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Volunteering and Community Committee

The Volunteering and Community Committee brings together together colleagues from across the University who are involved in civic engagement via student and staff volunteering.


Terms of Reference

  1. To set the strategic direction for volunteering at the University of York. 
  2. Provide a supportive and constructive resource for all existing and new volunteering/community initiatives from whatever part of the institution these emerge. 
  3. To monitor participation in volunteering and its impact in the community as part of the University’s student experience.
  4. To administer the University Community Fund and provide support and advice to new community projects as required.
  5. To produce an action plan for collaborative projects to recruit, celebrate and raise the profile of university volunteering internally and externally. 

The committee will be chaired by an academic representative. 

The membership will include representatives from Careers and Placements, YUSU, Colleges, York GSA, OPPA, York Cares and Access and Outreach. Further student, staff and community representatives may be invited to attend select meetings. 

The committee will meet at least six times a year.

The committee provides an annual report to the Student Life Committee.



Matt Matravers, Professor of Law, York Law School and Principal of Goodricke College (Chair)

Further members

Andrew Ferguson, Strategic Project Manager, Careers and Placements and Principal of Constantine College

Sarah Rafferty, Community Projects Manager, Careers and Placements

Charlotte Wainwright, Operations Manager: Volunteering, Careers and Placements

Rachel Barber, Student Support and Representation Director, YUSU

Connor Briggs, Community Manager, YUSU

Jasmine Pledger, Fundraising and Volunteering Coordinator, YUSU

Clara M. Garcia, GSA Wellbeing & Community Officer, York GSA

Jonny Exon, College Manager, Langwith College

Kyla Holt, Head of Volunteering and Alumni Programmes, OPPA

Holly Hennell, Manager, York Cares

Rebecca Clark, Head of Access and Outreach 

Contact us

Twitter: @UoYVolunteering