Alumni & friends

Reunion Weekend

Mon May 18 14:57:00 BST 2015

WelcomeThe sun shone on campus as over 250 alumni took the opportunity to bring back memories and create new ones at our Reunion Weekend.

Celebrations began early for some with a unique behind-the-scenes tour and sparkling drinks reception at the beautiful Grade I listed Holburne Museum on Friday evening. Almost 80 graduates and their guests got dressed up for the occasion and had the chance to learn more about the history of the building and its impressive collection.

Alumni from as far afield as the US and Australia arrived on Saturday morning for a full day of activities, many of whom had not been back to campus for decades. There was a real sense of excitement in The Chancellors’ Building as old friends caught up during registration and reminisced about their time at Bath.

After a nostalgic start to the day, the Ideas Hub exhibition was a chance for graduates to find out about the innovative research and students-led projects happening on campus today. Students were on hand to showcase Team Bath’s impressive Formula 1 racing car and BURST’s human-powered submarine, and academics gave fascinating insights into their latest research. There was also a chance to visit the University Archives & Research Collections and explore the brand new arts and management building, The Edge.

The afternoon began with a drinks reception and speech from Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost, Professor Bernie Morley, followed by a buffet in the Claverton Rooms. As the drinks flowed alumni took the chance to record their memories of Bath on postcards, from hitchhiking up Bathwick Hill to meeting a future spouse. Then came tours of the campus, the faculties and the sports facilities lead by students or an academic, showing just how much the University has changed over the years. 

RWThe Reunion Lecture was given by Dr John Troyer who took a look back at 10 years of pioneering research by our Centre for Death and Society (CDAS). CDAS is the world's only interdisciplinary research centre that studies all topics related to death, dying and the dead body and the thought-provoking lecture raised many questions from the audience. 

The AGM of Convocation followed the lecture, where Christine Gibbons (BPharm (Hons) Pharmacy 1978) was elected as representative on the University Council replacing Stuart Appleton (BSc (Hons) Social Sciences 1976) who had held the post for four years. It was then back for more tea and cake in the Claverton Rooms where alumni could take a trip down memory lane with our photo displays.

For those who wanted to make a night of it, there was a pub quiz in the Parade Bar, where many of our currents students joined in the fun. Congratulations to the winning team ‘Spanning the Years’ – we hope you’ll wear your Bath University t-shirts with pride!

For those of you who attended, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We look forward to welcoming you all back to campus to do it all again in five years’ time!