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9th June 2024

Lovely Sunday gathering with Lord and Lady Patten. Such a privilege for the China Oxford Scholarship Fund and its Scholars to be invited to their Oxford home and have the chance to wish Lord Patten a happy retirement after 20 years as Chancellor of Oxford University. The Fund gifted him the 4-volume set of the “Old Hong Kong Photos and The Stories They Tell” books by David Bellis. Scholar Alfred To from Hong Kong presented the books to Lord and Lady Patten.

26 April 2024

We’re delighted to announce Prof. William Swadling has joined the China Oxford Scholarship Fund as Chairman of its Oxford Awards Panel. Prof. Swadling is a Professor of Law and Senior Law Fellow at Brasenose College. Welcome Prof. Swadling!

Picture: Prof. Swadling, a long-time supporter of COSF, with 2012 Scholar Xiao Wan

24 April 2024

What an exciting Spring event! The COSF-Alumni Association in Beijing organised its first online-offline event with more than 20 scholars taking part around the world in the discussion on the “World’s Energy Strategy in a Turning Point”. Scholar Yumin Yang (Oxford MBA 2000-2001, COSF2000)and Hanyang Ye(Oxford DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics 2015-2020, COSF2015)delivered their research on this topic. COSF AA senior member Grace Chen gifted books to COSF scholars and encouraged them to keep up with their careers. Thank you to the COSF AA for sharing this update and the photos with us and well done COSF 2007 Scholar (Oxford MBA) Jing Jing Chen for organising such an incredible event.

4 April 2024

Congratulations Dr Bryan Kit Yue Ng! Well done on completing your DPhil in Chemistry. We are so lucky to count you as part of the COSF alumni family. (Tang Oxford Scholars 2021). Wishing you continued success on your next journey. (Pictured with Bryan is his Oxford Supervisor Prof. Edman Tang)

4 March 2024

“Time flies – We are already approaching the end of Hilary Term. It was great catching up with the COSF 23/24 scholars! We celebrated our efforts and hard work this term with an end-of-term retreat at Heavenly Desserts—an award-winning (No.1 in the UK) dessert restaurant—in Headington, Oxford. Life in Oxford is always bustling, but we believe all COSF scholars are thriving. We look forward to the Trinity Term for more exciting and memorable moments. We are truly grateful to the COSF trustees for their unwavering support of our gatherings.” said Scholar Alfred Lo.

Big thanks to Alfred and Michael Ke Li for organising this fun and yummy meet up .

18 February 2024

Fantastic to see the 2023 Scholars and a number of COSF scholar alumni meet up over a fantastic Chinese meal in London to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dragon.

9 February 2024

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Wishing all our friends and supporters a very happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Dragon!

22 December 2023

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy new year! All the best for 2024!

Oxford “High Street in Snow” illustrated by Chiang Yee (1903-1977) and featured in his 1948 book “The Silent Traveller in Oxford”. Chiang Yee was a celebrated author, scholar, artist and poet. Image copyright of Chiang Yee

14 December 2023

We hope everyone is enjoying the festive season. This is not to be missed! Oxford’s Professor of Computer Science Michael Wooldridge will be headlining the Christmas Lectures at The Royal Institution with his talks on AI. Make sure you save the dates!

24 November 2023

“On Thanksgiving Day, the 23/24 COSF Scholars met for the first time, connecting with one another and sharing their personal stories. It was truly inspiring to witness the diversity of ideas and experiences converging in one room. Marked by warmth and camaraderie, this gathering was a perfect ending to the Michaelmas term, setting the stage for the upcoming Christmas season! The Scholars extend immense gratitude to COSF for their generous support in making this possible.” said Alfred Lo, 2023 COSF Scholar. Big thanks to Alfred and fellow Scholar Ke Li for organising this fab meet-up and sharing this photo! Have a great (and warm) weekend everyone!

23 October 2023

What an absolute grand time at the Sichuan Grand Restaurant in Oxford. COSF Alumni Association’s Li ShijianGuowei Tao and Steven Lau organised a fab gathering this past Sunday for the new and current scholars at Oxford. Thank you Shijian, Guowei and Steven for this Michaelmas term autumnal event!

Congratulations to the new 2023/2024 Scholars and wishing you a fantastic start to the Michaelmas Term at Oxford!

4 September 2023

It was the fifth and final meet -up for the 2022/2023 academic year. A great time was had by all! Many thanks to China Oxford Scholar Joey for organising this meet-up!

“The scholars concluded this academic year with a splendid dinner at Turtle Bay. We would like to express our sincere gratitude again to the generous support from COSF. It allows us to organise events that go beyond just gatherings; they are experiences that bring our us closer, foster new friendships, and create lasting memories. Our best wishes to the academic journey ahead for those who are staying for another year of study and to those who are graduating. May their future always shine!” said Joey.

22 August 2023

Thank you 2022 Pay-It-Forward Scholar Xiongjie Deng for sharing his exciting Oxford experience with us. You can read all about his work and travels so far on our Summer Newsletter with the following link:

27th May 2023

What a glorious long May Bank Holiday weekend we had recently. The weather was too good to stay indoors! Our scholars spent their afternoon punting on River Cherwell. They enjoyed the splendid views along the river while having a good exercise. A big thanks to Yan and Danchen for organising the activity and booking the equipment for all. Also, big applause to Yan for keeping the scholars dry and being an excellent punting coach! 😄

29 January 2023

What a grand meet – up at Oxford’s Grand Cafe on the High Street! China Oxford Scholars enjoyed catching up with one another over the Chinese New Year. Thanks Joey and Yan for organising this event.

19 January 2023

Happy Chinese New Year! May wealth come pouring in and all your wishes come true. May your Year of the Rabbit be full of happiness and good health. 新年快乐! 财源滚滚, 心想事成. 祝你兔年幸福安康!

21 December 2022

Hi everyone! Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
圣诞快乐和新年快乐! 聖誕快樂和新年快樂!

12 December 2022

Scholars got a lovely head start with their Christmas dinner at the Pierre Victoire in Oxford in the 11th December. Thank you to 2022 Scholar Convenors Joey Tsz Ying Ho and Shu Wei for organising this wonderful gathering.

17 November 2022

A great time was had by all at the 16th November Welcome Reception and dinner for the 2022 COSF Scholars. Wonderful that supervisors and COSF Alumni Association members from London were also on hand to help us celebrate this new cohort. Big thanks to Oxford Awards Panel Chairman Prof. Michael Wooldridge for hosting this intimate gathering at Hertford College.

12 November 2022

Our 2023 application form is now available online for download.

5 October 2022

Update from the COSF AA

The COSF Alumni Association is sure keeping busy. So far this year , it’s organised meet-ups with current Scholars at Oxford and COSF alumni too. Some piccies to share: Get together at the April “The Silk Road Project” concert at the Sheldonian, the afternoon tea in Shenzhen in May and a flyer promoting a summer talk by COSF AA member Jingjing Chen! Well done COSF AA and keep up the great work!

Afternoon tea in Shenzhen in May
Meet up at the Silk Road Project Concert at the Sheldonian in April
Summer COSF AA talk by Jingjing Chen

2 October 2022


A shout out to Gabriel Ng for organising gatherings during the 2021 academic year. He’s back in HK now after completing his BCL. He has just shared this snapshot of a 2021 Michaelmas gathering with his fellow COSF Scholars at the Jericho Tavern. Great to know a good time was had by all!

1 September 2022


We are delighted to announce the new cohort of China Oxford Scholars. Read all about this impressive group of postgraduates in our just published newsletter .

Here’s the link:

17 November 2021

WELCOME 2021 AND 2020 SCHOLARS @ THE COSF Hertford College Formal Dinner

A wonderful time was had by all at the COSF Herford College Reception and Dinner event on the 16th November. Thank you to COSF Trustee Prof. Zhanfeng Cui and Oxford Awards Panel Chairman Prof. Michael Wooldridge for hosting and supporting this Covid-safe event which enabled 2021, 2020 and 2019 Scholars to meet up after these past 2 challenging years due to pandemic restrictions.

Dinner in the Old Dining Hall at Hertford College
Post – dinner group photo under Hertford College’s Bridge of Sighs

5 October 2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW 2021-2022 SCHOLARS . Wishing you a great start to the Michaelmas Term!

19 September 2021

Wishing you and your family a happy Mid-Autumn Festival! 祝你和你的家人中秋快乐!

12 May 2021

Inaugural COSF Epistle – Success stories of COSF Scholars

25 February 2021

Happy New Year of the Ox!

The China Oxford Scholarship Fund wishes you and your family a Happy New Year, and that all goes well along with good health, and  good fortune will smile on you.

中国牛津奖学金基金 祝您和家人,新年快乐,万事如意,身体健康,  吉星高照

15 October 2020

Timothy Beardson 1951-2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Timothy Beardson, COSF’s former Chairman of the Hong Kong Board of Trustees. He passed away on Monday evening on the 12th October 2020.

“Tim was instrumental in establishing COSF in the UK and was for a time a trustee in Hong Kong. He was also the International Chairman. Although he had stepped back from active involvement in the charity in recent times, his and Clair’s hospitality was legendary and enjoyed by us all at the Hailey lunches which for many years contributed so much to COSF and the scholars,” said Nicholas Dennys QC, COSF’s  UK Chairman.

Timothy was also a mentor for China Oxford Scholars. “It is my fortune to have met Mr Beardson. He set a great example for me as an entrepreneur, an educator, a friend, and a family man.  I will always remember his comments on life and hopefully in the future I can be someone like him, who cares for the next generation of young people. “ said scholar Hanyang Ye who was enrolled in the Global Leadership Initiative at Oxford.

We will all miss him dearly.

An online memorial to celebrate Timothy’s life has been created if you wish to comment, pay tribute or view his obituary.