Volunteering opportunities

You can continue to support the College and help our students thrive by volunteering with us. Your knowledge, experience, expertise, support and time are invaluable in helping us promote Birkbeck's unique mission, recruit new students and improve the experience of current students. Volunteering also helps you remain a part of the Birkbeck community, stay involved in the life of the College and even develop new skills and make new friends. 

In 2017-18, approximately 300 volunteers gave 3700 hours of their time - that’s 92 working weeks in total. 

Get Talking: talk to prospective students about studying at Birkbeck

  • Get Talking is a chance for you to meet with a prospective Birkbeck student who is applying to the College. We will arrange an informal meeting, where you can describe your Birkbeck experience, answer their questions and help ease their concerns about studying in the evening. 
  • These one-to-one sessions have a huge impact: 75% of students who receive this intensive support go on enrol at Birkbeck. 
  • In 2017-18, 72 prospective students met with alumni on this programme. 

International Alumni friendship scheme

  • Would you like to help an international student settle into their studies at Birkbeck? During the first academic term, we arrange informal one-to-one meetings between new international students and Birkbeck alumni. This helps international students learn about culture in the UK, practise their conversational English and feel less homesick. 
  • In 2017-18, 75 alumni met with 115 international students, helping them to settle into life in London and their studies at Birkbeck. Feedback from students was extremely positive.
  • View programme guidelines and the signposting document

Careers Clinics: help Birkbeck students with job applications

  • This evening programme provides Birkbeck students with one-to-one careers support to improve their CVs, job applications and interview skills. 
  • You will receive full training from our Careers and Employability team
  • In 2017-18, over 30 alumni participated in the scheme, supporting over 200 students. In 2018-19, as a result of the success of the programme, sessions will be running every week during term-time. 

Volunteer at a Birkbeck Open Evening

Mentoring a Birkbeck Student 

Former Student Governor 

  • If you are a graduate of Birkbeck, you can nominate yourself as a Former Student Governor of the College. Elections are held every two years and the Former Student Governor is elected from among Birkbeck alumni. 
  • Once elected, the Former Student Governor becomes part of the Governing Body, which is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the College. 
  • The Governing Body consists of 21 Governors: two Ex-Officio Governors (the Master and the Vice-Master); two Governors representing Academic Board; two representative Academic Staff (one representing Non-Teaching Staff); two Governors; one Alumnus Governor (the Former Student Governor); and eleven Independent Governors. 

If you would like to get involved or would like more information on any of the above, please contact us. We would also love to hear from you if you have suggestions for future programmes.