By , on 19 November 2013
By Christina Smith (UCL Bartlett 2012)
It may have taken place on the coldest night of the season, but the third installment of the New York Annual Party was a successful event with a record-number of alumni in attendance. Held at the British Consulate in Manhattan, the event was sold-out and the host, Nick Astbury, the Deputy Consul General and a UCL alumnus, was happy to point out that UCL beat out Imperial for number of attendees at its reception, which was held at the consulate just a few days prior.
This year’s party was an opportunity to welcome in and hear from the new UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur. The new provost used the occasion to talk about some of UCL’s recent accomplishments, including its 4th place position in the QS World University Rankings, pointing out again that we beat Imperial (and also Oxford). He didn’t just use the event to tout UCL’s achievements however, he urged alumni to give back to UCL, not solely through financial support but by connecting with other alumni in the New York area, spreading the UCL name far and wide, and providing graduates with internship and job opportunities.
The reception was just one of a number of events for those living across the pond to engage and network with other UCL alumni, with a cohort of eager volunteers who lead the charge of helping to plan events to keep alumni active and connecting. You can view some photos of the party in our Flickr gallery.
If you are interested in becoming an alumni volunteer and organising alumni activity in New York please email Miriam Waters, Alumni Relations Manager.