Impact Challenge

The Impact Challenge is a week long work experience opportunity open to penultimate and final year undergraduate students from a widening participation background.


Work with employers to solve real-life problems and have the chance to learn and see first-hand how an organisation operates and how you can make an impact to their business. You will work in small groups on a project, set by an employer, where each group then presents back their output(s) at the end of the week. 

The main dates for Impact Challenge are Monday 20 June to Friday 24 June 2022

What will I gain from attending?

The opportunity to gain key skills and attributes that will support you with exploring your strengths and interests in order to find a career that is right for you and build your professional network, adding to your LinkedIn profile.

Gain stronger interpersonal skills, leadership, management, team working and negotiation skills. We will provide you with training sessions on project management, commercial awareness, teamwork and delivering effective presentations. Your group will also be assigned a mentor to guide you through your project brief, offer suggestions and act as a sounding board. 

We will also give you £100 for completing Impact Challenge providing you attend, complete the full week and attend a follow up support workshop. 

Key Dates

To fully commit to Impact Challenge, please bear in mind the following key dates:

  • Applications open: Wednesday 30 March 2022
  • Application deadline: Saturday 30 April 2022 (23:59)
  • Applications review: Monday 2 May - Friday 13 May 2022
  • Applicants to hear on the outcome of their application: Week commencing Monday 23 May 2022
  • Impact Challenge main event: Monday 20 - Friday 24 June 2022 

Eligibility and sign up

Applications are only open to Birmingham Scholar Penultimate and Final Year Undergraduates.

In addition to the above, applicants who consider themselves a part of one or more of the following categories may apply:

  • In receipt of a standard or alternative A2B (Access to Birmingham) and (Pathways to Birmingham) offer
  • Registered as disabled / in receipt of Disability Student Allowance
  • A care leaver
  • First generation of the family into higher education
  • From a lower income background i.e. in receipt of a grant or scholarship
  • A lone parent (you are a single parent of one or more children)
  • From an ethnic minority background

How to apply:

Please note, places will be offered on a first come, first served basis. If all places get filled, we will add you to a waiting list. Priority access will be given to those who have not previously participated in Impact Challenge.

You can select 3 organisations you would like to work with over the course of the week. If successful, you will only be paired with one organisation.

To make your application, please complete the short application via the link below:  

Previous employers

Previous employers at Impact Challenge include:


 Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust

 BT Group


 Limitless Travel




""Sport 4 Life:


West Midlands Police


Student Reviews

""Humaira Ravat
BA English Language and Literature

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to meet new people and work with a small local business. It was incredibly rewarding to see the impact we made. I have learned to use my initiative when solving problems and it has given me the confidence to present to large audiences.

""Ayesha Islam
BA Theology and Religion

Our group worked with the Chinese Community Centre to help them find out how effective the centre is to people. Visiting the centre was fun, I felt like I was on a professional business trip but still safe as everyone around me was so kind. I have gained confidence into exploring my career choice.... and I am open to new experiences.

""Blessing Panache Nhundu
BSc Sport and Exercise Studies

The Impact Challenge has already helped me because I have now done two placements and in the process of starting two businesses. By completing the Impact Challenge, I had the foundation I needed to boost my confidence to take on more opportunities that summer.  


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