An Interview with Steve Pateman, Executive Director, Head of UK Banking, Santander

An Interview with Steve Pateman, Executive Director, Head of UK Banking, Santander

On Thursday 9 October 2014 the University of Glasgow welcomed Steve Pateman, Executive Director, Head of UK Banking, Santander UK plc to address a student audience in the attractive setting of the Kelvin Gallery on the UK economy. During his lecture Mr Pateman highlighted the role of SMEs and universities to underpin the UK economic recovery. Among those in attendance were Mr Pateman’s Santander colleagues Luis Juste, Global Commercial Director and Simon Bray, Director, Santander Universities UK. Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, signed a partnership agreement with the University of Glasgow in 2010. Since then it has funded a wide range of scholarships, travel grants, internships and the Stirling Maxwell Research Project. Glasgow students and staff honored the relationship with Santander by saying thank you through this video that was presented as a gift on the day. 


2014 Mackintosh Architecture Drinks Reception

2014 Mackintosh Architecture Drinks Reception

On Tuesday 7 October 100 friends and alumni of the University attended a private drinks reception to view the current Hunterian Art Gallery exhibition ‘Mackintosh Architecture’. As well as enjoying many architectural drawings that have never been displayed before and rarely seen archival material, guests were given further insight into the project by Professor Pamela Robertson, Curator of the exhibition and Professor of Mackintosh Studies. Other speakers included Cathy Bell, Director of the Development and Alumni Office and David Newall, Secretary of Court.

There are still limited spaces left for the Mackintosh Architecture Drinks Reception on Monday 20 October, register online


Cycle Glasgow 2014

Cycle Glasgow 2014

With the University’s twelfth successful sponsored cycle now under our belt – ‘Cycle Glasgow 2014’ took place on Sunday 17 August with more than 350 cyclists taking part all raising essential funds towards the Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre in Glasgow. A big thank you to all those who attended on the day, to all our stewards and volunteers and to our sponsors - Thomas Tunnock Ltd; Costco Cash & Carry; Raynet; Overton Farm shop & Butchery; The Squadron’s of ATC;  British Red Cross and Greese Monkey Cycles. The event could not have taken place without your support. If you would like information on the Paul O'Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre then please contact Catherine McGrory by telephone: 0141 330 8007 or email:  catherine.mcgrory@glasgow.ac.uk


Official Opening of the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE) 2014

Official Opening of the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE) 2014

On Thursday 21 August, SCENE opened its doors to donors and supporters of the Field Station at Rowardennan where they were welcomed by Professor Muffy Calder, Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland.

The proceedings started with presentations given by Professor Muffy Calder and Professor Colin Adams, Professor of Freshwater Ecology and Head of SCENE.  Guests were then given the chance to tour the newly completed Harry Slack Teaching Building along with the new state-of-the-art laboratories. 

Following the tours, there was time to relax and enjoy afternoon tea put on by our staff at SCENE.

This event was a wonderful opportunity for supporters of the project to come together to celebrate the completion of our new teaching facilities and research laboratories, in what is the foremost field station for research and teaching in ecology and the environmental sciences in Scotland.

For more information on SCENE, please telephone: 0141 330 4302 or email: Richard.McConnell@glasgow.ac.uk


Pop-up Cinema Event 2014

Pop-up Cinema Event 2014

Around 150 of our alumni attended a special pop-up cinema screening of Chariots of Fire in the West Quadrangle of the University on Friday 27 June. This event was to help celebrate this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and really got us in the mood for the forthcoming Games! Guests were treated to drinks and goodie bags with popcorn, hand warmers and ponchos. Thankfully the rain stayed away and we didn’t need to use the ponchos!

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in attending our events or if you have any suggestions for future events. Please get in touch with the events team by telephone: 0141 330 3593 or email: daoevents@glasgow.ac.uk


The Quest for Bannockburn: An Archaeologist’s Tale 2014

The Quest for Bannockburn: An Archaeologist’s Tale 2014

Dr Tony Pollard gave an exclusive behind the scenes look at his recent BBC2 programme with Neil Oliver, ‘The Quest for Bannockburn’ to over one hundred alumni and friends of the University on Tuesday 24 June. Aired in two parts in June, ‘The Quest for Bannockburn’ sought to settle the much contested location of Robert the Bruce’s battle with King Edward II in 1314. In his talk, Dr Pollard elaborated on the assertion that the location of the battle was most likely to have been on the Caste, the low flatland where the Bannockburn meets the River Forth, as well as other revelations about Cambuskenneth Abbey that didn’t make the final cut.

At the drinks reception which followed, guests were given the opportunity to look at artefacts from the archaeological dig as well as items from the Hunterian Museum and the University’s archives. This included charters from the Wars of Independence and a plaster cast of King Robert Bruce’s skull.

For more information about Scottish History at Glasgow, including upcoming events, please contact Bicola Barratt-Crane, College Development Officer by telephone: 0141 330 7148 or email: Bicola.Barratt-Crane@glasgow.ac.uk

 


Washington, DC Exhibition 2014

Washington, DC Exhibition 2014

To coincide with the launch of the new exhibition An American in London: Whistler and the Thames, the University invited local alumni to come along to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC for a private tour event on Saturday 21 June.

After arriving in London in 1859, American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) set out to capture the rapidly changing urban environment. The exhibition, co-curated by two Whistler scholars from the University of Glasgow, Margaret MacDonald and Patricia De Montfort, focused on his paintings and prints of the Thames, from the early etchings of the London docklands to the atmospheric ‘Nocturnes’ of the river at Battersea. The University’s major Whistler Collection provided key loans of oil paintings, etchings and lithographs for the exhibition.

The afternoon included a private tour hosted by Dr Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art at the Freer Gallery of Art, followed by afternoon tea for all guests who came along.


Commemoration Day 2014

Commemoration Day 2014

Commemoration Day 2014 welcomed the 1964 graduates to the magnificent setting of the Bute Hall.  Commemorating the benefactors who have contributed towards Glasgow’s success throughout the centuries, Commemoration Day recognizes outstanding achievement by conferring honorary degrees.

The University of Glasgow awarded 14 Honorary Degrees, including honouring eight Scottish Commonwealth Games gold medal winners for their services to sport. Click for more information

If you graduated in 1965 or 1975 we would love for you to join us at next years ceremony.  Commemoration Day will be held on Wednesday 17 June 2015.  To ensure your invitation please contact the Events Team by email: daoevents@glasgow.ac.uk or update your contact details on GU World


Haberdashers’ Hall Reception 2014

Haberdashers’ Hall Reception 2014

Around 150 of our alumni attended a reception at the fantastic Haberdashers’ Hall in London on Wednesday 11 June. A New Orleans Dixieland band provided music for the evening and guests were treated to Pimms on the lawn!  The Principal, Prof Anton Muscatelli and members of the Development & Alumni team provided an update on the development of the Western Infirmary site and discussed ideas of what should be on the site and what it means for the University, staff, students, the local community and the city.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in attending our events in London. Please get in touch with the events team by telephone: 0141 330 3593 or email: daoevents@glasgow.ac.uk


Black Voices: Music with a Commonwealth Message 2014

Black Voices: Music with a Commonwealth Message 2014

As part of the University’s Commonwealth Celebrations, alumni and donors were invited to a private reception in the Principal’s Lodgings followed by a fantastic concert by Black Voices in the University Chapel on Friday 6 June. Renowned for their harmonious and unique repertoire of contemporary and classical songs and arrangements rooted in the black oral tradition, the quintet have captivated global audiences for over 25 years. This concert was no different and audiences were delighted by a selection of songs from Commonwealth countries as well as a cappella renditions of ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley and the Wailers and ‘Caledonia’ by Dougie MacLean.

Audience members were also invited to take part and sing along and by the end of the concert everyone was on their feet dancing and applauding. A truly memorable evening and a fitting celebration of the upcoming Commonwealth Games!

If you would be interested in attending future concerts and events organised by the DAO and Music in the University, please contact Bicola Barratt-Crane, College Development Officer by telephone: 0141 330 7148 or email: Bicola.Barratt-Crane@glasgow.ac.uk


San Diego Alumni Drinks 2014

San Diego Alumni Drinks 2014

20 local graduates and friends met with Professor David Fearn, International Dean for the Americas, Dean of Learning & Teaching, College of Science & Engineering, at Torrey Pines Golf Course for an informal social evening on Thursday 29 May. The get-together was an opportunity for local alumni to meet each other, swap contact information, and discuss ideas for future events in the area. For anyone interested or with suggestions for future events to help revive the Southern California Alumni Association contact Norrie Russell at norrierussell@roadrunner.com.


SCENE Donor Previews 2014

SCENE Donor Previews 2014

On 23 & 24 May, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment opened its doors for two days of events which would give our donors a unique opportunity to tour the newly completed teaching facilities at Rowardennan.

Donors were given the chance to tour the newly completed Harry Slack Teaching Building, which was made possible thanks to the support of our donors. This building will be officially opened on 21 August 2014. We have also renamed the research building which was opened in 2007. This has been named in honour of Peter Maitland, who has made a major impact at SCENE, both financially and intellectually.

We welcomed over 100 donors over two days and they came from far and wide. Two of our guests even arrived by boat!

The proceedings started with a presentation from Professor Colin Adams, who gave our guests a brief history of SCENE, from our early days at Ross Dhu to the current day. Dr Barbara Helm then gave our guests an overview of the wide ranging research taking place at SCENE. Our guests were also given the chance to tour the buildings and inspect the new state-of-the-art laboratories.

Following the tours, there was time to mingle and enjoy the excellent lunch and afternoon tea put on by our staff at SCENE.

This event also gave us a chance to show off our newly installed Donor Wall. Thank you to all our donors who have supported this appeal, and have helped us to open this new chapter in the history of SCENE!

For more information on SCENE, please telephone: 0141 330 4302 or email: Richard.McConnell@glasgow.ac.uk‌


San Francisco Alumni Drinks 2014

San Francisco Alumni Drinks 2014

Frances Shepherd, Vice President International Development, and Emma Sloan, International Development Officer, welcomed around 50 alumni and friends to an informal evening get-together at 472 Gallery in San Francisco on Friday 2 May. A number of prospective students also attended the event and had the opportunity to quiz the alums about their experiences at the University and in Glasgow. Guests enjoyed wine, beer and cocktails on what was one of the hottest evenings of the year in the city.


Montreal Alumni Pub Night 2014

Montreal Alumni Pub Night 2014

Whilst visiting McGill University, our Scholarships Development Officer, Kate Richardson, hosted a small pub night for our alumni in Montreal on Thursday 1 May. Despite competing with one of the biggest ice-hockey matches of the year, it was a great event meeting new people and some familiar friends. The alumni who joined Kate also made plans to keep in touch following the event.


Official Opening of the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre 2014

Official Opening of the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre 2014

Dr Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, joined Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, and over 180 guests on Thursday 1 May to officially open the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre at the University’s Garscube Estate.

Built with the help of £10 million in public donations raised through the Beatson Pebble Appeal, the Wolfson Wohl Cancer Research Centre complements the Beatson Institute, which studies the mechanisms of cancer development and how it spreads, and the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Care Centre, which provides treatment and support to patients with the disease, clinical research and clinical trials.

Dr Kumar unveiled a plaque and toured the new building along with representatives of the Wolfson Foundation and the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation.

The Beatson Pebble Appeal continues to raise vital funds to maximise the potential for ground-breaking cancer research discoveries within the University of Glasgow’s cancer research labs by funding world class scientists and purchasing state of the art equipment.

To support the Beatson Pebble Appeal please contact Catherine McGrory via telephone:  0141 330 8007 or email: Catherine.mcgrory@glasgow.ac.uk


Commonwealth celebrations in Ottawa and Toronto 2014

Commonwealth celebrations in Ottawa and Toronto 2014

During the run up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July the University hosted a variety of new events including receptions in Ottawa and Toronto on Sunday 27 and Tuesday 29 April 2014.

Around 30 alumni and friends of the University gathered at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa for an afternoon reception. It was the first time the University had staged an event in Canada’s capital and the visit was timed to coincide with the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay, the curtain-raiser to the Games, in the city.

Professor Anne Anderson, Vice Principal and Head of College of Social Sciences, welcomed all guests who had the chance to view a specially-commissioned series of posters highlighting the University’s Canadian connections through the years.

The ‘style-venue-du-jour’, the Storey Building in downtown Toronto, was the location for the second alumni gathering in Canada this year. Some 70 alumni and guests from the City of Glasgow came along to this fabulous venue for a networking reception which continued the Commonwealth theme and also coincided with the Baton’s arrival in the Toronto.


Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series, 2014

Inaugural Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series, 2014

In March 2013 Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson came to Glasgow to deliver her lecture titled ‘Seize the Day’ which is also the title of her autobiography.  Around 400 staff, students and alumni attended. 

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 Gold Medals, and is acknowledged as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. In addition to her outstanding Paralympic achievements, she won the London Wheelchair Marathon a total of six times between 1992 and 2002.

If you are interested in attending future public lectures held at the University of Glasgow, then please visit: http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/ for an up-to-date list of events.

 


Annual Chicago Burns Supper 2014

Annual Chicago Burns Supper 2014

The University Club of Chicago provided the backdrop for this year’s festivities on Saturday 22 February. Alumnus and well-known Burns enthusiast Clark McGinn (MA 1983) took centre stage to Address the Haggis swiftly followed by Dr Alexander D Macrae (BSc 1983) and Dr Jane M Tiller (MBChB 1986) who delivered a thoroughly entertaining Toast to the Lassies and Reply respectively. Special thanks to musical group Glen Ayre and Dave Johnston for keeping the ceilidh going into the wee small hours. 


Burns Supper celebrations in Boston 2014

Burns Supper celebrations in Boston 2014

The hotly anticipated Boston Burns Supper made a welcome return to the Hampshire House on Thursday 22 February and was well supported with over 60 alumni, applicants and friends in attendance. A group of study abroad students currently at Boston College also joined the mix to celebrate Scotland's Bard. Singer Kirsten Cairns serenaded guests as part of the evening's entertainment and musical trio Tom Pixton, Mike Macnintch and Jen Schoonover kept guests on the dance floor. Special thanks must go to Boston Alumni Association Coordinator Stewart Craig (BSc 2000, EdD 2013) for his help in organising the event. 


Talent Scholarships Awards Ceremony 2014

Talent Scholarships Awards Ceremony 2014

The accomplishments of over 250 of Glasgow’s brightest students were celebrated at a Talent Scholarships awards ceremony on 12 February 2014.
 
Created to support academically outstanding students who would otherwise face financial difficulties attending University, the Talent Scholarship scheme helps to ensure that a world-class education is available to students from all backgrounds.
 
Brian McBride, chairman of online fashion retailer ASOS and an alumnus of the University, congratulated the students during the ceremony and thanked the donors who support these important scholarships. Brian, who is a major supporter of the scholarship programme, said: ‘The Talent Scholarship scheme is vital in providing the opportunity and support for some of Scotland’s most talented students to excel. Breaking the barriers of inequality in education is something I feel very strongly about and I am delighted to be in a position that I can help in some way to ensure that financial constraints are no boundary to young people achieving their potential.’
 
For more details on the Talent Scholarship Award, or any other Scholarship please contact Kate Richardson by telephone: 0141 330 4951 or email: kate.richardson@glasgow.ac.uk


Contact Details

Contact Details

If you would like to know more about previous events for alumni and friends, please contact:

Emily Howie

Development and Alumni Office
The University of Glasgow
2 The Square
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

t. 0141 330 2668
e. emily.howie@glasgow.ac.uk