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What is Convocation?

Convocation is a formal name for the University's alumni community. A meeting of Convocation normally occurs once every calendar year and gives an opportunity for alumni to join discussions with the University leadership team about the latest developments at the University, and future plans.

Meeting of Convocation

Convocation 2023, will be held on Saturday 4 November from 11:00 - 13:00 (GMT) on campus and online, and will include the opportunity to hear reports from the University and the Chair of Convocation, as well as the chance to consider the reappointment of the University's Chancellor Imtiaz Dharker for a second term of office. The in-person meeting will be followed by a light buffet lunch. 


Convocation 2024 will take place on 12-13 July 2024, with an exciting weekend of special events. More information will be shared nearer the time, but for now please save the date!

Meet our Chancellor: Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and video film-maker. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014 and became Chancellor of Newcastle University in 2020. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library and has worked on several projects across art forms in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, as well as the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral. Her six collections include Over the Moon and the latest, Luck Is the Hook, all published by Bloodaxe Books UK, and her poems have been broadcast widely on BBC Radio 3 and 4 as well as the BBC World Service. She has had eleven solo exhibitions of drawings around the world, and scripts and directs video films, many of them for non-government organisations working in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children in India.