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Our vision for the University of Limerick is to provide an outstanding student experience, to actively serve our communities, and to contribute to the civil, social, and cultural life of the Shannon Region and beyond. The PVA is a unique higher education volunteer award. The President of the University formally recognises students for their volunteering work, and that is why all PVAs boost the UL student transcript. Please take the time to explore this website and discover how volunteering can help to make a difference in your own life and in your community.
The President's Volunteer Award is also designed to help you put the V in your CV during your time in UL. The best thing about putting the V in your CV is that you are supporting and contributing to the development of clubs, societies and organisations as well as the people using and needing these services and supports. You are also making great use of your spare time, learning new skills, and gaining valuable practical experience and transferrable work-related skills. That's why our clever students volunteer!
The President's Volunteer Award (PVA) has been established to harness, acknowledge, and support the contribution that students at the University of Limerick make to their communities. The PVA draws on a strong tradition of student volunteering both on and off campus.
The primary goals of the PVA are:
The most important requirement for the President's Volunteer Award is that you show a commitment to volunteering during your academic year. The PVA is calculated on a maximum of three hours volunteering work weekly, except when volunteering overseas. The Overseas PVA is based on students engaging with pre and post training provided by Comhlámh in addition to the completion of the PVA reflective portfolio.
To find a volunteer opportunity on campus or off campus in our many community organisations, browse through the volunteering opportunities listed under the 'Volunteer' heading. Please note: You are not limited to these opportunities. For example, if you volunteer in your home county (sports clubs, youth clubs, etc), or you volunteer abroad, or if you have created your own volunteer opportunity. Once you have your hours signed off and you complete the reflective portfolio, you can apply for the PVA.
HOT TIP: if you know of volunteering opportunities in your home county, then go and organise volunteering hours with them. Contact email@example.com for further guidance, information, and support.
The PVA does not recognize volunteering work completed after the academic year-ends, unless it is overseas volunteering. The closing date for applications is 30th April 2022. The PVA application (online hourly log and reflective portfolio) must be received by the CLO on or before this date.
**Deadline is 30th April 2022**
Applications are NOW OPEN - click here.
The Office also created a new PVA - COVID 19 PVA - there are no hours required for this award. This is an additional award which is related to COVID 19 volunteering activities only. You can apply for the COVID 19 PVA along with the Gold, Silver, Bronze, Plassey and Overseas awards.
Step 1: Decide which award(s) you are applying for.
Step 2: Ensure hourly logs are signed (Overseas ensure pre and post training hours signed by Comhlámh).
Step 3: Complete (by typing) the reflective portfolio and have it signed off by your volunteering supervisor (all instructions are on the PVA cover page). This form is designed to help you reflect on the impact and benefits that both you and the community organisation gained from your volunteering role (the reflective portfolio will be very useful when you are updating your C.V. and in job interviews).
Step 4: All completed applications must be submitted to the PVA Office by April 30th 2022.
Step 5: All completed forms will be reviewed by the PVA Selection Committee and once signed off you will receive confirmation of your award.
Step 6: The PVA annual ceremony has been virtual for the past two years. Normally takes place November each year. We will send communication out re the ceremony over the summer months. All UL students are welcome to attend the awards.
Studentvolunteer.ie is a network of Irish Higher Education institutions that have come together to create a unique database, management system, and online resource that is directed towards the development of civic engagement through student volunteering. This new unique national system will connect students and community groups, charities, schools, hospitals, public bodies and NGOs across Ireland and beyond. It will also for the first time acknowledge, promote, and support higher education student volunteering across the sector and provide evidence based information on their contribution to Irish society and beyond. It will also connect communities across Ireland and beyond to this very valuable resource.
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