The following are some featured past events for alumni, most of which include photos, audio or video recordings that can be played back online. For a complete list of past events you can browse all events, both past and future.
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This year's Bar Council/Law Society accredited event focused upon Law and the Media with a distinguished panel of speakers.
An historic day for the University of Bristol in China was celebrated with an Alumni Reception in Shanghai
An historic day for the University of Bristol in Beijing
Bristol Alumni and guests were the first to hear details of a speech by Dr Paul Fisher, Executive Director, Markets, The Bank of England. Dr Fisher summarised his ‘hot off the press’ speech, to be delivered the following day to the Global Borrowers & Investors Forum in London.
The University of Bristol - Midlands Branch of Convocation Midlands group held their annual lunch and AGM.
This event was an opportunity to meet students, members of Convocation and staff to find out more about student life at Bristol.
An event to celebrate the centenary of the first dental undergraduate who qualified with the BDS Bristol in 1912.
Tony Juniper (BSc 1983) the environmental campaigner, writer and sustainability adviser gave the London Branch of University of Bristol Alumni Annual Lecture for 2012. The lecture formed part of the inaugural festival: "Thinking Futures: The University of Bristol Festival of Social Sciences and Law".
A 25th anniversary Reds’ Dinner and Dance was held for all 373 recipients of Bristol Red who are part of Bristol’s sporting History since it was first introduced in 1987.
The University Careers Service and the London Branch of the Alumni Association ran another successful and well attended workshop, which was targeted at unemployed or under-employed new graduates.
At this exclusive, invitation-only event for alumni and friends who are Bristol Pioneer donors to the University, Professor Eric Thomas (Hon LLD 2004) invited the Bristol Pioneers to join him and a panel of senior leaders. They provided a unique insight into how the University has responded to the changes in higher education funding, and how philanthropy continues to provide a much needed and significant role in our future.
The 10th annual Eastern Canada Alumni Reunion 2012 will centre on the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, a favourite destination for many. The best seats need to be booked well in advance but there are many left, so newcomers are welcome.
Following on from previous successful evenings, Chrystelle Tassios (LLM 2005) hosted an event for all Bristol alumni and friends living and working in Paris.
In the past year, the student funding and admissions landscape has fundamentally changed. Lucy Collins, Head of Widening Participation & Undergraduate Recruitment at Bristol, gave an informative talk aimed at explaining the University’s undergraduate admission policies and procedures, and tackled the questions that have arisen as a result of government policy changes.
East Midlands Alumni Branch inaugural event took place on the 1st September 2012, with organisers Ted Cocking (BSc 195) and John Brian (BA 1957). The event was a successful East Midland Branch inaugural event which was themed around the Bramley Apple.
On 26th August 2012, The University of Bristol Alumni Association in Malaysia ran a successful orientation event for students due to start at the University in October. Practical tips were given to the new students on settling in at Bristol, thanks to Timothy and Klaus (President and Vice President of MSSA respectively).
As part of the Alumni Weekend 2012, Emeritus Professor Stephen Lisney (BSc 1972, BDS 1975, PhD 1978, MA 2005) gave an insightful, entertaining and thought provoking Valedictory Lecture on ‘Marshall Hall and the concept of spinal reflex action (1832)’.
As part of the Alumni Weekend 2012, Emeritus Professor Bob Evans (PhD 1970) gave a humorous and in-depth Valedictory Lecture about ‘Understanding the States of Matter: 45 Years and Still Trying’, where he traced research developments up until present day work about collides.
As part of the Alumni Weekend 2012, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas, chaired an exceptional discussion between some of the City’s and the University’s most influential people in arts, culture and drama in a discussion about how they think the University has influenced the cultural development of the city.
On the 21st until the 23rd June, 13 graduates and 8 spouses, including three from overseas, attended a Medics 53 year reunion. Attendees came from as far apart as Australia and Canada.
Bristol alumni and friends met in British Columbia and Western Canada for their annual reunion 2012. It was their final gathering organised by Dr John Weaver (BSc 1953) who has brought Bristolians together for the last decade.
The Bristol Branch of the University of Bristol Alumni Association organised a third golf challenge for 2012, when a team of alumni took on a combined team of staff and students.
Professor Chris Stringer FRS (PhD 1973, DSc 1990, Hon LLD 2000) will give the 42nd Annual Convocation Lecture on ‘ The Origin of our Species’.
On 28 April, twenty-one alumni met at Calke Abbey with the Midlands Branch at a remote and unusual property in Derbyshire.
This year we turned our attention towards Human Rights with a discussion led by Professor Malcolm Evans OBE, Chair of UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Group on Human Rights and Deputy Director of the Human Rights Implementation Centre at Bristol.
This event was an opportunity to meet students, members of Convocation and staff and find out more about student life at Bristol.
At this event, Professor Gianni Angelini (MD MCh FRCS FETCS F Med Sci), head of the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI), talked about his pioneering techniques and how the future of scientific developments could revolutionise treatment. He was joined by Dr Tyfield, a patient of the BHI, who gave a first-hand overview of the impact of heart disease and the hope that modern science can bring.
Following on from the successful event held in June, Chrystelle Tassios (LLM 2005) has organised a wine tasting and networking evening for Bristol alumni and friends.
Charlotte Wilson (Acting Head of Student Recruitment) gave an informative talk entitled Understanding admissions and funding, which was intended to explain the University’s undergraduate admission policies and procedures and also update guests on changes in funding going forward.
The London Branch of University of Bristol Alumni invites 2010 and 2011 graduates who live or work in or near London to a drinks reception to welcome them as new London Alumni and give them an opportunity to network.
Twenty-eight people, from a whole range of age groups, gathered together at Manor Hall for dinner.
The Ninth Bristol University Reunion for Eastern Canada was held on September 23rd to 25th, 2011, at Jones Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the scenic Rideau Canal of Eastern Ontario.
On Saturday 17 September twenty-two members of the Midlands Alumni group converged on the Croft Castle Estate in rural Herefordshire.
Following the success of the inaugural dinner in 2010 the Cambridge branch of Bristol alumni Chairman, Alison Wilson (BA 1966) has arranged a second evening at Murray Edwards College, this year in the Fellows’ Drawing and Dining Rooms.
Bristol alumni and friends in and around Paris joined Chrystelle Tassios (LLM 2005) for a drinks event to celebrate the start of the summer holidays.
The Cambridge Branch of University of Bristol Alumni invites you to their second meeting: a visit to the Institute of Astronomy
On what was the ‘Victoria Day’ holiday weekend in Canada, Dr John Weaver (BSc 1953) and Dr Duncan Innes (MB ChB 1957) brought together Bristol alumni and friends in and around Western Canada to the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Western Canada’s principal wine region.
Alastair Stewart OBE (Economics and Politics 1970-1973, Hon LLD 2008) returned to the University to speak about ‘TV news and the challenge of new media’.
On the 11 May 2011, law and economic alumni met for a Corporate Governance debate with an emphasis on pay and sustainability, followed by a drinks and canapé reception.
Some of the major players in the climate change debate discussed the critical issues around flood risk and climate.
On 17 March, Deborah Mattinson (LLB 1978) talked to Professor Mark Wickham-Jones, Professor of Political Science, about her book, her experiences working as a political pollster, what New Labour got right – and what it got wrong – and how she thought politics needed to change to win back public trust.
On Friday 4 March 2011 an evening reception was held in New Delhi for Bristol alumni. Hosted by Robert Dufton (LLB 1983) on behalf of Convocation, the University’s alumni association.
Professor Eric Thomas (Hon LLD 2004), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, invited the Bristol Pioneers to join him for a discussion on higher education funding and the important role that philanthropy plays in the work of universities.
On 12 February 2011 thirty alumni and friends, some travelling from British Columbia and Seattle, converged on the Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, for a reunion lunch.
Dr Charles Wong (MB ChB 1973) and his wife, Julia held a New Year BBQ lunch on their roof on 2 January 2011
This reception was a great opportunity to meet students, members of Convocation and staff and find out more about student life at Bristol.
Bristol alumni based in Japan gathered for their annual party. Over the last few years these events have grown in attendance and we are always happy to see more of our alumni joining us each time.
Bristol alumna Jane Camblin (BA 1973) kindly hosted a cocktail party at her home in San Francisco.
Alison Wilson (BA 1966) organised an evening at Murray Edwards College. This was an inaugural event for Bristol Alumni and friends in and around Cambridge. Combining a pre-dinner presentation on sustainability for Bristol and Cambridge Universities, and a three course dinner, the event was both stimulating and sociable.
Every year the University invites its former students back to Bristol for a weekend of reminiscing and rediscovery. The 2010 Alumni Reunion Weekend took place from Friday 2 July to Sunday 4 July.
The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond (Hon LLD 2002), one of the 12 Justices of the Supreme Court and Chancellor of the University of Bristol, gave a private tour of the Supreme Court.
Professor Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, considered how the impressive ritual monuments of the British Neolithic and Bronze Age have inspired people since the Middle Ages.
Professor Brenda Sufrin and John Davies (LLB 1997) discussed competition law during the University's second 2010 alumni forum.
The Campaigns and Alumni Relations office selected four Bristol graduates to take part in the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. The runners raised a total of over £4,300 towards the University of Bristol Cancer Research Fund.
Professor Anthony Hollander, from Bristol’s Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, discussed the future of stem cell research in the first Bristol Alumni Forum of 2010.
Past and present members of the Squadron and their partners attended the BUAS Reunion, which was held at The Royal Air Force Club in London.
Stress is a rapidly growing feature of modern society. Stafford Lightman, Professor of Medicine, explained his ground-breaking research into stress and the brain, followed by a drinks and canapés reception.
The London Branch of Convocation organised an exceptional opportunity for Bristol alumni to hear Paul Boateng (LLB 1973, Hon LLD 2007) deliver a presentation entitled 'Future Prospects for Africa'.
Centenary lecture, by Sir David Attenborough, FRS, Broadcaster and naturalist.
The Centenary Alumni Weekend on Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July 2009 was the highlight of the 2009 celebrations.