Pursue Lifelong Learning

Attend one of HCUK's learning events

After graduation, our alumni have suggested their love of learning remains unabated, and they continue to value intellectual engagement with the university and with fellow graduates. We therefore seek to provide a range of opportunities for lifelong learning, from lectures by visiting Harvard professors, to presentations by fellow alumni on topics of expertise, to collaborations with high-quality external event providers. Our members have been enlightened by Dame Kate Bingham (MBA’91) as she gave a candid presentation on “Lessons from the Vaccine Taskforce” shortly after the nation emerged from the pandemic. We had the opportunity to meet Dame Darcey Bussell and hear her discuss her illustrious career as prima ballerina and TV personality with Royal Opera House producer Peter Jones. Special thanks to Coutts for hosting these events. UK-based SIGs and various HCUK members have brought us virtual programmes on diverse subjects ranging from “Floss or die” with Professor Thomas Dietrich (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and “Building Emotional Resilience during the Covid 19 Pandemic” with Professor Luana Marques (Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School) to “Please, sir, can I go to Harvard?” with Mouhssin Ismail (first Principal of Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, a school that serves students from lower-income backgrounds). HCUK is a staunch supporter of the Allyship Series, a global collaboration on webinars that highlight and combat different forms of bias and discrimination and injustice. Allyship events have addressed topics such as neurodiversity, physical disabilities, indigenous people, anti-Asian bias and other forms of racial discrimination. HCUK has been involved in the organisation of episodes such as one on the war in Ukraine. Let us not forget about our in-person excursions and guided tours of art collections and theatre events. Our connections have sometimes given us rare access to learning events and historic spaces that are not generally available to the public. Our members have had the privilege of visiting Harvard House (not normally open to the public) and other Shakespeare landmarks in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Our Women’s Luncheons have included a private tour of the art collection at Sotheby’s. And thanks to Lord Karan Bilimoria (HBS’11), some of our volunteers had been treated to a very rare tour of certain rooms in the Houses of Parliament.

Upcoming Learning Events

Past Learning Events

Attend an event hosted by an external provider

Here are some external learning providers that are recommended by our alumni:

We have a long-standing relationship with How To Academy that offers HCUK members discounted tickets to their speaking events. Past events have featured Professor Yuval Harari and Natalie Portman (AB’03) in a fireside chat, and Professor Michael Sandel live on stage with Emily Maitlis.

Managing Happiness
ChinaX Book Club
Cognitive Fitness
Public Leadership Credential

Engage with Harvard Faculty online

After graduation, the Harvard educational journey continues. There are plenty of opportunities to engage with Harvard faculty online to dive into topics of lifelong interest, to pursue executive education, or even to earn professional certificates.

HAA offers clubs worldwide the opportunity to connect with the intellectual riches of Harvard via their Speakers Bureau programme. This programme serves international clubs like ours by building upon the collaborative, cohort-based remote model. HCUK organises or collaborates with other international clubs to offer our members webinars with renowned Harvard professors. We have been treated to Professor Michael Brenner talking about the science of cooking and Professor Daniel Shapiro discussing international conflict resolutions.