Alumni are important ambassadors for education at Lund University as well as a source of valuable information that is an asset for the University’s quality assurance system.
Alumni can be active in ways such as participating in alumni surveys and alumni events, holding guest lectures or giving students guidance via mentorship programmes. Alumni activities differ between the University’s faculties and various centres, and if you need guidance you are welcome to contact the university-wide Alumni Office.
Alumni surveys as a part of quality management at Lund University
Central Alumni Relations
Central alumni relations are coordinated by External Relations and aim to provide a basic range of services to all the University’s alumni as well as offer support and inspiration for alumni activities in faculties, departments and programmes.
The Alumni Office can provide help with:
- Details of alumni from specific programmes and degrees
- Advice and support for starting alumni activities in programmes, departments, etc.
- Tips, help and courses as support for work within alumni relations e.g. organising events
- Information dissemination via the University’s communication channels
- Information material for students and alumni (e.g. postcards, bookmarks, posters, brochures)
The Alumni Network
The Alumni Network is a network for alumni, i.e. all former students, researchers and staff at Lund University. Alumni do not automatically become members of the Alumni Network, rather they need to register and agree to the personal data policy. Currently, the Alumni Network has about 44,000 members.
Members in the Alumni Network are invited to alumni events and receive various mailings and newsletters from the alumni relations teams both centrally and throughout various parts of the university. All members are administered via the University’s common alumni system.
The Alumni System
The alumni system is a shared procured system for the whole of Lund University and is recommended for the management of local alumni relations at each faculty. The system is managed by the Alumni Office at External Relations.
If you work with alumni relations and require regular access to the alumni system, you need to obtain an administrator account and take a short course. Contact the Alumni Office for more information. However, administrator access to the alumni system is not required if you work with local alumni relations on a small scale. The Alumni Office at ER can help pull contact lists from the system and can help with data entry. Please contact info [at] alumni [dot] lu [dot] se to discuss your needs and goals to see what solution with the alumni system is right for you.
Alumni newsletter – Lundensaren
All members of the Alumni Network receive the quarterly alumni e-newsletter Lundensaren, which features news about current research, education, alumni activities, and more.
The Alumni Office regularly uses social media to reach out to alumni. Follow the Alumni Network on our blog, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram and spread the word.
National and international alumni events
The university-wide alumni relations team arranges several national and international events for the University’s alumni.
Networks and professional development
Internal networks for exchange of experience
If you are involved or interested in alumni relations, you can join the internal network for staff at Lund University. The network meets about twice per semester to share information and exchange their experience. There is also a folder on LU Box with helpful resources and notes from previous network meetings. To add your contact details to the mailing list, please contact the Alumni Office.
External networks and conferences
There are several conferences and networks that can be useful for those involved in alumni relations.
- CASE Europe Annual Conference
CASE is an American organisation with a European division that organises an annual conference, usually in August. The conference is intended for staff within alumni relations, fundraising, marketing and communications. The CASE website contains a lot of material about working within alumni relations. Lund University is a member of CASE, which means that LU staff has access to this material and discounts on conferences.
Information about the CASE conferences and training
- CASE Nordic Summit
This conference is also organised by CASE, but is mainly aimed at Nordic universities.
Information about the CASE Nordic Summit
The European Association for International Education (EAIE) is an organisation that promotes international education. It arranges an annual conference, several courses and has various expert groups. One expert group focuses on alumni relations.
Information about the EAIE's expert group Alumni Relations
- National conferences and exchange of experience
There is a national network of Swedish higher education institutions that organises an annual meeting for exchange of experience. Please contact the Alumni Office for more information.
info [at] alumni [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 67 97
karen [dot] paulson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se
+46 46 222 31 76
maria [dot] johansson [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se