Our current opportunities are listed below, along with the information you need to apply or to contact one of our team. As well as viewing our roles here, you can keep updated through our alumni LinkedIn group and register your interest to volunteer and receive our Connect: Volunteering newsletter which includes upcoming volunteering opportunities.
Current opportunities – updated September 2023
Featured opportunity: Faculty of Arts - City of Caves oral history researcher
Did you know Nottingham is home to one of the largest networks of caves in the country? We are looking for local volunteers enthusiastic about the city’s cave heritage to assist the City of Caves team at the University of Nottingham with an exciting new oral history project. There are over 800 manmade caves beneath the city of Nottingham, created for everything from malting and brewing to hosting events and businesses.
The project is in conjunction with the National Justice Museum who run the City of Caves tourist attraction, and our aim is to collect recorded histories about people’s experiences and uses of the caves in Nottingham city centre. If you would like to learn more and play a vital role in recording this unique piece of heritage then register your interest.
Nottingham University Business School
- 2023 MBA and MSc Inductions. We are looking to recruit volunteer panellists for our MBA and MSc induction sessions on Thursday 28 September. MSc (delivered online) at 11am-12pm. MBA (delivered in-person on Jubilee Campus) at 12.30-13.30pm.
This is a great opportunity to share your experiences with our 2023-2024 students and help them to settle into their first week at the University of Nottingham. If you are interested in supporting this volunteering opportunity let us know!
- 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 on 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
- Company Consultancy Challenges: Nottingham-based business? We need you!
The learning experience of students is transformed by the opportunity to tackle ‘real-life’ company challenges where the possibility of the best recommendations being implemented by the companies involved is high. Students gain invaluable work experience at all levels enabling them to demonstrate skills and behaviours. Businesses across all sectors and at all stages of growth benefit from valuable insights and research. Read our role profile to find out more.
- MBA Business in Practice week: Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November. The MBA Business in Practice week is an opportunity for our MBA students to learn in practice what they will go on to study in their first semester of the programme, which includes modules covering: marketing - strategic management - business economics - leadership, people and organisational capability - operations management - accounting and finance. If you work for a Nottingham-based company, and think you could host 40-45 MBA students during the week we'd love to hear from you.
- 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 MBA Project Advisor: Could your organisation offer and MBA company based project? Every summer some of our full-time MBAs work with a wide range of firms on various consultancy type projects in place of a formal dissertation. If you are interested in learning more, you can find a full role description here.
- 25 years of NUBS: share your reflections. Did you know that the 2023/24 academic year marks 25 years of the business school? We will be marking our anniversary with a host of special events and activities, but we'd also love to hear your stories! Did you meet the love of your life here? Perhaps you took your first steps on the path to entrepreneurial success? Or even if you just want to share what the school means to you personally, let us know and we might share your story.
If you’re interested in any of these activities please email our Faculty Alumni Volunteering Manager for Nottingham University Business School, Emma Winter, for more information.
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
We have a series of online twilight (6-7.30pm) panel events with the Careers and Employability Team and would welcome interested alumni speakers to give a short presentation and take part in a Q+A session with a panel of 4/5 in the following areas:
- Spotlight On: Careers in Public Health. Working in the field of public health: including roles in medical or scientific writing / policymaking - session in early November (date to be confirmed).
- Spotlight On Ecology: Conservation and Consultation. Working in the field of ecology: including practical conservation or consultancy - session in spring 2024 (date to be confirmed).
- Where are they now? Life Sciences Alumni. If you graduated from the School of Life Sciences and willing to share your career journey with students, focusing on where your particular degree has led you. This event will be an online panel event in March 2024 (date to be confirmed).
- Career profiles. Did you graduate from the School of Life Sciences between 2019-2021? The school would like to source recent alumni career profiles to share with and inspire current and prospective students on their career journeys. If you are interested to write a short profile about your current job role and how your degree helped you to get there, we would love to hear from you.
If you have any questions about the opportunities listed above or would like to register your interest, please email our Faculty Alumni Volunteering Manager, Sarah Greaves.
Faculty of Science
Between October and December the faculty is running six in-person careers events across our Nottingham campuses to inspire current students in potential careers using science degrees:
- Alumni Speaker | ‘Where are they now?’ Computer Science careers
Session date: Thursday 19 October 2023. Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Location: In-person - Computer Science Building, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham. Register your interest.
- Alumni Speaker | Spotlight On: Biosciences in the Lab careers
Session date: Wednesday 25 October 2023. Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm. Location: In-person - Sutton Bonington Campus, Nottingham. Register your interest.
- Alumni Speaker | Spotlight On: Data Analyst Roles careers
Session date: Monday 13 November 2023. Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Location: In-person - University Park Campus, Nottingham. Register your interest.
- Alumni Speaker | Physics Careers Week Alumni
Session date: Wednesday 15 November 2023. Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Location: In-person - University Park Campus, Nottingham. Register your interest.
- Alumni Speaker | Where Are They Now? Pharmaceutical Science careers
Session date: Monday 27 November 2023. Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Location: In-person - University Park Campus, Nottingham. Register your interest.
- Alumni Speaker | Spotlight On: Careers in Higher Education
Session date: Tuesday 5 December 2023. Time: 5.00pm - 7.00pm. Location: In-person - University Park Campus, Nottingham. Register your interest.
For further general information or enquiries you can contact our Faculty Alumni Volunteering Manager, Emily Scott.
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.
- Mooting activities. Are you a practicing barrister or judge interested in brining your expertise to a series of mock trails and other mooting activities? Our Mooting events are designed to equip students with the skills they’ll need in chambers, and in a real courtroom. We run a range of mooting competitions each semester, alongside workshops designed to train students in core legal skills – please get in touch.
Faculty of Arts
- University Radio Nottingham – Where are they now? Session date: Tuesday 24 October. Time 5.45 to 7.30pm on University Park. Were you a member of University Radio Nottingham and currently work in radio and journalism? Would you like to share your experiences with our current URN students and come back to campus to network with others? If you would like to speak at the event or receive further information, please complete this short form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal chat.
Got a question?
Please contact our Alumni Volunteering team to find out more about volunteering at Nottingham.
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.