Alumni Weekend 2018: Festival 39!

In 1928 the University of Hull started out with just 39 students. In 2018, more than 150,000 people across 172 countries are proud to call themselves alumni of Hull.

In the year of our 90th Anniversary join us on campus for Festival 39! a weekend of activities that will celebrate the institution’s past, present and future with the people who shaped it – the alumni of the University.

Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50pp Weekend Pass
Book here

Weekend Overview –
– Inspired in Hull special event with Ed Bicknell
– ‘Occupy the Union’ evening with Live Music
– Campus Takeover activities throughout the day, including tailored campus tours (see detailed info below)
– Three Course Gala Dinner in the newly refurbished Canham Turner building, with free welcome drinks and Live Music/Comedy
– ‘Summer in the City’ Guided Alumni Tours

Friday 15th June – Sunday 17th June 2018

Weekend Itinerary

Friday 15th June (Evening):

18:00 – 20:00 ‘Inspired in Hull’ with Ed Bicknell (Brynmor Jones Library)

Refreshments from 18:00, lecture begins at 18:30

Heading the ambitious Student Union’s Ents Committee between ’67 to ’69, Ed Bicknell achieved the remarkable coup of bringing the very best in avant-garde rock and psychedelic blues to Hull. Boasting line-ups that included Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, John Lee Hooker, The Kinks and the Who, Ed helped Hull to take its place in the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960’s and sealed his own illustrious career in the music industry

Join us for an evening with Hull’s great impresario as he gives us an unadulterated tour through the chaos, carnage and creativity of the music industry from the Jazz and Folk Clubs of Hull in the mid 60’s to his role in the globe-trotting success of stadium giants, Dire Straits.

20:00 – 1:00: ‘Occupy the Union’ (Student Central)

For one evening only, it’s all yours! join fellow alumni and hit the bars of Hull University Union. Relive those heady days of pubs, pints, pool and pizza and listen to the soundtrack of your lives as we reprise student anthems from the 50’s to the present day. Hang out in ‘Jonny Macs’ or take in the newly refurbished ‘Sanctuary Bar’ and enjoy cocktails on the decking as the sun sets over West Campus.

Saturday 16th June (Day):

‘Campus Takeover’

In 2018, we’ll be giving campus over to alumni of the University and inviting them to meet the staff and students who continue to ‘carry the lamp of learning’ (lampada ferens) and discover more about their current work, cutting-edge research and forthcoming projects.

Please note that some events will run simultaneously, so it will not be possible to attend every event.

10:30 – 11:30: Welcome Brunch (Canham Turner)

To start the ‘campus takeover’, join us for a brunch on campus – a hearty welcome from the alumni team.

11:30 – 13:00: Sports Challenges (Sports and Fitness Centre)

Discover our new sports facilities by participating in a series of inter-generational sporting challenges including walking football and walking netball and a crossbar challenge.

11:30 – 13:00: ‘The Awe-Inspiring Nature of the Universe and the Life Within it’ (Kingsley Suite, Canham Turner):

Using a planetarium, Professor Brad Gibson and students of Astrophysics will deliver 4-5 micro talks exploring the fundamental principles that govern the wide space around us – light, gravity, energy, matter and time – revealing the universe for what it is – the very essence of humanity.

14:00 – 15:00: Performance: Philomela and Her Daughters (Donald Roy Theatre, Gulbenkian Centre)

Gulbenkian Centre: A performance by Drama Students of the University of Hull of a new work which evokes the violent passions of Euripides’ Hekabe, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

14:00-15:00: Allam Medical Building Showcase (Allam Medical Building)

The Allam Medical Building was opened in by HRH The Queen in November 2017. On June 16 we’ll be opening up the building to alumni to receive guided tours of the simulated hospital ward, operating theatre and intensive care unit, complete with talking (and sometimes screaming!) patient mannequins. The facility perfectly mimics a clinical setting and will give alumni a realistic insight into how we prepare medical staff for the demands of the health-care sector.

15:00 – 16:00: Student Politics – Then and Now (Venue TBC)

It’s exactly 50 years since the ‘sit-in’ of 1968 when students took charge of the Administration Building. To mark the anniversary we’re inviting you to join an inter-generational discussion between graduates, staff and current students.

From negotiation and protest to direct action and digital activism, via boycotts, balloons, sit-ins, vigils and rallies – we’ll compare and contrast the methods and the relative successes of multiple generations of campus action in Hull.

15:00 – 16:00: Hull Immersive Visualisation Environment (HIVE, Robert Blackburn Building) 

Walk into the middle of a molecular structure, abseil down an offshore wind turbine, stand on an aircraft carrier, meet anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce – all of these are possible in Hull’s immersive 3D visual experience – put on your 3D goggles and prepare to be immersed in a world of wonder!

16:00 – 17:30: Ideas on Tap (Sanctuary Bar)

Join a select group of free-thinking academics as they ‘drive you to think’, serving up a range of eclectic and challenging ideas distilled down into pint-sized presentations and delivered in the laid-back comfort of a bar-room.

Campus Tours (throughout the day):

Take a walking tour of our beautiful campus in the company of our Student Ambassadors. See new and cutting edge developments sitting side-by side with reassuringly familiar sights from your student days. Our tours will reacquaint you with one of the friendliest and best kept learning spaces in the UK and invite you to embrace the future.

Saturday 16th June (Evening):

19:30 – 0:00: 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner (Canham-Turner)

Known to graduates variously as the ‘Buttery’, the ‘Student Union’ or ‘Staff House’, the newly refurbished Canham Turner will be the elegant setting for an evening of fine dining, drinks, music and performances as all our weekend visitors gather to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the University.  Revel, reminisce and revive the spirit of the last 90 years in the company of the people who made the university what it is – our alumni.

Sunday 17th June:

10:00 – 11:00: Pilates (Sports and Fitness Centre)

The perfect way to start your Sunday. Wake up with an invigorating, energising pilates session at the Sports and Fitness Centre. Let us know in advance if you would also like to have a “fitness health check” with one of our members of staff.

‘Summer in the City’ Alumni Tours (City Centre)

10:30 – 11:30: Tour A

11:30 – 12:30: Tour B

Join local tour guide Paul Schofield as he walks you round a city in the process of reinventing itself; witness at first hand the transformational power of culture as a catalyst for economic and social change.

The tours will focus on Hull’s new Cultural and Creative Quarter – the Fruit Market, whilst taking in the laid-back elegance of the Marina and the medieval delights of the Old Town.

Festival 39! Alumni Weekend
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June | University of Hull Campus |£50 Weekend Pass
Book here


6 thoughts on “Alumni Weekend 2018: Festival 39!

  1. It’s great to be in touch with Hull University and it’s development. I’m proud to be an Allumni of the university. I had three very happy years there

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  2. Looks a good weekend. and sorry to miss it. Unfortunate timing as I am giving a lecture at the university the following week! Would have especially liked to attend the session on the 68 sit in. I was the instigator, as union president, of the 1975 occupation of the administration building (when the university reneged on its offer to underwrite a loan which the union had arranged to build an extension to the forthcoming new students union building to enable bands, dances etc. It took years before Asylum!). Also recall the 1972 anti apartheid sit in and the Lawns Centre one in 1973/74. Heady days.

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