2014/15 OMT Travel Grant Reports

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

Travel Reports

Eleanor Swire, postgraduate in Classics

On Thursday 26th March, I set off nervously from Oxford on the train, tracking north to the University of Durham and to what would be my first time presenting a paper at an academic conference. I had seen the notice for the ‘Anglophone Translations and the History of Sexuality’ two-day conference several months earlier and, believing that it would be a great opportunity to gain feedback on my own research, as well as to hear about the research of others working in the same academic field, I duly submitted my abstract and (much to my surprise) was invited to present my paper.

Harry Pasek, first year Historian

My 8 days in New York proved to be a fruitful and enjoyable time in which I was able to collect all of the data necessary to write my dissertation over Easter break. Arriving on the afternoon of Friday the 13th, I spent the afternoon acclimatising to the changed time zone and resting up whilst staying at a good friend’s apartment.

Sam Cornish, 3rd year Earth Scientist

My travel grant helped fund my Independent Geological Mapping Project to Loch Eriboll, NW Scotland. A necessary part of my degree, the project involved 6 weeks of fieldwork, the production of a 1:10,000 geological map and cross-sections of the area, and a written report.

John Lidwell-Durnin

Thanks to funding from University, I was able to deliver my paper on the biologist George Romanes and his work on Lamarckian use-inheritance at the Teknisk Museum in Oslo on 11-13 February 2015. I had been particularly eager to attend this conference as one of the leaders in my field Gregory Radick, was giving the keynote presentation.

Leticia Villeneuve

In Michaelmas Term 2014, I was awarded £350 from the Old Members' Trust Graduate Conference and Academic Travel Fund to cover parts of travel expenses linked to my particpation in the 2015 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association. 


Edward Dodson

The MHRA Postgraduate and Early Career Conference at Senate House, London, on 16th October 2015, gave me the opportunity to present and receive feedback on some of my recent DPhil research. The theme for the conference was ‘Rewritings’ and I presented a paper entitled ‘Alan Hollinghurst: Rereading and Rewriting Britain's Imperial History’, reworking material from my thesis and positioning it in a new light. In particular, this gave me the chance to think through Hollinghurst’s intertextual relationship with E.M. Forster, particularly in his short story, ‘A Thieving Boy’.

James Kirkpatrick

The purpose of my trip was to attend The Generic Workshop at the University of Harvard on the 3rd and 4th October 2015. The goal of this workshop was to provide a forum for new work on genericity, especially drawing connections between the study of generics and other areas of philosophy.


Simon van Oort

Attending the Student Research Conference and delivering my presentation was an overall great experience. Having attended all the other workshop presentations in my category, 'language and culture', I gained great insight in the interesting topics researched by other students, such as false cognates and bilingualism, rethinking the privacy debate, the flaws of family trees in linguistics, mathematical methods to determine compositorial change, and ethnic identity in the Ostrogothic Kingdom.


Thomas Breithaupt

My field trip to Skye for my 2nd year mapping project was very successful. Despite it being one of the wettest summers on Skye for many years, we managed to go into the field for the vast majority of days producing a final map 12.5 km2 in area. Our mapping area included ten different lithologies, the oldest being 3 billion years old which is the most ancient lithology to be found in the UK. It also covered 3 major regional thrust faults which provided plenty of geological structure to get our teeth into.

Elina Naydenova at the WHO

Elina Naydenova (2013, Social Studies DPhil candidate)

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation at Oxford provides multidisciplinary training in biomedical engineering that equips researchers with the tools to design novel medical technologies and algorithms. I joined this programme in pursuit of my passion for affordable global health; I wish to design novel solutions that deliver appropriate services to people from resource constrained settings, where medical challenges are further aggravated by socio-economic and logistic limitations.

Fu-Sheng Chang

Fu-Sheng Chang

Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford


Jan Buys

I attended ACL-IJCNLP 2015 (the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational

Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference of the Asian Federation of Natural Language

Processing) which was held in Beijing, China 26-31 July 2015.

The conference consisted of one day of tutorials, three days for the main conference and two days

of workshops. At the main conference long and short papers were presented as talks and posters. I

Julia Brouard

In September this year (12th-15th) I was able to attend the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society and European Brain and Behaviour Society Joint Meeting, thanks to the generous travel grants I was awarded by Guarantors of Brain and the Old Members Trust travel grant of University College, Oxford.