Volunteering information for scholarships
The Scholarships Office at the University of Westminster requires that, with some exceptions, each scholarship should have a voluntary hour requirement.
The purpose of these volunteering hours is to encourage the student to give back to the University and the local community. This benefits the community and also encourages students to involve themselves in activities outside of their studies.
If you have more questions about your volunteering hours, see our volunteering guidance page.
Your scholarship volunteering commitment now operates in conjunction with the Student Volunteering Service at the University of Westminster. This information on this page gives you a brief outline of how get to started, finding a suitable role, and where to go and who to ask in case you need support.
In addition to helping you meet your Scholarship’s volunteering requirements, volunteering is also a great way for giving something back to the community, making friends or gaining some valuable work experience. To find out more, please visit the Student Volunteering Service webpages.
To get started, join our mailing list by emailing [email protected], you will then receive weekly updates on the latest range of volunteering opportunities. You can also search through the hundreds of volunteering opportunities on Engage, the One-off Volunteering Opportunities Calendar and the volunteering blog.
If you need support, come and talk to someone from the Student Volunteering Service by booking an appointment through Engage or calling +44 (0)20 3506 6112, you can also email [email protected]. Half an hour one-to-one sessions are available on Tuesdays mornings between 10 to 11.30am and on Wednesday afternoons between 2 and 3.30pm. Be sure to make an appointment to avoid disappointment.
Reporting your volunteering hours
As soon as you have started volunteering, please log the details of the role (name of host organisation, type and description of the role, hours, start and end date). You will also need to upload a soft copy of your signed form through Engage, download Scholarships Volunteering Form (Word Doc.) or ask your volunteering supervisor to email us on [email protected] a reference letter – stating the nature of your involvement, start and end date, and the number of hours volunteered.
Claiming recognition for your volunteering
All volunteers, regardless of the number of hours volunteered, may request to receive a Certificate of Achievement for their volunteering. For those of you who have volunteered for 25 hours or more, you may, in addition to the Certificate, also request that your achievements are recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Record. To do so, simply email us your request to [email protected] or tick the relevant boxes when recording your volunteering hours on Engage.