Former students of the University of Aberdeen’s School of Law will return to their alma mater today (Friday November 11) to pass on the benefit of their experience to new students.
A matriculation dinner at the Elphinstone Hall will unite more than 120 current first year students and the school’s alumni community.
Organiser Dr Andrew Simpson, Lecturer in Law, said the one aim of the event was to thank former students who continue to make a significant contribution to University life.
“The primary purpose of the dinner is to welcome our first years at the outset of their studies to the very strong community of students, staff and alumni that already constitutes the Law School.
“We have invited some of our most distinguished alumni to the dinner, who deserve our thanks for the past contributions that they have made to teaching, research and career mentoring in this institution.
“It is hoped that this new initiative will become an annual opportunity to welcome our new students.”
The dinner will include a welcome from the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Ian Diamond and a performance by Quartabella, a string quarter of music students at Aberdeen, at the drinks reception.
Dr Simpson said it was essential to maintain a strong link between current and former students of the School.
“Our alumni community continue to engage with the University, actively participating in conferences and seminars we organise in areas such as property law and rural law, which attract global interest.
“Through such contributions, alumni and senior practitioners from the area have helped to foster the strong reputation for cutting edge legal research that the School of Law possesses.
“It is wonderful for our current first year students to have this opportunity to meet those who have been where they are now and the alumni provide real inspiration for those seeking careers in law.”