A few times a term the Ustinov puts on formal dinners. These are three course meals where you sit with your friends, dress up, and have a good old knees up. They are usually based on a theme, and are usually followed by a party in the Sheraton bar or an external location. Past Formal themes include Bonfire Night, Christmas, Burns Night, and Halloween. They really are a fantastic part of the collegiate experience, and GCR members get subsidised tickets.
Format: Depending on the formal, the format is usually as follows. People are seated, then then there are a couple of speeches. Food is then served and there may be some inter-course entertainment. After the dinner is finished (usually about 9.30pm), there is usually a party, either in the Sheraton bar or at an external location.
Formals in the 2020-2021 academic year*:
- 2nd October – Induction Formal
- 6th November – Bonfire Night Formal
- 11th December – Christmas Formal
- 22nd January – Burns Night Formal
- 12th February – Lunar Formal
- TBC – Castle Formal
- 18th June – Summer Ball
- 5th July – College Awards Formal
*Subject to University guidelines on Social gatherings and COVID-19 government regulations.