Inspiring students with lectures and career talks

During 2015/16 more than 200 of our alumni and friends volunteered to deliver a wide range of guest lectures and talks across the University to help enhance student experience.


Last year alumni from the College of Social Sciences alone supported 24 different modules across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes by delivering curriculum lectures. These lectures take place within timetabled programme modules and directly enhance course content and student learning experience. Speakers have included alumni based in high profile roles and organisations including Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham City Council and Deutsche Bank.

Volunteer alumni speakers help to bring subjects to life and can act as case studies, providing expertise, real world knowledge and the opportunity for students to ask questions from an employability perspective. This engagement has produced some excellent feedback from both students and academic leads.

Speaking after one lecture in the Business School, Dr Pamela Robinson from the Department of Strategy and International Business said: "The students were enthralled and very complimentary. It really added to and made real world sense to some of the concepts we have been discussing in class."

Here are just a few examples of how our volunteers have supported the University in the past year:

  • 50 volunteers have spoken at afternoon careers workshops and panel events
  • Eight volunteers offered guidance and ideas at 'Develop your society' events, where they advised student societies about marketing and running their own society effectively
  • 34 volunteers have delivered talks as part of college based academic lectures
  • 26 volunteers supported the recent 'Book to the Future' Festival on campus by giving talks about their own books, performances, journeys and inspirations 

Feeling inspired? If you'd like to get involved in future guest speaker opportunities we'd love to hear from you. Please contact our Head of Volunteering, Becky Mitchell at