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Volunteers make a difference

dsc_0153.jpgAs a Warwick alumnus volunteer, you can make a real difference. You can get involved with the University and its students in many positive and interesting ways. You can share your knowledge, expertise and experiences in ways that benefit both the University and the current generation of students. The challenge for you is to work out where you can have most impact.

Whether by giving careers talks, providing work experience opportunities, acting as a career mentor or helping your old department, you can be an active member of the alumni community. Allan French (BSc Mathematics and Economics 1981 – 84), a Warwick volunteer and member of the WGA Executive, explains what volunteering has meant to him:

Volunteering my time to the university has been incredibly rewarding over the last five years, be it supporting events or the executive committee of the graduates' association. I wanted to get involved to make a difference to the life of students and graduates. For example, chairing the opportunity fund that distributes grants to student groups and societies or championing the work of the careers service for graduates.

People talk about the 'Warwick gene' which for me is a group of like minded people doing the best by society and having some fun along the way. Volunteering affords the opportunity to continue lifelong involvement with the university, its diversity and people.

By becoming an alumni volunteer you can make a positive contribution to society and 'have some fun along the way'. It's also a great opportunity for you to network, renew old friendships and to play a major role in Warwick's journey towards becoming one of the world's top universities by 2015. Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

  • Make contact with your local alumni group - become an alumni ambassador or find out what's going on in your area. Organise or host a regional gathering.
  • Join a professional networking group. If there's one you're interested in, join and share your experiences. If there isn't one in your field yet, come to us and we'll help set it up.
  • Become a career mentor for a current student or a recent graduate. Find out about opportunities for speaking to current students interested in following in your footsteps. Go back to your old department and share your experiences.
  • Support scholarship programmes through financial donation or by volunteering your knowledge or your company for work experience.

There is no shortage of ways for you to get involved. Each year, hundreds of alumni and friends of the University do exactly that. They lend their talents and experience to programmes on campus and around the world with the aim of improving the lot of today's students. By giving your time as an alumni volunteer, you will be making a huge contribution to the life of a current student.