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 2015-16, 319 alumni volunteers and corporate partners gave 2947 hours of their time - that’s 368 working days. 

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 2015-16, 73 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 2016-17, 68 alumni met with 89 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

What Employers Want: share your experience with current students and recent graduates 

  • These successful and popular panel events allow current students and recent graduates to hear careers stories and advice from successful Birkbeck alumni. You can take part and sit on a panel, telling Birkbeck students about your career and what is expected of employees within particular sectors. 
  • Panel events take place in the evening and are followed by a networking reception. 
  • In 2015-16, 262 students sought career advice via this programme. 

Careers Clinics: help Birkbeck students with job applications

  • This evening programme provides Birkbeck students with one-to-one careers support to help them improve their CVs and job applications, and increase their confidence. 
  • You will receive full training from our Careers and Employability team
  • This programme was trialled in 2016, with 37 alumni supporting over 225 students. It was hugely popular and oversubscribed, so we have made it permanent and increased the number of alumni to 42. 

Job Shadowing

  • Could you host a student for a day at your place of work to provide valuable, hands-on insights into potential career paths?
  • You can volunteer to host a student at your workplace for a day and offer them a snapshot of working in your sector. You can demonstrate your expertise, share careers advice and engage students in authentic workplace experiences.  
  • Job shadowing placements are in central London throughout May and June.
  • You will receive full training from our Careers and Employability team, which is designed to enhance students’ understanding of professional etiquette and expectations. 
  • When trialled, this programme saw alumni supporting 15 students at employers including JustGiving and the Royal Household. 

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.