Alumni Groups

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

The Oriel Society

The Oriel Society exists to help foster and maintain contacts between Orielenses and the College. It supports the aims and objectives of the College by being a forum for friendship and fellowship among all Orielenses, Fellows, former Fellows and friends of the College. Any past or present member of the College is automatically a member of the Oriel Society, and there is no subscription fee.

The Oriel Society has a Committee consisting of a President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and up to 12 ordinary members which, at present, meets twice a year in Oxford. The Committee acts as a consultative body in the area of the College’s alumni relations strategy. The Committee seeks to be representative of all Orielenses and, as such, is open to new members, particularly from matriculation years or groups of Orielenses which are currently under-represented. Any Orielensis who would like to help the College in this way and would be willing to be considered for membership of the Committee should write to the Alumni Relations and Communications Officer at

The Development Office and Oriel Society Committee are always interested in receiving feedback from Orielenses and to hear innovative proposals on how to bring Orielenses together. Any such suggestions should be sent for the attention of the Secretary of the Oriel Society and the Alumni and Communications Officer to or to Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford OX1 4EW.

Oriel Society Committee
President: Mr Geoffrey Austin (1983)
Secretary: Mr Hugh Bryant (1969)
Treasurer: Viscount Clive Mackintosh (1977)
Dr Michael Kenworthy-Browne (1957)
Mr Jonathan Brewer (1973)
Mr John Slade (1976)
Mr Vincent Warner (1984)
Ms Laura Dosanjh (1986)
Miss Claire Toogood (1991)
Mrs Sarah Kiefer (2003)
Mr Daniel McLean (2007)
Miss Sophie Ross (2011)
Prof Teresa Morgan (Governing Body Representative)

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 a mere £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 Mr Justice Lavender (a High Court Judge) and the Chairman is Hamish Lal (a Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld).

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 black-tie 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 subsidise the cost for undergraduates.

To join the Law Society please contact Hamish Lal or 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 Hamish Lal

The Medical Society

The 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 recognises and celebrates outstanding Oriel rowing and is the Boat Club’s principal sponsor. Members, who are elected, are invited to dinners and other events in Oriel, London & Henley and are entitled to Tortoise regalia.

If you would like to find out more about the Tortoise Club, please contact the Stevan Boljevic, club president, 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; as seen in Oriel crews being head of the river in every year since 2014. Those Tortoises who choose to support the Boat Club with an annual gift of £100 or more are invited to become Blades; in recognition of their gift donors 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 plays golf is invited to take part in our golfing events, organised by alumni, which are open to men and women.

In September each year an Oriel Golf Day is held, in 2017 at Woking Golf Club. We play a morning round, and after a good lunch, extra holes if we want.


In April Oriel also enters a team for a large competition with alumni of other colleges, at Frilford Heath Golf Club near Oxford. The competition is played over one round, and after lunch we have courtesy of the club’s three courses. There is an optional dinner in the evening, hosted by the previous year’s winning college.


The organisers are happy to look at suggestions for events in the North of England for alumni who find the Woking and Frilford events too far to travel to.


If you wish to be kept notified of golfing events for Oriel alumni, or want more information, please let the Development Office know.