Hi Everyone. I am Carole, the Events Officer at the University of Reading. Samantha has asked me to be a guest blogger to let you know what is going on with events for our alumni.
Firstly – how on earth is it nearly the end of May already?! With our annual Donor Day taking place at the end of last month, April was an extremely busy period and flew by so quickly. However, all of the hard work was well worth it and I’m pleased to say it was a great success with over 180 donors and guests making it one of the best attended Donor Days yet! With the weather forecast looking pretty dismal in the run up to the event, my worry took over as I constantly refreshed the weather forecast hoping for a miraculous change! It turns out that someone must have been shining down on us as on the day itself, the forecast turned itself around and we were blessed with warm, sunny intervals throughout the afternoon.
From the moment the event started, there was a real buzz in the air, with some guests commenting on what a lovely atmosphere the event had. There was a hive of activity from the student cheerleaders and circus skills group who were performing in the courtyard, to the numerous University departments exhibiting in the foyers and showcasing projects which have been funded by donations. There was also a never ending supply of tea, coffee and cakes which our guests all enjoyed! The presentations on nutrition and heart health and the story of Silchester were fascinating, inspiring and thought provoking, with students giving their views, not only on what their studies have shown, but also on how being part of the projects have changed, inspired and benefited their own lives. The gratitude from the students to the donors really shone through and was very heart-warming to see.
But, with Donor Day behind us for another year, there is no rest for the wicked with many more events coming up and lots of planning to do! There are many upcoming University events that alumni are more than welcome to attend including lunchtime concerts, a choral gala at the Town Hall and a Big Band Big Lunch on 7 June. For more information on all events this term see our Events Diary. It also won’t be long before tickets for the annual House of Lords drinks reception on 30 October go on sale…so watch this space and don’t miss out on your chance to attend this wonderful event.
To find out more about our events, as well as ways we can support you in running your own reunions, visit our website.
Let me introduce myself for those of you that haven’t met me yet. I am Samantha Horsfield, the Alumni Communications Officer. I am also an alumna of Reading having done my BA in English Lit and Philosophy, and my MA in Children’s Literature. My role here includes editing the print magazines Connected and Giving Matters, and managing our online comms including eConnected, social media and our website. I have been in this role about a year now and, I have to say, I love it!
I wanted to start this blog to give our alumni news about all different areas of our alumni programme, our alumni themselves, the schools and departments and the University as a whole. You have told us that you want to know more about all of these things, but that you also want to know more about the people and departments that are relevant to you. Hopefully, as this blog progresses we will be able to deliver more content that you will be interested in. If you have any ideas or suggestions on possible topics, or if you would be interested in being a guest blogger or submitting a single guest post. then just let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first post, I thought it would be useful to give you some general info about what being an alumnus of Reading actually means for you. As a former student at Reading you are automatically part of our alumni community. You may not realise it, but this gives you some great benefits!
– By joining our online community you can connect with friends, keep up to date with the news and events going on and find out how you can keep involved with the University.
– As an alumnus you are entitled to discounted library and sports park membership, and if you want to visit the University in the summer you can get special alumni rates to stay in halls! You can find out more about these benefits here.
– You can join our facebook, twitter and LinkedIn pages specifically for alumni.
– Our yearly magazine Connected is sent to all alumni either in print or electronically, and we send regular e-newsletters with stories about our University and our alumni. If you haven’t received it, it may be because we don’t have your up to date contact details. You can amend them at any time by signing in to our online community.
– We have a great events programme with alumni specific events as well as lots of free opportunities for lectures, debates, concerts and more!
– You receive free one-to-one careers advice for a year after graduation
– We run free online courses called MOOCs that cover anything from programming to heart health! Our next one is Begin Robotics and starts on the 15 June. You can sign up here.
– You can also improve your CV and professional experience by taking part in some of our volunteering opportunities.
I hope you find this post useful and that you enjoy following our blog. Our next post will be event focussed – reviewing our most recent event and letting you know what is coming up!