Chapters are the main point of contact for alumni activities in different regions and countries. A chapter will, at a minimum, adhere to a basic set of terms of reference (PDF, 214kb) and work towards agreed goals. However, each chapter will agree priorities and the activities important to them and their community. As a result some may wish to be more formal by adopting a constitution (PDF, 216kb).
Volunteer-led alumni chapters are entirely legally and financially independent from the University, but are officially recognised as alumni chapters by the University. They can also have their own group page within the online alumni social network, Leicester Connect.
Chapters are expected to fund and organise their own activities and events. However, there may be situations in which the University partners with a chapter on a particular activity, for example, an alumni reception attended by the President and Vice-Chancellor, an academic workshop that features senior University academics or a VIP fundraising dinner. In these cases, the University, in consultation with the chapter, will typically help the chapter organise, run and pay for the activity.
Chapters should strive to maintain contact with their community by:
- Hosting at least one event that welcomes new graduates into the alumni community. (Required)
- Hosting other opportunities for alumni to come together - this could be a networking event, careers talk or even a cocktail class!
- Communicating effectively with fellow alumni and the Alumni Engagement team
- Ensuring that the University receives details of upcoming events at least four weeks in advance so that they can be promoted effectively.
- Assisting University of Leicester staff visiting the region and arranging events at which alumni can meet staff
Formal programming for chapters could include:
- Fundraising events
- Newsletter to members
- Appointing officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc.)
- A formal constitution