The Enabling Student Volunteering badge can be earned by an Irish higher education staff member that has reflected upon their practices, the policies and the theories underpinning student volunteering. 

Student volunteering programmes are part of a suite of community engagement opportunities for higher education with a civic purpose. 

Each badge requires approximately 25 learner effort hours. This may include workshop-based and independent learning. There are a number of learner activities to be successfully completed and these are aligned to each of the badge criteria.

For more information on upcoming workshops to earn this badge, please visit upcoming PD digital badge workshops. Alternatively, contact your teaching & learning unit or the local National Forum associate in your institution for more information.

All digital badge programmes are based on open-access materials. If you are interested in issuing certified National Forum Professional Development Digital Badges, please click here to learn more or sign up.

Facilitators are required to check that earners have met the requirements to earn a badge. The criteria has been laid out in the badge metadata document within each of the badge material packages and is also embedded within the digital badge.

Yes, you can download the packaged (.zip) badge materials developed for facilitators by clicking here. Each package contains all materials required to facilitate the programme.

All the materials have been developed (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence. Where available, eLearning packages (Tin Can/Experience API) are available for download for use on your institutional VLE/LMS.

Following a call to identify teams to develop a digital badge for a particular competence cluster in Irish higher education, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has developed this badge in partnership with:

Lead Developer/s

  • Lorraine Tansey
    NUI Galway


  • Davy Walsh


The learner should be able to:

  • Engage with the workshop activities, introduction video and literature
  • Reflect on practice locally within your programmes, with your students, staff and community partners
  • Produce a reflective portfolio
  • Upload your student volunteering initiative to the Campus Engage website to share experiences