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Arduus ad Solem groups bring together members of the Dragon community from industry or special interest groups for a networking gathering with a theme. Groups and events are championed by Old Dragons, but open for all members of the Dragon Community to attend - including past, present and current parents and former staff. The Arduus ad Solem Network aims to build relationships across the community, as well as offering mentoring opportunities to ODs on varying career paths. Please read below for how to get involved, and to view both upcoming and previous networking events.

Future Arduus ad Solem 
Networking Events

We are building a series of events and groups over the coming years (see right). If you would like to co-host an event, help us to organise an event, provide a venue, or join a group, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 01856 315417.

  • Lawyers
  • Property
  • Film, TV & Theatre
  • Medicine
  • Creative Arts
  • Science & Technology
  • Women’s Network

Forthcoming Event 

Old Dragon Art Exhibition, 21st - 25th May

Theo Harman FrancisWe are delighted to be hosting an Old Dragon Art Exhibition in the Art Block, in conjunction with Oxford Art Weeks. Old Dragons are warmly invited to join 35 OD Artists and their guests at a private opening of the Old Dragon Art Exhibition on Saturday 20th May 2017. Refreshments will be provided. Booking is required for this event but there is no charge. The exhibition will remain open to the public Sunday to Thursday (21st-25th May) the following week, between the hours of 11.30am and 3.30pm. Booking is not required but we do ask that you register at the booth on the zebra crossing on arrival, where you will be escorted to the exhibition.

The above image is by Theo Harman-Francis, a Junior Old Dragon.

Past Events

Lloyds networking

 January 2017 - Arduus ad Solem: Insurance & Risk – Anything But Boring!

Over 40 Old Dragons attended our latest networking event hosted by David Howden (OD 1977), CEO of Hyperion Insurance, and Andrew Barnes (OD 1973), Chairman of Lloyd’s of London. As well as a drinks reception and presentation, the evening included an exclusive tour of Lloyd’s of London for Old Dragons interested in a career in insurance. Our industry leaders explained why insurance is a crucial part of the world’s economy and how insurance facilitates innovation across all industries, shaping the world’s financial systems and helping economies to grow – the evening was indeed ‘anything but boring!’. Read more


Robin Wong

 November 2016 - Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Digital Future Forum

Old Dragons Guy Gadney and Robin Wong led a fascinating evening in the Lynam Hall on the ‘Digital Future'. Guy and Robin are at the forefront of thinking - about how technology is shifting our experience and strategies for life and their presentations were thought provoking and wide ranging. Ibe Akoh, (Head of ICT – Teaching and Learning) spoke on the impact of ICT on education, and our very own ‘Digital Dragons’ showed an entertaining video reporting from their time-travel into the future. Over drinks there was a chance to meet ODs in the industry to discuss new ideas. We hope to hold another event on this topic in the future. Read more


Entrep Fire

 March 2016 - Arduus ad Solem: Dragon Entrepreneurs on Fire

A panel of Old Dragon entrepreneurs held current parents, ODs and staff spellbound at the Arduus ad Solem: Entrepreneurs networking forum. Held at stylish, retro-inspired The Trampery in London, the evening buzzed with stories and anecdotes of bold risk taking and inspiring success. Our OD host, Ted Mott (OD 1956) introduced our four speakers: Lucy Eaton (2001), theatre entrepreneur, Lucius Cary OBE (1960), founder and MD of Oxford Technology Management (OTM), Mark Esiri (1978), founder of Venrex Investment Management and Roger Mavity (1956), author and advertising entrepreneur. John Baugh, Headmaster, explained that the spirit of creativity and individualism was still alive and well at the Dragon.A lively debate and discussion was followed by sharing memories over drinks.

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