During Welcome Week we arrived, magnets in hand and ice cream van in tow, and through the grey skies and rain we persevered to say hello. Your alumni office not only interacts with those who have graduated from the University; we are here for you as our current students as well. Welcome Week helped us to connect with you and tell you about the exciting things we have planned for this academic year and how you can get involved. Over three days we gave out 1,200 ice creams in exchange for a like or follow on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you can always keep up to date with alumni news, which I think is a pretty fair deal.
Arriving with sweet treats allowed us to reel you in and tell you all about our plans for the year - some of you even stayed for a chat. Along with free ice cream we also ran a competition on our Twitter and Facebook pages where you could win ten ‘FabNFresh’ tickets by uploading a photo of you and your friend with the hashtag #OldJoeNewFriends.
The first project we rolled out during Welcome Week was our ‘Hands Up!’ campaign where you can apply for up to £2,000 from a £20,000 fund generously supported by our alumni, to help make your idea for your student society into a reality. Applications were open for three weeks and being able to interact with you on campus really enhanced the campaign's reach. This campaign not only helps the students applying but also spreads across the whole campus, as each idea is intended to help the wider student community.
Your alumni relations office always strives to interact with you in new and diverse ways to continually promote the lengths we go to support you and our alumni. Charitable fundraising, like the Circles of Influence campaign that came to a close in summer 2015, raised £193.4 million. This money helped transform your campus, funded research which made a global impact, and gave you, as current students, life-changing opportunities.
So take a peek at our website, follow us on Twitter and never miss an opportunity again.