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 Chinese New Year. 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 2018-19 academic year:
- 6 October 2018 – Induction Formal
- 1 November 2018 – Bonfire Night Formal
- 13 December 2018 – Christmas Formal
- 26 January 2019 – Burns Night Formal
- 5 February 2019 – Chinese New Year Formal
- 28 March 2019 – Castle Formal
- 3 May 2019 – Honours Formal
- 6 June 2019 – Summer Ball