Univ’s Development Office organises a wide range of alumni events, including year and subject group reunions, seminars and sporting events.
Reunions often take the form of a lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, and frequently include a presentation by a Fellow or other member of the College, or a seminar.
Some events are organised alongside the University’s main alumni events programme, such as the Alumni Weekend in the autumn, or the North American and European Reunion.
Events are organised throughout the year in College, London and throughout many parts of the world. Details can be found on our Events page and reports on many events can be read on our News and Features pages.
“No matter how long we’re away, there is something so compelling about Univ that means whenever we return, it always feels like coming home.” – Damian Sandys (1998, English)
Further details of events organised by the Development Office, and a small selection of photographs, can be found below.
Each year Univ hosts a Golden Anniversary Reunion to celebrate 50 years since matriculation. The event usually takes place on a Sunday in September, and includes a Master’s reception, lunch, and a symposium. Each year matriculants from around the globe travel back to Oxford for the chance to reconnect with old friends, and the event is accompanied by a year of fundraising from that year group which supports College scholarships and improvements to student life.
Both the Golden Anniversary event and accompanying fundraising appeal are organised by a dedicated matriculation year committee. If you would like to join the committee for your upcoming Golden Anniversary Reunion, then please contact the Development Office E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unlike Golden Anniversaries, which celebrate a single matriculation year, sometimes a group of years, for example 1980-1983, will be invited to attend a Gaudy. Baroness Amos, the Master, normally attends all Gaudies and other reunions, and Univ Fellows, the Chaplain and representatives from the Development Office are also invited to attend. Gaudies usually include a drinks reception, a presentation by a Fellow, a black-tie dinner in Hall, and speeches by the Master and an Old Member.
“The Gaudy reminded me, once again, how lucky I was to be able to study at Oxford and in particular, at Univ. It has shaped my life, and I am so grateful for the learning and experience and friendships I took from those three years.” – John Sills (1977, PPE)
Univ Annual Seminar
For more than a dozen years the Univ Annual Seminar has taken place in the autumn, with all members of the College – past and present – invited to attend. The Seminar focuses on a topical theme and panel members (who are Old Members of the College) are invited to respond. The Seminar is chaired by the Master with previous topics including “Beyond Fantasy or Fear: The Future of Britain Outside the European Union” (2014), “The Crisis of the Home: the Delicate Balance Between Britain’s Housing Crunch and its Environmental Commitments” (2015), and “How can the Government Meet the Challenges of Brexit?” (2016).
Univ Society London Dinner
All members of the College – past and present – are automatically members of the Univ Society and are invited to attend the annual dinner in London. The 13th Univ Society London Dinner was held in February 2017 at the RAC, London. Previous guest speakers have included Roz Savage (1986, Law), Paul Gambaccini (1970, PPE), Christina Lamb (1983, PPE), Colin Moynihan (1974, PPE), John Ritch (1965, PPE) and Jonathan Powell (1974, History).
Advent Carol Service
A special carol service to celebrate advent is held in Univ Chapel each year for Old Members of the College, followed by mulled wine and mince pies in Hall.
William of Durham Day
The College provides an annual day for those Old Members and friends who have very kindly made provision for Univ in their will. The programme generally includes lunch, a drinks reception, a talk or presentation and a special performance of that year’s Garden Play by the Univ Players.
Since 2020, the College has been running virtual events to bring together alumni, students, Fellows and friends of the College from around the world.
The Univ Virtual Book Club is for Old Members and friends of the College. One of the College’s Fellows or an OM will propose an insightful read designed to encourage a stimulating discussion. Attendees will have time to delve into the book before convening for a virtual roundtable discussion, facilitated by the same Fellow or OM.
The Master regularly hosts a virtual event called Global Conversations from Univ. Speakers include OMs and leading public figures. Topics of previous conversations have included Superpowers: The Long View of the US and China, Fake News, Multilateralism and Inclusion, Diversity and Access.
Many of these virtual events are subsequently made available on the Univ Podcasts page.
Alumni and students should automatically be on the invitation list for virtual events but if not please email: email@example.com