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Royal award for student volunteers

(2 June 2020)

Student volunteers at a tea party

We have one of the most active student volunteering communities of any UK university – and now that has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Our Student Volunteering and Outreach (DUSVO) has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

That’s the highest award given for community volunteering in the UK.

More about student volunteering…

Each year, over 2,000 of our students volunteer – giving a total of over 40,000 hours of their time.

We support over 80 projects in North East England, covering social inclusion and complex needs, education and environment and sport and physical activities.

Last year, over 2,500 people benefitted directly from these outreach programmes, including people who are young, elderly, homeless or have learning or physical disabilities.

Why do it?

One student volunteer, Harriet, said: “I would encourage anyone to volunteer with DUVSO as I can honestly say volunteering was the icing on the cake of my university experience.

"Through volunteering, I have made incredible friends, had amazing fun and hopefully helped the local community. It’s never too late to start volunteering and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to try something new next term.”

Get involved…

Whether you’re a Durham student, applying to Durham or just interested, find out more at: