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De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) have become one of only six institutions across Leicestershire to achieve the prestigious Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard.

The standard, which lasts for three years, recognises an organisation’s commitment towards supporting volunteers – in our case, running a society or sports club, representing your course mates or just helping another student settle into university life – and much more.

Dan Winney, President of DSU, said: “I am so proud that DSU have been recognised with this Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard.

“The process has not only acknowledged the fantastic things we do across the organisation to support our volunteers, but has also allowed us to develop other areas to make sure we meet the standard and are doing the best by our members.

“Volunteering is an enormously valuable activity, and I hope that this mark invites even more De Montfort University (DMU) students to get involved with their students’ union.

“While this new Quality Standard covers the entire organisation, I’d like to personally thank Tom Nicholls, our Activities Manager, for spearheading the bid.”


The all-important certificate...Keira Rounsley, VP Welfare and Community, poses with just a handful of our brilliant volunteers.

The Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, set up in 1998, measures nine indicators to test an institution’s commitment to volunteers, covering recruitment, development and support plus other areas.

The Quality Standard is measured over a rigorous 12-month period, which includes interviews with volunteers – across all of DSU’s wide-reaching activities – and evidence being submitted to the assessors.

The new mark joins our Advice team’s Advice Quality Standard – for the ninth year in a row – as well as the union-wide Investors in People Gold and our Living Wage Employer accreditation.

Late last year, we measured the impact that our brilliant volunteers have both at DMU and in the wider community. You can see our full Volunteering in Numbers infographic here.

The news of the Quality Mark comes as DSU prepares for the national Student Volunteering Week 2017 from Monday 20 to Sunday 27 February, where we’ll be showcasing the amazing work DMU student volunteers do and highlighting new and exciting volunteering opportunities across the city. Find out what’s happening here.


Volunteering at DSU ranges from running a society or sports club, representing your course mates or just helping another student settle into university life...and much more.

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