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The service was closed permanently on Wednesday 28 April 2021. It was over ten years old and displayed very heavy signs of wear and tear, and crucially, emails sent via the service could no longer be guaranteed for delivery.

To ensure our legacy users ONLY could continue using our email forwarding service we upgraded the service to a new UK based provider, Aluminati (

Nothing. Legacy users ONLY will have been notified of this upgrade, with access to a specialist email support team at Aluminati who will be able to resolve any issues or answer any questions you may have about the new service. 

If you did not opt-out of the initial migration from the Oxford email forwarding service to Aluminati, you will have received an email of the upgrade and instructions on what to do next. If you haven't received this email, please contact the Aluminati helpdesk: 

No. Your forwarding address will remain the same unless you decide to change it in the new service.  

Yes. The email forwarding service will remain free of charge. 

No. As this is still a forwarding service to your native email address (eg. Outlook, Gmail), it will not affect any folders you may have set up in your native email account.  

Aluminati are a UK based organisation that specialise in educational digital solutions. Aluminati operates worldwide with customers in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, with clients such as the University of Cambridge, LSE, University of Manchester, UCL and many more.  

We have grouped a series of FAQs commonly asked within this area: 

1. Is the email service Oxford provides to its alumni compliant with GDPR? 

The provider we have engaged is fully compliant with GDPR. You can read the full details on the service Privacy Policy

2. To what extent is the company using data protection by design and by default? 

The email system that runs the Service has undergone a formal security assessment by the University covering 100+ security aspects including both infrastructure, systems, software and policy checks. The Service is also run in accordance with a service contract that mandates adherence to security and privacy policies acceptable to the University and is respectful of our members' rights to privacy.

3. To what extent does the company have access to user data? 

Under the Data Processing Agreement, Aluminati has access to user data strictly for the purposes of operating the service. 

4. Where are the servers located that Aluminati use? 

All servers involved in operating the Service are located in the United Kingdom. 

For more about the University's approach to information security, please visit here

If you wish to discontinue using the service, please email Aluminati's helpdesk ( with the information below, who will then delete your account:  

  • Name 

  • Email address 

  • Forwarding Address 

  • Oxford Number (formerly alumni number (if known))

At the moment, we are working with legacy users ONLY.

At the moment, we are working with legacy users ONLY.

Please note, this service is separate from NEXUS. Any queries regarding your NEXUS account should be directed to IT Services