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OUS Victoria

Melbourne skyline, viewed from Williamstown. By Chris Brown [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


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, while based in Melbourne, does reach out to alumni based elsewhere in the state of Victoria. For instance there is a group of alumni in Geelong who get together for their own events.

We are a vibrant and friendly group of alumni with a diverse age range who meet on a regular basis for social events and to hear interesting speakers.

We plan our events to appeal to as many people as possible, and incorporate drinks after work, regular lunches, and guest speaker occasions.

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 work closely with the Cambridge Society and also have networking drinks with alumni from the Ivy League.

Our annual freshers' farewell party is always a great success. The event gives new students a connection to Oxford and the opportunity to learn from the experiences of those who went up before them. When freshers return as alumni, they form an important part of the younger element in the group. 

There are over 900 Oxford alumni in Victoria, of whom some 400 are members of the OUSV. Have a look at what we do on Facebook – we’re there as OUSV - and find us on the Oxford Alumni Community network.

Email Secretary Emma McCarroll.

Forthcoming events

Third Tuesday of every month: Tuesday Tipple

Venue: Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square, Melbourne 3000

Details:Join the group for informal monthly drinks on the third Tuesday of every month in 2019 (with the exception of December).

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


Oxford and Cambridge Golf day

Date: Sunday 24 March

Date and time: tee off 8.35-9am (arrival at 8am), Devilbend Golf Club, Mornington Peninsula

DetailsWe will have lunch in the clubhouse after the game with partners and friends welcome to join us. Green fees are to be paid on the day and carts can be booked. A relaxed game of golf is played in the Stableford format. There is an individual winner. In addition, there is a friendly “Oxford versus Cambridge” team competition.

Booking: Please contact David Nikolic-Paterson


Kelvin Club Lunch with Peter Batey CMG OBE

Date and time: 12.30 for 1pm, 3 April

CostOUSV Members and guests - $48, Non-members - $58

Details: Peter Batey is an Oxford graduate (PPE, Keble) who has spent much of his working career in China promoting business ties between China and the UK. Whilst at Oxford in 1979 he was President of the Oxford University Student Union. After graduating in 1981 he joined Citibank as an executive trainee. From 1982 to 1986 he was political private secretary to the Rt Hon Sir Edward Heath, KG, MBE (who was the British Prime Minister who was instrumental in restoring diplomatic relations between the UK and China).Peter moved to Beijing in 1986 as a representative of Arthur Andersen, subsequently becoming Chief Representative in China.  In 1989 he and Richard Burn (currently UK Trade Commissioner to China) co-founded Batey Burn, a China-focused investment advisory and government relations business.  After Batey Burn was acquired by APCO in 1999, Peter became Chairman of APCO Asia Ltd, subsequently leaving to co-found Vermillion Partners Ltd in 2004, where he serves as Chairman.

He was awarded an OBE for services to Sino British investment and trade in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1997, and a CMG in the 2015 Birthday Honours List for services to Sino-British relations.

Booking: RSVP by 29 March 2019 to Dr Richard Thwaites 


Boat Race Dinner with the Cambridge Society

Date: 12 April

Venue: The Melbourne Savage Club (12 Bank Place, Melbourne CBD)

Dress code: We encourage anyone who can muster a blazer (rowing or otherwise) to wear it, otherwise it's a tie and jacket for men and equivalent dress for ladies. 

Cost: $95 per head

Details: Pre-dinner drinks will be served from 6.30pm during which we will screen the women’s race, followed shortly after 7 pm with a two-course dinner accompanied with a screening of the men’s race. We are delighted to report that renowned comedienne and fellow alumna Alice Fraser will again be on hand to provide a succinct commentary on rowing and life in general.

Booking: Contact Peter Adams at the Cambridge Society for booking and payment details

OUSV Annual Dinner

Date: 31 August

Details to follow