The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability works towards providing students with a positive experience during any volunteer role or work-based placement.
We are committed to providing students with opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge in a practical setting, as well as supporting students undertaking research for their dissertations.
Students are asked to provide honest feedback about their time with the department, which we use to constantly improve the experience for future students.
My time with the department has proved to be both enjoyable and rewarding, allowing me to gain key experience, and develop an interest in an area which I was previously oblivious to.
Students are treated as part of the team, with those undertaking a work-based placement going through a full induction, as well as being invited to attend and contribute to all department meetings and training workshops. Volunteers are provided with appropriate training for each role, along with ongoing support.
Since 2010 our department has supported over a hundred and fifty students undertake volunteer roles across the University. One of the most popular volunteer roles with students has been the Sustainability Awards Student Auditor position.
This role provided a practical setting to demonstrate the skills I have learnt as part of my academic degree and because it provided useful ‘real-world’ experience of putting theory into practice, giving me a good base to build on when I try to move into a career in sustainability at the end of the year.
Anna, a former student volunteer, provides her thoughts on the role in the video.