Mark Charlton


Mark is Head of Public Engagement at De Montfort University, overseeing the pioneering #DMUlocal programme, DMU Square Mile, Square Mile India and DMU’s Confucius Institute. His

interests are in community engagement, public engagement through research, universities as a public good, policies on tackling social exclusion through education and social mobility. Mark is also a PhD scholar in the Public Policy department in the faculty of Business and Law at De Montfort University, looking at how universities and communities connect in austerity.

"Volunteering at University - helping to create the entrepreneurs of tomorrow"

Abstract: For decades, volunteering has been seen as a core student activity at university. In recent times, how volunteering at university is organised and delivered has become more professional and targeted to meet the needs of communities. Students now have the chance to gain soft skills, grow networks, enhance their CVs, gain learning experiences linked to their degree and enhance their student experience, while making a difference locally or internationally. This real-world learning exposes undergraduates to some of the key challenges in society and encourages them to help solve problems and challenges. This talk will argue that volunteering provides core skills for undergraduates, but can go further, to expose young people to the needs of disadvantaged communities and encourages them to come up with novel solutions.