Getting Started With Volunteering & IMPress!

With the start of a new academic year, there are a host of new opportunities for volunteering and/or paid work inside the University and around the city. If you would like to learn about these as they become available, then here are a few sources of information to follow:

1. This blog, where announcements of vacancies, coaching courses and more are made regularly.

2. The IMPress Twitter account – @IMPressLincoln – which shares information from other sources, as well as providing alerts anytime a new post is made on this blog.

3. The Students’ Union’s Volunteering Office post openings for voluntary work. Sport-related ones can be found under their Community > Sport listing: . Also take a look at their main Get Involved hub under

4. The many websites and Twitter accounts for sport-related openings listed under our Links page. Scroll down to “Jobs in Sport”.

5. For School of Sport & Exercise Science students, check the boards in the Human Performance Centre and the screens in the Sport Centre lobby.

6. Attend IMPress events and chat to students who are already involved in extracurricular work or who might share interests with you. Ask if you’d like to know whether the School have links to local clubs and organisations that you could take advantage of. Keep an eye out for this logo:


IMPress is the School’s group supporting students in finding extracurricular opportunities and other aspects of improving their employability. If you are a student on any programme in the School  then you are automatically a member. Come along to a meeting or email us at if you’d like to know more.

Volunteer at the Lincoln Grand Prix (May 11th)

Volunteers are needed to assist with the annual Lincoln Grand Prix Cycle Races on Sunday May 11th.

Duties would be stewarding or programme sales. Hi-vis jackets, flags and whistles will be provided where needed. You will need to provide your own packed lunch but will receive a £10 to cover this and any transport costs.

Please note that these are important positions and a no-show on the day would create problems.

More details: Volunteers – Lincoln Grand Prix

To volunteer contact Ian Emmerson by email or by phone on 01522 750000 or 07785 347174

IMPress With Social Media: Some Do’s & Don’ts

Following an excellent discussion about best practice with using social media – led by Pauline Tait and Maaike Veencamp, but with shared experiences and suggestions from students and staff – here are some useful resources to help guide you in building a strong and successful social media presence:

How to IMPress – Social Media  (The slides from Pauline’s presentation)

Do’s & Don’ts When Using Social Media for Personal Branding & Job Search



Social Media Workshop (Monday 17th March)

Are you aware of all of the ways in which social media can help  – or hinder – you in your career options? Are you missing out on useful information about courses, job opportunities and cutting-edge developments in areas of interest? Many of you will be using social media already, but may not have thought about it in these terms.

Pauline Tait – the School’s Careers & Employability Adviser – has kindly agreed to run a session that will introduce effective strategies for using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to support your academic and career activities. Discuss how to network using these tools…and what pitfalls to avoid!

Maaike Veencamp – a Lincoln-based Senior Community Organiser – will also speak at the event. She will be introducing three trainee community organiser positions that are currently available and, from the recruiter’s perspective, will share examples of where an applicant’s social media presence has influenced how their application is viewed.

The workshop will run from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Monday 17th March in the Coach Education Suite, and all are welcome!


Careers in Sport Development talk (Monday 3rd March)

We are very pleased to welcome two of the School’s graduates back to talk about their work in sports development:

Fiona Houghton: an SDC graduate and Sports Development Officer at Newark & Sherwood District Council

Leanne Woodhead: an SES graduate and Football Development Officer at Lincolnshire FA.

Both speakers will share their experiences of working in sports development, talk about their current initiatives and offer advice about careers in sports development and how you can improve your employment prospects. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event will be on Monday 3rd March and will start at 5.30pm in the Coach Education Suite. All are welcome and there is no need to book in advance.

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