25 September 2008

Annual Alumni Reunion 2008

Photo: 2008 Reunion Evening Dinner

Over 150 alumni returned to Sheffield and the University on Saturday 13th September 2008 to catch up with old friends and classmates.

The second Annual Alumni Reunion saw students who graduated 60, 50, 40, 30 and 25 years ago come back to the university, with some travelling from as far away as Singapore, the USA and Canada. The sun was shining and the former students and their guests enjoyed a guided tour of both the campus and newly opened Information Commons. There was also time to relax in the Students Union and visit both the Student Union’s centenary exhibition and the University’s history exhibition.

Lunch was held at the Edge, the central hub for the new Endcliffe Student Village. As well as a buffet there was a beer tasting session hosted by the local Thornbridge Brewery. Two new beers, Belay Betty and Belay Bob, created together with staff and students of the University were available to taste. The visitors then enjoyed a visit to the student bedrooms and living areas, ahead of the new students moving in the weekend after.

The evening event was held in the one of the University’s oldest and most memorable buildings, Firth Court. A drinks reception was held in the quad with entertainment coming from string quartet group, The Peak Quartet. A formal dinner was hosted by Professor Keith Burnett FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University who introduced the special guest speaker, alumnus and Nobel Prize winner Sir Richard Roberts. Professor Burnett welcomed alumni back to the University, thanking them for their commitment. Sir Rich spoke about his time as a student in Sheffield and how both the University and the city have played such an important part in his successful career.

Many alumni concluded the evening at the disco in Bar One within the Students Union. Photos that had been sent in by alumni were displayed on the big screens and tunes from the 70s and 80s played until the early hours of Sunday morning.

"I enjoyed every minute of the day. I felt that everyone involved from the Alumni (office) were very enthusiastic and especially was our guide to the Information Commons tour who graduated 2 years ago. I returned home a very happy old man. Well done all alumni." Mr Ken Mather (BEng, 1958)