Reunion Weekend 2007 review


Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Reunion Weekend celebrations. Aside from the odd torrential downpour, the weekend was a great success, with over 230 alumni and 120 guests joining in the festivities!

This page contains a number of individual event reviews, and links to our online photo galleries. Thanks once again to everyone involved!

Reunion Weekend Dinner
by Lauren Huntington, Alumni Relations Manager

The annual Reunion Dinner, held in the University's prestigious King's Hall, brought together alumni reunion groups, VIPS and University staff. This year’s dinner had particular significance, marking both the fiftieth anniversary of Convocation as well as the retirement of Vice-Chancellor Christopher Edwards. It was a delight to see alumni also celebrating their own milestones, with groups at the dinner commemorating 25 and 50 years since graduation; many having travelled from as far afield as Greece to return to campus. A lavish 4 course dinner was served whilst guests were entertained by a string quartet, made up of current Newcastle students. The event was a fine conclusion to another enjoyable Alumni Reunion Weekend. GALLERY.

GOLD Network BBQ

As an alternative to the formal dinner, the GOLD Network hosted a barbecue in the Students' Union building. Despite promises of 'sizzling barbie tucker on the Union Lawn', the heavens opened, and guests took shelter in the Men's Bar: not that anyone complained too much! Food was served and booze was guzzled, with an eclectic performance by Charity Case and the Jazz Impostors providing a soundtrack to the evening. The night was capped off with some old fashioned fun in the Bassment with Brighton Beach, the Union's immensely popular soul, jazz and indie night. GALLERY.

Alan Plater lecture

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Reunion Weekend, hundreds of guests crammed in to the Alex Campbell Lecture Theatre to receive a talk by Alan Plater, one of the UK's most prolific, original and entertaining writers. Alan certainly didn't disappoint the crowd, and his lecture, entitled Sing a Song of Tyneside, was witty, insightful and heart-warming. A full transcription is available here. GALLERY.

Donor Reception
by James Johnston, Development Manager

The Donor Reception hosted by Vice-Chancellor Christopher Edwards and Mark Scrimshaw is an opportunity for annual fund donors to come along and meet the students whom they are funding through generous donations, and also meet the student callers from the phonathon.  This year we were joined by around 60 donors for canapés and champagne in the Howden Room, home of the former Medical School, now the King George VI Building.  This was a wonderful opportunity for the University to say thank you to its donors. GALLERY.

Departmental Reunions

During the afternoon, alumni had the chance to visit their individual schools and departments, and mingle with fellow graduates, staff and students. A number of schools were celebrating milestones, with Law looking back over 85 years of legal education, and Computing Science enjoying its fiftieth birthday. Politics graduates were treated to a lively debate, chaired by Emeritus Professor Hugh Berrington; and History alumni were also able to visit their old haunts. GALLERY.

Football Match

For the first time in Reunion Weekend, the North took on the South in a battle of wits, skill and beautiful football. London based Newcastle Old Boys squared up against Garnett Bohemian FC Newcastle Old Boys on the University's hallowed turf, the Coach Lane ground. Garnett won by three goals to nil in a hard fought game, which saw sweat, tears and colourful Bermuda shorts. A cracking review, written by Richard Holme (BSc Food & Human Nutrition 1998), is available here. GALLERY.

Eustace Percy Hall Reunion
by Trevor Owen (BSc Mechanical Engineering 1966)

30 former inmates and guests attended a reunion meeting in the Armstrong Building during the 2007 Reunion Weekend. Presentations were made on life in the period from 1958 to 1968 including a sequence of films showing EPH, the University, and the trolleybus system. Many memories were revived and the meeting concluded that the event should be repeated. A slideshow from this event is available here. GALLERY.

Convocation & Lunch

For the last time before his retirement in August, Vice-Chancellor Christopher Edwards gave a thoughtful and entertaining lecture on Newcastle University's progress over the past year, and its plans for the future. Attendees then gathered for lunch in the Old Library's Courtyard restaurant. The minutes from Convocation are available here. GALLERY.

published on: 21st August 2007

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