The Young Univ Gallery is both a physical and online photographic project designed to highlight and celebrate the sheer diversity of careers that our alumni enjoy. Focusing on an initial group of our “young old members” – aged 35 and under – the majority of portraits were taken by Oxford photographer John Cairns across a series of event days to which our subjects were invited.
A small selection of photographs from the project can be viewed below under the Selected Portraits heading or visit the full online gallery at youngunivgallery.univ.ox.ac.uk
About the Young Univ Gallery
Scoping almost every corner of Univ’s main site (and beyond) for suitable locations photographer John Cairns created a series of portrait options. Having originally conceived the project, Univ’s Master, Sir Ivor Crewe, then shortlisted options with the input of the subjects before the final portrait was selected.
Behind the scenes both the Development Office and Communications Team worked to create and collate the supporting materials for the Gallery, including biographies, alumni information, photo captions, video content and print material. Additionally the Development and Academic Offices provided valuable advice on how the project could best serve the wider College community.
The Gallery was unveiled in Hall on 25 February, 2017, where the portraits still hang today; both a compliment and counterpoint to the Hall’s more traditional portraiture.
Find our more about Portraits in Hall.
The full range of portraits, further details of their subjects and extensive interviews can be seen on the dedicated Young Univ Gallery website.
A Message from Sir Ivor Crewe
Univ students arrive at College from a wide diversity of backgrounds and move on to enjoy a rich diversity of careers. Some follow well-trodden paths into established professions or with major institutions, but many move off the beaten track both in the UK and globally, to set up their own enterprises, work in the voluntary sector, or become writers and performers.
Most aspirant and current students are broadly unaware of the multitude of paths open to them upon leaving College and of the remarkable achievements of many of our recent alumni. We hope they will be inspired by the Young Univ Gallery. – Sir Ivor Crewe, February 2017
Explore the full gallery at youngunivgallery.univ.ox.ac.uk
“The careers you might be most exposed to at university won’t be for everyone; it’s great to show that there are other possible paths out there.” – Oliver Watts (2008-2011, BA Physics)