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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.


Get Talking

  • Get Talking connects Birkbeck alumni with prospective students to help inspire them to start their studies. By sharing career successes and insights on returning to education, alumni give prospective students the confidence they need to embrace all the opportunities that studying at Birkbeck affords.
  • Alumni volunteer their time to speak with prospective students to:
    • demonstrate how Birkbeck helped support their career
    • answer questions on navigating work and study
    • provide reassurance on returning to formal education
    • share advice on how to prepare and make the most of their course.

Global Buddies

  • International students often face additional challenges when starting their course, from homesickness and new cultures to navigating London and feeling confident in speaking conversational English. 
  • Giving your time to help an international student settle in during their first term can make a significant difference in ensuring they have the confidence they need to succeed in life and study in the UK. 

Careers Clinic

  • Help Birkbeck students take the next step in their career or transition into a new industry by providing one-to-one careers support to improve their CVs, job applications and interview skills.
  • Our Careers and Employability team provide training and guidance to help you best support students advance in their career. 

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 Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor); 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.