Annual and Special Events

A number of special events, organised by a variety of Departments within the University, happen every year at Buckingham.

The Swan Ball is the highpoint of the year, following the Graduation Ceremonies. It is held in a beautiful marquee on Beloff Lawn and is organised by the Student Union. There are always a variety of “live” groups playing a range of music. The evening ends with breakfast and the survivors photograph at 05:30.

Rag Week is organised during our Summer Term and is an opportunity for all of our students, including the freshers, to let their hair down and raise some money for charity. It is always great fun with the Rag Police imposing fines on anyone who doesn’t get into the spirit of things.

The Alumni summer party organised by Publicity is usually held in London during late June. Venues in previous years have included London Zoo and the London Regalia, moored by London Bridge on the Thames. It is very well attended with students from the early days of the University right up to recent graduates attending.

Sporting tournaments often happen year after year, too. One of the most popular is the Chancellor’s Cup, a fiercely contested event with a range of sporting competitions between the Schools. The School of Science & Medicine also holds an annual sports day and barbecue.