A guide to using Alumni Connect
This page provides information on how to use Alumni Connect effectively and make the most out of your amazing alumni community.
Registration and login
Alumni, students, staff and selected friends of UWE Bristol are able to register for Alumni Connect. Registration only takes a couple of minutes.
If you’re UWE Bristol alumni or a student, the system will attempt to automatically verify your registration with the information you provide, allowing you to log in to gain immediate access to the site.
Staff, friends and occasionally some alumni and students will need to be manually verified to use the system. This can take a couple of working days, but you’ll receive a notification when your verification has been approved.
You can select any password you like to login to Alumni Connect.
Students, staff and alumni are not required or recommended to use the same password as you do for other UWE Bristol systems – such as Office 365, InfoHub or MyUWE. Similarly, if you update the password you use for these systems logins, it won’t change the password you use for Alumni Connect.
If you have forgotten your Alumni Connect password, you can ask for it to be reset.
Joining Alumni Connect
By joining Alumni Connect you’ll be creating a profile on the site that will be visible to other users – who will always be either students, alumni, staff or friends of UWE Bristol. You can populate your profile with as little or as much information as you like – syncing with your own LinkedIn account if you wish to make the set-up process even quicker.
Once you have a profile on the site, you’ll be able to login and search and connect with other users, as well as making use of the Mentor tab on the site. You don’t have to use the Mentor tab unless you want to.
How to use Alumni Connect to find mentors
Once you’ve successfully logged in to Alumni Connect, you can search and browse for mentors under the ‘Online Mentors’ tab. Whilst viewing the profile of a mentor you’d like to connect with, select the ‘send mentoring request’ button and this will provide you with options of what to ask them for help with.
It’s useful to tell your potential mentor why you think you might be a good match. Take a look at our top tips on how to start the conversation with a mentor. If you make a mentor request and later change your mind, you will able to use the ‘retract’ button to cancel it.
Time required to mentor or be mentored
That’s entirely up to you and your mentor/mentee. Some mentoring relationships will only last for a couple of messages, others may go on for much longer.
When setting up a mentor profile, it’s possible to select how many mentees you can help at a time (up to five). You can chose the type of mentoring services you’d like to offer, and can also pause mentoring at any time by clicking on ‘Pause mentoring’ on the ‘Online Mentors’ tab.
Mentoring relationships should come to an end once the original objective has been achieved. However, you can set new objectives with the same mentor and continue the relationship from there.
Once you’ve both agreed the mentoring relationship has come to an end, the mentor should state this by clicking on ‘Finish mentoring’ under the Mentor tab.
If a mentor doesn’t reply
Remember, mentors will be busy people and may not always be able to respond to your request straight away. Give them a week or so, and perhaps follow up with a polite reminder about your original request.
If you still don’t receive a response, please contact us (see details below) and we'll investigate further for you. It may be that the mentor’s contact details have changed or that they no longer wish to use Alumni Connect.
Alumni Connect is entirely free to use, and mentoring is completely voluntary. Mentors don't get paid, and should never ask for payment for their advice.
However, mentoring can be extremely beneficial to both parties involved. As well as feeling good for helping others, mentoring can help you develop your own professional skills.
How to become an Alumni Connect mentor
Students, alumni and friends of UWE Bristol can become mentors on Alumni Connect. The first time you log in, you’ll be asked to do this as part of the registration process. However, it’s possible to register to be a mentor at a later stage.
After your first login, you can become an Alumni Connect mentor by clicking on your ‘Profile’ tab and then clicking on your ‘Mentor’ tab.
How to accept or reject mentoring requests as a mentor
Unless you’ve updated the settings on your profile to block notifications, you’ll be notified by email whenever a mentor request is made for you.
You can also view pending mentor requests by clicking the tab ‘Online Mentors’ and then ‘requests’.
What to do if no-one asks you to be their mentor
Don’t worry! We don’t expect all users to find matches straight away, or maybe even at all, on Alumni Connect.
Remember, Alumni Connect isn’t all about mentoring. It can be a great way to find old classmates or search for new connections. We'll also update Alumni Connect with relevant alumni events and opportunities, meaning it can be a great way to keep in the loop with what’s going on at UWE Bristol.
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Using Alumni Connect after you graduate
Alumni Connect allows you to make online connections with others, starting online and telephone mentoring relationships. We don't recommend that you arrange to meet connections and mentors found on Alumni Connect in person without first seeking further guidance from us.
In the unlikely event that you encounter inappropriate behaviour on Alumni Connect, please flag this (using the ‘Report’ tab) on the site or contact us directly.