If you’re not going to make an impact, then you’re failing. We concentrate on sustainability behavioural change, so our impact is on the students who are engaging in our projects.
The immediate impact a teacher has is when a student is happy and pass on their exams. That is not, to me, the real impact. It is when people say “I loved what I did with you” or “I hear that you’re doing this work”; I think that’s another level of impact.
Our Grand Challenge, 'No Health Without Mental Health', has had a long-lasting legacy. I hope that those students came away from that Challenge really feeling as if they had made a real difference.
Being able to make an impact is important because I see getting involved with and starting a project as a way to give back.
The aspiration of being able to create an impact would be my ultimate life goal. It is pertinent to any community's future that its youth focuses on this aspect.
When we’re considering the impact of our activities, we have to view it in a couple of different ways. In terms of our five year sustainability strategy, we are always very mindful of making sure our activities are having a real and measurable impact.
Probably the biggest single impact we can have in higher education is on the students themselves. It’s very, very important they go away feeling that they’ve gained a positive start to their future careers.
You really see how you’ve made an impact from the first couple of days.
I will do my best to inspire young people during outreach activities on and off campus to raise aspirations and encourage them to see their potential to go into HE.
I’ll encourage my staff to challenge accepted procedures and workflows to see if we can change for the better.