Colin Smith

Oxford Lancaster University Alumni Co-ordinator: Colin Smith

Colin organises social and networking events for Lancaster alumni in Oxford.

To receive invitations, please ensure that your address details on the alumni database indicate that you live in Oxford. Update your details online (requires log on) or by emailing

To find out more about the group, please email Colin directly.

What I'm doing now

I have been married 35 years (in August 2016) to Stephanie. We have twins, now 28 years old, called Melanie and Richard and we have two grandchildren. We all live in Witney, a beautiful town on the edge of the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire. I have been working as the Finance Manager at the Asda Stores Ltd distribution centre located in Didcot, Oxfordshire since 2009. I am a keen sports fan, which includes being a season ticket holder with Nottingham Forest, and I still play squash regularly. 

My best Lancaster memory

Lancaster University is 160 miles away from my home town of Grantham in Lincolnshire. It felt like a massive leap to set off to university on my own and I think just that wonderful feeling of adventure and meeting great new friends is an abiding memory. I grew up and matured at Lancaster and just loved the whole university environment and also the surrounding countryside. It always feels like home when I visit or even just pass fleetingly on the nearby M6 motorway.

What Lancaster means to me

Lancaster still means a great deal to me, even though it is over thirty five years since I graduated. Firstly the degree I gained had a massive impact on my chosen career, for which I am eternally grateful. I love keeping in contact and in recent times this has increased following attending the 50th Anniversary Dinner on campus. You can feel a unique bond whenever you meet up with fellow alumni or people still working for the University. You just know that experience you had is shared by them and stays with you forever. 

Why I volunteer as an alumni group co-ordinator

I love the idea of still being a part of the University in some way and wanting to give something back. I do enjoy organizing events, as being on a PTA as Chairman for 11 years testifies! It has always felt an honour to be a graduate of Lancaster and I want to meet up with fellow graduates to reminisce and share great memories as well as seeing how graduates are getting on.