What do LIFT OFF Student Volunteers do?

Student volunteers are massive part of the LIFT OFF programme. They work with us to deliver activities in schools and help to lead groups and work with pupils at events we host at partner colleges and universities. Students are brilliant role models for young people thinking about learning after school. After all, who could be better to provide up-to-date and relevant HE banter?!

S3 event

Our fun-filled and action-packed events for S3 pupils take place early in the year - usually in January and February in each of our partner schools. The focus is all about introducing the concept of HE, and to get the pupils thinking about what they might want to do after school. It also allows us to introduce them to the wonderful world of LIFT OFF!

The student volunteer role for the day is to work with groups of pupils to explore concepts relating to learning at HE. There's a range of fun activities, and we'll be sure you're fully briefed before you turn up on the day. You may or may not end the session by donning something out of our dressing-up box......!


S4 Campus Event

From S4 onwards, we only work with a selected group of pupils in each of our partners schools. We work closely with guidance staff to identify the best candidates for our programme, and up to 20 S4 pupils in each school are selected to become LIFT OFF Core Pupils.

The S4 Campus Event is the first activity that we run for the Core Pupils. Pupils from several partner schools are taken out of school for the day (we do get permission first!) to visit a college campus. Here they will be given a lecture by a member of the college teaching staff, and will take part in a seminar discussion afterwards. The role of the  student volunteer for the day is to lead a group of up to 10 pupils in a range of activities including ice-breaker games and seminar discussions, as well as taking questions as part of a student panel.

Have a read of what Bryony thought about her first ever S4 Event: Bryony's Story


LIFT OFF To Success (LO2S)



LIFT OFF to Success (LO2S) is our longest-running activity. It is a 5 day long residential event that runs in the summer holidays for Core Pupils between S4 and S5. Up to 65 pupils from a mix of our partner schools stay with us in a student hall of residence.

During the week, we will visit different colleges and universities, where they will have the chance to get a real understanding of the huge range of opportunities available at HE, and also the diversity of institutions and courses. We also do a bunch of fun stuff in the evenings! Pupils are split into groups of approximately 8 for the week, and each group has a student leader, who are responsible for making sure that pupils know what's going on, where they're supposed to be, what time the bus leaves and (happy task) what time they'll need to be up for breakfast.

LO2S is a fabulous opportunity for our student volunteers to build their CVs, while having a fanstastic time. Students need to apply to take part in LO2S, and there is an interview process. Successful candidates will be paid to take part (as well as fed, watered and housed). Not bad, eh?

Why not read about Gemma's experience at LO2S here


LIFT OFF Learning Skills (LOLS) Campus Day




LOLS is our senior programme, delivered by postgraduate students in schools. However, a super-important part of the programme is the campus event that is hosted by a college partner. All participating pupils in S5 or S6 are brought together to take part in a lecture, and to deliver a presentation in groups (these are assessed - eek!).

Having student volunteers present on the day really helps us out. The specific roles can vary, but students may be asked to help register the pupils, to hand out materials and to sit on a Q&A panel.