UCL Alumni


New York Alumni and Friends Reception 2022

07 June 2022, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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UCL is returning to New York! Join us on Tuesday 7 June to catch up with alumni, students, and staff, make new connections and hear the latest news from London.

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The Skylark
200 W 39th St #30th
New York
United States

Registrations for this event are now closed. If you are interested in attending future alumni events, take a look at our schedule here >>

We are excited to invite you to our first in-person alumni reception in the US since the start of the pandemic. This will be a wonderful moment to reconnect. You will also have the opportunity meet UCL President & Provost Dr Michael Spence AC and join the discussion about how UCL can remain a world-leading university in a rapidly changing world.

Can democracy prevail in a rapidly changing world?

Political expert Dr Norman will provide a short exploration of this timely question. She will address some of the most pressing challenges facing the US and the UK as they seek to preserve democracy at home and abroad, while also leading on ongoing priorities such as global health and climate change. We will also consider the role of UCL as a flagship institution for cultivating the knowledge and ideals necessary to confront global issues from a wide range of disciplines.

And, of course, there will be ample time for guests to network, socialise and enjoy the stunning views of the Empire State Building, Hudson River, Chrysler Building and Times Square New Year’s Ball, which The Skylark Lounge provides.

Our guest speaker is Dr Julie Norman, Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations, Co-Director of the Centre on US Politics at UCL, and regular media commentator and analyst.

About the Speakers

Dr Michael Spence AC

President and Provost at UCL

Michael Spence

Dr Spence took up his post as President and Provost of UCL in January 2021. Prior to this he was Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, which under his leadership rose to first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability. He was also responsible for the largest philanthropic campaign in Australian history, raising a record one billiion Australian dollars.

Dr Spence is recognised internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual property theory and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, where he headed Oxford’s Law faculty and Social Sciences division. An alumnus of the University of Sydney, Dr Spence has a BA with first-class honours in English, Italian and Law. His other languages include Chinese and Korean. 

Read more about Dr Spence

Dr Julie Norman

Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations and Co-Director of the Centre on US Politics (CUSP) at UCL


Dr Julie Norman

Read more about Dr Norman

Dr Julie Norman is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations and Co-Director of the Centre on US Politics (CUSP) at UCL. She has published widely on security, conflict, and foreign policy, including four books on nonviolent resistance and multiple articles on political violence, divided societies, and polarization. Norman also works as a policy consultant, providing research-based recommendations to the UN, British Council, US State Department, US Institute of Peace (USIP), and other governmental bodies and NGOs.  She is also a frequent political analyst on the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and other media outlets.