Events round up

The last 12 months has seen the Alumni Association organising and supporting both faculty and University-wide events for alumni.

We've welcomed former students back to the University for guided tours and drinks in the Students' Union, and the International Office has been busy meeting alumni overseas in India, Malaysia and Oman to name but a few. March 2016 saw one of the biggest events in our calendar year with Sandi Toksvig hosting the Chancellor's Dinner at Portsmouth Guildhall, which entertained more than 300 guests.  

 
University Chancellor Sandi Toksvig and guest John McCarthy in conversation

University Chancellor Sandi Toksvig and guest John McCarthy in conversation

Chancellor's Dinner

University Chancellor, Sandi Toksvig, hosted the penultimate black tie dinner on March 4 2016 at Portsmouth Guildhall, a sold-out event.

After a drinks and canapé reception followed by dinner, Sandi welcomed long-time friend, journalist, writer and broadcaster John McCarthy CBE on stage.

Brutality and moments of extraordinary kindness peppered the conversation when Sandi asked John about his experiences after being kept in captivity for 1,943 days in Lebanon in 1986.

Sandi also presented the first Chancellor’s Award which was awarded to the Students’ Union’s boxing club for being the most inclusive of all students clubs and societies through the previous year.

A good evening was had by all and concluded with Sandi announcing that the Chancellor’s Dinner 2017 will be her last. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith speaking at the Industry Breakfast  

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith speaking at the Industry Breakfast  

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries VIP Networking Breakfast

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries held the University’s first VIP networking breakfast at the Spinnaker Tower on May 12 2016. The networking event was themed 'The Urban Future of Portsmouth' and welcomed more than a hundred people from industry, government, the University and its alumni.

Professor Graham Galbraith, the University Vice-Chancellor, was joined by an expert panel including Wayne Hemingway MBE of Hemingway Design, city council leader Donna Jones, Roberts Centre CEO Carole Damper, and Allan Gordon, chairman of the Shaping Portsmouth Developers Group, to discuss the future of the city and the University's ambitious estates masterplan.

Early plans include a new sports complex and landmark building to house Portsmouth Business School. These developments have the potential to open up the campus to the community and create opportunities for reimagining the public realm – including people and vehicle flow – within the heart of the city, Professor Galbraith said.

View of the America's Cup from Castle Field

View of the America's Cup from Castle Field

Sun, Sea and Sailing

Working with organisers Team Origin, we sold out of discounted alumni tickets to the America’s Cup Race Village on July 23 2016.

120 alumni, friends and family kick started their day with a complimentary breakfast at Café Coco and free parking before making their way to the America’s Cup on Southsea seafront. The glorious sunshine and sailing made for a brilliant day out.

Alumni enjoying a fish and chip supper at the Still & West pub  

Alumni enjoying a fish and chip supper at the Still & West pub  

The Best of Portsmouth

September 2015 saw our Best of Portsmouth event come to life when alumni and guests took a nostalgic tour of Portsmouth on a vintage Routemaster bus followed by a posh fish and chip supper at the Still & West pub.

The views of the city from the top of Portsdown Hill were spectacular and it was lovely to see both familiar and new faces particularly back in an old haunt in Old Portsmouth.

University staff, students and alumni at the Conference

University staff, students and alumni at the Conference

School of Computing Conference

The School of Computing’s annual showcase for student and researcher work was held on March 16 2016 and welcomed over 60 presenters and 50 alumni, guests from local businesses and across the University.

The theme, ‘Conversations in Computing’. where initiatives and collaborations were discussed on topics including Intelligent Systems Research, Augmented Reality and Cyber-Security and Forensics.