Sheffield alumni worldwide to celebrate first ever Charter Day

International flagsSheffield alumni and friends from around the world will come together in May to celebrate the University’s first ever Charter Day.

The event will take place from 21-31 May 2016 and will celebrate the founding of the University by Royal Charter in 1905, giving Sheffield’s worldwide alumni family the opportunity to reflect on the University’s history.

Charter Day will be the University’s biggest ever alumni event, with more than 30 events taking place across six continents. There are a wide range of events on offer, from family barbeques to formal dinners and academic debates.

Kicking off the celebrations will be the 11th American Alumni Reunion in New York with the University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, in attendance. This will be followed by a group walk around Central Park the morning after.

In Monterrey, Mexico, Sheffield alumni will chair a roundtable discussion on sustainability, whilst elsewhere alumni will be meeting for dinners, drinks, BBQs and picnics to mark the occasion.

With events set to take place in more than 20 countries, Charter Day is not only about recognising the University’s history, but also the global community of alumni. In its 111 year history, the University of Sheffield has granted degrees to students from over 180 countries and in January 2016 was named as one of the 100 'most international' universities by The Times Higher Education.

Charter Day logoCharter Day will form part of the University’s award-winning We Are International campaign, celebrating the role international students have played in the institution's history by showcasing the diversity of its alumni community.

With a history stretching back to the founding of Sheffield School of Medicine in 1828, 1905 was the year that the University of Sheffield as we know it today came into being. With the granting of the Royal Charter on 31 May 1905, the founders’ vision of a civic university which would “bring the highest education within the reach of the child of the working man” came to life.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said:

"I am delighted that alumni and friends around the world will be celebrating our inaugural Charter Day. From just 114 full-time students in 1905, the University community now has more than 26,000 students and 160,000 alumni.

"Charter Day will give everyone connected with the University the chance to celebrate its history and international diversity as one community across the world."

To find out more about Charter Day, the range of events on offer, and how you can get involved, visit the Charter Day web pages.

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