Leeds alumni thanked for supporting their alma mater

Hundreds of Leeds alumni volunteers will be personally thanked for contributing their time to the University.

Jessica Taplin (Classical Civilization 1999) supporting an alumni event on campus

Leeds alumni thanked for supporting their alma mater May 2018

National Volunteer’s Week (1-7 June) will see the alumni team highlighting the tremendous work of graduates who have given their time to support the employability of Leeds students.

Acting as advocates for the University, they also encourage potential students to choose Leeds.

Leeds students have the chance to develop insight, knowledge and experience of careers through a number of alumni-led opportunities. These can be here on campus, online or in an alum’s place of work. 

Alumni give their time to inspire, develop and grow our students through giving talks, running workshops, mentoring or even providing work experience.

Our alumni are also crucial in developing our markets. From raising the aspirations of potential students in the UK, to sharing their Leeds story with prospective overseas candidates, they help us make sure more people know just how good the University is.

Roohi Lupton, Supporter Volunteering Officer at the University, said: “Our alumni volunteers give their time and expertise without expecting anything in return. 

“Their insight and knowledge is a big part of the overall education we provide our students. I would like our alumni to know how valuable they are to us; that we appreciate all they give back to support today’s students.

“Our global alumni network helps us to reach international markets. International students and families, who are making big decisions about their futures, have the opportunity to talk to a local alum and find out more about life in Leeds. Our global communities are fundamental to our growth and they enjoy being part of the Leeds alumni community.”

During the Thank You Campaign, alumni volunteers will receive a gift of one of eight virtual ‘badges’ (see below).

National Volunteering Week alumni badges

They will be asked to post their badge on social media using the #Leedsalumni tag, which we can then respond to.

Staff’s help with retweeting, sharing and liking these posts will help show appreciation from the whole university. 

“I would like alumni to feel special,” added Roohi, “to know they enrich student lives through volunteering.”

In this video, alumni tell us why they give their time to Leeds.

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