Your College needs you!

The Bridge at Hughes Hall leverages the College’s multi-disciplinary perspective, international nature and external focus to bring the research and expertise of its academic community to make an impact on the world. We are now looking for Alumni support for this ambitious initiative. One component of the Bridge is preparing many of our current research community for impact beyond the college gates – in other research environments, business, policy-making, and practice. Can you help us bridge the gap?

We aim to improve their understanding of the pathway from research into practice, helping them to learn transferrable skills, providing exposure to a range of professional environments and linking them with people whose skillsets and knowledge can drive their future success. We are developing a ‘curriculum’ of opportunities, experiences, events and contacts to enable the development of relevant skills and expertise, and to provide a platform from which they can set and work towards personal goals as well as broader ambitions to become a major force for good in the world.

We hope you will be part of this initiative. If you are keen to build fruitful links with your college, to give something back to the community that helped launch your career, and are now in a position to inspire and equip the next generation of Hughesians, we would love to hear from you!

There are many ways you can help

  • Are you a successful entrepreneur or businessperson?
  • Could you impart your experience through an innovation seminar or via a case-study masterclass?
  • As a professional or practitioner, could you speak about your career path and help to inspire their future choices?
  • Do you work in policy, perhaps in UK government or internationally? Could you run a Q and A session on influencing policy for change?
  • Do you work for a charity – could you deliver a personal account of making change for good?
  • Have you developed your research specialism into a career within the scientific, biomed or technological industries which could inspire new generations to make a difference?
  • Are you part of a professional network which could be of use to post-graduates looking for new job opportunities?
  • Could you run a masterclass on workplace skills such as managing change or negotiating?
  • Perhaps you could address our post-graduate community on key contemporary issues within your environment such as institutional culture, diversity, globalism, or balancing stakeholder interests?
  • Are you based overseas and could broker connections for those looking to work outside the UK?
  • Are you willing to mentor a Hughes’ researcher as they make important choices in their professional life?

How to volunteer

To discuss how you could become involved in helping to prepare the next generation for the future, please email development@hughes.cam.ac.uk, quoting ‘Bridge Volunteer’ in the subject line and giving us a little background information about yourself and how you might be prepared to help.