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.