Volunteer with us

Here you can find our volunteering opportunities, where we're working hard to ensure our roles can be carried out virtually in current circumstances. As well as listing the roles here, you can keep updated through our alumni LinkedIn group too.

If you haven't already done so you can also register your interest to volunteer and we'll send you a bi-annual newsletter which includes upcoming volunteering opportunities.

Our current opportunities are listed below, along with the relevant information needed for you to apply or contact one of the team. Happy volunteering!

Current opportunities - autumn 2021 onwards

Faculty-based opportunities:

University of Nottingham Business School

  • Africa Connect: Alumni Insight and India Connect: Alumni Insight  We are looking for graduates who have experience of finding jobs in Africa and India. If that sounds like you, can you spare one and a half hours in November to help our current students and 2021 graduates by talking about your career to date, answering questions, and providing valuable insights into the world of work?
  • Become an Entrepreneur in Residence – We are looking to expand our network of Entrepreneurs in Residence to support the work of our Ingenuity Lab. EIRs engage in activities including mentoring Ingenuity Lab businesses and SMEs, delivering business training seminars and aiding academics in their research.
  • Digitalisation event hosted by the Ingenuity Lab – We are looking for tech/digital entrepreneurs to hold a talk/seminar on their area of expertise. The event will take place on Wednesday 3 November, time tbc. We would welcome 1-2 speakers and encourage those from diverse backgrounds to register their interest.

If you’re interested in any of these activities, then please email our Volunteering and Advocacy Manager for Nottingham University Business School, Emma Winter on for more information. 



Faculty of Engineering

Supporting students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds − over the last year we’ve hosted events celebrating the careers and achievements of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic alumni, and launched a pilot mentorship scheme in Engineering to connect current students with BAME mentors. You can get involved again the 2021 academic year!

If you would be interested in getting involved in these initiatives during 2021 email our Volunteering and Advocacy Manager for the Faculty of Engineering, Stephanie Baxter on for more information. 


Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Share your experiences with current student at one of our upcoming careers events − hosted by our colleagues from the Careers and Employability Service, showcasing the experiences of a small group of alumni who are working in a particular sector to inspire students and help them consider how their journey after graduation might take shape.

    During the sessions, alumni volunteers will give a five-minute presentation about their journey – from studying at Nottingham, to their career to-date – before participating in a Q&A session.

    The sessions are as follows (all hosted on Microsoft Teams):

    • Psychology into business. When: 10 November 2021 / 12.00 – 13.00
    • Spotlight On: Science into Pharmaceuticals. When: 23 November 2021 / 12.00 – 13.00
    • Overcoming Adversity Exploring the trials and tribulations of navigating life at university and beyond. From deferring your course, to overcoming mental health challenges, to coping with financial concerns – this event delves into some of the challenges our alumni have encountered along the way to support current students following in their footsteps. When: Spring 2022
    • Life Sciences ‘Where are they now?’ Careers Events. When: October 2021 & February 2022 
    • Spotlight On: Medical Specialties. When: Throughout the 2021/22 academic year.
    • Sport Science Careers Event  When: March 2022
    • Lesser-known clinical roles For example - Radiographers, Paramedics or Surgical Care Practitioners. When: March 2022
  • Support our students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds − this term we're looking for alumni to take part in our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Careers in Science Event in October and sign up to mentor a student through our Black, Asian and Minority Ethic Mentoring Programme in December.

    If you’re interested in getting involved with any these activities, please email our Volunteering & Advocacy Manager for the Faculties of Science & Medicine & Health Sciences, Emily Bateman, for further information at


Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Arts

  • Spotlight on Law Enforcement and Property/Planning career sessions − are you a graduate working in either Law Enforcement/Security or Property/Planning Management? We're running a range of "Spotlight On" industry sessions for current students interested in entering these sectors.

    The sessions are as follows:
    • Spotlight On: Law enforcement and Security. When: 18 November 2021, 16.00 - 17.00 UK time
    • Spotlight On: Property, Planning and Project Management. When: 2 December 2021, 16.00 - 17.00 UK time If you're interested in speaking to students via one of our alumni career panels please register here and a member of our team will be in touch.
  • Register your industry work placement
  • As the UK's most targeted university by graduate employers, social sciences students at the University of Nottingham are known for their tenacity, positive attitude and commitment.If your organisation can provide a virtual, office-based (or hybrid) placement from February 2022 onwards, please register your offer here
  • For further information about any of these roles you can also email our Volunteering and Advocacy Manager for the Faculty of Social Science and Faculty of Arts, Wayne Crawford on


General opportunities:

Support our 2021/22 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) events

As part of the university's work to improve equality, diversity and inclusion for our community, we regularly run events and activities which draw on the experiences of people who hold particular protected characteristics, for example, these may be aligned with work around gender equality, race equality and LGBTQ+ inclusion.

We are often looking for people who are willing to share their own lived experiences to support and inspire others over the next academic year. If you are interested in getting involved in EDI activities aimed at students, please email for an informal chat.  

*Our next EDI events are due to take place across Black History Month (October 2021), however we also run other activities across the academic year such as International Women’s Day, and LGBT+ Month.





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