University of Chester Volunteer Award Scheme

All staff and student volunteers are eligible to register as University of Chester Volunteers on our UCV scheme. This allows volunteers to record volunteering hours and apply for awards in recognition of their volunteering commitment and acheivements. 

The Volunteering Team also organise the annual Volunteer Celebration Evening, usually held before or after the Easter Break. This event rewards the achievements of our registered volunteers and is a wonderful celebration of the excellent work that our students and staff contribute to the local community.

Once you start logging your volunteer hours through your volunteer profile, you can start applying for our University of Chester Volunteer (UCV) awards. These awards will appear on your Higher Education Achievement Record, and provide you with points towards the Chester Difference Award.

We currently have 5 awards up-for-grabs:

UCV Bronze:

  • 10 hours plus

UCV Silver:

  • 50 hours +
  • Start a log of your volunteering
  • Complete reflective activity

UCV Gold:

  • 150 hours +
  • Reflective activity
  • Employability workshop

UCV Platinum:

  • 300 + hours
  • Reflective essay
  • Presentation

UCV Platinum +:

  • 500 hours +



Volunteer Celebration Evening

The Volunteer Celebration Evening is held annually, to celebrate volunteer achievements and provide recognition for the impact volunteering has on people and the community.

Volunteer Celebration Evening May 2017

UCV awards are presented, as well as our two exclusive awards, the Charity’s Choice and the Student’s Choice Award.

Student’s Choice

This award has been developed to allow student volunteers to recognise organisations that have provided an outstanding student volunteering experience.


Photo: Student’s Choice Winner 2018, David Crosthwaite represents Healthwatch Cheshire an independent voice for the people of Cheshire, helping to shape and improve local Health and Social Care services.

Charity’s Choice Award 2017:

The Charity’s Choice Award will be awarded to a student who has gone above and beyond in their volunteer role and demonstrated real volunteer leadership qualities.

Photo: Hannah Cook, 3rd year Geography and Natural Hazard Management student, Charity’s Choice Winner 2018.