Skills & Awards

Find out what awards we have, and how to get them.....They are ALL HEAR recordable!**

We have 7 awards that you can work towards, and you can start in just a few easy steps:

  1. Create a volunteering profile
  2. Log your hours in your volunteer profile
  3. Complete the skills and review section of your profile
  4. For the Gold Award and upwards you will need to arrange your 10-minute presentation to a member of the SU Volunteering Team (we're not scary)

  5. Receive your Volunteering Award! 

Bronze Award  Silver Adward  Gold Award  Platinum Award 

 Platinum Plus Award  Crystal Award  Diamond Award

**Volunteering Awards can be provided for students up to three years after they graduate. Awards will be added to your HEAR as soon as you have completed it. (Medical students and postgraduate students’ do not currently receive a HEAR.)


Logging your Hours

To log your volunteer hours you need to register a profile

You will need to state the activity you have volunteered for, add in the correct amount of hours, and then add in any relevant skills gained from your work.

You will also need to fill in a personal review on your profile page as well as complete relevant hours to gain award certification.

Things to be aware of:

  • You need to be able to provide evidence of all of your volunteering activities- without this evidence, you cannot count your hours
  • If you are backdating your hours, the old system will still apply- please ask us for more details
  • If you are volunteering abroad, any fundraising that you carry out for this  can be counted

  • You can count the travel time that you spend getting to your project. However, you can’t count travel outside of the UK.

  • You cannot count volunteering that is required of you by your course i.e that you get academic credit for

  • If you are an international student who is here on a Tier 4 Visa, there may be some restrictions on the types of volunteering you can get involved with. Please get in touch with the Volunteering Department for more information

In order for you to gain your Keele SU Volunteering Awards, you will need to provide the Volunteering Department with evidence of your activities. This can come in many different forms including:

  • Minutes of committee meetings

  • Contact details of someone who can verify your hours

  • Photos of your event i.e you volunteering on a fundraising challenge