Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about becoming an Imperial College Business School Alumnus

Imperial College Business School

Any questions not answered here please contact the Alumni Relations Office on +44(0)207 594 6137 or email alumni-business@imperial.ac.uk

Student accounts usually remain active for up to one year after the end date of your course. You will receive an email from ICT to confirm the expiry date of your student account. At this time, you are welcome to create an alumni email. Your new email address will end in @alumni.imperial.ac.uk.The mailbox is hosted by Google and works like a regular Gmail account. It’s easy to set up and manage, and you’ll have access to Google mailbox services including Calendar, Drive, Docs and Hangouts.

We are currently upgrading Imperial Plexus so that in the future alumni can set up their email address automatically. It’s not quite ready yet so in the meantime, please email alumni@imperial.ac.uk  to request your new email address. We’ll ask you to provide your CID/Alumni Membership Number and confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions.

Once you have created an alumni email account, you are able to use ‘POP’ to import the contents of your student email account providing it is still active (one year post graduation in most cases). View ICT’s pages for more information on forwarding, redirecting and importing for alumni email accounts.

Please note: Once forwarding is set up, you will no longer be able to access your Imperial College account. This means that you will not have access to online library resources, nor will be you able to access any emails stored in your Imperial College email box. Therefore please ensure any emails in your Imperial College email box have been archived and relevant documents saved elsewhere. Once your student account expires after one year, the forwarding will also expire.

You can register for a free online alumni account through Plexus – a new intuitive new online platform for alumni . You will receive a unique activation link. Please make sure we have your correct contact details to ensure you receive your activation email.

We run a series of social events and professional development opportunities throughout the year for all alumni of the Business School. We also have a strong and active international community which arranges events for alumni across the globe.

It is important to ensure you keep your email address up to date through your online alumni account or directly through the Alumni Relations Office so that you can fully benefit from your alumni network.

You can also keep in touch with fellow alums on our social networking groups:

If you become an entrepreneur or run your own business, you are encouraged to take advantage of the advertising and business development opportunity of our Alumni Business Directory

Please do update us on your news – the School loves to hear from you.

Your Business School student ID and access card will be de-activated on the expiry date which is printed on the card. After this time we invite you to use the Alumni Visitor Centre. This is located next to the Business School entrance on the ground floor. You are also able to benefit from a guest account which enables you to access the Imperial College Wireless service (network name Imperial). To apply for a guest account, for computer login and WiFi access, please contact us at alumni-business@imperial.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7594 6137.

Alumni do not require a card to access most of the facilities on offer to them such as the AVC or the Library, where computer facilities are available. Alumni can also access the ground floor College Café during opening hours.

If you require access to another area of the Business School please contact us for more information.

Please ensure that you start to save any teaching documents on Imperial’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as soon as possible as teaching material access will be withdrawn shortly after your programme finishes. Please note that your print credits will have expired when your programme finished so you will no longer have access to them.

To use the library at the South Kensington campus, you need to apply online for alumni library membership. Select the Imperial College Alumni option from the dropdown menu and complete the application form. After completing the form, please bring your interactive alumni services account login with you to your chosen library, where you will be asked show one of the required forms of Identification, including proof of address.
Alumni can borrow up to five items from the Central Library, and have walk-in access to a limited number of online resources, check with the library in advance to confirm which ones are available to you. Use of these resources is strictly for non-commercial purposes. Please be advised that once you are no longer a current student of the College you are not entitled to access the Library’s electronic resources, such as FT and Ebsco.

See Imperial College Library webpages for more details of alumni access.

Imperial College London alumni may have free access to RefWorks for as long as the Library maintains a subscription to this service. To maintain access to any references you have saved to your RefWorks accounts whilst at College you must transfer your account to an alumni account before your College username and password expire.

As part of the RefWorks Alumni Programme, you are entitled to:

  • One free RefWorks account
  • New updates and feature releases
  • 200 MB of file attachment storage
  • The ability to share your folder or account via RefShare
  • Free web-based training
  • Technical Support

For details of how to set up your alumni RefWorks account please email: a.martins-dos-santos@imperial.ac.uk or h.lincoln@imperial.ac.uk

Careers are available to Business School alumni for one-to-one careers consultations, CV advice, mock interviews and to provide insights into companies and industry sectors.

For more information contact the Careers Team on: ibcareers@imperial.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7594 9200.

You can also visit the career resource room to access online career resources at the Business School. This is now situated in the library. At any stage of your career you can continue to ensure that you are keeping on track through the following professional development opportunities:

Information about these events is promoted to alumni through the quarterly e-newsletter from the Alumni Relations Office and social media channels.

Recent students and alumni will continue to have access to the Online Jobs Board in Symplicity. You should have received details about this already. For any enquiries or assistance please contact the Careers team: ibcareers@imperial.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7594 9142.

You will receive monthly e-bulletins from Imperial College London and quarterly bulletins from the Business School, with news of events, alumni profiles and updates and alumni services. We also produce an annual Business School magazine, which will be emailed out. In addition, you will receive the twice yearly Imperial College alumni magazine. Keep your details up-to-date as we often base communications based on your location.You can also attend alumni and Business School events, and feel free to come up and visit us at the Business School if you are back on campus.

Yes, Alumni are entitled to a private membership.

Ethos alumni membership is set at £40 per month for off-peak access and £60 per month for peak access. It can be purchased via the external memberships tab on the website.

Details of Graduation day 2020 will be posted nearer the time.  You can find some general information about Graduation here.  You can also email the team direct on graduation@imperial.ac.uk.
If you are not able to attend the year you complete, you are allowed to defer graduation to the following year.

For copies of your transcript (document listing courses taken and marks obtained) and/or letter confirming the award of your degree, please fill in this online form or call +44 (0)207 594 7268 for more information.

Alumni are entitled to a range of discounts, including on further study, accommodation on campus, conference and event facilities and membership to the Ethos sports facilities. You can read more about these discounts here.

If you’d like to relive your student days with a visit to the Union Bar, you are very welcome!

All you need to do is make sure that you can prove that you’re an alumnus to satisfy the terms of their license. The easiest way to do this is to download the Imperial Plexus app or navigate to Imperial Plexus via a web browser on your phone. Login, and show staff your account on arrival. You’ll be issued with a day pass that you can use until the bar closes. You may bring up to four guests on any one visit.

If you’re a recent alumnus and you still have your College identification card, you can present this to bar staff instead. 

Please note, you don’t have to be a member of the Union to use the Bar, you just need to be able to prove that you’re an alumnus.