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Alumni volunteering

The time and expertise of Northumbria University's alumni and friends is something which can be used to help influence and inspire the next generation of students and graduates.

Your commitment can range from the few minutes it takes to provide a career profile to an ongoing relationship of several hours as a mentor with volunteers, depending on the activity, being able to assist both remotely or in person.Sir Jony Ive Insight

Our alumni can inspire prospective students by writing about the impact their degree has had on their career, or by attending a recruitment fair or open day. Both friends of the University and alumni can help current students by giving a guest lecture or talk based on their own professional experiences, provide feedback on a project or simply act as a point of contact for a student travelling overseas.

You can help our students and new graduates meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive global job market by providing careers advice, mentoring or an internship at your place of work.

There are a number of ways in which you can support; these are listed below. To register your interest in any of these volunteer activities please use our online registration form found in the links down the right-hand side or here:

Provide an alumni profile

Help us to inspire students by telling us about your University experience and career path since graduation. These profiles help communicate the achievements of Northumbria University alumni and motivate students to achieve their goals. They are published on department websites, in the University prospectus and in other recruitment literature.

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Assist at a University event

Our alumni have a wealth of first-hand experience and advice to offer our current or prospective students. We encourage alumni to return to campus for visits and open days to talk to prospective students and parents about their own experiences as a student and as a graduate of Northumbria University. Alumni can get involved in a range of activity, including staffing a stand within the team, informal networking or more formal Q&A sessions or talks.

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Lead an Alumni Network Group

Alumni Network groups are overseen by the Advancement Office but managed and led on the ground by alumni based in the region in which the group is situated. We are always looking for alumni volunteers to set up and run groups across a number of key regions; groups can be founded around shared interests in a specific subject or, more widely, as regional groups for the purposes of informally networking and socialising.

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Provide careers advice

Alumni who have been successful in their own careers have a tremendous amount to offer our current students. Through sharing your experiences, welcoming students to your workplace or offering advice, you can have a huge impact on our students’ career planning and professional aspirations.

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Mentoring

Could you mentor a current Northumbria University student? Mentoring offers a wonderful opportunity to share your experiences and expertise, develop your own skills and give something back to the University; at the same time helping our students to improve their employability. Through a combination of meetings, emails and telephone conversations, you will be supporting your mentee by offering information, advice and guidance on career options and next steps.

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Deliver a lecture, talk or workshop

Our alumni can contribute to lectures, talks and workshops. These talks may focus on your career, university experience, an interesting project, or other topics relevant to current students and recent alumni. Through supplementing academic content with real-world experience our alumni bring a different dimension to students’ learning.

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Provide an Undergraduate Placement or Graduate Internship

Could your business benefit from a fresh pair of eyes? Do you need to assess a potential recruit over an extended period of time? Placements and internships are an ideal way of giving a Northumbria student or graduate a great start to their career. With no expected commitment beyond the placement or internship, this is a low-cost, low-risk way to add value to your business or to recruit the right staff to meet your needs; at the same time providing our students and new graduates with valuable work experience to make their CVs stand out.

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Northumbria University’s Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Plan

Northumbria University’s Vision 2025 is that our graduates are distinguished by their intellectual expertise and prowess, their leadership capability and their employability.

Achieving this vision will equip Northumbria graduates with an entrepreneurial mind-set, creativity and determination to succeed throughout their chosen career, and enable entrepreneurs amongst our student population to turn their business ideas into successful companies.

Northumbria will foster a culture of collaboration between our students, academics and professional support to create a University environment that recognises that employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship are developed through a combination and broad range of activities. This partnership approach will extend to the University’s strong and deep relationships with employers and other key stakeholders, particularly alumni.


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