180 Degrees Consulting – University of Sydney brings top university talent to the non-profit sector, transforming good organisations into great ones via our high-quality and uniquely affordable consulting services. We are  dedicated to helping other non-profits and social enterprises to  overcome challenges they’re facing and have the greatest possible social impact.

The University of Sydney is the largest 180 Degrees branch worldwide, driven by 70 innovative, passionate and socially-minded consultants. Here, we connect the untapped capabilities university students with the unmet needs of socially conscious organizations.  Working in teams, our consultants spend the semester researching and preparing innovative, practical and sustainable, quality recommendations to help organisations achieve a greater social impact.

Importantly, the process is mutually beneficial. Non-profits, social enterprises, and socially minded businesses get custom solutions to problems they’re facing and university students get work experience, professional training, first-hand exposure to non-profits and social enterprises, real leadership development, and the opportunity to make a difference.

All of our consultants receive 10 hours of consultant training from our branch executive team and our primary sponsor, Nous Group, and 5 hours of direct advice and feedback on the project’s development from industry-leading consulting firms, including¸ The Boston Consulting Group and Infosys Portland.

We provide opportunities for our consultants to network and develop consulting skills with leading consulting firms at our regular industry-led events, such as our Networking nights and Case Competition. As a global organisation, we also offer the opportunity to connect and engage with other like-minded 180 Degrees consultants from across the Asia-Pacific region at our annual 180 Degrees Asia-Pacific Conference and 180 Degrees NSW consultant training events.

Our consultants represent over seven degrees and are selected for their academic excellence, extra-curricular involvement, leadership, teamwork skills and genuine passion for our work. We take applications during the first two weeks of semesters one and two, and strongly encourage students from all disciplines to apply. Regular updates are posted on our Facebook page and if you have any enquiries please email us.

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Sample of Consulting Projects

  • Rough Threads

    Area: Operations
    Year: 2015

    Rough Threads tackles the challenges faced by marginalised groups in Australia by holding events that cultivate a sense of community and establish support networks. 180 Degrees designed and piloted a survey for Rough Threads in relation to the organisation’s social impact, allowing for operational improvement.

    “We were really impressed by the professionalism of the team and the level of dedication to the project… having access to the team from 180 was extremely valuable. Everyone in the team is a brilliant student. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.”
  • Gunawirra

    Area: Operations
    Year: 2014

    Gunawirra is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation that aims to work side-by-side young Indigenous men and women as well as their children aged between 0 and 5 years by encouraging them to seek out services (medical, educational, support networks) and help available to them.

    The project will help Gunawirra to understand and approach challenges they are facing with delivering and implementing their programs, particularly low take-up/participation rates. Research will focus on the strategies used to assist Indigenous groups around the world and ways to increase school attendance.
  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance

    Area: Strategy
    Year: 2013

    Providing a range of services to over 4000 people, CPA is committed to enhancing the lives of people with cerebral palsy , enabling their full participation in the community and skill development. With respect to this project, the respite division manages four houses providing planned residential respite stays for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy. The NDIS signalled a shift from a welfare funded disability services provision to a competitive marketplace, where clients receive funds to pay for their care at their discretion. CPA required a change management plan to help navigate this change towards provision of a more 'hospitality' focused service tailored to individuals. This was a very challenging, but incredibly exciting project for high performing consultants that called for the team to engage with numerous stakeholders (CPA management, respite managers, service providers, and clients) as the team developed a model to be implemented across the respite centres.

    "Excellent. The students are a breath of fresh air. Quick, innovative thinkers."
  • Compassion

    Area: Strategy
    Year: 2012

    Compassion is an international Christian child development and child advocacy ministry. The project was to help develop a business plan for the launch of a new youth strategy initiative.

    "Fantastic. So encouraged to see the level of passion and professionalism exhibited by the team. They were adaptable and responded well to the challenges of understanding a complex brief."

Branch Leadership Team



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