One of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your CV is to volunteer. Giving up some of your time will not only speak volumes to prospective employers about the type of person you are, but you'll also develop skills, gain experience, make contacts and give something to the community.

Some of the opportunities available from the University and the Students' Guild are listed below, you can also search for opportunities in My Career Zone.

Don't forget that most voluntary work will count towards The Exeter Award - designed to give you recognition from the University of Exeter for the activities you are participating in outside of your degree studies to enhance your employability.

You can talk to our Volunteer Matchmakers about the opportunities available in Exeter and the local area. We'll be on Streatham Campus on a regular basis throughout the academic year to talk to you about where your interests lie and to try to match these to a suitable opportunity wherever possible. To book an appointment, get in touch with the Career Zone

Sporting activities provide an ideal opportunity to demonstrate to employers skills in: team work, time management, responsibility, interpersonal skills, goal setting and communication. There are well over 50 active sports clubs, details of which can be accessed on the Athletic Union web pages for Exeter students and the FXU website for Cornwall students.

The scheme offers Exeter students, the opportunity to coach a sports of their choice in local primary and secondary schools and local sports clubs. The sessions are within easy commuting distance and take place during PE lessons, at lunchtime, during after school clubs or as one off events. For more information see the Sports Volunteering Scheme web pages or email svs@exeter.ac.uk

There are over 170 clubs and societies at Exeter. Students who volunteer with Societies are those who take their commitment one step further to volunteer their time to develop and run societies on behalf of others. The Students’ Guild Activities & Volunteering department and the Societies Executive Committee support these volunteers with training in running events, managing their budgets and risk assessments. For more information on societies on Streatham campus visit the Student's Guild website and for societies on Tremough campus visit the FXU website.

Exeter Student Volunteers offers opportunities to volunteer in the local community or through student led projects at the University. All volunteers are inducted, trained and supported throughout their experience and made aware of the additional training opportunities available to them. For more information visit the Exeter Student Volunteers website or email volunteering@ex.ac.uk.

RAG offers you a different kind of volunteering opportunity, based around raising as much money as possible for local and national charities by providing entertainment for other students, raiding towns and cities across the country and organising fundraising events. For more information visit the RAG website or email: Officers@exeterrag.org.

Or if you are a society, or an individual, looking for support in your fundraising please email RAG’s Fundraising Liaison:fundraising@exeterrag.org.

The Award winning X-media opens the door to students who wish to volunteer their time working on the student newspaper, TV, Radio or website either on the technical side, news-gathering, story writing or presenting. For more information visit the X-media website or email xmedia@guild.ex.ac.uk.

Voice is the student listening and information service which is completely student run and offers full training in a variety of skills. Students are trained to take calls from their peers and have the chance to develop strong communication skills including active listening. Students can also gain experience of organising and running the service, delivering training and producing marketing campaigns. If you would like any further information about the service, please contact the General Co-ordinators via voicemail@exetervoice.co.uk or sign up online via the Students' Guild website.

SSLC (Staff-Student Liaison Committee) Representatives exist to provide a voice for students. This representation is achieved through elected students attending SSLC meetings within departments on a termly basis, where decisions are made about the direction and structure of modules and students are able to provide direct feedback to their lecturers on their academic experience. There are elected student leaders in this area, called Subject Chairs (with one Chair existing for department), who co-ordinate the work of the SSLC Reps. For more information, email guildacademic@ex.ac.uk.

The Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture contains both a public museum and an academic research centre, housing one of Britain's largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema.  Opportunities exist for students to volunteer both within the museum and the Special Collections archive. Students can get involved with putting together temporary display cases week on cataloguing and other museum activities. Students need to be able to demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the collections. For more information please contact the Curator, Phil Wickam for more details.

The University’s Community Liaison Officer, Rory Cunningham, has been developing projects and campaigns to highlight the responsibilities of students living as residents in the city of Exeter. He is also keen to assist students who wish to engage with their local communities.

Rory maintains contact with local residents, community groups and other agencies working with communities throughout the city and is happy to discuss potential opportunities for volunteering as they arise. Feel free to visit the Community pages of the University website or contact Rory directly on 01392 263721 or r.j.cunningham@ex.ac.uk.

We know that finding out an answer to your questions (no matter how small!), settling in quickly once you get here, feeling comfortable and meeting some local students is crucial to getting the most out of your studies here at Exeter and enjoying the UK.

This is your chance to join an exciting volunteering programme welcoming new Exeter students from around the globe. It will look great on your CV and will really enrich the experience of our new international students.

As a Chum Volunteer you will have been a University of Exeter student for at least one academic year. You will be matched with up to 3 international students. These could be Foundation, Undergraduate or Postgraduate students. We will endeavour to match Postgraduates with Postgraduates but this may not be possible in every case.

For more information visit the International Student Support website.

Students as Change Agents is an ambitious scheme that lets you to take an active part in making your time at the University of Exeter even better. You can identify areas you want to improve, and then research solutions with your fellow students, which we’ll help you put into action. We’re most interested in changes related directly to your teaching and learning, but we’re open to ideas that seek to improve any aspect of your experience at university. Visit the Students as Change Agents website to find out more.

I have always enjoyed voluntary work, and there are lots of opportunities at Exeter. I’m working with primary school children through the SAM project, and I also organised a Spring Tea Dance for elderly residents of Exeter. Keeping to a budget taught me to handle finances, and the project demanded effective time management, wheelchair and first aid training, delegation and leadership.  

Annabel Wilkinson,
BA English