2014 Events

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14 December 2014 - A Conversation with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

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On Sunday, December 14th Chancellor Gene Block met with alumni, students, and parents at 2 Temple Place in London. Chancellor Block spoke about UCLA's goal to expand its presence in Europe and ways to support educational opportunities for students, research and social and economic development initatives within the European Union. 

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The event took place at 2 Temple Place, a beautiful and historic building. Following the tea, guests were invited to tour the building with a guide on hand to answer questions and explain the building's significance. 

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13 December 2014 - UC Running Group + Ice Skating in Vauxhall 

In December, the UC Running Group ran a 3K along the Thames Pathway, then joined other UC Alumni for some ice skating in Vauxhall. It was a festive and fun outing, with the sun shining and Christmas music playing!

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2 December 2014 - UCSD hosted Holiday Party for all UC Alumni and students

UCSD Hosted a festive and exiting Holiday Party at Bounce in Holborn. With ping-pong tables, drinks and wood-fire pizza, our alumni and students had a great time!

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This event was open to alumni and students from any UC campus. We had over 30 alumni and students turn up to play some festive ping-pong, from 7 different campuses - Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and San Francisco!

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26 November 2014 - UC Davis Pub Night

Aggie Alumni and students gathered at The Holborn Whippet to share experiences of living abroad, to recconnect with Nor-Cal friends and renew memories of the warm Californian sun! 

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22 November 2014 - California Derby Football Game Viewings

It was a California Derby! UC Alumni, friends and EAP students turned out to watch the Cal Berkely Bears take on the Stanford Cardinal at 8:30PM at the Marylebone Sports Bar & Grill, and then a band of dedicated UCLA fans trekked over to the Carlsberg Sports Bar in Leicester Square for a 1AM kickoff of Bruins vs. Trojans. (Pictured below: Cal Berkeley alums and fans on the left, UCLA Alumni UK Leaders Sylvia and Miakel cheering with the Bruins on the right).

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15 November 2014 - UCEAP Thanksgiving in Dublin, Ireland

UC Alumni joined UCEAP students from London, Dublin and Edinburgh for a Thanksgiving meal at the Guinness House in Dublin, Ireland on the 15th. They enjoyed a lovely traditional meal, connecting with students from their home campus, and a live Irish band! (Photos courstesy UC Ireland Facebook Page). 

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9 November 2014 - UCSB attends NFL International Series at Wembley: Cowboys v. Jaguars Game

UCSB Alumni UK organized season tickets for the 2014 NFL International Series being played at Wembley Stadium. Sunday November 9th was the last NFL game to be played in the United Kingdom, with the Cowboys taking on the Jaguars. It was a cool, crisp night, but UC Alumni and football fans enjoyed a good game, watching the Cowboys take home a win with 31-17. 

6 November 2014 - UCEAP: Beyond Study Abroad Night

UCEAP hosted a Beyond Study Abroad night for current UC students studying abroad in the United Kingdom. The evening had panels regarding graduate studies or interning in the UK, the Fullbridge Commission, careers in the Foreign Service, and a panel of UC Alumni who had the opportunity to share their stories regarding how they came to be in the United Kingdom. Following the panels, students were given the opportunity to network with UC Alumni and ask questions one-on-one. Check out some pictures from the evening below (pictures courtesy of UCEAP).

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27 October 2014 - UCLA Alumni dinner with Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Frank Gilliam 

UCLA External Affairs hosted an exclusive dinner for alumni and EAP students with the Luskin School of Public Affairs Dean Frank Gilliam, and Jacquelean Gilliam, the Executive Director of UCLA's Office of Scholarships and who oversees UCLA's first ever comprehensive Parent Engagement Program, the "UCLA Parent Program". Held at the Royal Society of Arts the evening was a night of great conversation, a delicious three-course meal, and an impromptu tour of the RSA! Dean Gilliam was visiting London to speak at the City Age: The Global Metropolis conference.

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26 October 2014 - UCSB attends NFL International Series at Wembley: Falcons vs. Lions Game

UCSB Alumni Network UK organized tickets for UC Alums to attend all 3 of the NFL International Series being played at Wembley Stadium in London. The second game featured the Atlanta Falcons versus the Detriot Lions. UCSB Alumni were joined by EAP students and other UC Alumni for a fun filled day of football - an edge of your seat game with Lions unexpectedly taking the win with some spectacular interceptions!

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25 October, 2014 - UC Jogging Club at BatterSea Park

On a crisp autmunal Saturday morning, the UC Jogging Club met at Pimlico station for a fun 3K jog to Battersea Park. Some of our UC joggers are marathon runners, casual runners and some beginners! The UC Jogging club is open to all levels of runners and all UC Alumni, with usual meetings monthly. To find out about the upcoming ones, check out the calendar.

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17 October 2014 - HAAS Welcome Drinks for Alumni and EAP Students

UC Berkeley HAAS Alumni and EAP students met at Gordon Ramsey's pub The Narrows in Limehouse for fall drinks and to welcome new UCB friends to London! 

13 October 2014 - UCLA Anderson Information Evening

UCLA Anderson hosted an information evening for prospective applicants from the United Kingdom. The evening began with an informative presentation and was followed by a casual wine and cheese reception where applicants had the opportunity to ask questions one-on-one with UCLA Anderson representatives. 

11 October, 2014 - UCLA Welcome to the City: London

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UCLA took over Leicester Square on the evening of October 11th as Bruins gathered together at the Carlsberg Sports Bar. UCLA students studying in England were also in attandence and had the opportunity to meet other alumni and watch the UT versus Oklahoma game while enjoying a beer and some food. The night also included a pub quiz with questions about UCLA and London. The evening ended with a thundering 8-clap and both students and alumni went home with lots of great memories! 

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2 October, 2014 - UCLA Welcome to the City: Edinburgh

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“U...C...L...A!!! Fight, fight, fight!” was the chant heard all across the city of Edinburgh on Thursday night during the first ever UCLA Alumni “Welcome to Scotland” event for UCEAP students. The evening gave current UCLA students studying abroad an opportunity to network with highly influential Bruin alumni who are currently living in Edinburgh. UCLA Alumna and Chancellor's Fellow at Edinburgh University, Dr. Bonnie Auyeung, acted as “Quiz Master” for the main event of the evening: a very exciting and energetic pub quiz that tested teams on a variety of Scottish, American and UCLA trivia. The event concluded with a wine and canapés reception where the Bruin alumni and students were able to share advice, questions and contacts with each other. To cap-off the night, in true UCLA fashion, the group gathered to perform the infamous UCLA “8-Clap” ritual together. Overall, the evening was a great success and proved the Bruin network continues to thrive and prosper even over 5,000 miles away from home! 

2 October, 2014 - UCSD & UCSB & UCD Welcome for Students & Alumni

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UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis Alumni joined forces to welcome alumni and EAP students new to London, Kent and Sussex. They gathere at the Green Pub in Clerkenwell on Thursday, October 4th for nibbles, drinks and fun pub quiz that included questions from all 3 campuses and the United Kingdom! The evening also included a raffle for prizes of a UCSB running shirt, a voucher for hot dogs & champagne at Bubble Dogs, and a pair of tickets to NFL London!

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28 September, 2014 - UCSB attends NFL International Series at Wembley: Raiders vs. Dolphins Game

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NFL returns to London this year, playing 3 games at Wembley Stadium. UCSB Alumni UK club organized 15 seats for each game. The first of three, the Oakland Raiders hosted the Miama Dolphins on 28th of September 2014. Alumni enjoyed a fun football evening no matter who they were rooting for! 

19 September, 2014 - Pac-12 Drinks & Welcome for UC Berkeley EAP Students

The Berkeley Club of London and the Stanford Club of Great Britain gathered alumni, students, and friends of the Pac-12 Community in the UK to celebrate the end of summer, and the beginning of the Pac-12 conference. UC Cal Alumni welcomed UC Berkeley EAP students who have just begun their study abroad adventure in London at the Sports Bar and Grill in Farringdon. 

18 September, 2014 - "Big Game Hunting" Dinner and Discussion with UCLA Alumnus Chris Renner

The UCLA Anderson School of Management (France Alumni Chapter) gathered to attend a dinner discussion with Alumnus Chris Renner, the CEO of Helios Partners to discuss the games of power and influence at stake in bidding for the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup. The dinner and discussion was an enlightening evening and an opportunity to see inside these big campaigns!  


14 September, 2014 - UCLA vs UT Football Game Viewing

UCLA Alumni gathered with UT Alumni 'Texas Exes' to watch the UCLA Bruins vs UT football game at The Dugout at Belushi's on Borough High Street, London Bridge. 

4 September, 2014 - UCB Professor Pollan gives talk at LSE

Michael Pollen, a professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley and one of Time Magazine's "one hundred most influential people in the world", gave at talk at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Pollan has been writing books and articles about the place where nature and culture interest: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He has been established as arguably the best-known and most influential writer in the US on the subject of food, farming and us. 

28 August, 2014 - UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography Dinner

UCSB Alumni met up for a special dinner with Jessie Brooks, who is the Senior Director of Development at Scripps Instituion of Oceanography. This event was held at the lovely OXO Tower along the Thames.

29 July, 2014 - UCSB Alumni UK & Summer EAP Student Meet-up

UCSB EAP students and alumni met up for summer welcome drinks at Tom's Terrace at Somerset House. It was an opportunity for UCSB students studying at the London School of Economics to meet fellow Guachos living in London and enjoy a summer evening together on the bank of the Thames with sweeping views of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. 

13 June, 2014 - UC Summer Picnic in Hyde Park

ucpicnic14Directly following the British 10K, we had the all-UC Summer Picnic in Hyde Park. It was a lovely warm day that provided an opportunity for alumni to meet summer EAP students and even some new incoming undergraduate students who will be attending UC in the fall! Burgers, lawn bowling, a competitive water balloon toss, and a raffle that included memorabilia from Warner Brothers and tickets to NFL London all made for a great day out in London! It was a wonderful way to celebrate our British 10K team's support of student scholarships and connect with the larger UC community in London. Photos from the picnic can be seen in our photo gallery. 

13 June, 2014 - UC Alumni run the British 10K for student scholarships


The UC Alumni Team ran the British 10K on July 13th, 2014 to support student scholarships. There were an amazing 19 alumni and 4 UC Summer Education Abroad Students that made up our wonderful team! The team which included alumni from the Berkeley, Davis, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara campuses raised over £6500 for student scholarships! A big congratulations and thank you to them! Donations toward study abroad scholarships can be made to all 5 campuses here http://london.universityofcalifornia.edu/alumni/british10krunners.html. Photos from the British 10K can be seen in our photo gallery.

10 June, 2014- UCSB Alumni Hosted Wine Tasting


UCSB Alumni UK hosted an all-UC alumni event in support of student scholarships at UCSB, UCSD, UCLA, UCD and UC Berkeley. Alumni enjoyed a lovely evening mingling and making friends while sampling a wide range of wines from around the world at Vagabond Wines, an independent, award-winning wine shop. A silent auction of exciting items including a signed NFL football, champagne, gift certificates to local shops and 3 sets of tickets to the NFL London games raised over £1,000. A portion of each ticket price and the proceeds from the silent auction will go to support the British 10K teams' efforts to fund-raise for student scholarships.

7 June, 2014- Cal I-House Reception

Alumni joined Hans Giesecke and Shanti Corrigan for a Celebration of I-House Berkeley in London at the Park Crescent Conference Centre Theatre. Alumni received a special welcome from notable alumnus Simon Lewis OBE (IH 1981-82), Chief Executive of AFME and Former Communications Director for Her Majesty The Queen. Alumni reconnected with old friends and made new ones as they enjoyed a video tracing the remarkable history and vital present of IH Berkeley.

31 May, 2014- British 10K Training Run

Alumni came together to train and prepare to run the British 10K that will be on Sunday July 13, 2014. 

13 May, 2014- UC Berkeley Haas Wine and Speaker Event

Cal alumni came together to enjoy a talk from Garrick Hileman over some wine and snacks. Garrick Hileman (www.garrickhileman.com) is a PhD at LSE who has become one of the leading authorities on the impact of Bitcoin and alternative currencies.  He has spoken at major international conferences, several top tier investment banks, and has been interviewed by CNN, BBC and other news media. Alumni enjoyed listening to such a fantastic speaker share his knowledge on this new, up-and-coming technology. 

10 May, 2014- British 10K Training Run

Alumni came together to train and prepare to run the British 10K that will be on Sunday July 13, 2014.

1 May, 2014- UCSD Mexican Food Cooking Class and Dinner


UCSD Alumni UK invited all UC alumni to join a Mexican street food cooking class and dinner. Hosted at Jamie Oliver's Recipease in Notting Hill, alumni had an entertaining night celebrating "Cinco de Mayo" and the Sun God festival. Laughs were shared over delicious Mexican food resulting to a very fun night!

28 April, 2014- UCLA in Scotland Dinner with Callum Macdonald


Alumni had an exciting evening of discussion and celebration of the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) at an elegant venue in the heart of Edinburgh. Alumni had the opportunity to connect with distinguished alumni as well as current EAP students from the UCLA community in Scotland. The keynote speaker was Calum Macdonald who spoke about developments in the renwable energy sector and his career as a clean-tech entrepreneur. Formerly a Member of Parliament for the Western Isles, Calum is currently a Director at Point and Sandwick Power and An Teallach Energy. Previously he was Commissioner for the Forestry Commission Scotland. Calum holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA.

12 April, 2014- British 10K Training Run

Alumni came together to train and prepare to run the British 10K that will be on Sunday July 13, 2014.

30 March, 2014- British 10K Training Run

Alumni came together to train and prepare to run the British 10K that will be on Sunday July 13, 2014.

16 March, 2014- British 10K Training Run

Alumni came together to train and prepare to run the British 10K that will be on Sunday July 13, 2014.

4 March, 2014- UCLA Librarian Dinner


UCLA alumni joined newly appointed UCLA University Librarian, Virginia Steel, for a special evening discussing some of the interesting developments at the UCLA Library. Ms. Steel shared images and discussed how spectral imaging was recently utilized to make legible for the first time the field diary kept by famous explorer Dr. Livingston of his journey through East Africa.  She also provided a brief glimpse of the online exhibit of one of UCLA’s most distinguished alumni Nobel Prize winner Ralph Johnson Bunche, as well as a peek at the online exhibit of the A&M Records Collection, and finally highlighted the online access that alumni have to UCLA Library collections. Accompanying Ms. Steel was Deborah Miller, Executive Director of Campus-Wide Initiatives at UCLA External Affairs, who offered updates on campus developments. Alumni enjoyed learning about how technology is changing the face of libraries and providing opportunities for unprecedented access to online exhibits, archives, and digital materials all over a delicious three-course dinner at the Pelham Hotel. 

2 March, 2014- British 10K Training Run

Alumni came together to train and prepare to run the British 10K that will be on Sunday July 13, 2014.

26 February, 2014- Cal Tax Workshop

Geoff Kertesz, President of the Berkeley Club of London, hosted an informative tax workshop for UC alumni. A special panel of tax and wealth planning specialists were there to discuss issues facing American expats living in the United Kingdom. Topics covered "Inheritance & Tax Planning for Americans" by Christopher McLemore an Attorney at Withers LLP, and "US & UK Tax Compliance & Advice" by Scott Barber a Partner at Buzzacott Chartered Accountants. A special thanks to Withers Worldwide who sponsored the event

For any questions or more information regarding the Berkeley Club of London, please contact geoffk@cal.berkeley.edu.

16 February, 2014- British 10K Training Run

Alumni came together to train and prepare to run the British 10K that will be on Sunday July 13, 2014.

11 February, 2014- UCSB Taco Night in London! 


UCSB Alumni Club UK hosted a taco night at Lupita's where alumni were able to dig in to authentic Mexican food, enjoy delicious beers and margaritas, and most importantly raise money for the UCSB UK EAP Scholarship Fund! The motto for the night: "Do well (eat yummy tacos) and do good (support scholarships for UCSB students)!"

2 February, 2014- British 10K Training Run

Alumni came together to train and prepare to run the British 10K that will be on Sunday July 13, 2014. bruin olympics