How to launch an OBA Chapter

Thank you for your interest in becoming a leadership volunteer in the Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network, the official business alumni network of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Your participation will contribute to the growth and strengthening of the OBA Network, which currently boasts over 20,500 members.

I would like to launch a new OBA Chapter

If you are interested in initiating an official OBA chapter in your region of the world, there must be at least 50 OBA Network members living in your city and surrounding area for the Oxford Saïd Alumni Relations team to consider a new chapter proposal. This requirement is designed to ensure that you will have access to support from additional alumni volunteers in order to create a sustainable chapter which will grow year upon year. Your OBA Network Manager will work with you to determine whether your region meets this requirement.

Once it is established that your city area meets the alumni number criteria for a new OBA chapter, you will need to read the following;

OBA Chapters currently have three-year cycles of committee leadership.  These are established through formal elections run by the Electoral Reform Services.  Alumni can self-nominate for election and they are voted for by their peers who are resident in the region. 

If there is insufficient interest for an official launch of an OBA chapter during the election period, we may suggest that you initiate some informal alumni activity through an OBA Alumni Ambassador role until such time as adequate alumni numbers exist to support an official chapter.  

I would like to get involved but my region is not yet ready for an official chapter

If you would like to be a regional Alumni Ambassador for the Saïd Business School in your place of residence and host informal alumni activity in your area—whether it’s an informal networking and drinks gathering at a restaurant, a local alumni breakfast or a welcome to a travelling faculty member—please contact the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk with form below to express your interest.

What would this involve?

  • To promote and enhance the reputation of Saïd Business School on a local and regional level
  • To assist alumni to remain connected to Saïd Business School and to serve the School more generally
  • To welcome new alumni to the area and provide local knowledge
  • To undertake outreach work in the local community, for example through assisting with student recruitment activity, welcoming student trekkers and meeting local incoming students

If you are interested in being an Alumni Ambassador to help grow the OBA Network in your city please send a signed application to the address above and details of a staff or faculty referee. 

Whether you take forward a new chapter or galvanise informal alumni activity in your area, we are excited to hear from you and to receive your interest in supporting the network! We will do our best to ensure your wish to be involved is met!

Please contact alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk with any questions.