Schedule 2019

As a graduate of the University - whether University of South Wales, University of Glamorgan, University of Wales, Newport or perhaps our predecessor Polytechnic institutions - the message is the same: Welcome! 

Mix and match your sessions from those on offer below. Please note that all sessions are by registration, even if they are free of charge/complimentary. 

Friday 7 June 2019

St David's Hotel, Havannah Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5SD Evening from 7.00pm MSc Global Governance Ball £26 per person. Registration essential
Join Professor Bela Arora, MSc Global Governance course leader and fellow alumni in Cardiff Bay. Join current students, graduates and friends for an evening of networking and nostalgia. We're delighted to announce that Lord Peter Hain will be guest speaker. At the event, there will be the presentation of ‘Impact Awards’ to recognise the achievements of students who have made a positive contribution to the communities around them. The awards will highlight those who have transferred knowledge into action, to improve the lives of others. It is hoped that they will inspire us all to recognise our potential to change the world around us. Two course meal and welcome drinks on arrival. Cash bar. Dress-code: Black tie or national dress.

Thursday 13 June 2019

Atrium Building, Cardiff Campus, CF24 2FN 5.30pm drinks reception, then 6.30pm lecture Global Choices Talking Points Lecture: General Sir Richard Shirreff Free of charge. Registration essential
We're delighted to welcome the Global Choices programme to Alumni Big Weekend. Join students, alumni and guests as the University welcomes General Sir Richard Shirreff, formerly Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Forces (Europe), 2011-2014. Sir Richard will be be reflect on 'War with Russia: a Fantastical Notion?'

Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, UK intelligence experts point to a growing security threat from Russia. Whether through propaganda, espionage or cyberattacks, the threat from Russia represents a significant challenge, once again, to national security. Russian state involvement in the conflicts in Crime and Syria, also pose challenges to the wider stability of the internationality community. What, however, of the prospect of any direct clash between British and Russian forces? Is it possible that Russian activities in Ukraine may be a portent of further incursions elsewhere in eastern Europe, such as the Baltic states?

To address these questions, we are delighted to welcome to the university Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Born in Kenya, and educated at Oxford University, Sir Richard served in the British Army for nearly 40 years. He saw active service in the Gulf War 1991. He was made CBE for his service as Commander of the 7th Armoured Brigade in Kosovo and made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2010. In 2011, he was promoted to full General and appointed as Head of NATO forces in Europe, a post he held until retirement in 2014. He is the author of The Coming War with Russia (2017).

This lecture will be hosted jointly with the English Speaking Union.


Saturday 15 June 2019

Sessions onwards from 10.15am

Treforest Campus (room tbc), CF37 1DL 11.00am - 1.00pm HISTORY Light lunch with networking and short talks Free of Charge
Hosted by Jane Finucane, Lecturer in History and colleagues, join like-minded history alumni, current students and staff. Come together over an informal light lunch to hear from a number of fellow alumni as they give a snapshot into their lives since graduation. Further information available soon.


Sessions onwards from 12noon

USW Sport Park 12.00 - 2.15pm Big Weekend Footy Tournament Free of charge. Tournament participants must register
With Football supremo Steve Savage at the helm, sign up to 'Team Alumni', as former students go head to head with current students in the second Big Weekend Footy tournament. Join ‘celebrity coaches’ for your pre tournament team huddle and feel the burn of 30 minutes each way. Men’s and women’s teams available (numbers permitting) – start warming up now as there’s a trophy at stake! Not up for joining the squad? Come along to offer your support from the sidelines. 'Celebrity coaches' announced soon!
USW Sport Park 2.15pm - 3.15pm Late Lunch Complimentary
Take a well earned rest after the exertion of the day and network with staff, students and fellow alumni at the Sport Park over a leisurely late lunch. Open to all alumni, Footy Tournament participants, supporters and friends. Registration required.
Assorted 12 noon til late afternoon Free time
Free time for reunion groups and individuals who wish to take in the sights of South Wales or simply do their own thing. Check out Cardiff city centre, or take in the urban redevelopments at Newport. Take the opportunity to head out into the Brecon Beacons or head to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Need support with making plans? Please don't hesitate to contact us.

Sunday 16 June 2019

Millennium Park CBS, Abuja, Nigeria From 2.00pm Picnic No charge
Join Collins Nnamani and other alumni in Abuja for their annual Big Weekend gathering. This year plans have been made for a picnic in Millennium Park. Take games, drinks, mats, chaps and music to ensure this year goes with a swing. The gathering starts at 2pm, so whatever your graduation year, everyone is welcome!