University celebrates the contribution of Alumni Volunteers with second recognition event

On Thursday 4 June, the University welcomed over 100 alumni volunteers to a recognition event attended by staff and students that have benefitted from their work.

Following the success of the pilot event last year, the evening was hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Ryan during National Volunteering Week and celebrated the dedication of alumni and friends of the University who have committed their time to helping students and staff.

Alumni that have volunteered across more than 200 projects came together in recognition of their involvement; whether it has been mentoring students online, attending speed networking events, giving careers talks or offering up their business for student visits.

Greg Stiles addressing Alumni Volunteers eMentoring award winners Clare Roper and Jessica Keen Maggie Norkowska addressing Alumni Volunteers

The event was hosted in the Inox Dine Discovery Rooms in the Students’ Union where guests enjoyed a drinks reception and BBQ against the sunny backdrop of the Sheffield skyline. After an introduction from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, students Maggie Norkowska and Greg Stiles gave passionate presentations about how alumni volunteers had helped them over the year. Maggie spoke about the benefits of the personal career advice she had received from her alumni mentor on the Careers Service eMentoring programme; whilst Greg highlighted the importance of alumni as role models and a key source of inspiration for students.

In thanking the alumni, Politics student Greg Stiles said that for him and other students that don’t have access to connections or networks; they often aren’t aware of the extent of their potential. By meeting alumni at events such as City Connections and Rediscover Your Potential,Greg said they were truly inspired and realised:

“We can be the same as you, we can achieve what you have achievedand we can go in the direction that you have gone.”

After the student speeches, the winners of the Careers Service eMentoring programme’s Mentor and Mentee of the Year Award were announced in appreciation of their outstanding contribution to the programme. Following the speeches all attendees had the chance to network over dinner and drinks, allowing students and staff the opportunity to thank alumni in person.

Members of the Sheffield Alumni Volunteers enjoying the Thank You event Members of the Sheffield Alumni Volunteers enjoying the Thank You event Members of the Sheffield Alumni Volunteers enjoying the Thank You event

The attendees also heard from Alumni Board Chairperson, Richard Mayson, about the importance of volunteering for the alumni community before thepresentation of this year’s Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Awards. The awards recognised those volunteers that have shown outstanding commitment and enthusiasm as well as exceeding what is expected of a volunteer. Click on the awards below to find out more about the fantastic work of all the winners and nominees.

Pioneering Alumni Award – David Naylor-James

Alumni Leadership Award – Trevor Richards

Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Project of the Year Award – eMentoring Programme (Winner), City Connections (Highly Commended)

Sheffield Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award – Roy Jeans (Winner), Alaster Yoxall (Highly Commended)

Thank you to everyone who attended the event, including those watching online via the live stream, and to all those that have volunteered over the last year but couldn’t make it to Sheffield on this occasion.

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Current opportunities:

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Why volunteer?

You can read more about why other alumni have volunteered, and the benefits that volunteering gives to students here.