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Alumni: Your Own Reunion
The University holds a regular programme of Reunions and events, including Homecoming and Keele in the City - but you may not want to wait for your "turn" or you might want to meet a group of friends in your own way.
Experience shows that the most important factors in any reunion are the enthusiasm, energy and time commitment of the organiser.
This step-by-step guide may help you to get started.
STEP 1: Decide what group you want to reunite
All French students from the early 1970s? All graduates from 1955? All former members of the Drama Soc? All former denizens of Lindsay? Or just your own mates – some still in contact, but others now out of touch? You may want to celebrate a particular anniversary of your graduation, such as the 10th or the 25th, or you may have no particular milestone. The range of choices is limited only by your imagination - as is the scale of event: you may want to meet up with a few friends or to collect as many as possible of a wide group who shared a common interest or experience.
STEP 2: Decide what sort of event you want to have
Do you want to tie in with an event already taking place at Keele - a Reunion, the annual Homecoming, a concert or a lecture, a gig or disco in the Union - or just to visit quietly? Do you want to include a lunch or dinner on campus, to visit your former department, or just to enjoy the unique Keele environment and see how the day develops? You may want to arrange an event off campus too. Once you have had some initial thoughts, contact the Alumni Office. We will be happy to talk through your plans and give advice.
STEP 3: Find the names and up-to-date contact details for your group
Collect all the names and contact details you already have, even if they are a little out of date. You could also check the Directory to see if any of the people you know are listed there, and send us a Put in Touch request to find your lost contacts.
STEP 4: Plan your Programme
We can help you decide what is feasible both on and off campus and tell you about things you could do. Think about making a reconnaissance visit.
STEP 5: Send your invitations!
We can help with emails and publicity on social network sites and through our usual channels of communication. We will help free of charge with just a few letters.
STEP 6: Wait for responses
You should deal directly with your fellow graduates once they have responded , but if for any reason that is impossible we might be able to act as a go-between.
STEP 7: Turn up on the day and enjoy yourself!
A member of our team is usually available to meet you and to help you re-acquaint yourself with the ever-changing campus or enjoy a tour... we always love to meet our returning alumni, but it's your choice.
If you do hope to plan a reunion - or even a private visit - please contact the Alumni Office. We can prepare an information pack for you and, if we are able, join you for a short tour, help you arrange your event, plan where to eat and drink and advise you on accommodation on or off campus; or help you to take advantage of the award-winning Keele Conference Park.
If you want to stay overnight on or near the campus we always recommend the university’s Management Centre. Alternatively a list of local accommodation can be requested from the Alumni Office, although we accept no responsibility for the premises listed. Visitors might also wish to use this external Bed and Breakfasts website to identify local accommodation. Keele University does not accept responsibility for the content of external websites.