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.

Notice of Special General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the University of Birmingham GGAA will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 10 November at 7.00pm to conduct the following business:


1. Attendance, apologies, quoracy


2. Introduction to the Resolutions
3. First Resolution
4. Second Resolution

5. Closing Remarks

6. AOB














If you wish to attend the Special General Meeting, please RSVP by email to Guild President, Tom Goodman.

Meeting papers for downloading (PDF, 472KB). If you require this document in an accessible format, please email the alumni office.

19 October 2021

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.

Download the 2016 AGM Minutes
Download the 2017 AGM Minutes
Download the 2018 AGM Minutes
Download the 2019 AGM Minutes
Download the appendices to the 2019 AGM Minutes
Download the Treasurer's report for the 2019 AGM

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.GGAA volunteers at a graduation ceremony in the procession linegraduation congregation on stage in the great hall
  • 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.Groups of alumni sitting at tables talking
  • 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.
  • 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.