2014 Roger Short Travel Scholarships
The Roger Short Scholarship has been continued for another year and once again funds were raised for students travel to Turkey and neighbouring countries, with an emphasis still placed on the former. Students are required to write a journal, or compose some form of travel diary to record their experiences. Copies of these diaries will be kept in the college library. Read excerpts from the student diaries below.
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Robert Natzler (2011, PPE)

I’m not going to tell a narrative, or go into much depth about the range of emotions I felt, because I’m not a writer and in any case some things just have to be seen. This is more of a note-diary, a succession of images, the photo-negative of what I remember when I shut my eyes and think of what I saw. If you want more, you shall have to travel there yourself.

Abigail Reeves (2012, Law) 

Istanbul, through my eyes, is a city of contrast. With Byzantine architecture and Roman underground systems meeting giant telecom towers and narrow streets littered with present day political flyers. I met Rob in the hostel the morning after the evening I arrived in the city, and we spent a few hours getting our bearings by strolling down Meşrutiyet Caddesi. The road itself gave insight into the city; a wide expanse bustling with hoards of people, with narrow side streets fracturing off at both sides.

Lizzie German (2010, Chemistry)

As I am going to study a Masters in Sustainable Energy next year, I visited Turkey in order to learn about renewable energy there. Turkey has ambitious renewable energy targets, hoping to achieve 30% of its energy from sustainable sources by 2023. I had some conversations with Dr Halil Hamut, who worked for the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, about the R&D and innovation activities going on in the energy sector.

Odette Chalaby (2012, PPE)


We arrived this morning in Izmir and, after an hour and a half wait, have finally boarded a long train through the beautiful blistering Anatolian countryside. There are no seats, and the heat clings to my back and face. Yet the small window out onto white houses, olive trees, statuesque hills, and brown burning fields is pulling me into the world outside the carriage. I am perching on a step by the door, mesmerised. I am reminded a little of a similar train journey last year in Andalusia.

Samvartika Bajpai (2012, History)

The history of Turkey reads like the history of mankind – from the Hittites to the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Selcuks and Ottomans – and being able to visit the place which at least three major world civilizations thought important enough to battle for was amazing.