Volunteer

Give back you time to inspire the next generation of students and graduates whilst developing your own skills.

Our international volunteer community


Wherever you’re based around the world, you can share your expertise and insights while developing their own skills.

The University of Greenwich community is enhanced by our alumni volunteers. Hundreds of alumni give their time, expertise and knowledge to support the university. From mentoring our students and sitting on advisory boards, we are incredibly thankful for your support.

Below you will find current opportunities as well as opportunities where we need support all year round.

Join the Alumni Volunteering Community

If you’re unsure how you to get involved, but would like to support our students, join the Alumni Volunteering Community on Ask Alumni+. This community provides a space for alumni interested in supporting Greenwich students through a range of virtual and in-person activities across the year. Members can view new and upcoming volunteer opportunities as they’re posted to the feed by University of Greenwich staff. All volunteer hours are recorded, and volunteers are recognised in the annual Supporter Roll (see last year's here).

As a member of this community, you can enjoy:

Easily Accessible Opportunities: As a member of this group, you'll have the convenience of finding upcoming volunteer opportunities right at your fingertips. University of Greenwich staff will regularly post a diverse range of volunteer options, making it easy for you to get involved in causes that resonate with your passions and skills.

Meaningful Impact: Every act of volunteering, no matter how big or small, can create a meaningful impact on our students. Whether you're contributing to a faculty talks series, mentoring students, or offering a case study, your efforts will make a real difference.

Stay Connected to Greenwich: Volunteering through the university allows you to maintain a strong connection with the Greenwich community. You'll be part of a community that shares a common love for the University of Greenwich, and together, you can play an active role in providing an education without boundaries.

Networking and Camaraderie: Connect with fellow alumni who share your commitment to giving back. Volunteering is a fantastic way to expand your network, build lasting friendships, and collaborate with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds and professions.

Flexibility and Diversity: With a variety of volunteer opportunities posted by the university staff, you can choose how and when to get involved. Whether you prefer one-time events or ongoing commitments, there's something for everyone, ensuring that you can make a difference at your convenience.

There's a unique sense of joy and fulfilment that comes from giving back to society. Being part of the Alumni Volunteering Community Group will allow you to experience the happiness that comes from making a positive impact on the next generation of Greenwich Alumni!

Join the Greenwich Volunteering Community today.

Mentor a student

Embark on a transformative journey through the University of Greenwich’s inclusive Career Mentoring Programme. Designed to empower students across all faculties and facilitated seamlessly through our Ask Alumni+ platform.

We partner with mentors who are alumni and partners from local, national and international employers, including Google, Oracle, PwC, Barclays, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, ArcelorMittal and many more.

Mentors and mentees receive support through training sessions, 1-2-1s, catch-ups and drop-in sessions to ensure you are getting the most out of mentoring. Alongside our partners, we hold several events throughout the mentoring programme, including exclusive workshops and networking opportunities.

Why be a mentor?

The contribution our alumni mentors make to the mentoring programme is truly invaluable. There are many reasons alumni want to become mentors. You want to give something back and be the role model you would have wanted. You want to share your personal/industry expertise and experiences.

Mentors also gain a lot. You have an opportunity to build your skills and competencies as a leader or advisor. You also gain from reverse mentoring such as insight from mentees on their lived experiences, current academic learning, and the outlook of early career talent.

How does it work?

  • Registration date: From September to December 2023.
  • Programme date: From January to June 2024.
  • Time commitment: 1 to 4 hours per month (virtually or in person) set by you and your mentee.
  • Support and training: Mentors have access to the Career Mentoring team, who provide training videos and a guidance pack ahead of the start date. The team is also on hand throughout to support mentors with any queries or additional information.

Registration has now closed; however, if you're interested  in mentoring in the future, find out more via the Mentoring Linktree.

Inspire the next generation at an Open Day

Would you like to inspire the next generation of Greenwich students by sharing your experience of life at university? As a valued member of our alumni community, your unique personal experiences can resonate with current and prospective students.

Having direct access to alumni who have first-hand experience in the “real world” offers invaluable insights for our students, helping them to plan and prepare for life at Greenwich.

Join us at Greenwich, Avery Hill or Medway campus for the next University of Greenwich Open Day. There are lots of different ways of getting involved such as:

  • Participate in Department discussions: Support Q&A sessions and share your wisdom
  • Engage prospective students: Have conversations with prospective students about your university experiences at a Faculty, Greenwich Students’ Union or Employability and Careers stand.

Upcoming Open Day Dates

  • Saturday 23 March – Open Day with combined Offer Holder event
  • Saturday 22 June – Open Day

Express your interest

Fill in the expression of interest form at the end of this page and a member of the Events team will be in touch.

Become an International Volunteer

Throughout the year, we are interested in hearing from alumni based around the world to better engage and support our global alumni community.

Your involvement matters:

  • Give back: Contribute to the growth and success of the next generation of students.
  • Cultural exchange: Embrace diversity and learn about different cultures from first-hand experiences shared by your fellow alumni.
  • Social events and reunions: Relive your university memories and create new ones!

The Alumni: International Volunteers Group is only as strong as its members. Your participation and engagement will make it thrive, so let's come together and make a difference.

Join our Alumni: International Volunteers Group, where we connect with alumni based around the world to better engage and support our global Greenwich community.

Upcoming International Volunteering opportunities

Thursday 14 March – International volunteering for alumni in Hanoi

  • Our colleague Amy McLaughlin will be hosting an event in Hanoi for prospective students interested in studying at the University of Greenwich. Having direct access to alumni who have first-hand experience in the “real world” offers invaluable insights for our students, helping them to plan and prepare for life at Greenwich.
  • If you are interested in sharing your experience, we are seeking 4-5 University of Greenwich alumni volunteers who can answer questions about their application process, living in London, and your specific course, including what you learned and your professors. Please complete the expression of interest form at the bottom of this page and a member of the team will be in touch.

Share your experience as a panel speaker

Across the university, staff are seeking alumni from diverse fields to speak about their career journey and experience since leaving Greenwich. These events may be organised by your Faculty or the Employability and Apprenticeship team and welcome students from all degrees interested in starting a career in a specific industry.

Volunteer opportunities usually require approximately 1.5 hours of your availability and can include:

  • Taking part in a panel as a speaker
  • Delivering a lecture-style session
  • Leading a workshop
  • Presenting a 10-minute 'lightening' talk
  • Participating in an application series and offering constructive feedback on pitches
  • Connecting and networking

If you're interested in being a speaker, please join the Alumni Volunteering Community on the Ask Alumni+ platform.

The community provides a space for alumni interested in supporting Greenwich students through a range of virtual and in-person activities across the year. Members can view new and upcoming volunteer opportunities as they’re posted to the feed by University of Greenwich staff. All volunteer hours are recorded, and volunteers are recognised in the annual Supporter Roll.

Become a Giving Champion

We are seeking alumni volunteers who can leverage their networks and communities to showcase giving to Greenwich, starting with our crowdfunding programme.

What does it mean to be a Giving Champion?

As a Giving Champion, you will choose and fundraise for at least one project that holds personal significance to you. We provide you with all the essential resources you need, including template emails, social media posts, captivating images and more.

Join a community committed to giving

As a Giving Champion, you’re not just an individual fundraiser, you are part of a dedicated community focused on redefining the culture of giving within our broader community. Your role involves raising awareness of the various ways of our community of supporters can create a meaningful difference through fundraising.

Together, we can make a greater impact

Whatever your connection to Greenwich, you have the potential to help us extend our reach to a broader audience than we can on our own. Join us in becoming a Giving Champion and let’s transform lives and communities together.

Register your interest online or find out more about becoming a Giving Champion.

Register your interest in volunteering

  • Now that I have graduated, there were things I wish I had known during my time at university. So I felt it was important for me to become a volunteer to pass on knowledge and to guide current students.

    - Clinton Niemba, BSc Sports Science, 2017