EPS Reunion 2016 Programme

 EPS Reunion Programme

As a graduate of one of the nine schools in the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences (EPS) you are invited back to campus on 18 June 2016 for a Summer Reunion.  Whether you graduated 50 years ago or five we invite you to get together with your fellow alumni and celebrate your experiences, accomplishments and friendships at the University of Birmingham. While we celebrate milestone anniversaries, all alumni are welcome to attend this special Reunion Day regardless of your graduation year. 

Meet up with your old friends and classmates to explore our beautiful campus and see what has changed, and indeed what has stayed the same, since your time at Birmingham. Feel free to join in as many or as few activities as you would like, we have plenty on offer for you. To see what's happened at previous Reunions visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/EPSreunions.


Your Reunion Day Programme

In what promises to be a fantastic day we have a full programme of activities planned, with opportunities for you to visit your old department, take a tour of campus or visit some of the University's museums, plus plenty of time to catch up and chat to old Birmingham friends. If we have forgotten anything, or if you would like to see something specific, please do let us know via email eps-community@contacts.bham.ac.uk

 9.30 - 10.30am  Registration with tea and coffee in the Great Hall, Aston Webb Building, and a welcome address by Professor Andy Schofield, Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
10.30am - 1pm Visits to Departments and Schools. Expand the box below to see what your department has planned. This section will be updated as details are confirmed.
1 - 2.30pm Reunion lunch served in Staff House. The Class of 1966 and the Golden classes will be joined by the Head of College for a 2-course formal lunch. All other alumni will be joined by current academic researchers for a hot buffet lunch.
2.30 - 3pm Class photos on the main steps of the Aston Webb Building (or inside the Great Hall if the weather insists)
3 - 5pm Optional afternoon activities. We are keen that you get the most out of your day at the University and have put on a variety of activities and tours for you. Of course if you would prefer to explore campus and your old haunts you're more than welcome to do so.
5 - 6pm Afternoon tea in the Great Hall, Aston Webb Building.


Department and Schools Visits, 10.30am - 1pm

Chemical Engineering

Joe Biddlestone, Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering, will be your host for the day, along with Dr Andy Ingram and the current Head of School, Professor Mark Simmons. Joe will take you on a tour of the School, and 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.


Professor Jon Preece, Head of School, invites you to Chemistry to tour our facilities, reminisce on old times and find out more about our awards, successes and initiatives over the last few years. Jon 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 your new Head of Civil Engineering, Professor John Bridgeman. Here you will have the chance to tour the buildings, reminisce, hear about our recent awards, current activity, changes and exciting future plans.

Computer Science

Dr Mark Lee, Head of School, will welcome you on your return to the School along with current and former members of staff and some of our students. There will be a short tour of our building as well as a discussion about our latest research developments. Refreshments will be available along with plenty of opportunities to chat to other alumni and reminisce about your own experiences. There may even be a chance to play with some of our robots!

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Professor Peter Gardner, Head of the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, 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 successes, current research and future plans.


Current and former members of staff will be in the Watson Building to welcome you and there will also be an opportunity to walk around the School, see the lecture theatres and meet some of the Student Ambassadors who are currently studying with us. Light refreshments will be available in the Maths Learning Centre from 10.30am. The Maths Learning Centre was established in 2006 and is a relaxed comfortable environment to meet in. Here you will have the opportunity to chat to other alumni and reminisce. If you have any photos from your time at Birmingham that you don’t mind sharing, please do email them to eps-community@contacts.bham.ac.uk for a small display. We would be happy to receive your photos even if you can’t attend the Reunion.

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Duncan Shepherd, the new Head of Mechanical Engineering, invites you to visit the Department of Mechanical Engineering and meet your fellow alumni and some of our staff and students. 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 have been developed. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (a national exercise aimed at assessing the quality of research at UK institutions) we were very pleased with the high ranking we achieved. There has also been progress in many of our other fields and you will have the opportunity to visit some of these facilities on the day.

Metallurgy and Materials

During the morning Professor Jeff Brookes invites you to visit the School of Metallurgy & Materials and meet up with your former classmates. Here you will have the chance to tour the building, reminisce on old times, learn about our current activity and future plans, and see what has (or perhaps hasn't!) changed since your own time at Birmingham.

Physics and Astronomy

The current Head of School, Professor Martin Freer, and Dr Nicola Wilkin will welcome you with a short presentation on the School in 2016 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 undergraduates and postgraduates will act as your guides around the School and state-of-the-art research laboratories, and look forward to hearing about your experiences as a student. Please feel free to bring along your own photographs of your time at the University. If you would like to send me electronic copies in advance they will be most welcome and can be sent to eps-community@contacts.bham.ac.uk.


Optional Afternoon Activities, 3 - 5pm

We are keen for you to get the most out of your day at the University and have put together a wide variety of activities for you to enjoy. All activities are optional but we encourage you to sign up for preferred activity in advance. This can be done via the booking form when you purchase your ticket, or some spaces will be available on the day during registration.

  • Minibus campus tour led by current students

  • Walking campus tour led by current students

  • Tour of Barber Institute of Fine Arts

  • Tour of the Guild of Students

  • Tour of Special Collections and the Cadbury Research Library

  • Tour of the Bramall Music Building

  • Self-led tour of Winterbourne House and Garden

  • Self-led tour of Blue Plaque and Sculpture Trails

  • Trip on the University’s Hydrogen Barge

Please be aware that some activities require a minimum attendance and whilst we will make every effort to ensure your choices are available on the day we cannot guarantee this and will contact you accordingly.

Of course if you would prefer to explore our beautiful campus and your old haunts you are more than welcome to do so!


Additional Information


Local accommodation is available, including some offering discounts to alumni. For more details view our accommodation list (PDF - 52Kb).

Getting here

The reunion day will take place on the University's Edgbaston Campus.  For further information on how to find campus please visit the Maps and Directions webpage.