House of Lords hosts biggest celebration yet of UWL Alumni
More than 200 former students from around the world created an unforgettable occasion at the largest-ever gathering of UWL alumni at the Palace of Westminster.
In the grand surroundings of the House of Lords, UWL graduates formed new bonds, renewed old acquaintances and celebrated the journey of their Alma Mater to becoming one of the leading modern universities in the UK. Guests from countries including the USA, Canada, Pakistan and Germany travelled to attend the event which featured alumni from every decade since the 1960s.
Joining graduates last week was UWL Chancellor Laurence Geller CBE, Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter John and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Anthony Woodman. In a speech praising all present for embracing the University’s thriving alumni community, Prof. John hailed Chancellor Geller’s generosity in donating sums which have helped UWL invest in state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
Attendees including honorary graduates such as Dame Elizabeth Aninowu enjoyed excellent hospitality and speeches, including by host Baroness Harris of Richmond, who hosted the event and is herself an alumna, having joined the Acton Hotel and Catering School in 1961 - which grew in to the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism.
Baroness Harris said: ‘It’s a real pleasure to be at this event. Everything I learnt there gave me everything I have become today. I learned confidence to go and do things. I will be forever be grateful to my School.’
Present at the occasion was BA Musical Theatre graduate Michael Dare. He praised UWL for the personal development opportunities he enjoyed as a student, saying: ‘Studying at UWL built up my confidence tenfold. They were some of the best years of my life. Being at the University was a lot of fun and I did things I thought I would never do. I wouldn’t be the man I am now without going there.’
BSc Nursing (Mental Health) graduate Josephine Bardi hailed the University for helping her achieve her ambitions, saying: ‘My course made me passionate about mental health nursing and all my skills in this area came from UWL. It helped my career because if I hadn’t studied and got a First Class honour, I wouldn’t be doing what I am today.’