It is most certainly pleasant to receive phone calls from friends inviting me along to events but a call from Kerri Holland, Volunteer Manager with the Development & Alumni Relations Office, inviting me to an evening reception at the House of Lords for wine and canapés was certainly a great way to get my day started.
A thank you event for the countless Alumni who make an effort to support the University both financially and through giving their valuable time, this event was a pause to stop and celebrate the success of the Circles of Influence campaign currently run by the university, but also to spur the campaign on to raise valuable funds to help keep the university at the cutting edge of research and development. It was interesting to learn about some of the initiatives currently being run to advance Health and Lifestyle, Create the Leaders of Tomorrow and Influence Innovation at the University.
The event was an opportunity to meet Cilla Snowball CBE, the brain child of the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme and hearing her thoughts on what she hopes the scheme achieves is most certainly reassuring and inspiring. In addition I got to meet and talk to countless alumni and it was good to hear stories about what University life was like in previous years as well as interesting variety of career paths which had been pursued post University. Attendees had the opportunity to tour both Houses of Parliament and the history lesson of Britain was very much appreciated.
Although, yet to meet my mentor, being a part of the programme has so far certainly been exciting, interesting and educational.