Alumni Advisory Board: 2023 year in review

Emma Barrat speaking into a microphone. She is seated. Another person is seated to the left.

Emma Barrat speaking at the Women's Networking event in April

Each year, alumni contribute to the University in a range of ways. Whether it is through volunteering to give a guest lecture, speak on a Q&A panel, be on a Board, or contribute financially, there are many ways to give back.

Members of the Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) get involved in a variety of ways and contribute their time and expertise to support the University.

In the last twelve months, our 16 members have been contributing their time right around the world. Here we look at just a few of the things that they have been up to.

In the last academic year, led by Alumni President Dr Luke Stott, the Board met online four times. They have met with senior university staff, in particular to offer insights and advice on the plans being created as part of new university strategy. They have supported on the activities of the alumni team, and individually they have also volunteered their time to put on events, support fellow alumni, and offer time to current students.

David Mead, who joined the Board in 2022, connected alumni to provide profiles to support prospective students, and also contributed to a guest panel at the Loughborough University London campus.

Emma Barrat has shared several job vacancies to advertise to alumni and students! She was also on the panel at our first Women’s Networking event in London, which took place in April – an exciting new event that gives women the opportunity to connect and network.

Members of the AAB and many other alumni also support our international activities.

Edith Alusa and Dr Precious Mwongera supported an East Africa offer holders event – a key activity to help those who are looking at studying in the UK and particularly at Loughborough.

Patrick Lee hosts monthly dinners in Hong Kong and he has also been volunteering to build further alumni networks in China, with several meet-ups happening.

Yasamin Fozouni, Emma Fu and Chris Edmonds all supported activities that took place in the USA. A brilliant time was had by alumni in America in January, with opportunities to meet-up in New York and in San Francisco, supported by our AAB members. Yasamin also contributed as a guest speaker at an online panel for International Women’s Day in March!

Amy Ward got involved in various sports-related activities, and in particular contributed to the Talk Sport student conference as a mentor and CV checker, offering advice to current students. She also processed at winter graduation, representing the Alumni Association!

Aisha Adedeji visited Loughborough to deliver a Personal Best: My Story guest lecture, an exciting session where she discussed her career, moving to another country, and setting up her own business.

Alumni President, Dr Luke Stott began his term last summer and has overseen the meetings of the Board, and represents the alumni community at University Council meetings. He is working on many behind the scenes projects and activities to help to develop the University’s engagement with its alumni. Watch this space.

Thank you to everyone on the AAB for your kind contributions.

Read more on the activities of the Board from Dr Luke Stott in his President's update.