Alumni

Events

graduates celebrating togetherYou have access to a range of exclusive events arranged by the University of Leicester and your fellow alumni. Events are open to all alumni: groups and individuals, those who graduated many years ago or recently; you are all welcome at any one of our events.

As an alum you are invited to attend our events all year round. We aim to make any alumni visiting campus feel comfortable and are aware that the site may look different to the last time you visited. Our interactive map (flash) of the University of Leicester enables you to see each building on campus. Detailed information about the accessibility of each building can be found on the Disabled Go website

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Upcoming alumni events

Festival of Change

Since launching the Festival of Change in October 2020, over 1,300 alumni from 28 countries have joined us for a Festival of Change event. With 91% of alumni saying that they would recommend the event to a friend, we want to let you know about our programme of exciting events we have coming up. Details subject to change.

To hear about when bookings open, ensure you are on our mailing list.  


Thursday 13 June 2024

Online, 6.00pm – 7.00pm UK time

Dr Charles Tawk, Alumni Association Committee Member

Follow Your Heart: A Journey to Doing What You Love

Dr Charles Tawk will share his journey of shifting careers to pursue his passion and find fulfilment in doing what he loves. From humble beginnings to achieving leadership roles in prestigious organizations, he will illustrate how following one's heart can lead to a career that feels more like a calling than work.

Dr Charles Tawk is a Partner with Meirc Training & Consulting. He is the author of Scattered Thoughts for Business and Life (First Edition 2022, ISBN 978-0-578-33268-0). Dr Tawk is also a senior certified professional by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP), a certified project management professional (PMP), a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), and an advisor with the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.

Dr Charles has held several positions in the areas of human resources, law, and management. He is an active member in many professional and international organizations especially the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Dr Charles is the president of the Levant and Gulf region alumni chapter and a member of the Alumni Association Committee of the University of Leicester.

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Thursday 8 August 2024

Online, 6.00pm – 7.00pm UK time

Dr Katrin Scionti, My Journey as a woman in Science and Entrepreneurship 

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Thursday 10 October 2024

Online, 6.00pm – 7.00pm UK time

Dr Hollie Marshall, What the (epi-)genetics of 'creepy crawlies' can tell us about our grandchildren’s health.

I’m an ecological/evolutionary geneticist, focusing on how environmental stress can affect future generations through epigenetic mechanisms. My background is in the use of invertebrate models to understand core genetic processes. Specifically, I carried out my PhD on imprinted genes in bumblebees (University of Leicester), with two postdocs on “paternal genome elimination” in mealybugs (University of Edinburgh) and genome-epigenome interactions in jewel wasps (University of Leicester). I also run a long-term collaboration with the University of Birmingham on “resurrected” population epigenetics of water fleas. In addition to my core research, I am passionate about improving the academic research environment and implementing enhanced opportunities for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Environmental pollution is a major threat to ecosystem and human health. Whilst frameworks exist to try to understand the current health outcomes of pollution exposure, the transgenerational effects of pollution remain largely unknown. My research uses various invertebrate species to 1) understand the molecular consequences of pollution exposure and 2) understand how these molecular changes are passed on to future generations. Within this talk, I’ll cover: what we know about the transgenerational effects of pollution, how these effects could be passed on to future generations, i.e. epigenetics, and finally, why we use invertebrates, like water fleas and jewel wasps, to carry out this research. 

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See our archive of previous Festival of Change events

Alumni Awards Dinner

We officially invite you to attend our Alumni Awards Dinner on the evening of Thursday 30 May 2024, here on campus. We are delighted to announce that Early Bird Tickets are now on sale!

Following the successful Alumni Awards Dinner held last year in the heart of London to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our alumni community, this spring, we look forward to returning to the city of Leicester. The Alumni Awards Dinner will include a drinks reception, a three-course meal followed by DJ, and a captivating guest speaker.

Space is limited, so make sure you book your tickets*.

*When you book your ticket(s), you will also have the opportunity to make a donation to the Student Hardship Fund. This emergency fund enables us to support students who unexpectedly find themselves struggling to pay day-to-day expenses or course-related costs. Your donations will help to provide a safety net for more students during this particularly challenging time.

Find out more about the impact of donations to our Student Support Fund, or contact philanthropy@le.ac.uk

Refunds for tickets can only be given until Friday 3 May 2024.

For an informal discussion about sponsorship opportunities, please email km423@le.ac.uk.

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Alumni Annual Meeting

The Annual Alumni Meeting will provide a space for all alumni to share their views, which will ultimately help us to continue to support our global alumni community in the best way possible. You will also hear about alumni activities that have taken place across the last year, as well as future news and events that are on the horizon over the next 12 months.

Our Annual Alumni Meeting will be back in September 2024. For details or keep in the loop by ensuring you are on our mailing list.

Botanic Garden Festival

You’re invited to our Botanic Garden Festival on Sunday 1 September 2024, 11.00am - 4.00pm.  

Vibrant views and the red-tinted golden hues of Autumn make this a perfect season to visit our beautiful Botanic Garden. We’ll be hosting a variety of activities, workshops, food and entertainment for all ages throughout the day in the Gardens and inside Beaumont House.  

This event is free to all and open to the public, however registration is highly recommended to guarantee access to the Gardens.

Register your interest in attending the Botanic Garden Festival

Alumni are invited to make use of our exclusive Alumni Lounge in Beaumont House during the festival. This space is private to the public event, and separate registration is required. This space is designed for you to put your feet up and take some time away from the Festival. Complimentary refreshments will be available in the Alumni Lounge and the opportunity to meet our Development and Alumni Relations (DARO) staff members.

Secure access to the Alumni Lounge

Not only will guests have the opportunity to explore the Garden and enjoy the outdoor activities, but the DARO team have carefully curated an educational hub inside Beaumont House for visitors. Get hands on with a multitude of informal learning activities, such as a planetarium, robot wars and liquid nitrogen ice cream, all aimed at inspiring younger minds, or attend one of our ChangeMaker talks, hosted by passionate staff from across the University on a range of topics. 

More information including a full schedule for the day will be announced soon. Make sure to check the University website for further details

Alumni and Friends Christmas Quiz

Our Alumni and Friends Christmas Quiz event will be back in Christmas 2024. For details or keep in the loop by ensuring you are on our mailing list.

Solo visitor scheme

Are you attending an event alone? We want to ensure that our events are welcoming and accessible to all attendees and with this in mind, are launching a new solo visitor scheme. If you wish to attend an event as a solo visitor and would like to see a friendly face when you arrive, drop us an email in advance to alumni.relations@leicester.ac.uk and let us know you are attending. One of our friendly staff members will introduce themselves to you via email beforehand and be present at the event to greet you.

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