A new website
for graduates has been set up by two former Nottingham Trent University
The website is the creation of Emma Holland, a criminology graduate,
and Amanda de Jong Cleyndert, a former Business Economics student.
The website, www.graduatesunited.co.uk,
was inspired by the well established website Friends Reunited.
It is the
only one of its kind in the UK. The students began constructing the
site after they realised that people were registering their universities
on the Friends Reunited site.
Amanda says: "On
Friends Reunited you can only search by the year you finished. Thats
fine for schools where you have between 100 and 500 people in each
year, but not for universities where thousands of people join a university
we both have full time jobs, we had to spend evenings and weekends
carrying out a number of activities and have each put some capital
into the project."
de Jong Cleyndert, website designer
"Searching through these types of lists is not only tedious but
its very difficult to recognise people due to the sheer volume
Between the two of them they carried out market analysis and discovered
that there was not a site that catered just for graduate reunions.
that the website, which they began developing in August 2000, was
put together during their spare time: "As we both have full time
jobs, we had to spend evenings and weekends carrying out a number
of activities and have each put some capital into the project."
and a friend at her graduation
"It was difficult to carry out everything in our spare time,
which is why weve taken about three months to build the site."
of them set up a Limited Company for the website, called Graduates
United Ltd, in order to be able to take revenue from the site.
had to put together a business plan, database design, web site construction
and data protection investigation.
Amanda says it wasn't easy: "The idea was massively complex.
It sounds simple as a concept but it really became difficult once
we started doing some research. Also, we had to learn many of the
skills along the way."
The website is
designed so that you can look for people by university, course titles,
hall of residence and name.
idea was massively complex...We
had to learn many of the skills along the way."
de Jong Cleyndert, website designer
Amanda continues: "The search is very advanced. The halls of
residence are proving to be very popular. It took a long time to gather
up data regarding every university in the UK or college that supported
degrees, the possible course titles and the names of the halls of
The site also provides a facility in which you can write and view
comments about universities, something the designers hope will be
useful to A Level students.
"The message board is worth a visit too, as it offers forums
for people to leave messages anything from trying to find someone
to graduates selling their textbooks."
So far, NTU has been getting many positive comments, especially about
Amanda explains that undergraduates can also register on to the site
and add their details and comments about their university.
They have also had graduates from Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and
the USA, who did placements at British universities, registering as
well as people who graduated years ago, as early as the 1960s.
In the first ten days of the website opening they had almost 600 hits,
mostly due to viral communication - friends sending the link to their
Amanda says that they are planning to link with graduate recruitment
sites as well as introduce features such as book exchanges, email/chat
People can register their details free of charge and can view all
other graduates details on the website for no fee.
A £5 membership fee, that lasts for 12 months, is required if
you want contact users on the website by email.
For further information contact either Emma or Amanda on General@graduatesunited.fsbusiness.co.uk