2016 AGM and Annual Lecture
The 2016 Alumni Association Annual General Meeting and Annual Lecture took place at the University on Saturday 10 December. A number of alumni attended the AGM representing graduates of different programmes, faculties and from all decades from the University’s 50 years.
Professor Brian Cantor addressed the AGM and talked about how Bradford, as the Technology University of the North, was fulfilling the incredible foresight and vision of its first Chancellor, The Rt Hon Harold Wilson. Professor Cantor reflected on how the University’s underlying principles of delivering applied and impactful research-led teaching with a focus on making knowledge work has helped produce more than 130,000 graduates that have gone on to achieve great things in all areas of society the world over.
Professor Cantor touched on some of the University’s recent successes and revealed some of the exciting future developments and plans in store. He also highlighted the important impact alumni have had in helping to shape the University, as it is today, and in continuing to be part of the University’s future development and success. He encouraged alumni to remain connected with Bradford and talked about the many ways the University and alumni could work together to generate mutually beneficial outcomes.
The Alumni Office presented a report of engagement activity and projects in 2016 and showcased some of the major 50th-anniversary events that were held for alumni in Bradford and worldwide. Plans for the development of alumni engagement in 2017 were also presented.
The future role and structure of the Alumni Association were discussed in light of a review of University ordinances. This was seen as an opportunity to ensure Bradford alumni will have a positive role in shaping future alumni engagement and development at the University. Comments and feedback from alumni members present were sought and collected and these will feed into the process as part of the overall review of ordinances.
Interim Chair and Executive Committee
A new Interim Chair, Terry Carroll, BSc Business Studies 1970, was elected along with a new Interim Executive Committee. Over the coming period, taking into account the views and needs of alumni, the Interim Chair and Executive Committee will work in partnership with the Alumni Office and University to develop a new structure and operating model for the Alumni Association.
On his appointment as Interim Chair, Terry Carroll said: “The Vice-Chancellor has set out a captivating vision for the University. I am excited that we will be working through the Alumni Association, in partnership with Professor Cantor's team, drawing on the wealth of experience of our Members, to support this vision for the future benefit of all.”
Emeritus Professor of Engineering and former Pro Vice-Chancellor, William Shepherd, delivered a message of appreciation for the retiring Chair, Dr Jim Brooks, for his support of and Leadership of the Alumni Association and his 50-year friendship with the University. Dr Jim Brooks had earlier informed alumni of his intentions to step down from the role after leading the Association for the past three years. He also paid tribute to former Chair and Executive Committee Member, Dennis Martin, as a patron of the University, who passed away in late 2015.
Goals for 2017
The new Interim Executive Committee will work with the University’s Alumni Office to draft a new constitution, structure and operating model for the future based on the changing Higher Education and global environment. Part of this process will be to consider what role the University’s Alumni Association could play to support the sustainable effective development of alumni engagement and support at the University.
In addition to devising a developed structure and role, the Executive Committee will also, in partnership with the Alumni Office, put in place an action plan to implement changes as part of the new model ahead of the 2017 AGM. Updates on developments during the forthcoming period will be provided by the Interim Chair.
Lunch and Lecture
Following on from an excellent buffet lunch and networking alumni joined a lecture on ‘The Hidden Landscapes of Stonehenge Project’ led by the University’s highly successful School of Archaeology.
Dr Chris Gaffney, an alumnus and Honorary Doctor of the University of Bradford, delivered a fascinating presentation and analysis of the investigation of the landscape of Stonehenge using the latest technologies and techniques in the field.
Recognition of the success and scope of the Stonehenge project has seen it shortlisted for the accolade of ‘Archaeological Innovation of the Last 50 Years’ by the UK’s leading archaeology magazine, Current Archaeology.
Alumni and friends are encouraged to offer their support by voting for the project on the Current Archaeology website.