Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Volunteer roles

The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability offer a range of exciting volunteering opportunities for students.

Student volunteer illustration

Volunteering is a great way for students to broaden their horizons and gain invaluable skills and experience. Our current opportunities are listed below and on the Edinburgh University Students' Association volunteering database.

Please contact Matthew Lawson to express your interest in any of the volunteer roles.

Current opportunities

Events Assistant 

We are recruiting student volunteers to help deliver up and coming SRS events across the academic year.

Student Reporter 

We are looking for students with a passion for sustainability to report on events organised by the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and other partner events.

Digital Ambassador

Would you like to use your computing skills to help others? The University of Edinburgh’s Digital Ambassadors programme works with community groups to help individuals develop basic digital skills. 2 - 4 hours per week.

Read more about the role and apply on the Students' Association website

Energy Auditor

We are recruiting student volunteers to take part in conducting basic energy audits of the University’s buildings in collaboration with the University’s Energy Coordinator network.

Other opportunities

Shrub Swap & Reuse Hub

The "Shrub"  is a student-led Edinburgh cooperative that aims to reduce waste, share skills and promote a more sustainable way of meeting people's needs. Throughout the year they have a range of volunteering roles on offer - check out their website for more info.

Visit the Shrub website

Hearty Squirrel

Hearty Squirrel is a student- and volunteer-run food cooperative at the University of Edinburgh. They strive to provide healthy, local, ethical, organic and Fairtrade food to students and staff, as well as a unique and informative experience for our volunteers. Their goals also include promoting and educating on food sustainability, running food workshops, and supporting other groups.

Visit the Hearty Squirrel website

I want to volunteer

To register for a volunteering position, please complete the form below.

About you

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Your interest and availability

Please let us know which role(s) you are interested in, and why.

Use this space to tell us anything else you think we might need to know, including your availability and any special requirements you may have.


If you have any other queries or are unable to complete the form, please contact Matthew Lawson:

Matthew Lawson

Programme Manager

Contact details


  • Matthew Lawson is currently Programme Manager in the University of Edinburgh’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability having previously worked at Transition Edinburgh University. After completing his undergraduate degree in International Relations, Matthew got involved in a variety of community and environmental groups while studying for a Masters in Multi-level and Regional Politics. His research focused on climate change policy in Scotland. His current role includes responsibility for social responsibility and sustainability reporting, benchmarking, developing sector-wide and external partnerships, liaising with academic degree programmes and courses, as well as having oversight of the department’s outreach and student engagement activities. Matthew has worked for the University since 2011.