OUS Victoria


OUS Victoria (OUSV) is one of the University of Oxford’s 200+ official alumni groups around the world.

The group was established in 1996 and is based in Melbourne, but welcomes alumni from all over the state of Victoria.

We are a vibrant and friendly group of 400-500 alumni with a diverse age range. We meet on a regular basis at formal and informal social events.

Our regular events include our monthly Tuesday Tipple after-work drinks, our quarterly lunches with a guest speaker, and bi-annual golf days.

Our flagship event is our annual dinner, to which we regularly welcome around 100 people, to hear a guest speaker and to catch up with other alumni.

We also work closely with the Cambridge Society to arrange events for the Varsity Match and Boat Race, and also have networking drinks with alumni from the Ivy League.

We also host a Freshers' Farewell party annually to give new students the opportunity to meet other freshers and alumni before they leave Australia. Freshers returning to Melbourne are encouraged to join the group and form an important part of our membership basis.

For more information, please follow us on Facebook (we’re there as OUSV) or contact our Secretary if you’d like to join our newsletter mailing list and become a Member.

Email Secretary Emma McCarroll

Third Tuesday of every month: Tuesday Tipple.

Remaining 2020 dates: Tuesday 20 October, 17 November, 8 December.

Venue: Currently online.

Details: Join the group for informal monthly drinks on the third Tuesday of every month (with the exception of December, when we meet on the second Tuesday of the month!)

Booking: No booking required - please email secretary Emma McCarroll with any enquiries.


Virtual October Lunch with Professor Emeritus Frances Separovic.

Date and time: 12pm,Thursday 22 October.

Venue: Online via Zoom - see booking details below.

Details: Join the group to hear award-winning chemist Professor Separovic from the University of Melbourne's School of Chemistry discuss her latest research at the group's next virtual lunch.

Professor Separovic is a Biophysical Chemist and deputy director of the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne. Her research group centres on the structure and dynamics of molecules in biological membranes, with a focus on peptide antibiotics and toxins.

She is the first female chemist elected to the Australian Academy of Science (2012) and was awarded the ASB Robertson Medal (2009), ANZMAG Medal (2011), Fellow of the Biophysical Society (USA) and ISMAR Fellow (2012), and RACI Margaret Sheil Leadership Award (2019).

She also received an UNSW Alumni Award - Science & Technology (2017), was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women (2018) and appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (2019).

Professor Separovic joined the University of Melbourne in 1996 and served as Assistant Dean (EO) and Associate Dean of the Science Faculty, becoming the first woman professor of chemistry (2005) and Head of School (2010).

She is currently president-elect of the Biophysical Society (USA), Council member of International Union of Pure & Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) and Division I member of IUPAC.

Booking: Please email Richard Thwaites to book and you will be sent a web link by email prior to the event.