Get involved and support us
Do you have great memories of your time at the university? Do you want to shout about your experience as a student and encourage others to choose Portsmouth?
Even though you’ve already graduated from our university, there are many ways you can stay involved in our community – including by volunteering, planning a reunion, or fundraising for projects you feel passionate about and want to support.
Becoming an Alumni Volunteer comes with many benefits:
- A chance to stand out to future employers by adding volunteering to your CV/resume
- The feeling of knowing you’re helping prospective students choose higher education
- Valuable work experience
- Being part of a community of over 2,000 volunteers
- Giving back to the university
As an alumnus of the University of Portsmouth you could play a key part in supporting us to recruit new students through volunteering at one of our Open Days or Applicant Experience Days. Your first-hand experience studying with us, and your career to date, is valuable in helping prospective students make important decisions about their own future.
Register your interest in volunteering at an Open Day or Applicant Experience Day. We’ll be in touch when an opportunity arises.
If you’re an international alumnus, there may be opportunities to promote Portsmouth at events in your own country.
Many of our students get the chance to take a work placement as part of their course. As well as giving students experience in the workplace, a placement also benefits employers by offering them a chance to take on fresh, intelligent and enthusiastic young people. Our students have a high level of skill, passion and flexibility, and can offer applied and current knowledge from their studies.
Register your interest in providing a placement. We’ll forward your details onto the relevant Faculty who will be in touch for more details.
Many of our alumni have gone on to build very successful careers and hearing from you can bring a different dimension to the learning that our students experience. Many students are unaware of the variety of options available to them after they graduate and really appreciate hearing real life stories from people who were once in the very same position. Industry talks can take a variety of different formats and can cover anything from your current role, career path, real-world experiences or advice on how to get into a specific industry.
Register your interest in providing an industry talk. We'll be in touch when an opportunity arises.
E-mentoring is a fantastic way to help students and fellow alumni improve their skills, experience and confidence without having to leave your home or office. You will benefit from improving your own skills and mentoring will look great on your CV as well as the students. Mentoring can take many forms from simple CV checking or mock interviews to advice via email or regular virtual meetings via skype.
Using Portsmouth LinkUP, you remain in full control of your own mentoring profile and can choose the level of support you are willing to provide, however regularly, by which methods you are happy to be contacted and how many mentees you are willing to have at any one time. You can also accept or reject mentee requests depending on their suitability or your availability. What's more, you can populate your profile pulling by information from your LinkedIn profile.
Sign up to Portsmouth LinkUP and get started today.
Earlier this year we launched a podcast series to inspire and educate alumni, students and the wider community. We're looking for alumni from all industries to volunteer a couple of hours of their time to come back to campus and record a podcast with a student interviewer.
If you’d like to get involved with our podcast series, please register your interest for filming and/or podcast opportunities and we’ll be in touch when an opportunity arises.
We’re looking for guest bloggers to write interesting, engaging and informative articles to feature on the alumni blog. From travelling and wellbeing advice, to how to succeed in specific industries, we want to give alumni, students and the local community inspiring tips, ideas and best practice advice.
Becoming a guest blogger helps develop your copywriting skills, showcases you as an expert in your area and could open up further business opportunities.
If you feel you have the relevant knowledge to create an engaging and informative blog post, please register your interest in becoming a guest blogger and we’ll be in touch when an opportunity arises.
Your success, and the success of all our alumni, acts as a major incentive for students applying to study at Portsmouth. Sharing your story gives future students an insight into the way your career has developed during, and after, your studies here at our university. You can share your story by providing a profile about your journey since leaving university or tell us an interesting news story.
Alumni profiles can take many forms including posters, videos and web-based case studies. These profiles are used to inspire and motivate current and prospective students and to highlight the talent that the university helps to foster.
Portsmouth LinkUP is your alumni platform that enables you to:
- Reconnect with your university friends
- Search for graduates around the world
- Share your career expertise and knowledge through e-mentoring
- Get advice on your next move and how to progress in your chosen career
There are a wealth of benefits to joining Portsmouth LinkUP which is completely free as part of your Alumni Association membership and available exclusively to alumni of the university, Portsmouth Polytechnic and its previous incarnations:
Benefits for the Mentor
- Knowing you have helped someone to grow in confidence and self-esteem
- Developing a new skill for your CV
- The feeling of helping someone progress in their career or even to find the right career
- The opportunity to log some volunteering hours
Benefits for the Mentee
- One-to-one support from an experienced professional
- A network of contacts within your chosen industry
- Insights into your chosen career or possible career options
- A head-start in getting your dream job
Portsmouth LinkUP gives you the option to pull through the information from your LinkedIn account, so getting started couldn’t be easier.
Planning a reunion
Are you planning on coming back to Portsmouth and reminiscing about your student days? We can offer the following help with planning your reunion:
Organising walking tours of the campus
We can arrange for a student volunteer to meet you and give you and your group a tour of the campus. Walking tours last approximately 45 minutes and can cover any specific areas you wish to visit. We recommend you have a walking tour on a weekday.
Tracking down former classmates
We can search the alumni database to see if we're in touch with any former students from your cohort and send them a message on your behalf.
Arranging for relevant academics to attend where possible
We can contact the department you studied with and check if any lecturers are available to attend your reunion.
Offering discounted university accommodation
Some of the university accommodation is available for booking from June-September. Alumni receive 10% discount on bedrooms in Rees Hall and all bookings are subject to availability. Please contact the Conferences and Lettings Team by email or telephone 023 9284 4567.
Helping to publicise your event
Once you have organised a location and date, we can promote your reunion on our social media platforms to see if we can help recruit a few more alumni.
We love to hear about your reunions, both in Portsmouth and around the world, so please do send us images and a write-up so we can feature it on the alumni blog.
Through your support we are able to give students the best possible experiences and help them to reach their full potential. There are a number of ways that you can give back to the university you’ll always call home.