About alumni groups: frequently asked questions

Here are the answers to some of the commonly asked questions about our alumni networks.  If your question is not answered here, please contact us.

You can find out more about our groups, their activities, and their volunteers in the networks blog or by watching our short film.

What is an OUS branch?

What is an 'OxCam' or 'Oxbridge' group?

How do I find out if there is a branch near me?

How do I join my local group?

How do I start a new group?

What type of events do groups hold?

Are there other alumni groups I can join?

What is an OUS branch?

The Oxford University Society exists to bring together alumni of the University, wherever they are in the world. Groups, or branches, have evolved over time in locations with high concentrations of Oxford alumni to give you a local connection to the University. Branches organise a range of activities for members and act as ambassadors for the University in their region. Only Oxford-only groups are referred to as ‘branches’.

What is an 'OxCam' or 'Oxbridge' group?

The concentration of alumni in countries other than the UK is often not high enough to support an Oxford group. If there is great desire for a group, or a strategic reason for promoting Oxford in that region, an Oxford–Cambridge group can be formed, drawing on alumni of both universities to form a viable group. Joint groups may also be formed with other universities.

How do I find out if there is a branch near me?

You can download a copy of our Alumni Networks Directory or search our regional networks pages to find your nearest Oxford (or Oxbridge) group.

How do I join my local group?

Either contact the group’s secretary directly or get in touch with the University's Alumni Office, who will be happy to forward on your message.

How do I start a new group?

Alumni interested in setting up a new group should visit our Alumni Group Resources page to find out more about what is involved and download the 'Oxford Alumni Groups: Overview' document. Here you can also download and complete the ‘Expression of Interest' form and email: networks@alumni.ox.ac.uk to register your interest in setting up a group.

What type of events do groups hold?

Our groups organise a range of events, from balls to hikes. Most groups hold at least one major get-together each year, often based around a formal dinner, but many hold regular informal events as well.

Are there other alumni groups I can join?

There are a range of networks open to Oxford alumni, including a number of subject-based groups and a growing number of interest-based groups and alumni networks for student clubs and societies.