Alumni Weekend and Gaudy

Join St Anne’s on Saturday 21 September for our Alumni Weekend & Gaudy. The day includes free lectures and refreshments along with a paid drinks reception and 3-course plated dinner to end the day. Alumnae and your families from all generations are encouraged to join us for the entire weekend of activities and lectures hosted by the University and departments.

Please note that the booking deadline for this event has now passed. If you have any queries please email the Development Office at


10.30am: Refreshments

11.00am: Founding Fellows’ Lecture by Professor Peter Jeavons and Professor Alex Rogers (Computer Science): The resistible rise of Artificial Intelligence

Advances in computer science and technology are leading to remarkable developments in AI. Is it time to start worrying?

12.00 noon Buffet lunch (£13 per person)

OR  12.15pm: Plumer Society Lunch (invitation only)

2.30pm Gaudy Seminar: How bad is the current crisis of American democracy?
Speaker: Professor Adam Smith
The current sense of crisis is driven by the anxiety about creeping authoritarianism and corruption, a dis-informed electorate and unaccountable social media giants. But American democracy has always been ‘in crisis’ ever since the idea of the US as a ‘democracy’ emerged in the 1830s. How does the current sense of crisis compare to those of the past, and does the US any longer have the resources to address the democratic challenges it faces?

3.30pm: Family Afternoon Tea

All St Anne’s alumnae and their families are invited to meet the College’s Principal, Helen King, over tea and cakes.

5.00pm: St Anne’s Society Annual General Meeting 2019

7.00pm: Pre-dinner drinks reception for St Anne’s alumnae and guests

7.30pm: Dinner for St Anne’s alumnae and guests


10.30am: Gaudy service for St Anne’s alumnae