UCL Alumni London Group

The UCL Alumni London Group comprises around 300 UCL alumni who get together to enjoy a variety of about 30 events a year – such as talks, walks and theatre trips – to suit a variety of tastes, ages and pockets.

Events have included a visit to the Apollo Theatre to watch ‘The Madness of George III’, wine tasting at Laithwaites, a walking tour of Wapping, Rotherhithe and the Brunel Museum and a visit to Highgate Cemetery.

For a full programme of events still to come please refer to the London Group brochure:

The UCL Alumni London Group are delighted to welcome new members.  If you would like to join, please contact John McKenzie.

Forthcoming Event

Talk: 'Human behaviour through a mathematical lens' by Dr Hannah Fry

Wednesday, 14 October 2015, 6pm - 7pm, Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre
To be followed by the London Alumni Group AGM

Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the mathematics of cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) in the Bartlett School of Architecture. Her research revolves around the study of complex social and economic systems at various scales and she has a broad portfolio of public engagement activities including schools outreach, podcasting, academic stand-up, café scientifique and public lectures.

Please note – all are welcome to attend Dr Fry’s talk, but the AGM is restricted to members of the Alumni London Group.

Previous Events

Annual Dinner on board HQS Wellington, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 

John Bonham, Master Mariner, welcomed guests aboard HQS Wellington, Headquarters Ship of of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners for the London Group's Annual Dinner. 

Berthed at Temple Stairs on the Victoria Embankment, this former patrol vessel is the last surviving example of a  World War II escort ship.

The Reception took place on the sheltered quarter deck with its stunning river views and dinner was served below deck in the elegant wood-panelled Mess Hall, housing a collection of treasures and memorabilia from the Master Mariners' distinguished history.                   

Guest speakers were Professor Steve Caddick, who updated guests on the latest news from UCL and plans for the Olympic Park, and John Bonham who shared the history of HQS Wellington and spoke about his experiences at sea during his 25 years of service with P&O. 

London Group Annual Dinner 2014

Festive Dinner at the Athenaeum Club hosted by Patricia Rothman (UCL Mathematics 1959) - Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The 2013 London Group Festive Dinner was held at the Athenaeum Club in Pall Mall on Tuesday 3 December. The evening commenced with a sherry reception and was followed by a three course meal in the Club's Garden Room. 

Guests were joined by Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education) who updated those present on the latest news and developments at UCL and Geraldine Davies, Principal of the UCL Academy, who gave an insight into the school's exciting and innovative approach to education.

London Group Festive Dinner 2013

Festive Dinner at the University Women's Club hosted by Joan Newey (UCL Greek & Latin 1945) - Friday 7 December 2012

London Group members and their guests gathered together on Friday 7 December for a pre-Christmas dinner at the University Women's Club in the heart of Mayfair. Those present slipped into the festive spirit with a Sherry reception, followed by a three course dinner and coffee served in the Club's handsome, wood-panelled Library.

Following dinner, Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research) gave an overview of UCL’s achievements in 2012 including the QS world ranking of 4th in the world. Professor Price also took the opportunity to highlight the opening of UCL’s Academy in Camden and how successful their first term had been.

Lynne Truss (UCL English 1977) then gave a personal and moving account of how and why she came to write her bestselling book ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’.  She described how the success of the book surpassed both her own and her family’s expectations. Lynne reflected on her own experiences at UCL and recounted previously returning to the university to speak on an alumni panel to an audience of first year English students assuring them that she has used the skills she developed from her English degree every single day! 

Ian Senior (UCL Economics 1974) rounded off the after dinner speeches with a highly entertaining toast to Lynne Truss in the style of the Danish comedian, musician and punctuation enthusiast, Victor Borge’s ‘Phonetic Punctuation Routine’. 

Photographs from all the London Alumni Group events can be found on UCL's Flickr page

2012 Festive Dinner
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