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Keele University is delighted to be hosting a calendar of exciting public events, ranging from our programme of Inaugural Lectures given by newly established Professors within the University, to live poetry readings, concerts and official ceremonies.
For subject-specific public lectures please view our public lectures page.
30th May - Homecoming
Saturday 30th May
Keele University Students' Union and KPA will welcome Keele alumni for the evening - a social occasion with friends in familiar haunts.
Accommodation will not be available on campus (still occupied by students) but rooms may be booked direct with the Keele Management Centre in Keele village or we can provide a local accommodation list.
Keele's Homecoming falls at the end of the academic year to welcome back our alumni, especially last year's leavers, and we also invite current students to mix with their predecessors. The Homecoming tradition didn't really exist in the UK until Keele invented it! We know that the campus and the Union are important places in people's memories . So each year we invite you back to your old home from home. We extend an especially warm welcome to last year's leavers - our newest alumni - so you can share your "Life after Keele" with your Keele pals.
The Alumni team and Students Union created the first Keele Homecoming in 2008 and the first "Never Forget" disco was attended by over 350 alumni. Numbers each year exceed 200. Our dream is for Homecoming to be a regular sunny date in the diary around which you can build plans to get together with your own circle of friends. Homecoming will never become "institutionalised" - it's a day for you and your friends - and we focus on offering a good time back at Keele! In 2014 we decided to coincide with Community Day to offer opportunities for alumni with families also to enjoy coming home.
Homecoming began as an annual tradition at American colleges and universities. People come together to welcome back alumni and friends to their university or college or school at the start of the new academic year. It always features traditions unique to the institution and is typically built around a game of American football or other sports; there is often a parade by a marching band or a banquet and sometimes a Homecoming King and Queen are crowned.
We acknowledge the generous support of Keele University Students' Union and the Keele Postgraduate Association for hosting and helping with Homecoming.
31st May - Community Day 2015
Sunday 31st May 2015 - Community Day 2015
Keele University Campus, Keele
Come along and join us for our family friendly Community Day here at Keele University. The campus offers a wide variety of over 50 activities and experiences to explore PLUS live performances to entertain. It’s FREE, fun packed and interactive, what’s not to like?
For more information and photos from 2014 please visit our Community Day web pages
2nd June- Prof David Furness Inaugural Lecture
Professor David Furness Inaugural Lecture
Tuesday, 2 June 2015 6pm
Westminster Theatre, Chancellor’s Building
“Hearing under the microscope: a personal view”
The ability to communicate via the spoken word and to hear or create music are vital to our quality of life, yet most adults as they age begin to lose that ability. My research of the last thirty years has focused on the microscopic study of our hearing organ, the cochlea, and has been a journey of discovery and understanding of the normal processes of hearing, the way hearing can be impaired in disease and how it deteriorates with age. In this lecture I hope to reveal the highlights of that journey and provide some basis for hope for the hard of hearing in the future.
20th June - Silver Graduates Reunion for the Classes of 1980 to 1990
Silver Graduates Reunion for the Classes of 1980 to 1990
Saturday 20th- Sunday 21st June 2015
In 2015 we will invite the Silver Class of 1990 (and preceding Classes of 1981 to 1989) to celebrate their Silver Anniversary. Other "Silver Graduates" from 1966 onwards are also welcome to attend.
Whether you return to Keele regularly or this would be your first visit since graduation, we hope you are ready for your Silver Reunion. We help you to enjoy spending time with your friends, exploring the beautiful campus and visiting your old haunts.
For more information on our reunions please visit our Alumni webpages
13th September - Heritage Open Day
Heritage Open Day
Sunday 13th September 2015
The Keele estate was owned by the Sneyd family and the first Keele Hall was built in 1580 and rebuilt to Anthony Salvin’s design in 1855-1860. In 1949 the University College of North Staffordshire was founded on the site, and became Keele University in 1962.
The Raven Mason Collection in Keele Hall outlines the development of Mason ceramics. Curator Harry Frost will be available and offers a free identification service for ceramic items. The Chapel is open to visitors around services. There will be guided tours of the Hall. Designed by George Pace and consecrated in 1965, it is the first purpose-designed ecumenical place of worship in the UK.
The campus has over 600 acres of landscaped grounds, farmland, woodland and university buildings and facilities. There are leaflets for self-guided walks around the campus and arboretum. Families and children may enjoy the woodland walks; the tours and Raven Mason will be of historical interest and some older children may find them interesting. There will be no specific provision for children.
Refreshments will be available throughout the day in the Tea Room, Keele Hall.