Alumni and friends

Telephone callers

For 50 years the University of Surrey has been the home of outstanding teaching, research and innovation.

From 13-24 November our enthusiastic team of student callers will be getting in touch to find out about your experience at Surrey, what you have done since leaving the University and how you can give back to the University to support future generations of Surrey students.

Thanks to the generous support of Surrey’s donors, our last telethon raised an incredible £120,000.

This sum along with your gift will have a transformative effect, from supporting ground-breaking research designed to tackle some of the biggest problems facing the world today, to providing a lifeline to students who would otherwise have to drop out of university due to severe financial hardship

Make your donation now.

 Learn more about our callers from this campaign by viewing their profiles below:

Emily Bayliss

English Literature FASS Year 1

About me

The most rewarding thing I have ever done is been part of a scheme called 'Better Reading,' during sixth form. The aim was to help Year 2 children (age 6-7) improve their development in reading. Despite having to get up at 6 am, (I am not a morning person!) it was amazing seeing the progress of the little boy I was helping week on week, and how his confidence as well as happiness grew. It is an experience I will never forget!

My interests and hobbies

I enjoy reading, art,  yoga, listening to numerous genres of music and travel. My artwork has been displayed in a few exhibitions back home in Berkshire. In terms of travel, my favourite place I have been to so far is Venice and hope to go interrailing around Europe once I have finished my degree.

What I like about the University of Surrey

I love the campus environment and the fact you have everything on your doorstep - it really is a great place to be! I also love my course and the fact I get a placement year which is hard to come by for an English Literature degree. I feel employability is a key focus at the University, this gives students a cutting edge when looking for work after their degree.

Why I’ve become a student caller

I really wanted to be able to give something back to the University whilst improving my communication skills and confidence. Some really amazing research happens here, so I wanted to help support this by becoming a student caller. In addition, money raised also goes towards the Student Hardship Fund, so I thought this would be a great way to help out fellow students at Surrey.

Monica Bui

Law LLB (Hons) FASS Year 1

About me

I am an international student from Canada and, I must confess, a major foodie. I am looking forward to exploring Europe during my time abroad. Coming from Toronto, I am accustomed to diversity and enjoy exposing myself to different cultures. I also really enjoy meeting new people and look forward to what I am sure will be a great time spent at the University.

My interests and hobbies

I am a person with varied interests and my hobbies and interests are often changeable. Despite my curious nature, I have always enjoyed cooking, travelling and reading. I am a bit of a thrill seeker and enjoy exciting activities. I dislike stagnating and am always open to exploring new activities, that push me outside my comfort zone.

What I like about the University of Surrey

What I like about the University of Surrey is the student diversity as well as its progressive educational methods. There is always something happening at the University; it is a place to explore all interests. The sense of community I feel at the University is what motivates me to be a better student and individual.

Why I’ve become a student caller

I have become a student caller to give back to my community, as well as gain insight into life after the University of Surrey. Being able to contribute something positive during my time at the University is a personal goal. The opportunity to interact with alumni is something that will  broaden my perspective and provide me with invaluable advice.

Caitlin Gregory

International Events Management FASS Year 1

About me

I enjoy all kinds of charity work, and feel privileged that I can help with the Chancellor's 50th anniversary appeal. I enjoy meeting new people and being able to use my creativity and enthusiasm in a range of ways when required.

My interests and hobbies

I am currently a red belt in Tae Kwondo, I am really hoping to achieve my black belt before I graduate university. I also love singing, and have managed to achieve grade four. I would love to join a choir at Surrey to continue my passion, for music.

What I like about the University of Surrey

The events available are what I think contribute to making the University great. In particular, the University of Surrey's 50th Anniversary Celebrations. As a part of one of my modules, I chose to study this event, which furthered my realisation that Surrey is a wonderful university.

Why I’ve become a student caller

Ever since joining the university, Surrey has greeted me with a plethora of opportunities (from volunteering at events, to joining societies that I have a passion for). I am delighted by all aspects of the university, including the campus, the Student's Union, my course and its lecturers, and most of all, the welcoming and familial atmosphere, which is why I've decided to become a student caller.

Jain Kooran Kallookkaran

Tourism Management FASS Year 4

About me

I am originally from India and moved to England when I was seven. This means I know how to speak Malayalam fluently. I can also speak Hindi and German. I always try to maintain a positive attitude, whether that is towards work or towards studies. A quote that I try to integrate into my life is: "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game." Although these words relate to sports (I am not particuarly sporty!), I use this quote to motivate myself to take initiatives and not be afraid of failure or of seeking help.

My interests and hobbies

I enjoy Bollywood dancing and I am part of the Bollywood dance society. I am also part of a cultural association in my hometown where I teach younger children dance routines for performances. I also like to read in my spare time and one of my favourite authors is Khaled Hosseini, his title 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is an all-time favourite of mine. My love for music has also encouraged me to teach myself how to play the keyboard.

What I like about the University of Surrey

I believe that the University of Surrey fulfils all aspects of the university experience that students desire. Surrey University offers an excellent quality of education that is recognised in major governing bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Secondly, our university is extremely welcoming to all of its students regardless of their backgrounds. Finally, I believe Surrey values the importance of student experience ,by offering a wide array of student associations and societies, as well as an amazing campus environment.

Why I’ve become a student caller

I strongly believe that this an opportunity to improve myself as a person as well as giving back to the university, has made me feel so at home. I understand the importance of the research and scientific ventures that our university is undertaking and I wish to be part of the team that raises money for these projects. I think this will be an amazing role to increase my work experience and will equip me with employability skills.

 

Joseph Linkens

Music FASS Year 2

About me

I am a guitarist who plays both electric and classical guitar, and have played in various bands and ensembles. I've played the guitar since I was 8 and my largest show ever was when I played live on BBC 3.

My interests and hobbies

I like practising the guitar and love listening to music. My favourite artists/bands are Dire Straits, David Bowie and Steely Dan. I also enjoy watching movies - I lreally enjoy the Star Wars trilogy and am a big fan of Quentin Tarantino

What I like about the University of Surrey

I like the campus, I think it's in a very beautiful location and it's wonderful to walk around, I am also very fond of the facilities. The music department has so much to offer in terms of equipment and technology, which is fantastic.

Why I’ve become a student caller

I want to give other less fortunate students the opportunity to study here so they can have the same of a similar experience that I've had at the University, that will hopefully set them up for success in later life.

Eve Willis

Liberal Arts and Sciences  FASS Year 1

About me

I am interested in politics and also human rights activism. I am currently involved with two charities, Age Uk who I volunteer with within Guildford and STAR, (Student action for refugees). Last semester I was involved in teaching Syrian refugees English at the University.

My interests and hobbies

I am on Surrey's Taekwondo team and I hope to grade to black belt this summer. Apart from sport and fitness I enjoy reading, going to music concerts and travelling. This upcoming summer I am backpacking through South America with an aim to improve my Spanish.

What I like about the University of Surrey

The one thing that is indisputable at Surrey University is the friendly atmosphere and feeling of community. Alongside this I love being part of such an exciting, dynamic and internationally pioneering institution, a fact that is reflected in the teaching at Surrey.

Why I’ve become a student caller

I decided I wanted to become a student caller as I have always been interested in charitable organisations and fundraising. Additionally, I think that this job will be great experience for any future employment opportunities.