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Running great alumni group and network events

Volunteer-led events are a powerful tool in making new personal and career connections, and we’ve seen them change the lives of UCL alumni and current students. There are many different types of event you can host, from small meet-ups to large gatherings – be inventive!

Alumni volunteers supporting an event

Running a brilliant event doesn’t have to be complicated. There are lots of different ways to do it, and below are some successful formats and resources you can use.

Event format ideas

Panel talks

Purpose: Supporting lifelong learning and career aspirations of fellow alumni. 
Audience: All alumni (current students should be considered) 
Format: A 60–90-minute session (either virtual or in-person) comprising 3-4 panellists and a chair to facilitate discussion. Interesting and topical subjects should be considered to entice fellow alumni to sign up. 
Online platform: You should use the UCL alumni volunteers Zoom account for online events. For further information and to book, contact the Alumni Relations team (alumni@ucl.ac.uk)

Fireside chat or 'In conversation with...' events

Purpose: Supporting lifelong learning and career aspirations of fellow alumni. 
Audience: All alumni (current students should be considered) 
Format: A 60–90-minute event (either virtual or in-person). These talks showcase the career journey and expertise of an individual, in conversation with a host. While the host should be a UCL graduate, the guest speaker could be outside of the UCL community but someone of considerable interest.  
Online platform: You should use the UCL alumni volunteers Zoom account for online events. For further information and to book, contact the Alumni Relations team (alumni@ucl.ac.uk)

UCL Great British Quiz Off

Purpose: An activity that builds community and pride and supports the wellbeing of fellow alumni. 
Audience: All alumni (200-person audience maximum if online) 
Format: This could be a virtual or in-person event. Quizzes could be built around themes such as UCL, London or the region you live in. We recommend a maximum of five rounds containing 10 questions. 
Online platform: You should use the UCL alumni volunteers Zoom account for online events. For further information and to book, contact the Alumni Relations team (alumni@ucl.ac.uk)

Speed networking

Purpose: These events can support community building or be focused on employability and lifelong learning. 
Audience: All alumni (current students should be considered), maximum of 150 participants.
Format: Usually a 60-minute session, this virtual or in-person event can also be shortened to 30 minutes and added on to a panel talk or fireside chat. Speed networking can be formal or informal in approach depending on the purpose. We recommend that attendees are split into small groups (no more than 10) and rotate at least once during the event. 
Online platform: You should use the UCL alumni volunteers Zoom account for online events. For further information and to book, contact the Alumni Relations team (alumni@ucl.ac.uk)

Make sure your events result smoothly: Download our event checklist (Word document)

“In these exceptional times, feeling isolated has become almost normal, so it’s very important to connect with support groups from various areas of one’s life. An alumni community is one such group that can help us feel more connected to a wider set of like-minded people.” - Himani Gupta, President, UCL Delhi Alumni Group
A UCL Japan alumni group event

Be inspired

Browse the alumni networking and group events taking place all over the world.