Volunteering at Academic Support

We are seeking university students, corporates and members of the local community to volunteer as Academic Support Tutors to support primary and secondary students during our after-school sessions.

Our after-school Academic Support Programme provides free tutoring and support to young people in a stimulating classroom environment. Young people receive tailored help with homework, coursework, revision and study skills.

Volunteer tutors are an integral part of our centres. Volunteers act as role models, supporting academic progress and providing inspiration and encouragement to young people for whom university education is not necessarily a common expectation.

Please note that all of our volunteering appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check and suitable references.

To find out more about volunteering as an Academic Support Tutor, please watch our video: 

Who we are looking for

Our tutors must meet the following requirements:

- Minimum Grade C in English and Maths GCSE

- Enthusiasm for education

- Interpersonal skills

- Ability to act on initiative

- Patience


What is the time commitment for the Academic Support Programme?
At least one session per week, for at least 12 weeks over the academic year. Academic Support opens from 3:15 on weekdays and each session runs for approximately 2 hours.

Which age group will I support?
Volunteers are invited to indicate a preference for supporting a particular age group. Our sessions are separated into primary (age 7-10) and secondary (age 11+).

Where will I be based?
Depending on your preference you will either be based at one of our eleven centres in London or at our centres in Nottingham, Bristol, Oxford, Brighton, Leeds or Southampton. Find out more about our education centres here

Read the rest of our FAQs here.

Quotes from our volunteers

"If you want to help level the playing field for bright youngsters interested in university - and if you want to add a lot of fun into the bargain - you cannot do better than volunteering for Academic Support at IntoUniversity"

"The best thing about volunteering with IU is meeting the students, helping them, seeing them gain in confidence and rediscovering through the students' subject knowledge that  I thought I'd forgotten"

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss this opportunity please get in touch at volunteering@intouniversity.org.


Next steps

Step 1: Apply

If you are interested in becoming an Academic Support Tutor at one of our centresplease apply here.

Step 2: Training

All tutors must attend a Training and Selection session. You will be directed to a training events calendar when you complete your application form, and from here you will be able to book on to a training session in your area. The training session will include an introduction to IntoUniversity's programme, child protection and behaviour management training.

Step 3: Visit the Centre

Within 10 working days of attending the session, you will be contacted by the Academic Support Co-ordinator who will let you know whether you have been successful. If successful, you will be allocated to an IntoUniversity centre where you will attend an induction session, meet the staff team and shadow an experienced tutor.