Volunteers Of The Month

At ARU Students' Union, we believe that everyone who spends their spare time to volunteer is a superstar! The volunteering that you are undertaking is helping numerous people within your local and student community and we believe that your efforts, motivations, accomplishments and inspirations should all be celebrated. If you are, or know of a student who volunteers within a local charity, organisation or volunteering project, is an elected Representative or a Club or Society Committee Member, and you believe their volunteering work should be celebrated, you can nominate them to win one of our 3 monthly awards on your campus:



Cambridge Community Volunteer of the Month: Jarrod Staughton

Jarrod Staughton is a Sports Coaching and Physical Education student and President of the ARU Rugby Club. As well as leading the clubs development for all ARU rugby teams, Jarrod has also volunteered within RFU initiatives in the community, raised £520 for the charity Movember and achieved the clubs first ever victory against Cambridge University.

“I am really enjoying the voluntary options for me here at the university and the support I have received has been fantastic. It has developed my individual attributes and enhanced my CV greatly, and I shall certainly miss volunteering in my role come 6 months’ time.”

Congratulations on all your success and keep up the great work!



Cambridge Rep of the Month: Sam Shelton

Sam Shelton is a third year Photography student and course rep. Sam has organised a bi-weekly meeting with the members of his year to enable students to let their voice be heard and to provide feedback about the course which Sam then presents at his SSLC (Student Staff Liaison Meeting). Sam has also taken up a coordinator role for an extra-curricular exhibition for graduating students in June 2017 where he oversees fundraising and coordinates his fellow peers.

“[I enjoy] connecting more with both my head of department and my fellow students, not only from my department but also from other departments. It is also giving me insight into the way in which the student voice is presented and converted into actions when taken higher than the departmental level, and giving me the knowledge and ability to talk and work alongside members of staff to problem solve and improve student experience at ARU.”

Congratulations and thank you for all your hard work and being a voice for all your fellow students.


Cambridge Committee Member of the Month: Chloe Bagnall

Chloe Bagnall is a Midwifery student and is also a committee member of both the Sign Language and Mindful Midwifery Societies. As well as being integral to the development of her Societies, she organised her Sign Language Society to teach members whilst they continue to look for an external trainer.

“I enjoy meeting other ARU Students and finding out about other opportunities within the university. I enjoy learning new skills and knowledge that will benefit me in my future career and everyday life”

Congratulations on all your work so far and keep it up!

Chelmsford Committee Member of the Month: Melissa Wright

Melissa is a 1st year BSCHONS Pharmaceutical Science student who is our Sirens Cheerleading President. Melissa has gone above and beyond to ensure her team are ready to compete in the Future Cheer University Nationals in February, this is the first year we are entering a Co – Ed Team of over 30!!  Organising extra training, fundraising for CoppaFeel and keeping the team motivated are just some of the tasks that she has been up to!

 ‘I have learnt how to communicate effectively and I’ve also learnt that the more heart and soul you put into your team the more they give you back in return! University can be daunting but when you are a member of a team like the Sirens you really feel at home.

Melissa hopes to become a Research Scientist for Cancer Research and is sure she can implement the leadership skills she has gained as President into this role.

A massive congratulations from the Students’ Union, thank you for being a role model Committee Member, Mel! We are supporting the Sirens 100% at comp! GO SIRENS!


Nominate a student

To nominate a student please read our criteria and fill in our Volunteer of the Month Nomination Form on the link below:


Volunteer of the Month Criteria and Nomination Form




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