Why volunteer?

Whatever your motivation, volunteering for the university is a great way to make a real difference to our students, no matter how much time you have available. Hundreds of alumni are already part of our volunteering community – from across the world!

Whether you can offer 30 minutes or 30 hours, discover stories from our current volunteers to inspire you – see how volunteering can help you achieve your goals and support others towards their own too.

Why I volunteer: Sophia Hazari (Biology, 2017)

Sophia Hazari

"I studied a degree completely unrelated to the industry I decided to work in (biology to broadcasting). My years at university were far from being a waste of time, however, due to skills and knowledge I gained from extracurricular activities I was involved in.

"I've been successful in my early career, and benefited hugely from mentors, so I want to share my experiences with students and recent graduates who are considering a different industry and help them to take action and develop skills to achieve their first role.

"Through volunteering I've developed my public speaking and coaching skills, and met interesting people I otherwise wouldn't have. There's also a real sense of pride in being part of this community and knowing I've made a difference to someone's readiness and confidence to start their career."

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, ambitious, enthusiastic!



Why I volunteer: Yinka Adegbenle (Industrial Economics, 2001)

Yinka Adegbenle

"Volunteering is my way of giving back to the University of Nottingham. My time there as a student was one of the most memorable positive experiences of my life.

"I have met many wonderful individuals from different parts of the world. I have also gained a deep sense of pride and appreciation for belonging to the Nottingham Alumni Community."

Describe yourself in three words: Excellence-driven, Dependable and People-person.



Why I volunteer: Michael Abiodun Olatokun (Law, 2014)

Michael Olatokun

"I feel that the University of Nottingham made a major contribution to my career and I am deeply indebted. I want to give something back to the university and to help current students to make the most of their time there.

"It has provided me with the opportunity to reflect upon my career; to think about where it started, how it developed, whether there were opportunities I should have taken up, and where it’s going; The chance to meet people that I engaged with as a student in a different context. I have developed new friendships with faculty members and university administrators since leaving that I did not have before.

"The intrinsic benefit of helping others. I get a real buzz out of the positive feedback from current students, who really enjoy a candid explanation of the difficulties I’ve experienced in building my career."

Describe yourself in three words: Methodical, passionate, African!



Why I volunteer: Priya Patel (Developmental Disorders, 2019)

Priya Patel

"I am so grateful for all of the invaluable career support that I have received over the years from mentors, supervisors and more-experienced graduates. I really love that I am now able to support students on their career journeys, as well as providing much-needed BAME representation. 

"As well as developing more general skills, such as presenting with confidence, I have learnt so much about one-on-one mentoring. This includes practicing active listening, building rapport remotely and utilising tools (such as the GROW coaching model) to ensure that my mentee gets the most out of sessions and I have clarity on how I can best support her."

Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, friendly, reliable.



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