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Events Calendar

Check out our events calendar to see what's happening during our 50th anniversary year.

Event categories

Our 50th anniversary events are grouped into five categories:


Launch event: A celebratory event launching our anniversary celebrations – a dinner with a difference.

Festival of the Imagination: A two-day event taking place on 16 and 17 October 2015 on campus, the Festival of the Imagination will feature an interactive research zone, talks and debates, taster classes, street performance, a food market, cooking demonstrations and more.

The Warwick Festival of Music: A three-day music festival featuring world, classical and popular music.

Staff Summer Fair: Alongside this annual event, we will invite former and retired staff and incorporate a thank you event.

Imagining the Future Lecture Series: In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series will host a number of Imagining the Future talks, bringing high profile speakers from the worlds of academia, business, the arts and civil society to the campus to share their thoughts and ideas. See Events calendar for further information and to book places.

IMAGINING A UNIVERSITY: The University of Warwick Art Collection at 50: The fiftieth anniversary of the University of Warwick also marks the fiftieth anniversary of its Art Collection. This exhibition examines how the forces that shaped the University also influenced the development of the Collection.


  • Alumni Activity: We're not forgetting our international alumni! We have some exciting plans in store, keep checking your email for more information.

  • GRP International events: The University of Warwick is engaging with alumni and key international partners in areas of Warwick’s research excellence in five strategic locations across the world. An exciting programme of research-led events will take place in Brussels, Beijing and Hong Kong, New York, Singapore and Venice focusing on Warwick’s multi-disciplinary research excellence and expertise within each of our Global Research Priorities surrounding a central theme of Sustainable Futures.

  • Another India: A Series of Events in India: Another India’ is a year-long programme of events that bring contemporary India's 'change makers' to Warwick to interact with the University community as well as with the broader West Midlands communities. This crosses international and national. For details of the first two events in India between the 8th and 10th April please click the tags here>> (Viewlet) (Viewlet)


    50th Anniversary Awards: These will include current awards such as the WATE awards, as well as the introduction of some new awards for staff and alumni.

    History of the University book: Michael Shattock, Warwick's long-serving Registrar, will evaluate the impact of the University and to what extent it has delivered against its founding vision in this short history of the University.

    Graduation and honorary degrees: The 50th anniversary year gives the opportunity to select exceptional individuals for honorary degrees.

    Voices of the University: This oral history project is being curated by the Institute of Advanced Study and will capture the voices of those who have studied, worked and lived near the University since 1965.

    The art collection book: Celebrating 50 years of the University's art collection, this will incorporate five essays focusing on aspects of our collection. This will contain 100-word comments from people about art at Warwick. If you would like to contribute your thoughts to be considered for inclusion, please visit the art collection form >>

    Connecting Alumni

    • International Alumni Week: We've set aside the week of 13-19 April 2015 as International Alumni Week, where we're asking alumni around the world to join us in celebrating Warwick's anniversary with their own celebrations.
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    • 1965 Reunion: The 1965 intake will have a reunion event on campus in 2015, as well as involvement in other key events such as the Festival of Imagination.
    • Alumni Events: Warwick alumni groups in the UK and across the world are planning to hold a number of events, meetings and informal gatherings in 2015. All of these activities will be posted online with links to social media feeds where alumni can share memories, find old friends and send messages to the University.
    • Warwick 2065: Performance and the University: Join us to celebrate Warwick’s rich history of performance practice, student drama, and graduate theatre companies as we re-create the present and ‘remember' the future at an evening of exciting new performances in early November 2015 (dates TBA). This is a collaborative project between an interdisciplinary team of Warwick’s alumni artists, student researchers and academics from across the university. We will begin a digital archive of Warwick performances from 1965 to 2015, commission a ‘family tree’ of Warwick theatre companies, and explore a new performance map of the campus.


      Warwick Commission: The two-year Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value will culminate in 2015, with the ambition to identify and articulate the cultural ecosystem that connects the arts to our broader culture and its proud traditions and ambitions for the future.

      New artwork: As well as hosting five sculptures celebrating the last half-century on loanthroughout the year, we will unveil a new sculpture for the University's art collection in 2015.

      New chamber music piece: Joe Cutler, the composer of Ping!, will write a new chamber music piece based on Imagining the Future and inspired by a short residency working with Warwick researchers and students. The piece will be premiered by the Coull Quartet.

      Jam Grove: To be opened on campus in 2015, a grove of fruiting bushes and trees that presents a new garden space at Westwood for staff and students where they can relax and pick fruit.

      Pictorial history: We're encouraging staff and students, past and present, to share images of campus life and help us to create an online pictorial history of the last 50 years. Find out more >>

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