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Alumnae Info and FAQs

St Anne’s is committed to keeping our world-wide community of alumnae and friends in touch with each other, and with the College.

The Development Office is always happy to welcome visiting alumnae and to answer general queries. We can forward letters and emails, and may be able to put you in touch with old friends or other alumnae in your locality or area of work.

The resources below will help you answer questions about the St Anne’s Society, inform you of the benefits available to alumnae, and provide you with access to College publications and more. Please contact us at with any queries.

If you would like to amend your contact preferences, send us your news, or update your address, you can do this by emailing us, or by completing this form and returning it to us at St Anne’s College, Oxford, OX2 6HS.

St Anne’s Society

St Anne’s Society (formerly known as the Association of Senior Members, or ASM) is an alumnae led inclusive organisation, of which all students and alumnae of the College become life members automatically, free of charge.

The Society’s purpose is to engage St Anne’s alumnae all over the world with the College in its aspiration to understand the world and change it for the better.


The SAS Committee meets three times a year and is made up of representatives from all the regional branches and from College.

The Committee organises the annual Gaudy event, which is open to all St Anne’s alumnae and their guests. The Gaudy brings together alumnae with intellectual content and debate, and is an opportunity to be reunited with your contemporaries, meet like-minded people and make new friends. 

If you want to know more about the SAS, or are interested in joining the committee, please contact David Royal at Additionally, you can view the Constitution of the SAS, updated in 2016.

The SAS Committee:

    • President –  David Royal
    • Vice President – Stella Charman
    • Honorary Secretary – Lizzie Gent
    • Honorary Treasurer – Mary Martin
    • Honorary Editor – Judith Vidal-Hall
    • Ex Officio – Clare White and Jason Fiddaman
    • Bristol and West Branch – Lynn Urch
    • Cambridge Branch – Sarah Beeson-Jones
    • London Branch – Clare Dryhurst
    • Midlands Branch – Michele Gawthorpe
    • North East Branch – David Royal
    • Oxford Branch – Jackie Ingram
    • South of England Branch – Stella Charman

If you would like to contact any of the Branch leads or have any questions about the regional groups please email and we would be happy to put you in touch.

Please note that all data given to the St Anne’s Society is outside of St Anne’s College’s remit and control and is not viewable by the College. If you would like to update your details with College, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

If you wish to take an active part in the St Anne’s Society closer to home, there are branches around the country which organise a variety of social events.

Branches also hold events in September for the new Freshers to meet current undergraduates and recent graduates, so they are less apprehensive when they arrive in Oxford.

To find out more about your nearest Branch and its activities, please contact Jason Fiddaman, who will be able to put you in touch with the correct person. 

There are also active groups in New York City and Melbourne. For more information on these groups, or if there isn’t an SAS Branch near you but you would be interested in meeting St Anne’s alumnae and potentially taking the lead with setting up a new branch, please email us at

Please keep in touch with us about your whereabouts, and any other information you would like to share with us. Please log-in to our alumnae area to update your details (you can also view the details we currently hold) or email any changes to


We would like to use your email address to send you news from the University of Oxford, St Anne’s College and St Anne’s Society, updates on our activities, as well as information about careers networking, events (including invitations to Reunions) and fundraising. Changes to the law mean that we cannot continue sending you this type of information without your express consent and we need to make you aware that to improve our communications, we use email monitoring tools.

Please let us know that you are happy for your email address to be used in this way – we will not be able to send any future emails without your express permission.

You can unsubscribe or change your communications preferences at anytime by email –; by post – The Development Office, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS; or by logging into our alumnae area –

Forwarding Mail

If you have recently left St Anne’s College and are expecting mail, please let us know your current address and we will forward this on to you (only available to addresses within the European Union).


You can sign up as a member of our e-group. This gives our 2,400+ e-Group members regular updates on our very latest news and forthcoming events. As a member of the group you will receive our regular e-zine, st@nnes, which covers University stories that have attracted media interest, and rounds up the latest College happenings.

To subscribe, please log-in to the alumnae area and update your communication preferences.

Social Media

You can also keep up-to-date with news and events at St Anne’s by joining our groups on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Contact your contemporaries

If you would like to get back in contact with your friends from St Anne’s, we are happy to pass on your message and details to the person you want to contact. We cannot give you any personal details of our graduates as this is prohibited in regulations laid out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

First contact the Development Office, giving us your friend’s name and where possible their course and year of matriculation.

We will confirm whether or not we have an up-to-date email or postal address for them. If we have their email address, please email us with your message asking for it to be forwarded to your friend. Otherwise, please send us the letter you wish to be forwarded in a stamped, unsealed envelope and we will send it on your behalf.

The Oxford alumnae area is available at To log on, you will need your alumnae number, which can be found on your alumnae card or at the bottom of any emails your have received from us under ‘Further Communications’.

St Anne’s produces a number of publications for alumnae and others – if you would like to find out more, have a news story which you would like us to include in a forthcoming edition or would like to offer feedback please contact us at

st@nnes e-newsletter

We sent out an email newsletter 4-5 times each year with an update on the latest College news and highlighted events. To subscribe, please log-in to the alumnae area and update your communication preferences.

Read the latest edition of st@nnes October 2018.

The Ship

All alumnae receive a copy of the annual College record, The Ship, which is edited by Judith Vidal-Hall (Bunting, 1957).

Judith would be happy to hear from anyone who would like to contribute an article, but please contact her before you set pen to paper for guidance on the practicalities of length, format and deadlines.

The Ship 2017/2018

The Ship 2016/2017

The Ship 2015/2016

The Ship 2014/2015

The Ship 2013/2014

Limited copies of the previous five years’ editions are available from the Development Office. Please contact us at if you would like to request one.

Annual Review

Each year, St Anne’s publishes the Annual Review intended for all those who have an interest in the future of the College, and who support its aims.

The Annual Review 2018: This is St Anne’s

The Annual Review 2017

The Annual Review 2016

The Annual Review 2015

The College History

St Anne’s College, Oxford: A Brief History is a fascinating look at the College from its early beginnings as the Association of the Education of Women through its journey to become the Society of Home-Students, the St Anne’s Society and finally gaining full College status in 1952.

A more detailed History covering from 1952 to the present day has been written by Dr David Smith, Librarian. You can view a copy online or contact to request a hard copy.

You are welcome to visit St Anne’s at any time, just register with the Lodge on your way in to College. Please do feel free to contact the Development Office on 01865 284672 or if you would like a guided tour or to pop in for a cup of tea.

Dine in College

College is delighted to be able to offer alumnae the option to dine at St Anne’s at lunchtime on a Monday to Friday during term time. You are welcome to dine on up to two days per term and pay for you and up to three guests to have lunch in the Hall between 12:30 and 1.45 pm. Seating will be with the students in the Hall. This costs £12 (+VAT) per person which includes a main course, two sides, a dessert and a drink. Booking by emailing or calling 01865 284517. Please provide College 2 business days’ notice to so that Development may notify Catering of additional numbers at lunch.

Stay in College

Rooms are clean, comfortable and serviced daily, and whilst not equipped to four-star hotel standard, are provided with towels, toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities and free internet access. You are also welcome to use the College Bar, subject to availability.

The Library

All St Anne’s alumnae are welcome to use the College Library for reference by arrangement with Library staff. Please contact

Any alumnae who simply want to look around the Library and reminisce can collect a fob from the Lodge.

Private Events

You are welcome to host your own event at the College. B&B services are available in addition to facilities that can accommodate small intimate dinners to large multi-room events. The Development Office can assist with event logistics and serve as your St Anne’s contact.

What events have you got coming up?

St Anne’s hosts a varied programme of events throughout the year, including year, decade and subject reunions, our annual Gaudy and our popular St Anne’s in the City programme.

You can see details of all our upcoming events here.

The Development Office is always looking for alumnae who are interested in serving as year, decade or subject reunion champions to bring their contemporaries to the College.  The Development Office will handle all logistics for the event, and send postal and electronic invitations, and are looking for champions who are interested in spread the word about the event via social media platforms and word of mouth.

On 17 June 1979, in the nervous time when the first male Fellows had been elected, and the first male students admitted though they had not yet arrived, a note from the Dean to Governing Body asks hesitantly “Would Governing Body wish ‘he’ (or ‘he/she’) to be substituted for ‘she’ throughout the College Regulations?”  Eventually the question was answered (or perhaps avoided) with the following carefully worded statement which still stands in the preamble to our Regulations: “words importing the feminine gender shall include the masculine and vice versa, where the construction so permits and the Regulations do not otherwise expressly provide”.

In fact the custom that was agreed on at St Anne’s, and continues to this day, is that contrary to usual English-language rules, feminine forms are used as the default where College members being referred to could be either female or male. This custom honours the College’s origins as a female-only institution and does not seek to marginalise men. So it is that we have an Alumnae Relations Officer even though many of our honoured alumnae are, strictly speaking, alumni.

Your Oxford Alumni Card identifies you as a member of the University’s international body of alumni (the Oxford University Society) and carries your unique identification number.

You can use your card to:

Sign up for events and services

Identify yourself as having a connection with the University to those on college premises

Take advantage of a wide range of benefits and discounts

For further information, to find out your alumni number or to apply for an Alumni Card please visit the Oxford University Alumni Office webpages.

Graduates who have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Fine Art can convert their degree to an MA in, or at any time after, the twenty-first term from their Matriculation (ie, seven years after you started studying at Oxford).

Those admitted to the degrees of MEng, MChem, M.Phys, MMath, MESc, or MBiochem do not convert it to an MA (or take an MA in addition), but from their twenty-first term from Matriculation they are automatically entitled to wear an MA gown.

Please contact the academic administrator Sophie Okeke to book. 

St Anne’s College Event Refund Policy

If you should have to cancel your registration, notification in writing should be sent to or by post to The Development Office, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS. Please make sure you state the name of the event and date clearly.

St Anne’s College will provide guests with event refunds based on the following timeline. If you chose to make a donation to College during the event registration process, this would not usually be included as part of the refund.

  • Full refunds for all event and accommodation costs incurred are available from time of booking, up until 2 weeks prior to the event start date.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to offer any refund for cancellations made less than 2 weeks before an event.

Refunds will be processed within 14 working days of notice to cancel.

No shows

If, for whatsoever reason, you do not turn up for the event (a “no show”) this shall be considered a cancellation. You will be charged the full amount for your place and a refund will not be given.

Cancellation of an event

St Anne’s College reserves the right to cancel an event. In the event of such a cancellation and where a fee has been charged to attend, we shall refund the full value of the booking.

St Anne’s College expressly excludes any liability for any direct or indirect losses or damages howsoever arising as a result of such cancellation and will not, for example, be responsible for any travel or accommodation costs incurred.

All reasonable attempts will be made to communicate with those who have registered to attend the event using registrant details provided at the time of event registration. Cancellation details will also be posted on the College website.