Alumni Interest Groups

There are a number of groups set up for Oriel Alumni with specific interests.

The Oriel Law Society

The Oriel Law Society is open to any Orielensis who read law or who now practices law in any capacity (irrespective of their degree subject). Membership costs just £20 per year, payable by standing order. The Society is run by a committee which includes both Orielenses and current undergraduate representatives. The current President of the Society is Sir Vivian Ramsey (a former High Court Judge and presently a judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court) and the Chairman is Hamish Lal (a partner at the London office of Jones Day LLP).

The Oriel Law Society runs a number of events every year for the benefits of its members and current undergraduates. These include an annual lecture (held in College) by a distinguished speaker on a legal topic, and an annual dinner (generally held in College, although occasionally in London) in the autumn attended by both current undergraduates and Orielenses. As well as social/networking drinks events, the Society also runs a popular ‘Legal London Day’ for undergraduates reading law (and for any other undergraduate interested in a career in the law), which involves a visit to both a leading law firm and barristers’ chambers, and is intended to provide guidance and assistance for those deciding how to pursue a career in law, as well as a careers day aimed specifically at undergraduates reading degrees other than law.

Society events are also excellent networking opportunities for society members (who come from all parts of the legal profession, including solicitors in private practice, the Bar and in-house) as well as a great way to keep in touch with people from Oriel. The money from subscriptions is very important to us in organising those events, which heavily subsidise the cost for undergraduates.

To join the Law Society please contact our Membership Secretary, Matthew Bool at Ashurst LLP, Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London EC2A 2HA or by email at

To sign up to the Law Society Newsletter please contact our Membership Secretary If you wish to make a contribution to the Newsletter (which are always welcome), please contact The 2014 edition of the Newsletter can be read here, and the 2013 edition here.

For any other enquiries please contact the Secretary, Adam Sher at Fountain Court Chambers, Temple, London EC4Y 9DH or by email at

The Medical Society Medical Society is open to all Orielenses who studied medicine, or who are working in the medical profession, and aims to aid Oriel student medics as they take their degree. The Society holds an annual meeting to discuss developments in the medical world and to socialise with other Oriel medics.

There is an annual subscription of £12 a year for alumni members which helps to subsidise junior members’ costs.

To learn more about the Medical Society or to join, please contact Professor Chris Conlon.

The Midlands Bursary Group

The Midlands Bursary Group is an active collection of alumni who have supported the Oriel Midlands Bursary. This bursary is awarded to one student a year from the Midlands area.

If you would like to donate to the Midlands Bursary, please specify the fund on one of our giving forms, or get in contact with the Development Office.

The Tortoise Club

The Tortoise Club is a society open to those who rowed or coxed in either the men’s or women’s 1st VIII during their time at Oriel. Members are invited to regular Tortoise black-tie dinners, and can request special Tortoise regalia or notepads.

If you would like to find out more about the Tortoise Club, please contact the Captain of Boats, or visit the Oriel College Boat Club website.

Support from Tortoises plays an important part in helping maintain the Boat Club’s continued success on the river; most recently with W1 triumphing at Torpids in March 2017. Those Tortoises who choose to support the Boat Club with an annual gift of £100 or more are invited to become Blades and in recognition of their gift will receive additional sponsors’ regalia to denote their support of the Boat Club.

If you would like to make a gift to support the Boat Club, please download the Blades Direct Debit form and return it to the Oriel College Development Office.


Oriel Golf

Any Orielensis who is interested in playing golf is invited to take part in our golfing events, which are organised by a group of alumni each year.

In September of each year there is the Oriel Golf Day, which is held in Woking and is open to all Orielenses who wish to attend. The day usually includes a round in the morning, lunch, and then whatever holes you want to play in the afternoon.

Oriel also enters an 18 hole Intercollegiate competition each year in Oxford against alumni teams from other colleges.

If you wish to be kept notified of golfing events at Oriel, or want more information on how to take part in these competitions, please let the Development Office know.