Partners: co-create with our motivated volunteer students. Students: apply problem-solving techniques to make a social impact.
At the heart of our project is a diverse, rapidly growing community of almost 1,000 volunteer students who are personally motivated to make a positive difference in the world through Knowledge Exchange activities with our partners.
Work with experienced and engaged students from underrepresented communities on complex problems. Projects typically focus on organisational challenges relating to social value initiatives and sustainability. Teams generate ideas, scoping, analysis and research, formally presenting their findings at the end of the project with a presentation and report. 100% of our partners would recommend the experience to colleagues.
We are delivering three innovative services to our partners:
We are always looking to diversify our partner base, please email [email protected] for more information.
View our YouTube channel to hear more from our partners and students.
You can develop your confidence in team-working, problem solving, creative thinking and presenting to partner organisations. SHoKE gives you the opportunity to volunteer with a diverse team of students, have some fun and receive training with no assessment pressures.
There are opportunities for all students, from all levels and faculties. We have a community of nearly 1,000 students all passionate about making a difference.
Partner organisations such as local councils, the NHS and charities will submit societal challenges they currently face; such as social inclusion, homelessness, mental health and energy efficiency.
Students can find out more and sign up on MyARU. Check out our YouTube channel to hear more from students that have participated.
Email [email protected] for more information.
"For me the biggest challenge I had was my self-belief, and in the year and a bit I have been involved in SHoKE now my self-belief has sky rocketed because of the way that people interact with me and the way I am encouraged to do things that I am good at I am doing things a year ago I never thought I would do." Simon Preston, MBA Educational Leadership and Management
"I discovered a lot about myself… my confidence level has increased… I discovered that yes, I really have a say,.. I shouldn’t second guess myself.” Lilian Uliem, MPH Global Public Health
"Experience from SHoKE is worth its weight in gold. My experience has strengthened my ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team, built on my leadership, consulting skills, self-confidence, and stakeholder management skills." Stephen Sarfo, MSc Town Planning
The SHoKE programme is shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
2023 - SHoKE students shared solutions on how to help young people living with diabetes. These were presented to the Chief Executive and the senior team at Diabetes UK.
2022 - SHoKE students were commissioned to support a regional project to create Safer Streets led by Essex Police and Essex County Council.THE University of the Year shortlist Anglia Ruskin University’s SHoKE team work with charity to help people with type 1 diabetes ARU students' ideas help key services combat violence against women and girls