Campaign Training Programme 

Campaigning for Change is a training programme run by OUSU, in collaboration with the Careers Service. It consists of weekly sessions throughout Hilary term, run by top employers in the non-profit sector, such as Oxfam and Amnesty International. It is designed for people who are currently involved in campaigning, or those who aren’t, but would like to be. We are currently looking for both participants and facilitators to take part in the course. 

How does it work?

The programme consists of one session each week during Hilary Term. These sessions alternate between workshops and focus groups. 

Workshops will be held on Monday evening of every odd week of term between 5pm and 7pm, for all participants. They will be led by established campaigners such as Amnesty International, Oxfam and People & Planet. This year the workshops will cover:

  • Building an active team
  • Power and lobbying
  • Planning an effective campaign

Focus groups will be in much smaller groups, facilitated by experienced student campaigners, to discuss and explore in more depth the ideas raised in the workshops. The timings of these sessions will be much more flexible, based on the availability of the group.

Careers Service research demonstrates that non-profit employers are looking for first-hand experience of campaigning, therefore the course builds towards a ‘create a campaign’ challenge in 7th week. Participants will have 10 hours to plan and deliver a micro-campaign, based on a real issue that an Oxford-based charity is facing, using the skills and tools developed previously in the course.

What kind of time commitment are you looking for?

We ask that students commit to the entirety of the course, which runs from 1st week to 8th week Hilary term. Specifically, we require that students are available:

  • Monday 1st week, 18th January, 5pm-7pm
  • Monday 3rd week, 1st February, 5pm-7pm 
  • Monday 5th week, 15th February, 5pm-7pm
  • EITHER Monday 7th week OR Friday 7th week, 10am-7pm (There is some flexibility for participants to be unavailable for short periods during this time)

What will the course involve?

  • Attend three workshops (as above)
  • Attend three focus group sessions 
  • Participate in the ‘create a campaign’ challenge in 7th week
  • At the end of each workshop and the ‘create a campaign’ challenge, participate in evaluation of the course
  • Attend a three-hour training session during 0th week Hilary Term on how to facilitate
  • Attend three workshops (as above)
  • Facilitate three focus group sessions (as above)
  • Commit to preparing for your focus group sessions
  • At the end of each workshop and at the end of the course as a whole participate in evaluation of the course

Who are you looking for?

We’re looking for current students at Oxford University to be either participants or facilitators. We hope to have a mixture of students from lots of different backgrounds, identities and student experiences. 

If you’re interested in being a facilitator, we ask that you have some relevant experience in campaign leadership. Those with prior experience of leadership and training will be preferred, but this is not essential. 

If you’re interested in being a participant, the only criteria is that you’re interested in campaigning. 

How can I apply?

Applications for Hilary term 2016 are open now until Friday of 9th week (11th December).

You can fill out the application form now.


If you have any questions about the course, or aren’t sure if it’s for you, get in touch with Emily Silcock, Vice-President (Charities & Community) at