How UK universities engage with their local communities: a study of employer supported volunteering

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/93793
Title:
How UK universities engage with their local communities: a study of employer supported volunteering
Authors:
Bussell, H. (Helen); Forbes, D. (Deborah)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Teesside Business School.
Citation:
Bussell, H. and Forbes, D. (2008) 'How UK universities engage with their local communities: a study of employer supported volunteering', International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 13 (4), pp.363-378.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing
Issue Date:
Nov-2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/93793
DOI:
10.1002/nvsm.331
Abstract:
In 2000, the UK Prime Minister pledged that employers should be encouraged to release staff for 1 day a year to undertake volunteering activity. Many and varied programmes are being set up to assist employees to volunteer, whether during work hours or in their own time. This is called employer supported volunteering (ESV). This paper discusses the increasing use of ESV and aims to provide an understanding of the key concepts of this phenomenon. An E-mail survey was completed of all 122 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. University websites linked to volunteering for staff and students were also examined. Responses were received from 65 institutions (a response rate of 53%). This initial research reveals that university commitment to ESV varies across the sector. Many universities support staff volunteering and informally encourage links with the local community through voluntary activity but only seven institutions had developed a formal policy allowing staff time off work to volunteer. From this initial research, three best practice universities have emerged and their activities are discussed. The next stage in this project is to research the areas identified and to explore the extent of volunteering by university staff and staff attitudes to volunteering with a view to provide a full picture of ESV in the UK university sector.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
universities; UK; communities; volunteering; policy; staff
ISSN:
1465-4520; 1479-103X
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 05/03/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 05/03/2010]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBussell, H. (Helen)en
dc.contributor.authorForbes, D. (Deborah)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-05T16:25:00Z-
dc.date.available2010-03-05T16:25:00Z-
dc.date.issued2008-11-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing; 13 (4): 363-378en
dc.identifier.issn1465-4520-
dc.identifier.issn1479-103X-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/nvsm.331-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/93793-
dc.description.abstractIn 2000, the UK Prime Minister pledged that employers should be encouraged to release staff for 1 day a year to undertake volunteering activity. Many and varied programmes are being set up to assist employees to volunteer, whether during work hours or in their own time. This is called employer supported volunteering (ESV). This paper discusses the increasing use of ESV and aims to provide an understanding of the key concepts of this phenomenon. An E-mail survey was completed of all 122 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. University websites linked to volunteering for staff and students were also examined. Responses were received from 65 institutions (a response rate of 53%). This initial research reveals that university commitment to ESV varies across the sector. Many universities support staff volunteering and informally encourage links with the local community through voluntary activity but only seven institutions had developed a formal policy allowing staff time off work to volunteer. From this initial research, three best practice universities have emerged and their activities are discussed. The next stage in this project is to research the areas identified and to explore the extent of volunteering by university staff and staff attitudes to volunteering with a view to provide a full picture of ESV in the UK university sector.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 05/03/2010]en
dc.subjectuniversitiesen
dc.subjectUKen
dc.subjectcommunitiesen
dc.subjectvolunteeringen
dc.subjectpolicyen
dc.subjectstaffen
dc.titleHow UK universities engage with their local communities: a study of employer supported volunteeringen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Teesside Business School.en
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketingen
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 05/03/2010]en
or.citation.harvardBussell, H. and Forbes, D. (2008) 'How UK universities engage with their local communities: a study of employer supported volunteering', International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 13 (4), pp.363-378.-
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