The event was part of Wadham’s alumni weekend, starting with the 1610 Society programme of events on Friday 7 September. Professor Ursula Martin, Senior Research Fellow in Computer Science, told 1610 Society members about the remarkable story of Ada Lovelace, often considered the world’s first computer programmer.
1610 Scholar, Zhao Ng (DPhil English, 2015), updated members on her DPhil research project, which started in 2016, then Fellow and Finance Bursar, Dr Peter Alsop, presented news of the College building projects, activities and achievements in line with the Access to Excellence strategy. Sung Evensong in Chapel, with music from Organist Julian Littlewood and the choir, preceded drinks and dinner in Hall, which was hosted by Emeritus Fellow and former Tutor in Medicine, Dr Stephen Goss.
Associate Professor in Law and Senior Research Fellow, Laura Hoyano, hosted the Wadham Alumni Society Dinner on Saturday 8 September. After the society AGM, College Update and drinks in the Ante Chapel, guests enjoyed a Black Tie dinner in Hall. Wadham Alumni Society President, Sachin Patel (Physics, 2001), thanked guests for attending and highlighted the successes of the last year.
Emma Reynolds MP (PPE, 1997) closed the occasion with an entertaining speech and lively Q&A, admitting that 20 years ago, she would never have anticipated UK politics would unfold this way. She said she regretted the negative tone of the Brexit campaign, which has led to a divided nation, and summarised that the outcome really could go in any manner of ways, warning that guests should be prepared for the uncertainty to continue long after 29 March 2019.
All Wadham alumni are members of the Wadham Society. The 1610 Society was developed to bring together a group of like-minded people, and specifically to promote legacy giving and/or significant lifetime gifts that would provide Wadham College with adequate funds to allow it to pursue its goals of academic excellence, independence and inclusivity.