Alumni Events

We hope that our alumni will remain connected with Homerton all their lives, and always feel comfortable returning. We host regular events both in College and elsewhere, to provide opportunities for you to catch up with friends and contemporaries, visit familiar spaces, and let us know what you're up to. 

Our biggest annual event is Alumni Reunion Weekend at the end of September each year. With two dinners, a lunch and our famous afternoon tea, as well as concerts, lectures and tours of the grounds, the event enables you to either dip in or to sign up for a full weekend of celebration.

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic means that in-person events have been on hold throughout 2020-21, but we will let you know as soon as we are able to welcome you back. In the meantime, our wide-ranging programme of webinars allows you to connect with Homerton wherever you happen to be.

Upcoming webinars

Cultivating Children and Productive Plots: Juvenile Gardening in the 19th Century
7pm, Thursday 18 November 2021 
Register here.

Dr Melanie Keene (Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies for History and Philosophy of Science) introduces her new exhibition in the Library looking at gardens in children's literature.

 

Dr Melanie Keene

 

Horticultural language came to suffuse discussions of juvenile lives  and literature in 19th century Britain, and to define an influential educational philosophy. At the same time, children across the globe were being encouraged to become gardeners themselves. Books such as Jane Loudon's My Own Garden: or, The Young Gardener's Year Book (1855) elaborated how to act as productive custodians of particular patches of earth. These publications intertwined moral, botanical and practical lessons, emphasising the myriad opportunities for educational, healthful and spiritual development to be uncovered through active work in the garden.

 


 

Alumni Reunion Weekend took place from 24-26 September 2021, in online form. Recordings of the events are available to view below. 

Introduction and Welcome 
The Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, welcomed his successor, Lord Woolley of Woodford 

From AIDS to COVID-19: Applying our Virology Knowledge to Face New Challenges
Homerton Fellows Dr Julia Kenyon and Professor Ravi Gupta discuss how they brought their existing expertise in viruses to bear on the new crisis, rapidly, last year. 

The New Dining Hall
Building work is currently well underway on the new Dining Hall which is due to be completed in early 2022.  Architects Edmund Fowles and Eleanor Hedley of Feilden Fowles discuss the design concepts of the new building and give a preview of the finished design.

Poetry Workshop with Mariah Whelan
Homerton’s first Jacqueline Bardsley Poet-in-Residence, Dr Mariah Whelan led a creative and interactive poetry workshop. 

Skills for Life: How Homerton Shaped our Careers
The skills you acquire as a student are often put to use in unexpected arenas.  Alumnae Lise-Marie Biez (1998, PGCE with Modern Languages) and Louise Chater (1982, BEd) discuss how Homerton provided the foundations for their futures.
 

 

 

 

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