Visiting the College

Old Members and their families are always welcome back to College. If you are planning a visit, we do just suggest you call ahead to the Development Office (01865 279509) to check the College is not going to be closed for any reason. On arrival please make yourself known to the Porters at the New College Lane entrance (March to October, 11am to 5pm) or at the Holywell Street Lodge at other times. Please do show your Oxford Alumni Card (see below). If you would like to arrange a group visit please contact Joan Fraser on 01865 279562.

New College Conversations
New College Conversations are a series of talks given by current senior members. The talks present an opportunity for them to explain their academic activities in general terms to interested members of the larger college community. Old members are warmly invited to attend these termly events, which are held in the McGregor Matthews Room, on Wednesday of 6th week, starting at 8.30pm. They continue for half an hour or so, followed by discussion, and good wine. If you would like to register your interest to attend, please email The Development Office on oldmembers@new.ox.ac.uk and we will email you with more details of the next talk as soon as they have been finalised.

The next talk will be on Wednesday, 31st May 2017 at 8.30pm, by Ben Noble, the Herbert Nicholas Junior Research Fellow in Politics, New College. The talk is entitled: 'Putin the Loser?'. If you are an Old Member of the College and would like to come to the talk, please email jonathan.rubery@new.ox.ac.uk in the Development Office to book your place.


Talk overview

President Putin holds an iron grip on all spheres of Russian political life – so goes the conventional wisdom in many quarters about contemporary Russian politics. This characterisation of complete dominance is most often applied to the legislature, the Federal Assembly, whose members are frequently characterised as supine, slavish subalterns. In the law-making process, many assume, therefore, that the parliament merely ‘rubber stamps’ bills drafted by Putin and his lackeys, with initiatives signed into law quickly, with no debate and no amendment, and they certainly never fail to become laws. Ben will present evidence that jars with this ‘rubber stamp’ picture, including cases of executive bill failure and bill amendment – phenomena that are often interpreted as signs of legislative influence and impaired executive control. Even if he is characterised as a horseback-riding, judo-fighting, Syria-bombing strongman, is Putin sometimes a loser in the policy-making process?

 

Dining Rights
Any member of the College with a BA or equivalent, or any postgraduate degree, is warmly invited to dine at High Table, during full term, three times a year (or more often by permission of the Sub-Warden); a nominal charge is made. The Senior Common Room will be at your disposal before and after dinner. (NB The SCR is closed on Saturday evenings). If you would like to enquire about dining at High Table please email the Development Office.

Guest Rooms

Old Members are welcome to book JCR guest rooms Monday to Thursday nights in full term. We may occasionally have Guest Rooms in vacations but not during conference or closed periods. The College has no Guest Rooms that are suitable for children. For more information please email the Development Office or contact 01865 279337/279509. If College accommodation is unavailable, may we offer an alternative such as Oxford Rooms or Oxford University Campus Maps.

 

Alumni Card

Old Members may apply for an Alumni Card. The Alumni Card will give you easy access to New College and all other Colleges in the University. See the University website for more information on the benefits available to you.

 

Come and visit us

You are welcome to call in to the Development Office for a cup of tea or coffee and to view our splendid Benefactors' Book. Please download a map for directions.

 

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