Convocation, as the body of graduates of the University, was established by Charter of 1858 and flourished throughout the period when the central organs of the University were dominant. Over the years the officers and members of Convocation made a valuable contribution to the affairs of the University.
Following the restructuring of the University, in which many powers were decentralised to the Colleges, the Convocation in its original form was closed. The Convocation Trust, which had been funded from the donations of former students, remained open for the benefit of the University of London community
The Convocation Trust continues to play an active role across the University of London federation. The Trust is run by a management committee made of up of external trustees and is a decision-making body independent of the University’s central management. The Trust’s remit remains the same as that of the previous Convocation association, which is for the benefit of all federal University of London students. In recent years the Trust has funded a range of activities and made numerous grants to areas of the University, including to the Senate House Library..
The Convocation Trust continues to receive donations and support from University of London graduates.
The Convocation Trust Committee of Management has agreed a Statement of principles and working practices and management. Departments of the University and Member Institutions wishing to bid for support from the Convocation Trust for their projects are invited to use the Committee's application form and consult its guidelines.