Alumni Events

Upcoming Events

Dublin Gallery Tour & Dinner – Thursday 23rd January 2020

We hope that many of our alumni and friends in Ireland will be able to join Senior Tutor Dr Philip Johnston for this inaugural Hughesians event in Dublin! The evening will start with a private group tour of the National Gallery of Ireland, followed by a three course dinner at the award winning Pig’s Ear restaurant.


  • Time – 6pm
  • Location – National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West
  • Ticket – £5pp for 1 hour tour

  • Time – 7:15pm
  • Location – The Pig’s Ear, 4 Nassau Street
  • Ticket – £45pp for 3 courses including wine

Booking is now closed.

Athens Museum Tour & Dinner – Thursday 23rd January 2020

We hope that many of our alumni and friends in Greece will be able to join us for this inaugural Hughesians event in Athens! The evening will start with an out-of-hours tour of the National Historical Museum, followed by dinner with an Acropolis view at Zillers’ Roof Garden restaurant.



Booking is now closed.

Hughes Hall CJBS Alumni Drinks Reception – Friday 7th February 2020

We are delighted to invite our many Hughes Hall alumni, in Cambridge for the CJBS Executive MBA Electives and Reunion 2020, to join us in College for a drinks reception, 7pm in the Pfeiffer Room on Friday 7th February.

You may also be interested in joining us for ‘Mary Buckley in conversation with Katrina Ffrench’ beforehand at 6pm in the Pavilion Room, where Senior Member Professor Mary Buckley will be talking to alumna Katrina Ffrench (2006, Social & Political Science) about her career path to becoming CEO of Stopwatch.

If you would like to attend please register via our website here by Thursday 30th January.

Charnley Law Dinner – Friday 21st February 2020

Inaugurated at the College in 2010, this dinner celebrates and promotes the study of Law at Hughes Hall, and has welcomed to the College esteemed members of the legal community. We are delighted to announce that the guest speaker for 2020 will be Lord Sales, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Attendance at the dinner is by invitation only.

MA Congregation & Dinner – Friday 27th & Saturday 28th March 2020

After six years or more have passed since your first term of residence and at least two years since you graduated, Cambridge BA graduates are entitled to proceed to the MA, full details of your MA rights and eligibility can be found here and more information about the ceremony and reception at Hughes Hall is on our website here.

The MA Congregation ceremony and lunch will be on Saturday 28th March. The ceremony is free for the Graduand and up to two guests to attend, and the lunch is free for Graduands and £10pp for up to three guests. To register please fill in the online Graduation Request Form no later than 6th March.

There will also be a Formal Hall on Friday 27th March (£16.50pp for Graduands and up to three guests). Places for the dinner are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so to book please write to us as soon as possible at

Recent Events

Richard Berg Rust Lecture – Monday 20th January 2020

Last night’s lecture was delivered by Dr Dan Jackson, former visiting fellow at Northumbria University and author of the award winning book The Northumbrians, North-East England and Its People: A New History (2019).

Dr Jackson gave us a fresh and fascinating account of the Northumbrians and their distinctive contribution to British and global history. In what he defined as a ‘cultural archaeology’, he explored the deep roots of Northumbrian culture and the origins and misunderstandings of stereotypes about the North-East of England. Drawing out themes of hard work and heavy drinking, sociability and sentimentality, militarism and masculinity, he described how the very geography and geology of Northumbria placed it at the forefront of centuries of border warfare and dangerous yet nationally vital work in the coal mining and shipbuilding industries. Alongside this, he explained that the landscape and natural history of the region contributed to the emergence of a ‘Northumbrian Enlightenment’ which saw the flowering of literacy and art, curiosity and ingenuity, securing the region’s global standing as a centre for world-changing invention, from the locomotive to the light bulb.

This lecture series is held in memory of our former Director of Development, Richard Berg Rust, who grew up in Northumbria and was a life-long champion of the North of England. He wanted to showcase northern talent, helping to alter attitudes and to celebrate the wealth of culture he found there. We are very grateful for the generous support of all the members and friends of the College who have made this lecture series possible.

London Christmas Drinks – Tuesday 17th December

This sold out event was a wonderful opportunity to gather together Hughes Hall alumni, seniors, students and guests, sharing Christmas cheer over Russian themed drinks, canapés and carols. Thank you to everyone who joined us! 

The Varsity Gathering at Twickenham – Thursday 12th December

It was a great day for the Light Blues, with victory for both the Men’s and Women’s teams! Special congratulations go to our two Hughesians on the Men’s team, Rory Triniman and Tom Lovelace.

Hughes Hall Drinks in Berlin, Amsterdam & Brussels – Tuesday 24th September, Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th October

Bill Conner, recently appointed Director of Institutional Advancement and By-Fellow at Hughes Hall, was delighted to have the opportunity to meet with alumni across the Channel in Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels. We hope to be visiting a number of other European cities in the coming months so we would welcome suggestions for where we should go next, please get in touch with Jennie Williams at if you have an idea for an event!

Alumni Festival Weekend

We were delighted to have so many alumni back at Hughes Hall over the Alumni Festival Weekend for our Donors’ Reception, Owls 30 Years Reunion Dinner and exclusive viewing of a fabulous selection of books from the Ohtake Collection specially curated by our Deputy Librarian Catherine Munford.

We are already looking forward to next year’s festival! In the meantime if you have any feedback from the weekend or suggestions for future activities please do not hesitate to get in touch at

Hughes Hall Summer Drinks in Central London 9th July 2019

Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar, Sonali Pathirana (MPhil 1998) very kindly hosted Hughes Hall alumni for Summer Drinks in London. It was a great to see so many alumni there and to have the opportunity to reconnect in central London! Photos from the evening can be found on Facebook.

Summer Garden Party 22nd June 2019!

The sun came out for us this year, the sound of chatter and jazz filled the College gardens, and the strawberries and pimms were plentiful! We hope that our guests (all 250 of them!) enjoyed the summer celebration! Photos from the day can be found on our Facebook page.

Hong Kong Mixer

Our Hughes Hall Alumni Group in Hong Kong organised an alumni mixer at Mudita on 29 May 2019, a delightful evening with drinks and snacks, and more importantly great company.

Event information

Don’t miss out…

We hold a number of alumni dinners and receptions in College and around the world. These are great opportunities to re-connect with fellow alumni, so please keep us up to date with your contact details to make sure you do not miss out on invitations to events happening near you.

Events for the whole College community

Alumni are welcome to attend the broad range of public lectures and concerts that take place at Hughes Hall throughout the year. A full list of College events can be found here, or you can view the College Calendar.


If you require assistance or have particular requirements to attend one of the above events please email or call 01223 768244

Photography at our Events

Photographs will be taken at all of these events, by attending these events you consent to your photograph being taken and used by the College and University. If you would not like to be featured in any event photographs please notify the photographer present at the event.