SOAS University of London

SOAS Student Enterprise

About The Make a Difference SOAS Student Consultancy Scheme

The scheme is about providing real opportunities for students to put theory in to practice and for organisations to connect with high calibre talent within our university. Students can put their knowledge and skills into practice, whilst organisations can benefit from new insights and knowledge from students who are passionate about making a difference.  

The scheme is now closed for 2015/16 but will reopen in the new academic year. If you would like to keep up to date with new projects and opportunities to apply, sign up to the Ventures' weekly newsletter here.

Example Projects from 2015-16

Operation Wellfound - Supporter Base Strategy

About the Organisation: Operation Wellfound is an An international charity, providing safe water and sanitation programmes in Africa

About the Challenge: Operation Wellfound currently has a limited support base in the UK, in order to expand their work they need to grow donations from individuals. This project will include producing research into why people may choose to donate and developing a cost effective strategy for growing donations.

Styled By Africa - Financial Strategy

About the Organisation: Styled By Africa (SBA) is a fashion retailer that specialises in contemporary Made In Africa design. Our award winning website carefully curates Africa’s cutting edge established and emerging fashion designers from across the continent on to one central platform, offering unique and beautifully made pieces for a global customer. Integrated editorials from our family of creative contributors reach far beyond fashion through personal experiences of style, travel and life that champion creative Africa.

About the Challenge:  There are a limited number of designers producing in Africa that focus on warm Autumn/Winter clothing and we’d like to provide our customers with an innovative capsule collection that is suitable for them to wear during the colder seasons.

We’d like to support a team in creating a financial strategy for SBA’s first AW16 Capsule Collection- womenswear range. The team would explore ways in generating capital and allocating funds for the whole project. Create a collection plan and review the organisation's sales, production, marketing and e-commerce strategy that is commercially viable and within budget.

YouPress - Project Development

About the Organisation: You Press is a social enterprise based in East London, which is currently run by young volunteers to support young writers and poets to promote their opinions and poetry to the local, national and international press.  We believe in the power of words and stories to change lives for the better and our mission is to use creative arts and writing to empower people to have a voice and be heard.

About the Challenge: Our projects & services are focused on empowering people to have a voice and be heard through creative arts and writing. We are currently working on a new project, which will be an online platform that will give young people a voice to express and share their thoughts and opinions on various social issues.

The project is currently going through the testing phase and has not been released to the public. We have identified a gap in the market for our project and we are therefore looking for ways to we attract young people to our  online platform and develop a sustainable model for the project.

Testimonials

Students said:

‘It was a really great experience that I can resell to a future employer’

‘It's a very good project for teamwork, cooperation and work with organisations to learn some professional skills’

‘amazing experience, really glad I could partake’

‘Best part of graduate degree’

Hosts said:

‘Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your project. The students were amazing and we have truly benefitted positively from the whole experience’

‘What a stellar group of students. Really helpful to work with inspiring, creative, enthusiastic minds. Thank you for helping with the steering process and organising the rooms, absolutely awesome.’ - Women Worldwide

‘The students matched with us were absolutely wonderful and took initiative and did a lot of brain storming and management on their own, and I was impressed with their professionalism, team work and communication skills […]Overall, it was a good start to finding out interesting information and data though! I am grateful for everyone's hard work!’