Alumni: events and insight

University of Leeds Alumni offer fantastic support and opportunities to Plus Programme students.

From delivering inspirational talks on campus to offering company insights, they are a fantastic asset to be able to call upon.

Below you can see details of recent Alumni workshops and events that have been delivered in partnership with the Plus Programme:


HSBC offered a fantastic opportunity for four Plus Programme students to visit their central headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.  Included in the visit was an hour long 1-2-1 mentoring session with a Leeds Alumnus and current Managing Director at HSBC Principal Investments.

'It was very useful to be able to have an insight view from an expert in the field'

'I was feeling inspired after the day'


Jessica Taplin, University of Leeds Alum and current  Chief Executive at Vinspired, arranged for a fantastic workplace visit at the Vinspired offices in London in February.  Students got a chance to speak with current employees, find out about the different roles within the organisation and also got involved in a digital project

'I really enjoyed the day in London, the organisation is really interesting and the staff were really helpful and friendly. They also encouraged me to look for some volunteering in my area. I would really like to visit again - also if it wasn't for the Plus Programme I wouldn't have been able to attend this visit'

David Noon

David Noon, works for Deloitte as their UK Brexit Lead and Head of Risk Advisory. David provided a fascinating insight to his journey and how he built his career after leaving Leeds.

Simon Hargreaves

Simon Hargreaves is the Director of 4-Rail. Simon ran workshop at the University, discussing how he got to where he is now and answering questions from students about employability.  

Simon Buckby

Simon Buckby is the Managing Partner and Founder of Champollion and discussed his route into work after university. 

Michael McKenna

Alum Michael McKenna delivered one-to-one mentoring session to eight Plus Programme students, offering advice and insight into the world of work.

We will have lots more opportunities coming up with a wider range of inspirational Alumni, so keep an eye out on our Events page and sign-up!