Past events and reunions

With over 200,000 Nottingham Trent alumni world-wide, sometimes you're bound to bump into each other. But many of you make plans to do so.

Whether you returned to Nottingham or enjoyed a gathering with other alumni anywhere else in the world, remember to tell us your reunion news and we'll publish it here and in Network, the alumni magazine. Contact us at

If your reunion hasn't happened yet, you can use this website to help promote your event.

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NTU alumni meet in Sydney

NTU alumni based in Sydney got the chance to meet each other at a recent event – thanks to visiting alumnus Bav Shah.

Bav Shah (BSc Hons Real Estate Management 2006) was visiting Australia and, on behalf of the University, kindly offered to arrange a get-together with alumni now based in the Sydney area.  As a result, 10 former students met for drinks in the O Bar in Sydney.

Bav said: “It’s great to know that there are alumni in all corners of the globe, including this growing network in Sydney. I know that several have agreed to meet up again and will keep in touch with each other, as well as the University.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bav for his support in setting up and hosting this event. If you would like to help organise something similar then please get in touch.

Do we have your most up to date contact details – wherever you are in the world -so that we can invite you to events taking place in your city?  Update us now at



40 year reunion for class of 1977

Class of 1977Thirty former students from Brackenhurst’s class of 1977 met on campus recently to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

They were joined by four former lecturers, and travelled from as far afield as Scotland and Dorset, with messages sent from alumni now living in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

The group enjoyed refreshments in the Main Hall, an update on future plans for Brackenhurst and a tour of its beautiful estate.

If you would like to arrange a class reunion, either on or off campus,
then please get in touch.  We’d be happy to help you connect with
your ‘old’ friends!



Nigeria alumni meet up

NTU alumni in Nigeria met with James Stephenson, of Nottingham Business School, and Selma Toohey, Senior International Officer for Africa, at the start of May.

James and Selma hosted an event in Lagos and met with ten alumni from Nottingham Business School (NBS).  They let them know about the latest news and developments in the Business School and at NTU, and the alumni updated James and Selma with their news. It was also a great opportunity for NTU Nigerian alumni across the years to meet and network, as alumni from the class of 2007 through to 2016 attended.

Wole Ibukun, (MSC International Business 2012) said after the event that “It was a pleasure meeting alumni and sharing stories about life back in our country after NBS.  These meet-ups are quite useful because we also network with new and old alumni with similar careers and help each other.”

James and Selma also caught up with NBS Alumni Fellow, Dr Rotimi Olaniyan, (DBA Business Administration 2015). Dr Olaniyan studied at NBS alongside his daughter, Tola, who graduated from MSc Human Resource Management in 2015 and has recently returned to Nigeria and secured a job.  Dr Olaniyan is continuing his links with NTU through the Alumni Fellowship scheme which involves him mentoring current students and will be lending his expertise in entrepreneurship by teaching at NBS in September, continuing his family’s strong relationship with NBS.

NTU has a large and growing alumni community in Nigeria and hold events throughout the year in Lagos and Abuja.



New Year catch up for Hong Kong alumni

Our Hong Kong alumni started 2017 by meeting up with each other to exchange news.

Some of our alumni, through their connection to NTU, have become firm friends, and in this first meeting of the year they caught up with each other’s news but also welcomed some first-time attendees for networking. 

Organiser and Alumni Ambassador Chris Tang (Legal Practice Course 1997) said: “The enthusiasm for this event was really high. One alumnus even made the two hour round trip from his home in the New Territories, and it was great to welcome alumni who had never been to one of our events before. We've all benefited so much from making new business connections and some new friends.”

Join the Hong Kong group on Facebook and ensure we have your up to date details so that we can invite you to future events.


“Just like family” – class of 1998 reunite

Theatre_Design 1998 ThenAfter forming a special bond on their Theatre Design course, almost 20 years ago, 14 classmates returned to campus recently for a special reunion.

The friends met up in The Arboretum where they used to spend their lunchtimes and started with a tour of the Waverley Building and their former studios and workshops – bumping into an “old” lecturer on the way.  Before they left they recreated their graduation image on the front steps (pictured right).

Organiser, Lisa Farnsworth, said:  “It was incredible to see that so little had changed and that the standard of work was still so high, particularly in the new costume design course.”

They enjoyed lunch at their old haunt – the Gooseberry Bush – and wandered around the halls and new buildings.  
Lisa said: “On our course you had to rely on your fellow students so much, and we worked long hours, so we became like a family. It feels just the same 20 years on.”

The group plan to meet again in 2018 to celebrate 20 years since graduation. Let us know if you are planning a reunion and send us your news and photographs.  If you need help contacting classmates you are no longer in touch with then please let us know.  We are happy to help if we can.

“Just like family” – class of 1998 reunite
Malaysian meeting

Malaysia event - August 2016NTU’s Malaysian alumni are actively networking – in August they met up for the third time this year to catch up with each other’s news.  Here they are in their NTU t-shirts!  

They met at Belanga Restaurant @ Empire - a family run business for one of NTU’s entrepreneurial alumni Farah Dhiya (BA Hons International Business 2013). The event was attended by alumni from 1995 to 2015, from a variety of disciplines and professional backgrounds. 

Some alumni have recently formed a committee to share the responsibility of organising future events and contribute to various projects aimed to encourage future engagement and to utilise their NTU network.

To join the NTU Alumni Malaysia group email us and join them on Facebook.



Alumni cruise spectacular Hong Kong Harbour

Hong Kong Cruise - April 2016Courtesty of alumnus Andy Keith (BSc Hons Applied Biology 1987) and Deacons, Nottingham Trent University alumni enjoyed a cruise of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on Thursday 28 April 2016.

Co-hosted by NTU's Head of Development and Alumni Relations Tim Cobb, and our Hong Kong Ambassador Chris Tang, alumni enjoyed pizza and drinks whilst catching up with each other's news.

Tim Cobb said: "As ever, I was made to feel extremely welcome in Hong Kong and I thoroughly enjoyed this first ever Victoria Harbour cruise with our alumni.  My thanks go to Andy Keith for organising for us to use Deacons' boat, and to Chris Tang who continues to offer great support as our Hong Kong Alumni Ambassador."

View photographs from this event.

Korea catch up

Korea, Catch Up, March 2016NTU alumni in Korea came together for a party on 19 March 2016.

The party took place at Brown Hands Cafe, which is part of a chain owned by alumnus Ki Seok Kim (BA Hons Product Design 2007). 

Andrew Plant attended the event on behalf of Nottingham Trent University. He said: “Over 40 alumni attended the event – many were recent graduates. It was good to hear that our alumni are doing great things. My thanks go to NTU Alumni Korea Ambassador Mihyeong Yu (BA Hons Photography 2007) and Kang Nak Lee (BA Hons Product Design 2011) for organising the event, and for their continued support.”

If you live in Korean, email for details of how to join Mihyeong Yu and other members of the NTU Alumni Korea group.


NTU Hong Kong Christmas Drinks

Hong Kong Christmas DrinksNTU alumni in Hong Kong started the festive season with a drinks reception at Mokum Bar on Tuesday 1 December 2015.

Guests enjoyed complimentary drinks and snacks whilst they caught up with each other’s news.

NTU Alumni Ambassador for Hong Kong, Chris Tang (Legal Practice Course 1997) said: “The event was really well attended. As well as catching up with news, we discussed ideas for future events, and ways in which we can support our University here in Hong Kong.  I’m looking forward to what 2016 might hold for this group of alumni.”

Nottingham Trent University’s Alumni Association would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Tang for his continued support and dedication in helping us with alumni relations in Hong Kong. 

We wish all of our alumni around the world the very best festive season.

Vice-Chancellor meets alumni in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Event September 2015More than 50 alumni and guests gathered at the British Council in Hong Kong on Monday 14 September 2015 to meet Nottingham Trent University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck, who showed guests images of the campus developments that have taken place in recent years, and also shared details of the University’s plans for the future.

Find out more and view photographs.

Hong Kong Cancer Research Event - photographs now online

Hong Kong Cancer Research EventIn June 2015 Professor Bob Rees (Director of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre at Nottingham Trent University) and Dr Kevin Loh (a specialist in medical oncology at OnCare Hong Kong) gave a talk about developments in cancer research to Hong Kong alumni.  And photographs from the event can now been viewed online.

Many thanks to alumnus Andrew Keith for kindly providing the venue at Deacons, and to NTU Alumni Ambassador Chris Tang for his support in organising the event.

Our next alumni event in Hong Kong, to be hosted by our Vice-Chancellor, is on Monday 14 September 2015. Find out more and book your place.

Hong Kong alumni hear about NTU's ground breaking cancer research

Bob Rees lectureProfessor Bob Rees (Director of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre at Nottingham Trent University) and Dr Kevin Loh (a specialist in medical oncology at OnCare Hong Kong) recently gave a talk about developments in cancer research to Hong Kong alumni.

Alumni heard about the important developments in cancer research, specifically in breast and prostate cancers, and were able to ask Professor Reese and Dr Loh questions afterwards during the networking session that followed. Read more...

London alumni meet up in Covent Garden

Henrys BarAlumni based in London were welcomed to an exclusive networking event in Covent Garden on 25 June 2015.

Held at Henry’s alumni were able to exchange news and business details over drinks, and caught up with news from Nottingham Trent University.

Alumni Relations Officer, Clare Oswin, said:  “It was great to see alumni from different subjects and various graduation years come together and build on our already strong NTU alumni community”.

Keep checking the NTU Alumni Association website for details of other forthcoming events – wherever you are in the world.


Nottingham networking in the new SU

Landing-Seating-200On Thursday 4 June we were delighted to welcome nearly 30 alumni and guests for a networking night at the Students’ Union.

Alumni, staff and friends met up and exchanged news and business cards over a few drinks.  For some, it was the first time they’d had the chance to see the new Students’ Union building.  

We’ve had positive feedback from our Nottingham guests so hope to hold another similar event later in the year. In the meantime, if you are based in London you can join us there on Thursday 25 June at Henry’s, Covent Garden.  Book your place

Alumni meet up - over 10,500 miles away

NTU Alumni SydneyOn Tuesday 30 March 2015 a group of NTU alumni met up in Sydney – some 10,538 miles from the iconic Newton Building where they studied.

It was the first meeting of the NTU Alumni Sydney Group – a group run by Alumni Ambassador Bav Shah for former students now living there. Read more...

Climax Reunited unites over 1000 NTU alumni

climaxA massive thanks to everyone that came out to Climax Reunited on Saturday 11 April... 

Climax DJs played classic club anthems to take the ‘party-cipants’ back in time to their uni days and a great time was had by all!


Hong Kong alumni event - photos now online

Hong Kong Event 2015More than 50 former students gathered at the British Council in Hong Kong on Wednesday 4 March 2015 for an alumni networking event. Read more...

45 year reunion for UES mates

UES Class of 1974 - thenA group of classmates returned to campus recently to celebrate 25 years since starting university.

Friends Bryan Huckerby, Gerald Gora, Grahame Blondel, Ian Hughes, Phil White and Alastair and Penny Whall met in 1970 when they started the Urban Estates Surveying course at Trent Polytechnic. Read more...

Festive get together for class of 1989

Class of 1989Some of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering class of 1989 met up last week for a festive get together – for the first time in 25 years.

Steve Dougall, Angela Dougall, Andy Chomyn, Darren Green and organiser Karmjit Banga started off at the Yates’ Pub before touring Nottingham Trent University’s campus and stopping by old haunts The Bell Inn, Castle Pub, Ye Old Trip Jerusalem, amongst others.  The former class mates had dinner at Mem Saab Indian restaurant and had their night cap at a city wine bar.

Group organiser Karmjit Banga, pictured centre, said:  “We had such a great time that we decided to make it an annual event! Our next reunion is scheduled for Saturday 4 July 2015.  We expect more friends to join us next time as some of our classmates were away on business trips.”

If you would like to join them for the 2015 reunion please contact Karmjit via the Alumni Association at

Celebrating Forty Years of Career Guidance

Careers GuidanceOn Wednesday 17 September 2014, the School of Social Sciences was delighted to hold an event in celebration of 40 years of learning and teaching in career guidance at NTU.

Staff and alumni spent the afternoon catching up with old friends, forging new contacts and reflecting on just how far career guidance has come in forty years. The event celebrated the successes of the last four decades and examined how best to seize new opportunities and meet future challenges.

Ann Allen, Associate Dean for the School of Social Sciences, said: "NTU welcomed over 70 guests to hear a most engaging and thought provoking address from Professor Tony Watt – an internationally eminent policy consultant on career guidance and career development. We were also very lucky to have John Malkin with us, the member of NTU staff who founded the original career guidance course." 

The event closed with guests identifying creative ways of working together in the future in new or refreshed partnerships.

“Middle C” reunite on Clifton campus after 47 years

Education “Middle C” class of 1967 Four ladies from the Education “Middle C” class of 1967 reunited on Clifton campus recently.

Jenny Daft (nee Jefferson), Jenny Kirkman (nee Lee), Pat Lee (nee Hunt) and Veronica Skuriat (nee Jackson) took a tour of what remains of the campus as they know it.

Reunion organiser, Jenny Daft, said: “It was marvellous to be back on campus. We had some great times there and despite all the additional buildings and current renovations the refectory had hardly changed at all!”

Alumni Relations Officer, Clare Oswin, said: “Clifton campus has changed so much over the years that I was worried the group would find it unrecognisable, but we had a good chat and it was lovely to hear their stories.”

If you are planning a reunion the Alumni Relations Team can help you regain contact with your ‘old’ classmates and would be happy to arrange tours of any of our three campuses, so please get in touch.

Attorney General opens NTU’s new Legal Advice Centre

Legal Advice CentreNottingham Law School is celebrating its 50 year anniversary with the launch of a new Legal Advice Centre and teaching law firm, which was officially opened by Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, QC MP, on Wednesday 25 June.

The official opening was attended by Nottingham Law School students, staff and alumni – from as far afield as Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands - as well as VIP guests.

Building on Nottingham Law School's existing law clinic, which first opened in 2006, the University's investment in the new premises, at a time when legal aid is being cut, will allow the Law School greater flexibility to grow the number of cases it takes on from the community. All of Nottingham Law School's pro bono activity will now come under the Legal Advice Centre, including student work on cases, local community outreach projects and the Innocence Project1. The Centre will also facilitate increased overseas placements and internships and international pro bono opportunities and will develop new international links, particularly in countries with developing economies.

Find out more about the Legal Advice Clinic, which alumni are also welcome to use, and Nottingham Law School’s 50 year anniversary.

runNTU 2014 raises over £6,000

runNTU 2014This year’s runNTU saw 300 people of all ages and abilities registering to complete a 5k run or 1.5k fun run and has so far raised over £6,000 for the work of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre.

The event, on 26 April 2014, brought several improvements on the previous year, with large banners and a gantry helping to make a vibrant start area. Musical entertainment was also provided, along with bouncy castles to keep people of all ages entertained. The Trent Tigers cheerleading squad gave support to runners as they approached the finishing line adding to the wonderful atmosphere.

Runners of all ages and abilities took part, including a large group of Nordic walkers, one of whom said:  “Coming down the finishing straight to all the cheers was something I will never forget. I had to work extremely hard to keep up but I coped well with the final incline and thanks to the tremendous reception on the finishing straight I could have ran the final 100 yards!”

You can share in the atmosphere by viewing the event photos by liking the runNTU Facebook page - and look out for news of next year’s event!

For more information about the event, or if you are inspired to undertake your own challenge in aid of the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre please email Stephen Knott, Alumni and Community Giving Officer.

Networking in Nottingham

Spanky Van Dykes logoFollowing the continued success of our London pub networking nights, we were delighted to bring it home and hold our first one here in Nottingham on 3 April 2014.

Alumni, staff and friends met up and exchanged news and business cards over a few drinks at Spanky Van Dykes, just on the edge of our city campus.

We had such positive feedback from our guests that we may hold another similar get-together very soon, so keep checking the alumni website for news of future events. 

If you are based in or around London, then don’t feel left out – we’ll be back at a bar near you this October!

Alumni party at Climax Reunited

Climax Reunited

Past students came back to NTU on Saturday night to relive their student nights at Climax Reunited. 

For many alumni, it was their first opportunity to see the new Students’ Union building on NTU’s City campus, with many of them tweeting us with exclamations such as ‘new union is incredible’ and  ‘Amazing time. The new SU is amazing’.

Over 1,800 alumni and their guests partied all night long, not letting the clocks going forward stop them! 

The proceeds from the night totalled nearly £6,000 and have been split equally between the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre on Clifton campus and supporting future Students’ Union activities

If you were there, we’d love to hear your feedback! Tweet us @NTUAlumni #ClimaxReunited. We’ll be putting photos from the night on our Facebook page later this week, so make sure you tag yourself! 

'A Night in the West End' is a success

'A Night in the West End'Nottingham Trent University joined forces with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a musical extravaganza on Saturday 15 March 2014, where the 150-voice University choir took to the stage at the Royal Concert Hall along with soloist and West End star Kerry Ellis. 

The event was in support of the University’s John van Geest Cancer Research Centre which is engaged in vital research; primarily into improved diagnosis and personalised treatments for both prostate and breast cancers. So far the Cracking the Cancer Code campaign has raised £8m towards a £23m target, with this concert adding more than £10,000.

Matthew Hopkins, the University’s director of music, conducted the LPO through a programme that included his own arrangement of songs from Gypsy, as well as familiar pieces from Phantom of the OperaOklahoma,ChessWickedLes Miserables and Chicago. The NTU Dance Troupe performed alongside the orchestra to All that Jazz.

A special moment came with the duet I Know Him So Well, from Chess, when Kerry Ellis sang with 18-year-old choir member Lucy Curry who successfully auditioned for the opportunity.

The evening ended with a piece from Blood Brothers and a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience.

More information about the campaign can be found at and details of the next fundraising event are at

Lecture and networking night for Hong Kong Law alumni

Hong KongMore than 40 alumni gathered at the British Council in Hong Kong on Monday 24 February 2014 for an event especially for former students of Nottingham Law School.

Hosting the event was the Dean of Nottingham Law School, Professor Andrea Nollent, who also gave a lecture: “Reflections on recent developments in the law relating to legal and professional privilege”.

After the lecture Nottingham Trent University’s Head of Development and Alumni Relations, Tim Cobb, and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Gorman, co-hosted a networking reception.

Tim Cobb said: “This was my first trip to Hong Kong with Nottingham Trent University and I really enjoyed meeting our alumni. I’d like to thank our friends at the British Council for helping to organise this event.”

Photographs taken at the event, as well as Professor Nollent’s presentation, are now available to view online.

Over 70 alumni enjoy exhibition's final weekend

Pete Dredge with his workCelebrating its 170th anniversary, the School of Art & Design has brought together artworks by more than 100 alumni to illustrate the impact of the school on the visual arts and creative industries nationally and internationally in a fantastic exhibition “Since 1843: In The Making”.

To mark its final weekend over 70 alumni attended a special lunch in the Bonington building. They also had the chance to view this unique exhibition featuring the diverse creative work of Turner Prize winning artist Simon Starling, Sexy Beast film director Jonathan Glazer and comic actor Paul Kaye - marking the anniversary of one of Britain’s oldest schools of Art and Design.

Also exhibiting are artists such as St Pancras ‘clouds’ artist Lucy Orta, top rock music photographer Andy Earl, frenetically productive graphic artist Jon Burgerman and dozens of other successful alumni of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Art & Design.

Alumna Christine Smith (DMS Management Studies 1991) attended Saturday’s event, she said:  “It was an intriguing exhibition - most enjoyable, so many thanks for your efforts in bringing if off so successfully. I look forward to seeing the future events you have planned over the year.”

Keep up to date with the latest events.

Image: Artist Pete Dredge attended the lunch, and you can see his work as part of the exhibition. 

Alumni from Germany reunite on campus

Five alumni from the European Business class of 1986 visited the University from their home in Germany recently – for a reunion and to celebrate one of the group’s special birthday.

They enjoyed a tour of the city campus before stopping for a drink in the new Students’ Union building and heading into town for a curry.  

Their visit to Nottingham was actually a birthday surprise for Frank Reuther.  He said:  “It was quite emotional to visit again.  Those few months in 1986/87 shaped and influenced our lives - not least because of the friendship that still links us.”

Reunion organiser Britta Boyd (nee Seemann) said:  “We had such a great time.  The Indian restaurant was really good and we were nearly late for our train because we were looking for our old student houses!”

The photo shows the classmates (left to right): Marion Kissmann (nee Schwarzenberg), Frank Reuther, Ulrike Blumenröhr, Stephan Kissmann and Britta Boyd (nee Seemann).

If you would like to tour campus as part of a reunion please contact the Alumni Relations team at

33rd reunion is a success

Production Engineering class of 1980You may recall seeing a story in the last issue of Network (page 28) about the BSc Production Engineering class of 1980.  Well, Peter Horne and his wife Pam, along with 11 other alumni, have recently reunited for the 33rd time at the Welbeck Hotel in Nottingham.

Peter said: “Our numbers were a bit down on last year, but it’s difficult to find a weekend when everyone is free.  At least everyone turn up on the correct weekend, which is always a bonus!”

The reunions are arranged by a different classmate each year and Geoff Kensett was elected as next year’s organiser, so the 34th reunion will be held in the North East.  Peter said:  “I can relax now for six or seven years, before it’s my turn again!”

If you were in the same class and are interested in attending the next event then please contact us so that we can put you in touch with the group.

If you’re interested in arranging your own reunion, visit our reunion page or contact us - we may be able to help you get in touch with your friends, and perhaps arrange a tour of the campus.


Alumni meet up in London

Last week NTU held two events for alumni based in London.

The first was at Henry’s bar in Covent Garden. Alumni from various courses and graduation years as well as current students on placement in London enjoyed catching up with each other over drinks. One attendee was BA Hons Legal Studies alumna Jasmine Sheldrick, who said: "It was a good event. It was nice to catch-up with some of the 'youngsters' I met at the last event and hear how they are getting on. I spoke to many recent graduates already enjoying good jobs, which was great to hear." 

The second was especially for alumni working in the property sector. The venue was kindly provided by DTZ at their Old Broad Street offices. Alumni heard the latest news from the Associate Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment – Peter Ramsay-Dawber. They were also able to network with others working in their field and chatted over drinks and canapés.

We aim to hold similar events in London next year. Keep checking for details.

Alumni enjoy first ever event in Australia

MelbourneOur first ever event for NTU alumni in Australia took place on Wednesday 25 September.  Fourteen alumni and guests enjoyed “prama night” at the Prahran Hotel in Melbourne – and even our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Neil Gorman, joined in the fun.

We would like thank the event organiser, alumna Sue McKnight (PhD Business and Management 2011).

NTU has an alumni group set up in Australia run by alumnus Alex Cox-Taylor (BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science 2001). If you would like information about joining this group please contact us to find out more.

Alumni reunion in Bakewell

Reunion Group

A group of art and design alumni who have been reuniting regularly over the last 10 years since they started studying at NTU, met up recently in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Bakewell in the Peak District.

The friends went for walks around the picturesque countryside and enjoyed their stay in a camping barn where they cooked tasty meals, reminisced and caught-up with news over a few drinks. They also had a great night out in Bakewell to celebrate one of the friend's birthdays, where they coincidentally bumped in to another group of NTU alumni camping nearby also on their yearly reunion! 

The group of friends are now living and working all over the UK including London, Bristol, Norwich and Nottingham, but they always find the time to see each other. “Some of the group were missing at this reunion; usually there are around 10 of us. We have all met up fairly regularly over the last few years as we have been celebrating special birthdays!”

Alumni at this reunion were Claire Dawson (Textile Design 2005), Mary Crisp (Textile Design 2005), Rebecca Froggatt (Design Management for the Creative Industries 2006), Laura Morgan (Textile Design 2005), Julie MacPherson (Fashion Marketing and Communication 2006) and Jacqueline Smith (Textile Design 2005).

Do you have a reunion that you would like to share with us? Email

runNTU 2013

runNTU 2013

Around 200 eager runners registered for runNTU 2013 and braved the variable weather conditions to run a 5km cross-country course, or to take part in the family fun run. Many came in fancy dress.

A particular highlight of the day was current student Brendan Corrigan completing the 5km course in a more than respectable 19:03 to achieve second place – all whilst dressed in a full body beer bottle suit! The team from Kerry’s fruit and vegetable stall, based at the University, were also present to hand out bananas at the end – and ran in a Banana suit!

The run supported the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre on the Clifton campus. Due to the generosity of UPP Limited in providing sponsorship for the event, all income from the registration fee and sponsorship is able to go directly to the work of the centre. The event has already raised in the region of £6,000 with more sponsorship money due in.  View more photos on our Facebook page.

We look forward to welcoming all alumni, students, staff and friends of the University to runNTU 2014 as the event grows – keep checking back for details!


Another good night – where next?

Union Marylebone

On Wednesday 24 April 2013 NTU's Alumni Association ran another London Alumni Networking Night. This time the venue was the Union Marylebone in George Street.

Guests met old friends and made new contacts with fellow alumni, and talked to staff about NTU’s latest developments. There were even some alumni who had met at previous London networking sessions who used this event to meet up again. We also invited students currently on placement in London and they found it really helpful to talk to graduates about their work and experiences of living and working in the city.

Look out for a similar event in October 2013, as well as one specifically for alumni working in the property industry.

If you attended please give us your feedback by adding your message to our discussion board below.

We tend to hold these networking nights twice a year at different locations in London, so please also let us know if you have any suggestions for other venues. 

International Business alumni meet in London

British Library

On Wednesday 10 April 2013 Nottingham Business School hosted an alumni drinks reception at the British Library in London especially for former students of the BA Hons International Business programme.

Over 40 people attended and enjoyed networking with each other over wine and canapés, as well as catching up with staff from Nottingham Business School.

Guests were updated on the latest developments taking place at Nottingham Business School and Nottingham Trent University and heard about accreditation developments for the BA Hons International Business programme.

Course Director Dr Yvonne Carlisle said:  “It was great to catch up with our former students and find out what they are up to now.  I do hope we can hold more events like this in the future.  In the meantime I encourage our International Business alumni to submit a career profile for use on the alumni website.”

Last Night of the Spring Proms 2013

Last Night of the Spring Proms

On Saturday 23 March 2013 Nottingham Trent University hosted a spectacular evening at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall.

Despite the snowy weather hundreds of people turned out to watch the Last Night of the Spring Proms performed by the world renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by NTU's Music Director, Matthew Hopkins, featuring the Bruch Violin Concerto No1 played by violin virtuoso, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny.

It also featured Welsh Soprano, Catrin Aur and the Nottingham Trent University Choir.

The audience enjoyed a full programme including Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and a World Premiere by British composer, Paul Carr – and, of course, the audience participated in the flag-waving, traditional Last Night of the Proms festivities.

HND Computer Studies 1982 have a reunion in Nottingham

Group in front of Brian Clough statue

On Saturday 20 October 2012, nine former students, who graduated from HND Computer Studies 1982, held a reunion in Nottingham to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their graduation. Those attending were Nick Barber, Bob Cree, John Jarman, David and Heather Kirkland, Peter Marshall, Steve McCarthy, Steve Moran and Graham Stone who met up to reminisce about happy times at the 'Poly'. Unfortunately Dave Holden had to drop out at the last minute because of illness, but still managed to join in by phone during the evening. The party toured a few of their favourite hostelries from student days, including The Peacock, The Bell and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem.

A walk along the streets around the University revealed a lot of changes in 30 years and memories were searched to think about what was there in 'our day'. Celebrations concluded with a meal at Chutneys - an Indian restaurant in the city.

Nick Barber said "a great day was indeed had by all. I think we all count ourselves extremely lucky to have made so many good and lasting friends on the course, in fact many other people I know are surprised so many of us have kept in touch."

The picture shows the group in front of the Brian Clough statue in the Market Square, one of the stopping off points on the obligatory tour of the city. From left to right shows Dave Kirkland, Steve Moran, Bob Cree, Graham Stone, Heather Kirkland, Steve McCarthy and Pete Marshall.

There will be another reunion in a few years, so anyone from the course who isn't in touch, is invited to get in contact via Nottingham Trent University Alumni Association.

Alumni meet up in London

Carpenters Arms

On Wednesday 17 October 2012 NTU's Alumni Association ran another 'NTU London Alumni Networking Night'. This time the venue was The Carpenter's Arms, Whitfield Street, London and 30 alumni and current students attended.

Guests were able to make new contacts with fellow alumni as well as chat to staff and current students who are doing a placement year in the city.  Our current students found it really helpful to talk to graduates about their work and experiences of living and working in London.

Look out for a similar event in April 2013. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for other events or locations. Email us at

Property alumni meet up in London

Property alumni event

For the second year running, NTU held an event in London especially for alumni working in property, property services and property investment.

Kindly sponsored by Gerald Eve, and held at their offices in London, over 90 former students joined us to network with other alumni and NTU staff, as well as catch up with the latest news from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment.

Dean of NTU's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Peter Westland said: "The Nottingham Trent alumni network across the property sector is impressive. Pretty much whoever you work for, or with, you are almost certain to bump into other NTU graduates. It was great to meet up with so many of our former students at this event and we hope to strengthen those relationships with more events in the future. I would like to thank Gerald Eve for their generous sponsorship."

Head of Development and Alumni Relations, Tim Cobb, also told guests about the David Richmond Memorial Fund set up in memory of a much-loved former lecturer and which will enable the University to award a series of scholarships, designed to help underprivileged students have the best start they can at Nottingham Trent University.

Fun in Nottingham for class of 2002

Class of 2002

In July 2012, 18 Broadcast Journalism alumni from the class of 2002 met up in Nottingham for a weekend to celebrate 10 years since graduating.

They started with a walk around campus. Organiser Lawrie Anne Brown said: "We were gutted to see the old Students' Union block is no more! We were very impressed with the new Centre for Broadcast Journalism. We also visited the memorial plaque for Rob Bradley and Alex Veeder.  Rob was a massive part of our course and he was in our thoughts all weekend."

They continued on into the city centre for a meal, and spent Saturday evening in a private area at the Pitcher and Piano. Lawrie Anne said: "We had a dance and a few drinks. It was great to have our own space – and it was free to hire! I would urge anyone having a reunion to go there. They were so helpful."

The group finished their weekend with a spot of Sunday lunch near the canal, and say it won't be another 10 years before they meet up again!

Teams come to campus to runNTU

runNTU 2012

On 19 May 2012 28 teams took part in Nottingham Trent University's first ever runNTU event.

runNTU is a charity relay race for teams of three people running 5k each along the tracks of the River Trent and the Clifton Grove area. The run raised money and awareness for two charities – NTU’s John van Geest Cancer Research Centre and the Anthony Nolan Trust.

The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre was established at NTU in 2008 as a direct result of core funding from the John and Lucille van Geest Foundation. A team of scientists, technicians and PhD students work within the centre to try and find new ways to detect cancer and develop new approaches to treat patients using immunotherapy. Meanwhile, Anthony Nolan is a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer.

So far runNTU 2012 has raised over £7,000. NTU would like to thank all the teams that took part in this first ever charity run. We hope that they, and many others, will join us again next year.

View photos from the event.

Alumni win first past v present hockey match!

Past v present hockey 2012

To celebrate the start of the 'Trent Hockey Alumni Association', past v present matches were held on Clifton campus Saturday 12 May 2012.

Around 20 former students, some dating back to the class of 1995, took on the current Trent 1st and 2nd men's teams… and won in the match 7-6 in the final minutes of the game!

Following a day of games and entertainment at Clifton campus, there was a barbecue on the newly refurbished SU terrace. A bus then took participants to the Coco Lounge in Nottingham and the group finished their evening at Ocean for a nightcap and a boogie.

NTU's Hockey Club President Mikey Emrey said: "It was a massive success. I'd like to say a huge thank you to the NTUHC committee for their support with organisation, and an even bigger thank you to all the alumni who joined us for a fantastic day."

If you are interested in finding out more about future events, or joining the Hockey Club as an alumni member, email

London Networking Night - 25 April 2012

Penderel's Oak

On Wednesday 25 April 2012 NTU's Alumni Association ran another 'NTU London Alumni Networking Night'. This time the venue was The Penderel's Oak (High Holborn) and over 30 alumni and current students attended.

Guests were able to make new contacts with fellow alumni as well as chat to staff and current students who are doing a placement year in the city. Our current students found it really helpful to talk to graduates about their work and experiences of living and working in London.

Look out for a similar event in October 2012. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for other events or locations. Email us at

Almost 100 alumni attend special reception in Hong Kong

Vice-Chancellor in Hong Kong

Around 900 Nottingham Trent University Alumni are based in Hong Kong – and almost 100 of them attended a special alumni reception on 21 March 2012, hosted by our Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Gorman.

They got the chance to chat to NTU staff, their university friends and were able to meet other former students based in Hong Kong. They also heard the latest news from the University in a presentation by Professor Gorman.

The presentation is now available online. You can also view a selection of photographs taken at the event.

There is an official NTU Alumni Hong Kong group run by Charles Ng (LLB Hons Law 2008) and Edward Fan (Legal Practice Course 1995). It's free to join – all we need is your permission to share your information with Charles and Edward. For more information email

Nottingham Trent University would like to thank May Yuk Lee from the Hong Kong British Council for her help with organising this special event.

Alumni celebrate anniversary of Health & Safety degrees

Health & Safety and Environmental Health Reunion

Almost 50 alumni, staff and former staff met up recently to celebrate 40 years of the University running CIEH accredited Environmental Health degrees and almost 20 years of IOSH accredited Health and Safety degrees.

Guests enjoyed wine and canapés in the Newton building whilst they reminisced about their time at NTU and caught up with the University's latest news. Many stayed on in the city to continue their celebrations and reunions.

Lecturer Fiona Fuller said: "It was a lovely evening. It was great to see so many people who had made the effort to travel so far to join us. It was also good to hear how many of them who are now in positions of management send their employees to do our Professional Diploma in Safety Health and Environmental Management - so they are great ambassadors for us!"

Property alumni meet up in London

Property Alumni Event

Over 40 NTU alumni working in in the property, property services and property investment sectors met up in London on 20 October 2011 at an event kindly sponsored by DTZ.  They enjoyed networking and hearing the latest news from the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment over wine and canapés

Dean of NTU's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Peter Westland said: "The Nottingham Trent alumni network across the property sector is impressive. Pretty much whoever you work for, or with, you are almost certain to bump into other NTU graduates. It was great to meet up with so many of our former students at this event and we hope to strengthen those relationships with more events in the future.  I would like to thank DTZ for their generous sponsorship."

NTU lecturer Rebecca Goodall was also on hand to tell guests more about the alumni/student mentoring programme she is piloting this academic year. Please email us if you are interested in finding out more about this.

A selection of photographs from the event can be viewed in our events photo gallery.

London Networking Night – 19 October 2011

The Knight's Templar

Over 30 alumni and current students joined us at The Knight’s Templar (Chancery Lane) on 19 October 2011 for an 'NTU London Alumni Networking Night'.  They were able to meet and network with staff and other alumni based in London. Current students, who are currently on placement in London, also found it beneficial to talk to graduates about their work and experiences of living and working in the city.

This kind of event is proving to be popular, so we will hold another one in April 2012. Look out for details in the New Year – and remember your first drink will be on us! If you have any ideas for the location of the next London venue then please do let us have your suggestions. Email

Class of 1957 celebrate 55 years

Class of 1957's ladies

Brackenhurst's class of 1957 continue to meet regularly, even though it is now 55 years since they were students at Brackenhurst Farm Institute.

Here they are again in September 2011. Simon Ward said: "Although slightly fewer in number as time takes its toll, and with a few more walking sticks in evidence, a mid-afternoon downpour could not dampen the spirits of those who came from all corners of the country to join us at Jennifer Strawson’s lovely home.  It was a wonderful day."

The group are still searching for five missing students, who will now be well into their 70s. They are: Mike 'Barney' Barnes, Doug Johnson, Brian Moore, Mike Stephenson and Keith Wilson. If you know of their whereabouts please contact Simon Ward via NTU's Alumni Association.

Remember to visit our special web page for Brackenhurst Old Students' Association (BOSA).

Silver celebration for Economics class of 1986

Economics class of 1986 met up recently to celebrate 25 years since their graduation.

The group enjoyed an Indian at Cumin restaurant and continued on to their old haunt – Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. They had a walk around the Castle area before retiring to the Hoilday Inn bar, claiming they were 'too old for clubbing'!

They had such good fun that they plan to hold another reunion in the future. Organiser Simon Perkin said: "We had a great time. If there is anybody else out there who couldn't make it this year contact me through the Alumni Association so that you don't miss out next time."

Contact Simon via

London Networking Night – Thursday 14 April 2011

London Networking Night

Over 30 alumni joined us at All Bar One (New Oxford Street) on 14 April 2011 for our first ever 'London Alumni Networking Night'. They were able to meet and network with other alumni as well as current students on placement in London and enjoyed their first drink on us!

We plan to run a similar evening at another London venue later in the year – so keep checking back for more information. Alternatively please email us to register your interst and we'll let you know as soon as a date is confirmed and booking is open.

Annual BOSA Lunch 2011

BOSA Lunch

Nearly 300 former students and staff met up for the annual Brackenhurst Old Students’ Association (BOSA) Lunch on 20 March 2011. They caught up with each other's news over lunch before listening to guest speaker Barry Johnston, son of the famous commentator Brian Johnston, who talked about his father, cricket and golf.

A selection of photographs from the event can be viewed here.

If you would like to be informed of future BOSA news and events please contact Clare Oswin or Jill Lewis via NTU's Alumni Association at or on 0115 848 8777.

Alumni gather in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Event

On 4 December 2010 alumni in Hong Kong enjoyed a special reception where they met up with NTU staff, their university friends and networked with other former students based in Hong Kong.

The event was hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Gorman who told alumni and guests all about Nottingham Trent University's latest news and developments.

A selection of photographs from the event can be viewed here.

Alumni meet Vice-Chancellor in Beijing

Beijing Event

Nottingham Trent University was delighted to invite alumni based in China to a special reception in Beijing on 7 December 2010. Hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Gorman it was an opportunity for alumni to meet up with representatives from NTU and network with each other as well as hear the latest news from the University.

A selection of photographs from the event can be viewed here.

First Nottingham Law School Alumni Event

NLS Event

Nottingham Law School alumni returned to the recently renovated Newton and Arkwright buildings on 29 October 2010 to enjoy networking over wine and canapés.

Guests heard a thought-provoking lecture by Nottingham Law School’s Jane Jarman entitled 'Me PLC? Strategies for the legal professions after the Legal Services Act' before alumna Deirdre Sheahan (Legal Practice Course 2009) received the first ever 'Nottingham Law School Special Recognition Award' following her landmark victory in the Supreme Court on a gay asylum rights case.

Jane Jarman's presentation slides and photographs from the event are available to view online.

Golden celebration for the School of Education

Education Celebration

The University's School of Education was delighted to welcome almost 200 former students back to Clifton campus to celebrate 50 years of teacher training.

Guests enjoyed meeting up with 'old' friends over lunch and viewing old photographs, memorabilia and film footage of the campus from the 1960s. Later they joined current students who took them on a tour of the campus to show them the changes that had been made over the years.

Bob Delderfield (Class of 1963) said: "My wife Pearl and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We not only had a great time reminiscing and chatting with all the other 'antiques' from 1960-63 but were most impressed with the organisation. The effort that went into the welcome, the excellent lunch, music, exhibits and old film footage was very much appreciated."

Former classmate Iris Bateson (nee Chamberlain) agreed: "It was such a memorable occasion. I especially loved seeing the old film footage! It's great to see our little college growing to such an international organisation!"

View photos from the event here.

Former students join Jenny Saint at her retirement celebration

Professor Jenny Saint

Former Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Professor Jenny Saint (Cert Ed 1988 and MA Education Management (Post Compulsory Education) 1997), has retired after 33 years at Brackenhurst. Over 150 staff and students past and present joined her at a special dinner on 2 October 2010 to celebrate her retirement and achievements. Photographs from this event can now be viewed online.

During her time at Brackenhurst Jenny has seen it transform from a respected provider of land-based further education to a highly successful University School. She says she is very proud of Brackenhurst and believes that the merger with NTU provided real opportunities for staff and students: "Without this support and the investment in the campus the transformation would not have been possible. The combination of the merger, the commitment and dedication of the staff and the motivation and enthusiasm of the students has been a recipe for real success. It has been a great privilege to be Dean and watch Brackenhurst develop over the years."

Jenny is looking forward to spending time with her husband and exploring the inland waterways on their narrow boat.

A voicemail has been set up for those who would like to leave Jenny a (brief) anecdote. These messages will be transferred onto a CD for Jenny to listen to and help her recall some of her Brackenhurst experiences and the many friends she has made. The telephone number is: +44 (0)115 848 6868.

NTU rugby stars past and present take the Legend's Challenge

Captains Oliver Dale and Lee Gibson

Saturday 2 October 2010 saw the past and present of NTU's Rugby League collide with the inaugural 'Legend's Challenge'. The 'Trent RL Legends' took on the current crop of Trent RL stars at Clifton Campus. Watched by a large crowd, the players put on a fantastic show with the power and experience of the Legends coming to the fore as they finished deserved winners 36-18.

James Sadler current coach of Trent RL (and a Trent RL Legend) was proud of how his charges stood up to their opponents. He said: "It was a fantastic occasion for my players to show off how far they've come during pre-season and the Legends were very complimentary of the standard of play we were capable of. The game acted as a showcase for Rugby League on campus and I hope many of the first years watching it will be taking part."

The game is the first of a number of events planned by the Trent RL Legends who hope to bring ex-Student Rugby League (SRL) players back in touch with Rugby League and NTU whilst raising money for Rugby League development in the area. If you are interested in joining Trent RL legends or providing suitable opposition for the team in the future please contact Community Rugby League Coach for Nottinghamshire, George Strachan at

Get-together for Construction Management alumni

Class of 1994

Will Stanbridge recently organised a reunion for classmates who attended the Construction Management degree course from 1990–94.

Thirteen 'old' buddies met to reminisce about their time at University and toured the newly redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings before heading into the city for lunch.

Will said: "A few of us still keep in touch with one another, but it's always great to meet up and talk about our time at Trent Poly and catch up with what everybody is doing now."

Alumni get first official glimpse of Newton & Arkwright

Midsummer Celebration 2010

The Newton and Arkwright buildings are now open for business with students and staff enjoying the brand new inspirational learning, teaching and working environment.

We were delighted to be able to show off these newly transformed buildings to alumni at a special reception hosted by Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson on 24 June 2010.

The event was held in the Benefactors' Courtyard on a bright sunny evening and was an opportunity for former students to see this magnificent redevelopment in advance of its official reopening later in the year. Guests had the chance to take official tours and heard how the state-of-the-art facilities and services will impact on the student learning experience.

Alumnus Philip Boyes (HND Civil Engineering Studies 1996 & BEng Civil Engineering 1998) said: "It's a fantastic building. It's good to see Newton looking so good 12 years after my graduation."

Photos from this event can be viewed in our events photo gallery.

Alumni bid farewell to York House

York House Farewell

After more than 30 years, NTU has vacated its space in York House in favour of the new state-of-the-art facilities now available across the rest of the campus.  Some former students had fond memories of their time in York House and asked the Alumni Association to arrange one last get-together in the building. They joined us for a special farewell in the third floor coffee bar on Friday 11 June 2010.

As well as meeting up with friends and lecturers, they had the chance to look around their old teaching rooms. They also shared stories about the York House fire in the late 1970s, the windows which sometimes fell out onto the street when they opened, and watching the fabulous sunsets over the city from the top floor windows.

Alumni Officer Clare Oswin said: "We didn't realise how many people had such fond memories of this funny old building! It was great to see how enthusiastic our guests were to see their old teaching space one last time."

Photos from this event can be viewed in our events photo gallery.

Class of '94 revisit Nottingham

15 years on

Fifteen years since they were last together at NTU a small group of BEng Mechanical and Electrical 1994 classmates met up in Nottingham recently. They enjoyed a weekend of catching up and visiting old haunts.

Organiser Michael Tutty (BEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1994) said: "It was good to meet up with everyone again although most of us were already still in touch with each other, with the exception of Jonathan Woodthorpe who we had not seen since graduation!"

* Group pictured outside Maudsley Building

Climax Reunited 2010

Climax Reunited 2010

On Saturday 27 March 2010 over 900 Nottingham Trent alumni and their guests attended our first ever 'Climax Reunited' event at the Students' Union.

They enjoyed reliving their old student nights out with entertainment from original Climax DJs.

Laura Belcher (BA Hons Business Studies 2006) said: "I loved coming back to the Union, meeting up with old friends and dancing to the tunes of DJ Chopper!"

Photos from the event can be viewed in our events photo gallery.

Alumni enjoy reception at Drapers' Hall

Drapers' Hall Reception

Nottingham Trent alumni and their guests enjoyed a special reception in London on the evening of Tuesday 16 June 2009.

Hosted by Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson, around 100 guests enjoyed the magnificent setting of Drapers' Hall.

They got the chance to meet other alumni and NTU staff and to hear the University's latest news, including the progress on the Newton / Arkwright development.

Photos from this event can be viewed in our events photo gallery.

Licensed to Party!

BABM Reunion

Nottingham Business School celebrated a special anniversary for one of its most high-profile courses – James Bond style.

The BA (Hons) in Business Management (In-company) is ten years old this year and former students, employers and staff got together at the Belgrave Rooms, Nottingham Conference and Banqueting Centre, to mark the occasion.

The guests enjoyed a three course dinner, live entertainment and - in keeping with the 007 lifestyle - a flutter in the casino.

Friends celebrate 10 years on

Brackenhurst Hall

Thirteen friends travelled from all over the UK to attend a reunion weekend in Nottingham to celebrate 10 years since graduation.

The weekend started with a trip down memory lane taking in a tour of the university including the Students' Union and Sandby and Hampden Halls of Residence.

The next day, after lunch in town, the group went to The Orange Tree (formerly Russells) where they shared funny stories from their time at university. Organisers had produced a memory board and an album of photographs for the event. They included some old photographs as well as images and messages from friends who could not attend. Later they had a quiz and presented each other with awards like 'worst dressed person', 'most popular' and 'most transformed person'. Winners were presented with a medal and certificate. After a lovely meal at La Tasca they hit the town for old times' sake!

The reunion ended on the Sunday after a bit of shopping. Organiser Shweta Kapoor (Environment and Human Sciences 1998) said: "We had such a memorable weekend. Our reunion was full of fun - we certainly made some lifelong friends during our time at Nottingham Trent. We would like to thank the university's Alumni Office and Union of Students for making our stay so special."

Over 300 former students help celebrate Brackenhurst's 60th anniversary

Brackenhurst Hall

Over 300 guests gathered on Brackenhurst campus on Saturday 14 June to celebrate the 60th year since the first students began their studies at Brackenhurst.

Held in a marquee on the main lawn, guests included current staff, former staff and former students from the 1950s to 2007.

The afternoon began with some guests opting for a tour of the campus. Later the Vice-Chancellor hosted a special reception, followed by a barbecue and dancing.

As well as celebrating the 60th year, a fundraising campaign was launched. Since 1999 Brackenhurst has benefited from around £20 million of investment, primarily from Nottingham Trent University, the Higher Education Funding Council and the East Midlands Development Agency. Major improvements have been achieved across the campus but much still remains to do.

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Alumni reception at the House of Commons

House of Commons alumni receptionNottingham Trent alumni and their guests enjoyed a special reception on the evening of Thursday 22 May.

Thanks to NTU alumna Hazel Blears MP, we were able to secure one of London's most iconic venues, the Terrace Marquee in the House of Commons.

The event was a great opportunity to meet other alumni and to hear more about your university. To complement the magnificent setting on the River Thames, canapés and refreshments were served.

Photos of the occasion can be viewed in our events photo gallery.

Fresh fields for BOSA tour

As part of the BOSA 50th anniversary reunion tour, 29 former Brackenhurst students went on a special journey together to Western Canada.

They flew to Vancouver in June 2007 and began their trip with a sightseeing tour of the city and visits to a cranberry growing concern, dairy farm and fruit-growing farm.

They then joined the Gold Leaf Rocky Mountaineer for an interesting journey through the magnificent scenery of the Canadian Rockies taking in Salmon Arm, the Kootenay Central Mountain Range - including dinner at Eagles Eye, North America's highest restaurant - and Banff National Park.

Visits during the tour included Pincher Creek, a trout hatchery that bred pedigree mosquitoes as well as trout, a beef ranch and the historic Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. They also visited local family farms before heading to Calgary where they watched the Stampede.

Rosalyn Sneath (Rural Economy 1957) said: "It was a memorable tour and enjoyed by all – we missed all the wet weather back home in England too!"

Rain is no dampener for class of '82

A wet July weekend in Nottingham isn't everyone's idea of a good time, but for a group of friends celebrating 25 years since completing their Economics studies, it didn't spoil the fun. A meal in the Lace Market bar Bluu marked a diversion from 'Memory Lane' because that part of town was not frequented much by students in the early 1980s, but all agreed it was a splendid night spent in great company. One of the attendees, Tim Cobb, said: "Circumstances transpired to keep several of the gang from attending this year, but they won't be so lucky next time!"

Brackenhurst bunch celebrate anniversary year

The Brackenhurst class of 1976-77 celebrated their 30th anniversary with a reunion on Saturday 16 June. They enjoyed a tour of Brackenhurst Farm and the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences before heading to a local pub for a buffet supper.

Organiser Jill Asher (Agriculture 1977) said: "It was great to be together again after all these years. However, we were unable to trace a few of our classmates, so I would like to urge all former Brackenhurst students to check their address books and share information so that we can regain contact for future events."

If you can help Jill trace any Brackenhurst graduates from 1976-77, please contact her via the Alumni Office on +44 (0)115 848 8777 or at

Five years on and back in Business

The Business Studies class of 2002 held their five-year reunion in Nottingham on Saturday 7 April 2007. The celebration, which was a huge success and attracted more than 50 people, began down at the Waterfront, went on to the Pitcher and Piano bar and continued on to the Lizard Lounge. Organiser James Burwood said: "It was fantastic to catch up with old friends who I hadn't seen in five years and it was as if nothing had changed. It was great fun and I am looking forward to organising something again next summer."