Warwickgrad.net was originally launched as a small pilot scheme at the University of Warwick and became a useful service to a small group of Warwick graduates. It was not officially affiliated to the university, but was open to any graduate who could prove membership entitlement by joining the university’s email forwarding service at WarwickForward.
In 2014, Warwickgrad.net became the University of Warwick’s official Email-for-Life service for alumni and migrated the WarwickForward service’s 4,000 accounts.
At the same time, Warwickgrad.net became a fully expanded service and platform, encompassing the Aluminate and Social Network Sync applications, to include an online directory for networking and connecting with old friends, eMentoring, access to eJournals and a way to directly update details with the University so they can stay in touch. In the first couple of months, the platform boasted an impressive 500+ mentors from all over the world, willing to offer their invaluable expertise to alumni and students.
Now serving over 13,000 registered users made up of alumni, students and staff, Warwickgrad is one of the most successful and active Aluminati services with frequent interactions and engagement. Its success is a direct result of giving members a service that is truly meaningful, useful and easy-to-use, as well as Warwick’s strong, ongoing communications and promotional efforts and of course Warwick’s enthusiastic and willing alumni.