Other development opportunities

Find out about the opportunities around UCL that can help you to develop your skills.

UCL is a big place which is great because it means there are so many opportunities out there. But it can also mean opportunities can be hard to find if you don't know where to look. We have rounded up some ideas to help you get more involved in what happens at UCL.

Giving back to UCL

Widening Participation Student Ambassador

Open Day Student Ambassador: (keep an eye out for information in MyUCL)

Transition Mentor: help new students settle in by providing support and advice. Transition Mentors are usually recruited in Term 3 for the following academic year. 

Shape UCL Education

Student Academic Rep: represent the interests of other students to shape education at UCL. 

UCL ChangeMakers: opportunities, funding and support for students and staff who want to work together to enhance education & the student experience at UCL.

Student Reviewers of Teaching Practice: help to improve how the university works by providing detailed feedback and analysis from a student perspective

Student Experience Panel: join the panel to receive opportunities to collaborate with us or share your ideas and feedback


UCL Institute of Making: a multidisciplinary research club and Makerspace, with a friendly and inclusive space offering an exciting range of tools and machinery for members to use. Their mission is to provide all makers with a creative home in which to innovate, contemplate and understand all aspects of materials

Hackathons: keep at eye out in MyUCL for the many Hackathons that are run throughout the year. They cover everything from innovative technology and climate change to solving problems for charities, revolutionising museum archives to make them come alive and addressing some of the most pressing societal concerns.  

Arts & Culture

Make the most of UCL Culture: find out about UCL's world-class museums, galleries and theatres, with their wide ranging collections and award-winning performances.

Business, Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Competitions and business challenges: UCL Careers

UCL Innovation & Enterprise: helping you boost your employability, create your own business or solve global problems.

Laidlaw Scholarships: For first year student only. Applications between December and early Feb. 

UCL Research

Lunchtime Lectures: showcasing exceptional research taking place at UCL.

UCL Minds: a programme of lectures, performances, exhibitions, podcasts and stories which showcase the brilliant and curious minds here at UCL

Social Change

UCL Grand Challenges: interdisciplinary research on matters of pressing societal concern.

Sustainable UCL: courses, info and opportunities to get involved in making sure sustainability is at the heart of what we do. 


Be part of something bigger than yourself. Give back to your local community. Make a difference to someone’s life. Overcome your fears. Boost your career. Protect the environment. Gain new skills. Build your confidence. Experience London.

The Students' Union Volunteering service connect UCL students with rewarding community volunteering opportunities across London

Read student stories to find out what it is like to be a volunteer.