OUS Victoria - Rhodes Scholars Victoria and Exeter College Dinner

Oxonians, Rhodes Scholars and other Oxonians in Melbourne gathered for a dinner on 14 December to welcome the guest of honour, Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Rector of Exeter College and a Rhodes Scholar from Rhode Island.

Twenty eight guests representing nine Oxford colleges enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and appreciated the opportunity provided by the clear, warm evening to see the rapidly changing Melbourne skyline.  A meal of roasted beetroot, goats cheese and carmelised onion tart was followed by bay leaf scented, seared salmon served with a fresh capsicum salsa.

OUS Hertfordshire - Musical Soirée

On 10 December, OUS Hertfordshire held their 11th annual musical soiree at the house of Ian Senior, Chairman. For the second year running, we invited Emmanuel Bach (Magdalen 2008) to perform because his recital in 2014 was so outstanding.

He is now in his second year at the RCM and his performance biography is already remarkable. He was accompanied by his mother, Jenny Stern, a concert pianist in her own right.  

After the performance mulled wine, canapes and mince pies were served to round off a great start to the festive season.

Pioneering alumni show how to harness the power of mobile technology

Our lives have already been transformed by mobile technology, but bigger and better developments are yet to come. That was the message from experts as they shared their insights and experiences from the digital world at a professional networking event for Oxford alumni. From advice about launching an app to the game-changing reality of mobile communications, the alumni speakers focused on how to maximise the opportunities created by technological innovation.

Tamara Sword (St Hilda’s, MSt Women’s Studies) set the context by describing transformative and rapid progress. She spoke of ‘seismic changes’ and referred to mind-boggling statistics to emphasise the ubiquity of mobile phones: there are 1.3 billion smart phones in the world, on average people check their mobile phones 150 times a day (some people even look at them 900 times a day), and 85% of time spent using mobiles is spent using apps.

The co-founder of the app infltr continued by sharing tips gained from promoting the camera app that enables people to apply filters to photographs taken with their camera phones. She explained the importance of improving apps in response to feedback, as well as the need to work with Apple’s developer relations team. Infltr has been named Best New App by Apple in more than 40 countries. Sword also encouraged entrepreneurs to engage with their customers, believe in their products, and to treat journalists like investors.

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Oxford & Cambridge Society of Peru - Conference on the Politics of Latin America

On November 25, the members of the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Peru got together in the British ambassador's Residence in Lima for a conference given by Dr John Crabtree, from the Latin American institute of the Saint Antony. 

Dr Crabtree is a well known expert and investigator in the politics of the Andean countries, and gave us an interesting introduction to the history and trends of the politics in Peru. The timing was perfect, since there is great expectation in the subject due that there will be presidential elections next April.

Marlborough Arms: bed and breakfast

Submitted by guy on Tue, 2015-11-24 14:00

Situated in the heart of Woodstock, The Marlborough Arms is a beautiful fifteenth century coaching inn that overlooks the town’s historical streets. Log fires are lit in the winter and the courtyard garden is a summer sun trap.

Local attractions include Blenheim Palace, which is within walking distance, and Waddesdon Manor, which is a short drive away.

Exclusive use hire is available for private parties and dinners for up to 100 guests.

Benefits for alumni: Oxford Alumni Card-holders benefit from:

  • a 10% discount off the best available rate for accommodation
  • discounted room hire when booking a function room for private parties

How to claim: Please quote your alumni card number at the time of booking and show your Oxford Alumni Card when you arrive. Discounts apply to Oxford Alumni Card-holders who pre-book their stay and are not available to on-the-day bookers. Please note that discounts are subject to availability.

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Start and end date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 13