Alumni Weekend

All engineering alumni are invited back to their School to reconnect with previous colleagues and classmates

2018 is a special year as we mark 150 years since Queen Victoria bestowed the first Regius Chair of Engineering in the UK to the University of Edinburgh.

Join us on 5-7 October 2018 to celebrate the achievements, innovations and people that have contributed to our history, and discover the exciting developments taking place in the School of Engineering today.

Our weekend programme includes a range of activities, talks, demonstrations and events at our King’s Buildings campus and across the City. There will be lots of opportunities to catch up and connect with friends, classmates and mentors, old and new.

Programme PDF download

Alumni Weekend Timetable

Friday 5 October



Welcome drinks at the Pear Tree.

Saturday 6 October


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast; rediscover the beautiful City of Edinburgh; attend one of the optional tours at KB*.


12 noon

Buffet lunch and welcome talk at King’s Buildings.


Join your discipline for an afternoon of talks, tours and demos. Each discipline mini-programme can be viewed in further detail:



Tea, coffee and cake.


Depart King’s Buildings—time to freshen up before dinner.


7pm – late

Alumni & Friends Dinner at Dynamic Earth – welcome drinks, tour of the galleries and three course dinner with wine at Edinburgh’s incredible science venue at foot of Arthur’s Seat.

Tickets cost £59 per person – open to alumni, partners and friends of the School.

Sunday 7 October

12 noon until 3pm

School-wide BBQ with live music for alumni, staff and students.

Tickets cost £10 and include burger/hot dogs (veggie options available), salad and corn on the cob. Complimentary drinks will be provided.

*Saturday 6 October morning tours (optional)

Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library Tour (with an Engineering focus)

Start times: 10am and 11am

Location: Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library, The King’s Buildings

FloWave Demos – the School’s Ocean Energy Research Facility

NB: Mechanical alumni will attend FloWave as part of their afternoon tour.

Start times: 10am, 10.30am and 11am

Location: Max Born Crescent, The King’s Buildings

Special event: Design by Disaster

An innovative collaboration between the School of Engineering and Braw Fox Theatre, Design by Disaster follows the fictional aftermath of a devastating fire in a commercial high-rise. It explores the struggle for experts to make their voices heard and how change can happen when the world never acts until disaster strikes.

Book tickets on EventBrite (Free event. Limited tickets available)

Performance times:

Friday 5 October, 7.30pm

Sunday 7 October, 12pm & 3pm

(No performances Saturday 6 October)

Location: Sanderson Building, School of Engineering, The King’s Buildings

For further information or enquiries regarding the Alumni Weekend, please contact the Alumni Relations Team on