Volunteer with us

Here you can find our volunteering opportunities - as well as viewing 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 our Connect: Volunteering 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 - updated September 2022

Featured Opportunity:

Black Industry Connections and Empowerment Programme Mentor


The Black Industry Connections and Empowerment Programme (BICEP) aims to provide students from Black heritage backgrounds at the University of Nottingham with the opportunity to expand their professional networks, meet inspiring role models; and find empowerment in their university experience. The programme is open to undergraduate students from all faculties.

BICEP will facilitate conversations between mentors and students, on a range of topics that can help students now, while they attend university, and in the future, once they enter the world of work. As a mentor you will be invited to join us for a kick-off event on University Park Campus in January. This will be an opportunity for students to meet each other and the programme mentors and begin intitial exploratory conversations. Following the event, over the course of 4 months from February to May, virtual mentoring sessions will be arranged for students and mentors via Microsoft Teams. Mentoring sessions will take place between small groups of students and a mentor. During these sessions, groups will discuss transferrable skills that can help students now and in the future. 

If you're interested in taking part, please complete this short volunteer registration form.

Faculty-based opportunities:

University of Nottingham Business School

  • Volunteer Industry Insights Speaker - Undergraduate Placements: We are looking for a wide range of alumni to share their experiences and industry insights to inspire our current first year undergraduate placement students as they make the first steps towards their future career. These sessions are hosted Monday lunchtimes during term time, guest speakers should prepare around a 30-45 minute presentation on their sector and be prepared to answer questions from our students.

Find out more and apply here

  • Volunteer MBA Business Perspectives Series Speaker: This opportunity invites alumni to inspire current students through sharing their career and personal (where appropriate) experiences since graduation, including information on their path to success and any tips or advice they may be able to provide. We are looking for volunteers with industry experience and careers insights, talks should focus on the MBA Vision/Mission and focus on one of its themes: innovation, sustainability, digital, or ethics.

Find out more and apply here

    • Become an Entrepreneur in Residence: We are looking to expand our network of Entrepreneurs in Residence to support the work of our Ingenuity Lab. EIRs engage in activities including mentoring Ingenuity Lab businesses and SMEs, delivering business training seminars and aiding academics in their research.
  • NUBS PGT Careers - Global Careers Insights Panel Speakers: We are looking for volunteer speakers for our PGT Global Careers Insights series. Speakers will be part of a panel made up of 3 speakers from the industry in focus. Each speaker will be asked to prepare a 10-minute presentation on their career, highlighting any insights they have from the industry. This will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A where all speakers wil be invited to answer questions put forward by our current students and potentially recent alumni. We are looking for representation from alumni working in China, South Asia, Africa and the UK as the majority of our MSc student cohorts are from these regions.

More information and apply here

If you’re interested in any of these activities, then please email our Volunteering and Advocacy Manager for Nottingham University Business School, Emma Winter on for more information. 



Faculty of Science 

  • Share your experiences at upcoming career events: We are looking for a wide range of alumni to share their experiences and inspire current students through our careers sessions, helping students navigate their careers after graduation. These sessions require alumni volunteers to give a five-minute presentation about their journey after graduation, followed by a Q&A session.

If you’re interested in getting involved with any these activities, please email the team via



Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Register a work placement or work experience opportunity (ongoing): If you or your organisation are interested in providing a work placement or shadowing opportunity for current Nottingham students (virtual, in-person or hybrid) please visit our webpage to find out more and register your placement
  • Economics Podcast Series (ongoing): We're inviting Nottingham alumni to join a pioneering Economics student and alumni-led podcast designed to help facilitate meaningful conversations. Economics boasts a variety of fields and specialities and we would like the podcast to represent this. You don't have to have studied Economics to take part and there will be long-term opportunities to record. Find out more and apply here.

  • Economics Alumni Conference 2023 (February 2023): Are you a graduate of our School of Economics? Would you be interested in talking about your career post-Nottingham? We're running an alumni careers conference in February 2023! We'll share more information soon, but for now please register your interest as a speaker here. 
  • Law Specialism Series (Postgraduate Law Alumni only): Did you complete a postgraduate LLM course at Nottingham? We'd love to hear from you. Each year we run a range of virtual lunchtime chats with students in our School of Law, from LLM Human Rights Law and European Law, to LLM International Commercial Law and Public International Law. If you're interested in taking part between autumn 2022 and spring 2023, please register your interest here.

Please contact our Volunteering and Advocacy Manager for Social Sciences, Wayne Crawford, for any informal enquiries. 



Faculty of Arts

  • How to research roles and employers - 18 October 2022, 4-6pm: Are you a recruiter that is able to speak to students about what you like and expect from a candidate and what they should research before applying? Or are you a recent graduate who can talk about what you did to research an employer for your current job? We would love to hear from you as part of the Work Experience Module for Humanities and Culture, Language and Area Studies. 
  • Wobble Week Videos: Are you willing to make a short 2-5 minute video about the highs and lows of university life and how you overcame these difficulties, sharing your advice with current students? We are hoping to post a number of videos online to support our students during Wobble Week at the end of October. Please fill in the form here to be contacted about this opportunity.
  • Spotlight on: Careers in Charities - 15 November 2022: If you work in the charity sector, our current students would love to hear from you! We welcome anyone working in the sector to get in touch, especially those who studied in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Humanities 'Where are they now?' Event - 30 November 2022, 5.30-7pm: We are looking for alumni volunteers to speak on a panel to current humanities students. If you graduated from the School of Humanities and would like to share your experiences since university, and answer students' questions, please do get in touch.
  • Presentation Skills Talk - 5 December 2022, 2-4pm: If you have strong presentation skills and use these regularly in your work, we have an opportunity for you to come in and speak to Philosophy students as part of their curriculum to guide them in developing and delivering presentations, as well as demonstrating the importance of these skills in the workplace.

    This can be done as a mini training session or by just sharing your experiences with some examples of presentations you have done and how you have used your skills.
  • 'Thinking about an MA' Workshop - December 2022: We are looking for alumni who have studied for both an undergraduate and Masters degree to talk through their decision making and application process as well as the subsequent benefits to their career to students considering this option.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please email our Volunteering and Advocacy Manager for the Faculty of Arts, Laura Repton.



General opportunities:

Support our 2022/23 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) events

As part of the university's work to improve equality, diversity and inclusion for our community, we regularly run events and activities which draw on the experiences of people who hold particular protected characteristics, for example, these may be aligned with work around gender equality, race equality and LGBTQ+ inclusion.

We are often looking for people who are willing to share their own lived experiences to support and inspire others over the next academic year. If you are interested in getting involved in EDI activities aimed at students, please email for an informal chat.  




Got a question?

Please refer to our frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer you're looking for please contact the Volunteering and Advocacy Team.

Our Volunteering Policy provides detail on how we support anyone who gives their time to support the University of Nottingham. Please take the time to read through the policy for full information on volunteering with us. 



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