Alumni Reunions and Events
Old Stars' Weekend
Old Stars' weekend will soon be here, seeing alumni who were involved in sports teams during their time at the University returning to Bangor to play a match and relive their student days! 2019’s Old Stars' weekend is 4-6 May. Read more about the pull of Old Stars’ weekend and put the date in your diary.
Dennis Crisp Memorial Lecture and School of Ocean Sciences Reunion
Alumna Prof. Sandra Shumway (Marine Biology PhD, 1977) will deliver this year’s Dennis Crisp Memorial Lecture on Friday, 15th November 2019 in Pontio. Prof. Crisp (1916-1990) developed Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences and this lecture series sees his PhD students return to their alma mater to present on topics that were influenced and inspired by him.
A reunion for School of Ocean Sciences alumni will be held the day following the lecture on Saturday, 16th November, and will include a reunion dinner and tours of the new Marine Centre Wales building. It will be a great opportunity for SOS alumni to catch up with the School and each other! Details on how to purchase your tickets will be available soon – we hope you can join us.
1960s and 1970s Reunion
A reunion for alumni of the 1960s and 1970s is being arranged by former students Foster Edwards (Agriculture, 1971) and Brian Charnley (Arts, 1969), to be held in Bangor on 11-13th September 2020. The reunion will mark the 50th anniversary of the University’s Rugby Club winning the U.A.U. championship. All are welcome to attend!
The Second Annual Dennis Crisp Memorial Lecture in Marine Sciences
The Second annual Dennis Crisp Memorial Lecture in Marine Sciences was held in Pontio on 13 September.
Marking the legacy of Prof. Dennis Crisp (1916-1990), one of Britain’s best known marine biologists who was key in establishing Bangor’s School of Ocean Sciences, this special lecture entitled "A Dreadful but Exciting Life, Full of Stress, Passion and Danger” was delivered by Bangor University alumnus Prof. Brian Bayne OBE (Marine Biology, 1960). Prof. Bayne discussed the role of 'organismal biology' (physiological ecology) in two aspects of marine biology: ecological models and experimental genomics. The public lecture was part of the Seventh International Oyster Symposium. See photos from the event and watch the video.
Alumni Reunion, National Eisteddfod of Wales
The annual Alumni Reunion on the Bangor University stand at the National Eisteddfod of Wales was held in Bodedern, Anglesey on Wednesday, 9th August 2017. We were delighted to welcome our guest speaker Gwenllian Carr, Bangor alumna (Welsh Literature and Literature of the Media, 1993) and Head of Communications for the National Eisteddfod, and to see over 300 alumni visit the stand to catch up with friends!
Old Stars 2017 weekend
The Old Stars’ (Old Boys’/Old Girls’) weekend is an annual event which sees Bangor University alumni who played sport as students come back to Bangor to catch-up with each other and play matches against the current student teams. On Saturday 29th April, alumni and students joined us for a BBQ and drinks on the deck at Bar Uno to celebrate our returning alumni’s commitment! See photos from the event.
The First Annual Dennis Crisp Memorial Lecture in Marine Sciences
The First Annual Dennis Crisp Memorial Lecture in Marine Sciences was held on 24 November 2016 in Pontio’s main lecture theatre.
One of Britain’s best known marine biologists, Dennis Crisp (1916-1990) was instrumental in establishing Bangor’s School of Ocean Sciences and developing its worldwide influence and this lecture series has been established to honour his legacy. The lecture was delivered by Professor Donal T. Manahan, one of Dennis’ students who has gone on to an outstanding career and now is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
The public lecture, entitled "Professor Dennis J. Crisp at Bangor University: A Visionary for Global Environmental Change", drew a crowd of alumni, staff and current University students. See photos from the event and watch the video.
World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi
On 21st November, staff from Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography hosted an event at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi. Alumni based in Kenya shared stories and networked with current and prospective students and heard about recent developments at the University. Read more here.
"Building Bridges: 21st Century Diplomacy and the Special Relationship"
Following the successful event in Drapers’ Hall in London, US Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun, visited Bangor to talk to an audience of university and local secondary school students about the ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK in Pontio’s Theatr Bryn Terfel.
Read more here.
A Special Evening with Matthew Barzun
Bangor University was delighted to have US Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun, the highest ranking American official in the United Kingdom, as a guest speaker at a special event held in September.
The magnificent Drapers’ Hall in London was the setting for the evening which saw the Ambassador in conversation with Lord Mervyn Davies, Chair of Bangor University’s Development Board. Assisted by great questions from the audience, the discussion was very entertaining and thought-provoking and we were pleased to have over 220 alumni and friends of the University attend.
The 2nd Annual Dr Tom Parry Jones Lecture
In April, Bangor University was honoured to have Prof. Stephen McKeever, a distinguished alumnus of the University’s School of Electronic Engineering, return to Bangor as guest lecturer for the 2nd Annual Dr Tom Parry Jones Lecture in Entrepreneurship.
Prof. McKeever obtained his BSc, MSc, PhD and DSc degrees at Bangor and is now the Secretary for Science & Technology for the State of Oklahoma, USA, responsible for leading Oklahoma’s economic development based on science and technology.
Prof. McKeever’s public lecture entitled “The Scientist-Entrepreneur: Research Funding in a Brave New World” drew a crowd of academics, alumni and the local community to the large lecture theatre in Pontio.
An Evening with Sir Howard Stringer
Over 100 alumni and friends of the University joined the Vice-Chancellor and members of the University’s Development Board for an evening in the company of Sir Howard Stringer, former CEO of Sony Corporation, on 25th November 2015.
Held in the stunning Reading and Writing Room and Gladstone Library of One Whitehall Place, London, alumni met over drinks and canapés before listening to Sir Howard Stringer in conversation with Lord Mervyn Davies, Chair of Bangor University’s Development Board. Their discussion covered Sir Howard’s Welsh roots, his time in the Vietnam war and his distinguished career at CBS and Sony.
View some photos from past reunions in our event gallery.
Click here to see upcoming University events.
Bangor University has joined up with the University robe maker Ede and Ravenscroft to sell a range of quality gifts, accessories and memorabilia. Visit our Alumni shop.