We’d like to talk to you…
Telethons are now a regular fixture of the University calendar. Each November and June enthusiastic student callers staff the phones, speaking to hundreds of alumni.
In 2011/12 generous alumni pledged to give more than £179,000 to provide bursaries for students facing financial hardship and grants for innovative projects planned by clubs, societies and departments.
The students are well placed to update alumni on recent developments at the University and in the coming year will talk to hundreds of graduates about our bursary appeal.
Alumni and student callers often find they have much in common. Students enjoy hearing stories of University life in the past and alumni are keen to understand what it’s like to study at York today.
Alumna Ruth Soames (Archaeology, Alcuin, 1998) spoke to current student James Masters (History, Halifax) in the June 2011 telethon. Ruth said, “James was very friendly and pleasant. He explained clearly what the call was for and what options there were that my donation could go towards. It was his friendly manner that persuaded me to donate, it was such a pleasant change from the usual unsolicited calls from other sources.”
Meet some of our recent callers here, or students can apply to join the team.