Every year City University London alumni are invited back to their alma mater for the Annual Reunion in London. The event gives former students and members of staff an opportunity to catch up and network while enjoying refreshing drinks and lovely food. The most recent reunion took place on Saturday 12th July.
Alumni and their guests were welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran, who spoke about recent developments at City and the exciting changes which are happening around the campus, including the new CitySport building on Goswell Road, due to open in late 2014.
This year, for the first time, the Reunion offered a number of optional activities in collaboration with the five Schools. The School of Arts and Social Sciences welcomed alumni with a fascinating talk, delivered by Professor Jean K Chalaby, Head of Sociology, about the TV industry and its cultural significance. Ronen Palan, Professor of International Politics then examined the meaning of a fair, economically stable and politically legitimate society after the Global Financial Crisis, and finally Professor Stephen Cottrell, Head of the Departments of Music and Culture and Creative Industries, presented the latest operations of Music at City and played a selection of recent student work.
Guests were also invited to explore the outstanding new facilities of the Clinical Skills Centre at the School of Health Sciences. Professor Stanton Newman, Dean of the School, gave them a warm welcome and also explained the importance of the School’s leading healthcare research and its impact on policy and in society. There was also an opportunity for attendees to participate in interactive demonstrations.
Professor Steve Haberman, Dean of Cass Business School, talked about the latest developments in the School and encouraged attendees to participate actively on any activities offered at Cass. Meanwhile Law Librarian, Emily Allbon, was offering a library tour to our guests and explaining the introduction of a new online resource called Lawbore. This tool will help City Law students to access a variety of information that will help them with their studies, including their mooting and legal research.
The new School of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Engineering was introduced by Professor Roger Crouch who then led a tour of the recently refurbished laboratory facilities and gave a presentation about the recent School achievements and its future direction. Finally, there was an entrepreneurial showcase organised by the Enterprise Office. A couple of City alumni entrepreneurs were invited to present their businesses and talk about their experience.
The 2014 Reunion continued when our guests gathered back at the Great Hall where there was the opportunity to network whilst enjoying refreshments. Alumni from over the decades were invited to leave messages on a message board. Here are some of their memories:
“My time at City (Northampton College) was the best time of my life.” Richard, 1958-1964.
“Even though I am an alumna now, I still do feel like a student of this wonderful university” Natalia, 2013
“Being a student at City was the best time ever for me! I miss all those days and great friends from all over the world” Keta, 2004
“Two of the most productive years of my life, academically and for personal development. A very inspiring start-up session too!” Janet, 2001
Several alumni expressed their warm feelings towards City by making donations to the City Future Fund, enabling us to improve the experience for their successors at the University and a number also signed up to be a Mentor under the widely recognised Professional Mentoring Scheme.
Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to welcoming you in 2015!