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Service and Leadership Award (SALA)

Our Service and Leadership Award gives you the opportunity to volunteer in local organisations to help with community-based projects. The award runs alongside your degree and is a great addition to your CV.

SALA enhances your university experience, boosts your career prospects and encourages you to develop the necessary skills and abilities needed to succeed in the world of work whilst giving service to community projects. The award shows potential employers that you are confident, committed and versatile.

The award helps you to:

  • Develop valuable transferable skills whilst giving service to the community
  • Improve your confidence, presentation skills and your CV
  • Develop and understand leadership skills
  • Gain invaluable experience and feedback
  • Network with potential future employers
  • Stand out from the crowd and boost your career prospects

Structure of the award

The award has four strands and you must complete all four in order to achieve the award:

  • Preparation and training
  • Service to others
  • Leadership
  • Reflection

As well as arranging your own volunteering activities, the University provides various opportunities for student engagement, including: course representatives; staff and student liaison committee members; student ambassador roles; mentoring roles in local primary and secondary schools; writing mentors for fellow undergraduate students; fundraising for the University; and research assistants for academic departments.

You must take part in 80+ hours of voluntary service over at least two different projects. You also need to complete a reflective review that will document your experiences and what you have learnt along the way.

The completion of the Award will lead to your efforts being recognised formally with the Liverpool Hope University Service and Leadership Award Certificate, presented to you at your Graduation ceremony.

The University wants all students to have the opportunity to undertake SALA and automatically registers students so that you have access to all the information about the Award. However, if you decide that you do not want to take up this opportunity, you can email to opt out.

Useful information

For further information about SALA, email