Oriel's Alumni Weekend Goes Virtual

  • Collage of faces of those who presented at the Oriel College Virtual Alumni Weekend
17 September, 2020

In yet another event to 'go virtual', our Development and Alumni Engagement team delivered Oriel's first-ever Virtual Alumni Weekend on Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th September, in place of the event that usually takes place in College to coincide with the University's Alumni Weekend celebrations.

Although Orielenses couldn't be here in person, they enjoyed a range of live and pre-recorded sessions throughout the weekend, many of which are now available on the Oriel Alumni website.

The day began with a welcome from Provost Neil Mendoza (1978) in which he updated us on what has been going on in College, and plans for the future. This then led into the academic content, with some fascinating insights into how Biomedical sciences are helping with the fight against COVID-19 from Professor Max Crispin (1997) and George Moody Fellow and Tutor in Biochemistry Professor Lynne Cox.

Alumni also enjoyed a brilliant experiment led by Fellow and Tutor in Physics Dr Andrew Wells examining the potential fate of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets in a warming world. The live events on Saturday closed with a quiz led by Orielensis Frank Hardee (2004) in which Robin Horton (1991) was victorious, winning a coveted bottle of College Port!

On Sunday pre-recorded updates were made available, including music from our College Choir, updates on Outreach and the College Library and some more academic lectures from Professor Hindy Najman, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, and Professor Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, Colin Prestige Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy.

All the content from the weekend is now available on the Oriel Alumni website, so please do take a look!

Thank you to our academics and staff for the wonderful content they provided. We know that our attendees appreciated their efforts, and all who took part were delighted by the high levels of engagement and interest.