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

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Join hundreds of alumni and friends who share their expertise and insights whilst developing their own skills.

Mentor a student

The university’s Career Mentoring programme is open to University of Greenwich students from all faculties and facilitated 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 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.

Find out more and complete the Expression of Interest form via the Mentoring Linktree.

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 Greenwich's 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 (see last year's here).

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 member of the alumni community, your personal experiences can resonate with current and prospective students.

Having direct access to alumni who have first-hand experience in the “real world” is a priceless opportunity for students 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:

  • Joining a Department discussion and supporting with Q&A sessions.
  • Engaging in conversations with prospective students about your university experiences at a Faculty, Greenwich Students’ Union, or Employability and Careers stand.

Open day dates for 2023-24:

  • Saturday 14 October 2023
  • Saturday 25 November 2023
  • Saturday 23 March 2024
  • Saturday 22 June 2024

Fill in the expression of interest form and a member of the Events team will be in touch with further information.

Support the university's outreach work

The UK Student Recruitment have teamed up with The Adecco Group and recently launched a new outreach programme aimed at young people aged 13-15 in schools across the country.

They are seeking expressions of interest for alumni to feature in online workshops where volunteers will have an opportunity to share their career experiences with young people and also co-facilitate activities within the workshops. The workshops will take place online via Zoom either in a 2-hour session or a 4-hour virtual half-day session and will take place during the school day (9am-3pm). The workshops will focus on skills and career pathways in the following sectors: engineering, construction, creative industries and business services.

The ideal volunteer is somebody happy to discuss their career journey and help support young people thinking about their future. Full training will be delivered by The Adecco Group and will cover an overview of the programme, content of the virtual workshops and tips and support for facilitating.

If you are interested in this opportunity email alumni@gre‚Äč.ac.uk.

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.

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 resources you need, including template emails/social media posts, images and more.

You have the opportunity to become part of a community of individuals dedicated to redefining the culture of giving within our broader community. Your role would involve increasing awareness of the varied ways our community of supporters can create a difference through fundraising.

Whatever your connection, you have the potential to help us in extending our reach to a broader audience than we can alone.

Find out more or register your interest online.

Offer employment opportunities

The Employability and Apprentice team is available to collaborate with you or your network to source students or graduates suitable for your business.

They are also keen on exploring virtual opportunities and any other ways we might be able to work together to enhance student and graduate employability.

Alternatively, a placement offers students and graduates the chance to apply their knowledge and gain hands-on experience either during or shortly after their studies.

To register your interest in future volunteering opportunities, please complete the short form below.

  • 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