Alumni Come Home
Alumni return home for the weekend.
More than 100 alumni joined us for this year’s Alumni Weekend, which took place from 8-10 June. The weekend kicked off with a guided tour of The King Richard III Visitor Centre. The tour also included a special talk by Professor Turi King (MSc Molecular Genetics, 1998; PhD Genetics, 2008), Professor of Public Engagement and Reader in Genetics and Archaeology at the University. Turi is the scientist who identified the remains of King Richard III. Guests then enjoyed drinks and nibbles at the Parcel Yard (formerly Time Bar).
On Saturday, main campus was a hive of activity. Prospective students and their families were at the University’s first Open Day of the year and alumni and friends joined them. Alumni explored campus and student accommodation allowing them to see how facilities and services have changed over the years. As part of the Open Day, the Charles Wilson Sports Hall was transformed into a departmental information fair where alumni visited their old departments and chat to academics and prospective students. Guests also attended taster lectures on a range of topics.
President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle CBE welcomed guests to the event and provided an update on University news and developments. This was followed by a lunch in the Council Chambers, which was accompanied by lots of chatting and reminiscing, before the Annual Review of the Year and Annual General Meeting. Reunions for our forties and fifties graduates, as well as our geography and geology alumni, also took place in the afternoon.
On Saturday evening, a small number of alumni enjoyed a curry at Shimla Pinks on London Road.
The Alumni Weekend concluded with a tour and talk from alumna Dr Suzie Imber (PhD Physics, 2009; PG Cert, 2016), Associate Professor in Space Physics at the National Space Centre. Alumni had the opportunity to hear all about Suzie’s incredible achievements, as well as her experience on the BBC 2 programme Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?
It was fantastic to see so many alumni at the Alumni Weekend 2018 and we look forward to welcoming those who couldn’t make it, as well as those who did, to our summer reunion in 2019.
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