Alumni Programme

Our Alumni Programme is for former upReach Associates, who automatically qualify when they graduate. Whether you have just started your first graduate job, or did so many years ago and are seeking to progress, the Alumni programme is designed with you in mind.

The programme consists of three elements:

Events - We host 3 to 4 exclusive events each year, designed to help you progress in your career, develop skills and expand networks.

Networking - As well as the Events, there are other opportunities to network during the year. Discover more in the regular Alumni Newsletter.

Giving Back - Many Alumni who have benefited from upReach’s free support choose to give back to upReach. This might be as a mentor, through making useful connections, or financially - so that we can work with even more students in the years ahead. Further details of how to get involved are shown below.

Recent Events

Vicissitudes of leadership and life – 29th November 2018

Last night we held our final Alumni event of the year. We had a fantastic talk from our guest speaker, David Lancefield, who shared his thoughts on 'the vicissitudes of leadership and life'. David is a senior partner at PwC, he has worked in 20 countries over the last 22 years, leading more than 600 projects. It was a real privilege to hear such an open and insightful talk. Thank you to everyone who came and made it such a great event. And a huge thank you to Jamal, Mariel, and the rest of the North Highland team for hosting.

Personal Brand – 2nd May 2018

upReach’s 2018 Alumni programme got off to a flying start when over 40 Alumni and friends gathered at Allen & Overy for an exciting evening of networking and learning. Trang Chu (professional coach and former Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch) delivered an inspiring seminar, sharing her valuable insights and vast experience to guide Alumni on how to create an authentic personal brand during their early career stages. Her interactive session left everyone present with a lot to reflect on and practical advice on how to make a positive impact in their workplace. We thank Allen & Overy for agreeing to host and all the Alumni and friends that made the event so special.

Social Mobility Commissioner – 18th February

upReach held their first alumni event of 2019 at Aviva, on their 23rd floor in central London. Over canapés and great views, alumni heard from Jessica Oghenegweke, who shared her inspiring story about how she defied great odds to achieve her dreams of working in the music industry, before becoming an anti-bullying campaigner and Social Mobility Commissioner.

Behavioural Insights – 16th August 2018

A thought-provoking talk on using behavioural science to help with setting goals and, perhaps more importantly achieving them, given by Christine Kelly and Lucy Makinson from the The Behavioural Insights Team. Their presentation not only made us question the way in which we set our own goals, but also provided us with some fascinating insights into their studies within social mobility. It was also wonderful catching up with Alumni over drinks and canapés with great views over the City of London. Many thanks to Close Brothers for hosting such a great event and to all upReach Alumni and friends who attended.

Giving Back - How to get involved

There are lots of ways that you can stay involved with upReach as an Alumni that will help us as a charity continue and expand the support we offer to students with similar backgrounds to yourself:

  • Become a mentor to an existing upReach Associate interested in a career in the sector, area or company that you now work for. If you are interested please fill in our short mentor form here.  If you would like more information please contact
  • DonateA regular contribution helps upReach fund additional students on our programme. In 2018-19, donations from individuals including alumni helped us support more than 160 extra Associates. Those who donate regularly to upReach by monthly direct debit are entitled to join upReach as a MemberSupporter or Sponsor, details of which are provided here.
  • Join our LinkedIn group “upReach Alumni & Friends” hereYou will benefit from the network of previous Associates and professionals who are engaged with upReach and the interesting articles we post.
  • Champion our work within your own organisation. An email connecting us to your recruitment, CSR or diversity teams can lead to a partnership which helps upReach support dozens more students! See Jamal’s story to see how easy it can be.
  • Volunteer at workshops and career academy masterclasses - share your knowledge, skills and experience. If you’d like to volunteer please fill in our volunteering form here.
  • Provide us with an update on your current status for us to build valuable case studies or get in contact to write a blog for us. This will help us reflect the work we do to potential funders and also build our a written community of Alumni stories. Please email
  • Fundraise for upReach by taking part in challenge event activities in a sporting challenge or by hosting an event. This is fun, helps raise awareness of the work we do at upReach and contributes to the vital funds we need to keep delivering our services. Contact for details of how we can support you.

Alumni Blogs

Jamal Ud-din - Giving Back - Charity of the Year

upReach Alumnus, Jamal Ud-Din works as an Analyst at North Highland, a management consultancy. He was instrumental in upReach being selected as North Highlands Charity of the Year, in 2018.

Read Jamal's inspiring blog here

Chirag Vadhia - Giving Back as a Mentor

After benefitting from having an upReach mentor during his time as an Associate, Chirag reflects on how it helped him in his career at HSBC and why he’s now decided to repay the favour to a current Associate by becoming a mentor.

Read Chirag's blog here