Inspiring student volunteering in Oxford

Thursday, 09 February 2012


Hundreds of students, volunteers and university staff from across the UK will converge on Oxford Brookes this week (Fri 10 - Sat 11 Feb 2012) for the IMPACT 2012 conference.

Hundreds of students, volunteers and university staff from across the UK will converge on Oxford Brookes this week (Fri 10 – Sat 11 Feb 2012) for the IMPACT 2012 conference.

 

IMPACT 2012 will bring attendees face-to-face with the issues, opportunities and ideas which are collectively faced by universities and their wider communities.

Those studying in Oxford will join confirmed attendees from across more than 40 universities and receive information on how to:
• be inspired by volunteers and activists,
• be informed and debate with those leading social action,
• lead on student volunteering in the future.

The event is led by Student Hubs, a national charity working to support 20,000 students a week in taking part in social action, and will be hosted at Oxford Brookes’ Harcourt Hill campus.

Hilary Lowe, Associate Dean for Civic and Community Engagement at Oxford Brookes and one of the speakers at the conference, said: “Many Oxford Brookes students are already involved with voluntary work which is of great benefit for our local community.

“The chance to host IMPACT 2012 provides Oxford with an excellent opportunity to further improve on this engagement. I am sure that those attending will gain a greater understanding and enthusiasm for volunteering and will help to make a real difference.”

James Hubbard, Event Coordinator for Student Hubs, commented: “The aim of this conference is really to bring together all those working in student volunteering to ensure that as funding changes alter the higher education landscape, student volunteering remains core to the relationship between universities and their surrounding communities”

Those attending the conference will give receive the skills, ideas and resources needed to make student-led volunteer projects a reality. Amongst other subjects, the conference will offer sessions on project and volunteer management, fundraising, communications and marketing, legal advice, international volunteering and changes to be aware of in the sector.

More information on the conference is available on the IMPACT 2012 website.