Make a difference to your University in the time it takes to make a cup of tea.

We have a whole range of microvolunteering opportunities to support Birmingham – all possible in just 15 minutes or less. These bite-sized tasks can have a big impact – from answering questions to support research projects, to sharing your opinion on our alumni communications or celebrating with the University’s newest alumni by sending in your graduation memories.

Check out the list of current opportunities below, each taking between just one to 15 minutes.

Happy microvolunteering!

MICROVOLUNTEERING DAY 15 April 2017 - Microvolunteering is recognised every year on the same day to raise awareness of how individuals and worthy causes can make a positive impact with small actions. Get involved and help stay connected to Birmingham, our students and fellow alumni around the world.

Take an alumni selfie in your current workplace - #wearebrumalum

Stopwatch-1minsTakes: One minute

Impact: Show our current and potential students the range of careers into which Birmingham graduates go 

Task: Snap yourself doing your day job. You might be in court, working on a film set, training at an army barracks, campaigning for a political position or conducting an experiment. Whatever you get up to from 9-5 (or whenever you are at work), we want to see it.

Contact: Send your photo to alumnicommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk, tweet to @birminghamalum using hashtag #wearebrumalum or post on Facebook to University of Birmingham Alumni. Make sure you tell us your name, degree and current job.

Take a selfie in your home city - #wearebrumalum

Stopwatch-1minsTakes: One minute

Impact: Raise awareness of our alumni community around the world and help inspire prospective international students. Birmingham is a truely global university and we now have over 70,000 international alumni who we would like to remain connected and help show the international diversity of our alumni.

Task: Take a selfie at a place of interest in your home town/country. 

Contact: tweet to @birminghamalum using hashtag #wearebrumalum or post on Facebook to University of Birmingham Alumni. Make sure you tell us your name, degree and where you are in the world.

When was 'Joe'  known at 'Old Joe'?

Stopwatch-1minsTakes: One minute

Task: We need your help! We would like to identify what age our Clock Tower  ‘Joe’ was when he became ‘Old Joe’ – let us know by emailing us your name, your year of graduation and what you called our beloved clock tower.

Contact: email alumnicommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk

'Then and Now' photos

Takes: Two minutesStopwatch-2mins

Task: We love 'Then and Now' photos sent in from alumni. Do you have an old photo of your time at University with your friends or house mates, and another more recent photo of you all? We'd really like to see and share your photos if you have them. Or perhaps you are up to the challenge of recreating some old photos with alumni friends that you are still in touch with? If so, please send these through to our Communications team. 

Contact: email alumnicommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk

College of Social Sciences graduates: Your Birmingham experience

Stopwatch-2minsTakes: Two minutes

Impact: Inspire the next generation of Birmingham students to make the most of their time at Birmingham

Task: We would like to publish some short quotes from alumni in our new student guides for students starting their journey at Birmingham in September 2017. We'd like to hear about your own experience of studying at Birmingham and what you enjoyed most. Was it your time on campus, the city, course content, student societies, or something else? And, we would specifically like to hear what you enjoyed most about your particular programme, how this has since helped your career and any top tips for studying at the University. 

Contact: Email your Birmingham experience quotes to socscialumni@contacts.bham.ac.uk and tell us your full name and degree title and year of graduation, or add a comment on Twitter about why you loved Birmingham.

Promote our free online courses

Stopwatch-2minsTakes: Two minutes

Impact: Spread the word about free online learning

Task: Share and promote our Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) - free, open, online courses designed to offer a taste of higher education to learners from across the UK and the world. Delivered by world-class academics from the University, the courses enable learners to sample high-quality academic content via an interactive web-based platform, increasing access to higher education for a whole new cohort of learners. The courses have been developed by senior academic staff and their content is quality-assured in line with our other programmes. The courses do not offer credits towards admission to the University.

Current courses include:

Liver Transplant: the Ins and Outs

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson’s Disease

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Drug Origins

Outstanding Physical Education Lessons

Improving your image: Dental photography in practice

Emergency and Urgent Care for Children: A survival guide

Contact: Use the links above to share specific courses or find out more general information

Spread the word to your old classmates

Stopwatch-2minsTakes: Two minutes

Impact: Help friends to reconnect with Birmingham

Task: We’re in touch with 180,000 alumni around the world, but there are lots of people that we’ve lost touch with over the years – and you may know them! Encourage your old University friends to get back in touch with us and update their details. It will give them access to events, reunions, research and a chance to find out what Birmingham is like now.

Contact: Ask your friends to update their details by emailing alumnioffice@contacts.bham.ac.uk or by downloading our UoBsocial app on Facebook or LinkedIn.

MDS Alumni: Tell us about your elective

Stopwatch-2minsTakes: Two minutes

Impact: Inspire current MDS students by sharing your own experiences 

Task: We'd like to hear about your elective, where you went, what you did and when. We will share this with our students preparing for their own elective to give them some insight into real experiences, what to expect and perhaps offer them some advice. If you'd like to share you elective story please email us at alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Contact: Email alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Tell us how you would like to volunteer at UoB

Stopwatch-2minsTakes: Two minutes

Task: We'd like to hear about how you might like to get involved with volunteering at the University of Birmingham. We have a number of volunteering opportunities to support students and have a positive impact on a variety of projects across camps; you can find a list of these opportunities here. However we would love to grow our programme and find news ways for our alumni to engage and share their experiences and skills. Tell us about how you'd like to get involved by emailing us at alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Contact: Email your ideas to alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Make a recommendation to our current students to help them make the most of their time at Birmingham

Stopwatch-2minsTakes: Two minutes

Impact: Help current students make the most of University life

Task: Could you offer a piece of advice or a useful tip to new and current students about how to make the most of their time at Birmingham? We want to hear recommendations from our alumni relating to managing their studies, life on campus or places to visit in the city that you feel may benefit current students. For example, where was your favourite place to study or relax in campus? Where was the best place to eat in to city? How did you find managing the workload of your course or preparing for graduate employment? Please email your recommendations to alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Contact: alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Make sure you're up to date on LinkedIn

Stopwatch-2minsTakes: Two minutes

Impact: Help prospective students with their University choice; keep yourself up to date with the latest from Birmingham

Task: Are you on LinkedIn? Update your profile to include ‘University of Birmingham’ in the ‘Education’ section and your current role and company in the ‘Experience’ section. This will help prospective students find the destination of our graduates using LinkedIn’s University pages and also means you get the latest information from the University, build your networks and identify career opportunities.

Contact: Visit https://www.linkedin.com/edu/ to update your University details.

Also, stay connected by joining our 'University of Birmingham Alumni and Friends' LinkedIn group at: www.linkedin.com/groups/118866/profile

Calling BBS alumni - support our 'career progression' animated film

Stopwatch-5minsTakes: Five minutes

Task: Our Birmingham Business School are currently working on creating a short animated film that showcases the career paths, choices and success of BBS alumni. If you would like to contribute to this short film please email alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk with the following information:

  • your degree programme and year of graduation
  • first job (including year and organisation)
  • second job (including year and organiation)
  • your ultimate career ambition 

Contact: Email your responses to alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Feature in University recruitment materials

Web-stop-watch-10minsTakes: Up to ten minutes

Impact: Help prospective students with their University choice

Task: We are always looking for quotes from alumni to include in our prospectuses, website and recruitment materials. Can you answer one or more of the following questions?

What did you enjoy most about your course?

How did your studies prepare you for your future career?

What was your favourite thing about the University?

Contact: Send your responses and ideally a picture of yourself to alumni-volunteers@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Read all about it!

Web-stop-watch-10minsTakes: Ten minutes

Impact: Help us improve our communications with alumni

Task: Our Old Joe alumni magazine goes out to alumni twice a year. Take a look at the latest issue and tell us what you liked, what you didn’t and what one thing or person you’d like to see in the next issue.

Contact: Email your thoughts to alumnicommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Complete a research questionnaire: Coeliac Disease

Takes: 15 mins

Impact: Support research at Birmingham by completeing student research questionaire

Task: Do you, or someone you know, have Coeliac Disease? Perhaps you could help with our study by completing a set of short questionnaires online?

Participants should:

  • Have received medical diagnosis/confirmation of Coeliac Disease
  • be aged 16 years or over
  • live in the UK for most of the year
  • have been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease for at least three months

Further information about this study and the link to the questionnaires is available at http://ow.ly/pCzz308WS8s

This study is being led by Catharine Rose - Doctoral Researchers, School of Psychology, if you have any questions about this study please contact Catharine at clr11@student.bham.ac.uk

School of Engineering Alumni: we'd like to hear your feedback on our academic provision for engineering students

Takes: 15mins

Impact: Support the School of Engineering Teaching and Learning Centre to develop the academic provision for engineering students. 

Task: The School of Engineering Teaching and Learning Centre is considering the skills that we believe should guide the development of our academic provision for engineering students. We have developed a questionnaire for all stakeholders, including alumni, to effect the necessary curriculum change and deliver quality graduates. Against 17 questions, each describing a specific skill, we ask you “To what level did we equip you with this skill?”. This is for us to ascertain how much emphasis we place in our programmes on developing this skill in relation to others. Please can you complete the questionnaire at http://tinyurl.com/BirminghamEngineer

Contact: For any queries, please contact the School of Engineering Teaching and Learning Centre engineeringTLC@contacts.bham.ac.uk

EPS Alumni: Tell us about your career since graduation

Takes: 15 minutes

Impact: Inspires students and fellow alumni to hear about the achievements of our alumni

Task: Our College of Engineering and Physical Sciences are currently seeking new career profiles from our EPS alumni to share online for both current and prospective students and also young alumni. If you would like to let our alumni and student community know what you are up to now, or have a short story to tell. If you would like to complete a profile please complete our online form, you can also read other alumni profiles here.

Contact: email alumnioffice@contacts.bham.ac.uk with any queries, or if you graduated from a different college but would still like to send in a profile, please get in touch.