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The Social Impact Game

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Creating lasting social change on big issues that matter to young people and their communities

The Social Impact Game engages students who want to build their future and make a difference to society, but are unsure how best to achieve this. We're looking for passionate volunteers to work with students on projects which address a social issue, helping them to plan, scope and measure the impact of their projects over the academic year.

What is the Social Impact Game?

The Social Impact Game is being run as a pilot project for the university. This means that all of its participants – volunteers, students and local organisations – are all co-creating projects with us. This is your chance to help students work out the social impact they want to have in their lives, and feel the personal satisfaction of being part of a wider social impact movement.

All you need is the desire, willpower and commitment to help students make a difference. As well as sharing a passion for tackling some of the issues facing modern society, you'll also help students to develop their professional skills by advising them on how to meet deadlines and communicate their ideas effectively.  

Partner with students to make a real social impact

How you can partner with students

There are currently two ways you can help students with upcoming Social Impact projects:

Project Advisor 

In this role you will help a small student group to plan and scope their own project. This role can be delivered online or face to face and we'll answer any questions you may have before the project starts.

When and how often?

Orientation in late-September, with the project running from October to early April. A couple of hours each month at a time that suits you.

Who can apply?

Anyone! You don't need to have studied at the university, or live in the UK - however you do need to work with students in the GMT time zone.  

What's in it for you?

  • Expert training from Learning Without Borders which will help you to develop your mentoring and coaching skills 
  • The opportunity to give back to the university and support students 
  • Experience fulfilment by making a social impact with your work

Find out more: read the full role description

Apply now

Business Partner (East Midlands)

You'll work with students on a social impact project impact in yourworkplace. This is suitable for anyone wanting to improve the social impact of their East Midlands-based organisation.

When and how often?

Orientation in late-September, with the project running from October to early April. A couple of hours each month at a time that suits you

Who can apply?

Anyone working for an organisation based in the East Midlands (UK) - students will need to visit you on site. so you'll need to be local to Nottingham.  

What's in it for you? 

  • Expert training from Learning Without Borders which will help you to develop your project planning and teamworking skills
  • Improving the social impact brand of your organisation
  • Professional networking with other organisations taking part 

Find out more: read the full role description 

Apply now


Application deadline: 27 September 2019.

If your application is successful you will be invited to an introductory webinar in mid to late September. 

Any questions? 

If you'd like to find out more about these roles before applying please contact  

Or alternatively watch our short video from project leads Dr Caroline Essex and Gabriel Flores. 




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