The Volunteering Service and Edinburgh University Students' Association work closely with the Lloyds Scholars team providing help and support to current Lloyds Scholars. We help Scholars make the most of their time at university, from undertaking 100 volunteering hours every academic year to being an easily accessible go-to contact for all things Lloyds Scholars related.
For more information on the Lloyds Scholars programme, please visit the Lloyds Scholars website.
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Useful information for all Edinburgh Lloyds Scholars
Welcome to the University of Edinburgh and congratulations on being chosen as a Lloyds Scholar! Below you will find information and event details for the upcoming academic year which will be useful for new and returning Scholars alike. We are always looking to support you by making things as easy as possible for you to access.
We're Edinburgh University Students’ Association Volunteering Service, and we support students and student-led groups who undertake hands-on volunteering. We provide advice, guidance, resources, funding opportunities, awards and recognition as well as hundreds of volunteering opportunities with local charities. We look forward to helping you get your volunteering hours in as fun and flexible a way as possible.
What advice and support will I receive?
As a Lloyds Scholar, you have a dedicated member of staff that you’ll be able to arrange appointments with to discuss your volunteering or if you need any volunteering guidance or advice.
You can find us in the Activities office (Volunteering and Societies) in Potterrow Dome. We are open from 9:30am to 5pm every weekday and you are always welcome to drop in.
How will I find a volunteering opportunity?
Find a volunteering opportunity through our Volunteering Hub. It has over 100 roles online at any one time that range from health, conservation and the environment, children and schools, advice and support and many more!
Join one of our volunteering societies.
Come along to our one-off team volunteering projects. A way to volunteer without a longterm committment, meet new people and help local community projects. Check out our programme and sign up here.
How will I log my hours?
Lloyds will give you access to their hours logging software, but we will keep an eye on your volunteer hours and offer you help and advice. You must log your volunteering hours within 30 days of completing your activity, otherwise they will not be counted. All hours for each academic year must be logged by 31st August each year to count towards that academic year's total.
Can I be reimbursed for my travel expenses?
We will reimburse travel expenses for your volunteering, keep your receipts and bring them with you on the last Friday of the month 4-5pm to get reimbursed at the Activities Office, Potterrow.
Awards and Recognition
You are eligible for the Edinburgh Award for Volunteering, run three times a year. This Award recognises students’ contributions and impact on their chosen activity and community, and encourages them to reflect critically on skills they have developed. Find out more here.
Share your experience as a volunteer to inspire other students and feature on our Spotlight on Volunteering blog post on our website.
Student Awards: each year we hold a grand event in celebration of the achievements of students involved in societies and volunteering. You may be eligble for nomination! Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements!
Every Scholar is assigned a mentor who can provide general support and advice throughout your time on the Scholars programme. You should be given your mentors details during your first semester on the Scholars programme and should be in touch with them during this period as well. If you are having difficulty contacting your mentor or any other issues relating to your mentor, you should contact the Lloyds Scholars team.
We will be running a Buddies system this year for first year Scholars. Each first year Scholar will be assigned to a current Scholar as a Scholar Buddy who will be a point of contact and support for them during their first year on the Scholars programme. As well as being a source of information, advice and guidance on the Scholars programme, your Buddy will be able to help you with information about Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh as well as university life in general.
Your first year at university can be daunting enough without having to complete 100 hours of volunteering! Your Buddy will help you settle in to university and Scholar life.
Top tips from current and former Lloyds Scholars
- • Don’t leave volunteering to the last minute.
- • Do something which you want to do!
- • Be engaged with your Lloyds mentor and Scholar Buddy. They are a great source of advice and info about Lloyds and internships, but also for advice on studying & uni life in general.
- • Don’t be shy! Be social, meet with other scholars, and get talking.
- • A lot of scholar emails go to spam. CHECK YOUR SPAM!
- • Log your hours on the Scholars Hub as you go, don’t wait until the end of the year.
Useful services and opportunities available to all students
The Advice Place at the Students’ Association is an impartial, accessible, free, confidential advisory service for all University of Edinburgh students irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief or age.
The Academic Advice team at the Advice Place provides independent, confidential advice and support to students who are facing academic difficulties. These can be anything from concerns about programme to academic appeals and complaints.
The Chaplaincy Team offer confidential non-judgemental support for students and staff to help deal with life's questions, explorations and times of crisis.
The Student Disability Service supports disabled students. Our main focus is providing advice and support. The students we support include students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as physical and sensory impairments.
A confidential counselling service is offered to all students of the University.
The University's Health Centre is an independent National Health Service partnership and offers full GP services to patients who live within the practice area, and who choose to register with the practice.
The Careers Service provides careers advice and information on current vacancies.
With nearly 300 student societies at the Students’ Association, Edinburgh is quite possibly the most exciting place to be... ever!
Volunteering is a great way to get to know your local community, enhance your skills, do something worthwhile and have fun all at the same time!
Edinburgh University Sports Union is the student-run body for the organisation of sport at Edinburgh University. There are 63 sports clubs ranging from Football and Hockey to Rowing and Fencing.
Reps are elected each year to ensure that students’ views are represented within the Students' Association, the University and beyond.
The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) helps students to succeed in their studies. This includes: student study skills workshops, courses and other learning opportunities about information and IT Skills and an innovative learning week.
The Students’ Association runs a volunteer-powered proofreading service for non-native English speakers.