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Stay connected and make a difference

Giving back, whether with time or a donation, is a fantastic way to stay connected whilst making a huge difference to the future of Essex, and our next generation of students.

Volunteer your time

Volunteering can support the development of your own skills, help you to make new contacts and aid promotion of Essex in your local area. To get involved, please register your interest.

You could provide a graduate profile and feature in our blog or on social media, advise and network with current students and fellow alumni, or be a guest speaker at one of our career events.

Alumni volunteering vacancies

Graduate profile

Could you complete a quick online questionnaire? Or feature in a video profile when one of our colleagues are next in your region? This is a quick and easy way to share your Essex experience and inspire the next generation of students to study at Essex.

Your time: 15-30 minutes

Guest speaker

Your industry insight and career experience can be invaluable for students thinking about life after University – and for fellow alumni looking to take the next step in their careers. We host lots of different events around the world and online and are always keen to hear from alumni who would be willing to speak.

Your time: A few hours

Events organiser

This is a new and exciting volunteer role for alumni living overseas. You could work with us to organise events in your local region for fellow alumni – we’ll be on hand to support you along the way and have a handy guide to help you get started. 

Your time: 1-2 hours per month

Workplace insight interview

'Workplace Insights' is a careers series where professionals share an insight into their role and industry. Hosted by Make Happen, these interviews aim to inspire pupils aged 14-18, giving them an idea of the a wide variety of career paths. Interviews take one hour and are pre-recorded over Zoom.

Career mentor

Are you established in your career and able to offer support to current students by becoming a mentor? Our Career Mentoring scheme brings professional people and talented students together. We ask for a commitment of at least an hour per month for at least six months and mentoring can take place either in person or virtually. This is a meaningful volunteer opportunity where you can really support the next generation. Register to be a career mentor.

Your time: 1-2 hours per month for 6 months

International representative

Students from around the world apply to come to Essex and alumni living overseas can be our best ambassadors. You know exactly how it felt to study here and your personal experiences can be of real help and reassurance to students overseas thinking about travelling to the UK. By representing Essex alongside colleagues at recruitment fairs in your region, you could help us to recruit the next generation of students.  

Your time: Around 3-4 hours per year


For a more advisory role, you could become a board member, join a departmental advisory board or become involved with our employability and entrepreneurship agendas.

Your time: At least 2-3 hours per year

Venue host

We host lots of events each year around the world and are always looking for support from our alumni to help us keep costs as low as possible. If you could offer a venue - for example an office, club or restaurant - for one of our social or professional networking events please get in touch. 

Your time: Just an introduction

Media contributor

We keep in touch with our alumni in as many different and exciting ways as possible – via our monthly newsletter, social media channels and graduate blog. We love to share stories from our alumni so get in touch and we can work with you. 

Your time: Whatever you can spare

"Volunteering keeps my bonds with my university alive and puts me in touch with old university friends"
Andriana Paraskevopoulou  International commercial and business law graduate (2016)

Give a gift to Essex

Essex was founded on philanthropy and built thanks to gifts from people and companies across the country. We still rely on donations to support our innovative, life-changing research, and to support students now, and in the years to come. With generous gifts from our alumni, we make amazing things happen at Essex.

Every penny you donate to us goes directly to a cause you choose, a cause that means something to you. Whether it’s giving everyone access to an Essex education by supporting our scholarships, providing financial relief to students who find themselves in immediate and unexpected need, or supporting the fund that gives students the full Essex experience that alumni remember so fondly.

Our students are what make Essex so special and we will always do everything we can to give them the amazing university experience they deserve.

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