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Did you do your DPhil at Oxford? Would you like to come back to talk about your career?

 The Careers Service is looking for speakers for the upcoming events, all held at the Careers Service on Banbury Road, and consisting of 10-15 minute talks from two speakers, question and answers, and an opportunity for informal chat, drinks and nibbles for the last 45 minutes of the session.

If you are available to speak at any of these events or would be interested in participating in similar events next year (featuring different subject areas and employment sectors), Rachel Walls, Careers Adviser for Researchers would love to hear from you as soon as possible:
tel: 01865 274654

The Careers Service really appreciate alumni participation and are able to pay travel expenses.
Women in Academic Careers Panel (for DPhil Students and Research Staff) – Thursday 03 May 2012, 4-6pm
Two female academics will talk of their experiences as women in academia, defining and achieving success, managing work-life balance and much more, with time for questions and networking.
Careers in Academia Panel - for Medical Sciences DPhil Students and Research Staff - Tuesday 08 May 2012, 4-6pm
Hear from, and network with, Oxford alumni with academic positions at other institutions. Find out what life is like at their institutions, how to find and apply for academic jobs and get tips on pursuing this career path.
Non-academic Careers for Researchers in Media and Communications Panel – Tuesday 22 May 2012, 4-6pm
Two Oxford alumni talk about their career transitions from research into non-academic roles in the media and communications sector, with time for questions and networking.
Non-academic Careers for Researchers in Higher Education Panel – Thursday 14 June 2012, 4-6pm
Two Oxford alumni talk about their career transitions from research into non-academic roles in the Higher Education sector, with time for questions and networking.

Story of the Four Minute Mile - share your memories

Oxford Playhouse are devising a production of the story of the four minute mile that Sir Roger Bannister ran at the Iffley Road running track in 1954 -

The director is looking for real memories of the event from the local community and from alumni who were there at the time.

Get in touch with to share your memories

Left Oxford in the last 3 years?

The University is currently reviewing the student digital experience, with a view to introducing a new platform to support teaching, learning and student administration.

The project team would like to talk to young alumni about their experience with digital technologies whilst at Oxford, in both your studies and your social life, but also taking advantage of your experience of any similar technologies you may now be using as a graduate (in business or at another educational institution).

We’ll be holding a focus group in central Oxford on Friday 23 March, from 4-6pm – if you’d be available to attend, or would like more information on the format and content of the group, please email us at by Wednesday 14 March.

If you have feedback for the project team, but can’t get to Oxford for the focus group, please do just drop us a line at the same address – we’d love to hear from you.

Alumni New Year Honours 2012

We are delighted to announce that 44 Oxonians were honoured in the 2012 New Year Honours list. 

View a list of these alumni and details of their honours here

Win a free place on the Oxford University International Creative Writing Summer Programme

The Department for Continuing Education are offering this prize worth over £1000 in a prize draw.

A rich programme awaits: lectures, talks, seminars and readings, given by established authors, agents and editors, and led by tutors who are both published authors and experienced teachers.

This contest is open exclusively to Oxford University Alumni. Good luck!

Enter the competition

Oxford Sports Review 2011

The Oxford University Sports Review 2010-11 is out now. Catch up with the last 12 months in Oxford sport, view the Varsity fixtures list for 2012 and meet some Oxonian Olympic hopefuls.

Read the review

To all Oxford DPhil authors

Response to the Bodleian Libraries’ call for DPhil theses to be digitized has been extremely good (and if you have already proposed your thesis for digitization, there is no need to contact us again). We are pleased to let you know that there is still an opportunity to take up this offer and add your thesis digitized to the Bodleian’s digital collections at no charge.

Theses in digital format are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, as scholars want to make their research widely available and easily find the work of others. Thanks to the generosity and vision of Dr Leonard Polonsky, the Bodleian Libraries are able to offer to digitize a number of Oxford DPhil theses. This opportunity enables us to add to the growing Oxford digital thesis collection, and should result in new citations to your work.

Find out more

New alumni website
23/09/2011 has had a makeover!

This new alumni site has a fresh look and feel and, hopefully, more intuitive navigation to help you find the information you need. The site also allows a lot more interaction between you, the University and each other.

Find out more about what's new and let us know what you think of the site!

What next? Our fifth Alumni Weekend looked to the challenges of the 21st century.

Alumni and friends from as far as Western Australia and Malaysia, and from matriculation years as far apart as 1934 and 2008, joined us on 16-18 September for a packed three days of lectures, tours and workshops.

This year's theme of 21st Century Challenges looked at Oxford's research tackling a number of global issues and gave alumni in those fields an opportunity to discuss their work. Highlights included the keynote lecture by the Chancellor, touching on many of the major issues of the week, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Development and External Affairs Professor Nick Rawlins’ talk on the new era of higher education, which gave alumni  further food for thought on the future of universities. Other talks on offer ranged from nanomedicine to infectious diseases, equality to identity in the digital age.

The sub-theme of London 2012 added a sporting flavour, looking at the role of Oxonians in next year's Olympic Games. This included an opportunity for photos with a replica Olympic torch!

If you missed out this year, you can catch some of the talks coming soon to iTunesU.  Photos will be on the Alumni Weekend website shortly and don't forget to sign up for the mailing list for next year! 14- 16 September 2012

Christmas card competition winners announced

(originally posted 30 August)

First prize in this year's Alumni Christmas card competition goes to Paul Shreder, for his watercolour of Turl Street in the snow.

Second prize goes to Jackie Sunderland for her photograph of South Park in the snow.

Third prize goes to Anna le Moine Gray for her painting of Christmas Lights.

The images will be made into Christmas cards and will be sold by the University of Oxford shop, both online and in the store on the High Street.

The images are also available to view online.

Oxford's Access Agreement approved

(originally posted 3 Aug 2011)

Oxford University's Access Agreement has now been approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Below are listed five things Alumni should know and five actions everyone can help with in relation to the agreement.


Find out more

Alumni Christmas card competition

(originally posted 05 Apr 11)

In conjunction with the University of Oxford Shop, we are offering all Alumni Card-holders the chance to submit a design for a limited edition Alumni Christmas Card, to be sold exclusively by the Shop both in Oxford and online.

Find out more

Dark Blues romp to Boat Race victory

(originally posted 29 Mar 11, source: University Press Office)

Oxford University's Blue boat upset the odds to win the 157th Boat Race, beating Cambridge by four lengths.

The dark blues, who opted for the Surrey side of the river after winning the toss, eased to victory in a time of 17 minutes and 32 seconds.

There was further joy for Oxford as they won the Women's Boat Race at Henley, watched by Sir Steve Redgrave whose daughter Natalie is in the Oxford crew. The Isis boat also triumphed, beating Goldie by six lengths.

Read more

Degree Ceremonies for alumni in 2011 and 2012

(originally posted 25 Mar 11)

If you have not graduated at a degree ceremony in person, and did not receive your degree in absence, it is not too late. The University is holding additional ceremonies in 2011 and 2012.

Take this opportunity to visit your old College, participate in the pageantry of the ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre, receive your certificate, and spend a day in Oxford. Each graduand is entitled to three guests.

Find out if your college is participating

Message to alumni and friends in Japan

(originally posted 16 Mar 11)

Dear Oxonians and Friends,

I am writing to extend my deepest sympathies following recent tragic events in Japan. Since word of the earthquake and tsunami was reported in the UK, we have been both saddened and shocked to hear of the scale of the disaster and the terrible loss of life it has caused. We can only hope that you and your family and friends are safe and the worst of the damage from this devastating series of events is now over.

Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Christine Fairchild.
Director of Alumni Relations

Student funding and an Oxford education

(originally posted 15 Mar 11)

As a result of government changes to the way universities are funded, Oxford has announced its proposed tuition charge and student funding support package for undergraduates for 2012/13. Oxford is to spend 70% of real extra income on new support measures.

First-year Oxford students from the lowest income households will have their tuition charges limited to £3,500 from 2012-13, repayable after graduation, under proposals approved on Monday 14 March by the University’s Council.

Annual charges would be between £3,500 and £9,000 (with lower charges achieved through waivers). Over £15m a year would be spent on financial support and access through tuition charge waivers, bursaries, and outreach work.

Oxford is also expanding its generous bursary provision, which assists students with living costs, and is designed to ensure that no student has to seek paid employment during term.

Further Information:

Read the Vice-Chancellor's letter
Read the full story on
2012/2013 funding video

New Director of Alumni Relations

(originally posted 02 Mar 11)

Christine Fairchild, until recently Executive Director of External Relations at Harvard Business School, has been appointed as Oxford’s next Director of Alumni Relations.

Christine succeeds Lady Nancy Kenny, who retired as Director of Alumni Relations and Secretary of the Oxford University Society in September 2010. She took up her appointment on 7 March 2011.

Find out more

Calling all Oxford D.Phil. authors

(originally posted 01 Mar 11)

Theses in digital format are rapidly becoming ubiquitous, as scholars want to make their research widely available and easily find the work of others. Thanks to the generosity and vision of Dr Leonard Polonsky, the Bodleian Libraries are able to offer to digitise a number of Oxford D.Phil. theses.

This opportunity enables us to add to the growing Oxford digital thesis collection, and should result in new citations to your work.

Find out more