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I miss...

Many things about Newcastle University connect our alumni, whether it is their degree programmes, halls of residence or clubs and societies. But perhaps even more special are your memories. We asked Arches readers ‘What do you miss about your time in Newcastle?’

Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency The Honourable Mr Alexander DownerAustralian High Commissioner, His Excellency The Honourable Mr Alexander Downer
BA Politics and Economics 1974, Hon DCL 2001

‘My best memories of Newcastle University revolve around the camaraderie of campus life. The University was a great place for meeting people, making friends and contesting friendly rivalries – both political and sporting. I played tennis and rugby, and enjoyed the after-match drinks as well as the games. I have a particularly clear memory of getting ‘thumped’ by the police on one occasion – not out on the town, just on the rugby field! Northumbria Police had a very good team. Study mattered too, so naturally I spent a lot of time in the library – just perhaps not always awake!’

In March 2015, Newcastle University was delighted to welcome Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency The Honourable Mr Alexander Downer back to campus. Mr Downer took in a tour of the
campus and spoke at a special event for alumni, students and staff.

Dominic PurdueDominic Purdue
BSc Plant Biology 1983, MPhil Civil Engineering 2001
‘The camaraderie, the worry, the work and the fun. Everyone pulled together, it was probably our first experience of real teamwork.’



Antoinette OglethorpeAntoinette Oglethorpe
BSc Physiological Sciences 1989

‘My friends all studied different courses, but we met for a lunchtime stottie in the Airport Lounge of the Union!’





Harry GowerHarry Gower
BSc Zoology 1980, PGCE Graduate Certificate in Education 1981

‘I miss spending time in the Dove Marine Lab at Cullercoats, often with foul or freezing cold weather

Diana KopbayevaDiana Kopbayeva
MA Sociology 2011

‘I miss long walks along the Quayside on warm summer evenings... The river, the sky and the bridges.’



Dr Penny HawkenDr Penny Hawken
BSc Agriculture Animal Production Science 2001

‘Being rugged up in winter and walking through the campus admiring the distinctive brickwork, turrets and spires against the vibrant, blue sky.’

Huong DoanHuong Doan
MSc Banking and Finance 2014

‘I really miss the vibrant and multicultural societies. It’s hard to find something like it when you enter the workforce.’

Dr Ebrahim RowghaniDr Ebrahim Rowghani
PhD Biological Nutritional Sciences 1996

‘I miss the beautiful campus buildings and my friends.’



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published on: 17 August 2015