Ruth Lovell (English 2006) returned to the University as a volunteer to share her experiences with current students of how she broke into broadcast journalism.
As part of her day back at Exeter, Ruth visited the studios of Xpression FM where she was Station Manager during her time as a student.
She also gave a talk to students about a career in the media and gave a workshop on script writing for radio news.

Volunteering with impact

Alumna Ruth Lovell (English 2006), a BBC broadcast journalist, has returned to the University as a volunteer.

Ruth began her career working with BBC Radio Devon, where she put into practice the experience that she had acquired as a student Head of News and Station Manager for the University of Exeter's FM Radio station - Xpression FM.

Her career path has now taken her to work for BBC Somerset where she produces the breakfast show and continues to build on her experience of radio journalism.

Ruth has returned to the University as a volunteer on a number of occasions to provide an insider's view into the exciting and changeable world of radio broadcasting and share her first-hand tips for success.

"I really enjoyed it," says Ruth.

"It was lovely coming back to the campus and seeing all the buildings again and also being around the students.

"Things never really change. I felt as though I was back home. It reminded me of my own time as a student. At any time, I expected someone I knew to walk around the corner.

"It is great to have the opportunity to give something back. I was very pleased to see that the University's Radio station - Xpression FM, where I was Station Manager, is doing so well."

Sharing talent

Meanwhile, alumnus Simon Greenberg (History 1990), who is the Chief of Staff for the 2018 England World Cup Bid, has also returned to the University to share his expertise and talents with current students.

He was the keynote speaker at a career day and gave his speech to a packed lecture theatre at the University's St Luke's campus, providing the students with essential advice and insider tips on how to succeed in their careers.

Reflecting on the experience of returning to Exeter, he says: "It was great to be back at Exeter, seeing what has changed - and what has stayed the same - since I graduated.

"As well as doing a presentation, I had a chance to talk with students informally about my career.

"The students seemed to enjoy it, and I would definitely recommend to other alumni that they go back to Exeter as volunteers."