Social Impact Research

We know quite a lot about our students and the social & environmental issues that they encounter, through our collaboration with NetPositive Futures Ltd.

We know that identifying which issues are most important to our students helps to identify how they correspond with our institutional priorities and also provides a starting point for tailoring our engagement activities.

Issues related to WASTE make up 15% of custom generated issues and are the most prevalent groups of issues generated by users. WASTE is closely tied in with the FOOD issues.

SOCIETY (14%) commonly relates to a desire to make a positive contribution to communities e.g. via volunteering.

MONEY (14%) is another primary concern, which primarily relates to budgeting skills, but also spending more money than income due to the constraints/expenses associated with University life.

PARTICIPATION (13%) (e.g. in campus and other activities) is also a commonly added group of issues, with several students raising concerns about the fact that they don’t feel socially confident, or excluded for other reasons.

The University’s research institutes are focussed on driving and achieving social and environmental change, in particular the Institute for Social Innovation and Impact

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The University of Northampton submitted a number of research impact case studies to the 2014 Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Research Excellence Framework, showcasing some of its best societal and environmental impact research, especially in the field of social entrepreneurship. Below are a selection of the impact case studies