Invent Plus is an incubator project from Southampton Hub, in its third year running. Our aim through the Invent Plus project is to introduce schoolchildren to engineering, not only from a young age, but also from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds. Our ultimate goal is to inspire younger generations to pursue engineering, and thus help bridge the educational inequality gap in STEM.

We believe that promoting women in engineering should start at a very young age, to encourage them to apply for University and later consider a career as engineers. …


Over the next week, Student Hubs are going to be covering social issues that we are passionate about. Today, Southampton Hub are thinking about youth disadvantage.

Alice is a Southampton Hub Alumni. She volunteered with Branch Up on 2017/18, Lead Branch Up as a subcommittee member in 2018/19 and now works in a local primary school. We asked Alice a few questions about Youth Disadvantage based on her experience of working with young people in the city. Hear her thoughts below:

What is your understanding of Youth Disadvantage and why do you think it is an important issue to tackle?


How we are keeping our communities active with #StayInWorkOut.

Spring is a pivotal time for youth programmes at Student Hubs, a chance to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather for sports, outdoor learning and arts. Unfortunately restrictions have left our hubs in Bristol and Southampton unable to deliver on the ground activities but we wanted to continue our mission of keeping our volunteers, young people and wider communities active. This is where CHALLENGE ACCEPTED was launched.

From Monday 27th April — Friday 1st May, Southampton and Bristol Hub released a 5 day social media campaign which challenged their audiences…


For Student Volunteering Week 2020, Jordan chose to reflect on his experience volunteering as Southampton Hub’s Empower programme.

From left to right, Holly, Jordan, Jack and Tom are at the volunteering fayre, behind a table with leaflets on.

I’m the Project Co-ordinator for Southampton Hub’s Empower project for 2019/2020. Empower is a national Student Hubs programme which aims to improve local secondary school children’s self-esteem, motivation and attainment. Volunteers are matched with students on a 1:1 basis and spend 6 weeks working through a booklet which covers topics such as career planning, peer relationships and revision. As the Co-ordinator, I help with the selection and training of volunteers and also act as a liaison between the school and the mentors.


Voluneers delivering an aeronautical engineering session in a classroom

A child’s dreams and ambitions are the most precious thing we can preserve and stimulate in our society. Whether they will grow up to become scientists that study the world around us, to become doctors to keep their peers healthy or become engineers to solve the problems encountered by people all around the globe — encouraging a child to fulfill their ambition is the first step to making the world of tomorrow a better place. It is discouraging that this potential is often left untapped as children and young adults do not have the full breadth of career opportunities at…


Southampton Hub launches Student Youth Board in partnership with Southampton City Council for Student Volunteering Week 2020.

Youth Participation Officer with students from University of Southampton and Southampton Solent.

On Tuesday 11th February students from University of Southampton and Southampton Solent came together with Southampton Hub and Southampton City Council to voice their views and experiences of the city.

Why is this needed?

Southampton currently have a successful Youth Forum which is facilitated by Hayden Collins, Youth Participation Officer. Even though students under 25 are classed as ‘young people’, it has been difficult to engage them. In addition to this, Hayden noted that the experiences of young people growing up in the city could be very…


It has been a month of wrapping up the year for Southampton Hub, and we have some important updates about staffing and a reflection from Fiona Walsh, our Southampton Hub Manager, on her time at Student Hubs.

Staffing Update:

A huge congratulations is in order for Sophie Ford, our current Youth Projects Officer, who is being promoted to Programmes Manager. Sophie has done an amazing job as part of our programmes this year and we didn’t want to let her go, so we’ve extended her contract for another year and she will be supporting Southampton Hub across 2019–20.

Our Hub…


We’re finally approaching the end of the academic year, and what a year it has been! Here’s what we’ve been doing this month.

New Committee:

We have elected the majority of our new committee, and have kicked off the year with training about fundraising and annual planning. During the annual planning session, our committee got to think about how they wanted to develop their programmes for next year, lead the committee and plan exciting fundraising and volunteering activities for the next year.

We’re excited to see them take the lead during Freshers’ Week for 2019–20!

We are still looking for…


April has been a quieter time at Southampton Hub. Easter break has meant Southampton staff have been collecting feedback and getting ready to launch our new sport programme ‘Branch Up Active’ in May. Our volunteers have gone home for Easter break and we hope that among writing dissertations and revising for exams, they have had some time to concentrate on their heath and wellbeing.

There are increasing amounts of research to support the idea that being active has a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health. Sport England reported that physical activity can improve moods, reduce stress, better self esteem…


March has been a big month for us finishing up programmes, looking ahead to next year and celebrating all the success 2018-19 has had with our programmes. See some of our highlights from March below, and what to look forward to after Easter!

Southampton Hub Awards:

Invent Plus Coordinator James (to the left in the suit) presenting his award to the Invent Plus volunteers.

For the second year, we ran our Southampton Hub Awards sponsored by TeachFirst.

On Wednesday 13th March, we had nearly 40 volunteers from all of our programmes come together to hear the successes of the year, be nominated and win awards, and socialise after with free canapés and drinks.

TeachFirst also shared some information…

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