The Association of Senior Members (ASM) officially changed its name to the St Hugh’s Alumni Association at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June 2014.
The St Hugh’s Alumni Association has been in existence since 1928. It is made up of everyone who has matriculated to St Hugh’s, studied at St Hugh’s for a postgraduate degree or diploma, or been a member of the Middle Common Room. The Principal and Fellows are also Life Members of the Association.
The St Hugh’s Alumni Association works alongside the Development Office. Its aim is to promote continuing contact amongst Senior Members and with College drawing on a shared experience of friendship and scholarly adventure first encountered as students at St Hugh’s.
The St Hugh’s Alumni Association edits the annual Chronicle recording life in College and news of Senior Members; is involved in the arrangements for the annual Gaudy dinner; and from time-to-time organises Colloquia on topics of particular interest to Senior Members. It also runs the Regional Network which enables Senior Members to meet one another in their local area. Other projects have included the St Hugh’s College Register 1886-1959, edited by Ann Soutter with Mary Clapinson, which can be bought from our online shop. Its Annual General Meeting is held each year as part of the College garden party.
The St Hugh’s Alumni Association Committee
A small Committee meets regularly to plan these events. The Principal appoints the Governing Body Representative on the Committee. The current President is Ben Parker, and the Hon Secretary is Veronica Lowe. We welcome ideas from Senior Members on useful initiatives the Association might take.
The Regional Network
Zena Sorokopud is the national co-ordinator of the Regional Network. The aim is to create a vibrant, thriving community of alumni, where Senior Members feel connected to College and each other, wherever they live. The Regional Coordinators are:
- Oxfordshire – Sarah Lyon
- London/Herts – Sally Allatt
- Cornwall – Ann Round
- Durham – Helen Goldie
- Gloucestershire – Sam Tolley
- Manchester/Cheshire – Zena Sorokopud
- Midlands/Rugby – Veronica Lowe
- Poole – Jean Monk
- Sussex – Denise Kong
Events are held in all regions of the UK at least once a year. If you would like to organise a regional network event in your area – especially if you live in East Anglia, Wales, Northern Ireland, Glasgow or Yorkshire – please contact Zena who will be happy to advise you on how to do this.
Alumni Association key contacts
Alumni Association regional contacts
The ASM Bursary Fund
The Fund is administered by the College Student Support Committee and has grown out of the ASM Charitable Trust. Originally established 25 years ago to assist Senior Members in financial difficulty, grants have been made to those whose personal circumstances have changed, perhaps after a career break to raise a family or to care for someone in ill health.
In addition, the Fund also offers grants to assist Senior Members in furthering their studies or developing a new career opportunity. Grants are not confined to study at St Hugh’s but are available towards the costs of any academic course. In recent years, the Fund has made grants to recent graduates to help with the expense of travel for an internship and the costs of establishing a new career.
To apply for assistance from the Fund or make a contribution to it, please contact Catherine Barton.
These grants cannot be made without the generosity of others, since the Trust exists from donations made by graduates of St Hugh’s College. If you feel your experience at St Hugh’s gave you the opportunity to make the most of your life, please consider making a donation. A regular gift is much appreciated as it guarantees income, but any donation, however small, is greatly welcome.