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Newcastle University Alumni Day of Action 2020

Join us for our very first virtual event!

Date/Time: Saturday, 10 October 2020

Venue: Online

For 2020 and beyond, we are introducing a new concept for our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend – the Newcastle University Alumni Day of Action! Taking place on Saturday, 10 October 2020, we have plenty for you to look forward to including digital talks, live lectures, panel Q&A and so much more. Make sure to join us for our first ever virtual alumni event.

The aim of the event is to bring our alumni community together in support of vital challenges facing our global community, with this year's event focusing on One Planet and the Climate Emergency. The event going forward will focus on other key societal themes including: Ageing and Health, Data, Culture and Creative Arts, Cities and Energy.

10.30 - The Big Newcastle Quiz 

(The Quiz will run again at 19:00 to allow alumni from different time zones to take part.)

Get ready to relive your student days, as we put your knowledge of Newcastle and your university to the test!

This is your chance to take part in our first-ever alumni quiz. Get your friends together online – old classmates, flatmates, friends, sports teams – to take on your fellow alumni. 

Your quizmaster is Sophie McDermott, Chair of Convocation. Look out for guest appearances from some familiar faces. 

Send any quiz shout-outs to advancement@ncl.ac.uk. These could be graduversaries, birthdays, anniversaries or reunions. We’ll try our best to mention them.

The quiz will stream LIVE via Zoom. Registration for the Big Quiz is now open.

 

12.00 - NCL Professional Network: Early Careers in Sustainability Brunch 

Join us for a live panel event with Q&A to reignite the spark of our NCL Professional Network event series.

This early careers discussion will focus on graduate jobs in sustainable fields. We’ll be speaking to a panel of recent graduates working in government and the private and charity sectors. The panel will also include entrepreneurs who have set up their own businesses. 

These young graduates are changing the world to achieve better security for future generations.  

Sophie McDermott (Chair of Convocation) will chair this live event and our panellists are:

  • Masitano Sichone (Business Owner, Spareable), MSc E-Business 2017 
  • Louisa Rogers (Founder, Trendlistr), MA Arts, Business, Creativity 2016 
  • Raff Marioni (Executive, Brunswick Group), BA History, 2018

 Register for this event today.

 

13.15 - 20 Poems for the Planet  

Join us for an alumni poetry recital. Your host will be Linda France, Climate Writer in Residence at Newcastle University and New Writing North. 

Tune in for a special podcast in which Linda will unveil the 20 Poems for the Planet Anthology. This will be the culmination of the efforts of talented writers from your alumni community. The anthology will include 20 winning climate poems submitted by alumni in the run up to the Day of Action.

In a special broadcast, Linda will showcase poetry detailing your hopes, dreams and innermost thoughts on our planet’s future. The podcast will also feature some of Linda’s own poems, inspired by current times. 

 

14.00 - The 63rd Meeting of Convocation 

Join Chair of Convocation, Sophie McDermott, for the 63rd annual meeting of Convocation. 

Convocation is a statutory body that gives graduates the opportunity to input into the University’s challenges and successes. As a graduate you are, by right, a member of Convocation. As such, you’re welcome to pose your questions directly to the Vice Chancellor and President.  

This meeting will stream live via Zoom. Register for Convocation today.

 

15.30 - Live lecture: Fighting the next pandemic

Water quality, antimicrobial resistance and global health by Professor David W Graham, Professor of Ecosystems Engineering, Newcastle University 

One reason why the impact of SARS-CoV-2 has been so great is a lack of effective therapeutic drugs. However, what if all infectious diseases lacked therapies?

What if our antibiotics stopped working and the disease was able to spread through our water? The impact on global health might be even greater. 

This is the kind of situation that increasing antimicrobial resistance could cause. Over 70% of the world’s population is currently without safe sanitation.

This lecture will discuss links between water quality and resistant infectious disease – which could potentially lead to the next pandemic. Antimicrobial resistance already is rampant in the developing world, partially due to poor water quality. However, it is growing everywhere due to global interconnectedness. 

Professor David Graham will present evidence of this spread before discussing holistic solutions.

Registration for the lecture is open now.

 

16.30 - Live Panel Discussion 

Addressing climate change: what’s the way forward?

Venetian canals are clearer than ever. The Himalayas are visible from India and Nepal. Urban air quality across the US and China has never been better. 

These are some of the unintended, positive consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. In challenging times, people often reflect and regroup. In the current situation, many are re-examining their relationship with nature and questioning the need for frequent, long-distance travel. They’re also reflecting on their consumption patterns.  

2020 will likely see the biggest drop in carbon emissions ever recorded. However, carbon levels in the atmosphere are still expected to rise. If a global pandemic and worldwide shutdown are producing only a 7% drop in emissions this year, we’ll need to take drastic measures to reach our climate goals. 

Our expert panel will explore how individuals and governments can address climate change: the defining issue of our time. 

Sophie McDermott, Chair of Convocation, will chair this event. Our panel for the event will be:

  • Professor Phil Blythe (Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems, Newcastle University & Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Transport) 
  • Madeleine Rawlins (Principal Consultant, Mott MacDonald), BSc Chemistry 1997 
  • Dr Marcus Richards (Executive Advisor, Boston Consulting Group), BSc Geology 1979 

Register your space at this event today

 

19.00 - The Big Newcastle Quiz 

(The Quiz will run again at 10:30 to allow alumni from different time zones to take part.)

Get ready to relive your student days, as we put your knowledge of Newcastle and your university to the test!

This is your chance to take part in our first-ever alumni quiz. Get your friends together online – old classmates, flatmates, friends, sports teams – to take on your fellow alumni. 

Your quizmaster is Sophie McDermott, Chair of Convocation. Look out for guest appearances from some familiar faces. 

Send any quiz shout-outs to advancement@ncl.ac.uk. These could be graduversaries, birthdays, anniversaries or reunions. We’ll try our best to mention them.

The quiz will stream LIVE via Zoom. Registration for the Big Quiz is open now.