Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE) connects student volunteers and employers from local organisations to work together to develop innovative solutions to community problems and generate real societal change.
This process is mutually beneficial to students and employers. The programme gives students the opportunity to work entrepreneurially to solve real-life social issues within their community, grow professionally as individuals, and gain an insight into external organisations' work. It allows councils and businesses to utilise our students' diverse expertise, experience and insights.
Currently, Cambridgeshire and Essex County Councils are our primary partners, with other organisations joining early in 2022.
For more information on how to get involved, please email SHoKE@aru.ac.uk
We will be delivering the SHoKE initiative through four types of projects:
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.
We were very impressed with the professionalism of the presentations and the real-world relevance of students’ ideas to our work.
It’s so interesting to see what ARU students can do in an Impact 24 challenge, generating such high-quality outputs in such a unique setting.
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.