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 Exams
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.

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.

Become an Energy Detective

Text information on the steps involved in becoming an energy detective.
Become an Energy Detective and help the University reduce our carbon footprint