Take a Student to Eat

Our students are graduating into a different world – one without the assurance of a job. The College wants to be able to offer support as they make the transition from LMH into the working world.  Our Alumni offer a wealth of experience between them which can be harnessed for the benefit of current students, both undergraduate and graduate.

The careers programme run for students by the Development Office – Take a Student to Eat, or TASTE – fosters and sustains the important link between LMH Alumni and current students.  In its basic form, TASTE involves the Development Office holding a list of Alumni volunteers who represent different career areas and backgrounds. These Alumni agree to give careers advice, over lunch, to a student who has first contacted the Development Office requesting contact for support in a particular area.  Students are put in touch with the right person by email/phone – whatever the alumna/us has previously requested – to outline the advice they require and arrange a convenient meeting date. The onus should be on the student to make contact and, depending upon time constraints, advice may also be given over the telephone.

If you are interested in volunteering for the scheme, please email development@lmh.ox.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your matriculation year and subject
  • Your job details
  • A brief summary of your field and any advice you might be able to provide
  • Your email address and any other preferred contact details

We are particularly in need of volunteers in the following industries: art and the arts, including professional artists, musicians and theatre producers; the media (print and television), including journalists, editors and producers; publishing, especially authors and freelance writers; the Civil Service, especially those working in diplomacy or international relations; NGO’s, especially the UN or IMF; anyone working in the field of human rights (especially human rights lawyers) or for non-profits or charities generally; engineering; scientific research (academic or commercial); and academia, especially humanities subjects.

Development Office Assurance

The list held by the Development Office is broad, and managed carefully enough, to ensure that Alumni are not put under any burden by this scheme or feel over-contacted; an even spread among volunteering Alumni is intended.  The Development Office can assure participating Alumni that staff will be managing all contacts and no contact details would be passed out unless consent had been given.  All participating Alumni can opt out at any time, and if there are any problems with the students assigned, the Development Office will attempt to rectify the situation as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact Kirstie Smith should you have any further questions at development.assistant@lmh.ox.ac.uk