Make a difference by giving your time

Join us to help with some of the key activities on campus for our students - from graduation, confirmation and clearing, through to our PGR showcase week, we need your help to make these events extra special for our students. Volunteering can provide a new perspective on the student experience and the life of the University, and make a real difference to the delivery of these key student events. 

You don't need to volunteer lots of time - you can sign up even if you only have a few hours to spare. With activities throughout the year, you can pick an event or activity that works best with your calendar. You could have the chance to see up close what goes into the world leading postgraduate research that we showcase, or help make our graduation days an extra special occasion for our students and their families. 

Please see below the events and dates we are looking for help with, and then fill in our online form to register your interest.

Four weeks in May and one week in early January

Staff are required to support the Head Invigilator in the smooth running of exams across all of our campuses.  Participants would also be required to support the running of Special Provision exams, where students are required to take exams in isolation or in small groups.  Time commitments would range from 1-4 hours per session.

Typically, staff would need to attend a training session for 2 hours prior to the exam period to familiarise themselves with the invigilation process.

Contacts: Caroline Simon (Penryn) and Simon Sexton (Exeter)

Thursday 16th / Friday 17th August 2018. 

Staff are required to assist with manning our telephone helpline, open 8am-8pm (a typical shift is 4 hours), taking calls from existing applicants, confirming our admissions decision, or taking calls from clearing applicants about our undergraduate vacancies. Staff would need to attend a training session for 2 hours prior to the Confirmation and Clearing period to familiarise themselves with the IT system.

Contacts: Jo Thacker (Penryn) and Claire Galliford (Exeter)

Monday 16th July - Friday 20th July 2018 (Exeter Campus)

Monday 23rd July / Tuesday 24th July 2018 (Cornwall Campus)

A Saturday in late December 2018 (Streatham Campus)

Staff are required to support the smooth running of these celebratory graduation days, where we run a total of 18-20 ceremonies in July, and 3-4 ceremonies in December. 

Tasks involve acting as a Marshall during the ceremony, selling programmes and/or acting as a First Aider. Staff would need to attend a training session for 1 hour prior to Graduation to familiarise themselves with their assigned role.

Contacts: Caroline Simon (Penryn) and Jodie Davies (Exeter)

One day in September (Exeter and Penryn)

Staff are required to support the smooth registration of new PGR students, for 2 hours at the beginning of the day and 2 hours over lunchtime.

Staff would need to attend a training session for 1 hour prior to the event.

Contact: Emma Stephenson

Monday 14 May – Friday 18 May

Staff are required to support the set up and running of the Showcase Week,  celebrating the work of our vibrant postgraduate community. Taking place in the Forum, it enables both the University community and external stakeholders to find out about the latest research & innovations of the postgraduate community; whether they were just starting out, or drawing together their conclusions.

Assistance could involve a 3 hours set-up at the beginning of the week, or 2-3 hours to support the celebration event mid-week, and staff would need to attend a training session for 1 hour prior to the event.

Contact: Emma Stephenson