The National Student Volunteering Week will be taking place from the week beginning Monday 19th February. This week celebrates the contribution and impact of student volunteers and encourage even more students to get involved.

Volunteering is an excellent way to help you make the most of your University experience and whether you have a few hours to spare in the week or only have time to give at the weekends, there will always be a wide range of volunteering opportunities available.

These could range from one-off events through to those with a longer term commitment and Employers will view volunteering as just as valuable as paid work… which means that it will be as equally valid on your CV.

There are a lot of personal benefits to volunteering, including: gaining relevant experience for your CV; meeting new people and making new friends; developing your skills; and many more! However, as well as the benefits that volunteering can have for you personally, you can make a really positive impact on the local community.

Remember… if you are volunteering, make your hours count by signing up to the RED Award!


So, just what is the RED Award?

The Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award is the University’s Employability Skills Certificate and it is here to help you make the most of the extra-curricular activities on campus, as well as focusing on your own employability.

There are five simple steps that you need to take in order to achieve the RED Award:

  • Register under the ‘Actions’ tab on the RISIS Portal
  • Complete 35 hours of Core Activity
  • Complete 10 hours of Volunteering
  • Complete 5 hours of Training and Development
  • Attend a RED Award Completion session (Book your place via the RISIS Portal)

The RED Award is open to all students and will support you to gain experience and stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market. Those who go on to complete the scheme will receive a certificate, as well as having the achievement recorded on their diploma supplement annex.

Since September, over 1000 students have signed up to the RED Award… isn’t it time to find out what you are missing out on? Get started today by signing up on the RISIS Portal.


Want to find out more?

Check out the RED Award website or email us at

Come along to the ‘Introduction to the RED Award’ session on Thursday 22nd February at 1pm.

Book your place at the 1:1 Volunteering drop-in with Reading Voluntary Action to discuss volunteering opportunities. Places available between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 22nd February.

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