[Press & Publications] COMMONS RECEPTION FOR LEICESTER GROUP



The Palace of Westminster will provide the perfect setting for graduates and representatives of the University of Leicester.

A reception is being held on Thursday July 1, hosted by Linda Perham, MP for Ilford North, and a 1969 Classics graduate of the University. A total of 200 graduates and University senior members are attending the event.

Mr Nigel Siesage, Principal Assistant Registrar, said: "Receptions in London have been a highlight of the University's graduate activities for some years, and a previous event at the Palace of Westminster was particularly successful a few years ago.

"We are delighted that Mrs Perham is acting as a host on this occasion. She has the distinction of being the first professional librarian to be elected to Parliament - having previously been Bibliographical Librarian at Epping Forset College."

The University organises a number of regional, national and international reunions for the 50,000 graduates on its records. There is also an annual reunion on campus in the Autumn and a number of other events, including the annual Convocation Lecture, which will be given next by the Government's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Liam Donaldson, a Leicester graduate.

Mr Siesage added: "Leicester graduates play an increasingly important role for the University and the city and county as international ambassadors. They also support the University in a number of ways including providing advice, acting as mentors for students and assisting with fund-raising."

In recent years, graduates have helped raise over 1 million for the University which has gone towards expanding the Library facilities, providing new fitness studios in the Students' Union and enhancing sports facilities.

Leicester has several other graduates who are MPs, including Michael Jack, Bruce Grocott, Michael Foster, Philip Sawford and Keith Hill, some of whom will also be present at the reception.

Note to newsdesk: For more information, please contact the Alumni Office on 0116 252 2195.


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