We are proud of what we have achieved together with students, community partners and universities. This year marks the midway point in our 2015-20 Strategy. As a staff team we revisited the Strategy this summer and honed our priorities moving forward in order to continue to build on our impact and growth.

Our priorities for 2018-19:

1. Meet universities’ emerging priorities

We strive to put social action at the heart of the student experience. This year 83% of students agreed that taking part in our activities enhanced their university experience. Student Hubs programmes add value to the Higher Education Sector and we will aim to scale our excellent work that focuses on supporting universities to improve outcomes in recruitment, retention, attainment and employability of students.

2. Diversifying our partnership services

With over eleven years of institutional knowledge, we are in a strong position to share our learning and practice with more university volunteering bodies and social enterprise departments across the country. We will invest in sharing this learning through resources, training and consultancy opportunities for new and existing partners. We will also explore how we can facilitate shared learning and professional networks across the sector.

3. Consolidate student and graduate social action journey

We are thrilled to merge the Worthwhile Graduate Scheme into Student Hubs this year. In doing so, we will strengthen and better streamline the student and graduate social action journey. We will consolidate existing programmes and adapt others to ensure our work is achieving our graduate outcomes.

4. Measuring impact and improving programme quality

We constantly strive to prove and improve the quality of our programmes thereby increasing our impact. We are now taking part in Generation Change’s ‘Impact Accelerator’ using GC’s and the Dartington Trust’s tools to analyse the impact of our new sports programme.

We will be able to apply the tools and lessons learnt to other programmes across the organisation, developing a toolkit for Network Leads to implement and gaining a better understanding of the key areas of focus for improvement.

A change of leadership

This autumn Student Hubs welcomed Charlie Hamilton to the role of CEO, replacing Francis Wight who has been involved with our work for over seven years. We are grateful to Francis for his contribution to the organisation and excited for what comes next under Charlie’s direction. Both have reflected on this stage of the organisation’s journey below:

Francis Wight: "Developing the next generation of social leaders has always been at the heart of Student Hubs' mission and vision. Since I first started volunteering with the organisation back in March 2011, it has been incredible to work with so many young people who are passionate about working with their communities to change them for the better. It is great testament to the work of Student Hubs that so many of these students have gone on to dedicate their early careers to social change.

"I am delighted that, as I move on from the organisation, that commitment to supporting the student social action journey - from a student coming to their first Freshers fair, right through to graduates looking to start out in the social impact sector - has been reinvigorated, with the reintegration of the Worthwhile graduate scheme. With a new leader joining a fantastic, talented team, I'm really looking forward to seeing what’s next for Student Hubs."

Charlie Hamilton: "I am excited to be joining Student Hubs at this pivotal moment in its development. It’s time to look forward to the next five to ten years of this award-winning youth social action charity; I can’t wait to get started. The organisation is in good shape, and we truly appreciate Francis Wright’s leadership that led us to this moment. What stands out to me the most as I’ve gotten to know this special organisation is our people. What we do is vital, how we do it even more so. But none of this is possible without the collaboration of an exceptional team with a values-based, performance-driven and community-focused culture. Student Hubs’ values are practised and tangible and it’s a team I am incredibly proud to be a part of."

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This report was written by Lydia Hodgins, Catherine Mitchell and Fatima Iftikhar. It was designed by Graham Read.


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Thank you to all our partners:

National partners: Pears Foundation, Rank Foundation, Dulverton Trust, The Henry Smith Charity, UPP Foundation, Sport England, Charlotte Hill and Step Up To Serve, David Reed and Generation Change, Student Volunteering Network, National Union of Students, James Darley and Transform, all individual donors.

Trustees: Jenny Ekelund, Bonnie Chiu, Brian Trotman, Dave Hillyard, Dave Jarman, Desirée Benson, Gerry Kelleher, Jemma Phibbs, Lee Gray, Tasha Unwin, Therese Reinheimer-Jones.

Bristol: University of Bristol Sustainability Department and Martin Wiles, Bristol SU, Burges Salmon, Quartet Community Foundation, The Alumni Foundation, Bristol Hub Committee: Claudia Chan, Alice Matthews, Maddy Kunkler, Sofia Soares, Chris Papaioannou, Joselyn Joanes, Eleanor Zhao, Sinead Gavin, Sam Wood, Rachel Meehan, Sophie Gordon, Cat Butterfield, Hadya Shawki, Bristol Hub Advisory Board: Martin Wiles, Dani Glazzard, Rokas Buciunas, Rachel Hogg, Hayley Shaw.

Cambridge: University of Cambridge Careers Service and Frances Meegan, Cambridge City Council: Bridget Keady, Jackie Hanson, Cathy Heath, University of Cambridge Environment and Energy Team, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, CHS Group and Jane Kershaw and Beryl Gillespie, University of Cambridge Sport and Karen Pearce and Callum O'Shea, University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's Office, University of Cambridge Educational and Student Policy and Alice Benton, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Breaking the Silence Steering Group, ARM, University of Cambridge Widening Participation, All our SIP partners, Cambridge Hub Committee and volunteers, The Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum Committee, The Cambridge Edible Garden Team, The Breaking the Silence Committee, Our LinkAges Intergenerational Housing Project volunteers and their older co-residents, GLI Cambridge Facilitator team and Ben Fraser, Cambridge Hub Advisory Board: Dr John Munns, Jane Kershaw, Joanna Chamberlain, Professor Graham Virgo, Anna Malan, Martin Clark, Dr Keith Carne, Dr Philip Howell.

Kingston: Kingston University, Student Achievement Directorate, Jenni Woods and Access, Inclusion & Participation team, Julia Millette and Widening Participation team, Kingston Hub Committee: Shanna Antonio, Rochelle Watson, Unsal Kaynak, Chiara Pingani, Sharon Thind, Jumoke Adedeji and Pavlina Georgieva, Kingston Hub Advisory Board: Jenni Woods, Therese Reinheimer-Jones, Matha Mador, Jayne Aldridge, Sarah Dutton.

Oxford: Oxford Brookes University, The University of Oxford, Oxford University Students’ Union and Ryan Bird; Leah Thompson and Research Services, Steven Martin, Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Emmanuel Kaye, Singer Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, St Michael’s and All Saints’ Charities, Pears Foundation, Bishop Colin Fletcher, Tim Stevenson OBE, Tony Stratton, Amanda Poole, Oxford City Council, Oxfordfordshire County Council, Environmental Sustainability, Oxford Hub Committee and volunteers: Phoebe Finn, Sofya Sudets, Oxford Hub Advisory Board, Jonathan Black and the University of Oxford Careers Service.

Southampton: Widening Participation at the University of Southampton, Children in Need, Sport England, The Blagrave Trust, Southampton University Students' Union (SUSU), Southampton Hub Committee and volunteers: Laura Barr, Anokhi Chouhan, Zemzem Sonmez and the Schools Plus committee, Dani Anthony and the Code Plus committee, Eleanor Spencer and the Libraries Plus committee, Megan Evans and the Branch Up committee, Sophie Regelous, Noviann McLean, Corin Holloway, Arvin de Vera, Melissa Camargo, Southampton Hub Advisory Board: Kirsten Wythe, Muniza Siddiqui, Jessica Spurrell, Caro Garrett, James Jordan, Pathik Pathak, Sarah Rogers, Charlie Barton, Andy Kendall, Sophie Ford, Laura Barr, Catherine Mitchell.

Winchester: The University of Winchester, Neal Allison and Osbourne, The Carroll Centre, Winchester City Council, Winchester Student Union, FirstBite CIC, Tenants and Council Together (TACT), Winchester Hub Committee and volunteers: Lydia Green, Lauren Bradbury, Anya Jessop, Sophie Pearce, Ellie Godfrey, Lizzie Mills, David Spokes, Ellen Kirk, Emily Clark, Natalia Purkiss, Laura Horsfield, Georgia Robins, Jessica Booth, Ollie Watts, Winchester Hub Advisory Board: Professor Liz Stuart, Charlie Mackay, Philip Dent, Terry Biddington, Liz Manning, Barry Harwood, Sarah-Louise Collins, Nina Lasarski, Kate Adams, Tali Atvars.