Graduates return to Keele more than 40 years on

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John Easom

Posted on 10 May 2011

Almost 100 former students of Keele University returned to their alma mater for a special event more than 40 years after graduation.

The alumni, who all graduated between 1965 and 1969, had travelled from as far afield as Australia to attend the Pioneers Reunion at Keele. 

A special programme recalled Keele in the changing times of the 1960s and presented changes facing Keele 50 years later.

Alongside tours of the Observatory, Keele Hall and the renovated lakes and woodlands there was a question and answer session with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett, and a presentation by students.

The Vice-Chancellor welcomed and addressed the Pioneers Dinner, President-elect Rosie Weatherley spoke and toasted the Pioneers on behalf of the Students’ Union and Bill Proctor (KUSU President 1965-1996) responded for the Pioneers.

Alumni officer John Easom said: “Our Pioneers Reunions are always very popular and successful events. Alumni enjoyed meeting current students and many remarked that the calibre and passion of Keele’s students had not waned since their own well-remembered days.”

For more information for and about Keele graduates, including stories from the Keele Oral History Project, see