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Dates for your diary

In a year that challenged us all, running our usual events programme was no exception. With all physical events cancelled for the foreseeable future, we delivered virtual alternatives instead.


Alumni Reunion 2020

Unfortunately, the anniversary class years of 1970, 1980, 1990, 1995 and 2000 were unable to celebrate their reunion on campus in September. However, to mark their special milestone, we filled our Virtual Alumni Reunion webpages with nostalgic photos, memories and videos from anniversary-year alumni. The virtual reunion gave alumni the opportunity to reminisce about their time in Sheffield, learn more about the University’s heritage and hear our academics talk about their current research.

Festive Alumni Quiz 2020

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On 10 December, alumni from all over the world got their teams together to battle it out in the first ever virtual Alumni Festive Quiz. Over 200 alumni teams took part with the hope of becoming quiz champions, whilst also raising vital funds for Parkinson’s disease research. It was incredible to see donations coming in throughout the event, with an impressive amount of over £5,000 raised in total.

It should have been expected that from our pool of talented alumni there wouldn’t be just one winning team. Congratulations to Whickyj Chasers, LastChanceSaloon, and Halifax Hall and Oates for becoming the joint 2020 Alumni Festive Quiz Champions.

Did you miss the quiz? Catch up now.

Coach Cafe 2021

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In February 2021, we launched Coach Cafe, a virtual programme of alumni-to-alumni networking – the first of its kind for Sheffield. Coach Cafe gives recent graduates (0-5 years out) the opportunity to learn and hear from fellow Sheffield alumni who are further along in their careers. Graduates are able to gain valuable insights into a range of different sectors, ask questions about the coaches’ experiences and create working relationships for the future.

One participant said, “The event allowed me to gain insight into the varied pathways into different careers, as well as the ups and downs that anyone can encounter in the workplace and when transitioning between industries. The advice offered by the coaches was very sincere and useful. I left feeling a sense of belonging, support, empowerment, with a few extra LinkedIn connections and even a couple of follow-up calls from one coach and a fellow coachee.”

If you would like to take part in Coach Cafe, either as a coach or as a mentee, check the Coach Cafe website for future events, or register as a volunteer to hear about this and other opportunities.

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To make sure you don’t miss out this year, our Alumni Events Team are busy putting together a programme of virtual events for you over the coming months.

Bright Minds

Throughout the year – Online

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For 2021, we launched an exciting new series of research webinars. With topics including Food Security, Neuroscience and more, Bright Minds brings you new and cutting-edge research taking place at the University, straight from the PhD researchers themselves. These bite-size, TED-style talks cover a range of research topics and are accessible to all.

View past sessions or sign up to future talks.

Alumni Reunion 2021

Friday 10 September 2021 – Online

Are you celebrating 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 or even 65 years since graduating, this year? If so, you’ll be invited to take part in this year’s online celebration, especially for the classes of 2001, 1996, 1991, 1981, 1971, 1961 and 1956. Keep an eye out via email, on our social media and our alumni events webpage for more details:

Heritage Circle Lunch

Friday 29 October 2021 – Firth Hall (Covid-19 restrictions permitting)

Alumni and friends who are interested in leaving, or who have left a gift to the University in their Will, are invited to this special lunch. For more information, contact or call 0114 222 1073.

Festive Alumni Quiz 2021

Thursday 9 December 2021 – Online

After the success of the first Festive Quiz, it’s back for another year! Take on fellow alumni to see who will be crowned 2021 Festive Alumni Quiz champions. Ensure your email address is up to date to receive all the details later in the year.

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