In December 2016, Future First launched our all new online alumni portal. This introduced the digital toolkit- a comprehensive guide to using alumni- as well as a revamped alumni sign-up process and centralised email address for all your alumni communications.
But the developments don’t stop there. We are working hard to develop and improve the alumni portal and will be launching the following new features in spring 2017. We will keep you up to date with the launch of these features in our monthly emails.
Hubs – for groups of schools
This feature allows alumni networks to be managed across a group of schools, such as a multi-academy trust. It is currently being tested by three multi-academy trusts. If you would like to have access to this feature for your group of schools, email email@example.com or contact your alumni officer.
Alumni login area
Alumni will be able to login to an area of the portal to keep their details up to date, RSVP to events you invite them to, manage their communication preferences and add other schools or colleges they attended.
Improvements to the mailbox
You will be able to send test versions of your mailings to email addresses of your choice. You will also be able to archive messages and arrange them in folders.
Invitations and RSVPs to alumni activities
You will be able to send invitations to alumni, which include an ‘I’m attending’ button, so RSVPs to your events are automatic.
Online booking for alumni and employer events
You will be able to book Future First alumni events and employer programmes online.
Speed and performance
As well as the new features outlined above, we are working to improve the speed and performance of the platform, including minimising the length of time the system is unavailable for each night.
Do you have ideas?
Are there features you would like to see on the alumni portal? We’d love to hear your ideas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your alumni officer.
We are also looking for users who would like to get early access to new features in return for providing feedback on these features. Get in touch if you would like to be part of this group.