OUS Canberra (ACT) - Event with Professor Sir Hew Strachan

Military historian Professor Sir Hew Strachan reflected on the 2014 commemoration activities of the beginning of the First World War at a recent alumni reception in Canberra.

Thirty-six members of the Oxford and Cambridge Australian Capital Territory (ACT) societies attended the drinks and canapes reception at University House, Australian National University (ANU) to hear Sir Hew’s talk.

OUS Uruguay - Wine Tasting Event

In March the Uruguay Oxonians group met for a very enjoyable evening in Punta del Este. The format was a blind tasting of six Pinot Noir wines from the region kindly organised by Jonathan Lamb. Aficionados might be interested to know that the overall favourite was Aliwen Reserva Pinot Noir from Chile.

Thanks go out to our gracious hosts Jacobo Wolkowicz and his wife Lizzy for providing their beach house with spectacular sunset included. See you all soon!

Nicholas Hanna - Secretary, OUS Uruguay

Professor Hamilton met with alumni in Prague

The alumni society of the Czech Republic had the honour of welcoming Professor Andrew Hamilton and his wife Jennifer in Prague on 5 February 2015. The Vice-Chancellor gave a talk to the alumni in Carolinum, the historic building of the Charles University in Prague, in which he reflected on the changing role of universities in the 21st century, suggesting that their main task will be, as ever, to promote innovation and openness alongside high quality teaching and research.

OUS Munich - Visit to the Exhibition of the Christoph Heilmann Foundation

On Saturday, 14 February we visited the exhibition of the Christoph Heilmann Foundation at Munich's Lenbachhaus. Christoph Heilmann himself gave us a tour through his exhibition, which focusses on European landscape painting from the first half of the 19th century. During this period painters were fascinated by a genuinely sensual approach to nature and a subjective understanding of art.

OUS South West France - Boat Race Event

At the beginning of January this year we had another extremely enjoyable meeting and lunch with the coaches, management and all those aspiring to get into the two boat race crews. It was a greater success than last year because, on this occasion, we all ate together in the training refectory, thus enabling a much greater opportunity to mix - the whole purpose of the exercise.