Alumni & friends

Alumni and friends get the royal treatment at Roman Baths

Thu Jul 02 16:10:00 BST 2015

HRH The Earl of Wessex hosted the Chancellor’s Dinner at the iconic Roman Baths earlier this week. He was joined by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal and HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan of Jordan, as well as notable alumni and friends, to celebrate another successful year for the University of Bath.

Over 130 guests from the world of industry, sport, research, the local community and charitable foundations attended, enjoying the glorious evening sunshine at a drinks reception at the Great Bath, before heading to dinner in the elegant Pump Room.

The Chancellor thanked his guests for their support and hoped that the relationship between Bath and its alumni and friends would strengthen our reputation as a world-class University in a world heritage site.

Dr Jonathan Milner, who pledged £5m at the launch of our fundraising campaign in London last month, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for helping him to look further with plans for a new centre for evolution research, urging supporters to be ambitious in their support. 

Great BathVice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell outlined the successes the University has enjoyed in the last 12 months, ensuring that alumni, friends and staff alike felt pride in the part they have played. She also spoke about our ambitious £66m fundraising campaign goal which coincides with our 50th anniversary.

“We may not know what will happen in the next 50 years” Dame Glynis said, “but with your support we can shape our future together.”

The event also celebrated this year’s summer graduation ceremonies and was attended by many of this year’s honorary graduates including HRH Princess Sarvath El Hassan, founder of the Amman Baccalaureate School, Professor Fiona Powrie, Director of the Kennedy Institute in Oxford, Dr Cary Adams, CEO of the Union for International Cancer Control, Dr Betty Chan Po-King, Director of the Yew Chung Education Foundation, Dr Christopher Jones, Vice President & Global Head of Pharmaceutical Development of AstraZeneca and Professor George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University.

Visit the University of Bath Alumni Flickr page for more pictures of the event.