The Volunteering team exists to connect UCL with London’s voluntary and community sector, primarily by engaging students in rewarding volunteering and other engaged opportunities. We offer a volunteering brokerage, a student-led volunteering programme, co-created research opportunities, organise events and help UCL departments connect their students with course-relevant volunteering opportunities.
We’re comprised of three streams of work to support students to make the most of their time at UCL and benefit society at the same time – Partnerships, Student Led Projects and Community Research Initiative for Students
Partnerships Manager - Oliver Peachey (he/him)
Oliver manages our partnerships, working closely with UK-based not-for-profits and colleagues across the SU and UCL to provide our students with a wide range of safe and meaningful external volunteering opportunities to consider applying to during their time here.
All community partnerships and ensuing opportunities through his team are vetted and pre-approved before they get promoted – and Oliver is responsible for ensuring systems are in place and all opportunities are promoted well to ensure the pathways to volunteering are as clear and accessible as they can be.
Oliver’s projects include our Social Hackathons programme and Charity Consultancy Challenge – that both engage students in distinct short-term, high-impact volunteering activities each year.
Volunteering Partnerships Coordinator - Csenge Gabeli (she/her)
Csenge join the team in June 2022. She is responsible for supporting our internal and external partnerships, with a particular focus on coordinating our marketing and communications activities, coordinating our one-off events programme and arranging our service events with stakeholders both on and off campus. She manages two student Administrative Assistants.
UCL East Volunteering Events Coordinator - Jayne Flowers (they/them)
Jayne works in the Volunteering team 2 days per week, and has a focus on our new shiny campus, UCL East. Since its partial opening in 2022, Jayne has worked hard to engage students on the new campus and pilot our events programme with local Partners.
Student-Led Projects Manager – Cynthia Allen (she/her)
Cynthia joined the Volunteering Service in 2013. She is responsible for managing and developing the Volunteering Service’s successful programme of student-led volunteering, as well as supporting a caseload of student-led projects.
Student-Led Projects Coordinator – Anjumon Ali (she/her)
Anjumon joined the Volunteering Service in March 2022. She is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the Volunteering Service’s programme of student-led volunteering, as well as supporting a caseload of student projects.
Student-Led Projects Administrator – Santiago Torchiaro (he/him)
Santiago joined the Volunteering Service in October 2020. He is responsible for supporting the Volunteering Service’s successful programme of student-led volunteering, as well as supporting the wider administrative workload of the team.
CRIS Manager (acting) - Molly McCabe (she/her)
Molly is responsible for managing the Community Research Initiative for Students (CRIS). CRIS seeks to encourage engaged research between the communities within which UCL sits and its students. This is done through supporting master's students to collaborate during their dissertations with community partners.
Consult assistants - Martin & Aliza
We are delighted to be joined during 2023-24 by Martin and Aliza who work alongside Molly to coproduce with local micro- and small non-profits organisations projects briefs for UCL's student community.
We are ably supported by our fantastic team of student staff. Working alongside their studies, Sarah, Cemal, and Carolina are our admin suport for 2023-24. Together, they manage follow-up correspondence to students and our partners, moderate opportunities, support our events and administer our records.
They also play an active role in sourcing and generating content for our opportunities directories and working with volunteers to tell their stories. You’ll be in contact with them as you engage with us to enquire about promotion, opportunities and our activities.
Head of Volunteering
Head of Volunteering (interim) Anne Laybourne (she/her)
Anne is currently the interim manger of the Volunteering team. She leads on planning, strategy and evaluation and liaises with UCL about potential new areas of work.