Hilary Term 2019
Welcome to the Hilary Term 2019 edition of the E-Somervillian.
We have a packed term of events ahead of us. In particular, the Public Policy panel on the future of the NHS on January 23rd should be an intriguing discussion and an excellent networking opportunity for Somervillians working in public policy and the civil service. Tickets for this event, featuring Dame Fiona Caldicott, Farah Bhatti and Anita Charlesworth, are £15 (£10 for alumni who matriculated in 2013 or after). Guests are very welcome. Please click here to book online, or call Amelia on 01865 280626 to book.
Another date to look out for is January 31st, when the Principal will host a Manchester gathering at the People’s History Museum. Jan chairs the Museum’s board of trustees, which also includes Somervillian Lucy Powell MP. The event will include a special tour of the soon-to-close exhibition ‘Represent! Voices 100 Years On’, which reflects on the suffragists and the suffragettes. Tickets for this event are £20 and guests are welcome. Again, there is a reduced ticket price of £10 for alumni who matriculated in 2013 or later. Please click here to book online or call Amelia on 01865 280626.
The London Group, meeting at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on February 4th, will host author, journalist and broadcaster Tim Marshall, discussing his latest book. Tim Marshall was diplomatic editor and foreign correspondent for Sky News. His new book, Divided, examines the 6,000 miles of walls that have been erected across the globe in response to a new era of nationalism and identity politics. Tickets are £25 (£10 for alumni who matriculated in 2012 and later) and all Somervillians and guests are welcome. Please note that the Oxford and Cambridge Club has a dress code. To book online, please click here.
Somerville will host its annual Alumni Winter Meeting on Saturday, 9th March 2019. This year, we are delighted to welcome popular lexicographer, Countdown broadcaster, and fellow Somervillian, Susie Dent. The Winter Meeting will start at 2.45pm; further details will be available closer to the event.
Finally, we are excited to confirm that we will be hosting an Alumni Weekend in Japan this term. We will be in Tokyo from 22-24 March for the event, entitled ‘Meeting Minds’. Look out for more information in the weeks ahead.
Details of all our events are at the bottom of the page, and we hope to see you very soon!
There is also a major anniversary coming up for the Boat Club with the centenary of their foundation in 2021. We are developing an SCBC alumni group in the run-up to the occasion and plan to keep you abreast of developments via the boat club mailing list. If you would like to be added, please email us at email@example.com. You can find out the latest news on the Boat Club in their newsletter.
You might have seen us in the news today regarding our decision to stop serving cephalopods at the Freshers’ Dinner. We’re very pleased that our hard work on improving access to the college hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Daily Telegraph. University is about broadening horizons and trying out new experiences, and we certainly don’t want to make any assumptions about what our students might want to eat based on their background. We simply want to make sure that, at Freshers’ Dinner at least, food is served that everyone is likely to be comfortable with. After all, arriving at Oxford for the first time is quite enough for most people’s plates!
With kind regards and best wishes,
The Somerville Alumni and Development Team
A panel discussion featuring Dame Fiona Caldicott, Professor Farah Bhatti, and Anita Charlesworth on 'The NHS: Where are we now?' at the Oxford & Cambridge Club
Exhibition tour and drinks reception hosted by the Principal. Invitations with booking details will be sent out in early January
Tim Marshall will speak at the Oxford & Cambridge Club about his book "Divided"
A 10th renunion reception and dinner for alumni who matriculated in 2008
Save the date - details to follow
Professor Katherine Blundell OBE delivers this year's Dorothy Hodgkin Memorial lecture.
We are delighted to welcome broadcaster and Somervillian Susie Dent as our special guest at this year's Winter Meeting. More details to follow.
A 60th reunion luncheon for alumni who matriculated in 1958. Further details to follow.
A 30th reunion luncheon for alumni who matribulated in 1988.
A 20th reunion luncheon for alumni who matriculated in 1998.