Reflecting on Volunteers' Week 2019

Volunteers' Week 2019: collage

Here at Alumni HQ, we’re winding down from a successful Volunteers’ Week 2019, which was spent celebrating the impact of our incredible alumni volunteer community, as well as welcoming new recruits to our Alumni Volunteer Programme. 


Our social media accounts were jam-packed with content, including a Twitter takeover from Medical Sciences graduate (2017), Alumni Ambassador and 2018 Alumni Awards category winner, Sophie Simmonds.   

“It’s been two years since I said goodbye to all of USW’s campuses – but with my alumni work, I still get to feel like I’m part of the USW family.” Jonas DumDum, International Recruitment Ambassador 

We spoke to graduates about why they chose to volunteer, like Sian Jones (Combined Studies, 2018), who “wants to give back to the University that offered [her] so much and helped [her] to grow”, or Mohamed Shaalan (Business Adminstration, 2018), who “feels that USW is not just a University that [he] studied with, but more like a home... and one that [he] wants to share with others.”  

We thanked our valued volunteers, some of whom have been inspiring students for several years. We shouted out to International Recruitment Ambassador Jonas DumDum (Renewable Energy & Resource Management, 2017), Welsh rugby star Sam Warburton (OBE MStJ and Honorary Fellow 2013), and former news anchor Lorna Dunkley (Communication Studies, 1992). 

We shared some of the different ways graduates can volunteer their time with the University, which include returning to your old school to talk about your USW experience (like Laura), visiting campus to help students with their uni projects (like Tanya Bower and Sara Smith), or arranging Alumni Reunions.   

We also heard from students who’ve had the benefit of graduate volunteerism, like Photojournalism student Matthew Lofthouse, who was given 100 hours’ work experience by graduate Sam Padget (Photojournalism, 2017), which he described as “invaluable”.  

We were also pleased to launch the Cylch Cynnig roll of honour that celebrates the volunteering support given to the University from its graduate community. 

Thank you to everyone who registered to volunteer with us this Volunteers’ Week, and to all of our current Alumni Volunteers. Together, we can make a difference. 

To find out more about what current volunteering opportunities we have on offer, visit us online – and for those of you wishing to join the Programme, register online to sign up as an Alumni Volunteer. 

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