UWE Bristol alumni networking at a gathering

Alumni reunions

Find out about reunions for alumni from UWE Bristol and Bristol Polytechnic, or find out how we can help you to organise your own.

Organising a reunion

The Alumni Office can help you to organise a reunion or get-together of your class, subject, faculty or group of friends. We are happy to send out invitations on your behalf to those alumni for whom we have contact details although, due to the Data Protection Act 1998, we are unable to pass on any details directly to you.

We can also help with accommodation, venue, catering and entertainment as well as locating former lecturers and members of staff.

If you are interested in organising a reunion or would like to add your reunion to the notice board, please contact us.

Reunion and event noticeboard

Previous reunions:

Bristol Polytechnic Diploma in Housing Studies (1976-1979)

1979 Housing Studies Reunion

Seven former students from the course met in central London for drinks and a meal in January 2017. It was the first reunion since completing the course in 1979 when the property departments were based at Unity Street in central Bristol.

Everyone started their career working in social housing, many for local authorities, but later career paths diverged either by choice or reflecting what was happening nationally in housing policy.

The evening was a success and there are tentative plans to meet again in Bristol in 2018.

BA Social Science (1984 graduates) - 30th anniversary

A group of 25 alumni met at Frenchay to talk with current and former staff. There was a light lunch offered and the opportunity to visit the department as it is now, with a short tour from a recent graduate.

The group, led by organiser Graham Hogg, then headed in to the city centre for a meal, calling at a few old drinking haunts along the way.

  • When we started in 1981 the only bus to the poly was the 87 which was the last route in Bristol with a conductor. So we hired an old Bristol bus to take us to UWE and then on a tour of old haunts and roads were we all lived in St Andrews and Redland.

    Title: Group picks up bus at Anchor Road.

  • Dave Johnston, BPSU President 1981-83 and now a planning lecturer at UWE steps onto the platform of the 1959 Bristol Bus

    Title: All aboard

  • The top deck never had a ceiling this white when lots of us would have been lighting up a roll up on the way into the Poly in 1981.

    Title: Top deck

  • Arriving at UWE, for most of the old students this was the first time in 30 years. They all thought it was so much bigger, but the core was still the same breeze block charm

    Title: Arriving at UWE

  • Back in our old lecture theatre that used to fit 90 of us in at the start of year 1. Left handed Paul Bradshaw recalled the right handed writing tables. Everyone quite subconsciously gravitated to their old seats. We all recalled how Bill Martin (Avon County Councillor) would  sit in the front right hand seat and lously share his views with every lecturer including Dr Stuart Stein who reminded Bill that ?we are not in one of your council meetings now Mr Martin? to which Bill replied ?Just remember I pay your bloody wages?

    Title: Back in our old lecture theatre

  • Refreshment stop at the Prince of Wales a favourite watering hole foe any one in Bishopston, Montpellier and Redland?.but surely it never used to be this smart and trendy?.Just Courage Best on sale

    Title: Refreshment stop at the Prince of Wales

  • When they were students the staff student ratio was 1:7 now its more like 1:30?.how did they manage without word processors and google?

    Title: Buffet following the department presentation

  • Dave Johnston, then BPSU President reminds everyone about the occupation of A Block in protest against cuts and site closures and how he was served with an injunction. Some of the successful accountants and managers in the Party are grateful that Facebook was not about to record their part in the revolutionary events of 1983

    Title: Dave Johnston, then BPSU President

  • Two old comrades have a couple of beers down the very refurbished Naval Volunteer

    Title: A couple of beers

  • Well some stay at the Poly, then UWE and eventually join the Health Service (Jem Thomas) and others become the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons (Dawn Primarolo) Back in Poly days Dawn was a local councillor but was probably wondering about replacing Michael Cocks the then Labour MP for Bristol South

    Title: What happens to old sociologists?

  • Back in 1981 none of us knew what Tapas was and this place used to be the Bristol Clipper. For some f this crew, the tapas buffet was just a stomach liner before staying out until 4am drinking?..something that was not easy to do in 1984

    Title: Tapas

 

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