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Alumni from across the globe return to celebrate 65 years

HR and Personnel Management reunion marks more than half a century of programmes at Middlesex University

HR reunion at Middlesex UniversityMore than 100 Middlesex alumni from across the world returned to London for the HR and Personnel Management 65th anniversary reunion.

Alumni from as far afield as China, Cyprus and Nigeria were joined by current and former members of staff from the Business School keen to see how their students have fared since graduating from Middlesex.

Over the past 65 years it's not just HR that has changed dramatically, but the Hendon campus too, and the alumni all got a chance to see the brand new facilities current students enjoy at Middlesex during a campus tour in the afternoon. This was followed by a drinks reception and three-course meal in the Rickett Quadrangle, with entertainment provided by a jazz band and singing waiters.

"It was a wonderful day," said Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School Anna Kyprianou.

"Middlesex has pioneered the way HR is taught and forged strong industry and professional links over the past 65 years, and we continue to strive to give our students the best possible preparation for all stages of their careers.

"The reunion was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our graduates' achievements, as well as those of our dedicated academics and researchers, and I'm immensely proud of them all."

One of those to have gone on to enjoy great success since leaving Middlesex is Marcelle Moncrieffe (pictured above right with her sister Desiree and Frank Douglas of the CIPD), who is now the head of human resources at the BBC.

"My sister Desiree and I completed the MA in Human Resource Management and the CIPD qualification," she said.

"Since graduating, both of us have had successful HR careers. It was great to attend the reunion and see the great work Middlesex University continues to do today."

Another reunion attendee, Akua Doreen Owusu-Akonor, former Group Commercial HR Business Partner at Vodafone Group and now Associate Director, HR Portfolio at Leapfrog Investments, agreed it was "a wonderful evening".

"It was a great opportunity to re-connect with old friends and make new ones and I utterly look forward to the next one," she added. "It will only get bigger and better."

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