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
You can apply for an accredited award that will appear on your HEAR for each volunteering opportunity you carry out, but opportunities must meet the following criteria:
- They must be unpaid
- They must be separate to you course or any other extra-curricular activity that is accredited on your HEAR; it is fine however if you continue volunteering at an organisation after your work placement has ended to accredit this, as this will be seen as separate from your course
- 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 your knowledge, skills and abilities, contributing to your employability and success upon graduation
- You must complete all relevant forms and have these confirmed by the volunteering organisation
If you need more information or guidance please refer to the Volunteering Handbook which includes the Volunteering Policy and forms needed to apply for accreditation:
For further information, please contact Teresa Waring, Careers & Volunteering Adviser on: T.Waring@staff.newman.ac.uk 0121-476-1181 ext. 2379.