Oasis are for people and we are for community. In all we do we want to serve people and build inclusive communities - where everyone is accepted and valued. You might also say that we act as a physical oasis for people or communities too. We don’t believe in creating a place out of touch with reality, but sometimes we all need somewhere to re-group and prepare for the next stage of the journey. This is why you'll see our logo with 'for people and community' written underneath it - and as you can see it works on two levels - clever!
Our work in the UK is focussed around what we like to call 'hubs'. These are areas of activity in which we provide integrated and diverse services in order to benefit the whole person and the whole community. You can see where our hubs are at www.oasisuk.org/uk/
You will also find Oasis working hard in eleven countries across five continents, with some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised communities. There’s a groovy map at www.oasisuk.org/world/
Established in 1992, Staffordshire University has evolved into one of the country's most dynamic, progressive and forward-thinking learning institutions. Always quick to adapt as student requirements change, we have become renowned for our groundbreaking new courses and first-class learning opportunities. Read more about The University »
Staffordshire University has an excellent reputation for long established partnerships that are key to our success. Partners include a wide range of institutions including FE colleges and charitable organisations that include the Oasis College and the Centre for Youth Ministry. Partners also include private organisations such as the National Design Academy and the London School of Accountancy and Management. Read more about our UK Partnerships
The University is divided in to specific faculties and Oasis College falls within the suprvison of FACT, the Faculty for Arts and Creative Technology. General information about the University organisation, academic departments and professional service departments can be found by following this link. Read more about University Departments »
The University is led by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Gunn. Overall management of the University is the responsibility of the University Executive Team, which comprises the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Secretary, Finance Director, Director of Human Resources and Executive Pro Vice-Chancellor. Read more about Executive »
The honorary position of Chancellor of Staffordshire University was created when the institution was awarded university status in 1992. The first Chancellor was Lord Ashley of Stoke, former MP for Stoke-on-Trent South. Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth has been Chancellor since 2002 following Lord Ashley's retirement from office. Read more about Chancellorship »
The University has a Board of Governors, the responsibilities of which are set out in the Instrument of Government. In summary, the Board is responsible for overseeing the strategic development of the University and for the effective and efficient use of resources. Read more about Governance
The National Youth Agency is committed to advocacy on behalf of young people and believe that they should have a voice in everything that affects them, and that the performance of services will be improved by taking proper account of that voice. The NYA believe that young people have the energy and potential to improve their own lives and those of the community, now and as they grow up.
The NYA is an independent charity and the partner of choice for government, local authorities, businesses and the third sector, delivering with them, and advising and supporting them in the development of programmes and policies for young people.
The NYA focus on young people’s improvement by:
1. Advocating with and on behalf of young people to promote their voice and influence in society
2. Advocating for youth work and youth work methodologies
3. Improving the delivery of work with young people through development of the non-formal curriculum and workforce skills and training.
Professional Validation of Higher Education Programmes
The NYA oversees the professional validation of Higher Education programmes on behalf of JNC, to ensure the continuing quality of professional level youth work training confering JNC status. Click here for information about the process of professional validation. The National Youth Agency also publishes its annual monitoring reports on validated training programmes for youth workers. The report is prepared as part of the Agency’s process for ensuring good practice within JNC professionally qualifying validated higher education programmes for youth and community work. As well as ensuring students receive a good standard of learning the process enables a picture of the developing workforce to be formed and highlights shifts and changes in trends.Read the 2009-2010 report in full >>
Checking whether qualifications have JNC recognition
Click this link for information for individuals and employers to check whetherqualifications are recognised by the JNC. Details about the status of qualifications gained elsewhere in the UK or from abroad is also available. You can also find out about the JNC and its role in the youth and community work sector through following this link which provides a brief overview of the Joint Negotiating Committee and their role in the youth work sector. It also gives links to the current payscales.
Oasis has been placing students in ministry locations as part of their studies for twenty years. Students can study with the College towards undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in children & family work, youth work, or church & community work, alongside ministry. Our undergraduate students will usually undertake full-time study with the College where they spend one day in College each week during teaching blocks and the remainder in a ministry location. Students are placed in a ministry location with a local church or Christian agency that hosts them for up to three years. Student workers will normally contribute alongside your regular activities but will also help through reaching out to the wider community as they grow in experience during their undergraduate studies.
For more information, please download our Placement Information Brochure. A sample Placement Agreement can also be downloaded.
If you would like to apply for a student please download, complete and return our Placement Application Form.