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The volunteering opportunities detailed below are open to all students, but their flexibility makes them easier to fit around postgraduate study. Some are family-friendly too.

For doctoral students, these volunteering activities can count towards your 10 days of development activities in a similar way to Doctoral Skills sessions.

This is not an exhaustive list, but gives a more tailored approach to the types of volunteering that are available to you as a postgraduate student.

If you have any queries or would like further information please email

Event/One-off Volunteering

Research Objects - Thursday 31st January 2019

Open to PGR students who would like to learn how to engage older people with research. You’ll be given the challenge of devising and delivering a short (5 – 10 minute) presentation about your research, about why it matters and its (potential) impact, to a group of older people. You’ll need to choose an object either associated with, or that encapsulates, your research and present this as a ‘hook’ for your talk. You’ll present your object and research to the Age UK BANES Culture Club at St John’s Hospital Meeting Room.

Benefits to Self - Opportunity to present your research to an audience of older people [Bath residents] Great chance to practice presentation skills gain invaluable feedback which may help with your research.

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Senior Science Volunteers 


Fancy running a fun science session for older people in the local Bath community? This is a brand new initiative with all the resources you need will be provided by BRLSI and the SU, alternatively you can devise your own session. Ideally suited to postgraduates so you can run fun, engaging, activities that will remind the participants of their schooldays.

Fancy volunteering then register your interest via the link below:

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Ongoing Volunteering

The following volunteering opportunities are extremely flexible, none of them require a long-term commitment, all* run throughout the year and all can be fitted around your postgraduate commitments. *STEM Workshops run throughout the Bath school academic year.

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution [BRLSI] is a charity promoting advancement in the arts and sciences. With the commitment, energy and skills of our wonderful volunteers, The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution has become a centre of cultural activity open to all. The SU Bath has teamed up with BRLSI to offer a number of bespoke volunteering opportunities: 

Family Friendly Volunteering

Wild Walcot are working with Avon Wildlife Trust and the Walcot Traders Association to co-design a project which aims to create a wildlife corridor along Walcot Street in Bath. This project is based on Avon Wildlife Trust's successful My Wild City project in Bristol. The project will involve looking at existing green spaces and scrub land along the street and improving their wildlife value by planting bee friendly flowering plants.

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Want to volunteer but only have a limited amount of free time to dedicate to volunteering then try out the volunteering opportunities detailed below

Bitesize Volunteering

V Team offer regular microvolunteering sessions, these sessions will enable students to take part in small, bespoke, bite-sized chunks of volunteering: writing letters for PostPals is one of the many opportunities you could get involved with.

Email for further details.

Virtual Volunteering

Want to volunteer, but unable to commit to physically volunteering on a project then virtual volunteering is for you. Give as little or as much time as your commitments allow.

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities

Create Your Own Volunteering

Fundraising - if you're interested in organising a fundraising event and need some ideas or would like some advice then check out the Event Management guidance.

Volunteering Opportunities Database

If you have any queries or would like information on any aspect of volunteering email