‘What’s on’ the University of Southampton Alumni and Supporter Digest for the Autumn Term 2020

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What’s On – September 2020

Welcome to What’s On – your alumni and supporter digest for the autumn term. We’re proud to share with you a jam-packed programme of events and opportunities once again – most of which can now be enjoyed online, no matter where you are in the world!We’re currently welcoming new and returning students back to campus for the 2020/21 academic year. Things will be a little different as we ensure safety remains a priority, and blended learning (combining face-to-face and online education) becomes the new normal. Our Vice-Chancellor has shared a special video message ahead of the return to campus, and we’d like to wish all students the best of luck with their courses this year!

Don’t forget, you can stay up to date with everything happening in between these digests by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram – as well as keeping an eye on our dedicated events pages. And look out in November for Hartley News, our special alumni and supporter magazine, coming your way…

Human Worlds Festival, a week of humanities-based activities and events, is returning with a fresh digital twist from Thursday 12 November. The festival showcases the best research taking place in our faculties – with featured events, special guests, and downloadable resources to experiment with the arts and literature at home.
Would you like to feature in our magazine, Hartley News? We’re looking for alumni updates to include in the ‘Class Notes’ pages. If you have some news to share from the past 12 months – marriages, jobs, retirements, deaths, reunions with fellow alumni, celebrations, personal milestones, etc. – please email a few sentences to
Future Worlds Dragons’ Den is the most exciting startup event on campus. University of Southampton startups pitch for real cash investment from Future Worlds’ network of angel investors, including our alumni. Join us each night between Monday 26 and Thursday 29 October to watch negotiations unfold.
In the latest of our Distinguished Lecture series, Professor Stephen Holgate discusses his recently published government report in his talk, ‘Understanding and living with COVID-19: past, present, and future’. Register now for the Zoom event on Thursday 15 October.
Wherever you are now, you can enjoy Turner Sims concerts online. Join us on Sunday 4 and Tuesday 6 October for two performances featuring Professor of Music and pianist David Owen Norris. Book your tickets and view other upcoming events on the Turner Sims website.
Our 32nd Wellington Lecture is this year being hosted on Zoom. Join us on Wednesday 28 October to hear Professor Emma Clery give her lecture titled ‘Jane Austen and the Duke of Wellington: Confluences of Empire in Wartime’.
Winchester School of Art (WSA) is delighted to present the work of WSA alumna Alexandra Lethbridge in celebration of the School’s 150th anniversary this year. Her free exhibition, The Construction of Truth, launches at City Space in Winchester Discovery Centre from Friday 2 October.
The F.T. Prince Memorial Lecture takes place on Tuesday 27 October, this year given by the Botswana-born Bristol-based poet Tjawangwa Dema. In the special online event, Tjawangwa reads from her collection The Careless Seamstress, and discusses her work and poetic practice.
That’s not all…
  • The Parkes Institute is running a series of events and seminars across the autumn term, open to all of the University’s alumni and supporters. Themed around Jewish studies, every event and seminar will be hosted on Zoom, with more details and instructions for registering on the webpages linked above.
  • The Virtual Careers Exchange, taking place on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 October, is open to alumni from all disciplines. Hosted in an exciting 3D environment, it’s free to attend, available to access on all devices, and presents you with an opportunity to connect with a diverse range of employers.
  • It’s not too late for alumni to participate in the free Autumn 2020 EFMD Global Virtual Careers Fairs by Highered. Create an account using your University or alumni email address, and choose the virtual careers fairs that match your preferred work location and sector. For further information, email us at
  • We’re pleased to present the Capgemini Invent Cup competition – an outstanding opportunity to learn key consulting skills, work on a real case study, and find out about our renowned graduate consulting Accelerate program. An initial skills session will be held on Monday 5 October, followed by four weeks to work on your proposal.
  • And don’t forget to check out the summer edition of your online alumni and supporter magazine. It has all the best stories and latest news from your community – including past and present reunions, videos on the University’s work tackling coronavirus, and our new online mentoring platform.
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