Events & Reunions

Each year, Wolfson holds alumni events and reunions in the UK and around the world – opportunities to catch up with College friends, make new connections, and meet today’s students.

Our major annual events are the Wolfson London Lecture each March, Summer Gaudy in June/July, alumni reunion reception in September, and the Christmas Drinks in London each December. Alumni are also welcome to join the termly ‘Old Wolves’ lectures and lunches, and special lectures in College.

Alumni and their guests are welcome to visit Wolfson every day, 9am to 5pm. The Alumni and Development Team are always pleased to meet alumni visiting the College during office hours so please do call in. You can find us on the second floor of A Block, near the Common Room.

Upcoming events

25 June 2022: Syme Society and Benefactors’ Luncheon and Wolfson Alumni Gaudy in College

17 September 2022: Alumni drinks reception in College.

Past events

You can watch some of our past events that we recorded below:

1 March 2021 - African Art at Wolfson

1 February 2021 - Wolfson in conversation with Wes Moore

12 November 2020 - Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture by Farida Shaheed

October 2020 - Online Q&A sessions with Sir Tim Hitchens

Join the Old Wolves

An 'Old Wolf' is whoever defines him- or herself as such, i.e., anyone with memories of Wolfson in former times, whether a graduate student, ex-Fellow, Emeritus Fellow, or member of staff, and whether currently a member of Common Room or not, who enjoys meeting up with other 'Old Wolves'. Old Wolves events are termly.

Old Wolves events: 2021-2022

We are remaining cautious and therefore will let you know for each event if it will be over Zoom or in College.

When we are able to meet in College, we will hold lunches before our talks. They are on a self-service, self-pay basis. We provide some refreshments, at no cost.

To join us for a Zoom event, please email to confirm, by noon on the Tuesday before the event. The link will then be sent to you.
You can download Zoom here:

Please see below for the scheduled Old Wolves events:

Future events

19 May 2022
Dr George Barker: Wolfson alumnus & Director, Centre for Law and Economics ANU

11.45 am Buttery - Drinks reception by invitation only – limited spaces.

12.30pm Lunch in Hall self service, self pay (credit / debit card or battels) – drinks provided
Limited spaces. Please confirm attendance by 12 noon on Tuesday 10 May

1.30pm Talk in the Buttery
George R Barker on Encryption: laws that weaken it & their economic impact
In person – no booking needed.
Also via Zoom - for the Zoom link, please contact by 12 noon on 17.5.22
This talk is open to all – no charge.

Dr George R Barker (DPhil 1992, Wolfson) is joint author of the 2021 publication (now in 7 languages) on which this talk is based. The ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence-sharing nations – US, UK Canada, Australia and NZ – are trying to enable Government access to encrypted digital information. Dr Barker’s research focuses on the effects of Australian Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (TOLA), which expanded government authority to circumvent digital data protections.

Hon. Assoc. Prof. & ex-Director of the Australian National University centre for Law and Economics, Dr Barker has taught regulatory economics, and given advice & testimony on the regulation of the IT & other industries in Australia, Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. He was Chief Analyst and Economic Advisor at the NZ Treasury. His analysis has been cited in the House of Lords & by the High Court of England and Wales.
Awarded an Olin Fellowship at Cornell (2000), Dr Barker has been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, University College London, University of Oxford, & the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is a Director of Law & Economics Consulting Associates (LECA) Ltd.

3 November 2022 - 12.30pm lunch in Hall, 1.30pm talk in LWA
The House of Venus: living it up in late Roman Volubilis
Dr Susan Walker FSA: Wolfson Emeritus Fellow, Honorary Curator of the Ashmolean Museum & ex- Sackler Keeper of Antiquities.
Dr Susan Walker FSA is an Honorary Curator of the Ashmolean Museum, where she was Sackler Keeper of Antiquities from 2004-2014. She specialises in the art and archaeology of the Roman Empire. Her interests range from Britain, where she is currently working on the publication of excavations at Steane Park, Brackley, to North Africa, where she has contributed to a website of mummy portraits from Roman Egypt that are undergoing scientific research.
Her latest publication is ‘The House of Venus at Volubilis: a late Roman residence?’ in E. Fentress and H. Limane (eds.), Volubilis après Rome. Les fouilles UCL/INSAP, 2000-2005 (Brill: Leiden, 2018), 38-50.

This is a repeat of the 7th of May 2020 Zoom talk: we hope it will take place in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium.