2013/14 OMT Travel Grant Reports

Approximately a sixth of Univ students receive an Old Members’ Trust Travel Grant worth between £100 and £1,750 each year.


Thanks to the support of our Old Members, Univ is able to offer undergraduates and postgraduates the chance to undertake travel and research for their studies that might not otherwise have been possible. Students are asked to write a journal of their travel and experiences.

2013/14 Travel Grants

Fabian Baumann (2012, Philosophy)

My research trip to St. Petersburg and Helsinki (14th August - 5th October 2013) was intended to provide me with source material for my Masters’ thesis on Language Policy in Ukraine during the Constitutional Period (1905-1914).

Pablo Baeza (2011, Biochemistry)

I spent 8 weeks during the summer of 2013 doing a research internship at the Gulbenkian Institute (IGC) near Lisbon, in Portugal. Despite the current climate of economic uncertainty in that country, this institution remains one of the top research centres for the life sciences in Southern Europe and ranks in the top 100 worldwide.


Alun Biffin (2010, Physics)

Recently I was given a $350 award towards travelling to Denver, Colorado where I attended the American Physical Society's March Meeting. I would like to thank the OMT and the College for presenting me with such a generous amount of money.

Raphael Chow (2010, Biochemistry)

Before I stepped into the final year of my undergraduate studies, it was my hope to broaden my horizons and gain perspective of the social context of my degree. It was therefore with great anticipation that I descended from my plane at Tocumen Airport in Panama City to begin my medical brigade.


Sarah Dixon-Clarke (2011, Medicine)

I would like to thank the Trustees who awarded me an Old Members’ Travel grant that enabled me to attend a conference organized by The Biochemical Society, in association with the British Pharmacological Society, at the University of York. The subject of this years meeting was “Signaling: From Structure to Function”.  The meeting covered a broad range of signaling topics, sharing the common theme of structure-function relationships and analysis.  


Rachel Delman (2013, History)

From the 9th-11th January 2014, I attended the ‘Gender and Medieval Studies’ conference, held at Winchester University. The conference is an annual event, with the theme and location varying each year. This year’s theme of ‘Gender and Status’ was ideally suited to my doctoral research, as I am exploring the domestic landscapes created by elite women in the fifteenth-century.


Claudia Herresthal (2010, Economics)

The Lisbon UECE meeting on game theory and applications took place between the 7th and 9th November 2013. I was excited about attending because it would be my first opportunity to present a part of my DPhil thesis to academics outside of Oxford in a conference environment. My trip also provided me with the opportunity to see one of my friends from the DPhil programme, who is now working in the US, but also attended the conference.


Victoria Honour (2010, Earth Sciences)

The funds I was given, ultimately enabled me to afford the return flights to South Africa.  They allowed me the opportunity to spend seven weeks within the country, during which time I undertook independent research for my Masters project, and gained insight into the mining industry through working alongside geologists from the company.


Lukas Kobis (2013, Maths & Computer Science)

From the 22nd of November until the 24th of November three teams from the University of Oxford went to the NWERC 2013 which was hosted by the Delft University of Technology. In my team were two other first year students studying Mathematics and Computer Science. 

Thibaut Lienart (2013, Maths)

Thanks to generous funding from Univ’s OMT, in April 2014 I attended the conference on Monte Carlo Inference for Complex Statistical Models hosted at the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Kevin Liu (2011, Physiology)

I would like to thank The Old Member's Trust for partial funding for my attendance at the Society of Neuroscience annual meeting from November 9-13, 2013 in San Diego. The conference was attended by over 30,000 first-class scientists from countries all over the world.


Michael Malone-Lee (2010, Classics)

I am most grateful to the College for supporting me from the Old Members’ Trust for my trip to Venice (31st March-6th April 2014) to attend a conference on Cardinal Bessarion and examine some of his manuscripts in the Marcian Library.


Simon Mee (2012, Economic History)

Due to the generous support of the Old Members’ Trust, I have recently completed a two-week archive trip to Germany. The goal of the archive trip was to build on sources for the first and second chapters of my thesis

Thomas Smith (2013, Russian & East European Studies)

I used the funds allocated by the Old Members’ Trust Travel Fund for Graduates over the Christmas Holidays 2013/2014. The grant was extremely useful in helping me afford the travel to and from my accommodation in London to the National Archives in Kew, where I was undertaking my research.


Leticia Villeneuve (2011, International Relations)

With the support of the Old Members Trust Travel Grant, I attended the Munich Advanced Course in International Law (MACIL) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany. The course ran from 5 to 16 August 2013, focusing on ‘Challenges of International Institutional Law-making’, a central theme to my current research in International Relations and international law.


Hengzhi You (2012, Chemistry)

I am a first-year D.Phil student in organic chemistry, and am grateful to the OMT Travel Grant, which allowed me to have the opportunity to attend the 23rd International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry in 22-25, July, 2013, St Catherine’s College, Oxford.