Faculty of Social Sciences
  

Alumni and Other Professionals – Volunteering as Project Advisors and Business Partners

What does the Social Impact Game offer undergraduates?

Nottingham undergraduates will experience fulfilling 'real life' work through a social impact project. In this practical, hands-on Nottingham Advantage Award module, students will discover why social impact matters in work and how to achieve it.

The Social Impact Game is a joint venture of the University's of Nottingham's Faculty of Social Sciences and independent consulting company, Learning Without Borders. It brings LWB's 'road tested' materials by professionals in many sectors to students and volunteers supporting them to create social impact projects benefitting the Nottingham community.

What does the Social Impact Game offer you as a Project Advisor or Business Partner?

With your passion for social impact and helping students learn how to make a social impact, you will play a crucial role. You'll help a team of 3-4 students shape their projects, guide them, and even sharpen your own approach to making a social impact in your own professional environment.

The Social Impact Game benefits students in these crucial ways:

  • Gaining clarity about their aspirations, identifying their strengths and how best to use them
  • Developing skills to make informed and empowered choices about the projects and placements they take on 
  • Making the most of opportunities while still at uni towards fulfilling work
Find out more during the Social Impact Game webinar on Thursday 24 October at 1pm
 

Alumni volunteers can contribute in one of two ways:

Project Advisor: Provide support to a team of 3-4 students

Mentor a team of 3-4 students on projects to address a social issue: planning, scoping and measuring their project’s impact in an academic year.

Your Project Advisor role

As mentor to a team of 3-4 students you’ll interact online, by phone and/or face-to-face.

We will train you on how to help students with:

  • project planning
  • building teams and partnerships
  • promoting the project 
  • connecting with other professionals
  • problem-solving and issue-resolution
  • tracking and measuring social impact 
  • communicating to the public
  • participating in a public event on 1 April 2020

Timeline and commitment

  • Project Advisor orientation (mid-October)
  • Time commitment: up to two hours per month October to January and up to four hours per month February-April 
  • Attendance at the final public event on 1 April 2020
  • Testimonials as volunteer or for team

Benefits

  • Accelerate your own career and business
  • Develop your mentoring and coaching skills
  • Experience fulfilment by making a social impact with your work and the team's work

Business Partner: Provide a project idea to a team of 3-4 students

Offer expertise and contacts to a team of 3-4 students with an outline of project outcomes to achieve a measured social impact in an academic year.

The role – can you provide a project idea?

As advocate for a Social Impact Project in your organisation by a team of 3-4 students, you will help to achieve project outcomes with:

  • expert advice and contacts
  • being the contact point for students
  • regular status meetings
  • helping to track and measure impact
  • support for issue-resolution
  • participating in a public event on 1 April 2020 
  • providing testimonials as volunteer or for your team

Timeline and commitment

  • Business Partner orientation (mid-October) 
  • Time commitment: up to one hour a month October to April)
  • Occasional ad hoc availability online, phone or email to resolve issues
  • Attendance of the final public event on 1 April 2020
  • Testimonials as volunteer or for team

Benefits

  • Accelerate business success through a social impact project 
  • Enhance your brand by making a positive community impact 
  • Experience fulfilment by making a social impact with your work
 

Essential! Desire, willpower and commitment to help students make a difference. Your passion for tackling some of the issues facing modern society and your professional expertise will help students develop their social awareness and their professional skills.

To get involved, please email social-impact-game@nottingham.ac.uk

 

Faculty of Social Sciences

University of Nottingham
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