First Generation Volunteering

Explore our volunteering opportunities and help to transform the lives of first generation students.

First Generation volunteers are vital in helping us to provide a complete journey of student support. Together, we can help our students achieve their personal best.

First Generation volunteers can gain new skills through mentoring, giving career talks and presentations, sharing career stories, providing paid placements for our students and much more. Volunteering will give you the opportunity to share your skills, time and experiences with Manchester Metropolitan University students. 

Volunteering opportunities

As the First Generation scheme progresses, there will be many different volunteering activities to take part in. By registering to become a First Generation volunteer, we will contact you directly when new opportunities arise, to see if you would like to take part. However, if you have any ideas of different volunteering opportunities that you could offer or add to the scheme in the interim, we'd love to hear from you, please get in touch.

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Alumnus Mike Kane MP volunteers for First Generation

In October 2017, the University welcomed back students from the first cohort of the First Generation scheme. The students spent the afternoon at a roundtable discussion hosted by our very own alumnus Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East. Like students on the scheme, Mike’s parents didn’t go to university. Having first heard about First Generation from Rachel Charnock, Head of Alumni and Development, Mike volunteered to be a First Generation Parliamentary Ambassador and is already helping students on the scheme through giving his time and expertise. 

The theme was ‘Building resilience through solidarity’ and is one of many First Generation activities designed to help aid the students’ transition to study, to encourage a sense of belonging and to help them gain an insight into what it is like to study here.

"Mike’s success shows just how transformative a university education can be. Despite his humble beginnings, he has devoted ten years of his life to teaching and has now carved out a successful political career for himself – that is a really powerful and inspiring story to share with these students. It’s fantastic that he gave his time to come back and inspire a future generation of leaders!"

Helen Lord, Transition & Peer Support Manager, First Generation donor

First Generation