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» 12 March: Family Programme Luncheon, Christ Church

12 March: Family Programme Luncheon, Christ Church

Christ Church, 11:30am onwards

Family Programme Members were invited to the annual Luncheon in Hall on Saturday 12th March 2011. This popular occasion provided a unique opportunity for family members of our undergraduates to meet together and share their experiences of Christ Church. The Dean, Tutors and other members of the Christ Church Governing Body were also invited.

This year we offered families the chance to attend a lecture by Dr Martin Grossel at 11:30am in Blue Boar Lecture Theatre. It proved to be both an academic and entertaining taste of what a Christ Church education is all about! The topic was “Mimicking the Sense of Smell” and this is what Dr Grossel had to say about it:

“The human sense of smell has many roles in our daily lives. For example it alerts us to hazards, influences our appreciation of food and drink and evokes memories. One of the challenges for chemists is to construct sensors which mimic the properties of the nose. Such a device has many potential applications including monitoring environmental safety, assessing food quality and diagnosing health problems. The lecture will use demonstrations to explore various aspects of the human sense of smell and some approaches to mimicking it.”

We also arranged for the Upper Library to be open after lunch for parents to see the restoration works and a selection of the remarkable books and manuscripts that Christ Church holds.

The price of a ticket was £35 and this included a drinks reception, a three-course meal with wine and coffee, and a voluntary donation of £15 towards the Family Fund. The Family Fund was set up in 2006 in order to give Family Programme members the opportunity to support initiatives within the Annual Fund which specifically benefit current undergraduates. If you are interested in learning more about Christ Church’s Development Plan, Simon Offen would be very pleased to hear from you and can be contacted at or on 01865 286075.


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