Ingenious Impressions: The Coming of the Book, 2015

Ingenious Impressions: The Coming of the Book, 2015

More than 100 alumni and friends of the University of Glasgow attended a private drinks reception and viewing of the exhibition ‘Ingenious Impressions: The Coming of the Book’ at the Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, on Wednesday 29 April.

The University of Glasgow holds one of the UK's most important collections of early printed books, or ‘incunabula’, published over the fifty years from the invention of printing in the mid-15th century. Showcasing the University’s rich collections and the results of new research from the Glasgow Incunabula Project, this major exhibition charts the development of the early printed book in Europe, exploring the transition from manuscript to print and its impact on late medieval society.

The Curator of the exhibition, Julie Gardham, offered a unique insight into the project. Ingenious Impressions features a number of key themes, including the transition from scribal to print culture, the design, decoration and illustration of the earliest printed books, the technology and challenges of printing, and finally 500 years of book ownership and collecting.

The exhibition will be on display at the Hunterian Art Gallery until 21 June, and admission is free.  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.


Mackintosh Architecture Private Viewing, London 2015

Mackintosh Architecture Private Viewing, London 2015

Over 180 alumni and friends of the University of Glasgow joined us for a private viewing of the exhibition ‘Mackintosh Architecture’ on Tuesday 24 March.  Held at the RIBA venues in London, alumni were offered a unique insight into the project by Senior Curator and Professor of Mackintosh Studies, Professor Pamela Robertson. Mackintosh Architecture celebrates the completion of a major research project led by The Hunterian, 'Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning'.  It is the first substantial exhibition devoted to Mackintosh’s architecture, with over 80 architectural drawings, many never exhibited before, rarely seen archival material, and specially commissioned films and models. Particular emphasis is placed in the exhibition on Mackintosh’s domestic designs, which comprise some of his most significant achievements.

The exhibition was accompanied by a drinks reception, which was an ideal opportunity for alumni to meet fellow graduates, reconnect with old friends, and share news about the University.

The alumni team plan on being in London more than ever throughout 2015 and we look forward to meeting all our London based alumni at our forthcoming events.  To receive event invitations please ensure your contact details are correct via GU WORLD.


William Blake: Apprentice and Master, Private Viewing 2015

William Blake: Apprentice and Master, Private Viewing 2015

On Tuesday 24 February, over 100 alumni and friends joined us for a private viewing of William’s Blake’s ‘Apprentice and Master’ at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford.

This major exhibition focuses on the extraordinary life and work of William Blake (1757-1827), printmaker, painter and revolutionary poet of the prophetic books.  It examines his formation as an artist, apprenticeship as an engraver, and his maturity during the 1790s when he was at the height of his powers as both an artist and revolutionary poet. We also explore his influence on the young artist-printmakers who gathered around him in the last years of his life, including Samuel Palmer, George Richmond and Edward Calvert.

Professor Nigel Leask, Regius Chair of English Language and Literature, offered a unique insight into Blake and the items on loan from the Hunterian Museum and University of Glasgow Special Collections.  The event was a wonderful chance for alumni to reconnect with fellow graduates and friends, all whilst enjoying the exhibition and hearing updates from the University.


Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP Lecture 2015

Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP Lecture 2015

More than 700 people attended an inspiring lecture delivered by the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP in the Bute Hall on Tuesday 3 February.  Hosted by Successful Women at Glasgow (SWAG), a society for promoting women in the working world, the First Minister illustrated the hurdles which women have to overcome in their careers.

Using examples from her journey to becoming Scotland's first female First Minister, the First Minister discussed the importance of women in high positions becoming the norm, as well as her pride in having one of three gender-balanced Cabinets in the industrialised world.  She concluded by encouraging young women to use their ability to follow their passions, stating, 'It should come down to how good you are and how hard you work.'

The lecture was followed with a lively question and answer session, where issues such as a lack of women studying STEM subjects and affordable childcare in Scotland were discussed.

This event was extremely popular, with a very high demand for tickets.  To receive event invitations please ensure your contact details are correct via GU WORLD.


Bangkok Alumni Reception 2015

Bangkok Alumni Reception 2015

Graduates and former students of the University living and working in Thailand attended an exciting alumni reception at the InterContinental in Bangkok Thailand on Tuesday 27 January.

The event was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, reconnect with fellow students and chat to University staff.  Professor Frank Coton - Vice Principal, Learning and Teaching - began the evening with a short presentation to update guests on what's happening on campus, outlining in particular the University's exciting development plans for the future.  The presentation was followed by drinks and canapes.


Jakarta Alumni Reception 2015

Jakarta Alumni Reception 2015

On Saturday 24 January 2015, many graduates and former students of the University attended an alumni event at the InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This evening was a wonderful chance to catch up with friends old and new and chat to University staff.  Professor Frank Coton - Vice Principal, Learning and Teaching - began the evening with a short presentation to update guests on what's happening on campus, outlining in particular the University's exciting development plans for the future.  The presentation was followed by drinks and a buffet dinner.


London Burns Supper 2015

London Burns Supper 2015

On Friday 16 January, over 100 alumni and their family and friends attended a University Burns Supper in London.  Hosted by the Caledonian Club in Belgravia, guests enjoyed a drinks reception, four course dinner and ceilidh.  The evening was a wonderful way to reconnect with old friends, meet fellow graduates and share news about the University, all while enjoying this traditional Scottish celebration.

The alumni team plan on being in London more than ever throughout 2015 and we look forward to meeting all our London based alumni at our forthcoming events.  To receive event invitations please ensure your contact details are correct via GU WORLD.


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