Alumni & Supporters



Convocation is a statutory body of the University. It provides an opportunity for alumni to discuss issues of policy and common matters of interest.

Every graduate of the University is, by right, a member of Convocation and entitled to attend meetings. These are normally held annually in June.

At the annual meeting of Convocation, the Vice-Chancellor and other members of Executive Board report and answer questions on recent developments and successes, current issues and future challenges facing the University.

Alumni activity 

Convocation provides alumni with an opportunity to discuss any proposed changes to University statutes.

Alumni are also able to raise matters of concern and, if they gain the support of those attending, have those matters raised with Senate, Council or Court, as appropriate.

It allows every graduate the chance to hear first-hand about the successes and the challenges being faced by the University and the ways in which they are being tackled.

This means that graduates have a voice in the way the policies of the University are formulated.

The formal powers of Convocation are limited to the appointment of the Chancellor of the University on the nomination of Court and Senate sitting in joint session. Under the statutes, however, it may discuss and make representations on any matter relating to the University.

Membership of Convocation

To become a member of Convocation, you have to be an alumnus. All alumni are members. 

To be an alumnus you have to hold a degree or other award from one of the following:

  • Newcastle University
  • the Newcastle Division of the University of Durham (before 1963)
  • University of Durham if, during your courses, you were a matriculated student at Sunderland Technical College

Or, you might have completed one term at Newcastle University or the Newcastle Division of the University of Durham (before 1963), but did not take an award.

You also could be:

  • a member (or retired member) of academic and academic-related staff of the University
  • a holder of an Honorary Degree or Honorary Fellowship of the University
  • a Life Member of the Union Society
  • another type of co-opted individual

Electing a Chair

The Chair of Convocation is a member of the Court of the University. They provide a further formal channel of communication between alumni and the University.

The Statutes state that:

43. The convocation, from its own members, shall elect a chair and may elect a deputy chair, under procedures as the court may from time to time decide, who shall respectively hold office for five years. Any retiring chair or deputy chair shall be eligible for re-election. Neither the chair nor the deputy chair shall be a member of the salaried staff of the University.