What is the Alumni Council?

The Alumni Council was created so that Clare members have the chance to continue to be involved in College life after graduation. The Council is chaired by the Master, or by an elected Vice-Chairman and is made up of Year Group Reps (YGRs). Each matriculation year has its own YGR, elected by the members of that year group. 


What does it do?

The Alumni Council comes together at Clare once each year for a full afternoon of workshops and meetings, followed by a dinner in Hall. Members have the opportunity to share their own thoughts and opinions, and those of their year group, on a variety of topics including College communications, events and fundraising. They also vote to select the recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award. Spokespeople from selected College groups, such as Clare Boat Club and the Friends of Clare Music, the student body (one current undergraduate and one graduate) and up to four co-opted members attend the annual Alumni Council meeting, to make sure that all members of the Clare community are represented. 

There are two sub-committees of the Alumni Council - the Events Committee and the Annual Fund Committee - who meet twice a year, in addition to the annual Council meeting, to advise and consult with the Development team on an ongoing basis. 


What is a Year Group Representative?

Year Group Representatives (YGRs) serve on the Alumni Council, evaluate the College’s alumni services, seek and represent the views of their College contemporaries, encourage volunteer and philanthropic support for the College in partnership with the College’s Development Office (particularly from their Year Group) and periodically gather contact details and news of their College contemporaries’ careers, achievements, family events, and other items of interest.

If you would like to find out more about YGRs and their responsibilities, or if you would like to find out who your YGR is, please click here


How are Year Group Reps selected?

When there are one or more vacancies, the Development Office will contact the Year Group to ask for nominations. Should there be more candidates than vacancies, and the alumni do not wish to share the role, there will be an election organised by the Development Office.

All YGRs serve for a fixed term, normally for a period of up to five years ending on 30 September in their final year. An incumbent YGR may retire at any time, but would be encouraged to help seek their replacement beforehand.