We are proud of the impact that students have had in their communities through taking part in our programmes this year. In 2017-18, we will be building on 10 years of student social action to improve on and expand our impact.

Our priorities for 2017-18:

1. Addressing community need

Since implementing our new Theory of Change in 2015, we have worked extensively to measure and improve our student outcomes. We are delighted with the results. Over the next year we will be turning our focus to community partners to ensure that our programmes are targeting local community challenges that students are well placed to address. That means:

Better consultation with local councils and community organisations to determine areas of community need. We are working with the UPP Foundation to do just this.

Better communicating our value and range of programme offers to community partners.

Better tailoring our programmes to ensure they have a double benefit.

2. Building new university partnerships

It has now been 10 years since a group of students set up the Oxford Hub and Student Hubs was born. We are ready to build on our track record of delivering high quality social action across a range of universities and we are looking to form new partnerships with universities in a range of different ways.

Delivering culture change through our Hubs - providing high quality social action programmes on the ground.

Delivering one off programmes and tailored training to students - specific interventions to enhance the student experience.

Delivering support for staff supporting social action - through training and consultancy.

3. Developing a digital platform fit for the future

This month, Generation Z will be going to university for the first time. This generation, born at the turn of the millennium, has grown up with smart phones, widespread internet and social media usage, and personalised and customised digital marketing. We have invested significant resources in building our digital platform over the last few years, and we will continue to do so to ensure it fits the needs of this new generation.

This means building a platform that aligns seamlessly with our impact measurement framework. It must be easy to use and manage volunteers through. It must also provide a clear and attractive user experience for students. Watch this space.

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Would you like to work with us?

Partnership opportunities include:

Setting up a Hub

Running a programme

Key skills training for students and staff

Advertising to students

Get in touch to discuss what we could achieve together.

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This report was written by Molly Whyte, Catherine Mitchell, Francis Wight and Fatima Iftikhar. It was designed by Graham Read.


Molly Whyte // Chris Lacey // The Rothschild Foundation // Kingston Hub // Oxford Hub // Southampton Hub // Graham Read

Thank you to all our partners:

National partners: Pears Foundation, Rank Foundation, Dulverton Trust, The Henry Smith Charity, UPP Foundation, Charlotte Hill and Step Up To Serve, Generation Change, Student Volunteering Network, National Union of Students.

Trustees: Trewin Restorick, Jenny Ekelund, Bonnie Chiu, Brian Trotman, Dave Hillyard, Dave Jarman, Tasha Unwin.

Bristol: University of Bristol, Martin Wiles and the Sustainability Department, Bristol SU, St Monica Trust, The Henry Smith Charity, Dulverton Trust, Bristol Hub Committee, Amy Walsh, Hannah McGough, Hayley Shaw, Jo Hutchings, Dani Glazzard, Jack Farmer, Stephen Le Fanu, Laura Steele.

Brookes: Oxford Brookes University, Vice Chancellor Alistair Fitt, Julie Mcleod, John Kirk, Clelia Bevillard, Roberto Daniele, Brookes Hub volunteers.

Cambridge: The University of Cambridge Careers Service, ARM, Cambridge City Council, Cambridge Sustainable Food, Cambridge Hub Committee and volunteers, Poppy Crooks, Martin Clark, Wendy Lansdown, Joanna Chamberlain, Professor Graham Virgo, Dr Philip Howell, Anna Malan, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Frances Meegan.

Kingston: Kingston University, Jayne Alridge, Therese Reinheimer-Jones, Student Engagement and Enhancement, Jenni Woods and Widening Participation, Maria Xypaki and the Sustainability Hub, Sarah Duncan and DARE, Professor James Orwell, Union of Kingston Students, Kingston Hub Committee and volunteers, Martha Mador, Sarah Dutton, Farah Mohammoud and YouPress.

Oxford: Oxford University Students' Union, Emma Potts, Ryan Bird, Oxford Hub Committee and volunteers, Jonathan Black and the University of Oxford careers service, Caroline Bucklow and Research Services, Steven Martin, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Emmanuel Kaye Foundation, Singer Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, St Michael's and All Saints' Charities, Bob Price, Bishop Colin Fletcher, Tim Stevenson, Tony Stratton, Amanda Poole, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council.

Southampton: The Blagrave Trust, Dr James Jordan, Kirsten Wythe, University of Southampton Careers and Employability Service, University of Southampton Students' Union, Ellis Campbell Foundation, Southampton City Libraries, The IET, Southampton City Council, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, Southampton Hub Committee and volunteers.

Winchester: The University of Winchester, Professor Joy Carter, Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Elizabeth Manning and the Careers Department, Winchester Student Union, Student Enterprise, Winchester City Council, The Carroll Centre, FirstBite, Jamie Scott and Nadia Mansoor, Neal Allison and Osborne, Winchester Hub Committee and volunteers, Trish Kernan, Barry Harwood, Sarah-Louise Collins, Will Kelly, Sam Jones, Stuart Sims, Terry Biddington, Sandie Davies, Sue Dovey.