University of Birmingham USA Alumni Society - autumn update

Our autumn update is packed with reports of recent events, information on volunteer opportunities for alumni, University news and previews of upcoming events.

The University held its first Global Alumni Gathering in April this year and the USA Alumni Society organised several events across the States to celebrate including a very special gathering in New Mexico…  

In a street in Placitas, three alumni are neighbours! Grenville Yuill (M.Sc., Reactor Physics and Technology, 1961), Dennis McCance (Ph.D., Microbiology, 1974), and John Shomaker (MSc, Hydrogeology, 1985; Ph.D., 1995) got together with friends and family to celebrate the gathering and reminisce about their time in Birmingham. In recognition of this unique occurrence and to mark Birmingham’s status as the first red brick University in the UK, each alumnus received a red brick bearing the University’s motto Per Ardua Ad Alta at the event. 

New Mexico

John Shomaker (MSc Hydrogeology, 1985; PhD, 1995) said: ‘We have come to live next to each other quite by chance, but we believe that, at roughly one alumnus per acre in our little corner of Placitas, we may represent one of the higher concentrations of Birmingham alumni outside the UK.’

Since the event Brian Beeston (PhD Physical Metallurgy, 1965) Alumni Ambassador for the South West and Southern California, has travelled to New Mexico and – with the attendees April's gathering – organised an alumni eventin Albuquerque.  Seven alumni attended and enjoyed drinks, dinner, and a presentation on the past, present and future of the University. Hopefully this will be the first of many alumni events in New Mexico.

Look out for upcoming events on the events webpage and our Facebook page.

British Council Education UK Awards


If you or someone you know graduated from Birmingham within the last 15 years and have gone on to achieve exceptional success, apply yourself or nominate someone for an Education UK award. Nominations close 16 October; applications on 31 October 2016. For more information visit the British Council website.

Did you know?

Birmingham alumni and students competed in this year’s Olympics with Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation student, Lily Owsley and Psychology graduate Sophie Bray helping Team GB to make history as part of the first British women’s hockey team to win Olympic gold. Nine alumni and students took part in the Olympics in total with a further four alumni currently competing in the Paralympics.

And finally…

The Careers Network, based at the University are looking for alumni whose employers can offer a summer internship to students as part of the Global Challenge scheme. Fully funded by the University, the students are provided with a bursariy to cover their expenses. If you would like to find out more about Global Challenge email Kam Manku