Volunteer in our year-long programme

We are looking for current or recent university students for our year-long programme to deliver

  • A week-long Summer course;

  • A three day Easter residential;

  • Monthly coaching via video or phone.

Become a volunteer and a coach

As a volunteer coach you will receive

  • Coach training;

  • Safeguarding training;

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the residentials and travel expenses.

We also run an extended, certified leadership programme throughout the year, adding the skills to the experience you will gain as a Universify coach.

What makes a good volunteer?

We offer volunteers roles as Course Directors, Group Leaders and Universify coaches to deliver our course.

In all of these roles we are looking for people with experience in access or outreach work and with a genuine passion for promoting educational equality and an enthusiasm for excellent outcomes in higher education.

Proactive and personable, people-centred and positive, you will share your passion for education with our students.

You need excellent organisational and time management skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

What is coaching

Coaching centres on self-directed learning and empowerment. It aims to help someone achieve their goals and unlock their future potential. A coach helps a coachee focus on where they are now and how to get to where they want to, reaching their goals.

By focusing on the future, Universify coaches assist their coachees in working out how they can reach their academic goals and aspirations. Universify coaches empower their coachees to find answers and take actions to reach their goals.

As a Universify coach you will receive thorough training from a certified coach. There will also be regular coach meet ups throughout the year, where you act as a coach to share experiences and continue to learn and grow.

Course Director

The Course Director oversees the smooth running of the course, making sure excursions, evening activities and group work is organised and delivered successfully. The Course Director oversees the team of volunteers, working with them to make the students’ time as enjoyable, engaging and memorable as possible while staying at Oxford or Cambridge. The Course Director acts as the point of contact on-course for parents as well as being responsible for overall student welfare and discipline during their time in the residentials. The Course Director works alongside the Programme Co-Ordinator to deliver the programme.

Group Leader

The Group Leader is responsible for a group of around twenty students during the residential courses. They are the first port of call for student discipline and welfare issues. You will work closely with a team of Universify coaches to ensure the students have a great time and get the most out of the course. Group Leaders steer activities, working with the Course Director to ensure the smooth delivery of the course. Group Leaders also act as coaches for Universify students.

Universify Coach

Universify coaches accompany students on evening activities, help run group work and act as coaches for up to three Universify students. Coaches are on hand to share their university experiences and make sure students are happy, healthy and enjoying the course.

Apply to volunteer for Universify

To volunteer for Universify, please complete the form and we will be in contact.

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