Are you the Undergraduate of the Year for Impactful Social Action?
We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding Undergraduate of the Year for Impactful Social Action. We are looking for somebody who is passionate about driving social change and can tell us what they are personally doing to make a difference.
Applications for the awards are now closed.
Either a place on Clifford Chance’s SPARK scheme or a one-week internship within its corporate social responsibility and pro bono team, depending on your interests. Upon completing your work experience, you will also be invited to attend the 2020 One Young World summit in Munich as part of the Clifford Chance delegate team and will receive £500 towards further driving your social impact initiative.
We are delighted to introduce the 2020 finalists for this award.
Adila Darego | University of Leicester | Law
Andriy Zapotichny | Cardiff University | Business Economics
Danielle Watts | University of Oxford | Jurisprudence
George Rosenfeld | University of Cambridge | Middle Eastern Studies, Russian and Politics
Howard Blackbee | University of Nottingham | Economics
Michael Bryan | London School of Economics and Political Science | History and International Relations with Russian
Nicole Pearson | University College London | Law
Sadaf Moosvi | SOAS University of London | Politics and International Relations
Tiara Sahar Ataii | University of Cambridge | Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Tsemaye Uwejamomere | University of Cambridge | Engineering
To enter you must:
- be an undergraduate student at a university in the UK
- be on track to achieve a 2.1 or above
- have the right to work in the UK after graduation
What makes an award winner?
Our award winner will have used their initiative to develop and drive a project that creates a positive difference for others and will be able to demonstrate how this has led to sustainable social change. We would like to hear about the scale and breadth of your initiative and the skills you have developed. Your initiative(s) may fall within one or more of the following three areas:
- Access to justice: you will have helped to support the upholding of the rule of law through widening access to justice for those who are disadvantaged and without a legal voice.
- Access to education: you will have assisted people without access to education to develop their knowledge and skills and/or improve their job prospects.
- Access to finance: finance is vital to the future sustainability of our communities. You will have identified, created or linked up resources to widen access to finance.
If your initiative falls within a different area, for instance access to healthcare or environmental sustainability, we would still like to hear from you.
How do I win?
Submit by 31.01.20
Clifford Chance and the Undergraduate of the Year Award for Impactful Social Action
We are one of the world's pre-eminent law firms with a significant depth and range of resources across five continents and we are always striving to exceed our clients' expectations. These expectations are no longer limited to legal advice – they have broadened to encompass guidance around how to deal with business critical issues and how to operate ethically. More and more, corporates are stepping into the gap left by governments in tackling social, environmental and ethical issues. As a global law firm, we can play a unique role in helping our clients to shape their responsible business strategies.
Just as importantly, we are morally obligated to support the communities where we do business. We do this by collaborating with clients, NGOs and charities to deliver services that widen access to justice, education and finance. We've set ourselves an ambitious target of helping 100,000 people a year. To view our varied programme of community and pro bono activities, have a look here.
Part of our commitment includes supporting young talent in acting as change agents. That's why we send delegates to One Young World as part of our early talent strategy. It's also why our future trainees can apply for funding to support with volunteering or any community-related initiatives that they are developing before they join our firm. And it's why we are a founding sponsor of Unlocked Graduates, which aims to reduce reoffending rates among prisoners by introducing fresh young talent into the prison officer population.
We hope that in sponsoring the Social Impact Award, we will be able to not only identify future leaders but also to support these individuals in the initiatives that they are driving to create a positive impact.
Life with us doesn’t mean joining just another corporate law firm. We’re big, with prestigious clients, but we’re also down to earth. We’ll give you the training you need to find your feet, but also the responsibility you need to tackle complex work quickly. You’ll get exposure to the highest profile work but our culture is anything but elitist. Here, what counts is your potential – not what or where you’ve studied.
One Young World
One Young World (OYW) is a global forum that identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world with more responsible, effective leadership.
The annual OYW Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders. At the end of the summit, delegates become One Young World Ambassadors. They return to their communities and organisations with the means and motivation to make a difference, accessing the global network of 10,000+ young leaders to accelerate existing initiatives or establish new ventures.
Attending the OYW Summit is an amazing opportunity to access a network and platform that will empower you to further develop your initiative.
OYW is an important part of Clifford Chance's early talent strategy and we are proud to continue to send a delegate team each year.
Hear from previous winners and finalists
Criminology, University of Bristol
Winner of the Impactful Social Action Award, 2019Read the blog
English, University of Derby
Finalist of the Impactful Social Action Award, 2019
For me, the award was a great way to reflect upon the social action work that I had being doing for the past few years and it really did enable me to consider how to develop this and ensure that social action remains an integral part of my future career.Read the blog
English, University of Leicester
Winner of the Impactful Social Action Award, 2018
"Arriving at the assessment centre and meeting all of the other candidates was a wonderful experience. Meeting a group of people that had gone after doing all they could to create impactful social action in their communities."Read the blog
History, University of York
Finalist of the Impactful Social Action Award, 2018
I applied for the TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year Award for Impactful Social Action, a new category in the competition, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The whole process was incredibly enjoyable and eye-opening, exposing me to new experiences and giving me the chance to meet an array of inspirational people.Read the blog