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You’ll always be a part of us and we are delighted to be inviting our alumni back to the University for our first official Alumni Reunion. Especially those who are celebrating a special milestone year since graduation, whether that be five years or 45!

On Saturday 8 September 2018 you will have the chance to re-live your student days while catching up with old friends and acquaintances. From 10am to 4pm exclusive access will be granted to you to tour some of our facilities, the campus and get hands on with a selection of activities. Our East Park Deli café will be open throughout the day to purchase refreshments and lunch. 

The day will be rounded off with a gala dinner and after party from 7pm to 11.30pm including a welcome drink, 3 course dinner, table wine and tea/coffee.  As part of our commitment to responsible farming, our menus are certified by the Soil Association, Fairtrade Foundation, Marine Stewardship Council, Red Tractor and Rainforest Alliance.

The evening will be hosted by Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor of the University. We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker at the gala dinner will be honorary graduate, alumnus and BBC's The Apprentice finalist, Richard Woods.

Daytime activities

There are four activity sessions across the day (10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm and 2.45pm). You can take part in all four sessions or pick and choose based on your interests. Activities* are booked on a first-come, first-served basis and some have limited places. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Southampton hidden history tour (10.30am – 2 hours)

Did you know Southampton has some of the most complete medieval town walls in the UK? This two-hour walking tour illustrates the lives of the people and city of Southampton in an informative but light-hearted manner, from the time of the Romans up to that of Henry VIII and beyond, including visits to some of the city’s many vaults.

Behind the scenes tour of Re:So (10.30am and 11.45am – 1 hour)

Re:So is the first fully-fledged student enterprise space to open in a UK shopping centre. Find out more about how students get involved with every aspect of commercial activity, from being stockists, visual merchandising and sales, to promotion and retail management. The store sells clothing, accessories, art and other items designed by the University's creative students and alumni.

Year of Engineering tour (10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm and 2.45pm – 1 hour)

2018 is the official UK Year of Engineering. On this hour-long tour discover why engineering matters and see our amazing facilities first hand, from visiting our towing tank to meeting Baxter, our friendly humanoid robot.

Campus tour (10.30am, 11.45am, 1.30pm and 2.45pm – 1 hour)

Join one of our current students on an hour's walking tour of the East Park Terrace campus. See all the things that have changed – and all the things that haven’t – since you were last a student. Visit the library and reminisce in the Students’ Union.

Brownie points: how to cook healthily (10.30am and 1.30pm – 1 hour)

Take part in a hands-on cooking class with academics from our new BSc (Hons) Applied Human Nutrition course in our purpose built labs. Learn about how you can adapt recipes to eat healthily and have the opportunity to ask questions about how the food we eat can prevent disease, enhance wellbeing and improve performance.

'Lets play...' Hands-on in the TV studio (10.30am and 1.30pm – 2 hours)

Ever wanted to be in front of or behind the camera in a TV studio? This fun interactive session gives you the opportunity to learn about and work in our fully-functioning high definition multi-camera studios, complete with broadcast standard equipment. You will be challenged to come up with your own spoof game show in two hours, supported by current staff and students.

Staged crime scene (2.45pm – 1 hour)

Take on a complex scenario based on real life cases that require you to investigate a realistic crime scene, complete with crime scene tape, a body, and forensic scientists collecting evidence. Can you work out who was guilty of the murder?

Below Bar Art studios tour and workshop (1.30pm – 2 hours)

Visit the colourful and artistic home of our illustration, graphic design and fine art students. Get creative with our fully-equipped traditional multi-discipline print and workshop space and take home your own mini masterpiece.

25 years of product design at Solent (1.30pm – 2 hours and 30 minutes)

Join the celebration and network with your fellow product design alumni. Learn about how the degree has changed over 25 years and hear first-hand from our alumni about the exciting careers the course has enabled. Finally, catch up with current and former academics during a tour of our facilities.

Warsash Maritime Academy St Mary's campus tour (1.30pm – 2 hours)

Visit our new £6 million maritime training centre for the tuition of officer cadets and first certification courses. See our brand new facilities including engineering workshops, a welding area and electrical and control laboratories, along with an ECDIS simulator suite and marine electro-technical officer (METO) workshops. 

Downwind sails, hydrofoils and carbon fibre: the dark side of racing yachts (10.30am – 1 hour)

Over the last decade, the field of racing yacht design has undergone a phenomenal transformation in both design and technology, now reaching a level similar to, if not exceeding that of, Formula One. Join Jean-Baptiste R G Souppez, senior lecturer in yacht design and composite engineering, to discuss the dark art behind three of the most critical and secretive aspects. Featuring wind tunnel testing of downwind yacht sails, towing tank testing of hydrofoils, and the design and manufacturing considerations for the carbon fibre structure. All three areas are inherently part of the yacht design courses at Solent University, and rely on some world-class facilities for hydrodynamic testing and composite manufacturing.

Six months till Brexit – sunlit uplands or falling skies? (11.45am – 1 hour)

After an often rancorous and divisive debate, it is just six months until the UK leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019. Mark Wing, lecturer in EU law, will explain in an accessible fashion the current state of the complex negotiations and the potential consequences for the United Kingdom.

*Please note the activities are subject to change.

Tell your friends and academics

We can help make your reunion even more special by contacting fellow alumni and academics to let them know you’re attending so they can join you. Get in touch with their name, subject and graduating year (if an alum) of those you would like to notify.

Send us your Solent memories

We will be putting together an exhibition of photos and memories for your reunion. If you have anything you wish to share from your time at university we would love to hear from you.

Support our next generation of students

Celebrate your reunion and make a real difference. Enable more students to follow in your footsteps at Solent by making a donation to our student bursary fund. The first £1,000 of donations will be matched by the University, doubling the impact of your gift. Our aim is to raise enough funds to support two students, starting in September 2018, with a £1,000 bursary each.

Need a hotel?

There’s plenty of accommodation in walking distance of the University.

Find out more 

Jury’s Inn are offering an exclusive 20% discount to alumni who book direct through their website. Details to claim this offer will be included with your ticket confirmation.

Booking your ticket

Tickets for the reunion and gala dinner cost £42 per person. Non-alumni are also welcome to purchase a ticket to attend, so please feel free to bring along partners or friends.

The ticket price includes exclusive day time activities, light refreshments on arrival in the morning, an evening welcome drink, three-course dinner, table wine, tea/coffee and entertainment.

Daytime tickets are now available for £10 and include exclusive day time activities and light refreshments.

Bookings are now closed.

Contact details

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