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Volunteer Management and Leadership

This Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate in Volunteer Leadership and Management aims to introduce 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. This programme aims to equip students with the theory 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 will be 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 was designed in partnership with Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland).

NB: This programme will be delivered subject to accreditation approval by NUI Galway

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

Dr. Maria Gallo
Centre for Lifelong Learning
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill
T: +353 (0) 71 9135623

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)

Successful completion of this programme offers graduates direct entry onto the Diploma/Master of Arts in Leadership and Management for the Community and Public Sector.

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