The University of Northampton defines social impact as ‘doing good stuff that helps either people and/or the environment’. We believe that by working with our partners we can have a social impact in many ways. The University of Northampton is totally and publicly committed to being socially innovative in order to deliver social impact. For us, social innovation is bringing new thinking to help tackle new problems.
The University of Northampton Innovation Centre is a hub for organisations that deliver social impact, attracting tenants businesses that deliver social benefits, address unmet social needs and tackle difficult social problems in an enterprising way. It might be that an organisation serves the common good through its products and services, through its employment and training policies or in the way it uses its supply chain.
You may already know what social impact your company has or you may need some guidance working out your social impact. Some of the things that the University does that have a social impact include:
• providing training to local unemployed young people and other disadvantaged groups
• purchasing goods and services directly from social enterprises
• improving recycling facilities and strategies
• reducing road miles and supporting local businesses through local purchasing
The social impact of some organisations is more evident than others,so the university’s Institute of Social Innovation and Impact can assist you to define and measure your social impact and, where necessary, can offer consultancy to organisations that would like to learn more about and measure their social impact.
The work on site is moving at a frantic pace – there are now lights, air con units and solid oak doors on nearly all of the office units, but we think the most exciting thing is the newly painted blue wall in our atrium!
The University of Northampton and Kier Construction are pleased to announce that the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the new University of Northampton Innovation Centre took place on Wednesday 3 September 2014.
In building construction, ‘topping out’ is traditionally the ceremony held when the structural frame to a new building is complete. To celebrate the occasion, Terry Neville, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Northampton and Sean Yeo, Operations Director of Kier Construction, joined a group of invited guests on the roof of the landmark building. Terry and Sean unveiled a plaque that was presented by Kier Construction to the University of Northampton.
Terry Neville and Sean Yeo were joined at the event by representatives from organisations including; Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, Turner & Townend, Arup and Broadway Malyan.
Terry Neville commented: “We are pleased and proud to be in the final stages of development for the new Innovation Centre. The University of Northampton Innovation Centre will be a flagship development for the social innovation sector and will support businesses that tackle social problems in an enterprising way. Encouraging entrepreneurship is crucial to the University and significantly enhances the experience and employability prospects we offer to our students.”
Kier Construction’s Operations Director, Sean Yeo, added: “We are delighted to be working on the University of Northampton Innovation Centre project. This building is the latest to be delivered as part of a very successful working relationship with the University team. We look forward to the completion and handover of the Innovation Centre, and hope to continue working with the University of Northampton in the future.”
The £8.5m University of Northampton Innovation Centre is a flagship building for the Northampton Enterprise Zone. With 42 flexible office units, a cafe and conference space, the centre offers the opportunity for enterprises to grow in a supportive environment alongside like-minded businesses. With a wide range of services, the businesses located within the centre will have access to specialist University of Northampton business support.
Building work is progressing well on the centre – the concrete is now in and the roof is nearly finished. These images are a week or so old but there’s some lovely images of the crane that will soon be leaving the site.