Volunteering benefits everyone involved and enriches the culture of the School. Staff can also use evidence of public engagement activity to support promotion under the ‘citizenship’ criterion (see www.lshtm.ac.uk/humanresources/careermap).
Benefits for public engagement volunteering
- Developing transferable skills
- Enriching teaching and learning
- Building confidence and understanding
- Empowering communities
- Gaining fresh perspectives
- Stimulating public health debate.
What's on offer at the School?
- Young Scientists Programme
An award-winning Programme for students aged 14-18 from schools in central London. Students spend 1 or 2 weeks at the School, conducting small research projects before presenting their findings (see past projects). The Programme is run completely by staff, MSc and research degree students who volunteer to organise the placements and mentor students during their time with us.
Can I volunteer with external organisations?
We encourage staff and students to support public programmes that are aligned with the School values. The following volunteering opportunities are suited to people with science and research backgrounds:
- The STEM Ambassadors Programme
Volunteer to encourage young people to pursue futures in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths in the UK
- The Access Project
Be an academic tutor to help disadvantaged students win places at top universities
Mentor a student to help them achieve their potential, or volunteer as an academic support tutor
Volunteer for this not-for-profit that is dedicated to improving health in India by empowering communities
- Science Museum Volunteers
Work in public-facing roles to help engage visitors with exciting collections and exhibitions
- Doctors of the World UK
Medical and non-medical volunteers provide care and support for excluded people around the world
- The Food Chain
Provide nutritional support to people living with HIV/AIDS in London
Use your public health knowledge to support primary school creative learning workshops
- Team Up
Learn leadership and teaching skills through tutoring children from low income backgrounds.
[Image: Researchers giving talks for the Pint of Science Festival, May 2014. Credit: LSHTM]