Alumni volunteering stories

Take a look at the links below to read about previous volunteering events and other volunteering stories.

Social Sciences City Connections - London 2019

13 March 2019

On Wednesday 13 March we took 34 Social Sciences students from widening participation backgrounds to visit alumni businesses in London. Students visited Exposure Marketing, The Bank of England, and DLA Piper. The day culminated in an evening networking event with over 30 of our alumni in attendance to network with and inspire our students. Read more here.

Northern City Connections 2018

21 November 2018

On Wednesday 21st November 2018 we ran our debut Northern City Connections event, taking 30 current Arts & Humanities students from widening participation backgrounds to visit local alumni businesses and network with alumni working across the region. Read more here

Sheffield Connections events throughout the 2017-18 academic year 

Throughout 2017-18

Sheffield Connections aims to provide current students, especially those from widening participation backgrounds, the opportunity to meet with successful Sheffield alumni, to be able to ask questions about their time at Sheffield, how their degree has helped them in their career and for students to talk about their own options and aspirations. During the 2017-18 academic year we held nine Sheffield Connections events. Read more here

Geography Speed Networking

11 May 2018

On 11th May, nine successful alumni came back to campus to support a speed networking event for students in the Department of Geography. The alumni, from a range of professions, spent 10-15 minutes with rotating small groups of students answering questions about their career and sharing their experience and advice; providing students with an excellent opportunity to gain confidence in networking and get an insight into where their degree could take them. Watch the video here

Building City Connections thanks to Sheffield Alumni

2 May 2018

The Alumni Relations team, in collaboration with staff from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, took 30 current Arts & Humanities students from widening participation backgrounds to London, to visit alumni businesses and network with alumni. The event aims to raise the confidence and aspirations of students, develop their commercial awareness, and introduce them to a network that they may not otherwise have access to. Read more here

An evening of celebration and thanks for our alumni supporters and friends

14 March 2018

In March 2018, we welcomed over 100 alumni and friends to our annual Thank You Evening in Firth Hall. The event brought together alumni volunteers and donors to thank them for the support and generosity that they have shown to the University over the past academic year. Read more here

Global Engineering Challenge

24 January 2018

30 recent Engineering alumni returned to campus to support 1,400 first year students develop their design, problem solving and project management skills. Click here to read more and to watch the Global Engineering Challenge video.

Best-selling author shares wisdom with Sheffield students

13 October 2017

We were delighted to welcome worldwide best-selling author and Sheffield alumnus Lee Child back to the University to meet current Sheffield students and to share experiences from his career. Read more here

Over 170 alumni support Achieve More

13 February 2017

Over 170 alumni returned to campus to support current first year students with their inter-disciplinary projects tackling local and global issues.  Read more here

City Connections shortlisted for THE Award

1 December 2016

We are absolutely delighted that the City Connections programme was shortlisted for the "Outstanding Support for Students" Award at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016. Read more here

Developing our volunteers - Alumni Volunteering Conference

6 October 2016

This year we hosted the first Alumni Volunteer Conference - an opportunity for alumni volunteers to develop their skills and knowledge. Read more here

Alumni Volunteer Thank You Event and Awards 2016

6 October 2016

Each year we host an event and awards to celebrate and acknowledge all our alumni who give up their time to help current Sheffield students. Read more here

Politics Speed Networking

12 August 2016

In April 2016, the Politics department held their second speed networking event, bringing together alumni and students to talk about careers and share advice. Read more here

The University launches Charter Day

26 July 2016

Between 21-31 May 2016, Sheffield alumni and friends around the world came together in the University’s first ever worldwide Charter Day celebrations. The series of events organised by alumni volunteers around the world marked 111 years since the University was founded by Royal Charter in 1905. Find out how alumni celebrated Charter Day around the world here

City Connections

27 June 2016

Watch our brand new video about City Connections, a unique employability opportunity for widening participation students at the University of Sheffield, here

Volunteers' Week

26 June 2016

We really enjoyed finding out about why our alumni community have given their time to support the University. Read our storify here.

Celebrating our alumni volunteers

3 June 2016

It's volunteers' week and we want to take the opportunity to recognise the hundreds of University of Sheffield graduates who give their time each year to support our students and staff. Read more here.

Sheffield Connections

5 May 2016

On 5 May, students had the opportunity to meet Mike Anderson, BA History 1985, Managing Director and Wealth Manager at Coutts Co. as part of our Sheffield Connections programme. Read more here.

Sheffield Connections

27 April 2016

Peter Chambers, BA Geography 1979, Senior Advisor, Europe at Casey Quirk & Associates LLC. returned to the University of 27 April to speak to current students as part of our Sheffield Connections programme.  Read more here.

Sheffield Connections

18 April 2016

Sheffield Connections provides a small group of students the chance to meet an inspirational and successful alumnus in an informal setting. On 18 April, students had the opportunity to meet Mo Sacoor, MBChB Medicine 1963, Chairman at Sacoor Medical Group. Read more here.

Geography Speed Networking

12 April 2016

On 12 April, sixteen Geography alumni returned to campus to speak to current students about their time at Sheffield and career since graduating. Read more about the first Geography Speed Networking event here.

Social Sciences City Connections

2 March 2016

In March 2016 we held our second City Connections event for widening participation students from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Alumni provided business visits and attended an evening networking event with the students to build skills and confidence. Read the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Wyn Morgan's blog, and Twitter Storify

Achieve More: Global Engineering Challenge

24 March 2016

Now in it's fifth year, this year's Global Engineering Challenge was the biggest yet. On 27 January 2016, 38 recent Engineering alumni returned to campus to support 1,300 first year students develop their projects and skills. Watch the Global Engineering Challenge Video Montage

Sheffield Connections

22 January 2016

Sheffield Connections provides a small group of students the chance to meet an inspirational and successful alumnus in an informal setting. On 22 January, students had the opportunity to meet Rick Turner, BSc Psychology 1979, Senior Scientific Director of Clinical Communications at Quintiles. Read more here

Sheffield Connections

4 December 2015

Charles Mynors, MA Town and Regional Planning 1977, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building, returned to campus on 4 December to speak to current students about his time at Sheffield and career. Read more here

Achieve More: ThinkCreate

3 December 2015

Supporting the curriculum: In 2015, the Faculty of Arts & Humanities held the first ever ThinkCreate, a week-long project for 800 first year students. We found out why alumni volunteers were the undoubted highlight of the week. Read more here

Volunteering 2014/15

3 December 2015

Want to see how alumni volunteers made a difference in 2014/15? Check out some of our big statistics from the year.

City Connections

3 December 2015

A lasting impact: City Connections links students to alumni in a unique networking opportunity, allowing them to dream big about their careers. Two attendees describe how Sheffield alumni inspired them.


3 December 2015

Mentoring for success: 30% of our 2014/15 volunteers took part in the eMentoring scheme. We heard from two outstanding participants about the effect of individual support.

ACSE Speed Networking

3 December 2015

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering held their first speed networking event on 3 December, with nine alumni providing careers advice to over 25 students. Read more here

Sheffield Connections

23 October 2015

Our first Sheffield Connections event took place on 23 October 2016, providing a small group of students the chance to meet meet Joe Twyman, BA Politics 1998, Head of Political and Social Research at YouGov. Read more here

Achieve More:ThinkCreate

17 September 2015

ThinkCreate in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities provides our largest campus based volunteer opportunity for alumni. Find out more about ThinkCreate


4 August 2015

In 2014/15 276 alumni mentors were matched to current students on the Careers Service eMentoring Programme. Read more about the 2014/15 successes

v i s t a

4 August 2015

During 2014/15 36 alumni have shared their advice with 506 researchers about post-PhD careers and professions beyond academia. Read more here

Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Awards

4 June 2015

New for 2015, the Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Awards were announced at the Volunteer Thank You Event. Read about our award winners

Volunteer Thank You event

4 June 2015

On 4 June, nearly 100 alumni volunteers joined us on campus for our second annual Volunteer Thank You Event. This year we introduced the Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Awards. Read more and watch our video

Forge Media Speed Networking

13 March 2015

On 13 March 2015, 38 members of The University of Sheffield's media society, Forge Media, attended a speed networking event to hear from alumni working in the media industry. Read more here

Politics Speed Networking

12 March 2015

On 12 March 2015, 26 Department of Politics students benefited from the careers advice from nine alumni. Read more here

Social Sciences City Connections

4 March 2015

On 4 March 2015 we held our first City Connections event which aims to build the confidence, skills and aspirations of current widening participation students at The University of Sheffield. 40 students visited alumni businesses in London, participating in workshops, tours and presentations. Students also attended an evening networking event at KPMG with 40 Social Sciences alumni. Read more here

Nursing & Midwifery Careers event

26 February 2015

On 26 February 2015, The School of Nursing & Midwifery held a careers event to support current students with their decision making. Read more here

Postgraduate Open Day

25 February 2015

Alumni can provide fantastic advice to prospective students through sharing their experiences. On 25 February 2015, three alumni shared their experiences at the Postgraduate Open Day. Read more here

Materials Engineering Speed Networking

 24 February 2015

On 24 February 2015, The Department of Materials Science & Engineering held their first Speed Networking event, inviting nine alumni volunteers to speak to over 35 current students about their careers and advice. Read more here

Psychology Careers event

20 February 2015

On 25 February 2015, five Psychology alumni gave presentations to currents students about their career, followed by informal networking. Read more here

Achieve More: ThinkCreate

4 February 2015

25 alumni joined nearly 900 first year Arts & Humanities students on 4 February at Ponds Forge to support them with their project and skills development. Read more here

Achieve More: Global Engineering Challenge

28 January 2015

30 recent Engineering alumni returned to campus to support the fourth Global Engineering Challenge. Alumni supported 1,100 first year students through informal discussion and feeding back on student presentations. Read more here

Discover STEM

11 December 2014

Six alumni from science, engineering and mathematics subjects spoke to sixth-form students participating in the Discover STEM programme. Read more here

Chemical and Biological Engineering Speed Networking

9 December 2014

On 9 December 2014, the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering held their second Speed Networking event. Ten alumni returned to campus to speak to over 30 current students about their career and share their advice. Read more here

Rediscover You Potential

4 December 2014

Attending University as an adult can be a daunting prospect. On 4 December 2014, 11 alumni shared their experience with prospective mature students and answered questions they had about studying at University as an adult. Read more here

Mechanical Engineering Speed Networking

23 October 2014

Ten alumni joined current Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering students on 23 October for a Speed Networking event. Students could ask alumni questions about their career and develop their networking skills. Read more here

Civil & Structural Engineering Speed Networking

16 October 2014

On 16 October 2014, 12 alumni joined 55 current students from the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering to share their advice and experience. Read more here

Economics Speed Networking

14 October 2014

The Department of Economics held their first Speed Networking event with current students and alumni on 14 October 2014. Read more here

Volunteer Thank You event

5 June 2014

The University held it's first Volunteer Thank You Event on campus to recognise and celebrate all the alumni that give their time to help current and prospective students at the University. Alumni enjoyed a drinks reception, buffet, and heard from student beneficiaries and alumni volunteers. Read more here

Chemical and Biological Engineering Speed Networking

27 March 2014

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering held it's first Speed Networking event on 27 March 2014, to support students with their career decision making. Nine alumni returned to campus to give their time to support current students. Read more here

Sociological Studies Careers event

26 March 2014

The Department of Sociological Studies invited five alumni to share their experience of graduating and finding a job with current students. Read more here.