A continuum of University student volunteer programme models

Kirsten Holmes*, Megan Paull, Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Judith MacCallum, Maryam Omari, Gabrielle Walker, Rowena Scott, Susan Young, Annette Maher

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Abstract

University student volunteering is prevalent in Western countries, but has rarely been critically evaluated by researchers. Little is known about the different ways in which student volunteer programmes are organised. Using a matrix constructed from the publicly available websites of all Australian universities, and 60 interviews with key stakeholders at six universities, this paper identifies nine different models of student volunteer programmes. The models show the different ways in which universities, faculty and students are involved in organising student volunteer programmes. These nine models are presented in a continuum of increasing direct management by universities. In addition to identifying the models, the analysis revealed trends in student volunteering, particularly the way that Australian universities are packaging student volunteering as part of their service learning, leadership or employability agendas. The continuum facilitates a common language and understanding of university student volunteering, leading to cross-disciplinary recognition of the different models available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-297
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume43
Issue number3
Early online date13 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2021

Keywords

  • Australia
  • Students
  • universities
  • volunteer programmes
  • volunteering

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