Volunteering opportunities

Whether you're a recent graduate or you've reached the pinnacle of your career, there are lots of opportunities for you to guide and inspire Sheffield students, both face-to-face and online.

Alumni volunteer, Tobias Oliver in the Students' Union auditorium

Our opportunities focus on supporting students from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds, ensuring your time and support goes to those who need it most.

Upcoming events

Global Engineering Challenge

Tuesday 26 January - Friday 29 January 2021 

We're looking for recent graduates and industry contacts, who are Engineers, Computer Scientists (or Scientists working in Engineering), to advise students during a series of engineering project days.

Find out more about the Global Engineering Challenge​

Engineering You're Hired

Tuesday 2 February 2021 - Wednesday 3 February 2021

We are looking for alumni and industry contacts familiar with engineering project design and implementation to support second year students with their skills development.

Find out more about Engineering You're Hired

Coach Cafe

Thursday 25 February 2021, 12:00 - 14:15

We are looking for alumni who graduated before 2015 to take part in our new virtual alumni mentoring programme. You will support recent graduates through online groups sessions and informal networking and provide advice for the early stages of their career.

Find our more about Coach Cafe

Student recruitment open day videos

Online submission before March

What was your Sheffield open day, the first time you saw the University, like? 

Due to coronavirus we are not able to give new applicants the experience you had. So instead we are moving our open days online. You can help make this online experience as engaging as possible by sharing your story.

We are looking for people who graduated after 2015 so tell prospective students what it’s like now.

We'd like you to record a 5 minute video about your Sheffield experience and career after graduation to include on our open day web pages.

View the link below to check what to record and how to submit.

Share your Sheffield experience with open day students

Year-round activities

Virtual volunteering

Given the current situation, we are looking to move some of the fantastic activities alumni have previously supported on campus and face to face into the virtual space. If you have ideas of how you could support our students virtually, do get in touch - we love hearing from you!

Email the Alumni Volunteering team: alumnivolunteering@sheffield.ac.uk

Tell your story

Inspire students by sharing your story through an alumni case study. It could be about your time at university, your career journey or things you've learned along the way. Alumni profiles are a fantastic way for prospective and current students to visualise where their time at Sheffield may lead them.

Submit a profile

Offer guidance and advice

Mentoring is a great way to share your experience and develop your own skills. You can offer an insight into your job, the skills required, the challenges you face and your advice for students wanting to pursue a similar role to yours. Communication is by email and/or Skype and is typically one exchange per week with your mentee for 8-10 weeks.

Become an eMentor

Provide a job opportunity

Whether it's part-time work, internships, placements, full-time roles or graduate-level schemes, we are always happy to share employment opportunities with our students and graduates. 

Advertise a vacancy

Take on a fundraising challenge

Fundraising is another fantastic way of giving back to your University. From scholarships to medical research, if there's a cause that's important to you, why not start your fundraising journey today?

Fundraise for us

Other opportunities

Can you help students who don’t have contacts in their chosen careers? Whether it's giving a talk, leading a small group workshop or attending a larger networking reception with other alumni, there are lots of opportunities for you to share your knowledge and experience with students.

As well as giving them a valualable insight into your career, these events are a great way for you to build your own alumni networks. Once you have registered your interest, we will do our best to match you to the right opportunity to engage with our students.

Register your interest

Got something else to offer?

If there's another way in which you would like to support the University and our students through volunteering your time, we'd be delighted to here from you.

Contact us

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