UWC Hub

The online space for the UWC community

UWC Hub

The UWC Hub is a web platform and mobile app that brings together the UWC community around the world to connect with each other, stay up to date with the many activities happening across the UWC movement, collaborate on projects and causes, discuss and share. The overall aim of the UWC Hub is to strengthen the UWC community, to encourage engagement and positive action, to increase UWC’s collective impact and advance the UWC missionWe will be launching the app version that is compatible for both Android and Apple devices in November - more on this soon!

The UWC Hub is open to alumni from all all over the world, as well as staff and former staff from all UWC schools and colleges. On 21st September, you will have received a personalised registration link by email which gives you access to the web version. You can also register directly, but it may take longer to approve you. We look forward to seeing many of you there!
For more information, see the FAQ on the UWC website.


How can I sign up?
On 21st September, UWC alumni from all UWC schools and colleges, as well as current and former staff have received an email from their UWC school or college, and in some cases, from their national committee, with registration details. Simply follow the link and sign up. You can also sign up directly on the website or through following links from social media but we will need to verify you to make sure you are part of the UWC community, so it may take a little longer.

Who can join the UWC Hub?
UWC alumni, staff and former staff from all UWC schools and colleges are the first users of the UWC Hub.
Non-alumni volunteers and short course alumni will also be able to join the UWC Hub at a later stage.

I’m a current UWC student - can I join the UWC Hub?
Due to child protection regulation and according legal frameworks in some countries, users of the UWC Hub must be aged 18 or over. As most UWC students are under 18, this means unfortunately you are not be able to join. However, you will be able to join when you graduate - provided of course that you are then over 18.

What is the purpose of the UWC Hub?
The overall aim of the UWC Hub is to strengthen the UWC community, to encourage engagement and positive action, to increase UWC’s collective impact and advance the UWC mission.

The UWC Hub does this in five main ways:  

  • Enable users to find each other according to their location, profession and UWC affiliations
  • Facilitate social and professional connections, including mentoring  
  • Act as a ‘one stop shop’ where users can find and post events, volunteer and job opportunities and initiatives, bringing in and linking out to existing channels, including social media
  • Enable you to discover what’s new with your UWC school/college and your national committee, including upcoming events and opportunities for engagement
  • Facilitate collaborations on projects and causes, through providing a space and allowing users to indicate their skills and seek or offer help
  • Serve as a safe space for discussions with others, which can either be private or open to the wider community

What can I do on the UWC Hub?
Many things! Here is a list of some of the core functions, although there are definitely more:

  • Volunteer and seek out opportunities to support community initiatives and/or UWC entities
  • Search and message people based on their location, profession, interests, educational background
  • Find or offer a couch for the night
  • See people nearby as you travel, using geolocation on the app
  • Create and join groups and initiatives - according to your location, UWC affiliations or interests
  • Create spaces for robust discussions
  • Find out about events organised by your UWC school/college or near you - or promote your own event
  • Offer your skills to initiatives started by others, or to a school/college/ national committee
  • Act as a mentor or request mentorship from others
  • Post and find volunteer opportunities, jobs and internships
  • Add and find useful resources, including articles, TED talks and UWC resources
  • Link out to existing social media groups or pages
  • Specify areas of your expertise and find others according to their expertise and skills

Why have you created another platform? Are you trying to replace Facebook?
Not at all: the UWC Hub is designed to complement existing social media platforms, not to replace them. Social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn are fantastic tools for creating groups and events: indeed, there are hundreds of different UWC related groups and events. But on social media it’s also hard to get an overview of what’s going on - or to find people from the UWC community. The UWC Hub brings that information together in one place - allowing people to find out what’s going on more easily and creating a safe space for robust discussions.

We have ensured that the platform is as integrated as possible with social media platforms:  

  • You can choose to log in through LinkedIn or Facebook, which means you do not have to populate an entirely new profile or remember a new password
  • In the ‘groups’ section, you can embed Facebook pages, and link out to groups (the reason we can’t embed groups is that Facebook does not provide an API for doing this - otherwise we would
  • In the ‘events’ section, you can link out to Facebook events
  • In terms of interacting with others, you have a choice - you can either post within the UWC Hub or you can use the UWC Hub as a way of finding groups on Facebook

 

How can I access the app?
We will be launching the app version that is compatible for both Android and Apple devices in November. More information on this soon!

What is the difference between the app and web version?

The app will allow you to carry the UWC community in your pocket with you. There are a few changes we have made the web version that still need to be incorporated in the app, such as school/college and national committee affiliations of users. We encourage you to use the app if you are travelling and want to find others near you as it has a more advanced geo-location feature, which shows people who are nearby and which changes as you move from place to place.

 

How will the personal data I submit to the UWC Hub be used?
When you register for the UWC Hub, you will be asked to agree to UWC International’s Data Privacy Statement. You will see that UWC is very concerned about protecting your data and making the UWC Hub a safe space. The statement sets out clearly what data will be collected, how it will be used and how we will protect it. You can find the full UWC Hub Privacy Statement here.

Is your question still unanswered?
If you still have a burning question, please contact us on engagement@uwcio.uwc.org.