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Staff Volunteering and Outreach

Academic Student Projects

As part of student degree programmes, we work with module leaders and students to facilitate project-based work with Community Partners. Over a number of years the Staff Volunteering and Outreach team have worked to develop a number of placements, which are outlined below. We would be very interested to hear from departments who may be interested in working with us on similar projects, or community partners who feel they would benefit from this kind of assistance.

School of Engineering and Computer Science - Community Engagement Project (CEP)

As part of their studies teams of students in their second year work with SVO community partners as clients on real-life consultancy projects. In recent years, students completing this module have worked with Community Partners to develop databases, create and enhance websites and develop specific software for use on websites. If you are a community partner with an IT or software related project please get in touch and we can discuss this project in further detail. To apply for this project, please fill in this form.

Durham University Business School

The Staff Volunteering and Outreach team has developed a relationship with Durham Business School and Community Partners allowing the development of a variety of different projects. Each year, students studying MBA and Masters courses within the Business School have participated in projects developing marketing strategies, business development plans, financial projections and more. This is split into two separate projects; the short term Charity Consultancy project which runs from March to April each year, and the longer term Strategic Business Projects and Internships programme running from June to September. Both are open to applications for SVO community partners. If you would like more information about either of these projects please get in touch.

Geography and Anthropology

All undergraduate students in Geography and Anthropology have to complete a research dissertation in their final year. A number of students have worked with Community Partners as part of this process. There may be further opportunities for specific research to be undertaken by students as part of their dissertation.