The Winton Society Newsletter: October 2022

13 Oct 22

Welcome to the Winton Society Autumn Update

It has been an exciting few months for the Winton Society.

We held the first of our Return events, which was a chance for alumni to refocus, recharge and reconnect. Alumnus Rob Peacock talked about finding purpose and meaning in your career and gave some brilliant advice. We will be hosting the next Return event in the series shortly. Another highlight was our first Winton Society Awards celebrating the achievements of our incredible alumni see more details below.

The Old Wintonians gathered for their reunion weekend which was wonderful to see after a two-year break. An August evening saw the 90s decade party the night away like old times in the Student Union, as well as other smaller groups getting together over the summer.

A big thank you to all for being part of this vibrant community. If you want to get more involved then please drop us an email to say hello. We would love to hear from you.


Become a professional mentor

Share your experience, successes and learnings from your career journey to support and encourage a final year student at the start of theirs. A rewarding volunteering opportunity that you can do remotely and fit around your other commitments.

We are particularly looking for mentors with knowledge or experience in media, communications, film, criminology or forensics.

You would need to volunteer for around six hours between November and May, plus induction training.

Email for more information


Looking for a new challenge?

Next week there are a few employability events at the University of Winchester that alumni are welcome to attend if you're looking for a career change or new role:

Health, Wellbeing and Community Careers Fair  Tuesday 18 October 12 – 3 at West Downs Centre 

Policing, Crime and Justice Careers Drop-In  Wednesday 19 October 10 – 1 in the Stripe Foyer  

Graduate Jobs and Placements Fair  Tuesday November 1 November 12 – 3

Click here if you are not registered on Career Connect to access these events and other employability opportunities. 


Calling all Entrepreneurs

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022 we are hosting a couple of alumni-focused events. If you have your own product-based business and would like be part of our Alumni Entrepreneur Marketplace to sell your products, then please get in touch to find out more. The event will take place on Friday 18 November.

Wintrepreneur Alumni Panel

Maybe you have a business idea and are thinking of setting up on your own. Come and hear our inspirational Wintrepreneurs alumni panellists and learn from their start-up success. Book your place here.

We need you!

If you are one of our wonderful alumni entrepreneurs, please get in touch as your story could help inspire the next generation of business owners. 

VentureFest – Free tickets

VentureFest on 17 November, showcases the South’s entrepreneurial talent and businesses. UoW alumni can claim a free ticket with VFestUoW discount code at checkout.  To find out more visit VentureFest

Alumnus talk: Sustainable solutions changing lives

It was a pleasure to welcome Winchester alumnus Andrew Bownds back to campus this week to speak about his journey in founding Eco Brixs and the incredible work they carry out in Uganda tackling plastic pollution and providing meaningful and accessible job opportunities for the community. Grab a cuppa and watch the talk here.

Winton Society Awards 2022

Last month we held the first ‘Winton Society Awards’, an event which recognised and celebrated the achievements of students, staff, and alumni. This year individuals were nominated across five categories in recognition of those who have made exceptional contributions in advancing their field, giving back to the community, or supporting the ongoing development of the University. Vice Chancellor Professor Sarah Greer presented the winners with their awards. Through the magic of technology two of the winners accepted their award online.

The event brought together members from across the University community past and present in an evening of celebration, reflection, and aspiration - thank you to all of those that made the event a success!

The winners are:

Three award winners John Mckenna, Tom Lowe and Sue Wilson, pictured with Vice Chancellor Sarah Greer holding their awards

Photographed above with Vice-Chancellor Professor Sarah Greer: John McKenna (left), Tom Lowe (middle), and Sue Hayward (right)

Congratulations to our wonderful winners and nominees.

Keep posted for details of the Winton Society Awards 2023!

Alumni Artists – Showcase your talent

Winchester has a proud history of educating teachers and one of the subject specialisms available to our teaching students is art. We know that many of our alumni now work as artists, or continue to pursue their art as a hobby, and we are looking into the possibility of holding an alumni ‘open’ group exhibition next summer in our beautiful West Downs Gallery. We invite you to express your interest in taking part in such an exhibition. Our goal is to curate a varied exhibition of excellent work that celebrates the artistic vision of our alumni. 

Please complete this online form before the end of November so that we can gauge the level of interest and we will get back to you.

Save the date: Friday 7 July – Sunday 9 July 2023

The Old Wintonians Working Group is busy planning the next reunion for alumni who attended King Alfred’s College in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Pencil 7 July – 9 July 2023 in your diary and we will be in touch with more details.  

In Memory of…

We have been notified of the deaths of the following people from the University of Winchester and the Winton Society community. We send our condolences to their families.

Please click here for the full list since our last publication in 2020.

Remembering Dr Tim Drey

Charles Nicholas Crawford Drey fondly known to all as ‘Tim’ sadly passed away in May this year. Tim was Vice Principal of King Alfred’s College from 1985 until 1995 serving alongside both Principal John Cranmer and Principal John Dickinson during this 10-year period. Tim was instrumental in developing the curriculum and enabling the college to expand and diversify. His pioneering work and diligence helped shape the University into what it is today.

Memories from Margaret Woodgate, Barbara Heffer and Liz Broughton

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Eleanor Phillips on the 12 August this year.  Eleanor began work at King Alfred’s College in 1975 as Personal Assistant to the Principal, Martial Rose and later worked briefly for Principal, John Cranmer.  She was the guardian of the Principal’s Office – always smiling but ever protective!  During her time at KAC, Eleanor was Resident Warden at St Elizabeth’s Hall Student Accommodation.  She was well respected amongst staff and students. On leaving the College in 1985 she became the Personal Assistant to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Robert Runcie, at Lambeth Palace.  Eleanor continued her links with the College/University through the Winton Club, in recognition of her support of which she was elected a Vice-President in 1985.  In the years following she often attended the Summer Reunion, kept in touch with former student friends and was very supportive of the idea of the Martial Rose Bursary.

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