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Winter Drinks in London

Group of people smiling at a drinks eventThe Winter drinks event held in The Oxford and Cambridge Club in London witnessed the coming together of both old and new members of our esteemed College. It was a delightful occasion where The Master, Baroness Amos LG warmly welcomed all in attendance. In her address, The Master shed light on a momentous milestone that the College is on the verge of reaching: an impressive 775 years of rich history. This significant achievement serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of our institution. Furthermore, several upcoming events to celebrate this milestone were shared, notably the forthcoming trips to Hong Kong and Singapore scheduled for January 2024, in addition to other noteworthy international events planned in the United States. These international events will play a pivotal role in fostering a sense of global citizenship among our College members. They will serve as platforms for intellectual growth, cross-cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas on a global scale.

Drinks event in sumptuous surroundings One of the most cherished aspects of these alumni gatherings is the profound sense of belonging they instill in us. As we reunite with familiar faces and forge new connections, we are reminded of the enduring bond we share with our alma mater. It is a bond that transcends time and distance. During the event, I had the privilege of engaging in a stimulating conversation with the Director of Development, Communications, and Alumni Relations, Felice Nassar. Our discussion was wide-ranging, encompassing topics as diverse as the latest advancements in science, ongoing development initiatives, updates on the College’s progress, and the rich historical narratives of various geographical regions. It was a reminder of the depth of knowledge and expertise within our college community, a testament to the calibre of individuals who have passed through its halls.

One of the most remarkable facets of our College community is the diversity of academic backgrounds that its members represent. In the course of the evening, I had the pleasure of conversing with peers who hailed from a wide array of disciplines, including history, physics, mathematics, and biology. This diversity in expertise and perspective fosters deep and enlightening conversations, providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas that is truly unparalleled. It is a testament to the College’s commitment to academic excellence and its ability to nurture a community that thrives on intellectual curiosity and exploration.

Two people smiling at a drinks eventLastly, I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Development Office (Felice Nassar, Harriet Bayly, and Tess Raven) for its unwavering dedication in organising these engaging and connecting events. As we look forward to the future, we are reminded that our College’s history is not just a story of the past 775 years but also a narrative that we, as its members, continue to shape and enrich with every interaction, every conversation, and every new experience.

Dr Sylvana Hassanieh (2018, DPhil Cancer Genomics)

Published: 8 December 2023

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