Volunteering superstars… and how you can become one!

Across the University, York students are benefiting from our ‘volunteering superstars’ who take the time to help, and share their expertise and knowledge in a variety of ways.

From hosting masterclasses in Departments and working with our Careers team, to hosting industry days, to being an online mentor, attending a recruitment roadshow or simply allowing us to feature you in our marketing material (like Charlie, below) – your commitment to the University and those that follow you demonstrates your passion and generosity.

Graduate volunteers and donors contribute to York’s success both online and in person. Alumnus Phil Harding recently met with defenders from the Centre for Applied Human Rights to talk about reporting on human rights. Phil had a wealth of experience to share as he led the BBC’s College of Journalism’s course for new editorial leaders, dealing with issues such as impartiality and defining the ‘public interest’.

The Centre, which currently has four journalists visiting as part of the Protective Fellowship Scheme, was pleased to welcome Phil, who volunteered to host an in-depth training session with them. The session explored the Defenders’ individual situations and challenges, and then covered how best to engage audiences in hostile environments, using social media and looking at the role public interest journalism plays in the modern media world. One defender who took part in the session told us: “It was the best training I have had so far, and I greatly valued the wealth of experience Phil shared.”

Alumna Mariel with Jenny Gonzalez Hogg (UoY), alumna Nora Ascencio and Henrice Altink (UoY).

It’s not just alumni in the UK who continue to support the University. Thank you to everyone who takes time out of their day to help our International Recruitment team at overseas events, like alumni Ariadna Diaz, Belam Herrera, Alex Leon, Mariel Romo, Nora Ascencio and Bernardo Alanis, who recently helped on our stand in Monterrey, Mexico. Prospective students really like to hear from graduates, particularly those who are based outside the UK.

York would not be the international university it is today without the passionate group of Yorkies who help us time and time again!

York Profiles and Mentors, our online platform, has enabled students to access career profiles and mentors from around the world. Thank you to everyone who has submitted a profile or agreed to be an online mentor to our students. The value of being able to search the platform for career advice and one-to-one support is vital to ensuring York students are prepared for working life as current student. As Max told us: “I think the platform is a great resource, especially if you have a specific company or role in mind. Being able to contact graduates directly really helped me and showed me the diverse routes you can take with your career.”