Palgrave-St Antony's Series 40th Anniversary Celebration

7 June 2018 - 3:00pm

St Antony's Series
Celebrating a tradition of research in contemporary international affairs

Final Session, VPF Seminar Series: BRITAIN IN 2030: "YOU'LL BE BACK?"

17 May 2018 - 5:00pm

Final Session:

Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship Seminar Series 2018


   Convenors:  Baroness Simone Finn and Lord Jon Mendelsohn

   St Antony's Convenors:  Prof. Timothy Power and Prof. Robert Service

This seminar series is open to the public.

Russia and the Middle East: Putin's Balancing Act

28 February 2018 - 5:00pm

Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has established good relations with most of the major actors in the Middle East--including many that are at odds with one another.

Nationalism, Populism, and the New Europe

6 February 2018 - 5:00pm

Antonian Events

80s Reunion: 15-16 September 2018

*Booking for the 80s Reunion has now closed.  If you would like to be added to the Waiting List, please contact*

We are excited to welcome back those who were at St Antony's College during the 1980s for a special weekend of reunion events.  We will be hosting a whole programme of events, and hope that this will be a perfect opportunity for our alumni to reconnect with each other, and with College.  In the Combined Common Room of the Hilda Besse Building there will be an exhibition of matriculation pictures and other materials relating to the life of St Antony's in the 80s.  If you have any pictures or other things you would like to share, do get in touch with the Development Office.  Please see below for the full programme and details how to book your place.  To help cover the cost of the weekend, we will ask you to pay for meals and accommodation.  The event, however, is not designed to make a profit.  

The dress code for all events is smart casual.

We have been delighted by the number of you who have expressed an interesting in attending the whole weekend of events for our 80s Reunion, taking place 15-16 September.  In response to this, we have created a booking form where you can book and pay for the entire weekend in a single place, which can be found here.   

Accommodation in College is available from 14-17 September, (104 rooms), and bookings are taken through the St Antony's College guest room page, found herePlease type in the promotional code 'ALUM2018' (case sensitive) to see availability.  For any further enquiries regarding your booking, please contact  Please note that the vast majority of rooms are singles, with very few double rooms available.

We expect a high turnout, so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

15 September 2018


  • For those staying in College on the night of 14 September, breakfast will be served in Hall.
  • From 8.30am-10.00am.
  • Breakfast costs £6 per person.

    To register for breakfast, please complete the booking form found here

Lunchtime seminars with Emeriti

  • Our first official event will be a series of lunch time talks by Emeriti who were Fellows and supervisors at St Antony's in the 80s. 
  • These will take place from 
  • Among the emeriti who have confirmed their attendance are Alan Angell, Archie Brown, Malcolm Deas, Rosemary Foot, Celia Kerslake, James McMullen, Patrick O'Brien, Brian Powell, Alex Pravda, Avi Shlaim, Arthur Stockwin, and Theodore Zeldin.
  • The lunches cost £24 per person, including wine.

    To register for the lunchtime seminars, please complete the booking form found here.

Year Group Meetings

  • In the afternoon, we will be organizing year group meetings as minor reunions within the bigger 1980s Reunion.
  • These will take place from 3.00pm.
  • These gatherings will be hosted by the respective JCR Presidents, and we hope that they will offer an opportunity to recreate the debates from your time at St Antony's, and reconnect with old friends.
  • This event is free of charge.

    To register for the year group meetings, please complete the booking form found here.

1980s Weekend Keynote Panel

  • Professor Sir Paul Collier CBE FBA (Fellow since 1986) and Dr Theodore Zeldin (student from 1954; Fellow from 1963 until 2001) will join the Warden, Professor Roger Goodman, for a panel with the title 'The Past, Present and Future of St Antony's and the Role of Universities'.
  • The panel will take place from 5.00pm.
  • This will take place in the Nissan Lecture Theatre and Investcorp Auditorium.
  • This event is free of charge.

    To register for a ticket, please complete the booking form found here.  

Welcome Drinks Reception

  • Prior to High Table Dinner, we will be hosting a drinks reception to welcome you back to St Antony's.
  • From 6.45-7.15pm.
  • This will take place in the Combined Common Room.
  • This event is free of charge.

    To register for the drinks reception, please complete the form found here.

High Table Dinner

  • High Table Dinner will be served in Hall at 7.15pm, following on from the Drinks Reception.
  • Bridget Kendall (MPhil Russian and Eurasian Studies, 1980, and Honorary Fellow of St Antony's) has kindly agreed to give a dinner speech on behalf of the alumni.  She served as the BBC's correspondence in both Moscow and Washington before becoming the BBC's Chief Diplomatic correspondent.  In 2016, she became the first female Master of Peterhouse, the oldest College within the University of Cambridge.
  • After dinner, the Bar will be open in the Buttery.  We would like to create an 80s playlist for this part of the event, so if you have any musical suggestions, please do let the Development Office know.
  • Tickets to this event are £45 per person, including wine.

    To register for the dinner, please complete the booking form found here.

16 September 2018


  • For those staying in College on the night of 15 September, breakfast will be served in Hall.
  • From 8.30am-10.00am.
  • Breakfast costs £6 per person.

    To book for breakfast, please complete the form found here.

Tours of the College

  • Between 10am and 12.30pm we will be offering tours of the College.
  • With many new buildings since the 1980s, those who haven't been back since graduation will immediately see how much College has changed.
  • This event is free of charge.

    To register for a tour, please complete the form found here.


  • As a final celebration of the 1980s Reunion Weekend, we will be hosting a barbecue in the main quad.
  • The event commences at 12.30pm, with food specially prepared by our award winning chef.
  • The cost of the event is £22.50 per person, including College beer.

    To register for the BBQ, please complete the booking form found here.

2018 Oxford University events - Meeting Minds: 14-16 September 

For further information or questions, please contact the Development Office.

Boat Club Dinner, Oxford (May 2017)                Alumni Dinner, Seoul (March, 2018)

SABC AlumniSt Antony's College Dinner in Seoul




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We are pleased to invite all Antonians to the forthcoming events, listed below.

Elliott Lecture - From Cold War to Hot Peace: an American ambassador in Putin's Russia

4 June 2018 - 5:00pm

Michael McFaul is Professor of Political Science, Director and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1995. He is also an analyst for NBC News and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Dr.

Oxford Alumni Weekend: 15-16 September 2017

To coincide with the 11th annual Oxford Alumni Weekend, 'Meeting Minds', St Antony's will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Middle East Centre at the College. The event will be held across the alumni weekend (15-16 September).

Highlights include;

-Keynote Lecture: ‘The Age of Accelerations and Its Impact on the Middle East’ given by Tom Friedman (MPhil Middle Eastern Studies 1976),

-Panel Discussion: ‘A Celebration of Albert Hourani’s Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age fifty years on’ chaired by Jens Hanssen (DPhil Modern History 1993),

- Dinners in St Antony’s College Dining Hall

The full timetable of events is shown below. 

The booking page for the event is now live. Please book and pay for your tickets via the University of Oxford's Online Store

Please contact for more information, as well as for details for booking accomodation at St Antony's College. 

Below is a downloadable pdf containing the latest updates to the programme.

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MEC 60th

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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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International Politics Summer School 2016

What are the vital issues that shape politics in the modern world? This residential summer school enables participants to conduct in depth analysis of the politics of key countries and regions outside of Western Europe and North America, and to engage with broader issues affecting all parts of the globe.

This programme is organised by two of Oxford University’s foremost institutions – St Antony’s College, Oxford’s only college to focus exclusively on international affairs, and the Department for Continuing Education.

Class of 2015

(Class of 2015)

The programme consists of:

  • A daily lecture programme given by world-renowned academics
  • Studies in small seminar groups with a specialist tutor
  • Lively one-hour daily discussion groups led by current Oxford University doctoral students

The summer school is for:

  • Graduates with a subject-appropriate academic background
  • Teachers of politics, international relations or political science
  • Professionals in the field of international politics
  • Senior undergraduates who have completed two years of a full-time university degree course in a relevant academic discipline

For more information, please consult the flyer below, or contact:

Book your place now here.

The deadline for application is 15 April 2016.



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Thursday, 21 January 2016
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New building by Zaha Hadid unveiled at St Antony's College

In the picture, from right to left: Dr Eugene Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre; Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser; Dame Zaha Hadid; Mr Nemir Kirdar; Mrs Nada Kirdar.

On Tuesday 26 May, the St Antony's College building created by Zaha Hadid was unveiled and named the Investcorp Building. The £11 million building was commissioned by St Antony’s College to provide much-needed space for its Middle East Centre. The Investcorp Building spans two Victorian buildings on Woodstock Road in the grounds of the college.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar was the keynote speaker for the unveiling of the new building. Sheikha Moza is chair of the Qatar Foundation, an education development and scientific research organisation, as well as the UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education since 2003.

The Investcorp Building is named after the alternative investment firm that donated £11 million for the project. Mr Nemir Kirdar, Investcorp’s Executive Chairman and CEO, commented: ‘From the outset, Investcorp’s mission has been broader than effecting mere financial transactions. We have also made it our goal to promote higher education and cross-cultural understanding.  Oxford’s Middle East Centre was established to become a bridge between the West and the Middle East, and Investcorp could not be more proud to do our part to further this worthy cause.’

The new building doubles the space available for the Middle East Centre’s expanding library and archive, providing almost 1,200 square metres of additional floor space and a new 118-seat lecture theatre.  The Middle East Centre holds Oxford University’s primary collection on the modern Middle East, a world-class collection of private papers and historic photographs used by scholars and researchers with an interest in the region. The Investcorp Building’s lecture theatre will allow the Middle East Centre’s to expand its popular programme of seminars, lectures and debates - much of which is open to both the University and the general public.

Founded in 1957, the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College serves as the University of Oxford’s facility for research and teaching on the Arab world, Iran, Israel and Turkey from the 19th century to the present day.  The Centre has been housed at 68 Woodstock Road (the former rectory of the Church of St Philip and St James, built in 1887) since 1978.

The library and archive of the Investcorp Building provide optimum conditions to conserve and manage the Middle East Centre’s collections that were previously stored in the basement of 66 Woodstock Road.

Relocating the library and archive to the Investcorp Building will make space available in the college’s existing buildings for further academic offices, studies and seminar rooms to accommodate the growth in student numbers in recent years.The Invescorp Building’s design connects and incorporates the existing protected buildings and trees. Its stainless steel cladding reflects natural light to give the building an ephemeral quality that mirrors its context.

Dame Zaha Hadid said: ‘The work of the Middle East Centre contributes to the global discourse and greater understanding of the region. The new Investcorp Building connects disparate buildings within the college, defining a series of generous spaces for the centre’s renowned archive, library and seminar programmes; allowing the Middle East Centre to expand its commitment as a forum of research, understanding and open debate.’

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton, said: ‘We are honoured that Her Highness Sheikha Moza who has done so much to promote education globally should be here today. That Zaha Hadid, the visionary architect who is herself from Iraq, should have created this building dedicated to the study of the Arab World and the Middle East is especially pleasing.’

Director of the Middle East Centre, Dr Eugene Rogan, said: ‘As one of Britain’s most acclaimed architects, with roots firmly in the Middle East, Zaha Hadid was the ideal choice for this project. Her history parallels our vision of Oxford’s Middle East Centre as a British centre of excellence with deep roots in the region. With this new building, the Middle East Centre enters a new era as one of the world’s finest research facilities on this area of crucial public interest.’

For more information, contact the University of Oxford News Office on +44 (0)1865 280534 or email 

Images: ©Luke Hayes, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015
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