These minutes contain some useful information on the immediate post-Brexit situation.
The committee will be meeting next week to plan the year ahead as best it can. In the meantime, in order to keep emails to the minimum, this post addresses two subjects:
Firstly, our Committee Member Marion Tempé is clearing out the art books on the list below. She would like to offer them to anyone who is interested. Marion resides in the Lot-et-Garonne. You can contact her via info@ousswfrance.
Secondly, the latest minutes from the BCC are also below. Although they are from October, members may find the discussion about Cartes de Séjour of interest.
The latest directory which is now available in pdf format lists the many associations in the British community here in France and also contains information relevant to Brexit and a good deal of other useful information. It is available on request from email@example.com.
We have received the following invitation:
We’re delighted to bring Meeting Minds to the world digitally this year – from 7-12 September – and we hope you can join us for a FREE programme of events!
Each day, join us for a wealth of live and recorded content from all around the University including panel discussions, Q&As, virtual tours, musical performances and much more!
Why not also consider connecting and socialising with fellow group volunteers during the event on the main channel on our My Oxford Network platform? (Please note, you will need to register for My Oxford Network beforehand)
The event is completely FREE! All you need to do is register your interest here (you will need your Oxford Alumni Number) to receive more information and links to the full programme.
We will also be organising a series of online forums for group volunteers later in the year and will send out details of these once they are finalised.
As usual, if you have any questions, please email us.
We hope to see you virtually next week!
The Networks Team
University of Oxford Alumni Office
We have received the following message from this network:
” Dear OUS South West France,
We are excited to announce the launch of the Oxford Climate Alumni Network (OxCAN) on September 8 as a part of Meeting Minds Global.
OxCAN is a collaborative initiative by the Oxford Climate Society, alumni and academics across University departments, including the Environmental Change Institute and is an official group under the Oxford Alumni Office.
The network aims to connect climate conscious alumni to one another, to the latest climate and sustainability research and to initiatives and students working on climate at Oxford University.
We thought this might be something you and your Oxford alumni would be interested in learning about.
Please find details about the launch and registration here: https://oxcanlaunch.eventbrite.co.uk
Ahead of the launch, we have also created a 10 minute OxCAN consultation so that we may hear directly from alumni about their climate-related experiences as we build the network.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you’ll be able to join us at the launch.
The OxCAN Team
Alumni & Outreach Team, Oxford Climate Society “
note: times below are BST etc, so 11h00 and 18h00 CEST respectively.
Our Hon. Sec. writes:
The OUSWF Committee met informally this Tuesday (28th July) to discuss what, if anything, might be salvaged from the proposed 2020 events programme previewed on this site.
The consensus was that the planned October visit to Château Feely should now join the aborted May Gaillac visit and June tour of Château Malromé on a provisional programme for 2021. As and when we have the all-clear to firm up those events, details will, of course, be posted in the usual way.
Our Constitution, last revised in 2009, mandates the holding of an AGM ‘normally in the first fortnight of October’. The terms of our registration as an Association here in France oblige us to do the same.
In the light of ongoing uncertainties about the health crisis and the constraints currently in place on gatherings, it would not seem possible to hold a 2020 AGM along traditional lines.
What we propose to do is to hold in October an AGM attended solely by members of the current Committee. In mid-September we will send all members for online approval a copy of the reports of the Treasurer, Secretary, and Webmaster, together with the usual invitation to propose items for discussion at the now skeleton AGM. If there are any misgivings about this temporary extension of the remit of the committee and its officers, these will be addressed at the earliest opportunity.
Clearly, this solution will not satisfy all members, any more than it does the current Committee. If you wish to raise any questions before the September issue of the draft reports for AGM approval, please address these to the Hon. Secretary.
Firstly, what’s happening with our plans for the year?
Members will have gathered that OUSWF events gazetted for this spring and early summer have had to be postponed.
As you may recall, some of us planned to meet next week for an informal lunch in Prayssas (Lot-et-Garonne). Further details of the 6 May trip to Gaillac arranged by Committee member Chris Boddington were to have come round later this month. We now hope to stage that event at a later date.
Question marks must still hang over meetings further down the line, among them a possible visit in late June to the Gironde Château Malromé (33490 St-André-des-Bois), some 10 km N. of Langon, eventual home to Adèle Toulouse-Lautrec, mother of the painter Henri.
We are reasonably confident (or, at least, there are those who would have us so) that we shall be able to hold our AGM in early September at the Restaurant l’Atelier in 24560 Issigeac. We shall see.
Meanwhile, we shall of course keep the membership posted in the light of developments in the present health emergency.
– The Committee
Just in case bureaucratic French is a challenge, thanks to Marion, here is a translation of the current set of rules concerning the confinement:
Essential professional activity that cannot be conducted from home;
Purchase of food, collection of social benefit, or cash withdrawal;
Visit to a doctor (if you are unable to consult him/her over the phone), to the chemist, or for ongoing treatment for a long-term illness;
Child-minding and family assistance, but only in cases of extreme necessity;
Brief physical exercise, limited to one hour and to within a 1-kilometre radius of your home, either alone or with others who share your home, or to walk your dog;*
Summons to a court; or
Participation in community activities, only if invited the appropriate authority.
|23 March 2020|
Greetings from a very quiet Oxford. I’m sitting in my office in the Clarendon Building looking out at the beautiful Bodleian quad entirely empty of students and visitors. In the absence of the usual bustle, the University remains open.
I wanted to write to you as members of the alumni community to update you on how Oxford is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.
We had eight confirmed cases in the student body when we broke for the Easter holidays. The timing of the break was fortuitous in that it has given us time to develop plans for moving all our teaching and assessment online for Trinity term.
We mobilised Bronze and Silver emergency management teams many weeks ago to help us anticipate the implications for a uniquely complex institution. Our international staff and student body belong to 39 colleges and 6 PPHs and many were conducting research, field-work and language training all over the world.
The collegiate University have come together as one to ensure that our students are cared for, our research protected, and our staff supported. Most of our students have returned home while those that remain are supported here. Most of our staff are now working remotely.
While things are quiet on the surface, we have been very busy. The Bodleian has responded to the crisis by launching a campaign to ‘Keep Oxford Reading’. When students left at the end of Hilary term they took 35,000 books with them. On 17 March, the day the library closed, a further 5,000 books were borrowed. The Bodleian is making available a vast array of digital reading material and working with other libraries and academic presses to make e-Book catalogues openly accessible. Finally, the library is also providing an eReference and eEnquiry LiveChat.
Across the divisions our academics have been contributing to the national effort to combat the pandemic; from expert modellers in the Department of Statistics, to engineers developing medical apps and, of course, our medics supporting the NHS and working on developing a vaccine. Please take a look at this microsite which provides information on some of the extraordinary research that is being done in Oxford. One cannot read this material without feeling enormous admiration for the talent of our colleagues and pride in the work they are doing to save lives, both at home and abroad.
As I write, UKRI is announcing government funding for six coronavirus related research projects. Three of these are in Oxford: Professor Sarah Gilbert’s team working on developing a vaccine; Professor Peter Horby’s team testing new and existing drugs on patients with confirmed coronavirus, and Dr Sandy Douglas’s team developing manufacturing processes for mass production of vaccines.
We have not forgotten our local community in the midst of this crisis. The Oxford Hub has launched a campaign, ‘Oxford Together’, to mobilise volunteers across the city. They have divided the city into 600 streets with ‘neighbourhood captains’ arranging assistance for vulnerable members of our community.
This crisis has posed some very real challenges to the University and it will continue to do so as we enter the very difficult times to come. Nevertheless, I am convinced that we will learn a great deal from this experience and will emerge stronger for it. The enduring value of our core mission – conducting cutting edge research, educating the next generation of responsible citizens, and contributing to the society around us – has never been more evident.
I would like to thank you, our alumni, for your ongoing support of our efforts. You are our best advocates and ambassadors, and are key members of the University community.
Sending my best wishes to you and your families.
Professor Louise Richardson
Here is the latest BCC diary with events all over France.