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Student leadership - in Sciences and across the University

Community engagement / outreach activities

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Across the Divisions of Sciences and Health Sciences, as across the rest of the university, departments engage with the local and national community in a range of ways, and students are often involved in these endeavours.

Some activities are directly course-related and required, many are voluntary; some are paid short-term positions.

The thing they have in common is that the students who participate develop skills in teamwork, communication, time management, and personal organisation  that are very appealing to employers.

In recognition of these extra skills, the Division of Sciences offers an Outreach Certificate for those students who have completed at least 60 hours of community engagement - the Certificate is for work that is not course-related or credit-bearing.

The section of this website that outlines the requirements and logistics of the certificate allows students to log in and record outreach activity progressively, accumulating their hours and different activities as they go. 

The Outreach webpage also provides opportunities for Outreach activity, if you are keen but not sure where to start.

Sign up for the Outreach certificate

University Volunteer Centre

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The University Volunteer Centre launched in 2014 to promote, support and celebrate the amazing volunteering community within the University. If you are a student or staff member and would like to volunteer your time and energy for a worthwhile cause then the University Volunteer Centre will be able to assist you. Check out the Centre's Facebook page to see their most recent activities and get in touch with them today volunteer@otago.ac.nz.

Student Leadership programme

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The University of Otago Student Leadership Award is designed to enhance your potential. The Award is an extended leadership development programme, with a strong focus on making a positive contribution to the community.

Further information on the Student Leadership programme