Development update

3rd May 2017

Alumni news

Development Director Julie Hage reports on alumni events and activities.

"Here in the US, Wadham hosted the first series of events on the West Coast of America for several years, welcoming alumni based in Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Francisco before flying over to New York. Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson met with alumni in LA and Palo Alto and the Warden Ken Macdonald QC and his wife Linda Zuck attended all the US events.

"We are excited to invite all our US based alumni to an exclusive panel discussion in San Francisco on 25 May, discussing ‘The rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: How will the internet of things and artificial intelligence shape our future? Our panel includes three distinguished alumni, CEO of Rolls-Royce and former CEO of ARM Holdings, Warren East, AI specialist Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, and Kathleen Sullivan, partner and chair of the national appellate practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. They will be joined by Director of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, Murat Sönmez. Whether you are US based or just visiting, do come along for a fiery debate.

"In March some 30 Wadham alumni based in and around Singapore gathered at Sum-Yi-Tai in the Telok Ayer district of the City at an event hosted by Eu-Yen Tay (Law, 2002). Lindemann Fellow and Tutor in Physics Martin Bureau and Deputy Director of Development, Marco Zhang represented Wadham and were delighted to meet such an enthusiastic group of Wadham alumni who are achieving extraordinary heights in their various careers.

"Back at Wadham in March alumni from the early seventies enjoyed a lively Gaudy dinner and drinks party. More than 100 guests were gathered, including Wadham’s first brother and sister, Peter Lawson (German, 1970) and Nicky Pinkney (Law, 1974), members of the College’s first women’s rowing crew and representatives of the 1971/72 University Challenge team. Students from the years 1970 to 1974, some of whom journeyed in from the USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and Ireland were reunited with former tutors and old friends.

"London based alumni got together for an informal dinner in Farringdon, where former SU President Simon Milner (History, 1985) shared insights from his current role as Public Policy Director of Facebook.

"Despite their best efforts our golfing alumni admitted defeat to Hertford in this year’s Intercollegiate Championship. Wadham Alumni Golf Society (WAGS) is calling on younger players to get in touch via the Development Office and join the team.

"Wadham ‘Circles’ members and loyal donors met at the Duveen Gallery at the British Museum to view the renowned Parthenon Marbles and to hear an informative and entertaining debate on whether the Marbles should remain in London or return to Athens. Forrest-Derow Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History Peter Thonemann chaired the discussion and led a tour of the marbles. After heated discussion, alumni voted that the marbles should stay in London.

"Wadham alumni also embraced our most recent telephone campaign in March which reached more than 350 alumni around the world. Twelve enthusiastic students spoke to alumni from across the generations. The callers heard stories of Wadham’s past, shared current news and received valuable career advice in addition to raising support for the College. During the campaign, over half of alumni contacted made a gift, pledging a total of £190,000 to the Wadham Fund in just a week and a half! We are so very grateful for your support.  The Wadham Fund is a way for alumni to give directly to the support of current students with donations going towards Student Hardship Grants, the College’s ambitious Access and Outreach programme and support for the Tutorial System.

"Also on the fundraising side, Wadham students successfully launched the #IGaveToDorothy campaign with a popular wine and cheese evening in March.  One week into the campaign, almost 20 percent of leavers had already donated, releasing almost £2,000 in matched funding. Funds will go to an accessibility ramp to the C Day-Lewis room.

"Thanks to your support, Wadham’s Access and Outreach work, funded by you through our Access to Excellence  programme is reaching out to more and more young people. Throughout Trinity term we are hosting aspiration days, school visits, residential programmes and sustained schemes in addition to a teachers conference focused on the admissions process. We are publicising places on our Classics and Politics summer schools and planning the Engineering and Maths summer programmes.

"On the building front, demolition has started to make way for our new student accommodation building in Iffley Road, The Dorothy Wadham Building, which will house our second year students from 2019. And plans for the new William Doo Undergraduate Centre and the Dr Lee Shau Kee Building on the Wadham site are coming together and we look forward to sharing images and plans with you very soon.

"Hopefully you will all have received your copy of the Wadham Gazette by now – if you haven’t please do let us know. If you would prefer to view the publication online then please click here.

"I look forward to returning to Oxford in June, and seeing many of you at the Benefactors’ Garden Party on 24 June. In the meantime please do stay in touch by contacting me at julie.hage@wadham.ox.ac.uk"