Distinguished Friends of Oxford
The Distinguished Friend of Oxford (DFO) Award was initiated in 1997 to provide the University with a means of formally recognising individuals who have acted as exceptional volunteers for the benefit of the wider collegiate University. The first awards were presented in 1998.
The Award recognises those who have given of their time, contacts and influence in support of an initiative beyond that which can be recognised through traditional channels. Their impact will have been profound and the results would have been impossible to achieve using current available resources. Separate from any financial contributions, their legacy will have had a lasting impact on the collegiate University and they will be perceived as role models to other volunteer contributors.
Recipients of the 2017 Awards were honoured at a ceremony at Keble College on 18 May.
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Mr David Boyle and Mr Colin Wyman (Balliol, 1959)
Mr Gus (Keble and Green Templeton, 1981) and Mrs Jenny Carey (LMH, 1981)
Professor Virander Chauhan (St Catz, 1974)
Mr Stephen Dixon
Mr Gordon Orr (Brasenose, 1981)
Mr Orr has been a key alumni volunteer for the University. Being a member of the China Advisory Group and Vice-Chancellor's Circle, he has helped the University exponentially increase its reach within China. Together with other members of the China Advisory Group, he has actively provided insights and guidance. He also publishes online articles related to Oxford, which help to increase the University’s presence globally. As a trusted adviser to the Oxford China Office, Mr Orr has been generous with his time and unfailing in his support. Additionally, he has been a supporter of the Oxford China Centre since its opening day and has recently become an associate of the Centre. As an influential leader in the business community in China and Hong Kong, as well as a trusted alumnus of Oxford, he has used his unique position to advance the University’s standing in China. He is also a keen supporter of Brasenose College, giving talks to the student community on China.
Sir David Tang KBE
Sir David has been the consummate volunteer for the University, helping increase its network immeasurably within China and Hong Kong. He was instrumental in developing the relationship with Dr Chung Hon Dak, who became a member of the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors. Sir David has also been a frequent generous sponsor to Oxford alumni events in China and Hong Kong. As a trusted adviser and volunteer to the Oxford China Office, he has used his prominent position to advance the University’s outreach in Hong Kong. Sir David met the Chancellor and the former Vice-Chancellor when he hosted dinners and organised a tour of the Bodleian treasures with a group of his prominent friends. These occasions led to significant pledges to the Oxford Thinking Campaign made by his friends. He is a Campaign patron and a supporter of the Ashmolean Museum.
Mr Takashi Uyeno (Linacre, 1968)