On Saturday 16th July, graduates from all departments graduating in the 1980s returned to Royal Holloway for this year's decade reunion. The event was attended by nearly 180 alumni and guests, some of whom had travelled from as far afield as Hong Kong, the US and New Zealand.
In spite of the wet weather, alumni began arriving in the South Quad from 12.30, with campus tours taking place throughout the afternoon. By 5pm, with the rain having dissipated, the reception was in full swing. The Principal, Professor Paul Layzell, gave a talk to the group focusing on the differences between studying during the 1980s today. The outgoing SU President, Rachel Pearson, also spoke to the group about her experiences of studying at RHUL, and similarities and differences between the student experience then and today.
Following the reception, alumni continued to a hot buffet and plenty of wine in the Dining Hall. Appetites whetted, dancing commenced with much enthusiasm in Crosslands bar. Many remained to the end, and, for those staying on campus, the party continued elsewhere!
Digital copies of the photographs that we took are available online here. If you would like to purchase prints, please contact Fiona Redding.
‘Thank you very much for an excellent day and evening at Royal Holloway - it was a real pleasure to be back at the college and spend a little time with those I had not seen for 30 years - much appreciated - please keep me updated on any other events in the future.’
Posted on Monday 8th August 2011