The Convocation Project
The University's Development Office is undertaking a large-scale project to reconnect with as many members of the former Convocation as possible. The University of London Convocation was the association of graduates established by Charter in 1858. Convocation was formally closed in 2003 and it has come to light that not all members were updated about the closure.
The University is committed to supporting its alumni and, in 2015, set up a new central Development Office to better respond to the needs of graduates of the central academic bodies, as well as members of the former Convocation. The purpose of the Development Office is very much aligned with that of Convocation when it existed, and as such, the University, through the Development Office, would be delighted to stay in touch with you.
Members of the former Convocation will receive a bespoke bi-annual newsletter. This communication is free of charge and would be in addition to that which you may already receive from your alma mater. Please see below for the latest edition of the Convocation Newsletter.
15 years since the closure of Convocation, the University is delighted to reconnect with all of Convocation’s former members. Since the closure of Convocation, the University has created a new Development Office to keep our alumni up-to-date on advances at the Central University and informed of opportunities to get involved. As a former member of Convocation myself, I am very much looking forward to meeting other former members at events held both here in Senate House and throughout the world, and hearing more about where your University of London degree has taken you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did Convocation close and will it be re-formed?
There are no plans to reform Convocation.
Recent years have seen the University truly become a federation of independent self-governing higher education institutions. This changed the focus of students and graduates so that the number of graduates joining Convocation was very small.
Against the background of change and development within the wider University, the University Council recommended that Convocation be closed, a view endorsed by the Convocation Board.
The University of London is committed to supporting its alumni and in 2015, set up a new central Development Office to better respond to the needs of graduates of the central academic bodies, as well as members of the former Convocation. The function and purpose of the Development Office is very much aligned with that of Convocation when it existed. As such, the University, through the Development Office, would be delighted to stay in touch with you, to share news and information about all the University can offer you and your fellow alumni.
If you studied in London, we also recommend you contact your member institution for alumni support, services and activities.
Why wasn’t I informed that Convocation was closed?
Our records show that communications about the closure of Convocation were sent to only some of the Convocation members. At the time of its closure, Convocation was formed of several membership types with each receiving different levels of communication. As a result of this structure not all members were communicated with regarding the closure of Convocation.
We recognise that this information is of great importance to all members of the former Convocation and feel it is important to share this news with as many members of the former Convocation as possible. As a result, the University has launched a large-scale project to reconnect with as many members of the former Convocation as possible and update them on its closure.
What contact can I expect from the University of London?
The Development Office looks forward to keeping members of the former Convocation up-to-date on advances at the central University through an exclusive newsletter, distributed twice per year. In addition to this, members of the former Convocation can expect to receive invitations to events held in Senate House and around the world, as well as regular updates on how grants made by the Convocation Trust continue to support the University of London and its students, both centrally and in the member institutions.
What are you going to do with my information?
The University of London is committed to protecting your personal data and being transparent about what information we hold about you, and what we do with that information.
The Development Office uses data collected during the course of the University’s relationship with you, such as your education and contact details, to send you communications about alumni and fundraising activities via post, telephone or electronic means. We also use the data you give us, together with publicly available data, and occasionally information from third parties, to help us identify which communications and opportunities may be of interest to you. Communications may include publications (print and electronic), alumni surveys, the marketing of alumni events and services, and details of how you can support the University financially or through volunteering.
How has my membership of Convocation made a difference?
We are grateful for the support and commitment that alumni have shown to the University through their membership of Convocation. Although Convocation closed in 2003, the funds held by Convocation were invested by the Convocation Trust and continue to support our community.
In recent years, the Trust has made grants in support of scholarships and academic prizes, library and archive services, student services and student housing, which benefit students and staff at each of the 17 independent member institutions (formally known as the colleges of the University of London). The Trust has also supported exhibitions and other activities at the University that not only benefit students, but also open up the University’s unique resources and facilities for wider public benefit.
Am I still able to use Senate House Library?
Whilst Convocation was active, members were eligible for free access to Senate House Library. Since the closure of Convocation the size of the federal student body has grown enormously and, in order to provide this vital service to current students, the Library no longer has the necessary resource to offer free memberships to members of the former Convocation.
The Development Office and Senate House Library will be consulting on the benefits alumni of the University of London should receive as part of an alumni library membership. Currently alumni access costs £210 per year and includes a 10 book borrowing allowance and off-site access to a number of e-journals (e-journal access is a benefit exclusively available to alumni). As a former member of Convocation, your feedback on alumni membership of Senate House Library is of great importance to the University.
Update your details and give your feedback on alumni membership of Senate House Library.