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Launch of the Oxbridge Singapore Boat Club (19 November 2016)

Oxbridge Singapore member rowers enthusiastically participated in the BNY Mellon Singapore Boat Races on 11 April 2015 and the NCCS “Row for Hope” Boat Races on 27 August 2016, in which crews representing alumni from Oxford and Cambridge respectively contested each other down the Marina Channel (old Kallang River) in coxed 8s.

Given the success of these races, a flippant comment by our Hon Sec suggesting the creation of Oxbridge Singapore’s own Boat Club was latched upon by our energetic President. With that, the Oxbridge Singapore Boat Club (“OSBC”) was born on Sat 19 November 2016 with an appropriate “royal blessing”.

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Click here to watch the OUBC launch video.

Ng Yeau Chong, Hon Sec, and Mark Nelligan, committee member, were duly appointed Boat Club Captain and Vice-Captain respectively and charged with proposing a governance and membership structure. It was also agreed that until a suitable Boat House is found, the residence of the Vice-Captain be recognised as OSBC’s official clubhouse.

OSBC’s first ever outing was on Sat 4 March 2017 when the inaugural Oxbridge Singapore Bumps races took place as part of Singapore World Water Day festivities organised by the PUB along the Marina Channel. With mixed crews, Oxford headed the first race but were bumped by Cambridge after 400 metres. With Cambridge heading the second race and rowing over, they were declared winners. Being a typically hot Singapore morning, the rowers’ liquid loss was replenished with appropriate measures of what has become OCBS’s official isotonic drink, Bolly.

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Oxbridge Rowers at the NCC Gala Dinner, 12 November 2016

Fireside Chat with Ms Victoria Schofield (24 October 2016)

The Society was pleased to have Ms Victoria Schofield, British author, biographer and military historian as its Fireside chatter on 24 October 2016 paired with good food and wine.

Ms Schofield is a renowned scholar on Pakistan and the disputed Jammu/Kashmir region. A close friend of the late Benazir Bhutto whom she succeeded as President of the Oxford Union Society, Schofield has written widely on South Asia and spent considerable time in the region, including walking across Afghanistan to interacting with the various tribes. She is an alumnus of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and was a visiting fellow at St Antony’s, Oxford in 2004-2005.

Ms Schofield spoke to members on her postulations of current India-Pakistan challenges, including the likelihood of war.

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Fireside Chat with Sir Tom Blundell (23 September 2016)

The Oxbridge Society had the wonderful opportunity to host Sir Tom Blundell FRS to a fireside chat on the evening of Friday, 23 September at the President’s residence.

Sir Tom is a British biochemist, structural biologist, and science administrator. He was on the team of Dorothy Hodgkin that discovered insulin. His research has led to the development of drugs to treat AIDS, cancer, cataracts and diabetes. A fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Sir Blundell served as Cambridge’s Sir William Dunn Professor of Biochemistry as well as Chair of the School of Biological Sciences.

Outside of research, Sir Tom is a prominent contributor to public policy as well as business. He served a five year term as the President of the UK Science Council, was Margaret Thatcher’s advisor on science policy, and currently advises the Singapore government on science policy and research. He was also one of the co-founders of Astex Therapeutics, the oncology drugs company which was sold for US$900 million to Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.

Sir Tom shared his reflections on life in science – research, travel, entrepreneuring, politics, music and more. A bon vivant, Sir Tom is a keen jazz saxophonist, brilliant after-dinner speaker, bird watcher, strong environmentalist and a distinguished humanist. The first in his family to attend university, Sir Tom is an alumnus of both Oxford and Cambridge, and now holds 16 honorary doctorates.