Volunteer

Every year, hundreds of alumni volunteers support the staff, students and alumni of the University of Exeter.

Our volunteers help us to enhance the student experience and improve career prospects, bring their industry expertise and insights to the curriculum, support the alumni community, and provide valuable strategic advice and guidance to University staff.

How you can support us:

You can help across a wide variety of projects and we are happy to work with you to find a way to get involved which suits your skills and circumstances. We have opportunities for you to volunteer from home, at work, or on campus. All opportunities are available to international alumni – those marked * could take place by Skype.

The Career Mentor Scheme brings bright, enthusiastic students together with successful professionals in mutually beneficial mentoring partnerships. The Scheme gives students the opportunity to get an insight into their preferred employment sector and develop personal networks and employability skills.

Mentor requirements: Three years professional experience in any career sector (mentors range from graduate trainees to managers and company directors) and a keen interest in supporting a student to help improve their employability.

Time commitment: Approximately 1 hour a month for up to 6 months.

Could you offer informal careers advice by email to students and recent alumni who are looking for guidance in their choice of career and how to succeed in the world of work once they graduate? By registering for the eXepert scheme, you can join a large pool of alumni who can be matched to students/alumni looking for advice.

Requirements: No requirements beyond a willingness to answer questions and offer advice/signposting. This opportunity is relevant for both recent and experienced alumni across all sectors and job types.

Time commitment: You would be contacted on an ad-hoc basis as/when student queries come in which are relevant to your line of work. You may request the maximum number of contacts you wish to receive.

Every term, we welcome alumni back to speak and share their career experiences with students. Your careers insights can make all the difference to students struggling to identify the right career for them or to those applying to work in your field.

Requirements: Just a passion for your chosen field and the ability to communicate this to a group (sometimes large) of students and field questions. We try to feature talks across a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

Time commitment: 1 – 2 hours to give a talk and answer questions, either in Exeter or Cornwall.

Help students practice their interview techniques by acting as a recruiter at a mock interview on campus. This experience is enormously beneficial for students, most of whom have had little exposure to formal interviewing.

Requirements: No particular requirements but alumni should have experience of conducting recruitment interviews and/or work in recruitment roles.

Time commitment: Full or half day either in Exeter or Cornwall.

We feature alumni profiles across the University website, intranet and student newsletters. Profiles provide valuable careers insights and top tips for getting into a wide range of industries – and then progressing.

It’s a resource that students can dip in and out of and gives information to really help them stand out against the competition.

Requirements: Nothing beyond a passion for your chosen field and the ability to communicate this in writing. We try to feature profiles from alumni across a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Photo or video - ideally in the workplace.

Time commitment: 15 – 30 minutes.

Are you living outside of the UK? Could you act as an Ambassador for Exeter in your country of residence? If so, we would love you to join us as a Country Contact volunteer!
You would help to develop an alumni community in your country or region by acting as point of contact for fellow alumni, current and potential students, as well as visiting staff. Country Contacts can organise local activities and events to bring alumni together.

Requirements: Your name and email will be listed on our Country Contacts webpage for alumni, students and staff to see and get in touch with you. There are no other requirements beyond a love of Exeter and an interest in bringing alumni in your country together to have fun.

Time commitment: It can vary depending on activities you might wish to organise or numbers of enquiries. On average, you might volunteer for two hours each month in this role.

We run a large number of professional networking and social events for our alumni both in Exeter and Cornwall and in London. We try to run events for little or no cost to attendees and therefore rely on the generous support of other alumni by hosting our events at their offices, clubs, etc.

Requirements: We run events and receptions of all sizes, from 30 – 150 alumni.

Time commitment: Very little! We will set up before the event and clear away afterwards. We can also organise our own refreshments if these are not available onsite.