In the last year Plymouth alumni have volunteered over 2,500 hours to support current students and the University. From attending networking events, to appearing on panels and delivering guest lectures, our alumni make a real difference to the experience of our students.
Hear about their experience in their own words.
if you would like to get involved, complete our online form or read more about these opportunities below.
Mentor a studentCould your experiences help to raise the career aspirations and achievement of a Plymouth student? The Professional Mentoring programme offers students the opportunity to meet with an experienced professional, relevant to their career aspirations, who will mentor them over a six month period.
If you have enquired about mentoring previously then you might like to know that we are making some changes to the programme to enable us to welcome mentors from further afield. This year mentor meetings can take place remotely, via email, phone or Skype. We do encourage (where possible) that mentors have a least one face to face meeting with their student within the 6 month period.
No previous mentoring experience is necessary as full training is given prior to meeting your student mentee, and support is available from the Careers & Employability Service along the way. Complete our Get Involved form to find out more.
Stephen Turner – Electrical and Electronic Engineer, Science and Technology Facilities Council and
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate
"I became a mentor for the opportunity to offer advice and the relay what I learned from my time as an undergraduate. We discussed the different postgraduate options available, identifying and developing soft skills, the importance of networking and finding university resources that can help him achieve these goals. I've really enjoyed the experience, it is rewarding to see someone taking different decisions about their career path because of input you've given."
Ijaas Imtajali – BEng (Hons) Robotics
"I requested a mentor because I wanted to know more about employability in engineering, especially in robotics. We covered a variety of subjects including CV and interview skills, things I could get involved in whilst at university and the next step after my degree. Stephen has motivated me to become a subject-specific student ambassador, get a summer internship and upgrade my degree to an MEng."
Plymouth Connect is an exciting way to stay connected to your fellow Plymouth graduates around the world and support current students:
- share your career expertise and knowledge through becoming a Career Champion
- reconnect with your old university friends
- search for graduates around the world
- update your details simply and easily
Our exclusive alumni platform is a great way to give back to the Plymouth community.
Register now at Plymouth Connect.
Provide a work placement or internship
Offer a work placement to current students, provide a graduate internship, or promote a job vacancy using the help of our Careers & Employability Service.
If you're in a position to help a current student or recent graduate get started on their career path, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 1752 588020 and we'll put you in touch with the relevant people.
Get involved in an event
Share the knowledge and experience you've gained since graduating with our current students by attending a careers networking event or offering your services as a guest speaker. We run a number of events throughout the year – from employability workshops to sector-specific careers fairs where your insight would benefit students.
Mike Parker of Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley Executive Director Brian Nixon and colleague Mike Parker visited the campus to finalise a pledge of a scholarship to support students of Maritime Shipping.
"I am a PhD student and I had to interview people with expertise relating to my subject research area. I contacted Jean Almond the Alumni Engagement Manager at Plymouth University to see if she could help. She introduced me to three alumni who were working within the area of my subject research. They were all very happy to be contacted and agreed to be interviewed. They provided me with some very valuable information relating to my subject research questions. Their contribution was a big help towards the completion of my qualitative interviewing stage. Thank you to all the alumni for being such a great help."
– Sarhang Majid
Make a donation
As well as volunteering your time or expertise to support us, you can give a financial gift. Both are hugely important to the University and every act of support is deeply appreciated by all those it touches.
Gifts can fund scholarships, helping some of our brightest students achieve excellence in their academic or extra-curricular endeavours, or specific projects – like the Plymouth University Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence. To find out more or donate online, visit our how to give pages.