Plymouth Marjon University is launching a new campaign to enable alumni and friends of the university to support current students to have global experiences. The campaign, Going Places, is a fundraising scheme that will enable donations to be made to support international experiences for students.
Global experiences can significantly enhance a student’s skill base, with studies showing that students who go abroad are 9% more likely to gain and 1st or 2:1 degree and 24% less likely to be unemployed after graduation1.
Students will be able to bid for bursaries that will cover some of the costs of their trip to give them the experience of a lifetime. Ideas include volunteering with Skrum charity in Swaziland to educate and engage children through sport, or working in a summer camp at Camp America, but students can find their own volunteering or educational opportunities.
Pro vice-chancellor for student success, Katy Willis, says “Global experiences can make such a difference to a student’s confidence. They come home not only with wonderful memories and friends, but also with great people skills, more confidence in their abilities and more resilience. This means they can get much more out of university and out of their future career. We also hope that by allowing more Marjon students to share their talents with the world, we’ll be doing just a little bit more good. We’re delighted to launch this campaign to encourage more students to make a difference abroad, and to enable our friends and alumni to support them.
There are many other ways for alumni or friends of Marjon to get involved in the project that don’t involve giving money. Alumni may wish to mentor students or to support them in fundraising ideas, share their own experiences of volunteering abroad, become guest speakers, or even offer work experience to benefit current students. If you’d like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about Going Places here.
You can update your contact details and hear about exciting alumni events and discounts here.
- UUKi (2017) Gone International: Mobility Works. Report on the 2014-15 graduating cohort.
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