The Golden List goes live

The ultimate directory for grads who are ambitious about social change.

If you’re a grad who’s ambitious about making society better, it can be tricky to know where to start. That’s why we brought together The Golden List, some of the most interesting and ambitious options to get stuck in to social change.

The list includes 80 opportunities to get stuck into social impact work – from social grad schemes like Teach First and Frontline the burgeoning ‘tech for good’ field pioneered by Bethnal Green Ventures and the Nominet Trust.

Our judging panel picked out the very best opportunities within the following categories:

  • Want to learn fast? We’ve got postgraduate courses, graduate schemes and internships.
  • Ready to do it yourself? The list includes startup funders, social venture incubators and co-working spaces.
  • Keen to find the cutting edge? We focus on community organising, design for social change and social enterprise.
  • Not ready to quit the day job? There are tonnes of opportunities to get involved in your spare time, with hacks and networking opportunities.

This year, we’re also adding two new categories that will be decided by public vote – rising stars and social change influencers.



This year’s list has been judged by 10 leaders of the social impact field:

Jonathan Jenkins is the Chief Executive of The Social Investment Business, one of the UK’s leading social investors having made over 1300 investments worth £370m in social ventures.

Tom Rippin is the Chief Executive of On Purpose, a one-year social enterprise leadership programme for private sector professionals,  Chairman of Spice, and a non-executive director at the Shaftesbury Partnership.

Michael Lynas is the Chief Executive of the National Citizen Service Trust. He joined NCS from No.10 where he was a Senior Civil Servant in the Policy Unit.

Cynthia Shanmugalingam is the Founder of Kitchenette, London’s first kitchen incubator for food startups. She previously ran the Global Innovation Academy and Learning Launchpad for the Young Foundation.

Neil Jameson is the Executive Director and Lead Organiser at Citizens UK, the UK’s leading community organising group who are behind various grassroots initiatives including the London Living Wage campaign.

Dom Campbell is the Founder of FutureGov, a digital design agency that aims to transform public services. FutureGov now works internationally and has spawned innovations such as CasserolePatchwork and Simpl.

Cassie Robinson is a social innovation consultant with co-Founder of The Point People. She is currently working for Government Digital Service, Nesta, the British Council and Mind, the mental health charity.

Charlotte Hill is the Chief Executive of Step Up to Serve, a national Campaign aiming to boost social action among young people. Prior to joining the campaign she was Chief Executive of UK Youth.

Seyi Obakin is the Chief Executive of Centrepoint, the charity for young homeless people. He also serves as a Commissioner of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Oli Barrett MBE is co-founder of Cospa, helping companies and causes to create and grow ventures which make money and make a difference, and the StartUp Britain campaign. He also started Tenner, the scheme which has challenged over 100,000 school pupils to see what they can achieve in one month, starting with £10.