Volunteer with People & Planet - 2018/19

Help make the next People & Planet University league

Every year People & Planet publish the University League, ranking every UK university on environmental and ethical issues.

We are seeking volunteers to join our research and audit team - together we will score 154 universities across the UK!

You will need to commit to:

  • 1 day of training in person at our office in Oxford on Monday 10th December 2018 (our office is wheelchair accessible - if you have any access needs we can support you with to help make the training and or volunteer opportunity more accessible for you, please email us on universityleague@peopleandplanet.org or Call: +44 (0)1865 403225 and ask for Han).
  • 6-8 days of volunteering across December 2018 to March 2019 (see more specific date options below).
  • Be based in the UK - Unfortunately we don't have the resources to host volunteers who are currently based outside the UK.

This opportunity is for anyone keen to experience life in an NGO, addressing social and climate justice issues, or those keen to hone internet-based and desk study research skills. It is an opportunity for those with an eye for detail and those keen on hunting down the right facts and figures. It is also an opportunity for people interested in helping to hold public institutions to account by making information transparent and accessible to the public.

The league table assesses the ethical and environmental credentials of every university in the UK and ranks them in a public league table, published annually in the Guardian.

Each year, we train a team of volunteers to score universities according to our methodology. You'll learn about the campaign, the criteria on which the league table is based, and will spend time exploring university websites and other publicly available information and documents that help make an assessment as to how the university will score based on the evidence you find, and our guidance criteria.

You'll need to commit to 1 day of training in Oxford and 6 to 8 subsequent days of desk based volunteering during one of the 3 rounds below:

Round 1: Training on Monday 10th December 2018 +  volunteering 6 to 8 days between 11th December and 7th January 2019 (please note the P&P office will be closed during the Winter holiday period so volunteers will need to work remotely).
Round 2: Training on Monday 10th December + volunteering 6 to 8 days between 7th  and 27th January 2019
Round 3: Training on Monday 10th December + 6 to 8 days between 4th and 19th February

In Brief

Person Specification - the following are essential:

  • Familiarity with use of computer software (especially spreadsheets and word processing).

  • Familiarity with internet research.

  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently to agreed standards.

  • Reliability and commitment to completing work to deadlines.

  • Able to communicate needs with staff at People & Planet and if needed, ask for appropriate support to complete tasks in time.

The following are desirable:

  • Awareness of key environmental management issues.

  • Experience of research and data analysis techniques

  • An interest in sustainability, climate and social justice.

Duration of volunteer role: 6 to 8 days across December 2018 to early March 2019

Expenses: Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed (to be agreed in advance). This includes travel to training.

Induction & training: You will need to be able to make a training session on Monday 10th December in Oxford at the People & Planet offices.

If you need accommodation before or after the training date or perhaps during the marking period so that you can work in our office, we may be able to provide it by offering either a bunk at the Oxford YHA or staying with People & Planet staff. All travel costs will be paid by People & Planet.

We will provide a full induction including health & safety, the work of People & Planet and practical training on data entry and our database. We will provide ongoing support and advice. Training will be provided on the history and current status of the University League project, how it is used and on the internal University League IT systems we use to keep scores.

Accountable to and supported by: Hannah Smith, Co-director for Research and Campaigns.

Based: Ideally in our Oxford office, or remote/home-based. If home-based you will need to have access to a PC, an internet connection and a phone line.

Deadlines: Please submit your application by midnight on Monday 3rd December.

To apply:

  1. Please email your CV and a cover letter (which can just be an email) explaining why you would be suitable for the role.
  2. Please also confirm you can make the training day in Oxford on Monday 10th December.
  3. Please tell us your dates preference for the 6 to 8 days of marking using the 3 rounds of dates above in the purple boxes.
  4. Please write "Volunteer 2018" in the subject line of your email.
  5. Send it all to the email at the bottom of this page by 3 December 2018.

Please do let us know if you have specific access needs and what we can do to make the training and volunteer opportunity more accessible to you. We welcome people with hearing loss, deaf and or disabled people to apply for this volunteer opportunity - unfortunately we don't use BSL so would need to make alternative support provisions for the training, unless a BSL interpreter can join you. If you have specific needs where we might support you by making this volunteering opportunity more accessible, please contact us by emailing universityleague@peopleandplanet.org or Call: +44 (0)1865 403225 and ask for Han.

Once you've applied we will send you an equal opportunities form (which you'll complete anonymously) which will help us to review our aim to make volunteering more accessible inclusive for everyone. People & Planet welcome applications from BME folks and people of colour, from differently abled people, from LGBTQI*people, from people who speak English as a second language, from people who identify as non-binary gender, from women, from people of different ages, from people with caring responsibilities and from people with irregular migration status, people seeking asylum in the UK or with a migrant background, folks with a working class background, and everyone else.

Send everything by email to Han on the email address below:

 universityleague@peopleandplanet.org