Alumni Reunion Programme

Details of the Reunion day programme, school and departmental visits, and optional afternoon activities.  This will be updated when further activities are confirmed.

Saturday 29 September 2018
 9.45am Registration with tea and coffee in the Great Hall
 10.30am

Department/School visits

Visit our webpage for an up to date list of Departments and Schools that will be open.

Please note that departments can only open with a minimum of eight alumni.  To ensure your department is open on the day, why not get a group together?  Contact us for assistance.

 1.00pm

Two course lunch in the Great Hall hosted by the Vice-Chancellor (includes unlimited wine and soft drinks)

 3.00pm

Guild of Graduates Lectures 

'Sci-fi Forest: Propelling an English Woodland into 2050' - Professor Rob MacKenzie, Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

- Landscapes, predominately forests, currently absorb between 2 and 3 of every 10 molecules of CO2 released by human activities. Will this mopping up of carbon increase in the future as CO2 increases, acting as a strong brake on atmospheric CO2 concentrations? Since CO2 in the atmosphere causes global warming, the CO2 molecules captured by forests are a massive free gift from nature to fossil-fuel burning humanity.The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) has established the only mature forest facility for Free-Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) in the Northern Hemisphere – a stunning piece of very-low-impact engineering called a ‘sci-fi forest’ by BBC correspondent, Roger Harrabin. CO2-enrichment started in 2017 and will run until 2026. Preliminary results already indicate that increased carbon is being drawn down into the forest. Whether that, and many other responses of the forest to elevated CO2, will persist throughout the experiment remains to be seen! Alumni support is making a real difference to the science happening at BIFoR FACE, as we will explain at the event.

'Growing avatars of cancer' - Dr Andrew Beggs, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences

- My laboratory can grow mini-tumours, which we call “avatars” from samples taken before treatment. From these we can work out how a cancer will respond to different types of treatment, and more importantly we can predict what type of resistance will emerge when treated. This will allow us to truly personalise cancer treatment to the patient. 

'Activist Selly Oak' - Dr Chris Moores, Department of History and the Flatpack Film Festival

- Having recently led a research project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which explored the history of activism both on the University campus and within Selly Oak, Dr Chris Moores provides an overview of the fascinating tapestry of campaigns, movements and individuals that have been uncovered.

 4.00pm

Guild of Graduates Alumni Association AGM - this is open to all alumni. (Please note as the meeting will be an hour long most of the optional activities will not be available to those attending the AGM.  For further information, contact the Events Team.)

Optional activities, including

  • Minibus or walking campus tour
  • Self-led tour of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Self-led tour of the Winterbourne House and Garden
  • Self-led tour of Blue Plaque and Sculpture Trails
  • Tour of the Guild of Students
  • Tour of the Cadbury Research Library
  • Self-led tour of the Lapworth Museum
  • Tour of the new Sports and Fitness Centre
  • Free time to explore campus at your leisure
 5.30pm

Drinks and canapés in Bramall foyer with a performance 


The cost of a day ticket includes all activities.  Should you and your friends wish to organise your own dinner, please visit our Reunion FAQs page, or contact us on the details below.

The MBChB Class of 1978 are invited to a reunion dinner at the Medical School at 7pm. Tickets cost £35. Please see the event page for more information and to book.

Do let the Events Team know if there is anything you feel should be included in the day's events, or if you would like to organise your own activities for the day.

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8904

Email: alumnievents@contacts.bham.ac.uk