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UWE Bristol to host 20th anniversary celebration event

 University of the West of England, Bristol

University of the West of England, Bristol

University of the West of England, Bristol alumni and staff are invited to reminisce and celebrate the achievements of the University at a special 20th anniversary celebration event. The all day event will take place on October 6, 2012 at UWE’s Frenchay Campus.

The celebration is timed almost 20 years to the day that Bristol Polytechnic gained University status to become The University of the West of England on 5 October 1992. Organisers have planned a full programme of activities to stir the memories of over 300 guests.

Graduates will be able to relive their student days by visiting their old haunts on campus tours of Frenchay, Glenside, St Matthias and Bower Ashton campuses; catch up over dinner with former classmates and staff whilst capturing those all important memories in the video diary room.

There will be an interactive exhibition of rare footage and archive material to chronicle the key developments and successes over the past 20 years and to look ahead to the future plans for the University. This has also been captured in a video to be played at the event – click to see the trailer.

For UWE/Bristol Poly alumni who would like to be part of this exhibition, the alumni team would like to borrow any old photos or memorabilia. They would also like to hear from romantics who met their current partner whilst studying, to contribute to a display of love stories.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steven West will welcome guests and talk about the future direction of the University. He said, “I joined the University in 1995 as Dean of Health and Social Care. At that time we were three years old and were growing very fast. My first job was to bring three Colleges of Health into the University to create the largest Faculty of Health and Social Care in the UK.

“Over the last 17 years I have seen UWE grow and develop. It has gained reputation, confidence and standing in a national and international context. Our contributions through learning and teaching, research, innovation and civic and community leadership have been extensive and highly valued.

“I am really excited that we will be celebrating our 20th Birthday as a University this year. I hope that you can visit our look back as we celebrate the tremendous journey we have been on. We are rightly proud of the significant achievements of our staff and students, each of them have played a part and I hope will continue to engage and help shape UWE as we project into the future. I have every confidence that we will continue to be ambitious, innovative, and creative and will grow in reputation, standing and impact as we look forward to the next 20 years.”

Famous graduates are also joining in with the fun. Musician, David Knopfler from the world famous Dire Straits and International cricketer and artist Jack Russell are just two of the alumni to have supported the event.

Speaking about his time as a student David Knopfler said, “I have lots of happy and interesting memories from it, I probably have more memories from my student days than I have from my entire music career to be honest. I’m honoured to be part of the event.”

Addressing his fellow alumni, Jack Russell MBE, FRSA said, “I am sure your time at UWE has proved to be a wonderful experience, and one of the important stepping stones on the magical adventure they call ‘life’. Congratulations on what you have achieved. Whatever your future ambitions, and with a spirit and determination to succeed, I am sure you will all have many happy and fruitful years ahead.”

The event will also include appearances and filmed interviews from international athletes, artists, radio presenters and entrepreneurs who will be sharing their memories of their time at the University.

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