Happy new year! As 2024 begins to take shape, now seems a good time to look back on another brilliant year for Somerville.

There were our alumni gatherings, with friendships new and renewed both in Oxford and around the UK and the world. It was particularly special for us to be able to meet your families (and get your children started early on being Somerville fans!) at our Family Day on a beautifully warm day in September, the first such event we’ve hosted since 2019. You can see some photo highlights below.

2023 also saw us go even further in our efforts to include the excluded by breaking down financial barriers to studying at Oxford. We awarded our fiftieth Margaret Thatcher and Oxford India Centre scholarships, including the ground-breaking new Savitribai Phule Scholarship for those from the most marginalised backgrounds in India. We also consolidated our work to support refugees as a College of Sanctuary by welcoming our largest ever cohort of Sanctuary Scholars. They have joined what is now the largest overall student body in Somerville’s history, numbering 747 – something our founders never dared to dream of when they welcomed the college’s first 12 students in 1879.