Time is Money

We know your time is precious – so thank you for giving your talent and expertise, and for making the university experience extra-special for our students.

Your gifts of time and talent make a tremendous impact at York and beyond. This year over 1,250 of you donated over 12,000 hours to support current students and fellow alumni. Thank you so much!

Your support helps students and alumni prepare for that vital next step on the career ladder. It can also be a great way to continue your own personal and professional development, giving you an opportunity to demonstrate and evidence your experience, whilst honing your skills still further.

In 2018 we will be hosting more online events on a new platform, to help improve the volunteering experience for you. These are designed to enhance our existing series of face-to-face professional networking events. Alumni will be able to access the online events from anywhere in the world, meaning your gifts of time and talent will have a global reach.

Our wide-ranging programme will include tips and insights from insiders on accessing specific industries. Additional sessions will offer guidance on taking the next steps – whether that’s progressing your career, or setting up your own business.

Your suggestions for topics that you would like to include online or offline would be welcome. Please contact us if you would like to take part as a speaker, panellist or expert. at kyla.holt@york.ac.uk.

In the meantime, thank you to the 1,251 of you who gave 12,405 hours of your time and talents in 2016/17.


Our Department of Theatre, Film and Television is delighted to be working with Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End to offer essential work experience through paid internships to our theatre students. This is made possible through the support of Rosemary Squire OBE, one of the most prominent women in British theatre of the modern era, and a member of the Department’s Advisory Board.

If you or your company can provide internships, placements or work experience, why not consider
using a York student? Contact us here to find out more. 


Alumnus Peter Lord, co-founder of Academy Award winning studio Aardman, modelled and auctioned off a Morph figure earlier this year.

A total of £770 was raised at the event through the auction and a prize draw, with this divided between University charities Healthy Body Healthy Mind and
Mind Your Head.


Student clubs and societies are always looking for speakers to give insights into specific industries and careers, and the Careers team host networking evenings on campus to encourage networking within specific industries. Thank you to those who have been back to campus to provide valuable advice over the last year.


Thank you to our generous alumni who acted as hosts for alumni events and donated the use of their premises as gifts in kind during 2016/17:

  • Sarah Ward Lilley, BBC, London
  • John Cawdrey and Steven Butschi, Google in New York, USA
  • Her Majesty’s Consul-General Harriet Cross, Residence of the Consul-General, Boston, USA

If you or a company you work for have meeting or event facilities that the University could use for events or career evenings then please get in touch.


If you have some time to spare and want to join our active volunteer community, then take a look at the options and decide what’s best for you.