Changemaker Skills

Changemaker at the University of Northampton is aimed at developing skills, and the experience that underpins those skills through projects, initiatives, ventures and learning in core modules.  A great deal of work has been undertaken by the Institute of Learning and Teaching at the University to map core Changemaker attributes from Ashoka’s experience developing and supporting social entrepreneurs, employability skills that employers really want, and digital literacy.

These come together into four core skill sets: self-direction, collaboration and change, underpinned by a positive work ethic

Self-Direction: our students use evidence, analysis and critical reflection to achieve and encourage others to generate positive, values-driven impact for themselves and their communities.
  1. Self Management: critically reflect on and evaluate their skills, independently and pro-actively plan for personal and professional continuous development, demonstrating perseverance and justifying their approach.
  2. Leadership:  responsible and accountable decision maker, who apply strategies to inspire others and secure commitment to effect sustainable change, in order to effect
  3. Organisation and Action Planning: define goals, prioritise and manage complex tasks, evaluate and apply resources and adapt in positive ways to changing circumstances.
Collaboration: our students add value to their work through creating and nurturing meaningful links with others.
  1. Communication: our students communicate complex concepts, demonstrating professionalism, empathy and the ability to adapt to different audiences.
  2. Group and Teamwork: our students establish and maintain effective teams; valuing others, meeting challenges and actively reflecting upon the experience.
  3. Networking:  our students proactively connect with others, and exchange ideas to establish mutually beneficial working relationships.
Change: our students are socially responsible problem solvers, who apply knowledge of their chosen field to identify, create, promote and manage opportunities for positive change.
  1. Problem-solving, analysis and investigation: our students work independently and with others to identify, design and critically evaluate evidence-based ethical and creative solutions to problems.
  2. Opportunity Recognition and Creativity: our students apply creative thinking to recognise, create and maximise opportunities, taking unprompted action to foster innovative, practical change.
  3. Persuading, Influencing and Negotiating: our students articulate ideas and concepts confidently and knowledgeably to a variety of audiences, demonstrating perseverance to reach consensus and obtain commitment to a shared vision.
Positive Work Ethic, Integrity and Values: the actions and behaviours of our students are driven by an awareness of personal and professional values motivating them to achieve positive social impact.

In short, we develop our students to ‘do the right things, in the right way, with the right people, for the right reasons”. We are in the process of embedding these skills directly into all of our programmes, and across many individual modules, regardless of academic discipline.

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