Alumni Events

Upcoming Events

Please note that due to COVID-19 and the UK Government’s advice, we have had to postpone all our in-person alumni events for the foreseeable future. We will be following public health guidance and regularly reviewing this decision throughout 2020/21. In the meantime, we are working to bring you a programme of online lectures and gatherings from September. Details will be published here, on our social media pages and in our e-news. We look forward to welcoming you all to an event in person when it is safe for us to do so.


The Varsity Match – TBC

This year’s Battle of the Blues, traditionally held at Twickenham in December, will be moved to later in the season. We look forward to bringing you the dates when we can. In the meantime, for the latest news from the Cambridge and Oxford Blues visit The Varsity Match website.

Recent Events

Alumni Festival – 17-26 September

2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the University’s Alumni Festival and for the first time the programme was made up entirely of online events, including online lectures, tours, exhibitions and recitals from across Cambridge. 

On behalf of Hughes Hall we were delighted to have Dr. Sara Hennessy, Governing Body Fellow and Reader at the Faculty of Education, giving a lecture on Tuesday 22 September, 2.00pm – 2.45pm

Titled Dialogue, educational technology and learning, Dr Hennessy explored how effective, interactive uses of educational technology and high-quality classroom dialogue can support student learning. A recording of this event will be made available on the Dear World, Yours Cambridge Youtube channel.

Alumni Sports Dinner – Saturday 25 July

We regret that this event was cancelled.

Benefactors’ Tour & Lunch – Friday 17 July

We regret that this event was cancelled.

Summer Garden Party – Saturday 20 June

We regret that this event was cancelled.

Education Dinner – Tuesday 19 May

We regret that this event was cancelled.

MA Congregation & Dinner – Friday 27 & Saturday 28 March

We regret that this event was cancelled. For more information on congregations, please contact

Dubai Alumni Drinks – Friday 6 March

Thank you to our Hughes Hall alumni and friends who were able to join Hughes Hall President, Dr Anthony Freeling and Governing Body Fellow, Laurel Powers-Freeling for drinks in Dubai. 

Charnley Law Dinner – Friday 21 February

Inaugurated at the College in 2010, Friday’s Charnley Law Dinner celebrated the study of Law at Hughes Hall. We were honoured to welcome Lord Sales, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as guest speaker.

Hughes Hall CJBS Alumni Drinks Reception – Friday 7 February 2020

We were 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 and to hear Senior Member Professor Mary Buckley in conversation with Katrina Ffrench’ (2006, Social & Political Science) about her career path to becoming CEO of Stopwatch.

Dublin Gallery Tour & Dinner – Thursday 23 January 2020

We were delighted to be joined by our alumni and friends in Ireland for a tour of the National Gallery of Ireland and dinner at the award winning Pig’s Ear restaurant.

Athens Museum Tour & Dinner – Thursday 23 January 2020

We were delighted to be joined by our alumni and friends in Greece for this inaugural Hughesians event in Athens! We were very fortunate to enjoy an out-of-hours tour of the National Historical Museum, followed by dinner with an Acropolis view at Zillers’ Roof Garden restaurant.

Richard Berg Rust Lecture – Monday 20 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 17 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 12 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 24 September, Thursday 3 & Friday 4 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 – Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September

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 – Friday 9 July

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 – Saturday 22 June

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 – Wednesday 29 May

Our Hughes Hall Alumni Group in Hong Kong organised an alumni mixer at Mudita, 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.