Past events and reunions
Alumni Lecture 2013 - The Search for Richard III
"The Search for Richard III- The Archaeology and the Genetics"
Alumni Dinner 2013
Information and Photos are now available from this 5* Dinner...
Women of Influence Luncheon, 2012
This annual luncheon provided a social opportunity for the University to engage women of achievement and influence and ensure they know about the University’s future plans. This year the focus was on Embrace Arts, the University’s Art Centre, and the Breaking Barriers appeal to raise funds for a gallery extension.
Find out more about the event, photos to follow soon...
Wesley's Chapel Reception and Tour 2012
Fifty-six graduates living close to the city of London came to an informal reception and guided tour of Wesley’s Chapel on 19 September. The visit to one of London’s hidden ‘gems’, in an area of historical importance, attracted history lovers and the contemporaries of University of Leicester graduate Donald English.
House of Lords Reception 2012
Over 230 Alumni and guests joined us at this sold out evening reception at the House of Lords on Wednesday 5th September 2012.
The Summer Reunion 2012
Over 500 graduates joined us for the new exciting Summer Reunion (incorporating Homecoming) which was held on Saturday 30th June.
Leicester Networking Evening
Graduates and guests joined us on Thursday 24th May for an informal evening to network and socialise with fellow alumni and friends at Hotel Maiyango in Leicester.
Alumni Dinner 2012
The Alumni Dinner was once again held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Thursday 9th February 2012. Photos and more details are now available...
Toronto Reception for Leicester Alumni
As part of our efforts to stay in touch and engage with our alumni everywhere, we hosted an Alumni Reception on Thursday, November 17th in the centre of Toronto.
Women of Influence Lunch 2011
Penny Egan, Leicester alumna and Executive Director of The US-UK Fulbright Commission and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Christine Fyfe were hosts at a special luncheon for women at London’s Reform Club on 13 October 2011.
The occasion provided an opportunity for women of achievement from a diverse range of careers to exchange ideas over lunch. See photos and read more about this special event.
Beaumont Hall Reunion 2011
Over 100 " Beaumontonians" joined us for a weekend of fine dining, fun and nostalgia at Beaumont Hall on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2011. Read more about the event, Photos are now available to view.
Beaumont Hall Memorabilia is now available to purchase.
Alumni Summer Reception 2011
Homecoming 2011, Saturday 2 July
Medical School Alumni Dinner, Saturday 2 July 2011
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess and Professor David Wynford-Thomas, Dean of Medicine, hosted the second annual Medical School Alumni Dinner. Each year (which began in 2010 with the first five years of intakes to the Medical School) the Medical School Alumni Association organises and hosts a Reunion Dinner for five intakes, sometimes with an overlap if necessary.
This year the Dinner and Drinks reception was for intakes from the years 1978 - 1984.
Photos are available to view now.
University of Leicester and Santander Scholarship Presentation
The University of Leicester and Santander held a special event on 8th June 2011 to celebrate the award of the first Santander scholarships to postgraduate students. Find out more and see photos from the event.
International Alumni Events in June
Alumni in the Vancouver, New York and Washington DC areas were invited to join us for three special receptions to mark the development of events and activities for alumni living in Canada and the Northeastern United States. Photos from the events and more information will follow soon.
"Leicester in London", Thursday 19th May 2011
The University of Leicester Alumni Association 2011 lecture
The Alumni Association Lecture was a full house at Embrace Arts in March. Photos of the lecture are now available.
Cosmic Quest: A History of Astronomy by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest
Thursday 24 March at 6pm
Over the millenia astronomy has flourished into the most all-embracing of the sciences.
Its progress has been led by inspirational characters and outright mavericks who have pushed our knowledge of the heavens forward, forever testing the limits of our imagination in the quest to understand the universe.
This stunningly-illustrated presentation by two of today’s most-respected astronomers concentrates on the people and personalities who have asked the biggest questions of all.
Part of the University of Leicester Science and Engineering Week 2011 programme.
This lecture was free but donations were welcome on the night. Proceeds will benefit scholarships in the College of Science and Engineering.
Alumni Dinner 2011
Over 185 alumni and guests were welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess to the Alumni Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London on 17th February. See pictures and read more about the dinner.
Alumni Receptions in Toronto and New York
Alumni in the Toronto and New York areas were invited to join us for two special receptions for University of Leicester Alumni to mark the launch of events and activities for alumni living in Northeastern United States and in Canada. Read about the evenings and see pictures from the New York event.
Degree Certification Ceremony
On Saturday October 30th the University held a special event for alumni who graduated between 1958 and 1965.
During this time graduates did not receive a degree certificate at their graduation ceremony. The event offered alumni a unique opportunity to revisit the University and receive their degree certificate at a graduation style ceremony officiated by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess.
Pictures from the day can be found here.
Family Programme 2010 - Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 October
Parents and families of new students were invited to join the Vice-Chancellor and colleagues for an informal reception in the afternoon on the weekend before the start of the Autumn Term - the day on which most new students come into residence (separate arrangements apply to new international and medical students). This was an excellent opportunity to find out more about the Family Programme, to meet members of staff and to be briefed on the University's student welfare provision.
July Degree Ceremonies 2010
To promote the Alumni Association, a prize draw was held and the lucky winner, Louise Angell - BA Management Studies 2010, will be able to enjoy a free night's stay for two in Hotel Maiyango in Leicester.
Homecoming Saturday 26 June 2010
Over 500 graduates with their family and friends, guests and staff attended this year’s Homecoming event at the University of Leicester on June 26. With a back drop of beautiful blue skies, adults and children could enjoy a fun-filled and educational day out back on campus.
More information and pictures are available here.
Prize Draw Winners from the day have been randomly selected.
Festival of Postgraduate Research 2010
For the sixth, successive year, the University of Leicester held its one-day exhibition of postgraduate research. For details of the day and the Alumni Association prize winner please click here.
Women of Influence Lunch 2010 at the House of Lords
The Right Honourable Baroness Byford DBE and Pro Vice-Chancellor Christine Fyfe were hosts at a special luncheon for women at the House of Lords on 16 June 2010.
Alumni Dinner 2010, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
On 18 February 2010 over 175 alumni and guests were welcomed by Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London for the 2010 Alumni Dinner. This black tie event was enthusiastically attended by alumni representing each decade from the 1950s to the present, and who had travelled to London from locations ranging from as far afield as Israel and Nigeria. Read about the event and see the pictures here.
Annual Industry Lecture in the Department of Engineering, hosted by Jem Stansfield of BBC's 'Bang Goes the Theory'
Each year, the Engineering Department hosts an Annual Industry Lecture - a special lecture given by a well-known engineer - talking on a subject of interest to our current staff, students and engineers in general. This year is no exception, with Jem Stansfield, Presenter from BBC's "Bang Goes the Theory" giving the lecture.
Jem has had a varied career which has included creating special effects for major motion pictures, exhibits for the Science Museum and Royal Observatory and inventing the world's first air-powered motorbike. His TV appearances include Scrapheap Challenge, Science Shack, Home on their Own and Men in White. His lecture will take place on 10th February at 6pm and is entitled 'Instincts, equations and sketchy solutions'.
Past Public Lectures
Thursday, 17 September, 2009
Rt. Hon. Vincent Cable MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats & Treasury Spokesperson is giving a lecture entitled 'Is the Economic Crisis Over?', 5.30 pm in the Rattray Lecture Theatre.
Thursday, 15 October, 2009
Baroness Warsi will present the Sternberg Annual Lecture, Lecture Theatre 1, Ken Edwards Building. (Details to follow)
Thursday 29th October, 2009
The Provost Derek Hole Lecture by Canon Andrew White, 'The Inter-Religious Search for Peace in Iraq'
Canon Andrew White, often referred to as "the Vicar of Baghdad," serves as parish priest to a congregation of over 3,000 Iraqi people at St. George's church, and is the President of the 'Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East' (www.frrme.org). Through the church and the Foundation, he coordinates delivery of humanitarian relief to the people of Baghdad. This includes the St George's clinic, which treats over 100 Iraqi's every day.
Canon White also coordinates the 'Inter-Religious Reconciliation Initiative;' bringing senior religious leaders together to build relationships and work for peace. Canon White is the author of three books including The Vicar of Baghdad: Fighting for Peace in the Middle East. 5.30 pm in the Rattray Lecture Theatre.
Family Programme Receptions
Saturday 26 September, Sunday 27 September 2009
Parents and families of new students are invited to join the Vice-Chancellor and colleagues for an informal reception on the afternoon before the start of the Autumn Term - the day on which most new students come into residence (separate arrangements apply to new international and medical students). This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the Family Programme, to meet members of staff and to be briefed on the University's student welfare provision.
Invitations have been sent to families of new students. To recieve more information please email Rosemary Faint, Alumni Relations Officer , phone 0116 252 2418 or visit the Family Programme page.
Saturday 27 June 2009
Our popular annual event for graduates and their families, friends and supporters. Included amongst the highlights of the day was a final chance to visit the existing Percy Gee Students' Union Building, which is soon to undergo a major renovation, including the very final "last orders" for the Redfearn Bar. View photos and read more about the day.
Festival of Postgraduate Research at the University
Thursday 25 June 2009
Graduates, Students, Staff, and Employees were invited to attend the fifth annual Festival of Postgraduate Research. Follow this link to read about the prize awarded by the Alumni Association.
London Reception at the Bank of England Museum
Wednesday 28 January 2009
Alumni representing 6 decades of graduating classes reunited in the Bank of England Museum for a special reception hosted by Professor David Blanchflower of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee. View photographs and further information
2008 Summer Ball
Saturday 14 June 2008
Graduates of the last 10 years were welcomed to join current student attending the 2008 Students' Union Summer Ball.
Celebrate Leicester Day
Saturday 26 April 2008
A series of special events were held during 2007-08 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the University’s Royal Charter in 1957. One of the highlights of the year was Celebrate Leicester Day, a chance for the University to showcase the very best it has to offer. View photographs and further information
London Reception at the House of Lords
Thursday 25th October 2007
Nearly 200 graduates came together to enjoy a drinks reception and tours of the House of Lords. View photographs and further information
Saturday 13th October 2007
Graduates from the last 10 years gathered at The Redfearn bar in the University's Students' Union for a evening of catching up with old friends, networking and meeting new people. If you couldn't make it to this event, don't worry, our events are coming to a city near you soon! View photographs and further information
2007 Homecoming, Leicester
Saturday 30th June 2007
Highlights of the day included: Scheduled tours to some of our newest facilities including 3 CETLs in Genetics, Physics and Geography, an open-topped bus tour of Leicester and a series of mini-lectures on a wide range of subjects including Victorian Studies, Medicine, Social Work, Archaeology, Physics, Geology, Museum Studies and Chemistry.
Pitcher and Piano, London
Thursday 24th May 2007
Graduates from the last 10 years gathered at the Pitcher and Piano in Trafalgar Square for a great evening of catching up with old friends and networking. For grads living outside London, you have not been missed out. If you couldn't make it to London, our events are coming to a city near you! View photographs and further information
Bodleian Library, Oxford
Thursday 9 November 2006
Graduates of Leicester and members of our Family Programme were invited to an informal reception and buffet at the Bodleian Library. Graduates and their guests were welcomed by the University's Chancellor Sir Peter Williams and Vice-Chancellor Professor Burgess in the magnificent setting of Divinity School. Known informally to centuries of Oxford scholars at "the Bod", the main library building contains upper and lower reading rooms, the gift shop and the Divinity School with its remarkable vaulted ceiling. During the evening graduates and guests had an opportunity to visit the Library and also Convocation House, guided by members of staff.
National Space Centre, Leicester
28 June 2006
Graduates of the University had a unique opportunity to explore the award winning National Space Centre on 28 June, during an evening when it opened exclusively for the Alumni Association. The event attracted more than 130 graduates - spanning six decades from 1945 to 2005 – who gained an insight into what it takes to be an astronaut, as well as learning about the latest research and discoveries in space exploration. There was an opportunity for graduates to sample a selection of brightly-coloured “space” cocktails on arrival, before a welcome address by the Vice-Chancellor. In his talk, Professor Burgess described the special links between the Space Centre and the University, which co-founded it with Leicester City Council, following a successful bid to the Millennium Commission. He also gave an overview on the latest developments at the University including a succession of recent achievements. No visit to the Centre would have been complete without a trip to the edges of the Universe. In a screening of the film ‘Big’ – narrated by Richard Attenborough – graduates travelled on a mission through time and space in the state-of-the-art, multi-media, domed theatre. Graduates were able to catch up with long-standing friends while exploring the Hub, Rocket Tower and reception area with its portals into the six themed galleries: Into Space; Exploring the Universe; The Planets; Orbiting Earth; Space Now; and Tranquillity Base. After an evening of exploration many graduates realised that they had only just scratched the surface and vowed to return for another visit to one of the country’s prime visitor attractions.