About Alumni Festival 2020

About Alumni Festival 2020

  • Alumni Festival - Katie Derham and guests
  • Alumni Festival lecture attendees
  • Alumni Festival - Women in Law
  • Alumni Festival attendees in the Festival Hub

The Alumni Festival brings people together from around the world to discover the latest fascinating research and reconnect with fellow alumni.

Now in its 30th year, the Alumni Festival is a highlight of the alumni calendar. With a programme that includes world-leading academics, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and star-studded speakers, this is an opportunity to see Cambridge as never before, from the comfort of your own home.

The 2019 Alumni Festival was our most successful yet. Nearly 1,800 alumni and guests attended 100 events taking place across Cambridge, breaking all previous records.

There were a great many highlights, including, on Friday, a sold-out 'Come and Sing', standing ovations for Baroness Hale, Lady Arden and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Eilís Ferran at 'Women in Law', and a scientific journey to 'Infinity and Back' led by the Vice-Chancellor. The BBC’s Katie Derham (Magdalene 1988) hosted a panel of formidable musical talent, with John Rutter CBE (Clare 1964), Gerald Finley (King’s 1980) and Sarah Latto (Sidney Sussex 2007) and her choir, Echo, rounding out an amazing evening.

On the Saturday, more than 25 leading academics presented on their fascinating research, ranging from artificial intelligence to historical queens, and from our carbon footprint, to the importance of playing and learning.

We look forward to welcoming alumni to our 30th anniversary celebrations in 2020, which will be our first digital Alumni Festival.