Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Volunteer at COP26

Glasgow City Council is looking to enlist the help of friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic volunteers to contribute to the success of COP26.

Four individuals who will volunteer at COP26

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. 

These vital climate talks are expected to bring together the largest gathering of heads of state ever hosted in the UK, alongside climate experts and campaigners, to agree coordinated action to tackle the climate emergency. 

As part of this, a team of around 1000 volunteers will be recruited to support Glasgow’s staging of this globally significant event. 

About COP26 volunteering

A variety of volunteer roles will be available in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, including providing information on the conference and the venues, supporting delegates staying in and travelling around the city, and promoting the best of what Glasgow and Scotland has to offer. 

Volunteers will undertake shifts during the period 28 October – 14 November and must be available during this period. Volunteers should expect to undertake around six shifts during this time and will be invited to attend training ahead of these dates.

How to volunteer

Anyone interested in volunteering at COP26 should visit to find out more and submit an application.

Applications are open from Wednesday, 20 January 2021 until Wednesday, 31 March 2021. 

Ahead of taking on their roles, volunteers will receive a workshop on sustainability from the UN and be given the training and tools required to carry out their roles successfully and confidently. 

Volunteering event

The University is running an information event on Tuesday 23 March 2021, 13:00 - 13:45, for students and staff who are interested in volunteering at COP26.


Find out more

If you have any questions regarding the University's involvement in COP26 or our own COP26 activities, please email