Our students are encouraged to take part in the wide range of opportunities available to them, including Horizons, StudentShapers, UROP, clubs and societies, volunteering, overseas experiences, art, music and drama and entrepreneurial activities. Students can gain recognition for these activities on their transcript via the Imperial Award.

Information about these and more is available on the Making the most of your Imperial experience webpages. 

The Enterprising students webpages offer a range of opportunities for students interested in gaining entrepreneurship experience.  Opportunities for extra-curricular learning available via the Imperial College Union and the Outreach Team are detailled below. 

Outreach team opps

Outreach Team Opportunities

There are a variety of extra-curricular opportunities offered by the Outreach Team, including to:

Become a tutor or mentor (through the Pimlico Connection Volunteer, IntoUniversity Volunteer and Conversation Project schemes).

Become an Ambassador (through the President’s Ambassador Scheme, Imperial School’s Ambassadors Scheme and the Outreach Postgraduates' Ambassadors).

Imperial College Union Opportunities

Imperial College Union also offers many valuable extra-curricular opportunities, including:

Clubs and Societies 

Volunteering with Community Connections

Academic Representation Network for UG and PG Course Reps

Imperial Plus  - a student development programme that recognises our students volunteering efforts.

It will support them to identify and articulate the skills and experiences gained through volunteering that graduate recruiters value that set them apart from their peers, whilst acknowledging the time they dedicate as a volunteer.

Imperial Plus is open to Club, Society & Project officers and Academic Reps, as well as those volunteering with a student project, Community Connections, College or Halls. All training workshops can be accessed by anybody recording their volunteer hours toward Imperial Plus.

The Volunteer Certificate rewards the hours volunteered, from 25 up to 500 hours, and also gives access to all of the training workshops linked to the programme.

The Skills Development Programme (SDP), endorsed by the Institute of Leadership & Management, offers students the opportunity to reflect on the skills they have developed through volunteering in a more structured way.

More information about the SDP can be found at https://www.imperialcollegeunion.org/social-action/imperial-plus.



Tutor's tip

"Treat your tutees with respect. These are clever young people and we are very lucky to be surrounded by the very best of them. Make sure they know this as this boosts their confidence and increases their enjoyment of the course. Support them in realising their dreams by sometimes making them adapt their dreams to more realistic endeavours. Remember, it is not always all about work!" (Personal Tutor, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Student perspective

“He makes an effort to meet us twice a term to see how we are doing and he provides advice on how to have a good and healthy work-life balance as an international student.”

Work-life balance

Students are responsible for setting their own balance between their academic work and social, sporting and other extra-curricular activities; however, their principal focus should be on the academic demands of their programme. Students are expected to produce regular coursework to deadlines and prepare for classes/labs, as well as revising for examinations. As a personal tutor your role might be to help them get that balance right. Some of your tutees might need to be encouraged to make time to take advantage of the unique opportunities available to them as Imperial students. Some students regret that they didn't get more involved! Other tutees might need help in prioritising their studies, especially at key times. 

If your tutees are working part-time during term time, you can find guidance and advice in the College’s Policy on Student Employment During Studies.