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Volunteer Management and Leadership

This programme sets volunteer management within the context of effective volunteer resource planning, strategic operations, communications, leadership skills, governance and compliance. The programme is designed for those in volunteer management roles or those involved in managing volunteers in the wider community. It aims to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills, supported through reflecting on their own experience, to lead and manage volunteers in a variety of community, voluntary, non-profit, public and private sector contexts.

This is the only programme of its kind on the island of Ireland to focus specifically on volunteer management, balancing between the theoretical principles of volunteering and practical elements of managing and leading volunteers. The programme is designed in partnership with Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland).

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree or equivalent. Students who do not satisfy the necessary academic requirements may apply subject to the university's recognition of prior learning policy.

Candidates ideally should be working/volunteering in a volunteer management role or setting in order to maximise the application of learning. The programme is targeted to student already active in the community/voluntary, non-profit, public and private sectors on the island of Ireland. Ideally candidates would have at least two years of experience working in volunteer management or in a volunteering role.


1 academic year part-time

Further enquiries

Contact: Dr John O'Callaghan

Programme Co-ordinator

Centre for Lifelong Learning

St. Angela's College

Lough Gill, Sligo

T: +353 (0) 71 9135628


Subjects taught

Modules/Subject Titles include:

• Volunteer Governance, Management and Leadership in Practice (5 ECTS)

• Volunteer Governance, Management and Leadership in Practice (5 ECTS)

• Advancing the Organisation (10 ECTS)

• Organisational and Operational Management (10 ECTS)

Participants have the option of joining the Diploma/Master of Arts in Leadership and Management for the Community and Public Sector.

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