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During the campaign, a team of 30 current students from all courses and campuses, at various stages of their studies, will be contacting graduates by phone to update them on all the latest news from the university, including recent success stories, and to tell them a bit more about what university life is like today. It’s also an opportunity for the students to ask the graduates they speak to about what they’ve been up to since graduating from Ulster and to seek advice on their own career aspirations.

Throughout these calls, the students will also talk to graduates about how they can stay connected with and support the University in a variety of meaningful ways from supporting fundraising efforts such as the Student Opportunity Fund and Mind your Mood and by getting involved in initiatives such as mentoring, event participation and guest lectures and talks for students and fellow graduates.

But calling is never just about fundraising. The student callers greatly benefit from the experience and advice of those they speak to - some with very tangible results - and we are so grateful for the time our graduates spend taking the call.

Eddie Friel, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, outlines some of the benefits of the campaign:

The phone calls are excellent experience for the students as they can gain tangible advice on life after a degree at Ulster and access information on future careers.

We are also delighted that more and more graduates are deciding to support the priority areas such as the Student Opportunity Fund, Mind Your Mood and pancreatic cancer research, helping to transform lives.

If you receive a call from one of our students, we would encourage you to take some time to have a chat and enjoy the call.

Find out more about the campaign