Volunteer with us
Here you can find our volunteering opportunities, where we're working hard to ensure our roles can be carried out virtually in current circumstances. As well as listing the roles here, you can keep updated through our alumni LinkedIn group too.
If you haven't already done so you can also register your interest to volunteer and we'll send you a bi-annual newsletter which includes upcoming volunteering opportunities.
Our current opportunities are listed below, along with the relevant information needed for you to apply or contact one of the team. Happy volunteering!
Current opportunities - May 2021:
Faculty of Social Sciences
Work placement opportunities
As the UK's most targeted university by graduate employers, social sciences students at the University of Nottingham are known for their tenacity, positive attitude and commitment.
If your organisation can provide a virtual, office-based (or hybrid) internship opportunity now, or in the future, please register your details below. We’re particularly interested in sourcing placements for the following sectors, however all offers are very welcome:
- Charities/Third Sector
- Environmental organisation
- Market research
- Political organisation and lobby groups
If you completed a social sciences PhD at the University of Nottingham and have since gone into non-academic employment, we'd love for you to share your journey with PGR students on 1 July, 1pm-2.30pm. You'll join four other alumni speakers also sharing their insights over MS Teams.
Please email Wayne Crawford for more information, or fill in our volunteer application form:
Faculty of Engineering
First in the family?
Were you the first person in your family to go to University? Here at Nottingham we want to encourage all students to reach their full potential. If you were the first person in your family to go to University, and you studied an Engineering degree, we’d love to hear from you. We’d like to share experiences from people who defied expectations and made their dream of studying at University come true. Your story could help inspire a prospect engineering student! Please email Stephanie Baxter for more information.
Faculty of Engineering & Faculty of Science
Inspire the next generation of Women in STEM
According to 2019 UCAS data, only 35% of STEM students studying at university are female. Here at Nottingham we are working hard to raise the profile of women in STEM and encourage our students and alumni to become empowering role models for the next generation.
Each year around International Women’s Day we run a series of activities including an outreach programme in conjunction with local schools to encourage female pupils to consider studying a STEM subject at university and a range of virtual talks with inspirational alumni speakers from the faculties of Science and Engineering.
If you are interested in getting involved with these activities, email the Volunteering and Advocacy Team to be put in touch with our Faculty leads.
Are you using your STEM degree abroad?
Our students’ degrees lead them to working around the globe in an array of sectors. We’re currently looking for alumni to provide advice at careers events or via an alumni case studies about their experiences of working abroad after graduation.
Whether you were an international student now working in the UK or a student from the UK now working overseas, we’d love to hear about where your STEM degree has taken you and your journey to get there – your top tips for applying for graduate schemes, organising your visa or securing work with UK employers. If you’re keen to support our students embarking on a similar path, email Emily Bateman.
Faculty of Science
Supporting students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds
Over the last year, we’ve hosted a series of events celebrating the careers and achievements of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic alumni, and launched a pilot mentorship scheme in Science to connect current students with BAME mentors. If you would be interested in getting involved in these initiatives during 2021 email the Volunteering and Advocacy Team to be put in touch with our faculty leads.
Faculty of Arts
Coronavirus Public Involvement Panel (PIP)
The University of Nottingham is launching a research project studying people’s understanding and use of public health messages about coronavirus. Designed in partnership with the University of Cardiff and key national health organisations Public Health England, Public Health Wales and NHS Education for Scotland, we are now inviting members of the public to join our Public Involvement Panel (PIP) to support the research - in particular looking at online discussions about the messages.
We are particularly interested in sourcing volunteers from minority communities in order to ensure balanced representation in our research group. Interested in taking part or have questions? Please get in touch with Pepita Barnard for an informal chat.
We are currently interested in hearing from alumni based in China to support our departure briefings for the 2021/22 academic year. Alumni volunteers would be asked to spend 10-15 minutes sharing their experience and career path to prospective students and families who will be coming to Nottingham.
Each pre-departure briefing usually lasts about two hours and have over 100 attendees per session. Events are taking place in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, with dates and times to be confirmed. If you would like to know more about this volunteering opportunity then please get in touch with Ryan Parker, Senior International Relations Manager.