Ever since Richmond was founded in 1972, the University has had a strong social mission.
Richmond was created as a community with ‘a scholarly yet social purpose’ and the aim was for all students to have access to international learning opportunities, regardless of any differences in ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender or economic status.
It’s a vision that’s as strong today as ever.
Our liberal arts approach helps students develop a strong sense of personal and social responsibility, enhancing self-understanding and preparing them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change.
Studying at Richmond provides the opportunity to join like-minded students who care about the world around them and are passionate about changing the world of tomorrow.
Working in the community
One example of this is that all of our undergraduates do some form of volunteer work or service learning in a structured way as part of their degree programme.
A survey conducted among our students showed that service learning had a life-changing impact on them, with all of those questioned saying that their volunteering had a positive impact on others.
Not only that, but 86 per cent said they plan to continue volunteering at the same or a different organization and 90 per cent said that doing work in the community provided them with transferrable employability skills.
It’s not just the students who have benefitted from working in the community. In the last academic year, Richmond students worked with 140 voluntary organisations in Greater London, completing approximately 1,800 hours of voluntary work.
The organisations have been diverse, from Great Ormond Street Hospital to Oxfam, with projects including working with refugees and the homeless.