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Welcome to Warwick Connect

Ann CaesarWelcome to the 2014 edition of Warwick Connect. Right now we’re in the calm before the storm. Next year, 2015, marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the University of Warwick in 1965.

Needless to say, this is a big deal round here. Planning is underway and we are lining up some very exciting activities to mark this milestone. Of course, our students, past and present, are at the centre of everything we’re planning and we would like to hear your thoughts on how we should mark the event. Whether you're in the UK or overseas, let us know if there's anything you'd like to see us do to celebrate in 2015. You can email comments, thoughts and suggestions to

Over the coming year we will be in touch with you to update you on developments and we look forward to your input in the planning process. Get involved and get excited, alumni and students are going to be the most important people at this celebration, now is the time to have your say.

In the meantime, this magazine has been published at a very busy time for Warwick. As one of the country’s leading universities, research is vital to what we’re doing. We are tackling some of the most challenging issues facing the world today, from neonatal care to crop diversity. There’s something new almost every week and we’ve picked some interesting and quirky research-related stories to feature in this year’s magazine. We hope that they show the breadth of the research and thinking currently taking place at Warwick. Three of the stories first appeared online at the Knowledge Centre.

If you haven’t bookmarked these pages already you really should check them out. This is the place to go for the latest research, ideas and thinking from the University. I hope you enjoy reading about what’s going on at Warwick and, whether you graduated in 2013 (by the way, welcome to a community of 175,000 alumni around the world) or 40 years ago, that you continue to engage with what we’re doing here and with your fellow alumni. Thank you for your support over the last 12 months. With your involvement we can make this alumni community the best in the world.

Kind regards
Professor Ann Caesar
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Alumni Engagement & Warwick’s 50th Birthday)

PS: We thought the old Warwick Connect was looking a little tired so we decided to do something a little different with it. We hope you like the new look, please let us know what you think.