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Oxford Brookes University seeks to play a leading role in the
socio-economic and cultural development of the communities that it serves. As
part of its commitment to community engagement the University has introduced a
staff volunteering policy. The policy is also intended to support, encourage
and develop employees by facilitating their involvement in a wide range of
local community organisations.
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a framework within which
employees and management can agree volunteering opportunities. The guidelines
must be read in conjunction with the staff volunteering policy.
See also the volunteering ideas on the Careers Centre webpages which illustrate different types of voluntary groups and current
opportunities. You might want to join Brookes Volunteering and Careers and
Employment Centre Volunteering Facebook pages for the most up-to-date information on the volunteering
opportunities and events taking place at the University and in Oxfordshire.
Volunteering can benefit both the University and the employee.
University benefits include:
Employees can benefit through:
The University is equally willing to consider applications from
individual employees and from groups or teams of staff who wish to undertake a
joint volunteering activity. Where the volunteering activity is undertaken as a
team building event staff will not be expected to match a day’s volunteering
with a day’s leave of their own.
The following list provides examples of the types of activity that can
be undertaken but is not intended to be exhaustive:
For other volunteering ideas visit:
When applying for, or authorising, a particular volunteering activity
employees and managers should take the following considerations into account:
Colleagues who undertake volunteering activities under the auspices of
this policy are ambassadors for the University and as such have a
Guidelines Updated December 2011, November 2018