The University of Northampton has a unique commitment to social innovation and creating social impact. This means that, as an institution, we work hard to have a positive effect on the world around us. This ethos is evident in everything we do.
We’re not afraid of change; in fact, we fully embrace it. We were the first UK University to be awarded the Ashoka U ‘Changemaker Campus’ designation, in recognition of our commitment to social innovation. The universities who share this accolade are world-leading, successful and innovative. We’re very proud of this achievement.
While at the University, all of our students can develop the skills they need to be social innovators, people that can apply new thinking to long-standing and difficult problems, in order to change things for the better. Social impact, ‘doing good stuff’, is what makes our students stand out.
Our impact on the community
The University of Northampton has placed social impact and innovation at the heart of our strategy - ensuring our work has a positive effect on the communities we serve.
The University makes a valuable contribution to the local area, and social enterprises and initiatives established by the University benefit the local and the national community.
Our Strategy, Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change, sets out four Changemaker Challenges:
- Make Northamptonshire the best county in the UK for children and young people to flourish and learn.
- Make Northamptonshire the leading county in the UK for Health and Wellbeing.
- Build the cultural and heritage traditions of Northamptonshire into world class attractions.
- Make Northamptonshire the best county in the UK to start, build and run a business.
Staff and students of the University strive to achieve in these challenges, to build both a successful University and thriving county.