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Convocation: Your global alumni community

Shaping the future of your University and alumni community

What is Convocation?

Convocation is the formal name for our 250,000-strong alumni network.

The Meeting of Convocation occurs once a year and gives you an opportunity to join discussions with our Vice-Chancellor and President and other members of our leadership team about the latest developments at the University and future plans.

Here, you can share your unique perspective as a graduate with the University, influencing key decisions in our policy and future direction.

Announcing our Chair and Deputy Chair of Convocation

Following a recent election process, we are pleased to announce that your alumni community have appointed a new Chair and Deputy Chair of Convocation. We caught up with them both to find out more about their experience as Newcastle graduates, and their plans for the next three years.

Chair of Convocation election results 2022

Deputy Chair of Convocation results 2022

Chair of Convocation: Nick Richardson (BSc Zoology, 1977)

Nick has been a keen advocate and supporter of Newcastle alumni since graduating. Following a year in office as Union Society President, Nick went on to found Newcastle University’s Alumni Association. He is also a benefactor and life-long champion of the University’s boat club. 

Read more about Nick

Deputy Chair of Convocation: Clare Talbot-Jones (PGCE, 2005)

Clare is a Newcastle University graduate twice over, first studying French and Spanish before returning to complete a PGCE in 2005. Today, she is a North East-based business owner, charity leader and mentor passionate about empowering women facing intersectional challenges.

Read more about Clare

Day of Convocation 2022


On Saturday 26 November, 100 Newcastle graduates – from the Class of 1964 all the way to Class of 2022 – joined us for our Annual Meeting of Convocation with many joining us from around the world via Zoom.

Alongside the Meeting, alumni were invited to attend a lecture by TV presenter and political journalist Steve Richards, titled 'Trust and politics in a period of global change'. Steve is one of Britain’s leading political commentators and broadcasters. He has written columns for the Guardian, Independent, FT and Sunday Times and is a presenter for BBC Radio 4. The lecture is now available to watch on YouTube (see below).

Newcastle University Advancement would like to extend their thanks to all alumni who attended the 2022 Day of Convocation, many of whom are now staff at the University. Special thanks to alumnus Andy Haddon (of Shieldfield bakery The Big River Bakery) for catering the event.

Read the Meeting of Convocation 2022 minutes

Images from the day can be viewed on the Newcastle University Alumni Facebook page.