Volunteer in your community

The University of Manchester has the largest staff, student and alumni community in the UK. Together we can make this a positive force for educational change.

Join your old state school or college’s alumni network

The University of Manchester’s mission is to transform the educational opportunities of as many young people in state schools as possible.

We’re working with the alumni network-building charity, Future First, to help us achieve this. Our exciting partnership with Future First allows you to support the young people sat in your old seats, in your old school. Whatever your educational story or career pathway, we encourage you to share these successes and get involved.

Become a school governor

The University of Manchester’s multi-award-winning School Governor Initiative works to increase the number of University staff and alumni serving as local school governors.

In 2015, we recruited more governors from our staff and alumni than any other workplace in the UK. Our staff and alumni account for 27% of all placed governors in the north-west region, giving us the most placed governors of any organisation across the whole of England.

University of Manchester volunteers are contributing to the improvement of schools in the most challenging areas. 79% are in schools where the number of pupils in receipt of free school meals is above the national average, and 80% of the Manchester schools that benefit from University staff expertise are judged good or better by Ofsted.

If you are already a school or college governor and wish to join our governor alumni community, please email alumni.volunteer@manchester.ac.uk with your name, date of birth and when you started your governor role. This will help inform us of anyone out there we don’t know is a governor.

How we use your information

The University of Manchester Division of Development and Alumni Relations (DDAR) processes personal information in accordance with all relevant data protection legislation. Our Privacy Notice is available here; and further information about data protection at the University is available here. Please tell us how you want to hear from DDAR by contacting us on alumni@manchester.ac.uk or +44 (0)161 306 3066; if you are a graduate you can also manage your personal information online at https://network.manchester.ac.uk/.