​99 Schools, Universities and Colleges Engaged

2 Aug 2016

With the launch of our new Community Engagement Report, we are celebrating each of the headline achievements featured. Here we talk about activity at our centres to engage 99 schools, universities and colleges between 2013 and 2016.

Engaging with young people is key to delivering on our ambitions to develop skills, employment and enterprise across the UK. There is a range of projects across our UK shopping centre and retail park portfolios that present ways for the on-site teams to engage with schools, colleges and universities. 

Victoria Gate University Collaborations

Since 2013, Hammerson’s Victoria Gate Fund, in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation, has been supporting a number of university level research and academic projects. 

Two research studies were commissioned at Leeds Beckett University for local students to participate in. One piece of research focused on sustainable fashion and one on the future of retail. 

In addition, three students from Leeds College of Art have been visually documenting the Victoria Gate development through the stages of construction. 

The relationship with Leeds College of Art has continued into 2016, most recently with a huge art installation on the Lyons Works Textile factory, celebrating the towns history in textile manufacturing.

​Enabling Enterprise Workshops in Birmingham and London

We teamed up with Enabling Enterprise in 2014 to inspire young people into retail careers. 

The organisation works closely with young people with a specific focus on Skills and Enterprise. Initially the relationship was developed by the centre team at Bullring, in Birmingham where they created and delivered fun and imaginative workshops for local secondary school pupils. 

In 2015, the relationship developed further, bringing a new mentoring opportunity to employees in our Kings Cross Head Office and a skills based workshop to year 5 and 6 students from North London. The ‘Retail Revelation’ challenge helped students to develop their enterprise skills with a day at the Hammerson offices. The students were tasked with developing ideas to bring more people into our shopping centres that went beyond purely shopping. They worked on skills such as teamwork, resilience and creativity, whilst creating enterprise ideas in the context of Hammerson’s business vision – to create spaces where more happens.

“The experience has inspired our pupils and we have discovered one or two shopping centre designers of the future”

Teacher, Beechwood Primary