Networks & societies

North American networks

10% of Hertfordians live in North America and we want to make the vibrant Hertford network across the pond stronger than ever!

Alumni networks

Step one: email development [dot] office [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk to register your name and your chosen hub areas that you’d like to join – there can be more than one!

Step two: you will either be contacted by our alumni champions, or the Development Office, about forthcoming get-togethers.

Step three: join the occasion and have fun meeting like-minded Hertfordians from all walks of life, whether for social or work reasons.

Why we’re introducing Hertford networks
Following our North American roadshow in early 2016, we met many alumni who were interested in meeting other Hertfordians more regularly. Also, this is a great opportunity for students or alumni who move to the area to make connections

How these networks will work.
We’d like to identify two ‘alumni champions’ in each hub area to co-organise regular and informal get-togethers (they can be anything from sporting events & outings, to drinks, to casual lunches). If you would be happy to be an alumni champion please let us know. The initial commitment would be for two years and then we’d find others to take up the baton.

Hertford adheres to UK data protection laws - and our policy can be found here. By registering for individual networks you are agreeing to us sharing your email address with alumni champions who will only contact you for the purpose of the alumni networks.


Friends of Hertford

For almost eight hundred years Hertford has benefited from the enthusiasm and commitment of its friends and supporters. In order to recognise non-alumni who would like to establish and maintain a link with Hertford, we have created the Friends of Hertford group. Often these individuals are parents of students or individuals who support the musical life of the college – but anyone with a connection to Hertford is welcome to join. Friends of Hertford will receive our publications and invitations to Hertford events, and many Friends also choose to support the college with donations. 

Alumni and Friends enjoying Eights Week races
  • Publications

    Friends of Hertford receive the college’s Development Office publications. This includes the Hertford College Magazine, a record of the college’s year published in Michaelmas term, and the Hertford College News, a newsletter published twice yearly.

  • Events

    Friends of Hertford are invited to general alumni events. A full list of our events can be found here.

  • Visiting the College

    Friends of Hertford have the same visiting rights as alumni. OB Quad and the Chapel can be visited Monday to Friday 10am-3pm and on Saturdays between 2pm and 4pm. Unfortunately we are closed to visitors during exams, and occasionally events, such as degree ceremonies, might also mean we cannot admit visitors. To avoid disappointment, please contact the Porters’ Lodge in advance to let them know when you would like to visit.

    Friends of Hertford wishing to visit other parts of the college may be able to do so accompanied by a member of the Development Office. The Development Office is open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm. Please get in touch if you would like to arrange a short tour.

  • How to join
    Membership is £50. This covers up to two people living at the same address for five years. The price of ticketed events will be at the same rate that we charge our alumni.
    The cost of membership has been set at £50 for five years to cover the publication and event costs for additional members; however we do hope that Friends might be persuaded to support Hertford by making donations as well!
    Please complete and return the membership form, or contact the Development Office for more information.


Other societies


Sports societies

Hertford has a number of sports groups that alumni can join:

Hertford College Boat Club Society (HCBCS)

Hertford College Boat Club Society at Henley

The very active HCBCS exists to provide support to the Boat Club, both financially and otherwise, and to keep members up-to-date with the Boat Club's activities.

Membership is open to anyone who wishes to further the success of Hertford rowing.

The Society arranges several social events throughout the year, both on the river at the major rowing events of Torpids, Summer Eights and Head of the River, and in college with a dinner in Hall, and a champagne party for novice rowers following the Christ Church Regatta. An innovation in recent years has been to host drinks and afternoon tea at Henley Royal Regatta each July and this provides a focal point for current and past oarsmen and women attending the regatta.

For more information please see their website

Hertford College Footballers' Association

Since it's establishment in 1996, the group have played an annual Old Boys' football match against the current college team. 

As Dave Hart tells us: 'We get players from the recently graduated to those who won Cuppers back in 1980-something. We've had some great matches during that time and it's proved a really good way to make friends from across decades of Hertford footballers. Standard is irrelevant (you'll never be as good as Kenny Lewis was - and possibly still is), but the chance to pull the boots out of the back of the cupboard and come and grace the college pitch one more time is surely too good to miss?'

The group are keen to recruit more players - so if you're interested please sign up to their mailing list.


Hertford College Golf Society


One of only two colleges to have ever won the Inter-Collegiate Golf Tournament THREE times!

The successful Golf Society welcome all Hertford alumni and current students who are interested in golf, at any level. The Society hold an annual event at Swinley Forest, and also compete in the Intercollegiate Golf Tournament.

If you would like to get involved, contact jonathan [at] wharfside [dot] co [dot] uk (Jonathan Stewart).


Current members of the team include:

Jonathan Stewart (1968) (Captain)
Neil Andrews (1968)
Duncan Chisholm (1997)
Rob Collard (1988)
Mark Davies (1981)
Chris Dowell (1970)
Stephen Duckett (1986)
John Dunne (1965)
David Moseley (1955)
Rob Pugh (1999)
Emiliano Russo (2008)
Ian Welsh (1991)

Calling all students and recent graduates: alumnus, Stephen Duckett, is offering five free places at the Swinley Forest qualifying round next March for anyone under 30 with a handicap of 20 or below. Get in touch with the development [dot] office [at] hertford [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk (Development Office) for more information!