Our Digital Connections Project will support Student Hubs' work to mainstream volunteering and 'giving back' on campus. By using technology to place opportunities in the palm of students' hands, it will help us to ensure that universities produce not only world-class minds, but world-class citizens.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013
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Young people in the UK are civically disengaged andfeel less connected to society at large than previous generations.The Cabinet Office Giving White Paper shows 8% of the UK population give 47% of charitable income - a philanthropic division replicated amongst the young. The 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey study showes that young people are less supportive of the NHS than their parents, and less likely to favour higher benefits ‚Äì despite being more likely than their elders to be unemployed.
The Student Hubs Digital Connections project addresses this need by breaking down barriers to civic engagement amongst university students by making use of technology. Our experience of working with 22,000+ students has shown that a multi-purpose digital platform is vital to mainstreaming social action because civic disengagement is not a concerted decision on the part of young people ‚Äì but rather fostered by the disempowering lack of clear opportunities to give back to society.
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