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There are many ways to remain involved with the department and keep in touch with other alumni. We are always delighted to hear from you on alumni(at)


All alumni are welcome to attend our events. We run termly seminars and an annual Sidney Ball Lecture. Many of our events are available as podcasts  - remember to check this page for updates.

2013-14 was our centenary year. We ran a number of extra events, including our first Alumni Lecture delivered by Professor Jacqueline Bhabha from Harvard Law School , podcast available [add link to podcast] and a Reunion Weekend. There was also a book published celebrating the history of the department, Social enquiry, social reform and social action: one hundred years of Barnet House, available from the University online store. For more information, details of the presentations, and pictures of the events, visit the Centenary page.

Keeping in touch

We are interested in hearing about your achievements and delighted to feature you on the profile page. Please get in contact if you have any news or would like to be featured on the website.

We have also set up a LinkedIn group (Barnett House Alumni) designed to enable alumni to network professionally with each other. Do sign up and get involved and let us know what you would like to see from the department.

Work of the department

We have an annual newsletter, Barnett House News, through which you can learn about work currently ongoing in the department. We will also be starting regular e-bulletins. We are interested in keeping our alumni involved in our ongoing work, and there are various ways you can get involved, from research collaborations to visiting us to deliver a seminar to offering opportunities to our students.

One of the Department’s key aims and the key fundraising objective is to establish more scholarships to enable the best students from any background to study with us. As part of the Centenary celebrations, we are launching a new Centenary Scholarship. Any donations received will be put towards this scholarship (unless specified for another use), with the Department matching contributions.

We are also interested in establishing a Professorship in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Policy. The department has developed an international reputation for the excellence of its research on HIV/AIDS prevention and policy.  We now wish to build on this research by establishing a University Professorship in HIV/AIDS Prevention Policy and Policy, which would make an incalculable difference to the University's ability to make further progress in this area.  This would continue the department's long tradition of having a significant impact on the development, design and implementation of public Policy.  We are keen to secure the establishment and future of the Professor in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Policy on a long-term basis through an endowment.

Support the Department by making a gift.

We should be delighted if you would like to support and help us develop our work, and we would be interested in hearing from you with any different or unusual ideas. For example, a group of alumni have established the George and Teresa Smith Awards,  launched in 2010 to acknowledge academic achievement by Masters students. The five alumni wanted to thank the department for the opportunities and skills gained during their time in Oxford.