Our volunteering programme supports you to successfully manage volunteering independently; and develop your knowledge, skills and experiences which will contribute to your future employability and success upon graduation. Any volunteering you carry out will be accredited if you wish to gain accreditation, and will also appear on your HEAR (for more details please see What is a Higher Education Achievement Report?). You can receive a Newman Volunteering award for each separate volunteering placement you carry out during your time at Newman, if it meets certain criteria. You can receive a Newman Bronze Volunteering Award for 20 hours, Newman Silver Volunteering Award for 50 hours, Newman Gold Volunteering Award for 100 hours or a Newman Platinum Volunteering Award for 200 hours.
As a university, we recognise volunteering as:
“An activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or individuals or groups other than (or in addition to) close relatives” (The Compact Code of Good Practice on Volunteering, 2005).
In addition, volunteering in this context will also aim to improve your knowledge, skills and abilities contributing to your employability and success upon graduation. Unpaid work placements already receiving academic accreditation, or undertaken to address course requirements or targets, will not be valid for counting towards a volunteering award.
Through the programme, we also aim to make a positive contribution to individuals and communities in line with our status as a Catholic University with strong values of service.
Criteria for accreditation
Students can apply for an accredited award that will appear on the HEAR for each volunteering opportunity they carry out, but must meet the following criteria:
- Unpaid and carried out in the UK.
- Must be separate to their course or any other extra-curricular activity that is accredited on their HEAR. For students undertaking mandatory work placements, if they accumulate additional hours above what their course dictates, those additional hours can count towards a Volunteering Award. Some student volunteering is already accredited on the HEAR and therefore not eligible for a Newman Volunteering Award, examples are listed in the next section.
- It can be carried out in any place as long as the role involves contributing to an environment, an individual or groups other than (or in addition to) close relatives for the greater good and will in part improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of the student taking part to contribute to their employability and success upon graduation.
- All the relevant forms must be completed fully by the students and confirmed by the volunteering organisation.
- Any questions or for clarification please contact the Careers & Volunteering Adviser, Newman University, Birmingham B32 3NT Tel: 0121 476 1181 ext. 2379 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please contact Teresa Waring, Careers & Volunteering Adviser on: T.Waring@staff.newman.ac.uk 0121-476-1181 ext. 2379.
The volunteering handbook and forms are available below. You can also pick up paper copies of the forms from the careers hub.