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: Wendy Furness (MBA, 2017)

Wendy Furness  - Why I volunteer

"The MBA at the University of Nottingham was a very important step in my career and the people that I met, both from the University itself and speakers from different industries were inspiring. Throughout my career I have been gifted time from mentors which has been invalubale and it is now my time to give a little something back.

"I volunteer at the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It has been a truly fascinating experience discussing new and innovative early-stage businesses and meeting both students and alumni. I have helped by sharing experiences, shaping pitches and offering mentorship. This in turn has helped me to continue to think laterally and reflect on past experience."

Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, Focused, Inquisitive.



Why I volunteer: Intisar Khan (Food Microbiology, PhD, 2015)

Intisar Khan - Why I volunteer

"I have always been passionate about science, lacking the mental courage to become a doctor I chose Microbiology; with the ambition of following in my parents' footsteps to become an academic professional. My years at university were the best times I had in education, studying what I loved. Looking back those were the years I built my foundation bricks for the later years in my career as a Food Safety Specialist for the Food Industry.

"Over the years mentors have played a huge role in my professional life, driving my development and focusing in on my areas of opportunity. In the last 20 years I have worked as a food safety specialist/consultant with all the leading retailers in the UK, various research institutes, government bodies and multinational companies.

"When UoN reached out to me for a mentoring opportunity, I thought what an excellent way to support upcoming talent for the country/globe - as I had no clue when I started my career!"

Describe yourself in three words: Continous improvemnt, Ambitious, Enthusiastic!



Why I volunteer: Tobi Ruth Adebekun (French and International Media with Communications, 2014)

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"Like many students out there, I went to university with no idea what I wanted to do. Despite that uncertainty, I took a lot away from my time at the university both professionally and personally, so I am always more than happy to give back.

"There is no one route into a career and there are new businesses being founded every single day - countless opportunities if they remain open, flexible and curious about the world. I hope my career journey helps them to see that.

"Finally, I have benefitted from the most amazing mentors and coaches in every job I've had and know how vital that support has been to my progression and success. As a Black woman working in predominantly white (and often male) spaces, it's very important to me to be visible and approachable to you Black women so I can support them as they take the first steps in their career."

Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, adventurous, people-person.







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