Staff Volunteering Scheme

  • Would you like to get involved with activities in your local community?
  • Are you interested in volunteering but feel you don’t have enough spare time?

If so, the university’s new Staff Volunteering Scheme might just be the right thing for you!

What is the Staff Volunteering Scheme?

As part of its commitment to community engagement, the University of Brighton has established a scheme, which enables members of staff to take part in a wide range of voluntary opportunities in the local community.

The scheme offers up to five days of contracted hours (pro-rata for part time staff) for volunteering activity to academic, professional and support staff.

Why should I get involved?

Volunteering offers an opportunity to actively contribute to the communities in which we work (and may also live). You can use your knowledge, skills and experiences to support a community or voluntary sector organisation in its service delivery or strategic development.

Volunteering is also a great way to develop new skills and engage with new people taking on exciting and rewarding challenges. Volunteering benefits the local community, you and the university!

What kind of opportunities are available?

Active Student, the University’s volunteering service, works with hundreds of community and voluntary sector organisations in the local area, who are looking for volunteers to get involved in their projects or who would like to become trustees on their management board. Volunteer opportunities range from administrators, mentors or policy advisers to conservation or activity camp volunteers.

Where do I find opportunities?

All our volunteering opportunities are listed with the Vacancy Service*. Please follow the steps detailed on our Search volunteering opportunities page.

*The registration process asks for details of current or most recent course of study and other data more relevant to student users. Please be assured that staff are welcome to use the service - just create a login and you're ready to search.

In addition to accessing a regularly updated source of volunteering opportunities across Brighton and Hove and East Sussex, you can also familiarise yourself with the wide range of opportunities and events we advertise for students and graduates.

If you have any queries about accessing the vacancy and events service please contact us.

Call 01273 64 4145
University staff:

How do I get started?

  • Download the guidance notes (pdf 160kb) for further details on the kind of activities you can get involved in and the criteria the volunteering opportunity needs to fulfil
  • Select the volunteering opportunity you would like to get involved in:
    For trustee opportunities email Beth Thomas-Hancock via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01273 644145
    For local volunteering opportunities register with the Vacancy Service
  • Complete the application form (word 102kb) which needs to be signed off by your line manager and Head of School or Department.

How do I find out more?

If you would like to talk to someone about the scheme or have questions regarding the application process, please contact us.

What do staff volunteers think?

Case-study-rachel-grant-passport.png'The Staff Volunteering Scheme is a great way for busy people to give something back to the community... You get so much back from offering a small amount of time.'
Rachel Grant, Student Services

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Guidance notes (pdf 160kb)

Application form (word 102kb)