More than 150 graduates came together to mark the half century of Surrey offering students the opportunity to graduate with a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Dietetics and be eligible to practise as a UK Registered Dietitian.
The event saw Dietetic graduates – many who work in senior positions within the National Health Service, industry, academia, government, research and private practice – watch presentations from alumni from each decade, explore the campus, socialise with old friends and contribute to a memory board about their time at Surrey.
The reunion was organised by Dr Kathryn Hart, Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics, and Dr Jacki Bishop, retired Senior Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics and a past Programme Director for Dietetics, in collaboration with the Forever Surrey alumni network.
Professor Susan Lanham-New, Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the number of graduates, spanning each decade, who returned to celebrate this most significant milestone.
“The students who started at Battersea College of Advanced Technology in 1964 were there when the College got its University Charter and became the University of Surrey. They were the first students to graduate with a BSc (Hons) degree in Dietetics, giving them eligibility to register as Dietitians and work in the NHS.
“Since the very beginning, our Nutrition and Dietetics graduates have enjoyed a wide range of successful careers all over the world, and we are very proud indeed that our degrees continue to offer students the same exciting graduate prospects today.
“A very special thanks to Kathryn, Jacki and the dietetic team for putting on such a fantastic event.”