Faculty of Arts

Skills for success

University life is about more than just studying. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, share your skills and build your CV.

From societies, to work placements, to community outreach, you can tailor your student experience to whatever suits you.

School children writing

Community outreach opportunities 


Use your skills to give back to our local community. 

  • Boost your confidence
  • Build communication skills
  • Show teamwork and initiative 

Department of Classics and Archaeology – Work with schools, museums, and community archaeology projects. 

School of English – From Vikings for Schools, to the Dementia Reading group.  

Department of History – Get involved in the History Society schools volunteering project.  

Department of Music – Inspire the next generation: become a music education mentor at a local primary school.

Department of Philosophy – Discover the Philosophy in Schools volunteering project.  

Students' Union opportunities – volunteer through the Students' Union and support the local community.

I signed up for NoCOut to gain experience in schools for my future career. I loved working with other Classics students – some of whom I wouldn’t have otherwise met – and I’m really proud of the activities we were able to create together. Dressing up as a Roman became a standard afternoon for me!
Isabelle Powell, BA Ancient History student and NoCOut volunteer

Complete a work placement


Take part in a structured work placement and provide a talking point on your CV. 

  • Build subject specific skills
  • Receive formal recognition (on the Nottingham Advantage Award)
  • Get ready for employment 

Nottingham Advantage Award – Choose a module and get recognition for your extracurricular activities.

Work Placement and Employability Programme – Available to all Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS) students. 

School of English opportunities – Take advantage of the school's placement partners and try out a range of careers, from marketing to heritage.





They set me up with a local museum in Erewash. My first job is sorting out their Instagram, as it’s a bit outdated. Then I’m helping with an exhibition aimed at Nottingham students. Part of my job will be helping create this exhibition, then also promoting it with the student demographic.

Creative volunteering opportunities


There are multiple opportunities to express yourself and learn new skills. 

  • Make new friends
  • Try something new
  • Tailor you skills for a future career path 

Creative Student Network – Open to students from the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies.

Crop-Up Gallery  Get involved in the student-led curatorial group.

Write for Impact Magazine – Perfect for budding writers, editors and journalists.

Nottingham New Theatre  Write, act or direct at the fully student-run on campus theatre. 

University Radio Nottingham – Become a presenter, producer or reporter.   

University Musuem of Archaeology – Volunteer your time and get museum experience.

Digital Transformations Hub – Learn digital skills and get valuable work experience. 

Lakeside Arts – From performing to professional development, there are multiple ways to get involved.

I'm also involved with the radio station, URN. Myself and two other music students do a show every Monday. It’s a place for minority musicians in the industry, so we amplify their voices. We talk about music and mental health, we did a Black Lives Matter special last week, and talk about Civil Rights music. 

Join a society


From A Cappella to Yoga Society, and everything in between, we've got over 200 societies to choose from.

See the full list of societies on offer

I worked on Impact (the student magazine) and worked my way up from being a writer to editing the whole thing. I learned so much, not just systems like InDesign, but also how to edit, how to write, how to put things together, how to manage contributors. 

Faculty of Arts

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