Claire Grainger - External Relations Officer

Claire read Modern Languages at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where she first discovered a love of alumni relations within the fledgling Gonville and Caius Development Office in 1998. After pursuing a career in teaching, then communications, Claire returned to alumni relations in 2009, re-establishing and invigorating the alumni network at Cardiff Metropolitan University (formerly UWIC), before joining the Department in August 2012.

Claire is responsible for the strategic direction of the Earth Sciences Alumni Relations Programme, edits the newsletter and website, and also organises the Earth Sciences Alumni events.

In addition to alumni, Claire looks after various external stakeholder groups, including prospective students and their teachers, former staff members, potential employers, donors and sponsors. On any given day, Claire might be updating the department website or social media output, co-ordinating schools outreach and public engagement activities, promoting branded merchandise, organising careers events for current students and prospective employers, or engaging with various supporters.

If you are a teacher or parent of a prospective student (or students!), or alumni working in areas open to Earth Sciences graduates, I would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the programme, or would like to contribute an article for the newsletter, please get in touch via email at or on +44 (0) 1865 272031.

If you would prefer to write, please direct all mail to:

Claire Grainger
External Relations Officer
The Department of Earth Sciences
University of Oxford
South Parks Road