Giving back to Glasgow: how alumni are donating their time to enhance the student experience

Giving back to Glasgow: how alumni are donating their time to enhance the student experience

One way alumni can engage with ASBS after graduation is to come back and volunteer their time to support the student experience. This can take the form of anything from mentoring current students to giving talks to sponsoring consultancy projects in their organisations.

Emma Stewart (MA Management Studies & Psychology 2002), Senior Procurement and Commercial Manager at the Department of International Development, took part in a lively panel discussion on careers in international development. Emma’s experience working for DFID proved to be invaluable to the students attending.

Alumni have also helped enhance student learning. Kian Golzari (MA Business & Management 2010), Product Development Manager at Highlander Scotland Ltd, and Colin Urquhart (PhD Computing Science 1997), Chief Executive at DI4D, were guest speakers at Professor Marion Jones’s class discussing entrepreneurial perspectives on internationalisation.

Similarly both David Fenton (MA (Soc Sci) Political Economy 1998 and MSc Economics 1999), Chief Economist at TSB Bank and Dr Gary Gillespie (MSc Economics 1995), Chief Economist at the Scottish Government, were guests at the School’s Practitioners Seminar Series. The series, organised by Dr Thomas Anker, Professor Alexandros Kontonikas and Dr Hisayuki Yoshimoto, offers students opportunities to learn from real-world business and government practice.

This semester also saw the inaugural Glasgow Economics Forum (GEF), a two day conference organised by the students of the Adam Smith Economics Society and Glasgow University Real World Economics Society. David Thorburn (LLB Law 1978) former Chief Executive of Clydesdale Bank took part as the keynote speaker. Christopher Siakkas, GEF Coordinator said: “Having David deliver the keynote speech at our first GEF conference was invaluable and set the tone for a fantastic weekend exploring the future of economics.”

Some of our enterprising alumni have also joined us on campus. John Wilmot (BAcc Accountancy 2004), CEO and Co-founder of Nameloop, and Rebecca Christensen (MA Business & Management 2003) Founder of Love from Indie Street, spoke at iGnition. Aimed at our most entrepreneurial students, iGnition evenings are a chance to network and learn from likeminded students, alumni and the wider business community.

Alumni from all degree disciplines are very welcome to get involved in a variety of volunteering opportunities.

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