Social Innovation Programme

Become part of a team of consultants and provide innovative solutions for charities and social enterprises in Winchester. No experience necessary!

Informaton icon Become part of a team of consultants and provide innovative solutions for charities and social enterprises in Winchester. No experience necessary!

Location icon Winchester

Clock icon Semester 2

The first round of the Social Innovation Programme will be held in the second semester 2020. Applications are now open, please fill in this form.

What is the Social Innovation Programme?

The Social Innovation Programme (SIP) is an initiative for university students to address challenges in their local area through research, ideas generations and project development. In a team, you're faced with a real-life challenge faced by a local organisation, and act as external consultants to propose and implement an innovative solution to a problem.

"Working with SIP has undoubtedly given me a grounding in reality on working with social issues" Flo, University of Cambrdige

The programme provides the perfect opportunity to apply and develop your research, problem-solving and project management skills to address social and enviornmental issues. For example, in the past Student Hubs has helped research ways to increase online donations and website efficiency for non-for-profit organisations or helped solve challenges at homeless shelters.

"The SIP truly allows you to feel like you have made a genuine difference and taken action in your local area whilst cultivating skills as a student consultant and team member at the same time. I would definitely recommend it." Margot, University of Bristol

We are looking for motivated and ambitious students to join us and gain some high-quality training! SIP lasts for 6 weeks, with possibilities to extend your work with the local organisations long-term, if you wish.

What will I get from the programme?

Winchester Hub will provide training for all participants - no previous experience required! These training sessions provide you with the opportunity to develop professional skills and gain experience essential to careers in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Additional challenge-specific training will be provided to teams where appropriate.

What happens when?

Students will attend a selection workshop, the launch event, training sessions and the showcase event.

Here are the current SIP dates as a guide (these are subject to change):

Monday 28th November at 5pm: Application Deadline.

Tuesday 26th November: You will be informed as to whether you are invited to the selection workshop.

Week 11 Semester 1: Selection Workshops will occur.

Monday 9th December: You will be informed as to whether you have a place on the programme and given options as to which brief you would like to work on.

Tuesday 21st January: Project Launch Day

Wednesday 22nd January - Tuesday 3rd March: Weekly training sessions (attendance by at least one team member to each is required)

Tuesday 3rd March: Showcase Celebrations

During the launch event, successful applications will meet the rest of their teams and their supporting organisations, and will be presented with their official challenge briefs.

There will be six training events held throughout the term, allowing you to learn new skills and hone existing ones to better help you address the challenge. In addition, there will be constant support from the Winchester Hub office, should you need it.

How much time commitment is expected?

We expect team members to spend about 5 hours a week on SIP, depending on the stage you are at with your project. This time is important to regularly meet together as a team and work with your Community Partner.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to all students at the University of Winchester, and we encourage undergrads, postgrads, PhD and Masters students to apply! Visiting students are absolutely welcome. We are not looking for any particular ear, degree subject or background, just the enthusiasm to see your own ideas in action.

No prior experience of consultancy or the non-profit sector is necessary, and whatever your skills and interests are, we'd love to hear from you. If selected for the programme, you will receive training and support to help you develop the skills needed to meet the challenge, we only ask you bring enthusiasm and potential to the course!


Winchester Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please write to and let us know how we can make this activity more accessible.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the application process or the course itself, please contact Sorcha our Skilled Placements Manager at

Information for local organisations

If you are a non-profit organisations based in Wincheter and would like to host a group of student consultants, have a look here and write to


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