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Challenging universities to rethink their purpose

SIX works across all levels of universities to help them become more than academic institutions.

Our research has found five major ways universities are organising themselves to increase societal impact. Our work with universities not only helps the next generation prepare to be effective social innovators, but encourages universities as institutions to play a greater role in their communities and become more than just academic hubs.

The projects, programmes and events we run with universities focus on connecting research and practice to accelerate social innovation. We create exchanges between the “unusual suspects”, both within universities and the wider community. Alongside this work, we provide support to universities so that they can make institutional changes necessary to become better social innovation ecosystem builders in their community.

SIX is focused on three types of work:

  • Rethinking the role of university in the 21st century
  • Connecting research and practice
  • Building capacity and peer networks of universities and other stakeholders


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