Get Involved

IDS values its diverse network of alumni, the majority of whom are working across the globe as development professionals. The IDS alumni network creates opportunities to make professional connections and share the accumulated wealth of experience that the network holds.

There are many ways to stay in touch and get involved with IDS and the alumni network, we would love to hear your ideas on how to stay connected, but here are a few ideas from us.

Alumni Ambassadors

Ambassadors are active IDS alums who act as country representatives, student supporters and network coordinators for alumni in their home country. We count on their help to develop and sustain active alumni networks in their countries in a variety of ways.

Visit our Ambassadors page to find your country Ambassador, or contact the alumni office if you would like to find out more about becoming an Ambassador for your country.

Alumni Advisory Committee

The Alumni Advisory Committee (AAC) is chaired by the Alumni Board Trustee and its members are alumni appointed by the Board of Trustees. Meetings happen at least twice a year and members are appointed for up to three years in order to contribute to the IDS alumni strategy and to support and guide the IDS Alumni Office.

See this summary of the AAC and its members including contact details (pdf). If you are interested in being a member of the AAC please contact the Chair of the AAC or the IDS Alumni Office.

Support student recruitment

Represent IDS at local recruitment events. The University of Sussex have a network of professional recruiters who attend Education Fairs globally, they are keen to have support from Alumni, and particularly from those who can represent IDS.

Speak with prospective students. Prospective students are often keen to get the inside knowledge on IDS, Brighton and the UK, and find it extremely helpful to speak with someone from their own country who has studied here.

Return to your Alma Mater and deliver talks to the next generation on your experience. Useful materials are available online and the alumni office can provide standard presentational templates if required.

Support others to study at IDS

The IDS Alumni Scholarship fund is a wonderful way for you to help students from a diverse range of backgrounds study at IDS. Launched in 2013 the IDS Alumni Scholarship fund aims to offer a minimum of one half-fees scholarship per year. You could organise a fundraising activity, perhaps with the Alumni Ambassador, or you could donate as an individual. All your donations, whatever the size, will help a new generation of development practitioners and policy makers to study at IDS.

Act as a mentor

We are keen to help alumni to act as mentors to current students and other alumni, on either a skills, knowledge or organisational basis. The best way to volunteer to be a mentor is to contact the alumni office to discuss what you can offer. We are working on using the Alumni Network to help facilitate the mentor programme and hope to be able to release more details on this very soon.


IDS alumni work in many different roles in countries around the world, and some of you may be well placed to offer internships, field work support or post-graduation opportunities to IDS students and alumni. If you would like to discuss this possibility further please contact the alumni office.

If the opportunity is of interest to IDS network members but not restricted to IDS students and alumni only, then you can share the details on the Alumni Network.

Share your experience and knowledge with IDS staff and students

Are you planning a trip to the UK? We would love to welcome you back to visit IDS. Maybe you could:

  • Meet with IDS students to share your experiences since leaving IDS
  • Deliver a lunchtime seminar, or even a Sussex Development Lecture
  • Connect with researchers working on topics in your field

For help arranging a visit please contact the alumni office.

Stay in touch

The best way to stay in touch and keep up to date on IDS Alumni news and events is to join the IDS online alumni network, an exclusive members-only platform. Launched in April 2016, the online network provides a secure and exclusive online networking platform for postgraduate alumni, students and IDS staff that can help you connect with old friends, make new and potentially important contacts, and stay in touch with IDS and IDS alumni wherever you are. The online network:

  • Helps you to build your professional network
  • Encourages alumni to share jobs, learning opportunities, publications and perspectives
  • Offers a safe space for continued challenging discussion
  • Allows IDS to build relationships with alumni that enhance the research, teaching and learning, and impact of IDS’ work

Read the user guidance for the online platform (pdf) and sign up at

In addition, you can sign up to E-Alerts from IDS including general IDS information as well as research specific newsletters.

Contact us

Alumni Officer,
Institute of Development Studies,
East Sussex

T: +44 (0)1273 606261

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