Year Here

United Kingdom

About Year Here

Year Here is a full-time postgraduate course in social innovation based in London, designed to cultivate entrepreneurial approaches to entrenched social problems. 

Unlike a traditional Master's degree, it's immersive, action-oriented and grounded in the daily experience of those at the frontline of inequality. Our Fellows – graduates and young professionals – try their hand at building creative responses to social problems, supported by industry mentoring and a rigorous social innovation curriculum.

Over 10 months, our Fellows learn from, and design with, people at the frontline of inequality – in care homes, hostels and youth services across London – all supported by a network including The Cabinet Office, Bain & Co, and Future Gov. Many of our Fellows go on to start their own social ventures in the final phase of the programme.

Our programme is about learning in the real world rather than in a lecture hall. Through four major projects in very different contexts, you'll have multiple opportunities to build a smart, scalable response to some of society's toughest challenges.

As a Fellow, you'll leave us with a portfolio that is bursting full of projects, ideas and experiences – and go on to carve out an entrepreneurial career path.

So far, our Fellows have launched 18 social ventures including Birdsong, A fashion brand selling clothes handcrafted by women’s groups – from elderly knitters to migrant seamstresses – with a ‘no sweatshops, no photoshop’ ethos, and Fat Macy’s, a roving restaurant that trains homeless Londoners to run supper clubs, with profits going into a savings scheme helping them raise a deposit for their first flat.

Our ventures have been backed by Nesta, The Observer, Ashoka, UnLtd, Bethnal Green Ventures and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. They’ve collectively generated £500,000 revenue and reached over 1000 beneficiaries – from gang members and homeless teens to isolated older people and refugee women.

Unlike a Master’s degree, we cover your tuition fee. We also offer packages of discounted accommodation and bursaries.

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  • Year Here 2017 Fellowship

    London (Greater) Bursaries and discounted accommodation available Year Here

    Stand alongside people hit hardest by inequality, learn from a world class faculty, and build solutions to society's toughest problems.