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We want community volunteering at UCL to be fulfilling, fair and valuable for all students. This is where the Volunteering Service Think Tank comes in.

What is the Think Tank?

The Think Tank is a student-led committee which advises on how the Volunteering Service can work better for students. It is run by a diverse range of students, who gain leadership and negotiation experience by researching issues around community volunteering.

The Think Tank is part of a system of the Volunteering Service’s oversight, which includes: the Volunteering Service’s Steering Group, the Volunteering Society and annual feedback surveys with students and our partner organisations.

How does it work?

The Think Tank meets 6 times - twice towards the end of Term One and four times in Term Two.  All meetings are held in the lunch hour between 1-2pm on campus and we use the time to focus our efforts on a specific service-related theme.  Members all have an opportunity to contribute in the meeting and your valuable input is used to develop our services and enable us to innovate through the year.

If you want to become a member, you will be expected to commit for at least one academic year and attend at least 4 of the 6 meetings.

Why should I become a member?

By joining the Think Tank you will:

  • Learn workplace skills such as contributing to meetings, analysing problems and negotiating solutions
  • Meet new people
  • Influence how a service functions
  • Enhance your CV by building your communication skills
  • Share your experience on volunteering, and push for change where necessary

How do I apply?

Submissions closed on Friday 15th November for the 2019-20 Think Tank.  We’ll be re-opening for 2020-21 applications early in the new academic year.  Please contact Oliver Peachey if you have any questions in the meantime.