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We're interested to hear about get-togethers or events you might be arranging or may have had, no matter what the size, which we can help you to promote or share with other alumni. Please send details/photos of your event to alumni@bradford.ac.uk.

Alumni dinner in Qatar

Alumni dinner in Qatar

Published: Thu 28 Sept 2017

University of Bradford alumni based in Qatar and current MSc students met up for a dinner as part of the School of Management's recent study tour to Qatar University.

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Modern Languages Class of 1977 40 year reunion

Modern Languages Class of 1977 40 year reunion

Published: Mon 25 Sept 2017

A group of Bradford Modern Languages alumni from the class of 1977 reunited on campus on Monday 18 September to celebrate 40 years since their graduation.

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50 Years Chemistry Reunion, Class of 1967

50 Years Chemistry Reunion, Class of 1967

Published: Mon 31 Jul 2017

Members of the BTech Chemistry class of 1967 returned to the University for a weekend reunion celebrating 50 years since their graduation from Bradford.

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20-Year Pharmacy Reunion, Class of 1993-97

20-Year Pharmacy Reunion, Class of 1993-97

Published: Sat 1 April 2017

Members of the BPharm Pharmacy Class of 1997 reunited in Bradford 20 years after their graduation.

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50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration - Dubai

50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration - Dubai

Published: Thu 30 Mar 2017

A special networking event was held for Bradford alumni and friends at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Dubai, UAE, on Thursday 23 March.

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50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration - Qatar

50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration - Qatar

Published: Tue 28 Mar 2017

A special networking event was held for Bradford alumni and friends at the UK Ambassador's residence in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday 21 March.

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50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration - Jordan

50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration - Jordan

Published: Mon 27 Mar 2017

A special networking event was held for Bradford alumni and friends at the UK Ambassador's residence in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday 19th March.

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Alumni Association AGM and Annual Lecture

Alumni Association AGM and Annual Lecture

Published: Thu 15 Dec 2016

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.

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50th Anniversary Alumni Event Singapore

50th Anniversary Alumni Event Singapore

Published: Fri 18 Nov 2016

The University’s 50th celebrations continued with a special networking event for alumni in Singapore held at the UK Ambassador’s residence, Eden Hall, on Friday 18 November.

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50th Anniversary Honorary Graduates' Celebration

50th Anniversary Honorary Graduates' Celebration

Published: Mon 17 Oct 2016

The University’s 50th anniversary celebrations moved to London in style with a special Honorary Graduates celebration event held at the Institute of Civil Engineers on Thursday 13 October 2016.

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Ghana and Nigeria Alumni Events - June and July 2016

Ghana and Nigeria Alumni Events - June and July 2016

Published: Fri 29 Jul 2016

More than 100 University of Bradford alumni attended networking and 50th anniversarycelebratory events held in Accra, Ghana, and Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria, in June and July

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Botswana Alumni Networking Event May 2016

Botswana Alumni Networking Event May 2016

Published: Wed 18 May 2016

On Saturday 14 May over 40 alumni of the University of Bradford in Botswana were reunited at a special 50th Anniversary networking event in Gaborone.

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Lagos Alumni Association Inaugural Annual Lecture 2016

Lagos Alumni Association Inaugural Annual Lecture 2016

Published: Fri 29 Apr 2016

On Friday 22 April, 2016, several brilliant Nigerian minds and alumni of the University of Bradford gathered at the Jade palace, Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island, Lagos for the inaugural Lagos Alumni Association Annual Lecture Event which turned out to be a evening of fun, friendly re-unions, networking and laughter.

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Uganda Alumni Networking Event April 2016

Uganda Alumni Networking Event April 2016

Published: Thu 21 Apr 2016

A group of University of Bradford alumni in Uganda gathered for an informal drinks and networking event in Kampala on Saturday 16 April 2016.

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50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration and Gala Dinner

50th Anniversary Alumni Celebration and Gala Dinner

Published: Sat 19 Mar 2016

On Saturday 19 March 2016, more than 250 University of Bradford alumni from all five decades returned to campus to see old friends and see what's changed - and what's stayed the same!

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Alumni Reunion 30 years on

Alumni Reunion 30 years on

Published: Thu 14 Oct 2015

A small group of undergraduate alumni returned to Bradford in October, almost 30 years to the day since they first met each other on campus.

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Bradford Optometry Class of 1989 - 26 Year Reunion

Bradford Optometry Class of 1989 - 26 Year Reunion

Published: Mon 5 Oct 2015

The Vision Care Institute of Johnson and Johnson played host on Tuesday 28 September to a 26-year reunion for former optometry students of the University of Bradford. Sixteen of the thirty students who graduated from Bradford in 1989 met for dinner followed by a one-day course on "Presbyopia".

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Modern Languages Class of 1965-69 Reunion

Modern Languages Class of 1965-69 Reunion

Published: Fri 9 Oct 2015

Members of the Modern Languages class of 1965-69 returned to campus to reminisce and reflect on almost 50 years since they graduated as one of the earliest groups of Bradford alumni.

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Bradford Environmental Science Class of 1983 Reunion

Bradford Environmental Science Class of 1983 Reunion

Published: Tue 1 Sep 2015

Members of the University of Bradford BSc Environmental Sciences class of 1983 attended a 22 year reunion on Sunday 30 August 2015.

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Dubai Alumni Event 2013

Dubai Event 2013

The first alumni event in Dubai was hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor on Sunday 8th September. The event was attended by graduates of the University from business and health disciplines; the group were joined by academics from the Faculty of Health who were in the country to deliver teaching on masters programmes.

“It was a pleasure to meet fellow alumni and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.” Husam Salem M Al Shawi, MBA, 2011

“It was my first time in Dubai and it was really encouraging to see our graduates speak so highly of the University.”  Professor Barry Winn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

 To view more photos from the event please like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Bradfordalumni

Engineering Design and Technology Alumni Reunion 2012

The School of Engineering Design and Technology hosted the first annual Alumni Reunion to mark the 10th Anniversary of the formation of the school. Here is a video with highlights from the evening.

Bradford Management Alumni in London

Dynamics of Success: A personal history of selling, November 2011

Bradford Management Alumni in London Event November 2011

Dynamics of Success: A personal history of selling (by Pol O Morain, Committee Member)

On the 30th November, Paul Cooper (School of Management 1982) led the London Alumni through a dynamic, engaging and very interactive ‘A personal history of selling’. Around 40 Bradford alumni came together to attend this highly popular event in central London.

Paul took us on a journey that spanned continents, Bradford learning, and the world’s technology giants. A journey through the early 80’s to the present, and from selling art to selling leading edge technological solutions.

From the US, key lessons included; niche is best, rejection is a positive step, customers are the best sales people and the best customers pay cash. From the US we moved on to ‘SPIN’ (essential reading for the uninitiated) including sometimes amusing insights from Xerox.  We migrated with Xerox to Australia, entwining Rugby and Management before bouncing back to Dublin and Dell. Then onwards in Britain from the late 90’s to 2011. The dialogue on the return to Europe brought in the emergence of ‘modern marketing’ and of customer centric selling including insights from IBM.

Paul shared insights in harnessing networks (LinkedIn), understanding goals, the importance of creating a ‘champion’ inside your target organisation and the critical nature of ‘access to power’. Key lessons included to define the process (success metrics), focus on outcomes (measurable), and network extensively.

To find out more about our group and to get involved please visit our website.

Brunei Alumni Reunion October 2011

On 11 October 2011, Teresa Stead from the International Office and Dr Nazira Karodia from the Faculty of Life Sciences attended an alumni reunion in Brunei. 15 Alumni attended in total 13 of which were new graduates in 2011, 1 graduate from 1997 and 1 graduate from 1986.

The graduates came from a wide range of subject areas across all faculties of the University, the majority having studied undergraduate courses. Two of the July 2011 graduates who had studied BA English have been successful in securing employment as teachers at Katok 6th Form College within a month of returning to Brunei.

The event was an informal dinner at a local restaurant, Aneka Rasa, Kiulap, providing excellent food, which continued in to Karaoke. All enjoyed the evening, in a relaxed atmosphere and relived some of their memories and experiences shared during their time spent in Bradford.   

Brunei Alumni Reunion October 2011

Brunei Alumni Reunion October 2011

Malaysia Alumni Reunion October 2011

A further overseas alumni reunion happened on 13 October 2011 in Kuala Lumpa. 14 alumni attended in total, many of whom had graduated in 2000 – 2001, from various schools across the university, Engineering, Life Sciences and Management being the most prominent.

Assoc Prof Dr Faridah Nor is still awaiting her graduation ceremony due to the cancellation of the December 2010 ceremonies because of a large snowfall, which brought the city of Bradford to a standstill.  She was a research student in Archaeological Science and is a key person in Malaysia in crime related incidents, and usually the first port of call for the Malaysian Police.          

The evening was an informal event and the restaurant provided excellent food, which was enjoyed by all, many wishing to return in the future.

A key feature of the night was the alumni being given the opportunity of being able to network with each other on both a social and professional basis, which was welcomed by all, due to some important members of the local community being present.

Malaysia Alumni Reunion October 2011 Malaysia Alumni Reunion October 2011

Pharmacy Class of 1991 Reunion July 2011

To celebrate their 20 year anniversary of graduation, the class of 1991 Pharmacy graduates organised a visit back to campus. The reunion was promoted via Facebook and an invitation was sent to the year group via the University's Alumni Office.  The group were proud to report that around one third of the class attended the reunion back in July and were delighted to be reunited and share in the nostalgia!

The reunion consisted of lunch at a local curry house, a tour of the campus, (in particular the new Life Sciences facilities), a tour of Student Central, followed by an Italian meal and a night out in the city.   Similar events for 1969 and 1970 have also taken place in the past (noted below) and the Bradford School of Pharmacy are looking forward to hosting further reunions for other year groups on an annual basis.

Pharmacy Class of 1991 Reunion 2011 Pharmacy Class of 1991 Reunion 2011, The Atrium, Richmond Building, City Campus

Big Bradford Reunion September 2010

Around 150 Bradford graduates from every decade since 1966 joined us to preview the new Student Central building on Saturday 11 September 2010 before its official opening.  The day began with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark Cleary and Students' Union Secretary-Treasurer, Khaled Almudallal, welcoming the graduates and their guests back onto campus and into the impressive Student Central.

The programme included tours of Student Central proudly led by Union staff and sabbaticals whilst current students guided graduates around the campus, pointing out the numerous new completed buildings that have transformed the campus over the last six years and the ongoing development work which includes the new Faculty of Health Studies building and the sustainable student village, The Green, both of which are due to open in September 2011.

A delicious Bradford curry was on the menu for lunch and enjoyed by all in the refurbished Entertainment Mall on the lower ground floor, whilst being entertained by a special record request show provided by Ramair's Phil Lickley.

Academic Schools opened the doors to their graduates in the afternoon, providing activities, talks and tours which were very well received. Back at Student Central, EIMC graduate, Rob Wilmot, co-founder of internet giant Freeserve who was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University, provided a very personal glimpse into his amazing life since leaving Bradford in 1994. Rob's talk was a fitting finish to a very enjoyable day.

Social Sciences graduate Eve Parker, said: "I had a most enjoyable and interesting day, it's good to see the, very changed, University as well as a good chance to meet up with old friends".

While Ahmad Arafa, who studied Chemical Engineering and graduated in 1973 said: "I have not enjoyed anything as much in a long time. It really was like coming home (after nearly 40 years)! The new University facilities are wonderful. They say that at my age you don't like change - but I have to say that compared to what we had in 1973, all the changes are for the better."

You can see a selection of photographs from the reunion by clicking the following link. Big Bradford Reunion 2010 Photographs.

Class of 1970 Pharmacy Reunion 2010

Unsurprisingly the exercise bikes remained untouched by the end of the afternoon...

Fifteen years after our first reunion a slightly different group to the last time met in Bradford to see the much re-vamped School of Pharmacy and a very changed city. Name badges (requested as a precaution, as amazingly we no longer had the looks of eager 21 year olds) were provided when we congregated in the atrium, but soon became unnecessary as memories refocused on a time, 40 years earlier, and friends found a common purpose once again.

We were joined in the atrium by one of our much loved lecturers and tutor, Dr Max Foy, who had a great deal to contribute to the seemingly endless stories and exchanges taking place. We then moved up to N floor where we were met by Head of Dept., Prof Kay Marshall, and Dr Jon Silcock, who kindly gave up their afternoon to show us round and talk about the changes to the School. We also were shown a short film of the University with newly arriving students, made in the period 1967 to 70 when we were there - bit of a culture shock to say the least.

Photo of class of 1970 Pharmacy Reunion

(Photograph taken in Human Physiology Laboratory, Richmond Building)

From Left to Right: Alan Fisher; Prof Peter Taylor; Allison Fisher (Jones); Terry Rigby; Kay Preston (Appleyard); Paul Brown; Gill Willgress (Davy); Steve Willgress; Dennis Hewitt; Edward Chao; Dave Westaway; Roger Withington; Nick Argent; Jeff Pearse; Vicky Withington (Turek); Mike Pollard; Kirit Shirodaria; Pat Pollard; Peter Shaw; Carol Lange; Paul Zivtins; Brian Knox; Paul Glodkowski.

Class of 1969 Pharmacy Reunion 2009

A reunion of Bradford University pharmacy students took place over a week-end in late September 2009 and served as a celebration of 40 years since graduation. We stayed centrally at the Midland Hotel who were most accommodating in providing an evening meal, overnight stay and a Sunday lunch at a most modest cost. It was the first time that some of the attendees had met each other since their graduation although a similar week-end had been arranged some 20 years earlier. It was most interesting to note that although many of us had changed physically the characteristics and voices had not, allowing easier identification.

A most enjoyable evening meal was taken followed by a robust evening in the bar area (no change there) where stories of past university endeavours/glories and careers were exchanged into the late hours. The following day we were treated to a visit to the Pharmacy Department. This was a most exceptional event. How the Department had changed over the years was beyond belief and the course content more clinical. Laboratories with individual computers and video equipment to spare. We all returned amazed to the hotel for Sunday lunch and promised to try to attempt another event in 5 years time.

Alastair Ferguson

(Alastair Ferguson would be pleased to hear from any of his former pharmacy (or other disciplines) colleagues on acfergusonchemist@hotmail.com.)

Group shot of the Class of '69 Pharmacy Reunion in 2009

Seated: Noel Baumber, Prof Doug Kinghorn,Prof Brenda Costall, Diane Friend, Diane Fraser, Gill Davy. Standing Pro Ron Purkiss, Bryan Bloom, (Waiter in background), Howard Levick, Roger Skews, Angie Tilbury, Beverley Rouse, John Clarke, Diane Scott, Steve Willgress, Christine Edwards, Tessa Cross, Terry Rigby, Alastair Ferguson, John McCormick, Tom Wright.