University of Brighton Volunteering

University of Brighton Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise, there are a number of ways you can do this through our Alumni Advice Network.

This scheme brings together all the varied volunteer opportunities available for alumni and friends. No matter what your particular area of expertise is or the amount of time you have to spare, there will be an opportunity for you to participate.

Here are some ways you could help:

  • Provide advice and direction for your alumni association
  • Supply a testimonial of your time at university
  • Advertise careers within your company to students and graduates for free
  • Become a mentor for a current student
  • Offer work shadowing to a current student
  • Join a speakers panel or curriculum advisory board
  • Check out our bite-sized volunteering opportunities.

Why volunteer?

There’s no doubt about it – volunteering looks great on your CV – and employers often want to know about what volunteering you have done. In fact, 75 per cent of employers say that they prefer applicants with voluntary work experience. (Source: Tearfund Survey).

By volunteering you can:

  • Learn new skills and gain valuable work experience to add to your CV and enhance your employability.
  • Get involved in your local community and make a difference while you get to know where you live and study.
  • Put into practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt at university.
  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Receive training opportunities and a certificate if you complete more than 30 hours’ work or a volunteering project.

Some volunteering placements have accredited training and we run first aid, child protection and mental health awareness training.

Gaining new skills and experience

The range of skills that you can gain from your volunteering is extensive. Below is a list of many, but by no means all of the skills that you could gain, depending on the types of volunteering opportunities you choose to take.