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Studying at Queen’s? Volunteer SU based in your Students' Union is your one stop shop that tells you everything you need to know about volunteering and will assist you in finding your perfect volunteering opportunity, as well as ensuring you are making the most of your volunteering.


Why Volunteer?

Your Students' Union is dedicated to you. We are committed to providing you with valuable volunteering opportunities which will help you to:

  • Do something positive and rewarding with your time
  • Meet new people
  • Make a meaningful contribution to the community
  • Develop your skills and knowledge
  • Gain hands on experience in an area you are interested in
  • Become more employable
  • Expand your personal and professional networks
  • Promote your health and reilience


Volunteer SU host a range of volunteering activities throughout the year from skills workshops to the Volunteering Excellency Awards as well as highlight the latest volunteering opportunities.  Keep up to date with the latest news here: http://www.qubsu.org/OpportunitiesSkills/VolunteerSU/     or by signing up the Volunteer SU newsletter by sending an email to volunteer@qub.ac.uk

Some opportunities that may be of interest to students:

Homework Clubs Volunteer Tutor

Homework Clubs are supported by Tutors (Queen’s Student Volunteers) who provide homework support to children and young people on a regular basis aiming to improve the academic achievement, build the confidence and raise aspirations of children and young people participating in the Club. 


Queen’s University Belfast RAG (Raise & Give) is the official fundraising group of Queen’s Students’ Union.  This group is entirely student led and so prides itself on creativity and fundraising that is slightly beyond the norm.  RAG aim to be the leading student fundraising team at Queen’s, but also to be a source of advice and support to the many charitable groups based at the University.  Any student can become a member and get involved in any of the fundraising events throughout the year.

QUB Enactus

QUB Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.

International Buddies

Are you interested in getting to know the international students at Queen’s? The Buddy Scheme, as part of International Welcome Week, is a way to help international students settle into Queen’s and the wider Belfast Community. International students are assigned to ‘host’ students who are encouraged to be a friendly face to the international students throughout the year and help them get involved in student life at Queen’s.

Inspiring Leaders

A programme facilitated by the William J Clinton Leadership Institute and Careers, Employability and Skills to increase the leadership skills, public engagement and ability to inspire others of those students currently in positions of volunteer leadership.

Student Volunteering Week

A week of events and activities (usually in February) to encourage student volunteering, from raising awareness to providing tasters of in various areas of volunteering.  It is also a time to recognise and celebrate all the fantastic volunteering that is taking place by students.

There are also a range of positions across Queen’s University and Queen’s Students’ Union which are voluntary (and often students do not recognise these positions as volunteering):

  • Committee member of a club or society
  • Active member of a voluntary/charitable society
  • Committee member or active member of RAG (Raise and Give)
  • Course/Class rep
  • Member of Student Council
  • Queen's Ambassador
  • Helping out at Chaplaincies
  • Peer Mentor

If you are already participating in one of these activities, make sure you are getting recognition! 

Getting Recognised! 

Millennium Volunteers
If you are aged 25 or under and are a volunteer, you are eligible for Millennium Volunteers Award (volunteering certificates backed by Department of Education for 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering) which is Northern Ireland wide recognition of the training and skills you've gained through your volunteering. 

Degree Plus

There are 3 routes to degree plus through volunteering:

Route A – 200 hours of Millennium Volunteers and 500 word essay


Route A – Inspiring Leaders

Volunteers in position of leadership to participate in the Inspiring Leaders programme delivered by the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, achieve 50 hours of Millennium volunteers and keep a short journal during the programme


Route B – combined pathway – where you must participate in at least 2 extra-curricular activities and submit a combined route application on or before 31st March of your year of graduation:


The Volunteering Excellency Awards

Hosted every June, The Volunteering Excellency Awards are used to recognise and celebrate the amazing achievements of student volunteers as well as encourage and inspire others to volunteer.

See a video clip from the 2014 Volunteering Excellency Awards here:


If you like the sound of any of the opportunities above, need support to find your perfect volunteering opportunity or want to register for any Volunteer SU programmes, please drop a line to volunteer@qub.ac.uk to get started!