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The Social Impact Game

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Your chance to partner with students to make real change happen 

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 award-winning Social Impact Game gives undergraduate and postgraduate students the experience of fulfilment in work through a social impact project.  We are looking for volunteers with both a personal interest in social impact issues and in helping student groups achieve their own social impact.  The programme is delivered jointly by the University of Nottingham and by business consultancy Learning Without Borders (LWB). By taking part in the Social Impact Game, volunteers will benefit in two ways: firstly, through exposure to LWB’s professional training and project management resources, and secondly by making a measurable social impact with a student group. 

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 manage projects, meet deadlines and communicate their ideas effectively.  

Partner with students to make a real social impact

Successful projects from last year's Social Impact Game

Nottingham Women's Centre

The Student Team formulated a long-term solution to tackling Misogyny Hate Crime in Nottingham by partnering with Nottingham Women's Centre.  The students created and delivered their own training workshop aimed at improving men’s understanding of the issue and encouraging the men to report it.  The workshop and training material, now incorporated into the ongoing work of the student-led UoN Pro Bono Society, ensures this work continues in the community. 

Find out more about Social Impact Projects delivered in last year's scheme and read student feedback 


The Student Team increased local awareness and engaged the community in supporting Foodprint, the student-founded social supermarket and surplus food re-distribution network.  As a result, the number of community volunteers increased and the team co-created strategies to create a sustainable supply of community volunteers. Now this community supermarket, which was struggling for resource, is now able to be open 4 days a week throughout the year! 


How you can take part: 

Become a Business Partner! (UK organisations only)

You'll work with students on a social impact project impact which will benefit your organisation as well as the wider community - this is suitable for anyone wanting to improve the social impact of their UK-based organisation and who can provide resources (staff expertise for example) to make this happen. Join our no-commitment introductory webinar on 1 October (6-7pm GMT) to find out more about the scheme: 

When and how often?

  • Orientation in October, with the project running from November 2020 to March 2021
  • Around 2-4 hours each month (times to be agreed between Business Partners and their students) 

Who can apply? 

A professional involved in a business or non-profit organisation based in the UK that has: 

  • Been operating at least two years
  • Have a minimum of three Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees 

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 (role description)

Apply now

Application deadline: Midnight 26 October 2020 - If your application is approved, you'll be invited to an introductory webinar and online training from early November. 

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 (LWB). 



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