Volunteering

PraxisAuril’s programme development and delivery work in the UK is led and governed by expert volunteers, who are all passionate advocates for professional knowledge exchange.

PraxisAuril volunteers are all experienced knowledge exchange practitioners, working full-time in a broad range of UK universities and supporting organisations.  Many of these individuals are extremely influential and well-connected to our key stakeholders, nationally and internationally, in government and in industry. The enthusiasm and energy of these expert practitioners, supported by PraxisAuril's office team, drives and informs a broad range of activities in policy, training and conference programme development.

PraxisAuril works with, and learns from, other like-minded volunteer organisations around the world to ensure that we are developing and representing the KE sector with consistent standards and messages - and sourcing ideas and best practice, wherever they originate. 

Volunteer Opportunities

PraxisAuril encourages volunteer engagement from across its membership, including experienced practitioners with a significant track record, as well as relative newcomers. With practical training and support provided, volunteering at PraxisAuril is a fantastic opportunity for professional development and profile-raising while making a real contribution to the sector. We’re always looking for new individuals and organisations to work with us, and there are many ways that you can get involved. 

Training Opportunities

Our national training programme is admired around the world for the quality of its content and the knowledge of the expert practitioners who deliver it.
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a very rapid transition of our residential training courses to online delivery.  Thanks to the dedication and efforts of our course directors and trainers online delivery has been a real success.  When conditions allow we will be reverting back to face-to-face training at residential courses, but in parallel to this we will continue to develop and grow our online programme.  By offering courses in both formats we aim to make PraxisAuril training as accessible as possible to delegates and trainers alike.

We are currently looking for new volunteers in the following areas:

1. Course Directors – Usually working in pairs, the role of the Course Director is to take overall responsibility for the direction and delivery of an entire training course. This involves working with many other people, to capitalise on everyone’s strengths and deliver an exemplary and highly effective learning experience.

  • Current Courses: To work alongside experienced Course Directors on continuous improvement and delivery of our current course programme.

  • Online Delivery: To help transition our current training course portfolio to online delivery so that we can offer courses online as well as face-to-face.

  • New Courses: To work with the Exec Team and Professional Development Committee on the creation and development of our next generation of training courses.

2. Trainers – Led by the Course Directors each training course is co-delivered by a cohort of domain experts who each lead or contribute to delivery of a specific session.  Session formats vary considerably but include presentations, group exercises, Q&As and panel sessions.

There are many opportunities to volunteer with us as a trainer across our entire course programme and because of our desire to offer courses in both face-to-face and online formats there is significant flexibility in how you could engage.
 

Mentoring

Mentoring brings value at many levels for mentees, mentors, and the organisation for which they work. The PraxisAuril Mentor Match platform connects mentees with mentors via a dedicated search process.  Mentors form a working relationship with mentees, training and supporting them for an agreed period of time. Our mentors have varying levels of expertise and skills gained from their careers and life experience, teaching and coaching the mentees to enable them to reach their professional and personal goals. 

The benefits for mentors include:

  • Improve communication and personal skills
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your subject(s)
  • Increase your confidence and motivation
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers
  • Enhance your CV
  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience
  • Benefit from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth

We are continuously looking to grow our body of mentors under the Mentor Match platform and so if this is of interest we would encourage you to enrol as a mentor.

 

Volunteer FAQs

How much time do I need to volunteer?

Different roles require different time investments. Some, such as course directing and training require a sustained input which increases towards the time of course delivery. Others, such as mentoring, are more ad hoc in nature. If you have some time available and want to get involved, there are always opportunities available - please get in touch.

What support will I get as a volunteer?

We offer a broad range of support to new volunteers to ensure the experience is as positive and productive as possible.  For new trainers and course directors we offer formal ‘train-the-trainer’ support as well as opportunities to learn from experienced trainers through networking and knowledge sharing events.

How long do I have to commit to, to be a volunteer?

Often we will encourage new volunteers to shadow current volunteers for their first year in the role, and many volunteers remain involved for many years beyond that - but it is, of course, entirely up to you.

When does PraxisAuril recruit volunteers?

Volunteer recruitment is a rolling process and we are always keen to hear from new volunteers! 

Contact: 

Tim Fishlock
Head of Professional & Community Development
tim.fishlock@praxisauril.org.uk