We will build strong relationships with our alumni and friends

This lifelong exchange of ideas and support benefits all of us.

Imperial’s 250,000 plus alumni comprise a powerful global network. We count as friends many more people who share a common interest in our mission and support our work. Our alumni and friends are advocates for the College, role models for our students, employers of our graduates, and sources of support and inspiration for our alumni community and academic work.

We have a tremendous asset in our highly accomplished and successful alumni and friends. We will continue to forge lifelong relationships, nurture and build our relationship with these ambassadors and champions. We will encourage the mutual exchange of knowledge, expertise, connections, and support to contribute to the power of this global community, and the strategic aims of the College.

In action

Actions in detail

  • We will continue to build strong strategic relationships within the College, to identify areas of mutual support and collaboration.
  • We will continue to build affinity and engagement with our global community of alumni and friends of Imperial through high quality and high impact programming and initiatives.
  • We will continue to mobilise alumni and friends to engage with the College and maximise their support and contribution.

Case study

Engaging with Global Alumni 

The Alumni Relations programme has grown considerably over the last five years and has resulted in a vibrant, engaged and informed alumni community around the world. The global programme includes a highly expanded portfolio of communications, services, benefits, and activities. This means that alumni are being engaged in new and varied ways that support alumni and keep them informed, as well as enabling them to support and get involved with the College and the alumni community. Nowadays, alumni regularly inform us that they have noticed a step change in Imperial’s outreach and communications over the last five years.

Alumni communications now include a revamped Imperial magazine, monthly e-newsletters and targeted e-communications for all faculties, and several departments. Our alumni services and benefits also include an alumni email account, access to libraries across our campuses, discounts on facilities at South Kensington and a prestigious Alumni Visitor Lounge. Imperial Plexus, the online networking platform for alumni, was launched in 2018, enabling alumni to make direct connections with each other, access information about events and jobs, and online resources including career webinars and library resources.

A global network of alumni groups and associations is actively supported. Many of our groups in the UK and internationally run their own events and initiatives. In addition, alumni have treasured meeting senior leadership and academics, and having the opportunity to learn about College developments and ground-breaking research, through the delivery of around 40 events a year with Imperial’s senior leadership and academics.

Imperial values its alumni, and alumni are equally keen to participate in opportunities to support the College, students and their community. In 2018–19, there were over 1,500 alumni who volunteered over an estimated 8,000 hours of their time, and working with teams across the College, the volunteering programme will continue to grow. Recent volunteering opportunities have included diverse initiatives for alumni to mentor, provide career advice and share industry expertise with students, the launch of Alumni Insights panels, focusing on alumni providing sector insights to recent graduates; and the development of Professional Interest Networks.

House of Lords

Alumni at a special event at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Ara Darzi (Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine)

Alumni weekend

Alumni exploring the campus through Alumni tours arranged over the Alumni Weekend


Alumni on an exclusive tour of CERN

Martin Lupton

Martin Lupton welcomes alumni to a special lecture in celebration of the tercentenary of Westminster Hospital