The UK sees its first degree in social change begin this term at the Queen Mary University of London, and course organisers saw over 500 people apply for the 13 places on offer.

The students who gained a place will be paired with major charities in a study-apprenticeship programme aimed at forging a new generation of charity leaders.

The applicants will spend two days of each week studying and the rest working with their host charity. Charities which have signed up to take on the degree apprentices include WaterAid, Alzheimer’s Society, Action for Children, Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and the Scouts. They will be taught ethics, advocacy, accounting and law, with modules on starting up organisations, mentoring others and using social media.

“You have generations growing up now, the Greta Thunbergs of this world, who want to take action to make the world a better place,” said Dr Philippa Lloyd, vice-principal of Queen Mary. “They want to make a social impact as well as an economic impact. That is what this is tapping into.”

You can find out more about the course on the Queen Mary University website.


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