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Student Services January 14 Day Countdown

Things to do in isolation

Getting involved in University life

Day 11: Getting involved in University life

Today we will share some good reasons to get involved in University life outside your studies – to broaden your horizons, meet people and gain new skills.

It can also help when it comes to looking for a job after your studies, with many graduate recruiters saying they’re most interested in what students have done outside their course. Some extra-curricular activities are being offered in online or blended formats this year, but there’s still lots you can get involved in – just a few of which we highlight today. Why not spend some time reviewing your options, and decide which opportunities are the right ones for you?

Why extra-curricular activities can help you get a job.

Student representation


Listening to our students is hugely important to everyone at the University of Dundee and we have a whole network of roles to ensure that student opinions are sought and acted on.

You could apply to represent your classmates to keep improving your course or to campaign on matters that are important to you, and gain important skills such as communication, negotiation and teamwork.

Visit DUSA to find out more

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Clubs & Societies

Student Associations

With almost 200 different clubs and societies affiliated to the Students’ Association, there’s a huge range of opportunities for you to meet like-minded people or try something new. Getting involved in the running of a society is a great way to build leadership skills, and you can even get support to set up your own society.

More about societies and how to get involved


Our Institute of Sports & Exercise and Sports Union offer the chance to take part in a huge range of sport and exercise opportunities, whether you’re an expert or a complete novice.

ISE Building and link to web page

 Visit the Sports Union Facebook page



Giving your time and expertise to a charity or voluntary organisation brings many benefits, both for your own development and in helping a cause you believe in. 

Find out more about volunteering in Dundee and look for current volunteering opportunities.

Visit this site to find out about Oor Wullie in the picture below. 

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Volunteering is a great way to meet new people. You'll find other suggestions on the Day 2 page.

Get recognition

Dundee Plus Awards

Taking up any of the opportunities we've shared with you on this page, or doing something else you enjoy alongside your studies, can enable to you apply for an extra award from the University.

We offer a range of official Dundee Plus skills awards, which you can apply for to recognise the skills you’ve gained through getting involved in activities outside your studies, and to demonstrate these to potential employers.

Dundee Plus logo

Find out more about Dundee Plus


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This guide was created by the Academic Skills Centre, a part of Student Services. You can contact us at