Volunteer stories

Student volunteering stories

Find out how our students and postgraduate researchers are playing an active part in the community by volunteering, while gaining valuable skills and experience.

Our vision is for all students to have the opportunity to play an active part in their community, and to develop the skills and attributes that make them successful graduates with the motivation, experience and potential to have a positive impact in wider society.

Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education


  • Amrita Chattoraj, MSc Accounting and Finance

    Meet Amrita, an international student who has connected with the local community by supporting a breakfast club at Burmantofts Community Friends.

    Amrita chattoraj portrait.
  • Anouska Newhouse, BA Philosophy

    Discover how Anouska's volunteering with the FoodCycle charity has benefited the local community, and helped her to gain valuable problem-solving skills.

    Anouska in a t-shirt that reads "Food Cycle", stood smiling in a large kitchen area.
  • Leeds STAR (Student Action for Refugees)

    Meet the group that provides volunteering, campaigning and fundraising opportunities in support of refugees, with the aim to spread awareness, gain support and create change.

    Committee for Leeds STAR, sat smiling on the Parkinson Steps.
  • Maryam Alhayki, LLB Law

    Find out how Maryam took part in the Intercultural Ambassadors Programme and arranged a raft of activities for older people in Leeds.

    Maryam talking to an older person and laughing.
  • Priya Varghese, MSc Accounting and Finance

    Learn how Priya has sharpened her interpersonal skills while gaining practical experience in leadership by volunteering with Burmantofts Community Friends.

    Priya varghese portrait.




Health and wellbeing

More information

Find out more about student volunteering opportunities

If you’re a not-for-profit organisation in Leeds that would benefit from student volunteers, email the Volunteering Team at volunteer@leeds.ac.uk