The National Volunteer Engagement Survey is open

Wednesday 07-12-2016 - 09:13

The 2017 National Volunteer Engagement Survey for Students’ Unions is currently open for registration.

About to run for the second year, the survey was developed to help students’ unions measure student experience of volunteering and how engaged they are. Designed in consultation with a small group of students' unions, it operates in the same way as the well-established employee engagement survey, but has a shorter question set targeted at student volunteers in roles such as course reps, trustees, running clubs and societies, fundraising and community projects etc.

Olivia Foster, Jobs, Skills and Volunteering Manager at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students, said:
'Birmingham Guild were one of the first students’ unions to do the survey earlier this year. We found it easy to use and it helped us to understand more about why our students volunteer, what they get out of it – which might be different from what they expected -  and how their experience of volunteering could be improved.  

'As a result of the survey, we put a plan in place to develop things, for example, volunteer recognition. This includes restructuring our volunteer awards, merchandise as a ‘thank you’ and increased social media to celebrate events. We will also focus on stronger support for committee members, including additional induction and training for campaigning and fundraising committee members'.

Surveys can be open for a four week period of your choice between Monday 9 January and Friday 31 March 2017.

You can find out more about the survey here but if you’d like more information in the meantime, please contact


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