Europe Alumni Groups

We have alumni groups all across Europe, with a range of events and activities for you to take part in. Find your nearest alumni co-ordinator below. 

If there is no active group near you, why not volunteer to start one?

Where are our Groups?

Click the country below to view your local networks

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Alumni Co-ordinatorChip Nguyen

Contact information: Email Chip directly. 

What I'm doing now: I am currently finishing off my third year and then hope to do a Master's degree or have a graduate job in the UK for a few years.

Why I volunteer: I want to be a point of contact for fellow Czech students who are considering studying at Lancaster - the Central Europeans are certainly underrepresented at LU and I would like to change that.

France

Paris

Alumni Co-ordinators: Currently awaiting new volunteers!

Contact information: If you are interested in co-ordinating a French group, email alumni@lancaster.ac.uk

 

 

Germany

Dusseldorf

Alumni Co-ordinator: Simon Kowal

Contact information: Email Simon directly           

What I'm doing now: I am a Manager in Corporate Finance for E.ON which I started in January 2017.

Why I volunteer: With alumni spread across the globe it just felt natural to start getting in touch with other alumni in the area.

Frankfurt

Alumni Co-ordinator: Benedikt Kirstein

Contact information: Email Benedikt directly

What I'm doing now: I am a strategic planner at Hundert Grad Kommunikation, one of the leading owner-managed advertising agencies in Frankfurt. In a nutshell, my job is about analysing key factors such as market situations, demographics and target groups in order to develop communications strategies and media plans.

Why I volunteer: Keeping up the Lancaster family spirit and spreading it all over the world is my motivation to co-ordinate the German Alumni Group. I still feel very emotionally connected to Lancaster and I would be delighted if there are other Alumni who would like to share and keep up their Lancaster memories.

Greece

Greece

Alumni Co-ordinators: Nikolaos Korkolis and Dimitris Kontogiannis

Contact information: Email Nikolaos or Dimitris directly.

 

What I'm doing now: 

Nikolaos - I am currently working as an Internal Auditor for Coca-Cola HBC Greece, where I am responsible for performing effective audit procedures and risk assessments in key business activities of the organisation.

Dimitris - As the Founder and General Manager of the consulting firm, Marketing Ideas, I am assisting local companies to expand internationally and to achieve their goals through tailor-made marketing ideas.

 

Why I volunteer:

Nikolaos - As part of the Greek alumni group, I would like the opportunity to interact with potential applicants and share my wonderful experiences and memories of Lancaster. I would also enjoy giving careers advice to current Lancaster students and recent graduates.

Dimitris - My education in Lancaster had a life-changing impact. Giving back to the University as an alumni volunteer, is a symbolic “thank you”. Through this role, a volunteer can contribute to the expansion of the University’s global reach as well as to the operation of its international network. In parallel, the active relationship - "informed & involved” status - between Lancaster and the network of almost 1,800 Greek alumni will benefit personally, academically, and professionally the former, current and prospective students.

Iceland

Iceland

Contact information: Visit the Iceland Alumni Group's Facebook page.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Alumni Co-ordinator: Angel Buster

Contact information: Email Angel  directly.

What I'm doing now: I am currently working as an independent executive leadership coach and organizational health and wellbeing consultant.

Why I volunteer: After graduation, I looked to see if there were alumni events in the Netherlands, as I was keen to remain connected. It surprised me that there was no group yet created. The Netherlands is, after all, just across the water! I volunteered first to satisfy my own need to connect with fellow alumni but I aim to build a strong network community where people can support each other, collaborate, and share experiences.

Romania

Romania

Alumni Co-ordinator: Simona Balinisteanu

Contact information: Email Simona  directly.

What I'm doing now: I have worked for years in London for top FMCG companies including Reckitt Benckiser and Innocent. I have brought new products to market, developed great relationships with some of our largest supermarkets and drunk some of the best (and innocent) juices in the world.

Why I volunteer: People who have bonded over shared experiences are more open to friendships and prepared to offer professional help. I think it is really important to keep the same sense of community we had in Lancaster once we move to a new life back home.

Switzerland

Swiss East

Alumni Co-ordinators: Jana Worofsky; Francesco Zingarello

Contact information: Email Jana or Francesco directly.

 

What I'm doing now: 

JanaI am the Site Cost Leader in the Finance department at Dow Europe GmbH, the European headquarters of The Dow Chemical Company. I have a great team of people in the Controllers' department and we support many functional and business leaders within Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

FrancescoI am a Business Finance Manager for one of the businesses of The Dow Chemical Company in Europe. My role involves monitoring the financial performance of the business and forecasting the profitability for the future quarters, as well as supporting the business organisation with financial evaluation of all investments decisions. 

 

Why I volunteer: 

Jana - The idea came when I had to write an announcement for a colleague of mine who was moving roles. As I had to put his educational background into the announcement, I did some research and found out that he went to Lancaster. I was shocked – shocked that I knew so little and that I should have known this earlier. This was the start of the idea of getting more involved and what better way – especially when you are not close by – than to provide a platform to get people connected.

FrancescoI strongly believe in the important of universities’ impact on the growth of students and future world professionals. Universities are the place where minds are formed, influenced and challenged and where they can truly express their potential. As such, I always wanted to give back something to the place that gave me so much! I expect to meet many enthusiastic alumni and share with them memories and experience of our time back on campus.

Swiss West

Alumni Co-ordinator: Jacqueline Burbidge Rainsley

Contact information: Email Jacqueline directly. 

What I'm doing now: After a number of years in international companies, I now run my own business, www.it-training-consultation.com, offering bespoke training, instructional design, and training management consultation.

Why I volunteer:  I recently did an interview for Lancashire radio. It turned out that the other person being interviewed had been a first year when I was a fourth year, at the same university, in the same department! We hit it off rather well! I think it would be a pleasure to bring local Lancaster alumni together.

 

 

United Kingdom

London

Alumni Co-ordinators: Amy D. Krishnaswamy, Ioannis Vaganof and Vasia Papou

Contact information: Email Amy, Ioannis and Vasia directly or visit the Facebook page.

 

What I'm doing now: 

Amy - I run my own company selling handmade shoes for dancers and brides.

Ioannis - Currently I am Commercial and Marketing Executive in an innovative and sustainable printer cartridge recycling company, BCMY Ltd. Our two main brands are Recycle4Charity.co.uk and ZeroWasteRecycling.co.uk.

 

Why I volunteer: 

Amy - The rewarding thing about meeting other alumni is that we all have a common experience, no matter our age or background. I love meeting people, connecting alumni together and fostering the amazing network that supports Lancaster.

Ioannis - I have always organised events, social gatherings and memorable parties for my friends and acquaintances. I really like meeting and connecting people and I feel this is a great chance to keep, share and grow the Lancaster spirit.

Manchester

Alumni Co-ordinators: Laura Barrowclough, Sally Jastrzebski-Lloyd, Chloe Themistocleous and Harriet Kershaw

Contact information: Email Laura, Sally, Chloe and Harriet directly.

 

What I'm doing now: 

Laura - I am a Chartered Town Planner working for a national planning consultancy based in Manchester.

Chloe - I am an Associate Solicitor at Eversheds Sutherland, an international law firm. I work in the Manchester office and specialise in Employment Law. I have experience acting for both companies and individuals in Employment Tribunal Litigation including claims for unfair dismissal, all types of discrimination and whistleblowing.

Sally - I am the manager at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, the former home of the Victorian author, famous for writing North and South, Mary Barton and the first biography of Charlotte Bronte. I am responsible for running the house as visitor attraction, conference, events and wedding venue with a team of paid staff and volunteers.

 

Why I volunteer: 

Laura - To meet like-minded people who have shared similar experiences to me at Lancaster - it's always great getting to know new people and making new connections.

Chloe - In Manchester, through work or socialising, I regularly meet Lancaster alumni. The first question I ask or get asked is which college was I in? And the debate commences! People from Lancaster have common ground like no other and I think it is great to keep in touch and share opportunities and know how across various industries.

Sally - After years of grumbling that there wasn't a northern/Manchester group I decided that I'd better do something about that. The experience of meeting alumni of all ages has been so enriching and interesting.

Oxford

Alumni Co-ordinator: Colin Smith

Contact information: Email Colin directly. 

What I'm doing now: I have been working as the Finance Manager at the Asda Stores Ltd distribution centre located in Didcot, Oxfordshire since 2009. I am a keen sports fan, which includes being a season ticket holder with Nottingham Forest, and I still play squash regularly.

Why I volunteer: I love the idea of still being a part of the University in some way and wanting to give something back. I do enjoy organizing events, as being on a PTA as Chairman for 11 years testifies! It has always felt an honour to be a graduate of Lancaster and I want to meet up with fellow graduates to reminisce and share great memories as well as seeing how graduates are getting on. 

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