How might volunteering support my future job prospects?
Volunteering could have a very positive impact on your future job prospects. You would be demonstrating your commitment to the Games, as well as developing invaluable employability skills in communication, team work and organising. Volunteering is also a fantastic way to gain practical experience, which could help you to stand out from the crowd.
What happens if I am invited to a volunteer interview or training when I should be attending a class?
Please try to select an option that is outside of your study commitments. If there are no other available options, there will be no requirement for authorisation to be sought to attend an interview or training session; however, you will be required to notify your School in advance. However, International students will need to apply for Authorised Absence when volunteering for the Games.
Will there be any programme implications, e.g., impact on learning outcomes, extension to coursework etc.?
Whilst the University encourages students to engage with this opportunity, and with other volunteering opportunities, your studies should always take priority. Special dispensation will not be made for students who are taking part in volunteering for the Games, and this will not be a valid reason to seek an extension, deferral, or Extenuating Circumstances.
What should I do if have an exam and I am asked to attend a volunteer related event?
If you have an exam on a day when you are asked to attend a volunteer related session for the Games, then your exam must take priority. Volunteering for the Games will not be a valid reason for seeking extension, deferral, or Extenuating Circumstances.
I am an international student, am I eligible to volunteer?
Before you volunteer you will need to consider if you are volunteering or undertaking voluntary work. If you are undertaking voluntary work then you will need to establish if you have a right to work in the UK (see next question).
What is the difference between volunteering and voluntary work?
For Student route visa holders there is a clear difference between volunteering and voluntary work (unpaid employment). If you hold a Student route visa (previously Tier 4 (General) visa), then you will be able to undertake volunteering activity. However, you must be careful as if your activity is classed as voluntary work instead of volunteering, any time spent undertaking voluntary work will count towards the maximum number of hours you are allowed to work under your Student route visa.
How do I know if the position I have been offered is volunteering or voluntary work?
There are a number of factors to think about when considering whether a particular activity constitutes voluntary work or volunteering are:
- Voluntary workers will usually have contractual obligations to perform the work (for example to attend at particular times and carry out specific tasks) with the employer being contractually required to provide the work – the contract does not have to be written - the worker is usually remunerated in kind.
- Volunteers do not have a contract - they must not be a substitute for an employee, and they must not be doing unpaid work – for example, receiving payment in kind (although they are sometimes reimbursed for reasonable travel and subsistence expenses). Volunteers usually help a charity or voluntary or public sector organisation.
You should check with the organisation offering the volunteering opportunity whether it would be regarded as unpaid employment.
I am an EU/EEA national and I have pre-settled/settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) can I undertake volunteering activities?
Yes. If you have been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EUSS then you are eligible to undertake paid employment, volunteering activities and work placement/internships without any restriction.
I am an international student and I am a dependant of a Points Based System (PBS) migrant can I undertake volunteering activities?
Yes, if you are a dependant of a PBS migrant then you are eligible to undertake paid employment, volunteering activities and work placement/internships without any restriction.
Can I volunteer if I am a student but not on a Student route visa?
If you hold a Short-term study visa, you can volunteer, but you cannot do voluntary work as you cannot undertake any paid or unpaid work, work experience or work placements during your studies in the UK.
If you hold a Standard Visitor visa (purpose of undertaking study for less than 6 months), you can volunteer provided it is for a registered charity and will be for no longer than 30 days in total. Volunteer work can be full-time or part-time but must not exceed 30 days in total. Visitors are not permitted to undertake voluntary work (please see definition above). As a visitor you are not permitted to work in the UK or undertake a work placement or internship (including as part of a course of study).
I am an international student with a Student route visa, can I undertake voluntary work?
A Student route visa holder can do voluntary work if they are permitted to work, but this work and any paid work must not exceed the total number of hours you are permitted to work during term time. For example, if you are permitted to work 20 hours a week during term-time and you have paid work of 15 hours a week, you cannot do more than 5 hours voluntary work in the same week.
University’s working restrictions
The University can impose tighter restrictions on the number of hours you can work and you are expected to abide by the University regulations. It is recommended that you check if your School has any particular restrictions on its students. You should adhere to the University restrictions on working during your studies.
How do I know if I am permitted to work in the UK?
Your entry clearance vignette (yellow visa sticker in your passport) or your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) indicates if you are allowed to work in the UK and the maximum number of hours you can work per week. These are normally restricted to:
- 20 hours per week for students studying at undergraduate and above; or
- 10 hours per week for students studying below undergraduate level
What day do I start from to calculate the numbers of hours worked each week?
A 'week' is defined by the UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) as a period of 7 days beginning with a Monday. This means that you must ensure that in any week beginning Monday and ending Sunday you do not work more than your permitted limit.
I have a Student Route visa when am I able to work full time?
If you are an undergraduate student you can only work 20 hours per week during term time and, full time during official University vacation periods and after you have finished your studies until your visa expires.