OUS Victoria - Cambridge edge out Oxford in an exciting Spring Golf Day

The 2015 Spring Golf Day was a most enjoyable affair held in Melbourne on Sunday, 13 December. Members of the Oxford University Society of Victoria (OUSV) were joined by our Cambridge colleagues for the event.

The weather was perfect for the 17 golfers, including five lady players, who put their game to the test around the beautiful Green Acres Golf Club. There was some excellent golf played with two scores of 38 points (stableford format), and the OUSV trophy going to Paul Ferguson (Oxford) with an impressive 43 points.

Oxford & Cambridge Club of Nigeria

The recently appointed British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Ray Kyles, hosted the Oxford & Cambridge Club of Nigeria to a Cocktail Reception on Friday 4 December 2015 at his residence in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The well attended event presented an opportunity for members of the Club to meet Mr Kyles and also engage with him in an interactive session. 

Marine conversation trip in Cuba

For two weeks over the summer I was lucky enough to spend time in Cuba learning to dive and conducting research into marine biology, thanks to a bursary from OUS Cornwall.

I was working with international conservation organisation Operation Wallacea and spent most of the trip on Isla de la Juventud (the ‘Isle of Youth), off Cuba’s south coast. The research involved collecting and analysing data on benthic communities as well as looking at the ecology of lionfish - a problematic invasive species in the Caribbean.

OUS Munich - Annual Christmas Dinner

In the first week of December 2015, the Oxford Alumni Society Munich group kicked off the Christmas season with its annual Christmas Dinner.

The esteemed chambers of the Kaufmanns-Casino allowed a smooth transition from a sunny Munich mood to the Oxford Christmas spirit. With crackers, crowns, and mince pie, the evening was reminiscent of the Oxfordian Christmas days, only short of Winter Cidre and the many (dubious) attempts at mulled wine.

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.