Skip to the main content

Writing good adverts to promote your volunteer roles to students

To advertise your vacancies with us please write short adverts that give the reader everything they need to know but can be read quickly.  All adverts will be included on our Volunteering Directory where students search for opportunities.

Community Links

VSU's picture

Guest Blog: Samuel Burke from East London charity Community Links writes about how UCL student volunteers have been helping out with thei

Meet the Volunteering Service

The Volunteering Service exists to connect UCL with London’s voluntary and community sector, primarily by engaging students in rewarding volunteering opportunities. We offer a volunteering brokerage, a student-led volunteering programme, organise events and help UCL departments connect their students with course-relevant volunteering opportunities.


VSU's picture

For the five days of the campaign, our mission was simple. Get everybody we encountered to make an active contribution. To what? Combatting UK poverty. Why now?

Clubs & Societies Volunteering

The Student-Led Projects team in the Volunteering Service support clubs and societies to set up partnerships with local charities and community organisations. Whether it’s a one-off event or an ongoing community project, making volunteering a part of a Club or Societies programme of events is a great way for members to bond as a team, share their skills and passion and make a positive contribution to their local community.

Volunteering Awards Ceremony 2013

Just before the end of term, we held our eleventh annual awards ceremony to celebrate the work of UCL students in the community. Last year, 1750 students took part in activities through the Volunteering Services Unit, giving over 41,500 hours – equivalent to one person volunteering for almost 22 working years. Many of the students came along to receive certificates and to catch up with their fellow volunteers. Professor Anthony Smith (UCL Vice-Provost, Education) spoke about the range of external charities that students have been supporting.

Student-Led Volunteering Programme – call for new projects

VSU's picture

Do you have a bright idea that could make a difference to other people in London?

UCL attends the Roots and Shoots Awards

In early December, six volunteers from the UCL Roots and Shoots team took to the annual awards held at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). We were fortunate enough to meet the founder of the charity - the iconic Dr Jane Goodall, as well as young people from other universities and schools, also involved in the program. Below, we describe what Roots and Shoots is all about as well as our impressions from having attended these prestigious awards.

Soon Hui Yee

Soon Hui Yee is a BSc Computer Science student, and has volunteered with the Mandarin Club at Gospel Oaks School and with UCL Special Collections.

What do you do as a volunteer? Describe your typical session.
In Gospel Oaks I’m a mandarin club teacher… I group up with 3 other people and we teach the children about the Mandarin language and the culture while trying to maintain their attention to class.

Guest Blog - Keen London Christmas Party

VSU's picture

Nicole Curtin, Senior Coordinator, KEEN London, told us about how a team of UCL volunteers helped to put on their Christmas party.

Behind the scenes at 'The Big One'

Maria Cross gives us an insight into UCLU Musical Theatre Society’s phenomenal schools project ….

35 UCL students, 32 school children, 3 performances, 1 big week.

The Big One is a student-led volunteering project that unites pupils from UCLU Musical Theatre Society and two local high schools to stage a school show like no other.

As a member of UCLU Musical Theatre Society, I was well aware of the past achievements of The Big One.

Agnieszka Frąszczak

Agnieszka is studying Mathematics with Modern Languages (MSci).

Where do you volunteer?
For the past 7 years I have volunteered in various places; I befriended people with learning and physical disabilities, did some one-off events, got involved in science shows for families with children and the most recent project I undertook was the UCL Maths Challenge. In 2010/11 I have been one of the leaders of this project.

What do you do as a volunteer?

Volunteering Awards Ceremony

VSU's picture

Guest blogger Kristen Stockdale reports on last week’s Volunteering Awards Ceremony …

UCL Student Hospital Fun Team

VSU's picture

This academic year, there were two VSU Awards up for grabs for Innovations Programmes, Best Newcomer of Year and Project of the Year.  Both awards were won by the UCL Student Hospital Fun

Sign up to hear the latest on volunteering

Sign up to weekly updates from the Volunteering Service team! We can promise that you’ll be the first to hear about our featured opportunities, what we’re up to, what you’re up to and the latest on our charity partners.


You can even select what type of volunteering you’d like to hear most about! Here’s what there is to choose from…

UCL Conservation Group

VSU's picture

Guest Blogger Angelos Angelidis on what the UCL conservation Group have been up to recently …

Museums & Heritage Volunteering Fair

VSU's picture

Calling all of you lovers of culture, history and museums – we’ve got our first ever Museums & Heritage Volunteering Fair on Wednesday 12th November, 5 -7pm, in the Haldane Room off t

Archaeology Students Volunteer in Local School

VSU's picture

Every 25th of November the archaeological community celebrates the day of archaeology by disseminating what this discipline is all about.

Student Volunteering Week at UCLU

VSU's picture

Here at UCLU Volunteering Services Unit, we’re pulling out all the stops to celebrate national Student Volunteering Week (23rd Feb – 1st March) with an exciting range of events and one-of

Volunteering opportunities for your department

At the start of each academic year we send through targeted vacancies sheets to academic departments, faculties, schools and institutes across UCL - feel free to contact us to find out more about this and check out our directory to see what’s currently available to UCL students with our partner organisations across the capital.

Student Volunteering at UCLU - the year in photos

VSU's picture

2014-15 has been our busiest year ever here at the Volunteering Services Unit, with over 2,000 UCL students getting involved with charities, community groups and volunteering projects acr

Festival of Volunteering

Our Festival of Volunteering will be taking place here at UCLU from 22nd May, culminating in our annual volunteering awards ceremony on 4 June.  There’s so much going on, including tea parties, science busking, Hackney Pirates, The Good Gym, gardening, arts festivals, plus lots of workshops and one off volunteering events.

Check out the line-up and reserve your space at our events here!