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OUS Hertfordshire

Welcome to the Hertfordshire branch of the Oxford University Society, one of the most active alumni branches in the UK.

If you would like to become a member, please email group Secretary Simon Double.

Recent events

Violin recital, 11 December 2014

For the past 10 years Herts Branch has hosted a musical evening to showcase the talents of a current or recent Oxonian student. This year the soloist was Emmanuel Bach (Magdalen 2011), a violinist with prodigious talent who is now studying at the Royal College of Music. He was accompanied by his mother, Jenny Stern, a concert pianist.  The performance of one hour was followed by canapes mulled wine and mince pies.

Freshers' Reception - October 2014

For the sixth year, on October 2 the Herts OUS branch hosted a Reception in St. Albans for all this year's Freshers with home addresses in Hertfordshire. 78 such Freshers across the county were invited, and exactly half that number attended.

The most important aspect of the occasion was socialising, as Freshers met others in a similar position to themselves, many of them about to leave home for the first time. The event is a good ice-breaker. Short talks were given by Emma Potts, Director of Student Services in the University, and by Cassandra Kennedy, an undergraduate at Brasenose who had attended the corresponding event two years before.

Copies of a quiz were distributed, the answers being names of Oxford colleges, and the competition for the best entry was won by Alexandra Pugh, a Fresher reading History and French at St. Hugh's, whose entry, all correct, was received by e-mail within 100 minutes of the close of the event.' 


Schools meeting about applying to Oxford

For 12 years Herts Branch has organised a public meeting for Herts County secondary schools about applying to Oxford. The principal speaker is always a member of the University's admissions staff. There is also a panel of 2-4 current Oxford undergraduates who discuss the reality of student life at Oxford. The event has grown in recent years, typically attracting up to 250 pupils and parents from about 20 schools.

Undergraduate Bursary Scheme - £300


The Hertfordshire Branch of the Oxford University Society will again be making one or more bursaries of up to £300 in 2016. The bursaries are given to local undergraduates to provide part funding for projects involving travel, either overseas or in the UK. The bursaries are possible due to the generosity of our local members, who are all alumni/ae of the university, and who contribute voluntarily to our “Outreach” fund. 

The applicant 

a)    Applicant’s home must be in Hertfordshire (NB locations outside the county but with a Hertfordshire postal address do not qualify). Ideally s/he should also have been educated in Hertfordshire. If so, please name the school(s).

b)    The project should usually be in the long vacation and the applicant should have at least one more year studying as an undergraduate at Oxford. Therefore the trip would usually take place at the end of the 1st or 2nd year of study.

Note: those in the 3rd year of a 4-year course (e.g. biochemistry, modern languages) would qualify whereas those in the 3rd year of their undergraduate medical degree (i.e. pre-clinical) would not.

c)    Should be prepared to talk about their trip to members of the group before term begins in January 2016, or to help at our outreach events (information meeting for 6th Formers or Freshers’ party,  both in late September 2016).

The project

d)    Should broadly enrich the University course
e)    Should have an altruistic element
f)    Should be enterprising

The application

•    Must be no more than 200 words (excluding name, address etc.)
•    Should give the estimated total cost of the project to the applicant and how much has been raised so far
•    Should contain a description of the project
•    Should state how the project fulfils criteria d) and e) above
•    Must include name, college, matriculation year, course, phone number, most used e-mail, home address (including post code) and school if relevant (see a)

If the applicant has more than one potential trip (due to applications to more than one project/expedition), they should contact us at the address below with details of the projects and their closing dates as well as telling us which would be the preferred option. We will assess each separate travel project on its merits as above.

Please e-mail the application to the Branch's Honorary Secretary, with subject line: “OUS Herts Branch Travel award 2016”

Closing date: Midnight, Wednesday 16 March 2016.
Applicants will be notified of the results of their application by the middle of April.