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The Access Project: Volunteer Tutors

A great role for those who want to give back to the community and gain teaching experience, but who don’t have much time to spare.

  • I believe brains, not background, should decide which university you go to
  • I want to develop a range of CV-enhancing skills
  • I can spare an hour a week

Is this you?

Then why not become a volunteer with The Access Project and tutor a bright young person from a disadvantaged background? As a volunteer tutor you’ll support a 14 to 16-year-old to help them fulfil their potential at GCSE.

You can make a real difference - a young person on this programme is twice as likely to go to a top university than a student from a similar background who is not receiving additional support.

At the same time you’ll be developing valuable transferable skills in communication, teaching and planning, gaining experience for your CV and getting real job satisfaction. At the end of the academic year, you’ll receive a reference letter and certificate to evidence the experience you’ve gained.

Not teaching experience is required. You’ll attend a two and a half hour training session before you begin volunteering and you’ll receive ongoing support with lesson planning, topic guidance and resources from The Access Project team.

You will be paired with one tutee, and undertake tutoring sessions in a public space on campus that is convenient for you, such as in a shared study area or café, at a time arranged with your tutee.


  • One 1-hour tutorial per week during school term-time for one academic year (occasional holidays and illness excluded)
  • At least 30 minutes preparation time per week ahead of tutorials
  • Reply to an automated email on a Friday afternoon to indicate if a tutorial has taken place
  • Attend one Tutor Training and Assessment session (2.5 hours)
  • Complete and pass an online Child Safeguarding training course (approx 1 hour)

Open to:

  • Current Queen Mary student – undergraduate or postgraduate, including PhD
  • For UG students, hold a B grade at A-Level in a subject to tutor at GCSE. For PG students, have a degree in a related subject to tutor at A-Level
  • Subjects sought: Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, French and Spanish
  • Friendly and welcoming with good communication and explaining skills
  • Patience and understanding
  • Ability to understand and follow Child Safeguarding policies and procedures

You will be required to attend a 2.5 hour training session, taking place either on campus or at The Access Project offices in in Tabaco Quay, near Shadwell station.


For more information, and to apply, visit The Access Project Website.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to get in touch with the Queen Mary contact for this project, Jessica Benson-Egglenton, Evaluation and Data Officer (Widening Participation)

Applications will close at the end of October, or earlier if all volunteer places are filled.

Placement: Voluntary Location: On campus
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