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SMCS Annual Lecture 6th November 2018

Following the success of the inaugural SMCS lecture last October, the Society invites members, guests, and all members of both the St Mary’s College and broader university community to our second annual SMCS Lecture, to be held in the Kenworthy Hall on Tuesday 6th November 2018.

This year’s lecture is, ‘‘The Rich Entanglement of Science and Religion, a Fresh Appraisal’ and the Speaker is Professor Tom McLeish FRS, who has recently departed from Durham University to become Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York.

Professor McLeish has varied research interests, as detailed here, and is a long-standing friend of the college, having been a member of the SCR for many years and a supporter of the college community. 

Refreshments will be provided on the evening and booking is not required. Please come along, and bring friends/family to what will be a fascinating lecture.

The SMCS Committee

The Inaugural SMCS Annual Lecture, 24th October 2017

Dear Members, 

The inaugural SMCS Annual Lecture will take place in the Kenworthy Hall of St Mary’s College at 2030 on Tuesday 24th October 2017. 

Professor Nancy Cartwright will deliver a lecture entitled:

‘Evidence and Policy: Why ‘What Works’ Doesn’t Work’

This promises to be a most fascinating and timely examination of thought and logical thinking, particularly against the backdrop of the world in 2017. 

There is no need to book and all members are welcome, along with their friends, family and other guests. Refreshments will be provided on the night. 

With best wishes, 

SMCS Committee

2016 Newsletter

Dear Members (and visitors),

The Society’s annual newsletter has now been published and can be read here. We hope you all enjoy the content and especially have a close look at the reunion information, for which places are still available for booking. Full details can be found here.

We hope to see many of you in September and welcome any and all thoughts concerning the newsletter and all other Society activities.


Steven Spencer

SMCS Vice President


SMCS Book Fund and SMCS Newsletter

Dear Members and current students,

We are delighted that the 2014-15 newsletter is now published online and with paper copies being delivered presently. We hope you all enjoy this publication and invite any and all to contribute stories and news for next year’s.

Separately, the Book Fund opened for applications on the 9th November and will remain open until the 30th. All current Mary’s students are eligible; please visit the Book Fund page for more details.


St Mary’s College Society Committee

Reunion 2015 – Menu Announced!

The menu for the 2015 St Mary’s College Society Reunion Dinner has been announced!


Toasted butter brioche with sautéed wild mushrooms, poached hens eggs and hollandaise sauce

Main Course

Marinated char grilled lamb rump with a polenta chips, confit tomatoes, asparagus and sauce verge

Chargrilled polenta with confit tomatoes, asparagus, tender stem brocolli and chive beurre blanc


White chocolate mousse with macerated strawberries and strawberry ice cream

Local cheese with grapes, celery and biscuits

Coffee and Tea

The Reunion Dinner is a part of the Reunion Weekend 2015, set for 11th – 13th September. Click here for information on how to book.