December 4, 2014, by Hannah Curnock

International Events, Autumn 2014

This autumn we’ve hosted alumni events on both sides of the globe.  Here’s a round up of what’s been happening:

The Vice-Chancellor hosted an alumni networking event in Hong Kong at RED Bar and Restaurant on Saturday 8 November.

Over 90 alumni and current students from across all of the University’s international campuses attended, ranging from those who graduated in 1974 to those from our class of 2014.  It was great to see the power of alumni networking in action across such a diverse group.

Professor Sir David Greenaway gave a welcome address outlining recent developments at the University and highlighting how much we value the support of our alumni community in Hong Kong.

Professor Chris Rudd also introduced the attendees to the “plastic pig”, bringing alive his area of research into lightweight structures.

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Other University hosts included Professor Nick Miles OBE, Provost & CEO of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and Doug Thomson, Director of Campaign and Alumni Relations, both alumni themselves.

Members of the Friends of The University of Nottingham, Hong Kong (FUN HK) attended the event and were on hand to share their experiences as part of the group and were thrilled that a number of alumni approached them on the night to ask how they could get involved in volunteering their time to help FUN HK.

The new International Alumni Relations Manager with responsibility for the region, Georgina Woolley, also attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many inspiring and enthusiastic alumni.  She is delighted to have been contacted since by a number of alumni keen to find out more about how they can volunteer their time, helping the University support the next generation of students.  The event also provided a great opportunity to talk more about how alumni can take advantage of the lifelong career support available to all Nottingham alumni.

Thank you to all alumni who helped to make the event a great success.  The full gallery of photographs from the event can be found here.

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On Wednesday 19 November, we held an informal get together for our alumni in Sydney, at The Windsor On Park Street, in the Central Business District of Sydney.  Alumnus Roger Donbavand (Geography, 1982) organised and hosted the event, which was co – hosted by alumna, Gillian Kelsey (Economics, 1983).
It was fantastic to bring together almost 20 alumni and friends from such a broad range of year groups.

Thank you to Roger and Gillian for organising and hosting such a great get together.


It was brilliant to receive so much interest in Nottingham alumni activity in this region.  We hope that those alumni who were unfortunately unable to attend this event will be able to join us next time.



On Thursday 20th November, we hosted an alumni event in Washington DC at the British Embassy.  As well as talks from University staff, including our Assistant Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Americas, Professor Neville Wylie, on University developments, guests also heard from the Director of the British Council USA, Paul Smith, and respected alumna and academic, Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier whose talk ‘Life is at Stake:” History, Memory and Storytelling in African American and Black British Art’ engaged and inspired the audience.


40 guests attended, including a good mix of graduates from different decades and faculties, including members of the FUN America volunteer board which operates as the University’s fundraising arm in the US and supports our alumni engagement activity.  This event follows FUN America’s event in June of this year, and as such an alumni network is really growing in DC and guests were able to network, reminisce and reconnect.  We also had offers from a number of alumni who are willing to act as ambassadors to help bring the DC network together for social events, and to support the University in its recruitment and conversion work in the area.


More photos from the event can be viewed at:


To ensure that you continue to receive invitations to networking events and news about how you can get involved in University activity in your region, make sure your contact details are kept up-to-date at Alumni Online.

If you have any questions about alumni activity in the Asia Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East please contact Georgina Woolley at For more information on activity in the Americas and Europe, please contact Hannah Curnock at 

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