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There are so many reasons to get involved in volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to try something totally new and meet loads of other students. You can immerse yourself in what’s on offer, or we can help you lead your own project.  

You can also:

  • make a big difference in your community and to the lives of other people
  • gain new skills and experiences to boost or enhance your CV
  • meet like-minded people who share your interests
  • expand your connections and networks
  • have loads of fun and relax after studying
  • learn about different cultures and communities

There are also loads of other benefits which you might not have thought about. Volunteering supports your wellbeing making you feel more connected, positive and happy. Research demonstrates that volunteering and meeting new people helps to build social capital and improve your confidence. ‘Social capital’ is your contacts and networks of people who can support you achieve your goals.

Are you interested in becoming a Buddy to a new student? As well as the rewarding feeling you'll get from helping someone else, you'll also add valuable experience to your CV, particularly your communication and people skills.  To become a Buddy click here.

The role of a Course Rep is voluntary. It is designed to not take up much of your time. The role is designed so you can tailor it around your studies and put as much or as little time into it as you wish, it depends on how much you want to get involved.

The most important role of a Course Rep is to: Represent your fellow students. 

The other roles of a Course Rep are: 

1. Attend and participate in University/Union meetings

2. Recognise student issues and raise them at the relevant meetings

3. Feedback information to your fellow students

At the start of the academic year, you should receive a talk from your programme leader about Course Representation, the role and what to expect. If after the talk you're interested and it sounds like something you would like to do, then speak to them about nominating yourself. If other students are interested in the role, the programme leader will arrange for an informal election to take place for students on your course to decide who they want to represent them. If you are a student in the Faculty of Education and Society, YOUR SU is running online elections on behalf of the Faculty. You can find out all the information about nominating yourself and elections HERE.  On condition there is a vacant position and you’ve been successfully elected, you will be then contacted by the Representation team with all the infomratrion you need to carry out the role, along with the dates of your Course Rep Training.

SU Events Volunteers lead and support a variety of different activities and events on campus, in the city and beyond. From planning and organising to setting up and running activities on the day you’ll ensure our Students’ Union events are welcoming, fun, safe and inclusive! Any student, from any programme is welcome to apply.

To join our 2019/2020 events volunteers click here!

What’s in it for you?

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Improving your communication skills
  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Enjoying new experiences
  • Meeting people and making friends
  • Free training and development opportunities

What’s involved?

  • Helping to prepare, set up and close events
  • Providing a warm friendly welcome, information, answering questions and encouraging students to get involved
  • Supervising and assisting with activities, sometimes including cash handling
  • Getting participants to feedback on the event by filling in comment forms
  • Promoting other activities and events
  • Ensuring that all health and safety arrangements are in place and followed

The role will suit students who...

  • Have a friendly and enthusiastic manner
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Would like to develop their leadership and language skills
  • Keen to get involved with new opportunities