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.

Details of our forthcoming events are below. Bookings will open very shortly, and further information will be posted on this page. If you would like to register your interest in any of these events, please contact the Development Office on development.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 613839.

September 2018

St Hugh's College Gaudy Weekend – Friday 14 September-Sunday 16 September 2018

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now being taken for the St Hugh’s College Gaudy Weekend celebrations this September.

Centring around the annual Gaudy Dinner on the Saturday night and our Jubilee Lunch on Sunday, this weekend is always a highlight of the College calendar and provides a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new connections and share memories of your time at St Hugh’s.

Details of the programme for this year, and information on how to book tickets and accommodation on the College site for the weekend, are provided below. We hope that you will be able to join us for some or all of the weekend’s activities.

Please note that the booking deadline for the Private Tour and the Gaudy Dinner is Friday 31 August.

 

Friday 14 September

Private Tour of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford – 17.30-18.30

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum of the History of Science when the Museum is closed to the public. The Museum is home to a fascinating collection of early scientific instruments in the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street.

Tickets are £15 and can be booked online here. Alumni are welcome to bring a guest.

 

Saturday 15 September

‘A woman is not a person’, St Hugh’s College – 14.30-16.00

We are delighted to be supporting the St Hugh’s College Alumni Association’s symposium celebrating the life of alumna and law pioneer, Gwyneth Bebb (Law, 1908), one of the first women barristers, and the impact of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which enabled women to enter the professions for the first time. This event will take place as part of the University’s Alumni Weekend programme.

For further information and to book, please visit the University website. St Hugh’s alumni can enter the discount code ‘Bebb’ to book a free ticket (standard price £10), and guests are most welcome.

 

Gaudy Dinner, St Hugh’s College – from 18.00

The Principal, the Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC, will host the St Hugh’s College Gaudy Dinner for alumni on the evening of Saturday 15 September. Our celebrations will open with Evensong in the College Chapel at 18.00. This will be followed by a drinks reception and special viewing of ‘I, The Desert’, an exhibition of oil paintings by alumna, Mary Jose (Geography, 1957), at 18.30, and a formal four-course meal with wine in the Dining Hall at 19.30. Our wonderful band, The Gershwin Gang, will be on hand to provide after-dinner musical entertainment in Mordan Hall. Further information about the exhibition is provided below.

Alumni from all matriculation years are warmly invited to attend; however, every year we encourage alumni in particular matriculation years to join us and take the opportunity to catch up with each other. Our focus years for 2018 are:

1957 and earlier

1964-1966

1984-1986

1999-2001

2014

2015

and our Jubilee years

1948, 1958 and 1968

Tickets for the Gaudy are just £45, and can be booked online here. The dress code for the Gaudy Dinner is black tie.

 

Sunday 16 September

Jubilee Lunch, St Hugh’s College – from 11.00

Our special celebratory lunch for alumni who matriculated in 1948 or earlier, 1958 and 1968 will be hosted by the Principal. Drinks will be served at 12 noon and lunch will follow at 12.30. Guests are warmly invited to join the Gardens team for a tour of the College’s beautiful grounds beforehand, at 11.00.

Invitations and our booking form have recently been mailed to alumnae in our invited matriculation years.

 

Staying in College

A number of bedrooms on the College site are available for alumni to book for the nights of Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September. To reserve your room at the discounted alumni rate, please click here and enter the promotion code included with your Gaudy Weekend invitation.

 

‘I, The Desert’: an exhibition of oil paintings by alumna, Mary Jose (Geography, 1957)

Mary Jose has lived in and visited many of the desert countries of the world, and has expressed her passionate feelings for the desert in a series of over 40 abstract oils. A selection of the series will be exhibited in the Hamlin Gallery from Saturday 15 September, and guests at the Gaudy Dinner are invited to enjoy a special viewing during the drinks reception at 18.30. Each painting is inspired by a poem which is itself inspired by the desert, whether as a physical location or a metaphorical concept. These range from an Afghan woman’s response to constant war to a 6th century Arab poet’s view of his desert life.

If you have any questions about our Gaudy Weekend programme, please email the Development Office on development.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1865 613839.

‘China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors’ – 29 September 2018

Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds, the discovery in 1974 of an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors guarding the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, this fascinating exhibition spans almost 1000 years of Chinese history, from the conflicts of the Warring States period to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties. The exhibition contains new loans from China including terracotta horses shown in the UK for the very first time.

Join us for a viewing of Liverpool World Museum’s exhibition, ‘China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors’ on 29 September 2018, following a buffet lunch and an introductory lecture at the Walker Art Gallery next door.

Following her wonderful presentation on the British Museum’s jade collection as part of the College’s ‘The Art of Collecting’ conference on 1 November 2017, we are delighted to welcome back guest speaker Carol Michaelson to give the introductory lecture. Further information on our guest speaker is provided below.

Tickets for this event are £40 per person, including entry to the exhibition. Guests are most welcome. To reserve your place(s), please click here.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Development Office on development.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 613839.

October 2018

Business Breakfast Series: Juliet Nicolson – 16 October 2018

St Hugh’s alumni and students are warmly invited to join us for the next event in the St Hugh’s College Business Breakfast Series, which will focus on the business of being an author. We are delighted that author and historian Juliet Nicolson (English Language and Literature, 1973) has agreed to join us as our guest speaker. Juliet has published a number of books, fiction and non-fiction, on 20th-century history, including A House Full of Daughters (2016), Abdication (2012) and The Great Silence (2009).

 

This networking breakfast for members of the St Hugh’s community will be held in the Forest Room at exclusive private members’ club, The Hospital Club, in Covent Garden. To book your free ticket, please click here. There is limited capacity so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

If you have any questions about this event, or would like to request an additional guest ticket, please contact the Development Office on development.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 613839. Priority will be given to St Hugh’s alumni and students.

 

The dress code for this event is business attire.

November 2018

Business Breakfast Series: Charlie Curtis – 12 November 2018

We look forward to welcoming Charlie Curtis (Engineering Science, 1991) to lead a networking breakfast event on entrepreneurship in College as part of the St Hugh’s College Business Breakfast Series. An Entrepreneurship Expert with the Entrepreneurship Centre at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, Charlie is the founder of two award-winning start ups, DryGro and Origen Power, and is Lead Innovation Advisor to The Intrapreneur Lab, the world’s largest corporate social accelerator.

 

To book your free ticket, please click here. If you have any questions about this event, or would like to request an additional guest ticket, please contact the Development Office on development.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 613839. Priority will be given to St Hugh’s alumni and students.

 

The dress code for this event is business attire.

Law Society Dinner – 14 November 2018

We are delighted to announce that the next St Hugh’s College Law Society Dinner will take place on Wednesday 14 November 2018 in the fascinating surroundings of the Foundling Museum in London. The evening will open with the Law Society’s AGM at 18.00, followed by a drinks reception and formal dinner from 19.00.

 

We will be joined at this year’s Dinner by distinguished speaker, Professor Kate O’Regan, the inaugural Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Further information about our distinguished speaker is set out below.

 

Alumni tickets are £95, to include a drinks reception and three-course dinner with wine. Guests are most welcome. To book your ticket(s) for this very special event, please click here. Student tickets will be released in early Michaelmas Term.

 

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Development Office on development.office@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 613839.

 

The dress code for this event is business attire.

Booking

Bookings for our forthcoming events will open very shortly.

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.

Accommodation

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.