Alumni and Student Recruitment In the true spirit of William Beveridge (LSE director 1919-37), LSE provides its own form of cradle to grave care. Whilst the Alumni Relations team is likely to be your main point of contact with the School after graduation, LSE’s Student Recruitment Office is responsible for providing prospective applicants with the support, information and advice they need as they decide where to study. The seven members of the Student Recruitment team share between them responsibility for assisting students from across the world. More than 30 countries are visited annually, with a typical itinerary including visits to schools, colleges and universities, discussions with relevant funding and third party organisations, public information sessions and meetings with local LSE alumni. The role of local alumni in promoting the School is an increasingly important one. Whilst the Student Recruitment Office maintains relationships with relevant institutions, alumni on the ground are well placed to provide unique, informal advice to prospective students who often have queries and concerns that a former student from a similar background is better qualified to answer. To this end, the Student Recruitment Office, in conjunction with the Alumni Relations team, offers all the School’s alumni the opportunity to help the next generation of LSE graduates, either by volunteering to become an Alumni Ambassador or attending a pre-departure event organised every summer by alumni groups around the world.
Alumni ambassadors scheme offers a great chance to be involved in LSE’s student recruitment work, acting as an ambassador to potential future applicants.
Email an alum
Many LSE alumni will have been quizzed at some point by friends, colleagues or family members who are considering applying to the School themselves. For LSE alumni who want to give something back to the School in a practical way, as well as to see more students from their country or background encouraged to apply, the Alumni Ambassador
Alumni Ambassadors will be profiled on our Email an Alum site and will receive questions from potential applicants to LSE who want to find out about the difference that studying at the School could make to their future prospects, as well as on other aspects of their LSE experience. The kind of questions we hope applicants will want to ask include: • How has your LSE degree helped you in job seeking and career progression?
• What kind of contacts did you make at LSE and how did these help you? • How did your experience at LSE differ from that of friends and colleagues who studied elsewhere? • What alumni activity have you been involved with since leaving LSE? • What made you choose LSE rather than institutions in your home country? Please note that all messages are sent via the Student Recruitment Office, allowing you to keep your email address private. For reasons of privacy, we also profile alumni on the site using first names only. From time to time Alumni Ambassadors may also
be asked to support the work of the LSE Student Recruitment Office by participating in events taking place in their countries, or providing contacts with their former institutions. However the major way that you participate will be through the Email an Alum scheme.
Get involved If you wish to become an Alumni Ambassador and participate in the Email an Alum scheme, please go to Houghton Street Online (alumni.lse. ac.uk) and click the link to Alumni Ambassadors and complete the online form. If you have questions about the scheme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reports and photos from these events, please see alumni.lse.ac.uk/ events SOFIA 40
Published on Dec 1, 2010