Student Development and Outreach

The SDO team at City is responsible for three main strands of student development and community relationships: the staff and student Community Volunteering; Widening Participation; and the Professional Mentoring Scheme for current City students.

Community Volunteering

The Community Volunteering team is here to support students and staff who wish to volunteer in the local community. The Volunteering website provides listing of voluntary opportunities, and the team members can advise students or staff who are looking to volunteer, as well as providing management support for a range of volunteering projects.

Widening Participation

City University London is committed to ensuring that access to university is based on ability to learn, not ability to pay. We have one of the most diverse student intakes in the country, with 87% of students coming from state schools; 47% of students coming from ethnic minority backgrounds; and 38% coming from socioeconomic categories 4-6. Our Widening Participation work aims to build on this to ensure we continue to enroll able students from all backgrounds. We work with local schools to help young people across London aspire to a university education and, crucially, attain the grades to make this aspiration a reality.

Our WP work includes outreach activities to raise aspirations and attainment, and retention activities to ensure that students at City who may have faced additional challenges in their education are given the support they need to succeed.

Professional Mentoring

The Professional Mentoring scheme aims to help current City students develop their employability skills by matching them with mentors who are, largely, drawn from City University London alumni. This year saw a huge expansion of the scheme, with over 200 mentoring pairs meeting regularly. It allows alumni to stay in touch with the University and offer tangible support to individual students, advising them on job/internship applications, interview techniques, networking, and other careers-related skills.


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