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Volunteering Opportunities

University outreach programme volunteering opportunity

Universify Education seeks enthusiastic students who are passionate about university to act as Volunteer Coaches on our summer residential and 3-day Easter weekend at Oxford University.

We inspire Year 10 students from non-selective state schools to strive for, apply to, and be accepted at highly-selective universities. Our intervention starts earlier than most outreach programmes, giving students the time to develop their goals and achieve the required GCSE grades to make a good application to university. Students attend academic sessions, delivered by academics, and undergraduate volunteers provide student welfare support and ongoing coaching throughout the programme.

Help run our summer programme in Oxford between 10th- 17th August, 17th-24th August, or 24th- 31st August 2019 and receive free meals and accommodation and join our extensive leadership and coaching training programme. Our volunteers play a vital role in leading student groups, providing pastoral care and delivering one-to-one academic coaching. Our team of professional coaches, who specialise in working with excluded pupils, provide all volunteers with training in what makes an effective coach. You will also receive training in mental health first aid and safeguarding. Please visit our website for further details.

Apply by 31st May 2019 for an opportunity to help young people to achieve their dreams of attending university and to continue breaking down the barriers to higher education.


Researchers at the Department of Psychiatry are recruiting healthy people for a study on time perception in which we investigate variation in people’s perception of time and how this may be affected by regular use of alcohol or cannabis.

We are looking for healthy people, aged between 18 - 48, who use alcohol or cannabis regularly or not at all.

The total assessment takes up to 90 minutes, for which you will receive £10 cash as compensation.

For more information/registration click here or contact the department.

Volunteers Needed for Neuroimaging & Computer Based Studies!

We are currently looking for participants aged 18-34 to take part in our studies on visual perception and learning. If you would like to take part in either of the studies described below, or you would like more information, please send a new email to Lizzie. Please use the subject heading listed for each study. All studies take place in our lab in the Craik Marshall Building (Downing Site). You are only eligible to take part in each study once, so if you have already taken part then you are unfortunately not eligible to take part again.

  1. SYMB_LEARN: Computer-based task: One ~75 minute session of computer-based tasks (£10). The main task will involve learning about a set of abstract visual symbols.

  2. EEG_ENTRAIN: up to 3 sessions of computer-based tasks. Sessions 1 & 3 last for up to 60 minutes. Session 2 would additionally involve a method for recording brain activity called EEG, which is carried out while you are doing a computer based visual learning task. The EEG equipment takes approximately one hour to prepare, so this session would last for ~2.5 hours. You would be compensated with £40 for your time.