Make a difference

Social responsibility is at the heart of our mission and vision at Oxford Brookes University. Discover the positive difference you can make at Oxford Brookes and beyond.

Social responsibility in the curriculum

Throughout your time at Oxford Brookes University you will engage with social responsibility topics in your curriculum which meets the Active Citizenship graduate attribute. The integration of this graduate attribute in your study will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills that enhance your employability and potential contribution to society.

The four core themes of Active Citizenship are:

  1. prepared to proactively engage with both local and global communities
  2. knowledge of the local and global perspectives of one’s discipline
  3. critical awareness of the complexity of diverse perspectives, cultures and values and the ability to question one’s own perspective and those of others
  4. ability to use knowledge and skills to improve society through actively engaging with issues of equity, sustainability and social justice.


Volunteering is a great way to make a difference while exploring new directions. For some people volunteering can be a direct route into their ideal career, for others it helps develop new or existing skills. Either way, it will add valuable experience to your CV and it’s a great way to meet new friends and feel a valued member of your local community. Get stuck in today! 

Careers, based at Headington Campus, organises a yearly volunteer fair along with ‘Volunteer Wednesday’ sessions throughout term time when different charities come to Oxford Brookes to talk to students about their volunteering opportunities. You can also talk to the Careers advice team about the most suitable volunteer opportunities for you. Opportunities are posted on the Careers website and dedicated volunteering Facebook page

Oxford Hub is a student-led organisation offering practical volunteering, skilled placements, project incubation and events to help you shape a better world and community in Oxford. Sign up for their weekly updates and visit their website for the full list of opportunities. You can also follow Oxford Hub on Oxford Hub Twitter and Oxford Hub Facebook.

Social entrepreneurship

Turn your passion to action, make a positive difference to society and boost your career opportunities by joining our award-winning Enterprise Support programme.                        

The programme includes:        

  • the opportunity to apply for up to £3000 funding for your business idea                         
  • a range of workshops                      
  • expert mentors and much more.

Head over to the Enterprise Support web pages for more information.

Turn your passion to action with the Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards programme.