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

Opportunities

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.

Join SurreyConnects, our new online platform which brings alumni and students together for networking and mentoring.

The platform is a place where students can reach out to alumni with one-off questions about your company or industry, or request short-term career mentoring over a ‘virtual coffee’.   

To offer online support and advice to current students, please visit SurreyConnects, register and create your alumni profile and use the settings to customise your interests – how much time you are able to spare and what you’d like to get involved with. 

All it takes is one click to make a connection.

‘Three Cups of Coffee’ is our short-term, informal, mentoring scheme hosted on our new platform SurreyConnects.

Over three online chats, you can become an alumni mentor and offer advice and networking opportunities to students who are starting out in their careers. This simple programme will create meaningful connections for mentors and mentees alike.

To become a 'Three Cups of Coffee' online mentor to our students, simply visit SurreyConnects, register for an account and create your profile.  Under 'Offer Mentoring' settings, select 'Online mentoring with a current student over three cups of coffee' and this will enable students to reach out to you and initiate a conversation about their career development and aspirations.

To find out more about 'Three Cups of Coffee' you can talk to the alumni volunteering team at alumni@surrey.ac.uk

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 early 2022. 

The event will be held via Zoom or on campus (subject to current government guidelines) and will enable our current students to hear about what it's like to work in different aspects of the legal profession.

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 talk with students at this event, please contact alumni@surrey.ac.uk.

We will be holding the next Politics speed networking event in the new academic year and would love to hear from politics alumni who would be happy to share career insights with current politics students - either at a face to face event or via Zoom. These events help students to plan for their futures and understand the opportunities and challenges they may come across.

If you would like to hear more about Politics volunteering opportunities and take part please contact alumni@surrey.ac.uk.

After some brilliant events in Spring 2021, we will be hosting more Accounting and Finance Alumni Panels in the new 2021-22 academic year.
If you graduated with a degree in one of these areas and would be happy to join a zoom event and discuss what it's like to work in these professions we would love to hear from you!

Please email alumni@surrey.ac.uk for more details.

We will be holding talks and panel discussions for current Computer Science students in the 2021-2 academic year to help them plan their next career steps.

Could you spare an hour or two to speak at an event this Autumn/Winter? Please email us at alumni@surrey.ac.uk if you'd be willing to share insights from your career, role or company. Thanks in advance!

Would you be able to spare an hour to share where your Sociology degree has taken you and offer career tips with current Sociology students?  We run a careers panel event each Spring and would love to hear from alumni who'd like to share their story so far...

To find out more or to volunteer to help please email us at alumni@surrey.ac.uk

On 15 September 2021 we will be holding an online open day for prospective postgraduate students to hear all about the University.  During the day we'll be offering themed webinars, and we're currently seeking masters degree alumni who would be interested in talking to applicants about what it was like to study a master's degree at Surrey and where your early career has taken you.

If you graduated with a master's degree between 2015-2021 and would be interested in supporting the webinar please get in touch at alumni@surrey.ac.uk for more information!

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 in mentoring please email us at alumni@surrey.ac.uk

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 alumni@surrey.ac.uk 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.

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

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

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 alumni@surrey.ac.uk 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...

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 2021-22. The next programme will commence in October 2021.

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 2021 to January 2022). 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 2022). 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 alumni@surrey.ac.uk 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!

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 alumni@surrey.ac.uk

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 alumni@surrey.ac.uk.

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 alumni@surrey.ac.uk

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 alumni@surrey.ac.uk.

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 grateful to the brilliant alumni volunteers to each year 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 alumni@surrey.ac.uk