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You can choose from a wide range of University-endorsed activities from across Faculties, Directorates and the Students' Union (UBU).

Choose what you are interested in from the list below, and get in touch with the listed contact for that activity to get involved.

HEAR Activities and Achievements

You are encouraged to make the most of your time as a student here at Bradford and undertake activities so that you graduate with ‘more than a degree’.

Access to Eyecare Assistant

An Access to Eyecare Assistant involves undertaking the role of an event organiser, to promote and recruit for a day charity event to provide Eye Examinations and Spectacles to users of homeless day care centres within the Bradford area.  Participants will liaise with the day care shelter staff, encourage users to attend, arrange for adequate staffing levels and for food/drink to be provided for all attendees.  They will also develop partnerships with suppliers to cover the cost of spectacles provided.

This activity is open to all Optometry students.  For further information please contact Cheryl Swindells

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Eight: Financial Literacy

Career Ambassadors

The Career Ambassadors programme aims to generate increased student engagement and participation in career and employability services and opportunities.

Career Ambassadors deliver lecture shout-outs, contribute to career twitter and Facebook pages, blogs and newsletters, and focus groups. They also help staff at career fairs and business networking events.

More information is on the Career and Employability Services website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Joanne Beaumont

Community Impact Award

To achieve this award students undertake significant volunteering activity with substantial community impact, achieving the University’s highest volunteering award, which is usually awarded to only one individual each year.

Students may also be nominated for one of the many Volunteering Awards throughout the year:

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills

Contact

Michael Allhouse

Community Volunteering

Community Volunteering sees students undertake significant volunteering activity, through the UBU Volunteering department, within the local community, having a positive impact on our local area.

Participants are also eligible for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

More information is on the Students' Union website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills

Contact

Michael Allhouse

Erasmus Study Exchange

A short-term, extra-curricular, study exchange in one of the University of Bradford’s Erasmus+ partner institutions in another European country.

This can take the form of a research project, taught courses or summer school.

Throughout the exchange you will develop academic and inter-cultural communication skills in an area relevant to your academic degree.

More information is on the Study Abroad website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Eight: Financial Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Claire Hunter, Study Abroad Co-ordinator

Erasmus+ Traineeship

Erasmus+ offers recognition and financial support to students who undertake a traineeship with a professional organisation in another European country (non-UK). The traineeship should develop the student’s professional, technical and inter-cultural communication skills in an area relevant to their academic degree.

More information is on the Study Abroad website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Eight: Financial Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Claire Hunter, Study Abroad Co-ordinator

Faculty Representative

Student representation ensures that students' views, ideas and concerns are heard at all levels throughout the University community, influencing university practice and strategic direction. Both the University and the Students’ Union are committed to building and supporting a strong representative scheme – for both students and staff. 

Our representation system is made up of hundreds of student volunteers, who choose to represent other students in their programme or in some cases students from within their academic faculty.

Why should I volunteer be a Faculty Representative?

  • Make a difference: Be the leader of positive changes, by providing valuable feedback and innovative new ideas to improve your own programme of study
  • Enhance your employability: Through our bespoke training you can genuine CV enhancing experience that will make you stand out from the crowd. Also as a volunteer you automatically become eligible to start your journey in qualifying for one of our special 'Student Leader Awards'
  • Meet new people: Become a part of the wider University community, meeting staff and students from different academic schools and programmes

More information can be found on the Student Experience website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making

Contact

Daniel Batchelor

Green Ambassador

This role sees the student act as a sustainability champion for their halls and across campus, as well as organising social events and providing feedback to enhance the student experience at their accommodation.

The scheme aims to create a social community in the student accommodation, with an emphasis on environmental concerns. There are a number of Green activities which students can engage with and help run as well as devising their own. They are also encouraged to run social events for students living at The Green.

They are closely monitored by the activity owner and compete with each other to have the most engaged block.

More information is on the Accommodation website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Michael Allhouse

Hello Bradford Ambassador

‘Hello Bradford’ is a volunteer scheme to welcome new international students to the University of Bradford arriving at ‘non-standard’ times of the year.

Volunteers assist with arrival arrangements, and the practical orientation of the international students prior to the start of their studies, and act as befrienders.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Sue Baker, International Advisor

Michael Allhouse

Insessional English for Academic Purposes Support Classes and Workshops

The Language Centre offers a range of free classes, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and online support to help students get the most from their studies at the University of Bradford. Attendance at a minimum of 24 hours of insessional English for Academic Purposes support including weekly classes and workshops, as well as  follow-up activities and self-study as determined by the learner may be eligible for inclusion on the HEAR. 

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills

Media Area Volunteer

Get involved with our thriving media areas. Whether you’re interested in filming, photography or editing, writing or journalism, radio presenting, production or engineering, or a range of marketing or technical roles in our cinema and across the media areas, there’s something here for you to get involved with.  The role includes team working, working to deadlines and showcasing a range of media-related skills with a real-world final product.

More information is on the Students' Union website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy

Contact

Philip Lickley

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leader

PAL is a student-led learning scheme where PAL Leaders design, organise and run timetabled group learning sessions with first years to support their transition into and engagement with university and study life.

More information is on the PAL website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Ruth Lefever

Short-term Travel Award

Students who participate in an extra-curricular, overseas activity relevant to their academic degree programme are eligible to apply for a Short-Term Travel Award .  Students should demonstrate that the activity will enable them to build skills and knowledge relevant to their studies and future career.

More information is on the Study Abroad website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Eight: Financial Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Claire Hunter, Study Abroad Co-ordinator

Societies Federation Committee Member

The Societies Federation Committee sees students being part of the leadership team for societies at the University of Bradford.

As a Committee Member students oversee the work of all the University of Bradford Union (UBU) societies, ensuring the maintenance and growth of the UBU’s student-led societies and associated events.

This activity is also eligible for UBU / HEAR Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

More information is on the Students' Union website.

Contact

Michael Allhouse

Society Executive

Society Executives are elected by society members onto the executive team of a UBU registered society.

They are responsible for the society, run the society for an academic year, put on activities for its members and the wider student body and organise campaigns/events/projects depending on the society’s aims and objectives.

There are Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of this award attainable.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Eight: Financial Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Gemma Jackson

Student Ambassador

The UK and Eire Recruitment Team are responsible for arranging and attending various events both on campus and at schools and colleges across the UK.  We regularly require the support of student ambassadors at events:

On campus events such as Open Days and Taster Days:

  • Various duties are allocated to student ambassadors at on-campus events such as carrying out campus and accommodation tours, meeting and greeting, signposting to other activities across the University, assisting with the set-up of the event, serving refreshments and sometimes delivering sessions such as ‘Student Life’ talks.

Off campus events such as HE Fairs and Careers Conventions:

  • These events usually involve manning a general UoB stand. Student ambassadors are required to engage with students and parents at schools and colleges across the UK advising on the degree courses offered at the UoB, as well as general student life at Bradford.

UCAS exhibitions:

  • These are large events held around the country and are typically quite competitive in nature.  Ambassadors are required to engage with high volumes of students and promote the University of Bradford as well as the city of Bradford.  The University of Bradford collects student data at UCAS exhibitions for all students who approach the stand, ambassadors are given targets for the number of leads they are expected to obtain at each exhibition.

More information is on the Student Life website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Sam Ridley

Student IT Support Assistant

IT Support Assistants working in the PC Clinic or on the daily cluster checking service provide a PC/Laptop problem investigation and resolution service.

This is a free service provided for students and led by students. It is available to students for a total of 45 hours per week across the three student members of staff.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy

Contact

Roger Goodair

Student Language Teacher (Room 101)

Students undertake the role of Student Language Teacher, teaching their native language and culture to other students in an informal classroom setting (the International Students Centre; Room 101), preparing and presenting sessions each week.

This activity is also eligible for UBU Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy

Contact

Michael Allhouse

Student Learning Champion

Being a Student Learning Champion involves supporting library users by roving the buildings answering a wide range of basic enquiries about the services provided, offering one-to-one support or referring on as necessary. It also involves routinely checking equipment and maintaining the learning environment.

All current students are eligible, please contact Sophie North for further information. 

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Student Project Lead (Student Participation Project)

The Student Participation Project aims to develop a proactive approach to student and staff engagement in developing university services.  It captures detailed experiences and views and strives to support a partnership approach to developing enhancements to the student experience.  Student Project Leads support the project by co-leading its delivery, coordinating and supporting student and staff participants, analysing data and contributing to project reports.

Please contact Ruth Lefever for further information.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Student Representative

Student representation ensures that students' views, ideas and concerns are heard at all levels throughout the University community, influencing university practice and strategic direction. Both the University and the Students’ Union are committed to building and supporting a strong representative scheme – for both students and staff.

Our representation system is made up of hundreds of student volunteers, who choose to represent other students in their programme or in some cases students from within their academic faculty.

Why should I volunteer be a Student Representative?

  • Make a difference: Be the leader of positive changes, by providing valuable feedback and innovative new ideas to improve your own programme of study
  • Enhance your employability: Through our bespoke training you can genuine CV enhancing experience that will make you stand out from the crowd. Also as a volunteer you automatically become eligible to start your journey in qualifying for one of our special 'Student Leader Awards'
  • Meet new people: Become a part of the wider University community, meeting staff and students from different academic schools and programmes

More information is on the Student Experience website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making

Contact

Daniel Batchelor

Summer Experience Internship Programme

Summer Experience interns complete a supervised paid project-based placement with an employer for a minimum of six weeks working to an agreed project brief and job description.

Internships are awarded through a competitive application and interview process.

Students apply for project roles in the programme as an extra-curricular activity to develop their employability capabilities and gain work experience.

More information is on the Summer Experience website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Alison Hedley

Sustainability Engagement Assistant

Students work to assist the activities of the ‘Ecoversity’ sustainability programme.  You will assist the department of Estates and Facilities and Students’ Union on a range of environmental sustainability themes, delivering awareness raising events and initiatives as well as gathering feedback from campus users.

More information is on the Estates website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy

Contact

Ben Tongue

UBU Committee Member

Students are a member of one of the University of Bradford Union Democratic Committees, advising on an area of democracy, ensuring that the Union is student-led.

More information is on the Students' Union website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making

Contact

Michael Allhouse

UBU Council Member

Students are an elected member of the Students’ Union Council - the highest elected decision-making statutory body within the University of Bradford Union. This is a student-led decision making body which advises and guides the Student’s Union.

This activity is also eligible for UBU / HEAR Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

More information is on the Students' Union website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Eight: Financial Literacy

Contact

Michael Allhouse

UBU Part-time Officer

Part-Time Executive Officers are the nine elected student roles which partly form the decision making Executive Committee of the Students' Union.

They are part of the officer team which run the union, ensuring it is student led.

This activity is also eligible for UBU / HEAR Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

More information is on the Students' Union website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Capability Six: Innovation & Enterprise
  • Capability Seven: Information & Digital Literacy
  • Capability Eight: Financial Literacy
  • Capability Nine: Business & Commercial Awareness

Contact

Michael Allhouse

Volunteering Award

The Volunteering Awards showcase the achievement of extra-curricular volunteering in a number of different capacities (for example with a club, society, University of Bradford Union or an external organisation).  The student needs to have completed different amounts of hours of volunteering to qualify for the Bronze, Silver of Gold awards.

More information is on the Students' Union website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills

Contact

Michael Allhouse

Volunteering UBU

University of Bradford Union Volunteering sees the student undertake significant volunteering activity for the Students Union or the University. This might be working in the Union, or in Room 101; Freshers Fayre; Welcome Week; RAG Committees; Walking Bus; Elections Committee; Club/Society Volunteering (non- elected positions), amongst others.

More information is on the Students' Union website.

Employment capabilities developed

  • Capability One: Management of Self & Own Performance
  • Capability Two: Professional Values
  • Capability Three: Communication & Presentation Skills
  • Capability Four: Team & Customer Working
  • Capability Five: Problem Solving & Decision Making

Contact

Michael Allhouse

Get in touch

If you have any comments or queries about the University's Activities and Achievements contact:

Ruth Lefever
E: r.lefever@bradford.ac.uk
T: 5287