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Contribute to your University's success and help shape its policy.

Have your say in the running of your University

Convocation gives you the chance to have your say on matters relating to your University, and shape University policy. It's a statutory body that meets once a year.

Membership of Convocation

All alumni are automatically members of Convocation.

To be an alumnus/alumna, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • hold a degree or other award from Newcastle University
  • be an alumni of the University of Durham who was a registered student of the Newcastle Division of the University of Durham during your course, before the appointed day
  • be an alumni of the University of Durham who was a matriculated student at Sunderland Technical College during your course
  • belong to another group decided on by the court, on the recommendation of the senate. Currently this includes:
    • those who have completed one term at Newcastle University or the Newcastle Division of the University of Durham (before 1963), but didn't take an award
    • members (or retired members) of academic and academic-related staff of the University
    • those who hold an Honorary Degree or Honorary Fellowship of the University
    • Life Members of the Union Society
    • other types of co-opted individuals

Meetings of Convocation

As an alumni you have a right to attend Convocation meetings, which normally take place once a year.

What happens at the annual meeting?

The University’s Vice-Chancellor and other members of the Executive Board share University news, including:

  • recent developments
  • successes
  • current issues
  • future challenges

During the meeting the Vice-Chancellor and Board will answer any questions you may have.

Convocation meetings are your chance to discuss proposed changes to University statutes and raise any concerns. With the support of other attendees, you can raise matters with the University Senate, Council or Court, as appropriate.

By taking part in meetings of Convocation, you can have a voice in shaping University policies.

What formal powers does Convocation have?

Convocation can appoint the Chancellor of the University on the nomination of Court and Senate sitting in joint session. This is the extent of its formal powers. However, under the statutes, it can discuss and make representations on any matter relating to the University.

Electing the Chair of Convocation

The Chair of Convocation is a member of the Court of the University. They provide a further formal channel of communication between the alumni community and your 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, taking into account any recommendation from convocation. The chair and deputy chair shall respectively hold office for three years. Any retiring chair or deputy chair shall be eligible for re-election subject to not holding the post for more than nine consecutive years in total. Neither the chair nor the deputy chair shall be a member of the salaried staff of the University.