Meeting Minds: the 2017 Alumni Weekend

28 July 2017

Every year Oxford welcomes its former students back for a weekend of stimulating talks and visits, fond reminiscences and fun. This year’s busy programme of events runs from 15 to 17 September and details can be found on the Oxford alumni website. Be sure to book early as many events prove very popular.

Events at Kellogg College

This year, Kellogg is celebrating in style with a 25-year reunion of the College’s first ever cohort. Dr Geoffrey Thomas and other well known faces from the College’s early days will be joining the party. If this was your era, click to read a message from Navlika Ramjee and Pauline Wainman about the Silver Anniversary Reunion, and please do pass on the message to any friends who might not be aware of it.

Drinks outside the College HubKellogg will also be holding its customary Alumni Lecture and Gaudy Dinner on Saturday 16 September. This year’s Alumni Lecture is entitled 10 years since the crash. The speakers will be our President, Professor Jonathan Michie, and Fellows Dr Yasmin Khan and Dr Johanna Waters. Join us for refreshments from 17:00 in the brand new College Hub, followed by the lecture from 17:30. This will be followed by the Gaudy Dinner: drinks will be at 18:45, followed by the dinner from 19:15.

The Kellogg Alumni Lecture and Gaudy Dinner both need to be booked through the College: email

We look forward to seeing alumni of whatever vintage and learning about your exploits since leaving Kellogg. All other Kellogg members are most welcome to enjoy these special events too.

Alumni Weekend talks by Kellogg members

The following events are part of the general Alumni Weekend programme and will be held at venues across the University.

Saturday 16th September, 11:00–noon
Tony Harrison, metre, memory and class Dr Sandie Byrne, Fellow, will discuss a poet known for writing on art and social class. Tony Harrison has been described as ‘one of the few truly great poets writing in English’ (Melvyn Bragg) and ‘brilliant, passionate, outrageous, abrasive … immeasurably tender’ (Harold Pinter). Come and consider the relationship between Harrison’s poetic form, memory and the mind.

Saturday 16th September, 12:30-13:30
How to look younger, live longer and feel better in mid-life Sir Muir Gray, Visiting Fellow and one of Britain’s leading health experts, is dedicated to keeping us fit, happy and healthy. In this talk, he will address how modern lifestyles involving hours a day sitting at a desk or in a car are contributing to our chances of disease and will suggest some tips that can help us live a longer and healthier life. He will also describe the work he is doing to help the NHS get more value from its £110 Billion and how help to help people grow older better will help the NHS as well as helping individuals.

Saturday 16th September, 16:00-17:00
Harms in healthcare: kings, queens, and how evidence-based medicine could have changed the course of history – Dr Jeffrey Aronson, Dr Marcy McCall MacBain, Bynum Tudor Fellow, and Professor Carl Heneghan, Senior Tutor, will be joined by chair Professor Tilli Tansey of Queen Mary University of London. Historically, great harms were caused to the health of the kings and queens of England. Charles II died suddenly from an apoplectic fit. In the days between the fit and his death, he was subjected to bloodletting, purging and cupping – all to no avail. Could today’s evidence-based interventions have changed the outcome?

Saturday 16th September, 16:00-17:00
Sexing up human pheromonesDr Tristram Wyatt, Emeritus Fellow, will consider how a corporation patented ‘human pheromones’ for profit and created a long lasting myth. How could we establish that we do have pheromones (chemical signals within a species)? One of the most promising leads is communication between mothers and babies, not sex. The talk will be for non-scientists and scientists alike.

The full programme can be found on the Oxford alumni website.