Student Leadership and Volunteer opportunities at Southlands

There are many ways that Southlands students and staff can get involved with the life of the college. Some of these are informal, where you can volunteer to fill a role within the College, or perhaps run a project idea that you are passionate about. There are also more formal, paid opportunities to get involved in the life of the College, see below for further information on volunteering and work.


College Officers:

A team with responsibilities for looking after a range of areas of college life, including student activities and events. Our College President and Deputy President positions are vacant for the academic year 2021-2022both of these roles are a great opportunity to support your fellow students and improve your leadership skills. There will be a by-election in October so if you are interested in running please email  

Becoming a Flat Rep: 

Flat Reps are college residents who live here in their second or third years to take a leadership role within the community and to support a flat of first years as they settle in to university life. 

Flat Reps receive a lot of training (which is compulsory) and gain a lot of benefits, including some extra social activities and free tickets to some events. They are important people in the college community, providing welfare support and critical information for the college team about the needs and activities of the flats in which they live.

The recruitment process begins in December/January and involves an application form and interview. When the process is open this year, details will appear throughout the college, and on our social media.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, we will be continuing recruitment until December 2021, if you are interested in applying to be a Flat Rep please email recruitment process for 2022-2023 begins in December/January and involves an application form and interview. When the process is open for 2022-2023, details will appear throughout the college, and on our social media. 

Ready to for Welcome Week, this was our Flat Rep team 2019/20

Some flat reps awaiting the new arrivals at the start of the year… 

And some more showing their Shark Spirit!

Southlands Venture:

An exciting initiative that helps you to help others. Southlands Venture aims to empower students to deliver a community–based project of their choice. Whether you organise an event, coordinate a campaign, or manage an ongoing project, Southlands Venture is here to help you enhance your skills and experience by planning and delivering a project you are passionate about! 

With help and mentoring from the Southlands Venture team you can bring your idea to life.

Past projects have included: 

  • Building a roof for the chicken house on campus
  • Collecting food for a local foodbank
  • ‘Water is Free’ campaign 
  • Making Christmas Hampers for a homeless shelter
  • Taking the virtual reality experience to care homes
  • Accompaniment of the elderly to grow vegetables in a community allotment
  • Organising an auction event to raise money for a charity supporting orphans

If you have a community-project or campaign idea we want to hear about it and help you to make it a successful venture!  We will offer support and guidance and link you up with an experienced mentor who will help you plan and deliver your venture. Small grants to help with expenses are also available.

Your venture project has to meet three simple criteria: 

  1. Have an element involving the community (university or local area), volunteering, or


  1. Involve other people beyond the project organiser 
  2. Be completed within a 12 week time frame

How to get started 

If you have an idea for a project, please get in touch with the Southlands Venture team by emailing us on  

The chickens on campus have become part of the University family, through the Southlands Venture, their house was given a new roof!


College Community Leaders (CCLs):

Southlands College Community Leaders (SCCLs): 

Our Southlands Community Leaders are peer student leaders in the college who are here to help foster community spirit; that wonderful sense of belonging that makes being part of the Southlands special!

Being an SCCL is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the community at Southlands College, develop your skills, improve your employability and support yourself financially at university. 

Students with 6+ months experience, as well as postgraduate students, are encouraged to apply. Contact or visit College Community Hub at QB010 to find out how to become a CCL.

Southlands Community Leaders attend a variety of training opportunities, including Leadership skills

Southlands Community Leaders get involved in a variety of activities, here they are making eco-bricks as part of the Southlands Venture campaign to reduce the use of plastic in our environment

College Community Leaders helped organise an MBA Get-Together to help this cohort reconnect as Covid-19 restrictions eased