July Newsletter

Welcome to the Social Impact Lab's monthly newsletter!
Look forward to social innovation stories, information about our events,
updates from our partners and more!

Social Impact Dissertation Prize 2019:

Winners announced!

This spring, we invited undergraduate finalists to submit their research addressing social issues to the Social Impact Dissertation Prize competition. The aim of this award is to recognise innovative and high-quality research and to encourage students to add an additional facet to their work by summarising how it addresses a social issue. 

We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of entries to the Prize competition, but after careful deliberation are proud to announce the winners of the Social Impact Dissertation Prize 2019:
  • Shayla Wilson (BSc Social Policy and Criminology) has been awarded First Prize for her project ‘Should third sector organisations forge formalised partnerships with Youth Offending Services in order to facilitate diversion?’
  • Amber Warren (BSc Hons Education & Psychology) was Highly Commended by the Panel for her project ‘Exploring Transitions and Resourced Provision for Children with Autism in a Mainstream School: Pupil and Teacher Perspectives’.
  • Maheva Butchart (BSc Sociology & Social Policy) has been awarded the Second Highly Commended prize for her project ‘The role of the third sector within refugee integration: A qualitative approach to uncover the barriers refugees face when integrating into the UK’.
The winners will be awarded their prizes during the graduation period - make sure you're following our social channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to follow this story!
Read the winning entries now!

Our Partners:  
 Bradley Heslop, Wessex Social Ventures (WSV)

We are pleased to include a feature on two University of Southampton alumni, Bradley Heslop and Adam Boxer, who are the Founders/Managing Directors of Wessex Social Ventures. WSV enables low-income communities to create a sustainable impact on education, health and the economy through locally run businesses, supported by development organizations and a global network.
Bradley Heslop was named the Lead 2030 winner for Sustainable Development Goal 17, supported by KPMG. The Lead2030 Challenge for SDG17 aimed to identify and grow a multi-stakeholder partnership that shares knowledge, skill, technology and financial resources, to improve education and literacy.
WSV has developed a network model that empowers rural societies to address their own issues, supporting the foundations of community education, health and economy, whilst making rural development investment-worthy. WSV works with communities, NGOs, universities and others to develop solutions to development challenges.
WSV’s current portfolio includes:
  • Petal: Delivering free sexual and reproductive health education and making affordable reusable sanitary pads.
  • Roots: Building communal toilets, mainly in schools, that allow the conversion of human waste into liquid and solid fertilizers.
  • Right Light: Creating affordable, zero risk, access to solar products and services through a rental and battery-charging scheme.
Learn more about WSV's important work

Social Impact in Focus 

Neighbr - Don't Buy, Borrow!

Founded by current University of Southampton Business Management student Cade Abrahams, Neighbr is a revolutionary new borrowing app aimed at the student community.
Neighbr, available on the App Store and Google Play, is a sharing economy platform designed to help users to borrow – rather than buy – the items they need. The Neighbr approach is based on fast delivery, simple subscription model pricing, and a wide inventory of borrowable items. The service is particularly well suited to students. The most popular items are board- and computer games. Borrowing them through Neighbr saves waste and allows users to access the things they need without compromising on sustainability. Furthermore, the sharing of ‘stuff’ based on locality – Neighbr aims for an average 20-minute delivery window – is a great way to build communities and forge links between neighbouring groups.
Neighbr is in an exciting period of development! Founder Cade Abrahams won a coveted place to pitch at this year’s Future Worlds’ prestigious Dragon’s Den competition and is currently undertaking the Student Enterprise Team’s Enternship Grant Fund opportunity to work on the business with financial and logistical support from the University. Watch the dynamic promotional video to find out more…
Meet Neighbr

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