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Alumni Association Annual General Meeting and Lecture 2019

The 2019 Alumni Association AGM was held at the University on Saturday 26 January.

The meeting was officially opened by the Chair, Terry Carroll, BSc Business Studies 1971.

Professor Shirley Congdon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), delivered a presentation on the University’s response to uncertainties and change within the Higher Education sector.

Alumni Association Annual General Meeting lecture in 2019

Presentations were also given throughout the meeting by Eleanor Clyde-Evans, Associate Director, Engagement, Alumni and Development (Update on Alumni Engagement and Development and plans for 2019); Thomas Whitford-Bartle, International Alumni Engagement Officer, (International Alumni Engagement); and Hermione Berry and Patricia Farren, Career Consultants (Career and Employability Services and how to get involved).

Terry Carroll provided an update on the activities and achievements of the Alumni Association Executive Committee from 2018 and talked about some of the goals and objectives of the Committee for the year ahead.

After the presentations had concluded, the floor was opened up for questions from members to be directed to the speakers and the Chair. The questions and discussion covered a wide range of issues including student recruitment, how the University of Bradford is coping with increasing competition, international engagement, and recent developments at the University.

An election was held for the vacant position on the Alumni Association Executive Committee. James Robertson-Dunn, BTech Hons Civil & Structural Engineering 1973; and MSc Transportation 1978, was successfully elected to the post with 17 votes. Some of the other nominees featured Hannah Cummins, MA Marketing and Management 2004 (13 votes) and Zahra Niazi BSc Interdisciplinary Human Studies 2001 (9 votes).

Following the meeting, alumni were joined by staff and students for networking over lunch. A campus tour was delivered by Student Ambassador, Jonathan Day, MPharm, which allowed alumni to rekindle past memories and discover new buildings and changes around the campus.

In the afternoon, alumni, students, staff and guests were treated to an inspiring lecture by Professor Shahid Ali on ‘The digital future of patient care’. The lecture was well received and led to some thoroughly engaging discussion on current and future aspects of healthcare provision in the UK and worldwide. View photos from the event.

2019 AGM Notes

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Terry Carroll

Terry Carroll (Chair of the Alumni Association Executive Committee) addressing alumni at the AGM.

Attendees of the Alumni Association Annual General Meeting in 2019

Alumni attendees at the AGM

Chief Johnson Borovbe (MBA, 1978) on what the University of Bradford means to him: “The University is a part of my life and I believe in Bradford so much, because I got my first job straight after graduation. I had no regrets.”
Simone Reid (BA International Relations 2006; Msc Human and Organisational Development 2013) “I was so excited to come today, as I have never been to any alumni events before and I really wanted to touch base and see what was going on! There is a beautiful afterlife for Bradford Graduates, I receive the e-mails and had seen some of the different stories but I wanted to be here myself and experience life on campus again!”