UCL News


Homecoming gives alumni chance to meet the new Provost

28 October 2003

Hundreds of former students attended UCL Alumni Open Day on 11 October 2003.

Coming from as far as Australia, they met up with staff and fellow alumni, took part in a number of specially organised lectures and tours, and met the new Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant.

Professor Steve Jones (Biology) began the day's lectures with: Did Adam Meet Eve? The View from the Genes, describing how recent research at UCL has provided clues to help track down our universal fathers and mothers. In UCL Body Snatchers, Professor Philip Treleaven (Computer Science) talked about how UCL managed the UK National Sizing Survey using state-of-the-art 3D body scanners. Looking for Life on Mars - With Mars Express and Beagle 2, by Dr Andrew Coates (Space & Climate Physics), detailed the university's contributions to the exploration of Mars.

Alumni reacquainted themselves with UCL through visiting the Cruciform Building, the Grant Museum of Zoology & Comparative Anatomy, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the UCL Art Collections, as part of organised tours or individually. There were also demonstrations of some of the projects which have benefited from alumni giving through the Friends Programme.

The 2003 Murie Robertson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Alumni Activity was presented to Janet Kitchen (French 1964) for her work as Chair of the UCL Alumni London Group. Following the presentation at the UCL Bloomsbury theatre, the Provost gave an address to alumni on his vision for UCL. At the reception that followed, he discussed the future of the university with many guests.

Provost's Address