Students for High-Impact Charity Workshops in London

Students for High-Impact Charity (SHIC) helps any student who wishes to make an exceptional impact on the world. The SHIC program challenges students to ask not only “How can I make the world a better place?” but also, “How can I make the biggest possible difference?”

Our workshops consist of group activities, videos and discussions, and are designed to challenge students to think critically about their impact using evidence and reason, across a wide range of causes. Our programme is designed for 6th Form level students, and is completely free for schools. 

To register your interest email Callum Hinchcliffe on callum@highimpactstudents.org.

SHIC educators are available to come to your 6th Form college to present the programme to your students, during either a regular timetabled class, or as an out of class enrichment activity. 

We have two set workshops: A general workshop and a mathematics workshop. 

The Workshops

SHIC General Workshop

Most suitable for
  • Leadership Groups
  • Gifted and Talented students
  • Student groups interested in charity, global responsibility or philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • World Development
  • IB Theory of Knowledge
  • IB Creativity, Activity Service
Content 

The full workshop takes approximately 4 hours, and can be spread over several sessions, or there is a single standalone workshop of about one and a half hours.

This workshop explores ethics and social responsibility, and how we can use evidence to make a large impact on the world. The emphasis is on what students can do now, and in their future careers, to make the largest positive difference they can.

 
Activities include:
  • “The Giving Game”, where the students are tasked with selecting the charity they deem as having the biggest impact. Students are given £5 of real money to donate to the charity they choose at the end of the activity.
  • Thought-provoking quizzes to bring out common misconceptions about the world.
  • Ethical puzzles to explore our obligations to others.
  • Videos and discussions on some of the world’s pressing issues such as global poverty, our treatment of animals, and threats to humanity from future technologies.

SHIC Mathematics Workshop

Most suitable for
  • A level Mathematics courses

  • IB Mathematics

  • Specialist STEM classes
Content 

The full workshop takes approximately 4 hours, and can be spread over several sessions, or there is a single standalone workshop of about one and a half hours.

This workshop explores how mathematics is used to make a large impact on the world. The emphasis is on what students can do now, and in their future careers, to make the largest positive difference they can using their mathematical skills.

 

Activities include:
  • Using statistical testing methods to measure the impact of charities.
  • “The Giving Game”, where the students get numerical information about several charities and formulate an equation to compare the effectiveness of the charities. The students are then tasked with selecting the charity they deem as having the biggest impact. Students are given £5 of real money to donate to the charity they choose at the end of the activity.
  • Using an online app to calculate how rich they are compared to the rest of the world, with results that are surprising to most students!
  • Using graphs to reveal potential misconceptions they may have about the world.
  • Applying expected value calculations to compare different cause areas.

Why have SHIC come to your school?

With SHIC in your school, you’ll be joining a global network of students, teachers, and academic institutions who appreciate the importance of introducing students to a rational, evidence-based system for contributing effectively to society.

Our entire programme is free of charge. 

Hear what our students have to say about the programme in this video:

SHIC's London Based Educators

Callum Hinchcliffe

callum@highimpactstudents.org

Callum coordinates workshops with Students for High Impact Charity at different institutions in London and the UK. He is passionate about the way that Effective Altruism is communicated, and before joining the team, co-founded and grew the Effective Altruism Society at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he also earned his BA in Philosophy.

Catherine Low

catherine@highimpactstudents.org

Catherine coordinates SHIC’s outreach and curriculum development, as well as helping to deliver the SHIC program in schools. She has 11 years experience as a teacher of Science and Ethics in New Zealand schools, has a PhD in particle physics from The University of Melbourne, and has been involved in effective altruism outreach since 2015, giving presentations to groups around New Zealand, Canada and the UK.

How does the SHIC program benefit students?

  • Applying critical thinking to making the world better.

    SHIC reveals cognitive biases and misconceptions. Throughout the program, students learn key critical thinking skills that will allow them to question their preconceptions about themselves and the world. SHIC incorporates scientific ideas (such as randomized controlled trials), statistics and economics to explain how global initiatives use evidence to improve lives. 

  • Encouraging empathy.

    Through philosophical inquiry, students are exposed to new ideas about who and what they could care about, and are encouraged to develop their own ethical positions. Students consider how they could help those outside their immediate community, including those who live far away from them, animals, and those who are not yet born.

  • Empowering students.

    Young people can be bombarded by news reports about a multitude of serious issues in the world, so empathetic students can be faced with indecision about which problem to act on. SHIC provides a framework on how to prioritize causes, so students can decide the most impactful path for them.  Most students are surprised at just how great their impact can be.

  • Improving school fundraisers.

    The most effective charities are estimated to be between ten and a hundred times more effective at improving lives than the average charity. SHIC teaches students how to analyse charities and identify those that are outstanding. By focusing on high-impact charities, students can learn how to achieve a significantly greater impact with their fundraisers.

  • Guiding careers for good.

    SHIC contains activities dedicated to how students can heighten their impact through their studies and career choices. Often the most impactful paths are not all that obvious.

  • Make a difference.

    The most important reason to use SHIC in your school is that it changes lives. In the long term, this program may have a significant impact on your students beliefs and approaches to life, and collectively they could have a huge prosocial impact.

Get your school involved

To register your interest in having SHIC visit your school, contact Callum Hinchcliffe on callum@highimpactstudents.org.

Testimonials

The SHIC programme is excellent academic enrichment & skills development for students interested applying for university courses in Philosophy, Economics, PPE, Maths, etc.
Hannah Wilbourne
Admissions Officer, Lady Margaret College, University of Oxford
The levels immediately capture the attention and interest of the students. The topics come across as both unusual in a school context and extremely relevant and contemporary. The varied use of teacher exposition, classroom debate and videos makes the lessons lively and entertaining [...]
Roland Reichart
Teacher, Austria
Catherine was amazing when she came and lectured for me. The students absolutely loved her, and she got them so empowered as to how they as individuals could do real good. It was fabulous!
Fiona Dalzell
Environmental Ethics Lecturer,
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
The SHIC program worked perfectly as the basis for an after-school club with my sixth-form students (16-18). The topics provoked some interesting discussion and pupils were keen to return session after session.
James Harris
Teacher of History,
Reigate College, UK
It was an incredibly engaging, informative workshop that gave students insights into career possibilities that they can choose to make positive changes in the world. They gave students the opportunity to think critically about issues.
Mercedes Fenyo
Teacher, Bodwell High School, North Vancouver
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it was really the wake up call that I needed [...] I have realised that I do not want a life where I am only thinking of myself and those closest to me.
Holly Reid
Student, New Zealand