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Supporting Social Enterprise


The University of Northampton is the UK’s leading university for Social Enterprise.*


Ashoka U, the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs, designated the University of Northampton with the international accolade of ‘Changemaker Campus’, in recognition of our commitment to social enterprise.


We are the first university in the UK and Europe to achieve this honour, and one of only 22 in the world with the ‘Changemaker Campus’ designation, joining prestigious institutions such as Brown University, the University of Colorado and Tulane University. For more information on Ashoka U, please visit: www.ashoka.org


As a result of our commitment, in 2013 we met our original strategic goal to be the UK’s leading university for Social Enterprise, a full two years ahead of schedule, and we continue to deliver our aims with the same drive. We define social enterprise as using market disciplines to achieve a social outcome driven by social values.


Our objectives are underpinned by three very clear values:


1. We will provide a unique student experience of the very highest quality, developing both theoretical and practical competence in social enterprise that prepares the leading social entrepreneurs of the future.


2. We will encourage, support and develop entrepreneurial skills and enterprising attitudes among our students, our staff, and the members of the communities we work with.


3. Ultimately we will strive to deliver a fairer and more inclusive society.


How are we, as a university, ‘living’ these values? The answer is through seven key Social Enterprise initiatives:


1 Te Northampton student offer - all of our students 2 Te integration of social enterprise with teaching 3 Nationwide support for social enterprise - our


and research - all our courses, and all our research, will strive to build social enterprise competence and knowledge.


Inspire2Enterprise service provides comprehensive customer-focused and market-driven support to new and existing social entrepreneurs and enterprises.


4 Investment in social enterprises - where we identify


a social enterprise that is trading, delivering exceptional social value, and where there are excellent opportunities for student placements and graduate employment, we will invest in that business.


have, as part of their degree, the opportunity to work in a social enterprise.


5 Evolution of University support functions to social


enterprises - we will examine each of our support services, and where possible, run them as social enterprises, providing services to the University community on a commercial basis while also fulfilling a clear social purpose.


6 Delivery of social change initiatives - working with


partners, we will develop socially enterprising ways of transforming the delivery of services in the critical areas of Justice, Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, and Information, Advice and Guidance.


7 Influencing policy and practice - using our knowledge


and experience we will influence the policy and practice of social enterprise in the UK and beyond.


This strategy creates vast and exciting opportunities for staff and students. We have achieved a lot already, especially over the last 12 months, and look forward to fulfilling our social enterprise ambitions and values.


*Ashoka U, February 2013.


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