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Delighted to start as the University’s new Assistant Director of Alumni Relations!

A huge hello to all of our alumni, I’m Lauren Huntington and I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you, and tell you a little about my new role as part of your NU Advancement team.

First of all, I’m really excited to say that I’m joining your Newcastle University Advancement team in February for the next 12 months! I’m moving across from Newcastle University Business School, where I’ve had a great five years being the Head of Engagement, Recruitment and Marketing, and when this opportunity came up, I just couldn’t resist grabbing the bull by the horns to take up my next career challenge. My background compromises of being a linguist and marketer where I have worked in a variety of marketing and external engagement roles in both the private sector and higher education. I’ve been lucky to have been able to get my teeth stuck into a range of opportunities.

I’ve previously worked in Advancement back in 2006-2008, and was lucky enough to have already met some of our amazing alumni, and to have witnessed first-hand the fantastic contribution that our alumni community make to our University. As much as the Advancement team are there to support your journey after graduation, you are really helping us to shape our University.

So as you can probably gather - I’m overjoyed to be back!

Having oversight of the Business School’s alumni engagement, I believe firmly that alumni are our greatest brand ambassadors. I have seen talented students become successful graduates achieving global career success, establishing ground breaking businesses and influencing important issues in society. It’s incredibly satisfying to see alumni fulfil their dreams yet have an immense amount of loyalty to the place they grew – their University, and their willingness to give back is very generous.

Whilst this is a new role, which is an exciting opportunity in itself, I look forward to building on the fantastic work already underway and can’t wait to contribute further in to building upon Newcastle University’s global successes. I’ve already got a load of ideas swilling around, however as with any new role I think my first priority will be to listen – hear the views from YOU - our thriving alumni community as well as understand the work of my committed team to assess our current and future ambitions.

With a global network of over 200,000 graduates, it won’t be possible to meet every individual but I’d certainly like to engage with as many alumni as possible, understanding the values that Newcastle University gave to them and understanding what they’d like to see happen from us.

As the world becomes more technology-driven, I hope that we can grow our digital engagement, enabling us to be a truly globally represented community, and to provide access and opportunity to all alumni, wherever they may be in our wide world. Alongside this I hope to maximise the impact of our global alumni ambassadors and networks – providing a further extension to the Advancement team’s activities.

Communication is constantly evolving, and I’m interested to see how we can capitalise on emerging channels to communicate with you in a way that is both current and tailored towards your wants and needs. Achieving relevance with a 200,000+ community will always be a challenge! However, a global community with local relevance is what I envision for the future.

So what do I do when I’m not at work? In my spare time I have many interests and hobbies. As a languages graduate, travel has always been a passion. I have travelled quite extensively in Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin American and love the experiences, learning and culinary delights that travel affords.

When on UK soil, I can often be found in the dance studio. I’m a trained dance teacher in Ballroom and Latin American and also dance competitively. These tend to take up the majority of my time, well worth it though!

Finally I’d just like to say that I’m really thrilled to be joining the Advancement team and look forward to seeing our global alumni community go from strength to strength. I look forward to working with you all!

If you would like to know any more or have any questions, you can email us at advancement@ncl.ac.uk

Lauren Huntington

published on: 27 January 2020