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Getting Involved

Many alumni give their support because their experiences at Royal Holloway have left a lasting and positive impression, of which they are proud. Volunteering is a way to give back – it offers you the benefit of:

  • helping to create community awareness of the College's academic programmes;
  • developing your personal and professional development skills and enhancing your CV;
  • reconnecting with old friends, and networking with new connections.

See below for more information about the ways in which you can get involved. If you are interested in any of these volunteering opportunities and would like further information then please contact Emma Pryke the Alumni Relations Manager for the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law.

Special Interest Groups 

The School of Management is looking to develop a range of special interest groups in the UK and overseas. The groups will be connected through a series of web conferences, in which users are invited to start discussions and engage in Q & A sessions. These groups are responsive to the needs of our alumni, so if you are interested in starting one please get in touch.

Careers talk and forums

Many alumni have inspirational stories to tell about where life has taken them after College. We are keen for you to share your experiences and pass on your expertise by becoming a guest speaker/networker and to help students achieve their goals and dreams. 

Master Classes

By offering to speak at a targeted careers development event, you can pass your own experiences onto alumni and students.

Naomi Jane PromoI have been invited a number of times to speak at events aimed at current students, sharing my experiences of Royal Holloway and my professional life. It’s always an honour to be able to come back to Royal Holloway. It fills me with so much happiness just to walk around the grounds and remember the amazing time that I had.

Naomi Jane (BSc Management, 2008)

Alumni involvement in the College's recruitment process can really help increase Royal Holloway's brand awareness, both in the UK and abroad. You can help by:

  • providing an alumni profile to feature in recruitment publications and videos;
  • providing your contact details to act as a local representative to answer queries from prospective students about college life;
  • supporting the Widening Participation and Outreach programme.

For more information about any of these schemes, email Emma Pryke.

In today's current economic climate, practical skills and experience are just as valuable as a high class degree. By participating in any of the following programmes, alumni can use their expertise to provide students with practical advice about breaking into the jobs market, and guidance in making decisions about career paths after graduating.

Student Placements

More students than ever are taking on internships and summer placements whilst studying at the College. By participating in a student placement, your organisation can benefit from the input of the highest calibre students at the university. Placements can enhance the profile of your organisation/sector as a potential graduate employer, increase knowledge transfer and strengthen links with the College.

Students benefit by putting their skills and knowledge into practice; networking within a relevant work field; and enhancing their employability – all key strategic objectives for the College.

Guest Lectures

From presenting a lecture on your area of expertise, to networking with students at society events, your involvement with these types of events forms an important part of fostering connections between current students and alumni. Check our forthcoming events for information about how you can get involved.

IMG7200'Royal Holloway alumni have a wealth of experience, contacts and ideas between them. In these tough economic conditions I feel it is important to share this knowledge through volunteering to ensure that Royal Holloway continues to set students up to succeed in their futures.'

 Bridie Stevens, Alumni Volunteer

Alumni Chapters and Ambassadors

With School of Management alumni in over 90 countries, the opportunities to get involved are ample. Alumni Chapters play an important role in bringing alumni together, contributing to the continued relationship between the College and alumni, and fostering cross-cultural social and professional connections. The Chapters are reliant upon the energy and enthusiasm of regional ambassadors to promote the groups' events and interests.

The Alumni Ambassador (view current profiles here) is required to:

  • Co-ordinate with the Alumni Relations Office to host an event for alumni in the region;
  • Talk to prospective students and parents about life at Royal Holloway;
  • Liaise with alumni and keep the Alumni Office informed of any activities planned

The Alumni Relations Office can provide support, guidance and administrative assistance to the Ambassador. The Alumni Relations Office will:

  • Identify alumni in the region, and inform alumni of events and news
  • Provide advice and assistance in organising reunions
  • Put the Ambassador in touch with College representatives travelling to the region to present at the reunion
  • Promote the Chapter on the College’s website, informing alumni worldwide about the group’s events and activities                      

If you are interested in volunteering as an Alumni Ambassador or would like to see an Alumni Chapter established in your region, please contact Emma Pryke for more information.

ChangerThe Alumni Ambassador project is great fun. You meet so many Royal Holloway friends and I think the activity is also good for prospective students who want to study at the College and in the UK. I would like the Chapter to be seen as a hub for alumni to share experience and knowledge, so that the College can stay competitive around the world.


Ashish Mishra

Ash Mishra (MBA, 2003) has volunteered as a guest speaker at numerous events, including careers events with current students. He is also involved in offering students and recent graduates work placements, most recently as part of the London Olympics delivery programme for the Asian delegation.


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