Message from the Alumni Chair
Currently Club Secretary and Chief Executive of the Oxford and Cambridge Club, my association with the University predates some of the most significant changes in its history; starting with an OND at Ealing College of Higher Education and a DMS at the Polytechnic of West London and finally completing my MBA in 1993.
Although working full time throughout my studies, I didn’t break my ties with the University after graduating and had the opportunity to serve on the governing body for 9 years until 2010. In 2010 I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate, the first from University of West London and I am delighted to be leading the board of alumni representatives during my term as chair.
About the University of West London Alumni Board
So what does the Alumni Board do? Well, we are definitely not an executive board - we do not direct the University’s policy. Instead we are an advisory board and we act as the eyes and ears of all former students, giving feedback to Luna Sidhu, Director of Development and Alumni Relations and her team who have the day-to-day responsibility for coordinating our network of Alumni. We represent those that have already made a huge investment in the University and can provide advice as well as feedback our concerns and even more so our approval.
One of the most important measures of the success of a University is the achievements and continued involvement of its former students. This is an important benchmark for new students to have when choosing where to study; the greater the level of alumni involvement, the greater the level of student engagement and the better the University is ranked. This underpins the University’s growing reputation and the value of the education we offer.
The Alumni Team are always busy planning a calendar of activities and services for our benefit. As an alumnus there are three things you can do to help make our Alumni community stronger:
Firstly update your contact details with us so that you are able to receive information, invitations to special events, the Alumni e-newsletter and other news.
Secondly, stay involved by attending Alumni events, offering to organise an Alumni club in your area, mentoring present students by sharing your experiences through special talks arranged through the Alumni office or being a University ambassador in your area or company.
Lastly, let us know what you are up to; whatever life path you chose we would love to hear about it. Information on what you have been up to since graduation helps us plan Alumni activities to suit your needs and interests. We are always interested in hearing your story.
Please do take time to think about how you can maintain a lifelong relationship with and act as Ambassadors for University of West London in order to build our reputation and assist current and prospective students.
If you have any comments or suggestions and especially if you think you can help please feel free to get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Alistair Telfer (MBA ’93)
Chair, University of West London Alumni Board