Events & Reunions

Events and Reunions

4th November 2014

The Swansea Employability Academy is holding a series of networking events for current students. A number of alumni are returning to campus to talk about their career since leaving Swansea: describing how their course helped them, what are the pitfalls in finding that lucrative first job on graduating, and how they have progressed on their journey to get where they are today.


As part of the i-pledge campaign, we’re delighted to welcome back to the University a few of our alumni who will be giving an inspirational talk. The first in the series of events focuses on the PR and Marketing sector. Ben Donovan and James Snaith both work in the PR and Marketing Office at Swansea City Football Club having both spent time at the student newspaper, Waterfront (Ben as Sports Editor and James as the Editor). Andy Green is a PR expert and had been a Sabbatical Officer for the Students’ Union during his time at Swansea. They will all describe how their extra-curricular activity has helped enhance their employability.

Date: Tuesday 4th November 2014

Time: 5.30 p.m.

Venue: Council Chamber, Singleton Abbey, Singleton Park Swansea SA2 8PP

Guest Speakers:

  • Ben Donovan, Press Officer, Swansea City Football Club
  • James Snaith, PR and Marketing Co-ordinator, Swansea City Football Club

Andy Green, Partner of Green Communications, author, international conference speaker, trainer, facilitator and PR consultant.


28th November 2014

Nags HeadThe Nag’s Head Reunion

The Hilton Hotel Cardiff, Friday 28th November 2014, 12 noon 

The founding members of the Nag’s Head Chapter - Gren, Gareth, Bart and Brian – held another enjoyable reunion in Cardiff last year, attended by the following:

Andy Chinn; Adrian Cornelius, Brian Davies, Gren Edwards; Gareth Evans; Bart Haines; Colin James; Brian Lewis; Seamus O’Brien; Terry Powell; Roy Purnell; John Rowlands; Dudley Williams; Dai Wooding.

The reunion is focused in the main on graduates of the mid 1950’s, around the Mumbles, the Nag’s Head and sport. Nevertheless, the only qualification in being a member is to be a Swansea University Alumnus.

There are many Swansea University alumni that the Nag’s Head Chapter would like to see again. If you would like to attend this year’s reunion, please get in touch with the Alumni Office via e-mail at or by telephone on 01792 295156. Staff will put you in touch with Gren.


12th November 2014  ***This event is now at full capacity***

LondonThe next annual Swansea in London event will be held on Wednesday 12th November 2014 from 7pm at 55 Broadway, the former HQ for the London Underground.

With such a large alumni community in London and the surrounding areas, we are delighted to see the ‘Swansea in London’ event grow each year. This year we hope to welcome even more graduates to the event.

We are delighted that our guest speaker this year will be Anne Boden, a Swansea graduate (Computer Science and Chemistry 1981).  Anne Boden is setting up a new retail bank for today’s world. The bank will be built from scratch using, for the first time ever, new technologies we all use in our everyday lives. It will empower consumers by giving them full control over their money and data so they can arrange their finances how they want to.

Anne has worked in banking for almost 30 years in a range of senior roles spanning technology, operations and the customer experience. Most recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer of Allied Irish Bank Plc with responsibility for the cost base of the bank including technology, operations and digital. She transformed the customer experience and returned the bank to profitability.

In 2010, Treasury and Risk Magazine named Anne Boden as one of the ten most influential figures in Global Finance.

There will also be an opportunity to meet, network and reminisce with fellow Swansea University graduates and staff from the Development and Alumni Relations Office, over some drinks and canapés.

This event is free of charge to alumni but numbers are limited so please register here to book your place.

Timings of event

7 – 7:30pm: Arrival - Welcome drink and canapés

7:30 – 8:15pm: Guest speaker, Swansea alumna Anne Boden

8:15pm onwards: A chance to relax and network; a cash bar will be available for the remainder of the evening.

10pm: Close

Don’t forget to join the ‘Swansea Alumni in London’ LinkedIn group!

55 Broadway is based over St James's Park station. Location information can be found here:

55 Broadway, St James Park, London, SW1W 0BD


16th October 2014

Times: 5pm to 7.30pm

Venue: The Village Hotel, Swansea, SA1 8QYCost: Free of charge entry

If you are thinking of starting a business then there is a range of potential funding opportunities available for you to apply for including:

Graduate Support Scheme – a non repayable £6000 bursary aimed at people who  have graduated in the last 6 years with a minimum of an NVQ Level 4Youth Entrepreneur Bursary – a non repayable £6000 bursary  Start Up Loan – a low interest Government funded personal loan

All of these are also supported by Welsh Government funded business advice and business skills training delivered free of charge to the client.

If you would like to learn more about the funding options above and have a chance to network over a free of charge buffet with other like-minded people and representatives of the business community then please come along to this event.

For further information please email



September 2014

Survivors smallOn Thursday 4th September the group of graduates who call themselves the ‘Survivors’ met at another reunion at Sketty Hall.

These reunions of former students started almost 30 years ago with the Men's Hockey Team for the period 1945 to 1951.

Over the years, these reunions have grown, first to include the Ladies Hockey Team, and then to include other sports teams and courses for the period spanning 1933-1960.

This year Professor Huw Bowen, Professor of Modern History at Swansea University gave a talk on the ESRC-funded research project, he currently leads, called 'History, heritage, and urban regeneration: the local and global worlds of Welsh copper'.


September 2014

OmanMichael Rees, Head of Development and Alumni Relations recently visited the Middle East, along with Development Officer Stuart Swan and Professor Andrew Baron from the College of Engineering, to showcase the new Bay Campus and ESRI developments.






March 2014

International 1Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Iwan Davies joined Dr Ceri Davies from the College of Engineering and Michael Rees, Head of Development and Alumni Relations on a visit to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Brunei to showcase the new Bay campus and the strategic vision of the University.  Whilst in Brunei, Swansea University’s Honorary Fellow Pehin Dato Seri Satia Lim Jock Seng and his staff generously hosted a dinner.

Director of Marketing, Internationalisation and Development, Catherine Mullin and International Development Officer Dr Mahaboob Basha visited Doha, Qatar where they met with alumni alongside the British Ambassador to Qatar.