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Civic Engagement

All over the world, University of East London students are making a real difference to people's lives while enriching their own learning experience.
  • 90%

    of respondents reported having a positive experience working with the UEL Volunteering Service.

  • 18

    students were nominated by community partners for an Outstanding Contribution to Volunteering Award.

  • Over 10,000

    Volunteering hours clocked up in 2016-2017.

Learn by doing and deliver real change

Civic engagement is at the heart of almost everything that happens at UEL. As a student, you’ll participate in real-world, off-campus projects that deepen your learning experience while giving you the chance to make a real difference in your community, be it local or global.

In 2015 we created a special Civic Engagement Fund, and launched it by giving £100,000 to nearly two dozen projects ranging from lung cancer awareness to promoting financial literacy.

We also established London Scholars, where students work with staff to address some of the challenges we see every day in London. London Scholars builds on the success of our Global Scholars programme, which provides funding for social enterprise projects around the world.

Composing gospel music with schoolchildren, looking at the role of football in Asian communities, setting up a dairy farm in Ghana – the possibilities are endless. How will you make civic engagement part of your UEL experience?


    • Civic Engagement Fund
      Health advocates take their message to the streets
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    • Civic engagement fund
      Creative writing students tell the stories of east London
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    • Law clinic
      Law clinic offers summer hours
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    • Civic Engagement Fund
      Money Champions steer people away from debt
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    • Musicians teach gospel composition to children
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    • Civic Engagement Fund
      Speech Bubbles helps Newham children communicate
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    • Civic engagement fund
      Student journalists investigate barriers to football careers
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    • Civic Engagement Fund
      Public health students are inspired to change the world
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    • Civic engagement fund
      UEL expands access to its archive collection
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    • Civic Engagement Fund
      'Street Team' brings youth club plan to life
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    • Civic Engagement Projects 2015-2016
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