Upcoming events for alumni

We are always keen to meet up with our alumni. Your Alumni Community plans a number of special events throughout the year - from open days on campus to networking events both in the UK and
around the world.

Of course, you don't have to wait for us. Why not arrange your own class reunion? We can help you
trace your 'old' friends and give advice on arranging your event. Read news from other events and reunions 
to pick up ideas for your own, and read our tips on planning an event. Send details of forthcoming events to alumni@ntu.ac.uk and we'll promote them here.


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Video Days

Video Days takes its title from the 90s skateboard video by Blind Skateboards. Produced in 1991 by American skateboarder and filmmaker, Spike Jonze, the iconic video depicts street and park skating in the US, and is considered one of the most influential skate videos of its time.

For the duration of 25 days the gallery will be transformed into an open cinema. Running daily, Video Days presents a different film or series of short films each day from different decades and genres. The films screened share several common themes, most prevalent is their relationship to the built environment.

Invited participants include independent research agency, Forensic Architecture whose film 77sqm_9:26min documents their counter investigation into evidence relating to the murder of 21-year-old Halit Yozgat in Kassel, Germany. Halit was the ninth of ten racist murders performed by a neo-Nazi group known as the National Socialist Underground (NSU) across Germany between 2000 and 2007.

Video Days also features Paris-based filmmaker Eric Baudelaire, whose 2017 film Also Known As Jihadi, traces a young man’s journey to radicalisation. Other films include contributions from photographer and filmmaker Dick Jewell; and artists Karen Cunningham, and Simon Martin.

We launch our open cinema with a special evening screen of the 90s skateboard film, Video Days on Thursday 19 April. Announcements of the full line-up, including start times and film duration, will feature on our website and via our social media channels.


Bonington Vitrines #7: The Bonington building, est. 1969

Be part of the exhibition, share your memories.

The Bonington building was opened in 1969 by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent.

A labyrinth by design, the three-story building offers extensive and state-of-the-art facilities in the support of art and design education in Nottingham. At the heart of the building is a purpose built exhibition space, Bonington Gallery – one of the oldest art galleries in Nottingham.

The team at Bonington Gallery are currently gathering old photographs, newspaper clippings, plans, stories, anecdotes and general collectables relating to the history of both the Bonington building and the Bonington Gallery, to form the basis of a new exhibition, Bonington Vitrines #7.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have worked or studied in the building, who may have personal memories, keepsakes and stories that they are willing to share with us.

If you have anything that might be of interest, please get in touch via email or call us on 0115 848 8268, alternatively you can write to us at:

FAO: Tom Godfrey, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Dryden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4GG.

The closing date for submission is Thursday 12 April. We welcome original memorabilia, but also accept scans or photographs of original items. All original items will be returned after the exhibition.

We look forward to hearing from you.



Bonington Vitrines #6: One Eye on the Road – festival and traveller culture since the 1980s

By photographer Alan Lodge.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) BA and MA Photography alumnus, Alan Lodge, comes from a free festival and traveller background. Living in old buses, trucks and caravans, he drove around the country on ‘the circuit’ with his family and friends. Since the late 1970s he has been photographing events and the people around him.

Documenting all aspects of alternative lifestyles and sub-cultures, Alan has photographed many free and commercial events, environment protest, land rights demonstrations, and rave culture. Giving an insightful view that only people who have been accepted into a community can really achieve, his aim has been to present a more positive view of people and communities that are frequently misrepresented.

The process has not been easy, as many people are suspicious of anyone with a camera and their motives. Conflict with the police in more recent years has become a fact of life, as has eviction from land and squats, and difficulties with children’s education when being continually moved on.

Alan had produced work for publications, galleries, events, and public spaces. Moving beyond photography, he has experimented with mixed media involving printed and projected text.

During his MA at NTU, Alan specialised in issues surrounding representation, presenting himself in print and audio-visual format. A member of the National Union of Journalists, he is a documentary photographer, a photo-journalist and ‘storyteller’ always on the lookout for another tale to tell.

For more information, click here.

Bonington Vitrines #5: Communicating the Contemporary – The ICA Bulletin 1950s to 1990s

Curated by Daniel Heather.

Founded in 1946, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London is a membership organisation that seeks to promote an understanding of radical arts and culture. The ICA bulletin has always been instrumental in communicating a multi-disciplinary programme that encompasses music, film, talks, poetry, visual arts and performance to its audience.

The earliest 1950s bulletins function as a simple notice to inform its readership of the ICA’s activities. The uniform visual identity of these early bulletins is partly shaped by the ICA’s conception of itself as an ‘institute’, an organisation whose ethos was equally beholden to the ideas of the laboratory, the university and the professional society, as it was to the modern art gallery or museum.

In the 1960s the bulletin adopted a magazine format, where the listings were supplemented by articles exploring contemporary poetry, music and visual art, alongside critical writings, reviews and polemic. In bringing together these different disciplines, the bulletin evoked in print the interdisciplinary aims of the ICA, and the diverse programming that took place within the gallery space itself. Casting off its 1950s consistency, the bulletin adopts what CHK Design Director, Christian Küsters described as a ‘non-identity’ that characterised the ICA’s representation of self: simultaneously indebted to the self-publishing endeavours of artists, the poetry chapbook and the zine.

Subsequent decades saw the collage-indebted style of the 1960s give way to a muted colour palette and a rationalised identity. These changes culminated in the creation of a new logotype in the 1980s and the subsequent adoption of a new typeface and branding by acclaimed designer Tony Arefin (1962-2000) in the 1990s.

Following a series of re-designs the ICA bulletin has more recently become an online platform. Bringing together event listings with articles and projects conceived by ICA staff, collaborators, students and artists it has retained the characteristic sense of mutability that has typified the bulletin since its inception.

For more information, click here.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished LecturesDelivered by an exceptional range of expert guest speakers, the Distinguished Lecture Series covers many exciting subjects and tackles topical and sensitive issues face-on. The lectures are thought-provoking, raise debate and inform.

Our successful programme attracts large audiences from across the region. All lectures are free and open to all.

Visit the Distinguished Lectures website for more information.

For any other queries, or if you experience any difficulties with the online booking process, please email the events team at events.team@ntu.ac.uk

Lace Unarchived

23 February to 29 March 2018, Bonington Gallery

Lace Unarchived brings together a diverse group of designers and artists from across the UK who have each interpreted Nottingham Lace in a unique and contemporary way.

The exhibition includes lengths of contemporary lace by multi award-winning and nationally acclaimed textile designers, Timorous Beasties. Light emitting fabrics inspired by Nottingham Lace technologies by Sarah Taylor, Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University and Sara Robertson, Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art, will also feature in the show.

On display is a complete final collection and unseen development work by high-street women’s fashion brand, Oasis. Telling the story of Nottingham Lace, Oasis have reimagined some of the 75,000 antique lace samples housed in the Lace Archive at Nottingham Trent University. The collection also features a garment by Final Year BA (Hons) Fashion Design student, Robert Goddard.

The exhibition will also include works by Mal Burkinshaw, Programme Director of Fashion at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Sophie Hallette Lace; filmmaker Matthew Woodham; and artist James Winnett, all of which will be presented alongside samples of machine-made lace dating back to the early 1800s.

Invited for the diversity of their work, the contributors have all studied the intricacies of Nottingham Lace and its technology to create pieces that not only celebrates the rich heritage of lace, but also preserves its place in contemporary design for the future.

For more information, visit the Bonington Gallery website.

Image: Mal Burkinshaw in collaboration with Sophie Hallette Lace, photographed by Stuart Munro.

Verdi Requiem

Saturday 28 April 2018, 7pm - 10pm
Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND

Cost: £10 - £35 (£5 for students)
Conductor: Matthew Hopkins
Soprano: Elizabeth Llewllyn
Mezzo-Soprano: Dame Sarah Connolly
Tenor: Gwyn Hughes Jones
Bass: Wojtek Gierlach

The blockbuster of NTU's 2017/18 concert season will undoubtedly be this performance of Verdi’s Requiem – one of the greatest classical works of all time. The NTU Choir join forces with the world-renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra and celebrated soloists Dame Sarah Connolly, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Gwyn Hughes Jones, and Wojtek Gierlach.

This event is part of our International Music Series, which is taking place across 2018 to celebrate Nottingham Trent University's 175th Anniversary.

We are pleased to be able to offer NTU alumni a 10% discount on ticket bookings through the Royal Concert Hall box office.

If you would like any more information, please email the Music Team or telephone them on +44 (0)115 848 4570.


Brackenhurst Old Students Association (BOSA) Annual Lunch - Sunday 25 March 2018

The 2018 Annual Lunch for Brackenhurst Old Students’ Association (BOSA) will take place on Sunday 25 March 2018 at the Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark & Notts Showground. 

Anyone who worked or studied at Brackenhurst is very welcome to attend. Please let us know if you are celebrating a special anniversary since leaving Brackenhurst - perhaps we can help you find some of your 'old' friends for a reunion.

For more information, please contact BOSA via your Alumni Association at alumni@ntu.ac.uk or on 0115 848 8777.

NTU Music - Free Lunchtime Concert Series

NTU Music's free Lunchtime Concerts are held fortnightly throughout the academic year and feature Nottingham Trent University students, staff, and internationally recognised musicians.

All these concerts are relaxed events and open to NTU students, staff, and the general public.

Please visit the website for more information about dates, times and locations of the concerts. If you have any queries, please contact the Music Team via email or telephone them on +44 (0)115 848 4570.


NTU undergraduate open days in 2018

Do you know someone who is thinking of joining us in 2018? Maybe members of your friends or family are interested in studying at NTU? Then encourage them to come and get to know us at an open day.

Students who have applied, or are intending to apply, to join NTU in September 2018 can visit us on:

Saturday 3 February 2018

Saturday 24 February 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018

There will the opportunity to meet current NTU students and members of staff, to view the University’s facilities and find out more about the courses we have on offer.

Booking for these events is open. To reserve your place, just follow the link below and search for your course, year of entry and open event.

To reserve a place - book here.



Invest in your future and visit NTU's Postgraduate Open Events

Postgraduate open days take place throughout the year and give you the opportunity to talk to academic staff and current postgraduate students to find out more about the courses, facilities and support.

Our postgraduate open events in 2018 will be held on:

Wednesday 24 January 2018, 12 pm – 3.30 pm

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 4 pm – 6.30 pm

Wednesday 13 June 2018, 4 pm – 6.30 pm

Booking for these events is open. You can reserve your place here by searching for your course, year of entry and relevant open event.

Read more about all the postgraduate open events on this page.