UCL News


25th Anniversary Reunion

5 July 2005

100 alumni and guests from all over the world gathered at UCL on 25 June 2005 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their graduation.

Reunion attendees

Guests came from as far afield as Malaysia, Japan, Jamaica, Greece, Kuwait and the US for the event, which included a reception, dinner and dancing with an after dinner speech from Professor Ray Harris (Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences). Ms Felicity Hampson, Events Manager, organized the event, and compiled a 'Where are They Now?' brochure where guests had the opportunity to print their current activities as well as memories and photographs from 25 years ago.

Professor Harris summarized some key characteristics of UCL 25 years ago when it had 6,000 students, and recalled a time when the refectory sold hot Oxo for eight pence, the Computer Centre had three computers, the eminent mathematician Professor Sir James Lighthill was Provost, and HM the Queen Mother received an Honorary Fellowship from UCL. He then went on to describe UCL today as a global institution with 19,000 students and 4,000 academic and research staff. He said "The enthusiastic participation of so many UCL alumni at the event illustrates the long-lasting effect that UCL has on its students, an effect with we are keen to continue with present and future generations on students."

Ms Zoe Holman, Head of Corporate & Alumni Events,said: "The event went incredibly smoothly and was a resounding success. I think the highlight of the evening was watching the entire room of guests doing the conga in the Old Refectory!"

The Events team is now busy in preparations for the 50 year anniversary re-union for graduates of 1953, 1954 and 1955, to be held at UCL on 15 September 2005. An Alumni Day open to all UCL alumni is taking place on Saturday 15 October 2005.

To find out more about UCL alumni activities use the link below.

UCL alumni

This event was kindly sponsored by

Land Mangement Consortium

Spatial Innovision

owned by Silburn Clarke (UCL 1980).