Calling all former students

Shehla Khalid from the Bradford College Alumni Association

Bradford College is appealing for past students to get in touch and share their stories

In its proud 185-year history Bradford College has provided education and training to hundreds of thousands people.

So Shehla Khalid is bracing herself for a heavy workload after issuing an appeal for as many as possible of those past students to get in touch.

Shehla, the college’s newly-appointed alumni relations and events development officer, wants former students to get in touch to share their success stories and help inspire the current students.

Shehla has been brought in to breathe new life into the institution’s alumni association and is keen to reconnect with students from any era and from any course.

“We want to celebrate the achievements and successes of our former students and use their stories to inspire our existing and future students,” she said.

“We want the alumni to be a big part of the college community. We will be organising reunions and networking events and will be producing a bi-annual newsletter that will keep our former students and staff informed and updated about college activities, fellow alumni and networking opportunities.

The alumni association of Bradford College is for further and higher education students from any course - from a short course up to a degree or post-graduate qualification.

“So long as they had some education at Bradford College, we want to hear from them,” Shehla continued.

“We don’t want our students to just get their qualifications and forget the college. We want them to stay in touch, keep us updated on their careers and hopefully even give back in terms of their time by coming in to speak to current students. It is hoped they can help motivate the next generation as career and education role models, work experience providers, governors and fundraisers.

“Our vision is to energise, develop and nurture a vibrant community of alumni and friends in support of Bradford College’s ambition to be the UK’s leading college.”

As well as access to networking, professional development, celebratory events and reunions, membership of the alumni association also entitles members to discounts on courses - including 25% off some master’s degree courses for up to three years after graduation. They can also enjoy discounted rates for conference, meeting and events facilities.

Among the college’s former students are acclaimed artist David Hockney, after whom the college named a £50m building in 2015, TV journalist turned MP Gloria De Piero and Great Britain’s Olympic boxer Muhammad Ali.

The association is not limited to ex-students. Former teachers and other staff members are also encouraged. Nor is it limited to students of Bradford College in its current guise with students of Bradford Regional College of Art, Bradford Technical College and Bradford and Ilkley Community College also included.

Anyone wishing to contact Shehla can get in touch by calling 01274 438965 or by emailing [email protected]

Alternatively find Bradford College Alumni on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn or visit the alumni section on the Bradford College website