We are always delighted to welcome new alumni to the volunteering community, and there are many ways in which you can help:-
The University of Surrey is holding its second 'International Student Employability Week' soon, and we are seeking graduate volunteers for a networking training evening. The event is taking place in Treetops at Wates House, Stag Hill Campus, Guildford from 6:30-8:30pm on Weds 20th March 2019.
Enjoy a networking masterclass given by an expert business coach then we will introduce the student attendees to Surrey graduate volunteers for an hour of networking practice. This gives you the chance to meet some of our current students and provides them with a safe training environment to learn how to ‘work the room’.
As the event focuses on international students, we would particularly like to hear from any volunteers who came to Surrey to study from overseas but now work in the UK, graduates who have experience of working in multiple countries, or those who work in multinationals that hire around the world.
If you could spare two hours to help the next generation of graduates please email firstname.lastname@example.org for full details. Reasonable travel expenses can be covered and light catering are provided.
Do you have 10 minutes to spare?
We are currently seeking graduates to write short profiles about themselves and their careers to inspire and inform current and prospective students of opportunities available to them after graduation.
Hearing about the career experiences of our alumni can be incredibly inspiring for students looking to gain insight and advice about working within a range of industries.
If you would like to share your story with us, please answer the short questionnaires below
Write for our blog
We are looking for volunteers to write articles for our blog! Articles tend to focus on the topics of:
- The benefits of your placement year at the University of Surrey
- Your degree and career journey after graduation
- Tips on how to get into your industry
- The different career paths available to you after graduating from your course
- Your Surrey experience from a graduate’s perspective
To write a blog post we will ask you to email us your content in .doc Word format which we can then upload to the website.
Check out Maria’s blog post to get an idea of what you can write for us.
We are active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @Surreyalumni! Help inspire prospective students and share your graduate stories with our Forever Surrey community on social media!
Are you meeting up with University friends? Starting a new job? Or visiting Guildford and the campus for the weekend? Let us know by using the #foreversurrey in your social media updates!
Take part in current psychology research projects
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 our research include:
- Brain and behaviour
- Cognitive psychology
- Environmental psychology
- Food, consumer behaviour and health care
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 organise reunions.
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 from the alumni team please read our Alumni reunion guides or get in touch at email@example.com
Are you already organising a Surrey reunion? Remember to use the #ForeverSurrey on social media so that we can thank you afterwards!
Host an event
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 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.
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
- MBA mentoring
- Mentor to enterprising students
- Mentor to PhD students
We always welcome support from alumni and industry professionals at the Careers Service’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
To give you a flavour of what type of events the Careers and Employability department organise, please visit its events calendar!
Are you looking to recruit recent graduates for your company? We also offer a free vacancy advertising service via our Careers Service.
Our alumni presence across the world is flourishing and we have developed new opportunities for internationally-based alumni to connect with one another and prospective students based overseas.
International alumni ambassadors support the international student recruitment team at 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 and Beijing
- Hong Kong
- Thailand – Bangkok
- Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
- India – Delhi and Mumbai
- United Arab Emirates – Dubai and Abu Dhabi
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 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 look-out for enthusiastic and committed graduates of the past five years in all disciplines.
We are currently recruiting graduates – particularly alumni of 2015-2019 - as ambassadors for the University of Surrey Open Days 2019:
- Friday 5 July 2019
- Saturday 6 July 2019
- Saturday 14 September 2019
- Sunday 13 October 2019.
Across campus our academic departments are regularly looking for guest speakers to come in and deliver talks relevant to their academic field.
If you would be interested in sharing your area of expertise with our current students and staff, please let us know!
In 2017-18 volunteers gave guest talks for:
- Civil Engineering
- Electronic and Electrical Engineering
- International events
- Surrey Business School
- School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Mechanical Engineering
- Student Enterprise
- Student societies
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
Volunteers have played an important role within the Archives and Special Collections at the University of Surrey contributing significantly towards our collections and have been working on projects including.
- Helping to describe the archives in a catalogue
- Transcribing and indexing
- Cleaning and numbering of records
- Identification and categorisation of our photographic, audio-visual or costume collections
- Assisting with outreach or special events
We currently do not have any roles in the Archives, however if this area is of particular career relevance to you and you would like to be put in touch with our University Archivists, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year Grad Sport brings together Surrey alumni old and new at an annual event to celebrate sport at Surrey. Existing student sports clubs challenge alumni teams for the title of 'Grad Sport Champions'.
This annual challenge takes place on Saturday 18 May 2019 and we are looking for 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)
- Football (men's and women’s)
- Hockey (men's and women’s)
- Rugby (men's and women’s)
- Squash (men's and women’s)