Campus awash with alumni


This year’s Reunite! celebrations coincided with the opening weekend of the Hoppings on Newcastle’s Town Moor, which could only mean one thing: rain, and plenty of it.

Fortunately, the odd torrential downpour didn’t dampen the celebrations on campus, and the annual alumni reunion was a great success, with 180 graduates and 126 guests joining in the festivities.

Vice-Chancellor Chris Brink gave his first address to Convocation, the annual meeting of the Alumni Association, and presented his plans for the University over the coming year.

And as part of this year’s ‘ageing and health’ theme, eminent gerontologist Professor Tom Kirkwood gave a lecture entitled Living Ever Longer: The Big Issue of Our Time, before giving guests a behind-the-scenes tour of the University’s Institute for Ageing and Health.

Other activities took place around campus, including a homecoming tour of Castle Leazes for ex-residents, and celebrations in the Business School to mark 25 years of the MBA at Newcastle.

The day’s events culminated in a Northumbrian-themed culinary and musical extravaganza in the Union Society, where Gareth Marks of the Flatbread Café gave an interactive food demonstration, and fiddler Peter Tickell provided a soundtrack to the evening.

Frank Ives, who graduated with a BSc in Maths in 1984, was delighted to be part of the festivities. ‘It was such a great experience to be back on campus,’ he said. ‘The University has some great stuff going on. I’m proud to be a part of it.’

Alumni Relations Manager, Lauren Huntington, said: ‘We’re really grateful to everyone who was involved in Reunite! It was a huge success, and we’re looking forward to holding it again in the future.’

For photos from the event, please follow this link.

published on: 12th August 2008

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