Alumni Volunteers

The Alumni Unit has implemented a volunteer program for our Alumni. Numerous opportunities will be available throughout the year, including assisting at Graduation Ceremonies and other University Events, working with Researchers and  Student Mentoring.

How To Get Involved

To join the Alumni Volunteer Network please fill in the Keep In Touch and Alumni Membership form online (opens in a new window) and ensure to check the box  to join the Alumni Volunteer Network. Alternatively, you can contact the Alumni Unit with your request to join the Alumni Volunteer Network.

Alternatively, you can join automatically by registering interest in an opportunity via the Alumni Volunteer Registration Form (opens in a new window) and select the opportunity you would like to be involved in.  

Registered Alumni Volunteers will be added to the volunteers communication list and alerted to upcoming opportunities via email.

Please note that registered volunteers are not obligated to participate in every activity or opportunity. 

To register for existing Volunteer Opportunities, please fill in the Alumni Volunteer Registration Form (opens in a new window) and select the opportunity you would like to be involved in. 

Current Opportunities

Graduations

We will be looking for Alumni Volunteers to assist with Graduations with tasks such as auditorium ushering and regalia return.

Graduation ceremonies are held in April, September and December every year. If you are able to offer your support and experience as an Alumni Volunteer, make sure you fill in the form when registrations open closer to the ceremony dates. 

Pathways To Dreaming Mentors

We are currently looking for Alumni Volunteers who would be interested in participating in a High Schools based Indigenous student mentoring program. Pathways To Dreaming: the Indigenous School Student Mentoring Program is making a difference to the way young Indigenous students think about themselves and their futures. Beginning as a pilot program in 2009 at two schools, the program has now expanded to 22 high schools across the Greater Western and South-Western Sydney area.

Mentors work with students in small groups, chatting to them about their interests and goals. Mentors also facilitate the development and implementation of a group project devised by the students. To find out more, read the recent correspondence online now (opens in a new window)

If you are able to offer your support and experience as a Alumni Adviser and Volunteer we ask that you register your interest in the program online (opens in a new window).

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Latest News

Sharing experience and expertise with current students

Siobhan Hayden, Western Sydney University Alumnus and CEO of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia, talks about her experiences since graduating and how it feels to be back on campus talking to current students at the 2015 LEAD conference.

Alumni volunteers thanked for their efforts

Alumni Volunteers 2014Western Sydney University has thanked its alumni volunteers at a dinner hosted by Dr Joe Collins, Executive Director of Advancement and Alumni on Tuesday, 9 September 2014. Over the last 12 months, alumni volunteers generously donated their time talking to prospective students about university life, and current students about journey after university.

Special guest Professor James Arvanitakis, 2012 Prime Minister's University Teacher of the Year inspired the crowd sharing his reflections on the trials and achievements of his university student journey. Like many, James was the first in his family to attend university and this came with its challenges and doubts. He was even told at one stage that he should consider a more suitable profession, and perhaps become a builder like his father.

However it was a chance meeting with an alumnus that gave James the extra drive and determination to see through his studies. After speaking with the graduate he was inspired to press on and the rest is history. 'It was the most life-changing everyday conversation of my life,' he said.

Alumni Volunteer Kimberly Gajo was pleased to meet fellow graduates and students at the event, and shared her motivations for becoming a volunteer. 'I wanted to give something back to my University. It has been a great way for me to gain new skills and abilities, as well as providing me with the chance to network with fellow alumni and students,' she said.

Alumni Saad Nagi and Sumaiya Shaikh also received a special congratulation on the night, recently married on campus after meeting during their studies and they call Western Sydney U their home.

Several of the University's Academy students were also in attendance, networking with inspiring graduates who were only in their shoes as students several years prior. Engineering student Jason Johnston said that he found the evening to be a great opportunity to network with fellow students and chat to such motivated alumni. 'I look forward to making a continued contribution to the Alumni Community when I graduate,' he said.

Check out all the photos from the event via our Facebook Album (opens in a new window).

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Alumni Volunteers Give Life After Uni Advice at the Education Expo, 2013

Alumni Volunteers at Education Expo

Alumni assisted and presented to prospective undergraduate and post-graduate students at the Education Expo held on 18 May 2013. Prospective students were interested in the Alumni experience whilst studying and what life was like after they had graduated.


Meet some of the Alumni volunteers and see all the photos from the event via our Facebook Album (opens in a new window).

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Alumni Volunteers Present at the Fast Forward Conference, 2013

Alumni Volunteers at FastForward

Alumni volunteers presented on various topics including budgeting, entrepreneurship and life at Uni at the Fast Forward Conference held on 12 May 2013.  Over 200 Year 12 students from Western Sydney schools attended the Conference.


Check out all the photos from the event via our Facebook Album (opens in a new window).

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