Guardian feature on how our Alumni Association is providing support for our graduates.
The Guardian Professional website today has a feature by Alex Smith, the newest (and youngest) member of our Alumni Association Committee.
Alex graduated from our Department of Economics in 2009 and served on the Students’ Union Executive Committee as Campaigns and Involvement Officer and then Academic Affairs Officer. He is now Development Manager of Recourse (formerly the College and University Support Network), a charity which provides support for post-16 education professionals.
What it means to be an alumnus is changing, and the new demands placed on universities are driving this change. Students paying more will be expecting more, and quite rightly. In such a competitive marketplace universities will have to come up with new ways to satisfy increasing demands, such as higher bursaries, scholarships and the promise of new investment in facilities. For the rich institutions, this will be easy, for some it will be less so. But whatever the financial position, it is the pool of alumni that can add the greatest marginal value to a student's experience.