Thank you for your support!
Throughout October and November our student calling team contacted over 6,500 of you through our Telephone Appeal offering you the opportunity to keep in touch with the University by updating your details, hear about the University as it is today and the opportunity to make a philanthropic gift to Southampton. The Appeal has been running for over 10 years and while it primarily serves as a way for our alumni community to make an annual gift to one of the University’s six priority areas, it also provides our current students and alumni with the chance to share their experiences about life at Southampton and beyond.
The experience is hugely positive for our current students and alumni alike. For our student callers, they are able to learn about what life may have been like for an alumnus who studied here in the 1970s. And our alumni receive the same in return, finding out if their beloved tutor still teaches the same course or if the Stag's Head is still busy on a Friday night. Sophia, a Philosophy student and current caller says “my favourite thing about being a student caller is learning about the past experiences of our alumni and listening to their success stories after University.” Like Sophia many of our callers relish the opportunity to hear about the amazing experiences some of our alumni have had, inspiring them to achieve their own goals when it comes time for them to graduate and to find their own career path.
One of the highlights of this autumn’s telephone appeal was the various visits we received to the call room from University leadership and other key members of staff. Particularly exciting for our student calling team was the visit they received from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam. During his visit, Professor Nutbeam had the opportunity to witness the infectious and enthusiastic atmosphere our student callers display while on the phones with our alumni, who are sometimes staff themselves. We are also immensely proud of our student calling team for reaching their target of over £30,000 in pledges and we would like thank those of you who contributed towards helping us to reach our target.
Chris, another of our student callers studying for an MA in Film says that his favourite part of being a student caller is “feeling like you're making a difference to the University community and helping to fund some ground-breaking projects.” While Rich, one of our student supervisors, and a History student, says his favourite part of being on the calling team is “seeing so many alumni give back to Southampton simply because they had such a great time here themselves.”
In the last academic year £122,000 has been generously donated from more than 1,124 donors from our alumni community through the Telephone Appeal and we really appreciate this support. Through these regular contributions we've been able to provide even more bursaries and scholarships for students facing hardships and opportunities for our students to participate in life changing experiences, such as attending the ENACTUS World Cup and the Formula Student competition. To all of our alumni who have given a gift to make these projects possible, thank you for your continued generosity and support!
Our Telephone Appeal will take place again the in spring and we hope that if you get a phone call you'll take the time to have a chat with one of our callers, learning about how you can get more involved with the many opportunities and benefits that are available to you as an alumnus and that you may also feel inspired to make your own impact by making a gift to the University.
If you'd like to find out more about how you can get involved with your alumni community or to see how alumni gifts are making a difference please visit the alumni and gifts at work sections of our website.