Branch in Focus: UNSWApril 1, 2017
180 Degrees Consulting UNSW was founded in 2010 and has now evolved to become one the most prestigious and sought-after student organisations on campus. In 2016, we successfully completed 21 projects for charity and NFP organisations and branched out into social enterprise and socially-focused startups. Having implemented a host of new initiatives in the past 2 years, we have been globally recognised for outstanding client feedback, branch development strategies and increased collaboration with consulting firms across Australia to provide heightened impact to our clients and student leaders.
We are currently midway through our first project cycle of the year, with 9 projects delving into strategy for organisations operating in the areas of early childhood, refugees, education in disadvantaged areas, health and more. We’re also working with our primary sponsor Nous Group and 180DC at the University of Sydney to launch the 2017 edition of 180DC’s Social Impact Case Competition. Previously offering teams the chance to compete across the Sydney region, we hope to expand the competition to the national level this year – giving students across Australia both within and outside of 180DC the opportunity to work on a real social impact case.
2016 was a year of unprecedented growth and change for 180DC at UNSW. We launched our inaugural Social Innovation Pitch Night to recognise and reward the hard work of our project teams. The pitches were judged by both management consultants and leaders in the social impact space in Australia, which was a great opportunity to showcase our branch’s work throughout the semester. We formalised our Industry Mentoring program to drive collaboration and practical thinking, which saw mentors from BCG, Oliver Wyman, Strategy& and InfoSys Portland step in to help our project teams maximise their value creation and social impact.
In committing to the high-impact 180 Degrees experience for our consultants, we developed and launched our flagship internal training program to better equip our members with the core consulting skillset. We also launched our first formal Development Program, to enable a system of mentorship, support, and formalised feedback to help our consultants hit the ground running and pursue their personal and professional goals. We strongly believe in the principle of work-hard, play-hard; with a line-up of social events planned for our members including a sports day and trivia night to help them build their networks, but also take some time out to enjoy the company of some truly inspiring individuals.
With every consultant we train, engagement we undertake, and project cycle we complete, we always strive to develop our future leaders, drive creative collaboration, and achieve real social impact. We can’t wait to see what 2017 holds!