Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Volunteering & paid opportunities for students

Explore different ways to get involved - from becoming a Sustainability Champion, to helping individuals to develop basic digital skills as a Digital Ambassador. Find out how you can help us run events or perform sustainability audits, and browse other volunteering opportunities with Student Societies and Student-run Cooperatives. If you live in University run accommodation, and want to make it more sustainable, find out how you can take part in the Residence Awards.

Volunteering or a paid placement is a great way to develop your skills and can be a positive addition for your CV. Helping others can also boost your happiness!

Year-round opportunities

Volunteer as a Sustainability Champion

Short term opportunities

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.

Browse the Students' Association's volunteering database

Be part of the Sustainability Awards for students

Sustainability Awards Ceremony 2017 Students from ECA fabric reuse project
Students are central to the Sustainability Awards. Students living in accommodation are supported to encourage sustainable behaviour at their residence. Students are also encouraged to volunteer to help make a difference with the Sustainability Awards.

Volunteer as a Digital Ambassador

Digital Ambassador group 2017
Could you spare a couple of hours a week to help a local person with the basics of getting online? Digital Ambassadors aim to equip people living in the Edinburgh region with basic digital life skills like using email, requesting prescriptions online and online shopping.

Join a student society or cooperative

Student societies illustration
With over 250 student societies at the University, students are sure to find one to develop their skills and interests, with many focusing on social responsibility and sustainability issues.

Help with our events

Event volunteers
We are recruiting student volunteers to help deliver the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability’s busy calendar of events. These include the Visions for Change series and Conscious Cinema.