We hope that our alumni will remain connected with Homerton all their lives, and always feel comfortable returning. We host regular events both in College and elsewhere, to provide opportunities for you to catch up with friends and contemporaries, visit familiar spaces, and let us know what you're up to.
Our biggest annual event is Alumni Reunion Weekend at the end of September each year. With two dinners, a lunch and our famous afternoon tea, as well as concerts, lectures and tours of the grounds, the event enables you to either dip in or to sign up for a full weekend of celebration. We are delighted that the Alumni Reunion Weekend will take place in person this year for the first time since 2019, on Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September. Full details and booking information will be shared in the next few months.
Our wide-ranging programme of webinars allows you to connect with Homerton wherever you happen to be.
Televising the Future: 1984 and the Imagination of Nigel Kneale
Thursday 26 May 7pm
Produced by Rudolph Cartier and adapted as a television play by Nigel Kneale, the BBC’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954) quickly became a political story in its own right. Fellow in History and Politics Dr Robin Bunce explores how Kneale’s teleplay draws on HG Wells’ terrifying depictions of future war, and The Time Machine’s depiction of linguistic decay, intellectual atrophy and human degeneration; as well as Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, in order to create a compelling dystopia. It caused such outrage, not least in parliament, that the government brought forward the creation of ITV. Nineteen Eighty-Four was an enduring influence on Kneale's work, which, in turn, influenced successive generations of British television science fiction.
How did the evolution of animals change how the oceans work?
Thursday 9 June, 7pm
Most major groups of animals appear in the fossil record over 500 million years ago, an 'event' known as the Cambrian explosion. These new life forms brought novel feeding, growing, locomoting and reproducing behaviours which fundamentally changed how biologically fixed nutrients and oxygen were distributed in the ocean.
Arthropods - a group whose modern representatives include horseshoe crabs, insects, millipedes and shrimp - are highly important in modern oceans, occupying diverse niches for example as primary consumers and large predators, and have played these important roles since their evolution as part of the Cambrian explosion.
In this talk, Dr Stephen Pates - a Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in the Zoology Department and Research Associate at Homerton College - will outline the early evolution of arthropods, and discuss how different lines of evidence help pinpoint when this group evolved and how they lived, and thus show how these early animals and their behaviours changed how the ocean worked.
Homerton's Architectural Heritage
Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin's exploration of Homerton's existing buildings and its architectural plans for the future took place on Thursday 10 March 2022, and can be viewed here.
Soothing escapism or a thundering good time? Books for children 1919-1945
Thursday 28 April, 7pm
Drawing from the collections of Homerton College Library, Fellow and College Librarian Liz Osman looked at books for children produced in the interwar period through to the end of World War II.
Linguistics is all around us: Facts, Evidence and Misconceptions
Thursday 19 May 2022, 7pm
In this informal session, Dr Roberto B. Sileo, Fellow and Director of Studies in Linguistics, explored how several aspects of life, if not all, relate to one or more branches of Linguistics.
Alumni Reunion Weekend took place from 24-26 September 2021, in online form. Recordings of the events are available to view below.
Introduction and Welcome
The Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, welcomed his successor, Lord Woolley of Woodford
From AIDS to COVID-19: Applying our Virology Knowledge to Face New Challenges
Homerton Fellows Dr Julia Kenyon and Professor Ravi Gupta discuss how they brought their existing expertise in viruses to bear on the new crisis, rapidly, last year.
The New Dining Hall
Building work is currently well underway on the new Dining Hall which is due to be completed in early 2022. Architects Edmund Fowles and Eleanor Hedley of Feilden Fowles discuss the design concepts of the new building and give a preview of the finished design.
Poetry Workshop with Mariah Whelan
Homerton’s first Jacqueline Bardsley Poet-in-Residence, Dr Mariah Whelan led a creative and interactive poetry workshop.
Skills for Life: How Homerton Shaped our Careers
The skills you acquire as a student are often put to use in unexpected arenas. Alumnae Lise-Marie Biez (1998, PGCE with Modern Languages) and Louise Chater (1982, BEd) discuss how Homerton provided the foundations for their futures.