We support students to gain the skills and experience that will enable them to become the social leaders of tomorrow. Through our two core programmes, the Social Innovation Programme and Impact Labs, students develop their abilities by working with socially impactful organisations during term time and over the summer.
Social Innovation Programme
The Social Innovation Programme (SIP), currently running at Bristol, Winchester, Cambridge and Kingston, offers students the chance to address challenges in their local community through research, ideas generation and project development. Students work in teams alongside a local organisation or initiative, acting as external consultants to propose and implement an innovative solution to a problem.
In 2018/19, we supported 233 students to undertake social consultancy placements posed by 41 local organisations. Previous projects have included researching the viability of a social enterprise to support One25’s work with vulnerable women in Bristol and researching the apprenticeship levy for Spiral.
Each programme lasts one term, beginning with a launch event and culminating in a presentation evening at the end of term with local organisations in attendance to give feedback. Students are offered a series of training sessions and are mentored throughout, providing them with the opportunity to develop new professional skills and hone existing ones.
If you are a student or organisation interested in taking part in the programme, find out more at your local Hub’s website and get in touch.
Impact measurement is essential for charities to be able to prove the value of their work, but also to improve the services they deliver and ensure they deliver the best possible outcomes. However, charities often lack the capacity to devote time to this area of work.
At Cambridge Hub, Impact Labs places PhD researchers with a local charity on a 6-week skilled placement, working specifically with charities that provide services to young people in the local community. Students are placed in small teams and trained in key impact measurement skills so that they undertake a specific challenge set by a local organisation.
“Impact Labs provided us with a fantastic opportunity to help develop tools to evaluate our impact. The group of students working with our charity were very proactive and competent.”
– Brazelton Centre, Impact Labs partner 2019
“Participating in Impact Labs was a thoroughly worthwhile experience with tangible benefits that will inevitably improve our practice in the future.”
– Romsey Mill, Impact Labs partner 2019
If you are a student or organisation interested in taking part in the programme, find out more at Cambridge Hub’s website and get in touch.