Current volunteering opportunities

Each year, the University of Surrey receives the voluntary support of alumni, friends, local businesses and entrepreneurs. These gifts of time and expertise benefit the University in many important ways, and the impact of our volunteers cannot be underestimated.

Become a volunteer


We are always delighted to welcome new alumni to the volunteering community, and there are many ways in which you can help. Take a look at some of the options below and sign up to become a volunteer.

Ways to support our current students and graduates

There are many ways you or your company can support our students and graduates.

Becoming a mentor is a brilliant way to inspire our students by offering them advice and guidance into their career area of interest.

Our current mentoring programmes will pair you with one of our current students and you can help them develop their professional skills by providing them with greater insight into the job roles available to them after graduation.

Specific programmes currently available include:

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management Mentor (next start date January 2022)
  • MBA mentoring
  • Student Enterprise Mentors - supporting aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups
  • Mentor to PhD students

To express your interest in getting involved please email us at

As a Surrey graduate, would you like to give something back?  The Employability and Careers team is looking to recruit volunteer mentors for our Career Mentoring Scheme 2020-21. 

The purpose of the scheme is to support students in the career planning process and provide an insight to the world of work. This scheme is open to BAME (black, asian and minority ethnic) students, care leavers and estranged students who may need additional support in entering the graduate job market. This will be the third year we have run the scheme; previous mentors have commented on how much they enjoyed contributing to someone else’s journey and having the opportunity to get to know a Surrey student.

Taking part in the scheme this year is likely to involve an online training session and a virtual matching process. The scheme runs for the academic year and we expect most mentoring pairs will conduct virtual meetings in the first semester (October 2020 to January 2021). Participants may be asked to complete a mid-term survey, and will be invited to a celebratory event on campus in May 2021 (circumstances permitting). 

Ideally, mentors will be able to offer opportunities to visit their place of work in the second semester (February to May 2021). Mentors should provide a minimum of 12 hours of contact time and six meetings across the year. Support from your employer will help facilitate the mentoring relationship. 

If you would be interested in mentoring a student through this scheme, please contact for further information. 

We really value the insight and support mentors can give to our students.  You can make a real difference, so thank you for considering this opportunity!

Surrey placement students are considered among the best and most sought-after in the UK, offering many great skills to employers.

The University is committed to Professional Training placements and the experience our graduates gain from their placements undoubtedly contributes to Surrey being consistently well-ranked in graduate employment league tables. Placements give students a taste of life in a work environment and the opportunity to put into practice the theory they have learnt on their undergraduate course.

International employers

An international work placement obviously also offers huge value in terms of cultural exchange and experiences. Please email if your company would be interested in entering into a mutually beneficial partnership and employing a Surrey student for their placement year.

We always welcome support from alumni and industry professionals at the Careers and Employability team's comprehensive programme of workshops, events and practical advice sessions. These events help students and recent graduates with their employment search and career development.

Your experience of the world of work is invaluable to those who aspire to enter your industry. Could you share your knowledge by:

  • Taking part in an Employers' Panel and providing first-hand insight into current business demands
  • Becoming a guest speaker and inspiring and encouraging students to enter into their chosen profession
  • Representing your company at a careers fair
  • Offering a current student work experience or a Professional Training placement year.

To find out about the Employability and Careers team and the ways you or your company could get involved please visit the employer engagement page.

Across campus our academic departments are regularly looking for guest speakers to deliver talks on campus or online via video conferencing.  

If you would be interested in sharing your area of expertise - academic or professional - with our current students and staff, please get in touch at with some information about your specialism - we'd love to hear from you!

In 2019-20 alumni volunteers gave guest talks for: 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • International events
  • Law
  • Surrey Business School
  • School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Guildford School of Acting
  • Department of Music and Media
  • Student Enterprise
  • Student clubs and societies
  • and more...

Student Enterprise offers practical business support to entrepreneurial students from all disciplines who aspire to run their own businesses or social enterprises. 

We support students with training, mentorship, start-up office space and seed funding to help them get their business up and running. 

What can I do?

  • Become a mentor to a young entrepreneur
  • Become a guest speaker and give a talk about your career and your company development
  • Run a skills workshop
  • Be a judge at a pitching competition
  • Attend a student and business networking event

How can I help?

  • Help raise awareness of the breadth of opportunities available
  • Develop the students’ business awareness and employability skills
  • Inspire young people to pursue the right career path for them
  • Empower students who aspire to run their own businesses
  • Guide and mentor prestart-ups and start-up businesses

Find out more on the Student Enterprise website

We are looking for politics alumni to share career insights with current politics students. This helps students to plan for their futures and understand the opportunities and challenges they may come across.

If you would like to take part please contact

Our next informal speed-networking evening for the University of Surrey’s Student Law Society, and its members, to meet alumni and industry guests, will take place in 2021. 

The event will be held at Lakeside Restaurant on the University of Surrey Stag Hill campus, 6:30pm arrival for a 7pm to 9pm event.

We are looking to recruit 20 University of Surrey law graduates who have a passion for their careers and are happy to share informative insights with current students about their career path to date and experiences of the world of work.  

If you would like more information, or to volunteer to host a table at the event, please contact

Share your top career tips with current postgraduate Sociology students.

To find out more or to volunteer to help please email us at

Are you looking to recruit recent graduates for your company? We also offer a free vacancy advertising service

Ways to support prospective students

It is a big decision to travel to the UK to study, so international students and their parents really value speaking to those who have already experienced it.

We are very grateful for alumni who can spare a few hours to join the International Student Recruitment team at events outside of the UK and inspire more students to study at the University. 

How it works

International alumni ambassadors attend face-to-face and online education fairs in their country of residence, sharing personal knowledge and experiences of Surrey and studying in the UK. 

They also act as a key contact for prospective students from their respective countries who have specific questions alumni can help with.

We are looking for international alumni ambassadors who studied at the Surrey campus within the past 10 years. Some of the places we need volunteers include: 

  • China – Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen
  • Hong Kong
  • Thailand – Bangkok
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
  • India – Delhi and Mumbai
  • Nigeria
  • United Arab Emirates – Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • USA - New York, California and more

If you would like to represent the University at a student recruitment event and share your own Surrey experiences, please get in touch at

Our alumni ambassadors are invaluable at open days and applicant events, sharing their experiences with prospective students and parents. Visitors genuinely value talking with graduates who have first-hand, recent insight of areas such as studying and living on campus, taking a Professional Training placement year and finding graduate employment.

As our ambassadors play a very positive part in a prospective student’s decision to choose our University, we are always on the lookout for enthusiastic and committed graduates of the past five years in all disciplines.

To find out more please email us at

Ways to support research at the University

Are you interested in learning more about the current research projects undertaken here at Surrey? Why not sign up to our Psychology Research Participation System.  

This system enables alumni and friends to stay involved with the University by partaking in research projects run by our current students and researchers. The projects vary from online surveys to psychology labs on campus. 

Areas being researched include:

  • Brain and behaviour
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Food, consumer behaviour and health care

Ways to get involved with your fellow alumni

We are always keen to encourage alumni to stay in touch and reconnect with old classmates and friends from Surrey and we are very grateful for all volunteers who help us to achieve this.

If you would like to organise an alumni reunion, we are here to support you with any planning, invitations or promotion you may need.

If you would like guidance, find out more about organising a reunion or get in touch at

Are you already organising a Surrey reunion? Remember to use the #ForeverSurrey on social media so that we can thank you afterwards!

Our comprehensive events programme can only continue to flourish with the generous support of individuals and companies who can offer to host or sponsor events on our behalf.

We are always looking for new venues at which to host our alumni events ranging from large lectures and networking receptions to intimate reunion dinners, both in the UK and overseas.

We truly value the generosity of alumni who can provide a complimentary venue, preferential rates or sponsorship for one of our official alumni reunions.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you can host an event, or if you can offer a venue you think may be suitable for our use. If you can assist us in this way, or would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities further, then please contact us on

Every Spring the annual 'Grad Sport' day brings together Surrey alumni old and new at an event to celebrate sport at Surrey. Existing student sports clubs challenge alumni teams for the title of 'Grad Sport Champions'. 

We are looking for 2021 volunteers to help us form the alumni sports teams to play against our current students.

Last year’s sports included:

  • American football
  • Badminton (men's, women's and mixed)
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football (men's and women’s)
  • Hockey (men's and women’s)
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountaineering
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women’s)
  • Snowsports
  • Squash (men's and women’s)
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate

If you would like to lead the alumni team in any of these sports next year, please get in touch at