Outreach and volunteering opportunities

The University provides a number of outreach and volunteering opportunities for doctoral researchers. Some of the principal ones are outlined below.

 If you volunteer, you may be able to participate in the University's Red Award.

Student Ambassadors

Student Recruitment and Outreach employ about fifty current undergraduate and postgraduate students across all disciplines to help in our recruitment and outreach activities in schools and on campus. Student Ambassadors undertake a range of activities from school visits, open days, campus tours, subject specific activities and clerical work in the office. For more information visit:

Students in Schools

'Students in Schools' (formerly Student Tutoring) is a well-established scheme co-ordinated through the University's Engagement and External Affairs Department. It enables students to assist in local schools' classrooms to help the teacher and pupils. Some roles are 1:1, especially those using a foreign language to support non-native English speaking pupils. There are a good choice of local primary, secondary and special schools and wide choice of curriculum subjects including, music, art, computing and sport. Student Tutors need to commit to weekly 2hr slots (approx.) plus travelling time for a minimum of 10 weeks. Most of the tutoring takes place on Wednesday afternoons although there are opportunities available at other times. Further information can be found on the Students in Schools website.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassadors

The STEM project is a national programme to encourage students into courses and careers in STEM. The aim is to help young people recognise and appreciate the contribution STEM makes to their lives, and through this knowledge increase the numbers of students entering the STEM workforce.

What will I do?

Activities that you can take part in as a STEM Ambassador include:

  • Providing advice on education based on your own experience
  • Delivering a hands on activity/demonstration
  • Giving a subject talk
  • Project assessor or mentor
  • Supporting a STEM club
  • Mock interview
  • First Lego league mentor or assessor

What is the minimum time commitment?

  • Registration time - 2.5 hours (30 mins for online registration and ID check and a 2-hour induction)
  • Activity time - one per year (but of course you can do more!)

What does STEM offer?

  • The opportunity for you to be part of STEMNET's nationally recognised programme involving over 4000 secondary schools and 27,000 volunteers
  • Free DBS check
  • STEM Ambassador Insurance (public liability, employer's liability, professional indemnity, personal accident and business travel)
  • STEM Ambassador induction
  • Further training and support offered
  • Weekly opportunities for STEM Ambassadors to get involved

To find out more and to register your interest in becoming a STEM Ambassador, please go to  the University's STEMNET  page. 

The University's Student Union (RUSU) also offers volunteering opportunities. Visit the RUSU Volunteering webpage to find out more.

Things to do now

  • Find out more about the Red Award  
  • Visit the Job Shop for Student Ambassador vacancies
  • Find out more about Students in Schools  

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