In our last week’s blog, we looked at Student Plus. This week, we turn our attention to Alumni Services (QOL, under Directorates and Development and Alumi Relations). This is quite a large area, so it will cover two weeks of our blog. Let’s get started!
What is the QUB Alumni Service?
The Development and Alumni Relations Office maintains lifelong relationships with over 200,000 former students of the University now living and working all over the world. It also helps to ensure that future generations of students will continue to benefit from world-class research and teaching offered at Queen’s by raising money, through the Queen’s Foundation, from alumni and friends, corporations and charitable foundations for projects that are of strategic importance to the University, its students and staff.Development & Alumni Relations (Queen’s University Belfast)
Queen’s Alumni Services manages communications with past students of the university. They send alumni magazines to 150,000+ people worldwide and send monthly e-newsletters to approximately 60,000 past students on a monthly basis. E-newsletters promote good news stories, events, opportunities and alumni achievements. It’s a celebration of achievements.
What are the benefits?
After graduation, you can benefit from being part of the alumni community. Benefits include discount prices for the QUB PEC, Library and even course discounts.
Alumni Services also helps you:
- stay connected to the University
- network with alumni around the world
- reconnect with old friends you may have lost contact with
- get careers advice and support
- attend University events and class reunions
- avail of volunteering opportunities
How can it help me?
You can stay up-to-date with alma mater latest news and events. And you will have access to networks which is beneficial in terms of employability & careers, associations and help fundraising. Funds raised can affect a number of areas in QUB, such as sport, supporting scholarships / bursaries and enhancing the student experience via the Annual Fund.
How can I help?
There are many donation and fundraising opportunities to avail of. You can decide which fund you want to make a donation for and whether it’s a one-time or recurring gift.
You could be helping those:
- in medicine and help change lives
- support students and the student experience
- widen participation via the Pathway Opportunity Programme
- Seamus Heaney Centre
As alumni, if you decide to donate, you will be supporting current students in their studies and the projects they participate in. It will also support student clubs and societies. In 2019/20, 49 projects received funding across the university. This helped clubs flourish and offered up more opportunities that may not have otherwise been available.
Overall, you can feel satisfaction knowing your have helped current students and made a difference.
Next week, we take a look at Queen’s Alumni’s Volunteering section.
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