Guild of Graduates and Alumni Association

The Guild of Graduates and Alumni Association (GGAA) was founded in 1906. All graduates and alumni of the University are automatically members.

While many alumni contribute to the University in numerous ways, including mentoring and donating, the GGAA is run by a committee of volunteers who are active in managing various aspects of the Guild. The GGAA is always looking for graduates and alumni who would like to become more involved.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the activities of the GGAA should contact the President by email: ggaapresident@bhamalumni.org

Aims and objectives

As stated in our constitution, our aims and objectives are:

  • To support and further the interests of the University of Birmingham and its members
  • To provide a means of communicating the views and interests of its members to the University
  • To provide an organisation to inform and provide social activities for members

Association structure

Our active committee consists of four officers: President, Vice-President, Honorary Secretary/Treasurer and Alumni Awards Administrator. There are six elected members in addition to the officers and a further three members may be co-opted. We meet approximately four times a year on campus. Committee meetings and the AGM are chaired by the President.

2016 AGM Minutes

The committee works closely with the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). DARO supports our activities and plays an important part in organising events at the University and all important fundraising. GGAA acts in an advisory capacity to numerous DARO activities, while the President meets with DARO officers as necessary.

Committee activities

Activities of the President and committee members include:

  • Representing GGAA at all Degree Ceremonies. A GGAA representative processes with the academic staff at Degree Congregation Ceremonies and at the end of the ceremonies, the graduates are led out of the Great Hall by that representative. These representatives are volunteers from the GGAA membership, and wear the Chain and Badge of the Guild of Graduates.graduation processinggraduation-congregation
  • Annual Reunion event. Held in September, it is open to all alumni of the University and is a wonderful opportunity to meet and renew old acquaintances back on campus. However, special invitations go out on anniversary years such as 25th, 30th, 40th or 50th and golden (alumni of more than 50 years ago). The GGAA works closely with DARO on this event, with committee members assisting with contacting alumni via telephone. On the day, there is a reunion lunch, AGM for the association, and talks and visits to Schools and Departments across the University.GGAA-reunion
  • Representing the GGAA at various meetings, such as Court and the Annual Meeting. There is also an opportunity, open to all GGAA members, to attend the Annual Reception at the House of Lords. Court is a committee of the University Council, the University's supreme governing body, and responsible for the approval of the mission and strategic vision of the University.
  • Alumni Awards administration. Each year a number of travel scholarships are awarded by the University to provide financial assistance to full-time registered students who wish to undertake worthwhile and original vacation projects. The Alumni Awards representative of the GGAA joins with representatives of the academic staff and Student Services to assess the submitted applications for the various awards against a range of criteria before allocating available funds to successful candidates.
  • GGAA Midlands Branch. The GGAA has close links with the Midlands Branch of GGAA. Some of our committee members also serve on the committee of the Midlands Branch, which is primarily involved in social activities.
  • Hosting receptions at some events held on the University campus. In the past the association has hosted receptions for alumni attending conferences such as the ASE Conference and the BA Annual Meeting. Additionally GGAA representatives such as the tea and coffee reception at the Annual Reunion Event.