Recognition and Awards


What are the Saltire Awards?

Whether you are already volunteering or just thinking about it, the Saltire Awards are for you!

The Saltire Awards are the Scottish Government’s way of celebrating, recognising and rewarding the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25.

Young people gain nationally recognised certificates, signed by Scottish Government Ministers, for the different amounts of volunteering they do.


Volunteering with AUSA

There are a host of opportunities to volunteer within AUSA, see below for just a few suggestions:

  • Class Rep
  • Society or Sports Club Committee
  • Council/Exec Member
  • Student Groups – Bookends, ASR, Gaudie, Nightline, CASE
  • AUSA Committees – Welfare, Education, Communities
  • Raising and Giving Campaign


Volunteering with an External Organisation

External Organisations need to be registered in order for you to participate in the awards as they will need to approve your hours – please ensure you check they are registered before starting. 

For further details please contact the Student Activities team at Aberdeen University Students Association or visit the Saltire Website


How do you get an Award?

Young people aged between 12 and 25 who volunteer for the benefit of a community, or a good cause can apply for an Award themselves. Create your My Saltire account now to get started.


How it works

Once you have registered and added where you are volunteering, put down the either the Activities Administrator China Harvey or the Activities Development Coordinator Rachel Coffey ( as the Supervisor.  Both China and Rachel can verify all AUSA hours.  Start inputting your hours and when you reach enough for a certificate, go to "achievements" and claim the certificate.  At this point AUSA gets asked to verify the hours so we will send you a timesheet to complete.  From the timesheet, we can work out the dates of your volunteering for your certificate and sends them off for it to be prepared. 

Note: you can backdate any volunteering hours for two years.


Saltire Award – Explained

There are four types of Saltire Award designed to celebrate the volunteering journey of young people:

The Challenge  - One-off team event

The Approach - 10 and 25 hour certificates

The Ascent - 100, 200 and 500 hour certificates

The Summit - For outstanding contributions

For full details and more information click here or contact Mike Melvin on or 01224 686076

STAR Awards

The STAR (Students Taking Active Roles) Award allows you to assess, enhance and gain recognition for the skills you develop through approved roles such as Society/Sports Club Committee Member or Careers Service Ambassador. The Award is delivered by the Careers and Employability Service with input from a wide range of employers and is structured around five employability-based Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, so you can be sure that your learning is directly applicable to your personal development and your future career.

Achievement of the STAR Award is recorded on your Enhanced Transcript, which you can share with employers or postgraduate recruiters when you finish your studies.

You can get more information including opening dates here: 

For more deails or if you have any questions, please email