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Report of UUK-NUS roundtable on social action

University vice-chancellors and other higher education leaders came together to discuss how to support the #iwill campaign’s 2020 goal of ensuring over 60% of 10–20-year-olds are engaging in meaningful social action. 

The event was chaired by NUS Vice President (Union Development) Richard Brooks and Universities UK Chief Executive Nicola Dandridge.

The delegates heard from Liam Rodgers (Student Volunteer of the Year 2016), Stephen Isherwood (Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters), Sir Anthony Seldon (Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham) and Professor Joy Carter (Vice-Chancellor, University of Winchester and Chair of GuildHE).

Two key themes emerged:

1. There are significant benefits for universities to prioritise social action.

Student social action has a transformative impact on students, local communities and universities and this is already recognised by many senior university leaders.

2. There are demonstrable steps that can be taken to embed and scale social action across all UK universities, and to ensure that every student has access to high quality opportunities.

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The team

Fiona Waye

Fiona Waye

Senior Policy Lead - Inclusion, Equality and Diversity
Universities UK