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We are delighted to invite our alumni, former staff, current staff and students to the University for a conference and dinner celebrating 25 years of law at Solent.

Law at Solent University has gone from strength to strength. In 2019 our law courses ranked first out of 101 other UK institutions for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. Our LLB  course ranked 5th of 100 in the UK 2020 Guardian League Table.

At this event we will have a day of celebrations and activities. From 1.30pm to 5pm you are granted exclusive access to tour some of our facilities, the campus and hear from academics and guest speakers on the latest trends. Light refreshments are included during the afternoon.

The day will be rounded off with a dinner and after party in the Spark from 7pm to 11.30pm, including a welcome drink, three-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.

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Professor Jeremy Cooper, Solent University’s first law professor.

Professor Jeremy Cooper was appointed the inaugural Paris Smith and Randall Professor of Law in 1994, and Founding Chair of the (then) Law Division of Southampton Institute. Prior to this appointment, he was Head of Research at the University of East London School of Law. At Southampton he oversaw a considerable expansion of law, from a small department to a major provider of legal education on the South Coast, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses, and developing a strong international and research profile. In 2001 he became a tribunal judge (Mental Health and the Upper Tribunal) and in 2004 was appointed the full-time Southern Regional Chairman of the Mental Health Tribunal. He has been training adviser to many senior judges, including five years working as the joint training director of the Judicial College in London, training the nation’s judiciary. In 2017 he published Being a Judge in the Modern World, with Oxford University Press. He continues to work as a consultant on judicial ethics and conduct training for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna and also for the  European Commission in Brussels. Jeremy is also a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Kent and Middlesex.

Daytime activities

There are two activity sessions during the afternoon (2.30pm and 4pm). You can take part in both sessions or pick and choose based on your interests. Activities are booked on a first-come, first-served bases, and some have limited places*. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Academic papers
2.30pm and 4pm. Each session lasts for 1 hour

Hear from our academics and guest speakers presenting on a range of topics and research including:

  • The lawbots are coming! Some thoughts on a future of artificial intelligence and the law by Mark Wing, Senior Lecturer in Law
  • Whips, Nuns, and Tequila Shots: Nurturing Effective Relationships in the 21st Century Learning Environment by Dr Rebecca Maina, Lecturer in Law
  • Law at Solent: The F*UNdation Years by Professor Elizabeth Mytton

Southampton hidden history tour
4pm. Tour lasts for 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.

Campus tour
2.30pm and 4pm. Each tour lasts for 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.

*Please note the activities are subject to change.

Tell your friends and academics

We can help make your day 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.

Share your Solent memories

We will be putting together an exhibition of photos and memories to celebrate 25 years of law at Solent University. 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 25 years of law and enable more students to follow in your footsteps at Solent by donating to support our Local Student Bursary Scheme. This year we have awarded 17 bursaries to disadvantaged students from our local community which are having a transformative impact on their lives. However the need for this bursary is great. For every one Local Student Bursary available, over four students applied meaning many students are now without the support of this essential bursary.

Our aim is to raise enough funds from this event to support another two students with a £1,000 bursary each in autumn 2020.

Need a hotel?

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

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

Booking your ticket

Alumni, staff, former staff and guest tickets for the not for profit event cost £45. Non-alumni are also welcome to attend, so please feel free to bring along partners or friends. Subsidised student tickets are £30.

The ticket price includes: exclusive daytime activities, light refreshments, an evening welcome drink, three-course dinner, table wine, tea/coffee and entertainment.

Please book online and select your daytime activities.

Booking closes on Friday 28 February 2020.

Amendments and cancellations
You can amend or cancel your booking up until 28 February 2020. We are unable to offer any amendments, cancellations or refunds after this date.

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