Members of the public invited to exciting event for all the family on Saturday 28 June
Graduates, staff, students and their families and friends will be gathering at the University of Leicester on Saturday 28 June for an exciting day of free lectures, tours, demonstrations and workshops – and to celebrate the leading research and teaching taking place at the institution.
The University of Leicester’s Summer Reunion Open Day 2014 will feature a variety of engaging activities and also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the School of Biological Sciences.
The event will give attendees the opportunity to hear from Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, during what will be his last Summer Reunion as host before he steps down in September of this year.
Sharon Raynor, Development Manager in the Development and Alumni Relations Office, said: “Summer Reunion is an ideal way to offer an interactive, fun day out for graduates, staff, families and friends of the University and we are proud of our programme of activities, which includes something for all ages.
“This year is particularly special, as we are running events in commemoration of WW1, as well as celebrating the Legacies of Leicester – the seven milestone discoveries from each decade since University College, Leicester received the Royal Charter.
“We are also really excited about our Leicester Alumni Dinner, which takes place in the evening and provides a great opportunity for groups to get together in an informal social setting.
“The staff and students who make our Summer Reunion Open Day possible are all delighted to be delivering this year’s event and to showcasing the many great things that the University has to offer.”
During the day, visitors will have the opportunity to hear a talk on DNA Fingerprinting from geneticist Dr Turi King and a mini-lecture on Black Holes in Space from Professor Ken Pounds.
There will also be the chance to hear Dr King talk about her involvement in the Grey Friars project in the lecture ‘Richard III, One Year On’, where she will discuss the DNA analysis which contributed to the evidence that the remains were indeed those of Richard III.
For the Commemoration of WW1, Dr Sally Horrocks will talk about the history of how the University’s buildings were used as a field hospital during the Great War. In addition, PhD researcher Liz Blood will present on the significance of War Memorials and Colin Hyde from the Centre for Urban History will present oral history recordings that cover 1914 to the period after the War.
Other highlights include a presentation by academics from the Department of Chemistry, entitled ‘“Big Bangs” – Chemistry… the Good, the Bad, and The Ugly’, which will explore the chemistry behind some of the key discoveries from the turn of the 20th Century.
Activities for children will be taking place throughout the day, including a Children’s Lunchtime Interactive Show, a Teddy Bear Hospital where children are encouraged to bring their teddies and toy soldiers, children’s rides, face-painters and balloon modelling.
Embrace Arts, the University of Leicester’s arts centre, will be holding various workshops and courses from 12:00pm, including an ‘Outrageous Outlines and Silly Silhouettes’ drawing workshop and a Field of Dreams clay figure-making session.
There will also be an opportunity to view the University’s Special Collections archive in the David Wilson Library, which currently features the work of Leicester playwright Joe Orton.
The memorable day will conclude with the Leicester Alumni Dinner from 7:00pm in the Charles Wilson Building, 1st Floor restaurant.
The Summer Reunion Open Day 2014 takes place on Saturday 28 June at the University of Leicester.
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