Get involved!

Volunteering at Exeter is a great way to stay connected with the University and support the alumni of the future. We are continually developing a wide range of opportunities for alumni to get involved in support of College activity and the student experience. These include:

Supporting employability:

  • Give a careers talk
  • Mentor a student
  • Develop students CV and interview skills
  • Provide a work placement
  • Recruit a graduate

Open Days: We hold a number of open days throughout the year for prospective and offer-holding students. Alumni are invited to join discipline talks to share their experiences and offer an insight into where their degree has taken them.

Providing a profile: Profiles are a great way to celebrate the achievements of our alumni, to show our current students the kinds of career paths and successes they can look forward to, and to show prospective students what life at Exeter and beyond could offer.

Giving a lecture: Share your expertise with current students as part of a specific subject or society programme.

International country contact: Live outside of the UK? Help fellow alumni renew friendships and strengthen ties with the University by acting as a contact for your country and helping to organise events in your region.

Find out more

If you would like to know more about any of these activities and how you can support the College by volunteering your time, please get in touch with our Alumni Engagement Officer Jess Greenaway (

Returning to campus was a nice experience for me. Being in the same position as the students I was talking to only a year ago made me feel I could relate to the students and hopefully pass on confidence that everything works out in the end. The University of Exeter Biosciences programme built a strong foundation for me to move into a graduate role that was not research/ directly practicing science. It was nice to share what you can do outside research with the skills that have been gained from a Biosciences degree.

Rachael Giles (BSc Biological Sciences 2012)
Global Operations Leadership & Development Program Associate -
Catalent Pharma Solutions

Going back to Exeter to share my experiences since University was an extremely rewarding experience and I am so pleased I made time to participate. Everyone seemed so grateful and welcoming and when I got there I realised that I had so much advice that I wanted to share with students who were in the same position I was a few years ago. It really felt like giving something back to the University which gave me so much. I hope that my presentation opened up some new ideas for students who are looking for job opportunities with the science degrees, or even just got them thinking about different options. I would be very keen to get involved in future opportunities with my University.

Emma Hosgood (BSc Biological Sciences, 2011)
Hanson Wade – Senior Conference Producer

Jessica Haglington

Being an alumni volunteer has allowed me to give something back to Exeter and the new generation of students. Not only have I been able to pass on the lessons I have learnt since graduating, but it has also been really enjoyable to go back to campus and see how things have progressed.

I’ve been involved in advising students on career planning – something that I find enormously satisfying especially when you can tell you have engaged with the audience and made a difference in helping them decide on their next steps.

I would definitely recommend volunteering to other alumni and I look forward to continuing my relationship with Exeter in the future.’

Jessica Haglington (BSc (Hons) Biology, 2006), Global HR Business Partner, Rolls-Royce plc