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About alumni groups

Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our alumni groups. 

If you have a question which is not answered here, please email the Alumni Networks team. 

You can also find out more about our groups, their activities, and volunteers in the Alumni groups' blog.

Frequently asked questions

What is an Oxford alumni group?

The Alumni Office works to build awareness, engagement and ultimately support for Oxford by offering programmes of value to alumni throughout their lives, wherever they are in the world.

Our regional alumni groups play their part in this by helping to connect Oxonians with one another and the University through a varied programme of events (see below for more information on group events).

Groups also act as ambassadors for the University in their region and have generally evolved over time in locations with high concentrations of Oxford alumni.

What is an 'OxCam' or 'Oxbridge' group?

The concentration of Oxford alumni in countries other than the UK is sometimes not high enough to support a viable regional Oxford group.

If there is a great desire for a group, or a strategic reason for promoting Oxford in that region, an Oxford and Cambridge (OxCam) group can be formed, drawing on alumni of both universities. Joint groups may also be formed with other universities.

There are, nevertheless, also countries and regions with significant Oxonian populations where alumni of both universities wish to form a joint group to pool resources and increase connections.

Around 44% of our regional groups are joint Oxford and Cambridge groups.

How do I find out if there is a group near me?

You can download the Oxford Alumni Network Directory  - our regularly-updated publication listing contact details for the 200+ regional, departmental and interest groups - or search our regional alumni group pages to find your nearest group.

To join a group, either contact them directly via the links to the contact details above or email our Alumni Networks team, who will be happy to pass on your message.

Are there other non-regional alumni groups I can join?

There are a range of other groups open to Oxford alumni, including various departmental groups and a growing number of shared-interest groups.

How do I start a new group?

Alumni interested in setting up a new alumni group should email the Alumni Networks team to find out what is involved and expected of them.

What type of events do groups hold?

Most groups hold at least one major get-together each year, often based around a formal dinner, but many hold regular events as well.

These range from academic lectures and drinks receptions to theatre trips and events organised around the Varsity Boat Race.

Some groups also engage in other activities which benefit current and prospective students – from hosting freshers’ and schools’ outreach events to offering student bursaries and careers mentoring.

For details of forthcoming events, keep an eye out on our Facebook page or visit our events page, where more prominent group events are listed.

Alternatively, email the Alumni Networks team, who hold a comprehensive list of all forthcoming alumni group events and can let you know what is happening near you.

Is there a membership fee to join a group?

The majority of alumni groups do not charge a membership fee, however most groups do charge for members to attend events.

How do I get involved in volunteering with a group?

Many of our groups are made up of a committee of volunteers who give their time and expertise in ensuring its successful running.

Typical roles include treasurer, secretary, chair and vice-chair, while some groups also have other committee roles focussing on outreach, events and social media. Other groups also encourage alumni to play a part in, for instance, organising specific events.

If you would like to get involved with your local group in a voluntary capacity, please get in touch with them via the contact details above (under ‘How do I find out if there is a group near me’)