Volunteering at UOW

Volunteering Opportunities at UOW

UOW is ranked in the top 2 percent of universities in the world, thanks in part to the commitment of our volunteers. UOW values our relationship with our alumni, volunteers and members of the community and the contribution they make to the University and our community.


The Discovery Space is an extraordinary new destination for children up to 12 and their families, offering interactive, ever evolving, playful experiences to inspire imagination, build skills and ignite a love of learning. Volunteers are an integral part of our visitor experience by helping to engage children and support parents in a variety of playful learning experiences and activities. 
For more information on Discovery Space volunteer roles, please visit the Early Start volunteer website.

Research Ethics Committees

The Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) review research proposals to help ensure that the rights and well-being of participants are protected. UOW and the Illawarra & Shoalhaven Local Health District run two joint HRECs. Community members are an essential part of the committees, balancing the research expertise of academic members with community values. Committee members with receive training in ethical review and have the opportunity to debate challenging issues.
For more information please contact Ms Eve Steinke, Ethics Manager on 02 4221 4457 or eves@uow.edu.au


UOW Pulse's UniLife is the extra curricular service centre at UOW, providing opportunities for students to involve themselves in student life, their campus and the local community. UniLife runs the Volunteering Program. Volunteering is a great way to get involved on campus, meet new friends and boost your employability. You can help at events and music gigs, support local charities, encourage environmental sustainability, help UOW College students develop their English skills or get outdoors and get active!
For more information feel free to visit UniLIfe, Building 11, Level 1, Email: pulse-unilife@uow.edu.au or Phone: 4221 8179

School of Medicine Volunteer Program

One of the key learning activities for medical students is interaction between students and real people. To do this successfully we need to involve people from the local communities. 
To read more about the program visit the website - Volunteer Program.

International Student Program (ISP)

Being a student can be daunting enough but when you are new to Australia too, this can be a challenging transition. ISP volunteers share their knowledge and experience to help students make the most of their stay.
To read more about the program or get involved visit the website - Volunteering with ISP.

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health runs a number of activities where volunteer assistance is needed.

UOW Illawarra Coal Science Fair

This event, held in late November each year, is an opportunity for school students to win prizes by presenting their research projects at the University. Community, alumni and university student volunteers are needed to assist with judging.
Please phone 4221 3512 or email: science-fair@uow.edu.au or visit the website- Science Fair.

UOW Science Experience

This event, held in mid July, involves three days of hands on science fun for year 9 & 10 students. University student volunteers are needed to assist with event logistics and mentoring participants.
For further information please phone 4221 3512 or visit the website - Science Experience.

Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute (IHMRI)

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) conducts a number of clinical trials throughout the year that the local community can be a part of . Clinical trials held at IHMRI are selected for safety, support and links with disease prevalence in our region.
People participate in clinical trials for a range of reasons, including:

  • helping others, by contributing to the enhancement of medical knowledge and the development of new drugs and treatments;
  • personally playing a more active role in your own health;
  • receiving extensive and more closely supervised medical care associated with the clinical study;
  • obtaining the clinical study medicine or medical care at no cost, at least during the study; and
  • gaining early access to new medicines or treatments not otherwise available.

If you would like to express interest in participating in future trials, register your interest with IHMRI via their website.

Last reviewed: 16 August, 2018