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Students, Volunteering and Social Action in the UK: History and Policies

Conn, Zoe and Fernandez, Sara and O'Boyle, Adam and Brewis, Georgina (2014) Students, Volunteering and Social Action in the UK: History and Policies. Student Hubs, Oxford.

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Abstract

A brief history of over a century of student social action, and policy lessons drawn from historical and contemporary research. The report was produced to accompany the launch of A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980. The report offers key findings and recommendations from both historical and contemporary research. First national support is a vital element and must be strong and sustainable. Second support for student social action should not be beholden to boom and bust. We need to hold a cross-sector review of how national support can be sustainable and reliable long into the future. Students must shape and lead their social action for this work to be both effective and popular amongst students in the long term. Third, students do their best work in the community when it is relevant to their academic skills and interests, following the service learning model in the US. Fourth, a desire to make a difference continues to be the primary motivation for student volunteers. Fifth, a plurality of routes into student volunteering and social action exists, depending on the culture and needs of individual institutions, and many students engage in activities without formal support from their institution.

Item Type: Book
Controlled Keywords: students, volunteering, social action, youth, higher education, voluntary organisations
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 10:07
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:32
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