Record-breaking Alumni Weekend in Washington DC

More than 600 alumni and guests took part in fascinating and enjoyable academic and social events during the first Alumni Weekend in the American capital.

Oxonians met Professor Louise Richardson, the University of Oxford’s new Vice-Chancellor, and heard from her about the latest developments at Oxford. Scholars and politicians also shared their timely thoughts about US politics, and the latest research on a range of topics, including medicine, the oceans, and the humanities. Highlights included the gala dinner at the Library of Congress – the world’s largest library – and a discussion about leadership with high-profile panelists, including Ambassador Susan Rice (Rhodes Scholar, New alumna), National Security Advisor to US President Barack Obama.

The Alumni Weekend in North America, organised by Oxford’s North American Office, took place on 8 and 9 April, and it was the first time the gathering had taken place outside New York, where it is usually held every two years. This year’s gala dinner attracted more alumni and guests than at the equivalent dinner during previous Alumni Weekends in New York.

At the dinner, the Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, highlighted his long-standing links to the US, where he worked as a political campaigner after graduating. He emphasised the special relationship between the UK and US, and how Oxford continues to educate many young Americans. Today, 1,500 Americans are studying at Oxford, and 26,000 Oxford alumni live in the US.

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Corpus Christi College

Submitted by oliver on Wed, 2016-04-13 15:10

Old Members of Corpus are welcome to visit during regular office hours, but are requested to call at the Lodge to make themselves known to the porters. Non-members of Corpus with alumni cards wishing to come at a specific time should contact the Lodge in advance, in case the College is closed. Corpus does not charge visitors for entry.

Christ Church

Submitted by oliver on Wed, 2016-04-13 13:23

Christ Church allows free access to Alumni Card-holders and one guest. Additional visitors will be required to pay for entry. Alumni Card-holders are admitted during the College's normal visiting hours, which are:

  • Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5:00pm, with a last visitor entry time of 4:15pm.

  • Sunday: 2pm - 5:00pm, with a last visitor entry time of 4:15pm

Brasenose College

Submitted by oliver on Wed, 2016-04-13 13:11

Brasenose College warmly welcomes Alumni Card-holders (no admittance charge). College visiting times for Alumni Card-holders are 10am to 5pm during the Summer months and 10am to 4.30pm during the Winter. Please be advised that access to the Hall may not be given during lunch time (12 - 2pm) and occasionally access may not be allowed if there is a College event in progress. Visits to the College Library are by appointment only. Please contact the Head Porter in advance if you wish to visit with several guests.

Balliol College

Submitted by oliver on Tue, 2016-04-12 16:04

Free access is allowed to Alumni Card-holders and usually four guests are allowed to accompany each Card-holder (but there is a measure of flexibility on the numbers). Alumni Card-holders are not admitted when functions are being held in College (the Card-holder should telephone the College in advance to check).

All Souls College

Submitted by oliver on Tue, 2016-04-12 13:15

The College is open without charge to all visitors 2:00-4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Groups of more than six need to gain permission from the Bursar in advance to visit. All Souls College is closed during Easter and Christmas vacations.

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