23 June 2008
The University of Bristol was established as University College, Bristol in 1876 and was granted a royal charter as a University in 1909. Law subjects have been taught at the University from its earliest days, when a systematic education in common law was given, and the University established its Faculty of Law in 1933.
Situated entirely within the Wills Memorial Building, with its beautiful Perpendicular Gothic bell tower, the School of Law currently opens its doors to almost 1,000 law students each year. Recent alumni include The Right Honourable Paul Boateng, former MP and British High Commissioner to South Africa; Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport; and Sahar Hashemi, co-founder of Coffee Republic.
As it enters its 75th year, in celebration of successes, past and present, the School of Law has been holding a series of events, which will culminate in the 75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend on 24/25th October 2008.
The Law School is pleased to announce that Baroness Hale of Richmond will deliver the 75th Anniversary Lecture. Baroness Hale is a British legal academic, barrister and judge. Her distinguished career has, to date, included becoming the first woman and youngest person ever to be appointed to the Law Commission in 1984; appointment as Professor in Law at the University of Manchester in 1986; being made both a QC, and a Recorder in 1989; appointment as a judge in the Family Division of the High Court of Justice in 1994, appointment to the Court of Appeal in 1999; and then appointment as the first female Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and a life peer in 2004. She became Chancellor of the University of Bristol in 2004.
The lecture will take place in the Wills Memorial Building Reception Room at 7.00pm. The Lecture will be followed by a Drinks Reception and Canapés.
Throughout the day there will be a variety of events. In the morning, there will be the opportunity for alumni to hear short lectures on some of the cutting edge legal research being undertaken by current members of the Law School. In the afternoon, there will be various sporting activities organised by current student representatives, which will take place at venues around the University. These will include 5-a-side football, and 7-a-side netball tourneys, for which alumni teams, or individual expressions of interest as a player, are welcomed. There will also be an opportunity for a strictly limited number of alumni to climb the Wills Memorial Tower, view the workings of Great George, the Tower bell, and take in the magnificent views from the very top. (This tour is not for the faint-hearted, or those with medical issues, as it involves climbing a significant number of steps and some travel through confined spaces)
Between 2.30 and 4.30 there will be a 'University Challenge' style quiz competition on the third floor of the Wills Memorial Building, Teams of academics, alumni and current students will fight it out for intellectual supremacy, bragging rights and a case of champagne (donated by Hallgarten Wines).
The evening's festivities will open with a Drinks Reception & Canapés in the Wills Memorial Building, and will be followed by the 75th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner.
75th Anniversary Lecture & Dinner Booking Form (Word, 64kb)
Sports Afternoon Flyer (PDF, 92kb)
University Challenge Flyer (PDF, 429kb)
It is hoped alumni, students and staff will meet to catch up, relive some experiences and create some memories for the future.
Please contact Shirley Knights for further information.