Organise your own reunion
The best way of keeping in touch with old university friends or renewing lost friendships is to organise a reunion.
If you're thinking of planning a reunion, but are unsure of where to start, why not take advantage of the advice the Alumni Relations team can provide?
We can offer a range of advice, from booking a venue, catering, invitations and publicity. Here's our quick guide to help get you started.
Step one: Decide who you would like to invite.
Is it just for those who graduated in your year, those who were here with for all the years of your degree or your all those who took your subject? Do you want to invite just alumni or their partners and / or families as well? It may be that you only want to meet up with half a dozen friends, or you may wish to hold a gathering for as many people as possible. The range and scale of the event is entirely up to you.
Step two: Decide on the sort of event you want, and where to hold it.
Plan as far ahead if you can - don't forget to check the calendar to avoid clashes with public holidays, religious festivals, cup finals, or University events.
Choose somewhere appropriate for the event that is centrally located and affordable for the greatest number of guests. Would you like to hold it in Leicester? Perhaps visit the campus? It may that you decide to arrange an event somewhere other than Leicester, especially if you live overseas and would like to make contact with DMU graduates in your country.
If you choose Leicester as the location for your reunion, here are a few contacts you may find helpful.
For information on room hire and accommodation options, visit our DMU Conference pages or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
De Montfort Students' Union
For help booking or getting access to Level 1, email DSUReception@dmu.ac.uk or call 0116 255 5576.
If you plan to have a meal in Leicester, or would like some ideas of where to stay, check out the Visit Leicester website.
Remember to take into account how much the event will cost, both in terms of money and time, and how you can divide the cost between the attendees. Some venues will let you have a function room free of charge, provided they can make money on food and drink.Make sure you cost everything carefully and that your event offers good value for money.The more affordable the event, the more likely it is that people will attend.
Step 3: Get in contact
If you're already in touch with University friends, ask them to tell their network of friends about the event.
Get in touch with us and we can advise what details we hold for the group of people you want to contact. Whilst we cannot give out personal contact details, we can contact alumni with an invitation/message from you asking them to contact you directly.
We can also help to raise awareness of the event by promoting it on our website and through our social media channels.
Step 4: Wait for responses
All replies should be sent back to you as the organiser of the event. This means that you will be able to monitor the progress of who is coming. All we ask in return for forwarding your invitation is that you let us know of any changes to people’s contact details so that we can keep our database up-to-date. We’d also like to know the names of all those who attend.
Step 5: Turn up on the day and enjoy yourself!
Once you've all caught up and had a great time, don't forget to get in touch to let us know how it went.
We would love to see photos and are happy to include them on our website for you to share with those who attended.
We would also really appreciate it if you and everyone who attends your reunion updates their contact information with the University. This means that we can keep you up-to-date and send you communications and event invitations. It's quick and easy to do - simply fill in our short online form.
In addition, if you find out any interesting stories, such as careers successes or personal achievements, it would be great if you could let us know - we love to hear about all the fascinating things our alumni get up to!