• Make a difference - student volunteers
  • 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 Brookes and beyond.

  • Social responsibility in the curriculum

    Throughout your time at Oxford Brookes 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

    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.

    Brookes Hub is a student-led group 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 Brookes Hub on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Social entrepreneurship

    Turn your passion to action, make a positive difference to society and boost your career opportunities by joining our national award-winning programme ‘Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards’ (OBSEA).

    The programme offers you three different pathways:

    • Social entrepreneurship
    • Social innovation
    • Volunteering in a social enterprise

    In addition to the opportunity to apply for project funding of up to £5000, a range of workshops and masterclasses, including sessions with high profile speakers, is offered throughout the academic year. The programme is free of charge and aimed at students, recent graduates and staff.

    Head over to the OBSEA webpages for more information and to sign up to the programme.

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

  • Funding for socially responsible projects

    Do you have an idea for a project that addresses a social or environmental issue and need some funding? There are various money pots you can apply for.

    Student Impact Fund

    The Student Impact Fund gives financial support of up to £500 to student-led, extra-curricular projects funded thanks to the generosity of Oxford Brookes alumni. The funding supports one-off student projects which have a positive impact on members of the local community or other students and which are informed by Oxford Brookes’ guiding principles. More information can be found on the dedicated webpages.

    The [Student Impact] fund* gave our project a boost by allowing us to buy much needed materials to transform a space from a cow shed to a viable arts and teaching area. We now host multiple groups at The Cow Shed.

    Martin Nutt,

    studying Composition and Sonic Art

    Santander student project grant

    Up to £500 is available for students wishing to undertake a community project - both undergraduate and postgraduate students are eligible.

    The types of activity that the grant supports may include:

    • Community projects
    • International placements
    • Research projects
    • Conferences and workshops
    • Creative collaborations

    For more information and to apply, please visit the Santander student project grant page.