UTS SOUL Award for Community Leadership
UTS SOUL Award is a two-stage, extra-curricular community leadership and volunteering program for UTS students. Through training, peer support and unique volunteering opportunities, SOUL enables students to venture beyond their degree and into the community. Skilling up, giving back and making meaningful change!
Through SOUL you will:
- Develop skills in communication, ethical leadership, project management and teamwork, and further your knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and social issues affecting our communities
- Engage in hands-on, volunteering work experience with community organisations, developing your skills and increasing their capacity.
- Develop new networks and friendships with a community of like-minded and passionate students from across UTS
- Challenge your personal boundaries and self-awareness
- Develop your ability to be a changemaker and driver of social innovation
How does SOUL Work?
The program is separated into 2 stages:
Stage 1: UTS SOUL Badge
Your starting point for SOUL is to complete the first stage, UTS SOUL Badge.
To receive the SOUL Badge, you will need to complete and log 35 hours of volunteering for a not-for-profit organisation with a social mission and attend the ‘Skill-up’ training workshops (6 hours).
That’s a time commitment of 41 hours to receive your UTS SOUL Badge.
Completing the Badge will give you the opportunity to develop communication skills and knowledge of social issues while gaining ‘real’ workplace experience through volunteering.
The SOUL Badge is a great way for you to get involved and gain recognition, even if you have limited time.
When you complete the SOUL BADGE you will receive a certificate and a LinkedIn recommendation, along with volunteering work and training workshops you can include on your CV.
You may then choose to sign up to the second stage - UTS SOUL AWARD.
Stage 2: UTS SOUL Award
To enrol in the Award stage of the program, you must first complete the SOUL Badge (see above). If completed by 30 May (Semester 1) or 30 October (Semester 2) of the final semester of your degree, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement and the Award will be listed your AHEGS Secondary Statement received at graduation.
To meet the requirements of the Award, you must log a further 55 hours of volunteering and 6 hours of SOUL workshops (usually 2 sessions).
That means a time commitment of 61 hours – on top of the 41 hours you have spent on the SOUL Badge - to complete this Award stage.
The Award stage will continue to develop your skills in ethical leadership, project management, teamwork and articulating your personal brand, while you support the community by using your skills to step up to new and challenging volunteer roles. What you learn about social innovation and change you can apply in your community and career.
SOUL is based at at the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion. UTS SOUL Award is a community of students working towards building a better future for all. Through SOUL you’ll meet like-minded students, build peer networks, learn new skills and earn reward and recognition from UTS for your work. Have a look through our website and stay in touch via .
Skill up, give back and make change with the SOUL Award. Sign up today!
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