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Volunteering has always been at the heart of our institution. The building of our Chapel in the 1840s, on our Exton Park site, was only possible thanks to the volunteering efforts of our students at the time. Volunteering continues to play an important part in the student experience today, and our incredible community of over 90,000 alumni has the power to make a positive impact upon the lives of our students and new graduates. Whether that is through sharing skills, knowledge or networking; when you give your time and talent today, you are helping the graduates of tomorrow reach their full potential.

Why volunteer?

  • Create a positive and tangible impact upon our alumni community, the student experience, and the continued development of the institution;
  • Develop professionally and personally, while strengthening your skills;
  • Gain experience for your CV and career development;
  • Meet new people and expand your network;
  • Strengthen your connection to the University and our alumni community.

How can I get involved?

We will soon be launching a brand-new Alumni Volunteering Programme, so please keep an eye out for further details coming soon! In the meantime, please get in touch by emailing if you would like to volunteer, whether you have your own ideas, or would like to be involved in any of the following ways:

  • Become a case study to inspire others on their academic or professional journey;
  • Become a mentor to support our students or new graduates;
  • Share your knowledge by speaking at events or workshops;
  • Offer opportunities to students or new graduates through your employer or business;
  • Contribute to ACH1EVE magazine, The Cestrian or our blog;
  • Share your memories or photos from College or University to add to our archive;
  • Volunteer at one of our events.

If you would like to show your support but don’t have much spare time, you can always try micro-volunteering. This could be as easy as interacting with us on social media! You can also learn about other ways to give here.

Some examples of alumni volunteering include The 77 Fallen and Chapel Memories.

Social Capital Project

The University’s new Social Capital project will host a range of events and initiatives, particularly for underrepresented groups, that are designed to help students build their networks and relationships with others across the University community and beyond.

The project will focus on key themes, including: Communication and networking; confidence and skill development; celebrating culture and creating a community.

As part of building this ‘social capital,’ alumni are invited to join the project through a wide range of exciting opportunities, which will support our students in reaching their full potential. There will be opportunities for you to speak on panels and podcasts, take part in social media and video campaigns, and share your experiences in various other ways. This is also a great networking opportunity, as the project will be bringing together our University community and external stakeholders.

Please email to register your interest in this project. Further details will also be published on this webpage and in other DARO communications as the project develops. To update your contact preferences, please click here.