Information for Alumni

Durham University is fortunate to have a diverse and influential network of alumni. The DUBS Alumni Team wish to work with alumni to assist our current students in improving their employability and helping them identify and fulfil their career ambitions. 

We recommend new mentors start with one mentee.  Experienced mentors may take on two or even three mentees as demand for mentors outstrips our volunteers, particularly in popular industries.  We ask that mentors allow at least an hour each month to support each mentee.

There is no obligation to meet face to face. Most contact will likely be via this platform, email, telephone or Skype but it is up to you and your mentee to decide how you wish to communicate.

At the beginning of each new set of partnerships, the DUBS Alumni Team organise webinars to provide guidance and an opportunity to ask questions.  These are recorded and available online, along with other mentoring resources here.  Contact the DUBS alumni team on business.alumni@durham.ac.uk if you have any concerns. 

How does it work?

Step 1: You fill in and activate your profile here. You will need a Dunelm account to do this. If you don’t already have one, you can get one here. Please note that if you do not yet have a Dunelm account it may take up to 2 working days for a member of our team to verify and register you.

Step 2:  DUBS students search for alumni mentors. If a student wishes to select you they will send you a message via this platform. You will receive a notification that you have received a message to the email address you have provided.

Step 3: Click on the link in the email to respond to the student. You’ll be brought to this website to reply. Your response will be emailed to the student.

Step 4: Make regular contact with your mentee throughout the duration of the relationship. We recommend mentors allow an hour each month to support their mentee.

Step 5: For students on one-year courses the mentoring should cease at the end of the programme.  When a course runs for more than one year (such as the online MBA), after 12 months you should review whether you both still are finding the relationship worthwhile or if it is time for the student to seek a new mentor.  This is a perfectly natural development for the student to grow beyond the support that you can offer, or to develop new priorities.  During your last session, discuss whether and how you would like to stay in touch. 

Our students’ needs vary each year and it is possible that you may not be contacted.  Please help them to understand the full range of your experience by keeping your LinkedIn and alumni profile up to date.  Your specialism may not be required this year, but be exactly relevant another.

What do I do if I have a problem?

Email operations.helpdesk@durham.ac.uk for any technical issues.

Email business.alumni@durham.ac.uk to report a problem with any correspondence.

 



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The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE

0191 334 6305
alumni.office@durham.ac.uk

The full team is currently working out of the office due to Covid-19. We always love to hear from you but it may take us a little longer than usual to respond - especially by mail or telephone. Thank you for bearing with us. Please do get in touch with us online for anything time-sensitive at alumni.office@durham.ac.uk