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 and USA. Find out what they’re looking forward to the most about their job.

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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 start or continue your support, 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?


Fizza
(Medicine)

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I wanted to dedicate a portion of my time to fundraising as I understand the importance of financial aid and believe everyone deserves a chance to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances. The money raised goes towards things such as scholarships or research, as well as architecture, all of which benefit students continuously.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I am excited to be a part of such a charitable and exciting campaign, whilst maintaining contact with alumni.

 

Hannah C (Medicine)

Where are you from?

London

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I had past fundraising experiences with my high school and had enjoyed my time working with other colleagues and getting to know more people.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

As I am quite an outgoing person, I really look forward to talking to our alumni about their experiences at the University, getting to know more about themselves and career etc.

 

Gemma (Speech & Language Therapy)

Where are you from?

Reading

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

Firstly, the practicality of the role really appealed to me in that I wanted a job that could easily fit in around my studies. Secondly, I really believe in the importance of fundraising and its role in driving research and providing opportunities to those who might need financial support. I do also just love a good chat!

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

Hearing about what alumni have been up to since graduating!

 

Amelia (Psychology)

Where are you from?

South West London

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I was attracted to the student fundraiser role because I enjoy talking to people who might have had different life experiences to myself and I saw an opportunity to engage with the UoM community on a wider scale. I was inspired by the idea that you remain part of the community beyond your university years. 

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

Speaking to alumni about their experiences of university in Manchester and seeing how their lives have unravelled since they finished their studies.  I am intrigued about what is possible for me to achieve once I have completed my own

 

Rowan (International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response and Spanish, with a LEAP module in Arabic)

Where are you from?

Devon

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I wanted to become a student fundraiser because I want to help others and work in the humanitarian sector after university. Fundraising is an essential part of charity work, and this role will help pave the way to a career in this sector. I am proud that I will be an ambassador for my university and part of a team that will be raising money towards scholarships and world-class research.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

What I am looking forward to most is gaining the valuable skills that this new role will bring, and getting to know what our former alumni are doing now.


Sophia (Chemistry)

Where are you from?

I’m from Pakistan. Whenever someone asks me which part of Pakistan I’m from, I cannot give an exact answer because I have been moving from city to city throughout my life. Thus, I have left a part of me in these various cities and taken a part of these cities within me. Now, I am in a completely new country, but this place seems like home too and a part of me feels like it belongs here as well.

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I wanted to become a student fundraiser because student fundraisers help to raise funds for things that truly matter and things that can make a difference. Not only is this job a great learning experience, it is also a noble one.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I’m most looking forward to chatting with alumni. I would love to hear about their experiences and their journeys. It would be a great honour to talk to them and even get some advice from them. 


Giselle (Economics)

Where are you from?

I am originally from New Zealand, but grew up in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I wanted to become a student fundraiser because doing a job that contributes to a good cause is important to me.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I’d love to be able to make a difference to help future students.


Laina (Law)

Where are you from?

Sudan

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I knew that this role would not only make a positive impact on the University but also the community and potentially the world. Also, I felt like this experience will help me develop my communication skills which are essential to my current studies.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I’m looking forward to being a part of growing the special projects that we’re going to be raising donations for and I’m also looking forward to interacting with alumni who have went through a similar university experience to mine and hopefully receiving some valuable advice!


Karla (PhD in Biochemistry)

Where are you from?

Ecuador

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I applied to become a student fundraiser because I believe that via fundraising, the University has been able to support amazing causes that are changing people’s lives!  Having been awarded a scholarship to study my postgraduate in the UK, I know how important these scholarships are and how they can change the students’ future!

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I am really looking forward to interacting with the University’s alumni community, hearing about what they have been up to since graduating and answering their questions about what is going on at The University of Manchester currently.


Faatima (English Literature & Spanish)

Where are you from?

Bolton

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I chose to be a student fundraiser because I wanted to be part of a team that provided vital support for students within the University.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

What I am looking forward to most is connecting with previous students and working as a team to raise funds!


Jasmine (Law)

Where are you from?

Manchester

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I wanted to become a student fundraiser because I’m aspiring towards a career that involves plenty of charity work and campaigning, so this is the perfect opportunity for me to work on key skills.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I’m most looking forward to ensuring that fellow students receive the scholarships and grants that they need to support them throughout their studies at the University!


Oyinda (Medicine)

Where are you from?

Nigeria

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I have always been interested in what the fundraising team do ever since I was first introduced to their achievements in my first year at University. I was very impressed to learn that a group of students could have such an impact on the University’s fundraising efforts!

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I am definitely looking forward to having the opportunity to speak to alumni as that is not something I have been able to do up until now. I am eager to hear about all their favourite memories of being a student and it will be nice to discover any shared experiences we might have.


Bea (English Literature & German)

Where are you from?

Greater Manchester

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I wanted to become a student fundraiser because of all the great work the University does with the money raised, particularly its research and providing opportunities to students.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I’m looking forward to working with other students as part of the fundraising team but also the chance to speak to and hear from alumni of the University.


Kathryn (MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response)

Where are you from?

North Wales

Why did you want to become a student fundraiser?

I enjoy fundraising and have enjoyed my time at Manchester so much that I like the idea of talking to alumni about there experiences whilst raising money to support new students with their studies.

What are you looking forward to the most about being a student fundraiser?

I’m looking forward to connecting with people who have gone to the University to see what they have gone on to do and how their experience at Manchester has shaped their future- it’s exciting to think that I will one day be in a similar position!


Miriam (PhD in Quality of Life of Older Ethnic Minority Communities, and team leader)

Where are you from?

I’m from Brighton but have lived in Manchester for 6 years.

What are you looking forward to when returning to your role?

The best thing about being a student supervisor is supporting callers’ development and hearing such great conversations. I am most looking forward to working with such a close-knit team, working to provide important funding for the University. Being a supervisor has helped me develop my confidence and leadership skills.


Nadia (Dentistry student and team leader)

Where are you from?

London

How has being a student fundraiser helped you in your own development, personally or otherwise?

Student fundraising has really helped me with my confidence, as being able to hold a conversation with people I have never met before (over the phone!) is definitely a skill.


Dilara (Aerospace Engineering student and team leader)

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.  


Ammaara (English Literature and Creative Writing student and team leader)

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!

 

 

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.

 

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