Calling all graduates: register now for the 2010 Homecoming

Posted by mjs76 at May 21, 2010 01:00 PM |
Saturday 26 June 2010 is the date of this year’s University of Leicester Homecoming, a fun day of free events for graduates and their families.

It doesn’t matter whether you graduated last year or decades ago, with an undergraduate degree or a PhD – if you graduated from here, you’re welcome back on 26 June – and bring the kids with you! (The event is open to staff too.)

This year there is a ‘space’ theme to much of the day, celebrating fifty years of space research at Leicester. One of the highlights will be a lecture by Visiting Professor – and NASA astronaut - Dr Jeff Hoffman. Jeff flew on five Shuttle missions, one of which was the repair mission for the Hubble Telescope. There are only two more Shuttle missions scheduled before the whole fleet is taken out of service, so here is a great chance to find out where an experienced astronaut thinks human spaceflight should be heading.

Visitors to the Homecoming will also have the chance of a guided tour of our Space Research Centre and can try out some of the activities that young people explore at the University’s annual Space School. Plus lectures on the Cassini mission to Saturn and ‘How to be a rocket scientist’.

But it’s not all stars and planets. There will be a hands-on workshop from the School of Museum Studies, a talk on 18th century tourism, arts and crafts at Embrace Arts at the RA centre, tours of the University Library, a whole bunch of stuff in the Department of Engineering and student drama group LUTheatre presenting edited highlights from the 400+ plays and revues staged at the University since 1923.

Homecoming is a family event and there are loads of things specially for kids including rides, a magic show, a free packed lunch (if pre-booked) and – of course – the Department of Chemistry’s ice cream making workshop. Hot and cold lunches are available for adults, if pre-booked.

Please use this form to register your attendance. It doesn’t tie you down to specific events but will at least give us an idea of the numbers to expect.