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The new normal of alumni volunteering
Many aspects of society have been forever changed by the pandemic and alumni volunteering programmes are no different. The University of Manchester quickly responded to campus closures and moved events online, starting small and building up, including larger, more complex events along the journey. Utilising detailed feedback from student audiences and alumni volunteers, the formats of events were continually honed, successful online speed networking events and roundtables were trialled. Now that teaching has resumed on campus, it is essential to look at what that means for both the volunteers and student audiences and make sure a programme of events that keeps up with their needs is being offered. Offering a mix of online and in-person events will not be enough, activity must be moved to hybrid formats to remain resilient against future challenges and to make sure that these programmes are accessible to everyone. This paper outlines successes with online events and stewardship, which has become the new normal since the pandemic, and how it is intended to develop this in line with the new hybrid way of working.
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Leah Southern is the Faculty Alumni Officer for Biology Medicine and Health at The University of Manchester. After graduating with a BA(Hons) in English Language from The University of Manchester in 2012, Leah started working in the Student Communications team, later moving to the Division of Development and Alumni Relations in 2014, where she has worked since. Leah is responsible for keeping the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health connected with their alumni community by managing activities to support student recruitment and employability, utilising the expertise of alumni volunteers. Leah has a strategic focus on growing activities within the faculty by expanding her networks throughout the university as well as cultivating relationships with key alumni to support volunteer recruitment and ensure volunteers are stewarded appropriately. Leah, along with her team, have managed and developed the CASE Platinum award winning Global Graduates programme.