Alumni Weekend 2012

The University welcomed almost 800 former students back over the three days of Alumni Weekend 2012. With an eclectic programme of lectures, talks, tours and social events, it lived up to its billing as a true festival of the mind.

To view photographs from over the weekend, please visit the official ALUMNI WEEKEND photo Album.

The 2013 Alumni Weekend will take place between 27 and 29 September.


The opening reception took place on Friday evening in the Fitzwilliam Museum, and guests were afterwards able to tour the galleries and see the spectacular Han China exhibition. Later that evening the “Come and Sing” event proved as popular as ever, with an alumni choir raising the fan roof of King’s College Chapel with Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.


Saturday saw Cambridge bathed in sunshine. Lecture highlights included Dr Hugh Hunt on how Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb was recreated 60 years after the Dambusters raid, and Prof Tim Crane on the mental lives of animals. In a first for Alumni Weekend, Dr Allan McRobie even enlisted a nude model to show how mathematics informs both engineering and art.


At Newnham on Sunday, meanwhile, Clare Balding swapped sporting tales with fellow alumna Anna Watkins – who brought her London 2012 gold medal along.

Experience the weekend through CARO's social media channels. A day to day summary of the events is available.

Build up to the weekend




Lecture Presentation Slides

Below are the presentation slides from the lectures which took place over the weekend. Please feel free to download.

Benefitting from History

Samantha William
All Shapes and Sizes

Susan Golombok
Duels, Gangs and Terrorists

Graham Virgo
Colonial Improvement

David Nally
Will Chinese Banks Change the World?

Simon Taylor
The Changing Contours of Work Intensity

Brendan Burchell 
Charles Dickens: A celebration of his fiction

Jan-Mellisa Schramm
Global Food Security & Disease

Matt Castle
Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain

Lucy Delap