Celebrating our alumni volunteers

Alumni volunteer

764 alumni have volunteered 9,740 hours over the past year. They have supported 46 departments from Animal & Plant Sciences to Urban Studies & Planning.

To coincide with National Volunteering Week (1–12 June) colleagues are saying thank you to alumni who give their time to support our students. We take a look at how alumni volunteers are making an impact in departments and how you can take part in the celebrations.

Here's how you can take part in the celebrations:

Join the celebrations on Twitter

  • Post or retweet a case study or thank you – simply use #VolunteersWeek #SheffAlumniVols with your post
  • Follow the celebration with this alumni volunteering storify

Nominate a graduate for an alumni volunteer award

  • Nominate a graduate for an alumni volunteer award. Winners will be announced on 6 October.
  • The award categories are Pioneering Alumni Award, Alumni Leadership Award, Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Project of the Year Award, Sheffield Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award

Invite alumni to October celebrations

  • Alumni thank you event hosted Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West on Thursday 6 October 2016. 
  • Volunteer conference also on 6 October and leading into the evening thank you and awards. This one-day conference ia aimed at alumni who would like to develop their knowledge and skills as volunteers.

Alumni Volunteering Manager Emma Packham said: “The annual thank you event is a fantastic opportunity for the University to bring alumni, students and staff together and thank those who have given their time to support us. The awards showcase those that have made an outstanding contribution, and are inspirational to all the alumni, staff and students that attend. It’s a lovely event full of good feeling and pride in the University and our alumni community.”

Colleagues tell us how alumni are making an impact in their departments:

“The chance to talk directly to alumni who have studied the same course and are now out there in the world of work, putting their University experiences into practice, is invaluable for our students. In a recent thank you message to alumni following a networking event, one of our students wrote ‘thank you so much for making me see that I am employable’ – which really sums up how important alumni engagement can be.”

Nicola Black, Undergraduate Learning and Teaching Support Officer, Department of Politics

“We're always keen to engage with our alumni volunteers, as they can offer valuable advice to our students, generated from their vast range of skills, knowledge and experience. Alumni have supported our department in a variety of ways; from attending speed networking events, to representing their employer on our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB).

"This activity enables the department to achieve key aims and objectives, as alumni volunteers actively support students during face-to-face events, but also support staff in making key decisions, for example during our curriculum review."

Stacey Mottershaw, Employability, Placements and Alumni Officer, Department of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering

“Alumni engagement is so important to our department. The experiences of our alumni volunteers, whether they've gone into industry, academia or changed routes entirely, are invaluable to our current and prospective students.

"Through alumni presence at our speed networking events and our careers and industry day we've been able to give our students the beginnings of a professional network that can both inspire them as role models and help them to develop as engineers and professionals.

"The confidence that alumni interaction gives to our students is really striking. Alumni have also volunteered their time at our open days helping inspire the next generation of chemical engineers. They have also supported our professional accreditation process helping us make sure we're offering relevant and useful degrees. This kind of knowledge and experience is something money can't buy, and we're vastly grateful to our alumni volunteers for providing it.”

Louise Hall, Careers Liaison, Alumni and Undergraduate Recruitment Officer, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering