University holds first recognition event for alumni volunteers

On Thursday 5 June 2014, over 50 alumni, staff and students came together to celebrate and recognise alumni volunteering at the University’s first ever thank you event.

Student Marianne thanks alumni for their support

The event, hosted by the Registrar and Secretary Dr Philip K Harvey during National Volunteering Week, recognised alumni and friends of the University who have given their time, energy and enthusiasm to help students and staff.

Amongst the attendees were alumni who have mentored students, given career talks, provided feedback on group projects, offered venues for University events and student site visits, and advisory board members.

The drinks and canapés reception was held in the Inox Dine Discovery Room in the Students’ Union, which provides fantastic views over Sheffield. Following the welcome from the Registrar, an engaging talk was given from alumnus and former Students’ Union Education Officer, Mark Ansell (BA Social Policy & Sociology 2006), Broadcast Journalist at BBC Radio Sheffield. Mark has given career talks and provided advice to students at a number of departmental and careers events at the University.

The audience also heard from Marianne Thurgood, 2nd Year BA English Language & Linguistics student, who has recently been mentored by an alumna in the publishing industry. Marianne said:

“My mentor has supported me with developing my CV, job applications and interview skills, and has even provided me with some freelance work. Above all though, having contact with an alumnus has reassured me; the prospect of competing in the graduate job market is a daunting one, but knowing that my mentor was in the same position just a few years ago makes me feel confident that I can get to where I want to be.”

Kirsty Bonner, who recently took part in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Speed Networking event to develop student’s networking and communication skills, and discuss different career options with them, reflected on her volunteering experience:

“I spoke to groups of students in a speed networking event about my experiences getting a job after University. I struggled to get a job straight away after graduating and learnt a great deal as to where certain jobs may be. When I heard about the event I wanted to be able to give some advice and maybe help some of the students find ways of getting job opportunities that they may not have thought of before. I really enjoyed myself and think I was able to give some good advice.”

Thank you to everyone who attended the event, 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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Why volunteer?

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

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