Meet our student fundraising team

Over the next few weeks, our amazing student fundraising team will be taking to the phones to chat to Manchester alumni all across the UK. Find out what they love most about life as a student fundraiser.

Here at Manchester, we think our supporters are amazing. Gifts to the University have transformed thousands of lives over the years. And through all the challenges of the past year, our incredible alumni have stepped up to show their support.

Whether it’s bringing relief to students in need or supporting the search for better COVID-19 treatments, your alumni community has shown enormous generosity. Every single gift – no matter how big or small – makes a difference. 

This month, our amazing team of student fundraisers will be taking to the phones to chat to Manchester alumni just like you. They’ll update you on some of the amazing things that you and your fellow graduates have made possible. And they’ll explain how you can make even more of a difference, now and in the future.

But the call isn’t just about asking for financial support. Our team of fundraisers are all students at Manchester. They love to hear the interesting stories, insights and advice from generations that studied before them. From halls of residence to memorable professors, societies to social events, our alumni might have more in common with our student fundraisers than they think!

Our wonderful team can’t wait to say ‘hello’. But before they do, why not meet them first?

 

Ammaara (English Literature and Creative Writing)

Where are you from?

Lancashire

What do you like best about being a student fundraiser?

Hearing about some of the incredible paths alumni have taken since university. It’s very inspiring to learn about what career paths are available and it motivates me to work as hard as I possibly can, as anything is achievable if you try!

How has being a student fundraiser helped you in your own development?

It has helped me become more confident in speaking to a wide variety of people, as being from a small town I grew up quite sheltered and so it has been a huge personal development for me, speaking to many different types of people and learning a lot from peoples own choices and experiences!

 

Rebecca (Medicine)

Where are you from?

Birmingham

What’s been one of your most memorable calls and why?

I called an alum who used to be a student caller. It was fun to talk about his memories from the call room and see what he was getting up to! And of course, he donated as he knew so much already about the schemes. 

How has being a student fundraiser helped you in your own development?

Being a student fundraiser has definitely made me more confident talking to new people and making telephone calls. It’s also a nice break from my studies, and I enjoyed making friends with people on different courses.

 

Minahil (Medicine)

Where are you from?

Manchester

What’s been one of your most memorable calls and why?

My first donation call! It was on bonfire night and the alumnus told me that donating was the best way to spend their night, and this really warmed my heart.

What are you looking forward to most about getting back to fundraising on the phone?

The fun of interacting with lots of different alumni at different stages of their lives and maybe being able to glean a few life tips here and there amongst the donations!

 

Dilara (Aerospace Engineering)

Where are you from?

South East London, Peckham

What do you like best about being a student fundraiser?

Being able to talk to people who studied at the university and see how life has been treating them since. It helps me get a good gauge on what I might be doing in the future and the endless possibilities that are waiting for me after university! There’s so much people do that isn’t directly related to their original course. 

What are you looking forward to most about getting back to fundraising on the phone?

Just talking to people really. Human interaction is very scarce nowadays and having people to talk to and just engage with will really help lockdown pass by quicker. 

 

Kerys (English Literature and English Language)

Where are you from?

Oldham, Manchester

What are you looking forward to most about getting back to fundraising on the phone?

Speaking to alumni often gives you a lot of perspective as a student. When you are 18 and have just moved from home, you can feel like you are the first person to ever go through the stress of a difficult assignment or staying up at the library far too late. When I speak to alumni who have gone through many of these experiences, I am reminded that many students have found university difficult at times and many will in the future. I have also met alumni in person at events such as the Discovery Day for Egyptology event aimed at children and grandchildren of alumni. I hope that alumni continue to feel connected with the University and I hope that there are more events like this in the future.  

How has being a student fundraiser helped you in your own development?

I was accepted to the University through the Manchester Access Programme almost 3 years ago. I am now in my final year and every time I speak to an alum who supports the programme, I feel more confident that I belong at the University. My student experience has been so much better than I imagined when I was on the programme. I have even studied abroad and held a position on the Senate at the Student’s Union. It is extremely fulfilling to help prospective students of the programme so that people from my background can continue to have experiences like mine.  

 

Anna (MSc Urban Design & International Planning)

Where are you from?

I am from India, born in Kerala and moved over here when I was 6 and have been in Manchester ever since then.

What do you like best about being a student fundraiser?

Talking to alumni who did similar courses to me and hearing about their experiences at university. They often have really great memories of university life such as how they met their significant other or how they ended up in the career they are in now.

What’s been one of your most memorable calls and why?

I particularly like calls with alumni who have the same degree as me because they had the same lecturers and often understand what I am going through at that moment. It feels like an automatic connection has been made!

 

Emily (Geography with International Study)

Where are you from?

Sunderland

What’s been one of your most memorable calls and why?

I spoke to a lovely lady once who had met her husband whilst they were both studying in Manchester! It was great to hear about how they met, and how Manchester is so special to them because it’s where they met each other. 

How has being a student fundraiser helped you in your own development?

I’m so much more confident in communicating now than I was previously, and I look forward to talking to new people instead of getting nervous about it. It’s also highlighted to me how people from a very similar starting point can end up going in loads of different directions at different times in their life, so I don’t need to worry too much about what I’m going to do when I graduate myself just yet. 

 

Theo (Biology with Science and Society)

Where are you from?

North London

What’s been one of your most memorable calls and why?

Speaking to someone who came to the University through the Manchester Access Programme and learning about how big a difference it made in changing their life.

What are you looking forward to most about getting back to fundraising on the phone?

I am most looking forward to informing alumni of the important work the university is putting in place to support students.

 

Lizzie (French and Politics)

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Hertfordshire, down South! (But I won’t ignore you on the bus)

What do you like best about being a student fundraiser?

Connecting with alumni and the conversations about what Manchester used to be like and favourite places to visit in the area!

What are you looking forward to most about getting back to fundraising on the phone?

Cliché I know, but connecting with new people (outside my social bubble, too!). Especially during COVID, I don’t get to meet a lot of new people, so that’s going to be great. Also, the opportunity to contribute to something really positive when a lot of volunteering opportunities with university haven’t been possible this year.

 

If you’d rather not receive a call, or if you’d like to arrange your call for a time that’s convenient for you, please get in touch. You can email us at supporters@manchester.ac.uk.

2 thoughts on “Meet our student fundraising team

  1. Interesting chat with your caller – thanks
    Your biographies show 8 women and 1 man. Do we conclude;
    (a) women more inclined to volunteer to chat?
    (b) women are selected preferentially because they are thought to be better at such tasks?
    (c) 8/9 M/c students are women?

    1. Hi Tony, thank you so much for chatting with one of our students – we’re so glad you enjoyed your conversation! Overall, we find that female students are significantly more likely to put themselves forward for our student fundraiser roles and, as as you rightly point out, this has led to this year’s student fundraising team containing more women than men. There are lots of different reasons why this could be, and we’re working hard to make sure we’re telling all our students about opportunities to become a student fundraiser. We hope that future calling teams will be more reflective of the gender balance across the University (which is currently around 53% female and 47% male across the student population).

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