Global Alumni Gathering 2020

Taking Birmingham to the world!

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To celebrate the anniversary of the University receiving Royal Assent in 1900 we are asking alumni around the world to mark the occasion on or around the 25 May. 

Last year the Global Alumni Gathering saw around 600 alumni take part in 33 events across 20 countries. Here are some of the photos. 

2020 is a year unlike any other. This time, we're asking you to stay safe and celebrate with our online events and virtual meet-ups. We have plenty in store to inspire, educate and connect you with our community - check out our events below.  This list will be updated as more online events and virtual meet-ups are confirmed.

Ways to get involved:

Online Events

From Our Garden to Yours: Top tips from Winterbourne
Tuesday 26 May, 13.30-14.00 BST
While you can't admire our wonderful Winterbourne Garden at the moment, we’ll do our best to bring it to you and help you make the most of your own garden or outside space. Join us on the University of Birmingham Facebook page for an exclusive chat with Winterbourne Head Gardener Dan Cartwright, where he’ll be answering your gardening questions and sharing some of his personal top tips. Visit the event page for further information.

UoB Alumni Book Club
New for lockdown, The University of Birmingham is pleased to invite you to join our Virtual Alumni Book Club. Alumni will engage with the book club through a private meeting, so registration is essential. Joining is completely free! All you need is a copy of the book to enjoy.

Wednesday 27 May, 13.30-14.30 BST
Join Professor Alexandra Harris to discuss Virginia Woolf's modernist masterpiece, Mrs Dalloway. Visit the event page for further information and to register.

Thursday 28 May, 13.30-14.30 BST
Join Dr Ruth Gilligan to discuss contemporary author Evie Wyld's novel, The Bass Rock. Visit the event page for further information and to register.

Alumni 'MasterMinds' Lockdown Quiz
Until Friday 29 May, 12.00 BST
For those with a competitive streak, this one’s for you! Complete our online quiz on Kahoot. The person that answers the most correct questions in the fastest time will win. Will you be at the top of the leader board? We’ll share the answers and the top three alumni at the end of our Global Alumni celebrations! Our quiz will remain open until 12.00 BST on Friday 29 May 2020.

Why not bring the quiz to your virtual gathering via Zoom? A how-to guide is in the Online Resources below. 

Virtual Gatherings in North America

Chicago
Friday 22 May, time TBC
Host: Maria Velissariou (MSc Biochemical Engineering, 1988; DPhil Chemical Engineering, 1992)

New York
Thursday 28 May, 18.00-19.00 EDT
Host: Dave Drinkwater (BSc Chemical Engineering, 1987)

California
Thursday 28 May, 18.00-19.00 PDT
Host: James Stamp (BSc Biological Sciences, 1977)

Online Resources for Virtual Gatherings

Download a collection of online resources from the University of Birmingham:

Host an online social gathering in your own region

All our Global Alumni Gathering events are organised by alumni volunteers, so if there isn't an event in your area why not be an organiser? We're looking for alumni who want to get together (albeit via online platforms this year) and help reach out to their local alumni on an online platform of their choosing. We recommend Zoom. Let us know if you'd like to be involved. We've also put together some online resources to help you with your virtual gathering.

Other ways to get involved

  • Follow along on social media, we’ll be sharing updates on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, use #wearebrumalum 
  • Get together online with your University friends and hold your own mini Global Alumni Gathering! Remember to share your screenshot to alumnievents@contacts.bham.ac.uk  
  • We want your selfies! Do you have a cherished object or photograph from your University days? Does it have a story to match or take you down memory lane? If so, we'd love to see it and even show it on our Global Alumni Gathering highlights reel. You can email your selfie to the team, or simply post on social media using #wearebrumalum

Please get in touch if you would like further details and support in hosting an event in your area in 2020.