Volunteer and social projects

The University of Milan supports volunteering in its many forms – aid activities, commitment to a cause, social cohesion projects, environment protection and development – with a shared goal: promoting social solidarity and cultural growth.

Our entire academic community is encouraged to proactively promote and support voluntary activities addressing social, cultural and environmental issues.

In addition to current projects, ranging from student tutoring in prison to orientation to volunteering and the Universal Civil Service, the University of Milan is studying short and medium-term programmes covering:

  • specific training courses, also in cooperation with non-profit organisations, to promote solidarity and engagement for the community and the common good
  • regulations and records of people and skills, to support voluntary activities involving technical, administrative and library staff 
  • memoranda of understanding with public, private and non-profit organisations in the local area, and volunteer programmes under welfare regulations and policies.
Volunteer and social projects

The University promotes and enhances well-being and health-protection activities with a view to inclusion, and a focus on social trends such as aging population.

Through the offices of the Innovation Division, particularly the Social and Volunteer Projects Office, and in collaboration with the Safety, Sustainability and Environment Division, the University supports professors and researchers in planning and managing social activities and public-health-protection initiatives. It fosters relationships with non-profit organisations, including through specific agreements or projects.

Current projects

The University of Milan launches "Non solo limiti", an awareness campaign geared to the entire university community. The campaign is part of our initiatives to guarantee the right to education for detainees, under an agreement first signed in 2015 with the Regional Board of Correctional Facility Administration (PRAP).

The University is committed to community leadership (a.k.a. Third Mission) and the UN 2030 Agenda in its efforts to contribute to the gradual rehabilitation and integration of detainees. In this context, "Non solo limiti"calls the university community to submit ideas for workshops, training and dissemination initiatives, as well as tutoring and community-impact scientific research projects, possibly of a multidisciplinary nature. 

The call is open to students, professors, researchers, doctoral students, fellows, postdocs, postgraduate students, language experts, technical, administrative and library staff. The projects, as pre-authorized by the correctional facility, will be shortlisted by a special Rector-appointed board based on the following assessment criteria:



1) Project quality in terms of:

  1. consistency and relevance of topics
  2. skills involved

max. 40 points

2) Project originality and innovation


max. 15 points

3) Expected outcome and impact, project potential

     and follow-up

max. 15 points

4) Feasibility, including costs

     and economics

max. 30 points

A budget of € 13,000 for the year 2021 is allocated to the call, covering part of the estimated out-of-pocket costs of the selected projects. The funds will be disbursed as long as available, based on the ranking of shortlisted projects.

How to apply

Apply online by 12 noon on 30 September 2021. When completing the form, you will be required to enter a description of your project.

For information contact the Social and Volunteer Projects Office – Deployment of Intellectual Property and Innovation Division:  nonsololimiti@unimi.it .

Save the Children is a campus fund-raiser to provide support for combating the problem of equitable access to education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Weekly online tutoring sessions are offered to children and youth ages 9 to 16 who need some extra support, and are in either a one-on-one or group setting. The project is sponsored by CRUI and the University Sustainable Development Network (RUS).
Volunteers will receive special training, and will be mentored and supervised by professional educators during their tutoring sessions. The Social and Volunteer Projects Office monitors the tutoring sessions throughout the project's duration, and will capitalise on the experiences garnered by our volunteer tutors.
Students, instructors, fellows, doctoral students, researchers, adjunct mother-tongue foreign-language instructors, and library and administrative/technical staff are all eligible to apply.
How do I sign up?
* Fill out the online form by clicking on: “Register as a Volunteer Tutor”
(use your University email account: firstname.surname@unimi.it;
* Fill out your application form by clicking on "Notice of Volunteer Tutor application submission” and keep in contact with the Social and Volunteer Projects Office.

Pilot project agreement with ASST Bergamo Est to increase the number of Covid-19 tests from 100 / day to 1600-2400 / day in the "Bolognini" Hospital laboratory using OpenTrons high-technology equipment.

Technicians, students, upcoming graduates, PhD students and researchers from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

S.A.Vi.D  is a domestic-violence research and intervention project focussed on the abuser in the relationship, meaning the person who has perpetrated intimate-partner violence and who has been granted an Alternative Sentencing Measure.
Instituted through the Criminology Section of Legal Medicine and Insurance, Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, S.A.Vi.D. is a specialised criminology clinic that handles teaching, training, and interventions on domestic violence, through a multi-disciplinary team made up of criminologists, psychologists, and psychotherapists.
The SA.Vi.D. centre is part of the Anti-Violence Network of the Municipality of Milan, and the National Coordination for Centres for the Treatment of Violent Men.
For more information:
Criminology Section
Legal Medicine Department, University of Milan

This project is the fruit of a collaboration with Puntozero company. For over twenty-five years, the Company has conducted theatre workshops at the Cesare Beccaria (“Bekka”) juvenile-justice centre. The programme brings together students involved in the juvenile system (whether detained or on probation or a diversion), and the young actors of the Puntozero company, for theatre workshops.

A month-long theatre laboratory has been produced every year since 2016 (the year of Shakespeare celebrations and the Shakespearean Festival - http://shakespeare400.unimi.it/), in part through the department, and in part at the Puntozero Beccaria Theatre, located inside the correctional centre.

The programme focusses on a different Shakespearean text each year, which is then workshopped by a blended group of juveniles and guest artists who lend a multi-disciplinary approach to the workshop. The project culminates in a public performance open to the entire community.

Over the years, the workshops have brought to life a series of performances, workshops, and seminars open to the public, featuring the work and talent of Statale students along with juvenile detainees at the Beccaria Juvenile Justice Centre, youth on probation, and the young actors of Puntozero Theatre. 

Those wishing to join the project must commit to taking an active part in all aspects of the theatre workshop. Everyone is involved in the entire process, from playwriting, to producing, to marketing the show. All participants keep a diary of their experience, and the creative re-imagining of some Shakespearean scenes. Some of the students hone skills in photography, as they capture scenes from the laboratory as they unfold; others work in the press office, interacting with journalists in person or through social-media channels to promote the final performance; still others have the opportunity to create the graphic design for the event and the playbill. Everyone has the chance to perform, whether as an actor or as a supernumerary.


By approaching far-away worlds in a creative, stimulating, and constructive way, the project hopes to tear down barriers: the kind we see around us, and the ones we carry within.


Project Director: Mariacristina Cavecchi (British Theatre)