Annual Alumni Reunion 2015

On Saturday 12 September we welcomed over 200 alumni back to campus for the Annual Alumni Reunion. With a special focus for those alumni who graduated in 1975, 1985 and 1990, all were able to celebrate the 40, 30 and 25 year anniversaries of their graduations. Alumni joined us from all over the UK, as well as from overseas, with guests returning to Sheffield from as far afield as Belgium, Germany, Norway, and the US.

The day started in traditionally (for Sheffield) grey fashion, as alumni arrived at the Students’ Union, before being taken down to the Interval café bar (the old Graves Building and original Students’ Union) for a welcome drink and their first chance to catch up with old friends.

After a short chance to mingle alumni split into groups and set out into the drizzle for tours around campus, seeing familiar sights such as Firth Court and the Mappin Building, as well as taking in newer parts of campus such as the Information Commons. One of the highlights of the tour was the chance revisit the iconic Arts Tower. After the success last year we once again opened up the Paternoster especially for alumni, giving them the chance to ride all the way up the tower and take in the spectacular views over Sheffield. Thankfully by the end of the tours the sun was breaking out setting up for a brighter remainder of the day.

Lunch followed, hosted in the View Deli café in the Students’ Union building, overlooking Glossop Road and the valley in which the City Centre sits. Sandwiches and sausage rolls were shared, and a delicious chocolate mousse and lemon meringue for afters, as alumni made new friends, caught up with old ones, and shared stories about Sheffield of days gone by.

After a sit down and a breather, alumni were taken on tours of the Students’ Union itself by current students, sharing some of the latest developments to have taken place at the building, and talking about all the clubs, societies and events which make it the top Students’ Union in the country, having won the award for the fourth year running. A special stop was made in the Media Hub, the home of Forge Media, where the Union’s newspaper, radio and videos are produced, and which was revamped over the last few years thanks to a generous bequest from a Sheffield alumna.

Reunion 2015

Reunion 2015 Arts Tower group

Annual Alumni Reunion 2015

Reunion 2015 food

From there alumni had two different choices for their second afternoon activity. One group boarded coaches and were taken through the Sheffield suburbs to visit the new halls of residence at Endcliffe. The tour of the student village started with a familiar sight, Halifax Hall. Still part of the University but no longer used for student accommodation and instead a boutique hotel. Alumni took in a tour of the building, seeing where they had once resided, before wandering around the leafy surroundings. From there the tour proceeded to The Edge, the bar and café of the village. Alumni concluded the tour by seeing some of the current rooms where students make their homes during their first year, with many alumni commenting on how much has changed, but also how much has stayed the same.

Those who opted not to visit the student village instead stayed in the Students’ Union and were joined by alumna Claire Monk, the head of the local Welbeck Abbey Brewery, for a talk and tasting session of a variety of the brewery’s beers. Claire gave a wonderful talk about the background of the brewery and their processes, as well as instructing guests on how to taste beers.

After a few hours’ break alumni returned to campus for their evening plans. As with 2014 we once again hosted a barbeque in the garden outside Bar One, for those wanting a more casual evening to catch up with friends, and to re-sample the student bar of their youth.

Meanwhile, over in Firth Court a formal black tie dinner was held in the Hall, hosted by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett. As alumni arrived there was a sparkling drinks reception in the Quad, before a three course dinner in Firth Hall, featuring a main of succulent beef fillet and a particularly attractive and tasty chocolate sacre for dessert. This year Dr Jeff Wadsworth (BMet Metallurgy 1972, PhD Metallurgy 1975, Hon DEng 2004) was kind enough to join us from the US to act as our guest speaker, sharing recollections of his time at Sheffield as well as emphasising the importance of maintaining links between the University and its alumni.

Once dinner and coffee had been enjoyed and stories shared, the dinner guests headed over to Bar One to join their barbeque counterparts who were already partying away on the dancefloor, closing off the night with a special alumni Pop Tarts Reunited, playing the tunes from their youth and bringing back many a fond memory into the early hours.

Reunion 2015 lunch

Reunion 2015 BBQ

Annual Alumni Reunion 2015

Reunion 2015 dinner

Photos

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Lunch

Beer tasting

BBQ

Dinner

Class gift campaign

The amount raised by the anniversary years (1975, 1985 and 1990) as part of the reunion gift appeal, including gift aid is £5,851.

In addition, the anniversary years of 1955 and 1965 have raised £5,806 towards the class gift appeal.

The total therefore for this year’s class gift appeal, so far is £11,657.We are very grateful for your support.

Read more about the Alumni Fund

2016 Annual Alumni Reunion

The date for the Annual Alumni Reunion is Saturday 3 September 2016.

Alumni from all graduation years are very welcome to attend and a special invitation is extended to alumni who graduated in 1976, 1986 and 1991.

Why not think about starting to organise a group of your former classmates now to attend the reunion together in 2016? Keep checking our Events web pages for more information on the 2016 Annual Alumni Reunion. We hope to see you there!