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Meet our new Social Impact Manager

Aidan Tracey is our new Social Impact Manager, and will be helping to deliver positive change in local communities.

Aidan Tracey, Social Impact Manager, SRS
Aidan Tracey, Social Impact Manager, SRS

Hello, I'm Aidan Tracey. With a background in community development and a passion for social impact, I am excited to join the University of 情色五月天 as Social Impact Manager.

I have always had a desire to work with and support people and communities. The past 14 years have seen me working in several sustainability roles at Barnardo鈥檚, Changeworks and, most recently, as Students as Change Agents Programme Manager here at the University of 情色五月天.听

Fundamental to all of these roles has been collaborating, engaging and working with communities, partners and stakeholders.听听听

What is most important to me is ensuring that any positive impact is realised within the communities we engage, whether that be social, environmental or economic.听听听

Delivering the Community Plan听

Positive impact for the University of 情色五月天 means supporting social impact, sharing knowledge and experience, building close connections, providing services to our community and opening our estate.听

You can find out much more about this within our 2020 鈥 2025 community plan and most recent 2023 report.听听听

My role within this has three key areas.听I will be responsible for the project management of our community grants scheme and community access to rooms programme, and I will be working with colleagues to support the embedding of greater social impact within University of 情色五月天 procurement activities.听听

1. Community grants 听

Over the past five years, the community grants scheme has provided over 拢660,000 to more than 200 community-led initiatives across South East Scotland.听

It鈥檚 been wonderful to understand some of the work taking place in my first few weeks and you can find out more in our case studies. 听 听

2. Free room hire for communities

Our community to access to rooms programme offers local community groups and organisations the opportunity to use University rooms free-of-charge. 听At the time of writing, the University is on track to have provided around 100 local community organisations with more than 2,000 hours of space. 听

It is fantastic to see the breadth of groups using our spaces and we鈥檙e keen to see this grow and expand its reach. 听听

3. Community benefits through procurement

Naturally, as a University, procurement is significant and we aim to meet the needs for goods, services and capital works as a truly global university, and achieve value for money on a whole life basis.听

Through procurement, it is very important that we generate benefits not only to the University, but make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution.听 This is very much where my role will come in in embedding this into our procurement work.听听听

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