About SVSS

The Student Volunteer Support Service is provided by the SRC for all Glasgow University students and offers give you the chance to undertake a wide range of volunteering opportunities both on and off campus, and to provide a valuable link and input into the local community.

How to Contact Us

You can call in to the Student Volunteer Support Service office on the Ground Floor of the John McIntyre Building any time during opening hours and you don’t have to make an appointment. At busy times you will need to wait in the Welcome Point area, letting a member of staff know that you want to see the Coordinator.

Tel: 0141 330 5360
Email: volunteer@src.gla.ac.uk

What Do We Do?

Do you ever feel like you are stuck in the “west end bubble”? Are you tired of reading negative press stories about students, think that you could use your time at Glasgow to do something positive and enhance your employability skills?

Well, you can.

How?

It’s easy. Check out the projects run by the SRC on this page, “like” our Volunteering at Glasgow Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @VolunteerGU. Also, look out for our SRC stall in the University Library cafe on level 3, where some of our volunteer partners will be doing some pop up meet and greet sessions to answer your questions about being a volunteer.

Support – What can we do to help?

Lots.

  • Disclosure: Some projects, like Classroom Support or ‘Elderly Befriender’ (basically, anything where you will be regularly working with children or vulnerable adults) will require that you become a member of Disclosure Scotland’s Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. All you have to do is fill in the form, but we advise you to learn a little bit more about the scheme, how it works, why it’s important, and what’s involved: PVG

What else?

  • Training & Support: Our external partners provide training,induction and support to you as a volunteer. The SVSS Coordinator is on hand to help if any issues arise.
  • Travel Expenses are paid by the SRC for Classroom Support volunteers. Our partner agencies usually reimburse you directly.

What recognition do students get for volunteering?

From 2011/12 the university will recognise many extra-curricular activities on the university transcript.

Known as the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), this new version of the university transcript will not only list all your academic achievements, but also many other achievements as well. So if you have been a council member or board member of one of the four student bodies; a class rep; a President, secretary or treasurer of a club or society; a volunteer with nightline or support to the homeless; you have the chance to have your efforts recognised alongside your grades on the documents you receive at graduation.

GUSRC have been involved with the development of the HEAR and welcome the new measures in showing the value placed on extracurricular activity by the University. It can also serve as an indication for potential employers to the kinds of activity you have undertaken alongside your studies during your years as a University of Glasgow student.

Certain activities taken from the 2011/12 academic year onwards will be included on the HEAR, and students graduating this summer will be the first to be eligible to receive the new form of the university transcript. Whilst activities included on the HEAR are limited in this, its inaugural year, there is potential for the list of recognised activites to grow in forthcoming years.

If you would like any more information on the HEAR; the eligible activities which can be included; and how to apply contact the University of Glasgow Senate Office.