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The Best of Bristol Alumni Weekend 2012

18 July 2012

The Best of Bristol Alumni Weekend 2012 welcomed more than 385 alumni and friends over the course of three days in July for lectures, reunion lunches, dinners and tours. The weekend celebrated everything the University and City of Bristol has to offer, bringing alumni together to reconnect with friends, hear from inspirational academics and revisit familiar places.

 The Best of Bristol Alumni Weekend 2012 welcomed more than 385 alumni and friends over the course of three days in July for lectures, reunion lunches, dinners and tours. The weekend celebrated everything the University and City of Bristol has to offer, bringing alumni together to reconnect with friends, hear from inspirational academics and revisit familiar places. Guests travelled far and wide to take part in a weekend of celebrations, with alumni coming as far away as Australia, Belgium, France, Ghana, Netherlands, Spain and the USA.

The weekend’s highlights included a fascinating panel discussion called The Role of the University in the Culture of Bristol City, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas (Hon LLD 2004). Two Emeritus Professors, Bob Evans (PhD 1970) and Stephen Lisney(BSc 1972, BDS 1975, PhD 1978, MA 2005), also gave their Valedictory Lectures to former students, alumni and friends, celebrating their careers and outstanding contribution to the University, and their areas of research.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Lisney said: “The Alumni Weekend was very enjoyable. During lunch I was able to meet some alumni from 1972 (and therefore contemporaries), and we were able to compare how our careers had developed from our common starting point of Bristol. I also was able to meet two of my PhD students again, with whom I had lost touch.”

Trevor Jaggar (BSc 1946) and Eiry Jaggar (BSc 1955) said: “We enormously enjoyed the weekend, partly because of seeing old acquaintances but also because of the interesting programme arranged by the Alumni Relations Office team.”

For more information, pictures and quotes about the weekend, please visit our Alumni Weekend webpages. The Campaigns and Alumni Relations team would like to thank all the University staff and volunteers who helped to make the weekend such a success and we hope to see you next year.