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SVW 2016 Highlights

Posted on 21 Apr 2016

Two months ago, it was the first day of Student Volunteering Week 2016. SVW was a chance for collaboration between student volunteers, colleges, universities, Students' Unions, charities, social enterprises, businesses and government.

Together, we contributed to the biggest SVW yet, using local and national events and communications to demonstrate the benefits of embedding social action in Further and Higher Education.

Check out some of the highlights of the SVW 2016 below and the key people and organisations who made it possible.


Of the 93 institutions that took part, 14% were FE colleges. This was up from 10% in 2015, but we've still got a long way to go to ensure that SVW is a relevant and accessible campaign to FE colleges.

SVW Training

Following a successful 'SVW Bootcamp' pilot for SVW 2015, we committed to bringing these student training events to multiple cities this year. Students in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London and York learnt more about SVW and kickstarted their institutions plans in December 2015 & January 2016.

Student Volunteer of the Year Award

We saw a 60% increase in Award nominations this year and had our toughest decision yet to select a longlist, shortlist and winner. Our winner, Liam Rodgers from Sheffield Hallam University, received a prize of £1000 to donate to a charity of his choice, and was interviewed for BBC Radio 1's #1MillionHours campaign.

Local Events

Before the week, colleges and universities advertised nearly 500 events on our What's On page! We collected actual event and attendee numbers from 68% of participating institutions, so we expect the total number of events and attendees during the week is even higher than this image!


We were blown away by the response to #SVW2016 on social media. Our Twitter reach was up 350% from 2015, and SVW was featured in Pioneers Post, BBC Radio 1, the Guardian, Times Higher Education and Huffington Post Blog.

Our #IVolunteerBecause campaign saw hundreds of student volunteers sharing their motivations. We also hosted two parliamentary events during SVW; the All Party Parliamentary Group on Students chaired by Paul Blomfield, MP, and an Adjournment Debate hosted by Andrew Smith, MP.

What's next?

The benefits of SVW last far longer than the week itself as these groups work together year-round to give all students in the UK access to high-quality social action opportunities. If you'd like to find out more about this work or plans for SVW 2017, please get in touch.

If you're a college or university who took part in SVW, find out more about maintaining momentum- and sharing your highlights.

Thank you

Huge thanks to the following individuals and organisations for their contribution to SVW 2016…

SVW Team

Staff from Student Hubs & NUS coordinate national SVW activities. Get in touch at info@studentvolunteeringweek.org