Alumni events

We host regular events throughout the year – locally, nationally and internationally.  They are fun, informative and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new friends.

Our upcoming events are listed below and alumni can continue to book through our events page.

If you are able to bring guests to a particular event, it is indicated on each event. Please let us know if your guest is an Alumnus/Alumna of College and ensure you provide a name, including title, and other details when booking guests.

If you would like to enquire about booking accommodation in College, please see our Bed and Breakfast pages. Alumni are entitled to discounted rooms in College. Please use promo code SMR009 when booking.

March 2017

Avril Bruten Lecture: Margie Orford, ‘Writing Violence: Ethics and Aesthetics’

Wednesday 1 March 5.30pm, Maplethrope Lecture Hall, followed by a reception

Margie Orford is an internationally acclaimed writer. Her Clare Hart novels – a literary crime fiction series that explores violence and its effects in South Africa – are published in the USA and the UK and have been widely translated into more than ten languages. They include Like Clockwork (2008), Blood Rose (2009), Gallows Hill (2001), Daddy’s Girl (2012), and Water Music (2013). They have led to her being described by The Weekender as the ‘queen of South African crime-thriller writers.’

She is also an award-winning journalist who writes for papers in the United Kingdom and South Africa.  Apart from her fiction, she writes regularly about crime, gender violence, politics and freedom of expression, and literature. She has written a number of children’s books and several works of non-fiction on subjects ranging from climate change to rural development.

She was born in London to South African parents, but grew up in Namibia and South Africa where she was educated at the University of Cape Town. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1999 and has Masters in Comparative Literature from the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

She is a member of the executive board of PEN International, the president of  PEN South Africa, the patron of Rape Crisis and of the children’s book charity, the Little Hands Trust.


Tickets: free of charge. Book online now at: events shop

Donors' Dinner - Saturday 4 March 2017-Invitation Only

This special event is by invitation only. It celebrates the achievements that donors have made possible through their support of St Hugh’s College.  Invitations have been posted.

Please rsvp by sending an email to after you have received your invitation.

You can rsvp online now at: events shop.

St Hugh’s College Law Society AGM and Dinner 2017 with Guest Speaker Keir Starmer-11 March

We have the great pleasure in inviting you to the St Hugh’s Law Society’s dinner on Thursday 9 March 2017.  Pre-dinner drinks will be served at 7.00pm for the dinner at 7.30pm. For those of you joining us for the AGM, this will begin at 6pm.

This year’s guest speaker is Sir Keir Starmer, KCB, QC, MP.

Sir Keir Starmer, KCB, QC, MP is a British politician and barrister. Since the 2015 General Election, he has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras. He is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, a position he has held since October 2016. He was Shadow Minister (Home Office) from 2015 to 2016.

Sir Keir studied law at Leeds University (LLB) and Oxford University (BCL). In 1990 he co-founded Doughty Street Chambers with a focus human rights and the death penalty. In 2002, he became Queen’s Counsel.

Between 2002-2007, Sir Keir was a human rights advisor to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland tasked with monitoring whether the newly formed Police Service of Northern Ireland (replacing the RUC) complied with the Human Rights Act.

From 2008 to 2013, Sir Keir was Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service, responsible for public prosecutions in England and Wales. After stepping down as DPP, he worked on Labour’s criminal justice strategy for 2015 – a victims’ law, which was included in the Labour Party’s 2015 election manifesto.

Tickets cost £95 to include a drinks reception, 3-course dinner with wine. Guests welcome.

Space is limited so to reserve you place now please book online at: events shop.

Alumni Association Lunch - Saturday 11 March 2017, 12.30pm for 1.00pm

Join Alumni and Graduate Students of St Hugh’s College for an Alumni Association lunch on:

11 March 2017, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Wordsworth Tea Room, Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre

Tickets: £20 per person (includes a hot buffet lunch and wine or soft drinks)

Dress: Casual

After lunch, St Hugh’s Fellow David Marshall, Professor of Physical Oceanography & Head of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, will speak about his research interests in the global ocean circulation and the role of the oceans in climate, and the challenges faced in addressing these topics in the light of recent political developments.

This is a good opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and learn something new all in an afternoon. Guests are welcome.

We hope you can join us!

To ensure your place at the lunch, book online now at: events shop.

'Meeting Minds' - University of Oxford Alumni Weekend Asia - Singapore, 24-26 March 2017

The Alumni Weekend in Asia will take place in the vibrant city of Singapore, 24-26 March 2017. Alumni and their guests are warmly invited to a range of social and academic events, including talks highlighting Oxford’s latest research, a black tie gala dinner and brunch at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

The programme is available online

St Hugh’s College Dinner in Hong Kong - 23 March 2017

As part of our Alumni Weekend celebrations we will be visiting Hong Kong on Thursday 23rd March.

The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC is delighted to invite Alumni and Friends of St Hugh’s to dinner at the acclaimed Pawn Restaurant.

Co-founded by St Hugh’s alumnus Arnold Wong (Law, 1993), The Pawn is an exciting restaurant and bar in a historic space that was once the famous Woo Cheong pawnshop. In collaboration with celebrated British chef, Tom Aikens, the restaurant offers both traditional and modern British cuisine across two floors, the ‘Botanicals’ bar and second floor ‘Kitchen’.

We are extremely grateful to Arnold Wong for hosting us at this wonderful venue.

Tickets are free to St Hugh’s Alumni & Friends and can be booked at our events shop

St Hugh’s College Dinner in Singapore - 24 March 2017

Continuing our Alumni Weekend celebrations we are delighted to invite alumni and friends of St Hugh’s to dinner hosted by our Principal, The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, at The Fullerton Bay Hotel.

The Fullerton Bay is a modern hotel infused with a sense of refinement and a style that is both contemporary and international. Our venue, La Brasserie, offers superb waterfront views through 10-metre high floor-to-ceiling windows in a classic salon styled restaurant.

Tickets are free to St Hugh’s Alumni & Friends and can be booked at our events shop

April 2017

May Ball and Alumni Reception - Saturday 29 April 2017

You are warmly invited to St Hugh’s Ball 2017!

 On 29th April 2017, St Hugh’s are hosting Trinity Term’s largest black tie ball in Oxford. For one unforgettable night, the grounds of St Hugh’s will be transformed into Eden. At £110, this ball promises to be a night filled with phenomenal entertainment, multiple music tents, and free-flowing food and drink, as the descent from a place of paradise to a world of temptation is made.

 Included in alumni tickets is a drinks reception before the Ball officially gets underway, hosted by our current Principal, the Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC. The 2015 Ball Reception was hugely popular and we have no doubt it will be so again this Ball. It is a great way for old ‘Hughsies’ to catch up whilst overlooking our stunning ball site.

Purchase your ticket online at:



June 2017

Save the date: Garden Party - Sunday 18 June 2017

Join us for our popular Garden Party, taking place on the main lawns on Sunday 18 June 2017

Alumni are welcome to bring friends and family members of all ages.

The St Hugh’s Alumni Association will also hold its Annual General Meeting at 2.00pm.

Details to follow.


September 2017

Save the date: 'Meeting Minds' - University of Oxford Alumni Weekend 15-17 September

The 2016 Alumni weekend was a record-breaking event; featuring more than 100 sessions, and more than 1,800 attendees from 29 countries.

Stay tuned for updates on the 2017 Alumni Weekend, “Meeting Minds”, in Oxford on 15-17 September 2017.

Save the date: Gaudy - Saturday 16 September 2017

Saturday 16 September 2017, 7.00pm for 7.30pm
St Hugh’s College

This event is for St Hugh’s Alumni only.

Join us for a four-course dinner in College with our Principal, Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, and your contemporaries. Dinner will be followed by the Jazz Band playing a light jazz programme in the Mordan Hall, so you can continue your conversations or listen to the music. The Gaudy is open to all matriculant years, with a focus this year on celebrating years: up to and including 1955, 1961-1963, 1981-1983, 1993-1996, 2011-2013.  Jubilee years: 1957 and 1967.

Save the date: Jubilee Lunch - Sunday 17 September 2017

Sunday 17 September  2017
St Hugh’s College

This event is for St Hugh’s Alumni only.

Celebrate your Diamond or Golden Jubilee since matriculation at College. A special jubilee lunch will be held with our Principal,Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, and celebrating  Alumni who matriculated in 1957 and 1967.

Invitations will be mailed to jubilee matriculants


November 2017

Save the date: Advent Carol Service - Sunday 26 November 2017

Join us for the College’s annual Advent Carol Service, to be held on Sunday 26 November at 6:15pm in Mordan Hall.

This popular service is a traditional ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ with familiar seasonal songs, and special pieces performed by the College Choir.

After the service, you are invited to join us for a festive supper in the College Dining Hall, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.  


To rsvp for an upcoming event please visit our events shop


Priority on site is given to alumni and their guests whose mobility is limited. Additional parking is available adjacent to College, on Canterbury Road and St Margaret’s Road, and is limited to two hours per day. Our visit us page has more information on travelling to St Hugh’s.

Event Contact

If you have any questions about our alumni events please contact in the Development team.

Event Cancellations

If you cannot no longer attend an event for which you have booked, please email the Development Office or call 01865 274958. Cancellations received with less than a week’s notice before an event will not receive refunds.

St Hugh’s Graduation Ceremonies

Our Graduation Ceremonies are organised by our College Office. To book your ceremony, please find further information on our Graduation page. If you have any queries, please email the College Office.