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Alumni Networks Newsletter

August 2011

The University of Oxford




Welcome to the third Alumni Networks Newsletter, keeping you informed of the latest news and developments from the University and its vibrant Alumni Network at home and abroad. After the great success of the Alumni Volunteers’ Leadership Conference, which gave us the opportunity to share best practice and celebrate and thank our dedicated alumni branch offices, one of the next major Alumni events on the horizon is the Oxford Alumni Weekend. In this edition we take a look back at the Conference as well as looking forward to the forthcoming Alumni Weekend, giving more information about the Branch Officers’ Lunch and Networking. In other news, I am also pleased to introduce myself as the Alumni Office’s Communications and Networks Assistant. I will be working with the Alumni Networks Manager Zoe Washford part-time to support the branches for the next few months and am delighted to have joined such a lively team, contributing to the invaluable work of the Alumni Office. I do hope that you enjoy reading this issue and welcome any feedback. Best wishes, Joby Mullens, Communications and Networks Assistant.
Oxford ’s Access Agreement approved


Students in Oxford

Further to the news article in the previous E-newsletter about Oxford tuition fees, Oxford University ’s Access Agreement has now been approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and is available on the OFFA website and the University website.

Oxford will spend more of its additional fee income on access and financial support than any other university in England (50%) - nearly double the sector average.

The University is offering the lowest income students what is believed to be the most generous financial support package in the country, a combination of both fee waivers and bursaries worth £10,000 in the first year and £6,000 each year thereafter.
Read the story in full.

Read Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton's thoughts on the recent significant developments in the UK higher education landscape.



Alumni Volunteers' Leadership Conference


Alumni Volunteers' Leadership Conference 2011 branding

42 branch representatives from around the world attended the inaugural Alumni Volunteers’ Leadership Conference in July to share best practice and ideas. The weekend also offered us the opportunity to celebrate and thank our dedicated alumni branch officers.

Delegates travelled from as far afield as Fiji to attend the three day event, held at St Anne’s College, with half of those present from the UK .

The conference commenced on Friday with a champagne reception in the Bodleian quad hosted by the Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton, followed by dinner in the Divinity School .  Saturday then offered a full day of activities including branches’ different approaches to volunteering.

David Langer (St Anne’s), founder of Group Spaces participated in a panel on communicating via print, the web and social networking and Berlin and London branch representatives shared best practices in event planning.

Read the story in full.

View event workshops and presentation files.




The invaluable role the Alumni branch network plays in keeping Alumni engaged with Oxford has been highlighted in a short film recorded at the Alumni Volunteers’ Leadership Conference in July.

Several Alumni group volunteers were interviewed during the three-day-event about why they got involved, the benefits and advantages of the network.

View the film.




UK High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago speaks at local OUS meeting


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Magdalen graduate and UK High Commissioner to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Arthur Snell spoke about his illustrious career at a recent meeting of the T&T branch of Oxford University Society.

Mr Snell, who studied History at Magdalen College , was appointed High Commissioner in May this year. The audience heard of his postings to Africa and the Middle East with the Foreign Office during his varied career to date, as well as his views on the relationships between the UK Government and the wider Caribbean area.

The meeting was Held at the High Commissioner’s residence in Maraval on July 20. To find out more about the T&T branch, visit the group’s page on the Alumni website.






A reminder to all branches to do please continue to keep us posted with regards to news and events from your groups so that we can help to spread the word. Please email: with details.



After-work drinks, Basel , Switzerland



The Zurich branch of the Oxford and Cambridge Club has organised after-work Alumni drinks at the Campari Bar in Basel from 6pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday, August 2.

Alumni and friends in the Basel area are invited along To find out more about the regional branch and get in touch, visit the branch page on the Alumni website.




Alumni Weekend 2011 – Meeting Minds - 21st century challenges


Alumni Weekend 2011: 21st century challenges

Alumni group representatives are reminded that they are invited to a special Branch Officers’ Lunch and Networking event as part of this year’s Alumni Weekend, which takes place from 16-18 September.

The lunch itself will be held on 16 September from 11am until 1.40pm at Rhodes House and there will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet and mingle with the OUS Board members.

Don’t forget that you are entitled to a free pass for the full weekend!

For more information, visit the Alumni Weekend website.


The Oxford Institute of Archaeology Golden Jubilee - Open Day



The Oxford Institute of Archaeology celebrates its 50th Anniversary on 29 September 2011. Alumni and friends of the Institute are warmly invited to help mark its Golden Jubilee with an Open Day from 2pm to 5pm, when it will be possible to visit old haunts, catch up with old friends and attend brief presentations on a range of fieldwork and research projects being undertaken by current staff and students. Exhibits relating to the work and history of the Institute will be on display and refreshments will be available.

There will be a drinks reception from 5.30pm to 8pm in the gardens of St Cross College (or in the Hall, if inclement), to which all are welcome. Spaces for the reception are limited. Please email: if you would like to attend.








Cardiff Study Day - Saturday, November 12, National Museum , Cardiff



Alumni Card Benefits
Alumni Card Benefits


New Oxford Alumni Card

There are an increasing number of benefits and discounts associated with the Alumni Card available online and internationally, from 10% off at Blackwell online, as well as in all stores, to Truffle Trees, which you can adopt wherever you are in the world!
2011-2012 Oxford Alumni Travel Programme brochure


Cover of Oxford Alumni Travel Programme brochure summer 2011

The 2011-2012 Oxford Alumni Travel Programme brochure is now available online and in print. For full details of all trips please visit our website, or email: to receive a copy of the brochure in the post. Don’t forget that all trips can be joined without flights.


Travel Photography Competition



The deadline for this year’s Travel photography competition is 1 September, and the theme is  Citius, Altius, Fortius: Swifter, Higher, Stronger - the motto of the Olympics. We are looking forward to your visual interpretations of this theme, sporting or otherwise. Full details of the competition, including information about how to enter and terms and conditions are on our website.

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Upcoming events

Oxford & Cambridge Club, Zurich - Alumni After-work Drinks, Basel

Basel , Switzerland


Oxford Alumni Weekend 2011 - Meeting Minds - 21st Century Challenges - 16-18 Sep 2011



Oxford Institute of Archaeology Golden Jubilee - Open Day



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