:30 – 18:00
If you have any questions, or require any support to get involved, don’t hesitate to contact Sorcha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are loads of benefits for you if you get involved with Bristol Hub. These include:
- Having an impact in the community. You can make a difference and support local organisations.
- Have the opportunity to meet new people across different year groups and degrees, all groups are mixed!
- You will develop key skills including project management, teamwork, leadership, resilience and confidence. This will be supported by the professional training you receive and the support you get throughout your experience.
- Accreditation that can go towards your Bristol PLUS award.
- A certificate recognising the commitment you’ve made, which you can put on your CV and share on LinkedIn
We’ve assessed the accessibility of all our opportunities and are able to discuss these with you prior to you starting your placement, this includes any reasonable adjustments we can make. All accessibility information will also be sent to you prior to your placement as standard you have any questions about accessibility, or want to make request a reasonable adjustment, please reach out to Sorcha at email@example.com.
Some examples of reasonable adjustments we can offer include:
- Using an expensed taxi service to aid mobility conditions.
- Making sure there is seating with no arms.
- Printed documents prior to training when requested.
- Extra time to complete activities in the selection workshop, as you would get in exams.
Our activities are all open for everyone so if you’ve not been involved in social action before, or you’re apprehensive about getting involved, reach out to Sorcha at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of our opportunities practice a safe space policy meaning they are supportive, non-judgemental and always willing to listen.
We will be in touch as soon as we’ve read your application. We will let you know whether you are invited to a selection workshop, and further information on what to expect.
At all stages of the process, we will be able to give you feedback on your application – just pop us an email to ask!
In order to support you to be confident as a student consultant we deliver comprehensive training covering:
- Project Management,
- Introduction to the Social Impact Sector,
- Data collection and analysis,
- Problem solving skills,
- Report writing skills,
- Presentation skills.
It’s natural to feel nervous when you try new things, but don’t let you put that off. If you want to talk to a member of our team before applying or attending a session you can email them at email@example.com. Or if you’re not sure who to speak to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.
Some things we recommend often include applying to the programme with a friend – you could sign up together and may come to the same selection workshop so that you’ll have a friendly face. Alternatively, you could arrange to meet a member of our team before a session so that you get to know each other 1-1 and can travel together. We’ll work together to find a solution which supports you to get involved, whatever that may be.