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Volunteer stories: Ravi Aswani

To mark Volunteers' Week, we're shining the spotlight on this year's Alumni Volunteering Awards nominees and winners. First up is Ravi Aswani, a UCL Laws alumnus.

Ravi Aswani and a friend

1 June 2020

Having had an impressive career as a barrister at 36 Stone, UCL Laws alumnus Ravi Aswani wanted to give back to his alma mater. Wishing to help the next generation develop both personally and professionally, he became a generous and active participant in the UCL Laws Mentoring Programme.

Since joining the programme, Ravi been praised for going above and beyond to support his mentee Naomi Ng (pictured) and for championing mentoring across the university. He sponsored his mentee to attend the Laws Bentham Dinner, offered guidance when her exams were cancelled, and gave an inspiring speech at the inaugural Laws Speed Networking event, which encouraged many of his fellow alumni to become mentors themselves.

As well as providing an opportunity to help others, for Ravi mentorship offered a chance to self-reflect.

Being a mentor allowed me to look back and examine how my career has developed over the years. Thinking about my own journey in this way allowed me to pinpoint useful knowledge and experiences that I could share.”

Mentoring has also enabled Ravi's natural sense of empathy to flourish. He believes one of the most important aspects of mentoring is the meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships that are built. 

“The whole process helps to develop a sense of community. The interactions between different generations and the exchange of knowledge benefit everyone involved."

We are thrilled that Ravi has been shortlisted for Alumni Volunteer of the Year 2020 and to have the opportunity to recognise all of his hard work. To learn more about Ravi’s story, you can read his reflections as well as his mentee’s.

To find out more about volunteering, explore our opportunities or join the UCL alumni online community.