Education

Formula Student volunteer

United Kingdom

Volunteer applications for FS2022 will open in January 2022.

Formula Student volunteering

If you would like to play a crucial role in helping us drive and deliver Europe’s most established and popular educational motorsport competition, then volunteer!

Each year hundreds of volunteers from across a wide variety of industries come together to make Formula Student the successful event it is. Without the commitment, enthusiasm and expertise of the FS Volunteer community the event would simply not happen. Many volunteers are Formula Student-alumni who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the event, returning year on year to work alongside their industry peers to deliver world class competition.

What you will do

Eligibility to apply

Specifically for the ‘static’ judging roles (Artificial intelligence, Business Presentation, Cost and Manufacturing and Engineering design) Formula Student cannot accept applications from faculty advisors of any competing university or institution, nor from any full-time undergraduate or postgraduate* students. *PhD students are welcome to apply providing they are able to demonstrate no conflict of interest with any competing university or institute. This is in the interest of transparency and fairness and to avoid any conflicts of interest during the competition. For all other volunteer opportunities, anyone who is aged 18 or older with an interest in the event is welcome to apply.

How to apply

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available, with each one requiring different skills and experience. Below you will find an introduction to the different opportunities, to find out more information and to apply you should click on the corresponding link which in turn will give you access to the on-line application form.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) judging

FS-AI challenges university teams to build and develop the driving systems to run a fully autonomous vehicle. Teams compete in a trio of static events similar to the main FS competition, Design and Business Plan Presentation but with Cost & Manufacturing replaced by a Real-World Autonomous event. Volunteers involved in judging of the AI competition should have experience in the world of autonomous vehicle development.

Download the Role Description document for more information

Business presentation judging

Student teams try to convince a panel of judges to invest in their race car business proposal. Presentation Judges have very diverse backgrounds and experience including knowledge of automotive / motorsport markets, automotive engineering, race team operation, business finance and management, product design, manufacturing, project management.

Download the Role Description document for more information

Cost and Manufacturing judging

The student teams will submit a cost eBom report before the event, detailing the manufacturing processes, material selected and associated costs of their complete vehicle. During the Cost Event judges will ask questions to clarify issues identified to enable them to make a fair assessment based on defined criteria they are expected to demonstrate. Cost judges have a range of skill sets and the additional information provided will expand on this.

Download the Role Description document for more information

Dynamic testing

This team works out on track alongside the safety marshals, reporting in on hit cones or off track excursions by the competing cars. Volunteers don’t need any specific experience to apply as those with less experience will be paired with experienced event captains and full training and support will be given to all volunteers. Knowledge of the FS rules, which can generally be gained from either studying them or from familiarity gained when designing a car in previous years.

Download the Role Description document for more information

Electric vehicle scrutineering

With more electric vehicles in the competition than ever before the need for EV Scrutineers continues to increase. Scrutineers inspect and appraise the components of the car for safety and rules compliance, assisting teams with an objective, proactive and common sense approach to help the teams proceed to the dynamic events. To be an EV Scrutineer you need knowledge of the FS rules, which can generally be gained from either studying them or from familiarity gained when designing a car in previous years. Furthermore you should have experience in the field of electric vehicles or another similar, relevant field. Those who are a first-time scrutineer will be placed with a more experienced scrutineer.

Download the Role Description document for more information

Engineering Design judging

Design Judging concentrates on assessing the design engineering of the car from concept through to manufacture, assembly and testing. Design judges have broad engineering knowledge. Specialist knowledge can be very useful, including: engine mapping/traction control strategy, broader powertrain (structure, cooling, lubrication, gearing), and alternative powertrain technologies.

Download the Role Description document for more information

Marshalling

Each year Formula Student is supported by a fantastic team of volunteer marshals from Motorsport UK.
For more information on volunteering please visit their website.

Media operations

Each year a team of volunteer photographers, videographers and editors record and present amazing footage and coverage of the live event. Media operations volunteers should possess experience in photography and/or videography, experience in editing, and ideally an interest in motorsport and/or engineering.

Download the Role Description document for more information

Technical Scrutineering

The key objective of the Scrutineers is to assist the teams to conform to the rules which ensure driver and spectator safety is optimised. The Scrutineers take an objective, proactive and common sense approach to help the teams proceed to the dynamic events. To be a Technical Scrutineer you need knowledge of the FS rules, which can generally be gained from either studying them or from familiarity gained when designing a car in previous years. Those who are a first-time scrutineer will be placed with a more experienced scrutineer.

Download the Role Description document for more information

Meet Formula Student volunteers

  • Michael and Suzanne Royce

    Michael and Suzanne have officiated at over 70 FSAE, Formula Student and Formula Hybrid competitions in the UK, USA, Italy and Australia.   

How you will benefit

  • Enjoy a dynamic and exciting event
  • Give back to the engineering community and support development in higher education
  • Help develop the next generation of professional engineers
  • Meet with like-minded experts across multiple industries
  • Continue to be a part of the student competition

Formula Student is the best educational engineering challenge. Assessment of the car at the competition enables them to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of their creation. This is excellent preparation for working in the industry.

Andrew Deakin - Chairman
"Formula Student is the best educational engineering challenge. Assessment of the car at the competition enables them to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of their creation. This is excellent preparation for working in the industry."

Andrew Deakin Chairman, Formula Student

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Applications to volunteer at Formula Student 2022 will open in early 2022. We will then contact all successful applicants and send further instructions on your involvement.