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 at St Hugh’s and proceeded to a higher degree or diploma, and all members 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 National 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 National Network
Zena Sorokopud is the Alumni Association national coordinator. The aim of the network is to create a vibrant, thriving community of alumni who feel connected to College and each other, wherever they live.
Any member of the Alumni Association is most welcome to organise an event in their home or work area and have it publicised to fellow alumni who would be interested.
In the first instance, please contact Zena Sorokopud (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be delighted to hear from you and offer guidance.
Register Volume 1: Updates
Updates to the College Register Volume 1 can be made using the form here.
Alumni Association Key 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 David Hodges.
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.