Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE) is an innovative platform, enabling students to apply problem-solving techniques and make a personal social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations.
At the Heart of our project is a diverse, rapidly growing community of several hundred volunteer students who are personally motivated to make a positive difference in the world, through Knowledge Exchange activities with our partners.
Projects typically focus upon organisational challenges relating to social value initiatives and sustainability. Teams perform ideas generation, scoping, analysis and research, formally presenting their findings at the end of the project with a presentation and report.
Typical benefits to partner organisations:
We are delivering three innovative services to our partners:
Currently the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners (PFCC) for Essex, Cambridgeshire and Essex County Councils are our partners. We are always looking to diversify our partner base, please email SHoKE@aru.ac.uk for more information. Students can find out more on MyARU.
Work from Student Consult has been the most impactful, with teams’ reports and recommendations helping the Council form a foundation or starting point within emerging and quickly developing areas of work, such as Equality Diversity & Inclusion, Social Value, and Public Sector Reform. For example, the Student Consult work on Social Value has given us a solid starting point to begin forming our social value policy and strategize how it can be implemented.
Impact 24 provided a great opportunity to facilitate knowledge exchange with ARU and to support learning and new creative ways of working.
The questions we put forward for the students to work on were real life issues and we were impressed by the interesting ideas presented back.
Dealing with real social issues was exciting, and gave the team drive to deal with these issues and potentially make a change for the better.
Meeting new people from the challenge was great. All mentors were informative and great help on the scheme. The mentors were easy to approach and created a fun atmosphere for all.
[The best parts were] contributing to making a change to society and, most importantly, meeting everyone.