Changemaker Certificate

Studying the Changemaker module in my first academic year at University was a unique experience, a constructive one that I will always remember and, above all, that experience that made me understand the importance of trying to make a change in the world”.


1st Year Student 2016

Sign up to the Changemaker Certificate here

The Changemaker Handbook, below, is the whole Changemaker curriculum all in one place. It is a unique blend of problem analysis, design thinking and decision-making skills development, specially designed and written by students involved in social innovation.

​You can register at any time, work through the learning material at your own pace, and submit your portfolio for assessment at any time. You must be a registered University of Northampton student or staff member to sign up.

If you would like a hardcopy of this Handbook, you can order a print from here 

Here is the Social Venture Canvas template for you to download and use

Here is a collection of some of the best resources in the world about the field of social innovation, social entrepreneurship and design thinking

How will you change your world?
Everyone changes the world. Most do it without even realising. Some burn with a passion to right a wrong, others start by helping friends and family. Fundraising, charity work, volunteering, watching the news, attending events or picking up dropped litter, we even make our places of work better. Every action, big or small, changes the world- Changemaker is about doing that better.

We can help you do good, better.
The University of Northampton seeks to transform your life and inspire change in the communities in which you live and work. The University is the UK’s leading University for Social Innovation and we were the first AshokaU accredited Changemaker Campus in the UK in 2013. These titles mean we have the support and drive and the resources of the entire University to help you to make the change you want to see.

Here to help make change happen
Every student and staff member has the chance to complete the Changemaker certificate as part of their degree or in their workplace,  no matter their degree subject or expertise. The Changemaker Certificate helps you to reflect on the world about you and equip you to be able to tackle the social and environmental problems we experience. The skills gained through the Certificate; problem solving, empathy, team working and integrity, are highly valued by employers. The certificate is unique to us in the UK and officially recognises the work you have done to change the world.

All our staff and  students have the opportunity to make their own world that bit better by turning problems into solutions, working with employers, charities and even social enterprises. 

What does a Changemaker venture look like?

A Changemaker venture addresses a specific inequality, social injustice, form of oppression or deprivation, over and above the normal mission/objective of the institution/team, inclusive of the voice and efforts of those benefiting from the initiative” covering one or more of these themes “health & wellbeing, safety & resilience, equalities & inclusion, environmental sustainability, financial literacy/economic inclusion, or lifelong learning & skills”.

What is a social innovation?

A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than present solutions and for which the value created accrues primarily to society as a whole rather than private individuals.

Changemaker Showcase 2015 participants
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