Upcoming events for alumni

We are always keen to meet up with our alumni. The Alumni Association plans a number of special events throughout the year - from open days on campus to networking events both in the UK and
around the world.

Of course, you don't have to wait for us. Why not arrange your own class reunion? We can help you
trace your 'old' friends and give advice on arranging your event. Read news from other events and reunions 
to pick up ideas for your own, and read our tips on planning an event. Send details of forthcoming events to alumni@ntu.ac.uk and we'll promote them here.


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Guest lecture: Keith Piper

Join us on 27 April for a guest lecture by Keith Piper, BA (Hons) Fine Art alumnus and founding member of the BLK Art Group. Nottingham Trent University is delighted to host this event in collaboration with New Art Exchange and Nottingham Contemporary.

This lecture coincides with an exhibition of Keith’s work at New Art Exchange, Unearthing the Banker’s Bones, which opens from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 July 2017. It also coincides with the current group exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, The Place is Here, which is open until Sunday 30 April.

Keith Piper (born in Malta, 1960) is a leading contemporary British artist, curator, critic and academic. Piper was a founder member of the ground breaking BLK Art Group, an association of black British art students who exhibited together throughout the country between 1982-83. Their work was noted for its boldly political stance and critique on the state of intercommunal, class and gender relations the UK.

Adopting a research-driven approach and using a variety of media, Piper’s work over the past 30 years has ranged from painting, photography and installation through to use of digital media, video and computer based interactivity.

This event is open to students, staff, alumni, and the general public. Admission is free. More information can be found here.

Booking is essential for the event.




Giorgio Sadotti exhibition in the Bonington Gallery

SHAPELESS IMPACT NOT TIME SLOW IS (FLITS BY) is the latest solo exhibition by artist and Nottingham Trent University alumnus, Giorgio Sadotti.  The exhibition in the Bonington Gallery runs from Friday 24 February to Friday 31 March 2017, and is open Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm.

There is a special preview evening on Thursday 23 February, from 5 pm to 7pm which includes a short INAUGURATING INCANTATION, starting at 5 pm prompt. If you would like to attend the preview, please email the Bonington Galley to confirm your attendance.

With contributions from guest artists Paul Noble, Michael Proudfoot, Chris Watts and Elizabeth Wright.


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NTU Fine Art Auction 2017

The NTU Fine Art Auction on 29 March is an amazing opportunity to bid on some unique pieces of art, created by our talented BA (Hons) Fine Art students.

Open to students, staff, alumni and the general public the Fine Art Auction has become a highlight in the School of Art & Design's calendar, providing a great opportunity for students to raise money and a social event for everyone to enjoy.

Viewing is open from 5.30 pm, the auction will start at 6 pm. For more information please visit the Facebook page. For all enquiries please email the Fine Art Auction team.

Will Todd: Mass in Blue

On Saturday 4 March, the NTU Chamber Choir and Jazz Band will perform Will Todd’s Mass in Blue in the stunning surroundings of Southwell Minster.

Composed in 2003, Mass in Blue is written for choir, jazz ensemble and soprano soloist. It is an exciting and vibrant piece which brings together the traditional Latin Mass with jazz and blues styles. The concert will also feature music composed by Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjelo.

The NTU Chamber Choir and Jazz Band will be joined by soprano soloist Katherine Crompton, a graduate of both the National Opera Studio and the Royal College of Music. Since graduating, Katherine Crompton has enjoyed considerable success in the  opera and classical world – performance highlights include The Creation at Royal Festival Hall, Brahms Requiem at Cadogan Hall  and Beethoven Ninth Symphony at Winchester Cathedral. 

The NTU Chamber Choir and Jazz Band are both made up of students, staff and alumni of the university. The Chamber Choir, who were recently placed first in the mixed choir category at the international North Wales Choral Festival in November 2016, have a very exciting year ahead with performances  in Southwell Minster, Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall and Albert Hall as well as their annual tour - which this year will take them to Chandigarh, India!

NTU Music’s Director of Music, Matthew Hopkins said, “We are delighted to be returning to Southwell Minster to perform Will Todd’s magnificent Mass in Blue. It is set to be a really great evening.” 

Conductor: Matthew Hopkins
Soloist: Katherine Crompton 
Tickets: £12, £10 concession, £5 student

Tickets are available online, from the NTU Music Centre and Southwell Minster shop, or on the door. 

If you would like any more information, including ticket information, please email the Music Team or contact them via telephone on +44 (0)115 9418 418.

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Distinguished Lecture Series: Dame Helen Ghosh

Join us on 22 March for the Distinguished Lecture "What are the challenges facing the National Trust in the 21st Century?" by Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust.

Since joining the Trust, Helen has overseen an ambitious programme of work, including leading the development of their 10-year strategy and committing £2 million a week to the conservation of their landscapes, houses and coastline.

The National Trust has always been an organisation that responds to the threats of the time, and this is no different in the 21st Century. A changing climate, the expectations of a fast-moving world and the pressures of development, mean heritage and nature are under greater threat now than ever before. 

This lecture will explore the challenges facing the Trust; how it responds to economic, environmental and societal change; and what the nation needs from the National Trust in the 21st Century. Further information can be found here.

Booking is essential for this event.

A Feast of Lights: Objects and Space

A celebration of lighting design, method, materials and manufacturing by product design students and alumni from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology. 

The exhibition includes: table lamps; human-powered lighting; contemporary hanging lights and innovative upcycled light installations made from 100s of plastic bottles, created by artist and NTU alumna Sarah Turner.

LED light workshop - Upcycle artist Sarah Turner invites you to take part in a workshop on Friday 10 February from 5pm – 9pm, to create your own bottle LED light to take away. The workshop is open to the public and free to attend – no prior booking required.

Light Night 2017. This exhibition is just one of many activities by NTU for Light Night 2017 – view the full listing for more details.

Images: Sarah Turner, bottle chandelier;

Illumine exhibition, Light Night 2016.

For more information, click here.

BOSA Annual Lunch - Sunday 12 March 2017

Brackenhurst Main HallCedric Ford Pavilion, Newark & Notts Showground

The 2017 Annual Lunch for Brackenhurst Old Students’ Association (BOSA) will take place on Sunday 12 March 2017 at the Newark & Notts Showground. Please let us know if you are celebrating a special anniversary since leaving Brackenhurst. Perhaps we can help you find some of your 'old' friends for a reunion.

For more information, contact BOSA via your Alumni Association at alumni@ntu.ac.uk or on 0115 848 8777.

Invest in your future and visit NTU's Postgraduate Open Events

Postgraduate open days take place throughout the year and give you the opportunity to talk to academic staff and current postgraduate students to find out more about the courses, facilities and support. Read more about all the postgraduate open events on this page.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished LecturesDelivered by an exceptional range of expert guest speakers, the Distinguished Lecture Series covers many exciting subjects and tackles topical and sensitive issues face-on. The lectures are thought-provoking, raise debate and inform.

Our successful programme attracts large audiences from across the region. All lectures are free and open to all.

Visit the Distinguished Lectures website for more information.

For any other queries, or if you experience any difficulties with the online booking process, please email the events team at events.team@ntu.ac.uk