Interview
6 November 2017

Our very own alumnus, Gary Rostron, has been featured in the University of London’s ‘Donor Reports’. Read his interview below about being a ULIP volunteer.

As ULIP broadens its intellectual activity, there is a need to strengthen its position in Paris in terms of raising its profile in the French higher education context and its visibility and reputation in France. The Paris Advisory Group (PAG) was developed to support this mission and is made up of a group of 14 volunteers. We spoke to one member, Gary Rostron, to find out more about what inspired him to volunteer for the University of London.

What have you been up to since graduating from ULIP?

I graduated from ULIP in 2002 and I’ve spent the last 15 years identifying and managing risks for businesses and people at the highest levels in the multinational corporate arena. I truly believe that the success I’m enjoying as a Global Risk Advisor Executive is a reflection of the thorough grounding I received as a ULIP student.

How did you become part of ULIP’s Paris Advisory Group?

Through interesting discussions with ULIP’s CEO on the need to bridge the gap between the academic and corporate worlds. Part of the Advisory Group’s remit is to provide advice and guidance on improving links with the Paris business and educational communities to offer students and academics access into French professional life.

What is the most rewarding part of volunteering your time to be part of PAG?

Without question: Giving back. Helping to identify opportunities to promote the ULIP unique value proposition for students and future employers.

Why did you decide to volunteer?

The role seemed like the perfect fit for my skills: listening, persuasion and helping to get things done!

I like people to be passionate about what they do, and I like to create an excitement that allows this. Meeting the staff and students of ULIP was very exciting as they share the same vision. I also like the dynamic vision and proposition of ULIP which allows students to reach beyond their potential and provides a life experience, not just in a classroom.

As an alumnus of ULIP how important was it to you to maintain your connection with the Institute after graduation?

Very important. ULIP was my life for three years from the age of 18. Going back to help, reconnecting with students and understanding the current challenges and business needs is a very grounding and rewarding experience.

What would you say to others who are thinking about volunteering for the University?

Think carefully about what value you can bring to students and to the University, whether that be ULIP, the School of Advanced Study or the University of London International Programmes and think hard about how you would like to be involved. Volunteering for the University of London is such a rewarding experience and one I can highly recommend.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at the University of London please contact Holly Peterson (Head of Constituency Engagement) at development@london.ac.uk