Alumni Reunion 2018 Visits to Departments

Below are the Departments and Schools that will open their doors on 29 September.

Please note that departments can only open with a minimum of eight alumni. If your department is not listed unfortunately not enough people are attending on the day for us to be able to arrange a tour.

Professor Chris Bunce will be in the department to welcome you. There will be opportunities to reminisce, tour the building and learn about the past, current activity and future plans.

Chemical Engineering
Emeritus Professor Joe Biddlestone will be your host for the day along with the current Head of School, Professor Mark Simmons. Joe will take you on a tour of the School. As the author of 100 years of Chemical Engineering at Birmingham, there is no better person to guide you from the early days of oil mining and chemicals through to the present day activities in hydrogen energy, food and pharmaceuticals. 

Join new Head of School Professor Rachel O'Reilly to tour our facilities, reminisce on old times and find out more about our awards, successes and initiatives over the last few years. Rachel will be joined by current colleagues to tell you about our exciting changes and future plans. In addition some retired members of staff will be present who, we hope, you will remember fondly!

Civil Engineering
Dr Alexander Royal, Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering, will be in the Department to welcome you and introduce you to our new Head of Civil Engineering, Professor Nigel Cassidy. Here you will have the chance to tour the buildings, reminisce, and hear about our recent successes. We will also share with you our plans for three exciting new buildings and research centres.  

Computer Science
Department will now be open! Check back for more details soon.

Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Professor Peter Gardner, Head of the Department, invites you to join your former classmates and reminisce over your time here. Current staff and students will be on hand to take you on a tour of our facilities and tell you about our recent successes. We will also share with your our plans for the new School of Engineering and UK Rail Research and Innovation Network Buildings.

Join Ellie Rowe, a current postgraduate student, for a tour of the English department, where you can reminisce with old friends. Ellie will be able to tell you about the current research in the Department and discuss future plans.

Dr Jon Oldfield looks forward to hosting Geography alumni. There will be opportunities to meet current staff and students, browse copies of past and present dissertations, look at old photographs and information from the Geography archives and hear about the exciting research in which our staff and students are engaged. We will take our visitors on a tour of GEES – both its past and present homes. 

Visit the School of History and Cultures and reunite with your former classmates. Meet with current students to learn more about the exciting work being done in the School at the moment. There will also be an opportunity to discover plans for the future of the School.  

Alumni of Birmingham Law School will have the opportunity to meet with current academics and students. The visit will include a tour of Law Building, a welcome from the current Head of School, Professor Robert Lee, and a brief insight into some of the School’s current research activity and its impact.

Current students and staff will be in the Watson Building to welcome you and accompany you on a tour around the School, see our newly refurbished lecture theatres and meet some of the other student ambassadors who are currently studying with us. There’ll be plenty of time to compare your student days with theirs!

Mechanical Engineering
Professor Duncan Shepherd, Head of  Mechanical Engineering, invites you to visit the Department and meet your fellow alumni and some of our staff and students. You’ll be able to see how our research in the areas of advanced manufacturing, bio-medical engineering, nano-technology, sustainable energy and vehicle technology have flourished, and new areas of work are developing. We will also share our exciting plans with you for the new School of Engineering Building.

Professor Kate Thomas, Vice Dean for Medicine and Programme Director for the MBChB programme, will be leading a tour of the Medical School. A minibus will be leaving from the Great Hall to take alumni over. The tour is expected to last about one hour. 

Modern Languages
Visit the Ashley Building, the new home for the language departments, and meet up with your old classmates. You will be able to meet current members of academic staff and learn about current work being done at the school, along with plans for the future. Current students will also be there to chat to you about student life in 2018. 

Physics and Astronomy
Head of School Professor Martin Freer will welcome you with a short presentation including an overview of our current internationally leading research in the diverse fields of Particle and Nuclear Physics, Quantum Matter and Nanoscale Science, and Astronomy. Current students will act as your guides around the School and labs, and look forward to hearing about your experiences as a student.

Social Sciences
Alumni from all Social Sciences Schools and Departments, including Birmingham Business School, Education, Government and Society, and Social Policy, are invited to join a tour led by Emeritus Professor of Management Accounting, Colin Rickwood. There will be plenty of opportunities to chat to other Social Sciences alumni and reminisce about your own experiences with current staff and students.