Social innovation sandpit

Date and Time: 
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Central London

HEFCE and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) are holding a warm-up event to set out plans for an intensive workshop, or 'sandpit', in social innovation to be held in the New Year.

What is a 'sandpit'?

Sandpits are intensive facilitated workshops which aim to uncover innovative solutions. The social innovation sandpit will take place on 12-14 January 2016. The warm-up event on 23 October will offer attendees an opportunity to:

  • find out more about the call for applications to the sandpit

  • learn how the sandpit will work

  • share views on social innovation.

HEFCE has allocated up to £40,000 to fund projects arising from the sandpit. Successful projects will be practical and effective learning pilots involving social innovation.

Who is the warm-up event for?

The event is aimed at attendees from English higher education institutions (HEIs), but we also welcome participants from outside HEIs, e.g. third sector or public sector organisations, who have an interest in developing social innovation approaches with English higher education partners.

Register for the event

For more information and to register interest in the event, email

Places are limited – please note that registering does not guarantee attendance.