Alumni Events

We host 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 memories.

Our forthcoming events are listed below, with further information and booking details on our Events Page.

May 2018

Law Society AGM and Dinner - Wednesday 16 May: Event Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone this event and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We will advertise here as soon as a new date has been scheduled. In the meantime, we will be issuing full refunds to those who have already booked.

If you have any queries, please contact us at or on +44 (0)1865 613839.

June 2018

Reunion Dinner: 1988-1991 - Friday 22 June - FULLY BOOKED

Reunion Dinner: 1988-1991

Alumni who matriculated between 1988 and 1991 are warmly invited to join their fellow alumni for this very special reunion dinner at St Hugh’s College on Friday 22 June 2018 at 7pm.

The evening will consist of a summer Pimm’s reception in the grounds of the College, followed by a black-tie dinner in the main building. A cash bar will be open late for those who wish to continue celebrating. We are delighted that St Hugh’s Fellow and Tutor in Modern History, Dr Jon Parkin (Modern History, 1988), will be our after dinner speaker.

The dinner is open to alumni only due to limited capacity, but we hope as many of you as possible will join us for this special celebration. Tickets for the reception and dinner are £69 (including wine and port during the meal), and may be booked by click here, by emailing                        or by telephoning +44 (0)1865 613839. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Summer Garden Party, Saturday 23 June, 2pm-5pm

We hope that you will make a weekend of it and join us at our annual Garden Party on Saturday 23 June – a free event in the beautiful grounds of the College open to all alumni, current staff and students, and their guests and family members. This family event includes an afternoon of fun-filled entertainment such as the St Hugh’s Dog Show, circus skills workshops for the children and garden games for all.

If you would like to attend the Garden Party, please register your interest when booking for the reunion dinner.

Overnight Accommodation

We are holding a number of single en-suite rooms in the Maplethorpe Building for reunion dinner guests who wish to stay over on the night of Friday 22 June. These are available at the discounted alumni rate of £50 per room per night on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that you book College accommodation as soon as possible via by clicking here, entering the promotion code stated on your invitation and the date of your stay on the first page.

St Hugh's Garden Party - Saturday 23 June - FULLY BOOKED

Our annual Garden Party – a fun-filled afternoon for all ages in the College grounds – has sold out in record time. We have now started a waiting list; please contact us on or +44 (0)1865 631839 if you would like to be added to this.


Highlights will include the third annual St Hugh’s Dog Show and our inaugural Picture Purrfect cat photo competition, circus skills workshops for children, garden games for all and tours of the College’s beautiful gardens.

Afternoon tea, soft drinks and Pimm’s will be served throughout the afternoon.
Should there be poor weather, the event will take place indoors. (As always, fingers crossed for good weather, and bring a picnic blanket)

Alumni Association AGM - Saturday 23 June

The Alumni Association’s AGM will take place immediately prior to the Garden Party at 13.30 in the Wordsworth Tea Room of the China Centre. The agenda includes the election of officers, elections to the Committee, and a consideration of proposed changes to the Association’s constitution (held over from the Alumni Association event cancelled in March because of inclement weather).

Papers for the AGM are available here. Any nominations for Committee membership should be submitted to the Hon. Sec. Mrs Veronica Lowe +44 (0)1788 815861, to reach her by no later than 4 p.m. on Friday 8 June 2018.

To book your seat please visit the Event page.

Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer Book Launch - Monday 25 June

 Join us in marking the release of Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer, a stunning new book co-authored by Emeritus Fellow of St Hugh’s College, Dr Jeyaraney Kathirithamby.

Dr Kathirithamby will open our celebrations with a public lecture on Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) as a naturalist and scientific illustrator in the Lecture Theatre at the Weston Library. Maria Sibylla was one of the first naturalists to make careful observations of the metamorphosis of insects and amphibians, at a time when little was known about it. Her delicate illustrations were brilliantly coloured, and her notes remarkable for their scientific detail, considering that she only worked with a paint brush and a magnifying glass.

Following the lecture, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a viewing of the Weston Library’s exhibition, ‘Sappho to Suffrage: women who dared’, with an introduction from the exhibition’s curator and St Hugh’s Fellow in History, Professor Senia Paseta. The exhibition features a 1719 facsimile of Maria Sibylla Merian’s engravings of The Insects of Surinam, her magnum opus.

We will arrange transport for St Hugh’s alumni and friends, and their guests, from the Weston Library to St Hugh’s for a reception hosted by the Principal, the Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC.

Tickets for this event are free, but booking is required. To reserve your ticket(s), please click here.

If you have already reserved tickets for the lecture directly through the Bodleian Library and would like to join us for the reception at St Hugh’s, please let the St Hugh’s Development Team know.


To book any of our upcoming events please visit our Events Page

Can I bring a Guest?

Most of our events are open to alumni and their guests, however in some instances – due to the size of venue, etc – we have to limit bookings to alumni only.

Information on guest status can be found on individual Event information.

Parking for Events at St Hugh’s

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.


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

Event Contact

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

Event Cancellations

If you can no longer attend an event for which you have booked, please email the Development Office or call 01865 613839. Cancellations received with less than a week’s notice before an event will not receive refunds.

St Hugh’s Graduation Ceremonies

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.