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BU helps thousands of people reach their potential every year and makes a real contribution to the wider world through its research and enterprise work.

You can support our good work and give the next generation of graduates a helping hand in many different ways.

Share your story

What was studying at BU like for you? What have you achieved since you graduated? What advice would you give future students?

Today's students really value the advice, opinions and experience of alumni. Share your story and you could help inspire a graduate of the future.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and if there's an opportunity to feature you on our website or in other publicity materials, we'll be in touch.

Become a BU alumni mentor

Get involved, inspire the next generation and discover the latest talent entering your industry. Our alumni mentoring scheme matches the skills and experiences of BU’s graduates with the career aspirations of our current students.

As an alumni mentor, you will be matched with a student mentee to provide advice on making the first steps into graduate employment. Your mentee will set out the areas they’d like to work on at the start of the mentorship – from improving their CV to interview tips or insights into the skills which employers are looking for.

Mentorships operate on a 1:1 basis and typically last for three months. You will be supported throughout by the Alumni Relations Team.

Why get involved?

By volunteering your time as a mentor, you can:

  • Use your experiences to give back and support the careers of others
  • Develop new professional skills
  • Make contact with emerging talent entering your sector
  • Gain increased exposure for your organisation and build new networks.

How it works

Our mentoring programme is open for student applications at two points in the academic year – November and February. We also run subject-specific mentoring programmes based on demand across the year.

We are always looking for new alumni mentors from all sectors and subjects of study. Recent programmes have included students from design and engineering, computing and informatics, marketing communications, psychology and media production.

To express an interest, complete our online alumni details form, and tick the ‘alumni mentoring’ box under the ‘Getting involved and volunteering section’. We will get in touch to let you know about relevant opportunities.

You can also find out more by reading our Alumni Mentoring Handbook (pdf 223kb).

Make a gift

Bournemouth University works with a variety of individuals and organisations to secure financial support for many different projects and priorities.

With support, we can help more and more students reach their potential and make a real contribution to the wider world through research and enterprise work going on in our academic schools.

If you believe in the good work BU is doing, or if you'd like to give today's students a helping hand, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

To find out more about what we're seeking support for, or to make a donation yourself, visit our information pages.

Jobs and placements

Where better to find talented graduates to work with than at your own university?

Advertise your vacancies with Bournemouth University and you'll have your pick of motivated and profesionally-aware students from somewhere you trust. You'll also be helping a fellow graduate get a great start to their career.

Jobs for Graduates and Placements for Students

Hundreds of companies have benefited from the high-calibre graduates that we produce. We can assist your company in finding, selecting and employing the very best candidates to give your business that extra edge. Find out more about recruiting a graduate or placing a student.

Help with events

Near and far, BU holds events all around the world to recruit new students. If you'd like to meet the students of tomorrow and tell them about BU, please join us!

Wherever you live now, contact us if you'd like to help - and we'll contact you if we're visiting your area.

Organise a reunion

Reconnect with former classmates and relive your university experiences by organising a reunion. Download our short Alumni Reunion Guide (pdf 348kb) to get started.

Back to school scheme

BU works with schools and colleges across the UK to promote opportunities for students to progress to higher education. Many schools are keen to hear from their own alumni – who have also gone on to graduate from Bournemouth University. Why not share your journey and inspire the next generation by taking part in one of the following activities? We are happy to help cover travel expenses for alumni visiting their former school, or BU, for a talk.

Back to school talks

Join our UK Student Recruitment and Outreach Team as they attend school and college careers fairs to promote university options. This is an opportunity for you to revisit your former school or college and talk about your experience at BU and what you are doing now.

On campus school visits

We regularly host school groups on campus. The visits are designed to give students a flavour of what university life is like, as well as what BU can offer. By registering to take part in our Back to School scheme, we will contact you to if your former school is visiting and invite you to be part of the day.

Record a case study

If you cannot visit your former school or BU due to time commitments or distance, we would still love to capture your story in the form of a case study. This could be written or recorded so that we can share it during school careers fairs and campus visits.

To express an interest in any of these options, complete our Alumni details update form and tick the ‘Giving an alumni talk at your previous school’ box in the Getting involved and volunteering section. Be sure to include the name of your previous school where requested.

SUBU community volunteering

As one of Bournemouth University's alumni, you have also have access to a wide range of volunteering opportunities through SUBU Volunteering which matches people interested in volunteering with the organisations who need them.

Opportunities come from a range of local, national and international organisations that conform to a clear code of practice, which ensures the health and safety of the volunteer and the quality of the opportunity. So, whether you want to volunteer for laying paths on Brownsea, painting murals or taking disabled young adults to the pub, now you can find the right opportunity.

You can also use SUBU Volunteering to advertise for volunteers for community activities you are involved in organising.