Join us on Saturday 17 June to revisit, rediscover and reconnect.
Programme of Events
Special Collections and Archives Show and TellSpecial Collections and Archives Show and Tell
Time: 10am-12pm drop-in
Location: Reading Room, Level 1, Philip Robinson Library
Friends of the University Library invite you to a drop-in session to explore some of the Special Collection's rarest and most unique treasures from our achives and rare book collections.
Learn about the scandal behind our murderers' socks, cast your eye over Henry VIII's seal, and check out how to make 'mackrowns' froma 17th century recipe book. Items from our University Archives will also be on display including photographs of the campus during the 1960s and issues of the student newspaper, 'King's Courier' from the 1950s.
The Friends of the University Library are an enthusiastic network of people interested in the library’s activities, collections, history and future development. Members can take part in a engaging programme of events throughout the year including lectures and talks, behind-the-scene tours and advanced previews of exhibitions. To find out more, please visit our website; friends.ncl.ac.uk.
Career Support – But not as you know it!Career Support – But not as you know it!
Location: King's Hall, Armstrong Building
Join the Assistant Directors of the University’s award winning Careers Service for an overview of the ways in which the University is helping to equip our students and alumni for their professional lives. The session will cover things you might expect the Service to do like career guidance, skills development, and employer networking, but also things that might surprise you like their renowned enterprise and entrepreneurship support and their new ways of ensuring all students have access to the graduate labour market. Naomi Oosman-Watts (Assistant Director, Career Management) and Gareth Trainer (Assistant Director Enterprise and Entrepreneurship) will be joined by the entrepreneurial graduates behind recent start-up companies Heatwave UK and Million Care Solutions to discuss how the University and its alumni have supported their success.
Freedom City 2017 Programme OverviewFreedom City 2017 Programme Overview
Location: King's Hall, Armstrong Building
As part of this year’s reunion, you will also have a chance to hear more about Freedom City 2017, a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the University awarding an honorary degree to Dr Martin Luther King.
Freedom City 2017 is a city-wide programme of arts, cultural events and debate drawing on the themes of war, poverty and racism highlighted by Dr King in his acceptance speech, which remain as relevant today as they were in 1967. Join Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Davies, and Freedom City 2017 partners in King’s Hall at 12.00 noon to find out more about the programme and how you can get involved.
Convocation LunchConvocation Lunch
60th Meeting of Convocation60th Meeting of Convocation
Location: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
Join us for the 60th meeting of Convocation, the statutory University body that represents all alumni.
As a graduate of Newcastle University, by right you are a member of Convocation. The annual meeting of Convocation provides every graduate an opportunity to hear first-hand about the challenges and issues facing the University, and discuss any proposed changes to University statutes.
At this year's meeting, Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Chris Day, will give his first address to Convocation.
Members attending are invited to submit questions to the Vice-Chancellor in advance to email@example.com.
Guests attending the meeting are also invited to join us for lunch beforehand.
Convocation Lecture- Dr Martin Luther King Jr: his legacy in 2017, Professor Tony BadgerConvocation Lecture- Dr Martin Luther King Jr: his legacy in 2017, Professor Tony Badger
PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR CONVOCATION LECTURE, PRIOR BOOKING IS NOT REQUIRED. PLACES ARE ALLOCATED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS AS THIS EVENT IS PART OF NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY'S PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES.
Location: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building
In the lecture Professor Badger examines the legacy of Martin Luther King in the America of Barack Obama and Donald Trump. He examines the circumstances in which non-violent direct action was successful and assesses its achievements. How justified was King's faith in the ballot and politics? Has a sanitised version of the civil rights leader's career downplayed the economic radicalism and anger of his rhetoric? In today's America and with a white southern Republican Attorney-General, do Black Lives Matter? How successful has been the drive to restrict African-American suffrage? How much did African-Americans benefit from the first African-American president? What, if anything, does Donald Trump offer the African-American community?
Tony Badger is Professor in American History at Northumbria University. He taught at Newcastle University from 1971 to 1991. He was then Paul Mellon Professor of American History at Cambridge University (and latterly Master of Clare College) until 2014. He was chair of the Kennedy Memorial Trust, 2009 to 2016. He is also Independent Reviewer for the Foreign Office overseeing the release of previously secret records. He has written extensively on the New Deal and on the modern American South. He is currently completing a biography of Albert Gore Sr. He has Honorary Degrees from Hull University and North Carolina State University. As of May 2017 he will be President of the Historical Association.
Convocation Celebration DinnerConvocation Celebration Dinner
Time: 7.30pm-late (dinner served at 8pm)
Location: The Venue, Newcastle University Students' Union
Starter: Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli & Pickled vegetables or Red Pepper, Tomato and Mozzarella Terrine with Toasted Ciabatta (v)
Main: Lemon and Thyme Roast Corn-Fed Chicken Supreme with Crushed Jersey Royals and Spring Greens or Goats Cheese and Spinach Roulade with Beetroot & Pea Puree (v)
Dessert: Set Custard, Rhubarb & Shortbread Crumble and Ginger Cream (v)
Tickets for this event are £35pp.
Please let us know of any guests you would like to be seated with.
If you wish to reserve a table(s) please contact Anna Gardner +44 191 209 3559, firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Book
Book your place today for what is sure to be a fantastic event.
To reserve your place to attend Convocation 2017 please complete an online booking form- BOOK HERE
Alternatively you can book via telephone on + 44 (0) 191 208 7250.
Please ensure that your booking and payment reach us by Monday 12th June 2017.
You can pay by CHEQUE: Please make the cheque payable to ‘Newcastle University’ and ensure you write your full name and address on the reverse of the cheque. Please return this form to, NU Advancement, King's Gate Level 5, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU.
If you wish to pay by CARD over the telephone: please call Anna Warren, +44 191 208 3559, Monday to Friday between 9:30am - 4pm. Please have your card details ready when making the payment via telephone. Please note we don’t accept American Express. Please don’t include your card details in the post or email.
Please note places are limited, and your place is not guaranteed until we contact you to confirm your place. If the event is full when you apply, your money will be refunded.
In the event of cancellation by a graduate/participant the fees paid to participate in the event/activity will be refunded in accordance with the following terms:
- Cancellations received up to (and including) 10 days prior to the event will be refunded in full.
- For cancellations received less than 10 days before the event there will be no refund.
We reserve the right to cancel the event if it is under-subscribed and in this instance a full refund will be made. In exceptional circumstances other refund arrangements may be considered.
Organise a Reunion
Ever wondered what your old classmates are up to now or wanted to meet up with them again? Convocation is a great time to have your reunion!
Convocation 2017 takes place Saturday 17 June, so now is the ideal time to start looking up old classmates, contacting friends and planning your own special anniversary reunion.
Some of our guests return to campus with their partners or relatives, some with their degree programme classmates and others with their former halls of residence friends. Whatever the occasion or anniversary, NU Advancement can help you to organise your reunion.
If you are thinking of organising your reunion as part of Convocation, please contact the office at email@example.com or by telephoning + 44 (0) 191 208 7250.
Our friends at BedandBreakfasts.co.uk run a handy website, giving details of B&Bs in and around Newcastle your story. NewcastleGateshead Initiative also has a full listing of hotels and rates on its website, where you can view availability and book.
Special access requirements
Please contact the office if you have any special access requirements.
Car parking on campus
Parking on campus is extremely limited. There are a number of spaces available for disabled badge holders. Please contact the office if you would like to reserve a space or for advice on alternative parking options.
Photography and filming
We will be capturing images at all events to be used in promotional material; in media, print or online. It is is possible that you may appear in some footage. If you do not wish to feature in any photographs or filming, please inform the photographer/film crew or a member of University staff. All images will be used and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Bookings and Cancellation
In the event of a cancellation by a graduate/participant the fees to participate in the event/activity will be refunded in accordance with the following terms:
- Cancellations received up to and including 10 days prior to the event will be refunded in full
- For cancellations received less than 10 days before the event there will be no refund
If you have any other queries or comments, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning + 44 (0) 191 208 3559.