News roundup – April, 2021
Each month we bring together all of the latest news from our extended Univ family. From Alumni and College news, to updates on Univ North and our Profile and Treasure features. We hope you enjoy this month’s news from Univ — all in one place…
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In memoriam: HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
University College deeply regrets to learn the sad news of the death of its senior Honorary Fellow, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 9 April, aged 99. Other tributes will record the Duke’s lifetime of public service, but we remember his links with the College here.
My Univ: Guy Smith
In the latest in our series of features from our College community on their favourite aspects of Univ life Guy Smith (2019, History and Politics) recalls a class held in our Winter Common Room. Read about it here.
A socially distanced trip through Wales
2010 Brewster Scholarship Travel Report by Bronwyn Gavine, DPhil Clinical Neurosciences. Read it here.
NIHR Advanced Fellowship
Dr Alexandra Hendry, Scott Family Junior Research Fellow in Autism, has been awarded an NIHR Advanced Fellowship to co-develop and pilot an intervention to support the development of executive functions in toddlers with a family history or autism and/or ADHD. Read more.
Last April, Dr Keith Dorrington, Dunhill Fellow in Physiology, wrote about his research into the drug almitrine as a possible treatment for COVID-19. The study got underway last month, beginning initially in Reading and now including Cardiff and Oxford. Find out more.
Meet the WCR Committee for 2021-22
The WCR committee deals with the College and wider University community on behalf of graduates, runs events and functions, and strives to ensure the welfare of its members. Meet the 2021-22 members here.
Global Conversations: Fake News
On Wednesday 14 April, the Master, chaired a conversation between Sagarika Ghose, Indian columnist and former BBC World Anchor, Nick Robinson (1983, PPE), presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, and Professor Jacob Rowbottom, Stowell Tutorial Fellow in Law, about fake news and the global media. Listen to the podcast here.
Univ Treasure – Looking for a lost library
This month’s Treasure features the handlists which record the contents of the library that belonged to Arthur Charlett (1655-1722), sometime Master of Univ. Explore our latest Treasure here.
Univ’s Reading Bank update
An important part of our Staircase12 information hub for students thinking about applying to top universities, Univ’s Reading Bank has received a significant boost with 30 new book reviews to bring our total to well in excess of 200 titles. Explore here.
Old members preach in Chapel
Choral Evensong continues online during Trinity and all of our guest preachers this term are themselves old members of the College; we hope that you will enjoy hearing a familiar voice if you were at Univ with one or more of them. Find out more here.
President of St Augustine’s Seminary
Fr Robert Barringer CSB (1967, Theology) has been appointed by Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, as the President of St Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto as of January 1, 2021 at the age of 76. Find out more.
A View from Myanmar
Dr Michael Marett-Crosby (1987, History) is a Trustee of Prospect Burma, The Rangoon General Hospital Reinvigoration Charitable Trust, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, and the Irrawaddy Policy Exchange. Dr Marett-Crosby wrote this article for The Martlet in July 2020 – read it here.
Young Univ Stories: Catherine Laporte-Oshiro
Catherine Laporte-Oshiro (2013, MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies) is a China Trade Enforcement Analyst at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr Laporte-Oshiro is Yale graduate and a Rhodes Scholar. Find out more.
Forbes 30 under 30
Raphael Chow (2010, MBiochem Biochemistry), CEO and cofounder of Wevat, has been named one of the Forbes 30 under 30. Read more here.
The Interview Archives, Edition 4
In this series we highlight audio and video interviews with, and profiles on, a wide range of Univ OMs. Today we feature Trisha Greenhalgh (1980, Medicine), Neil Gorsuch (1992, DPhil Law) and CS Lewis (matriculated 1917). Listen here.
Royal College of Paediatrics Chair
Joanna Shaw (1981, PPE) has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Find out more.
Read all of Univ’s Alumni news here.
Níall McLaughlin Architects’ portfolio
Níall McLaughlin Architects won the architectural competition to design the Univ North site and have been working on the architectural designs for the past three years. We look at a selection of their many projects to give you a taste of their work here.
Kim Wilkie landscape architects’ portfolio
Kim Wilkie, the landscape architect for the University College North Oxford development, ran his own practice for 25 years and now works as a strategic and conceptual landscape consultant. In this article, we examine a few of his previous projects. Find out more.
• Baroness Amos joined a virtual Women’s panel Iftar, organised by the Naz Legacy Foundation, Rising Girl and British Asian Trust, discussing education and empowerment on 22 April. You can watch it on Facebook.
• George Breeze, a postgraduate student at Jesus College and Dr Stewart Tolley, an academic from the department of continuing education, recently launched a literary agency to help students and academics publish their non-fiction works. Non-Fiction Works – Focusing exclusively on the growing market of non-fiction works. More here.
• Baroness Amos also signed an open letter written by Sir Lenny Henry urging black Britons to take the Covid-19 vaccine. more on the BBC.
Lucy Fisher’s (2007, Classics) second book is due out in autumn 2021. Women in the War weaves together the oral histories often remarkable women who dedicated their young adulthood to the war effort.
Dr John Godwin FRSA (1973, Classics) published Juvenal: Satires Book V. Juvenal’s fifth and final book of Satires continues and completes his satirical assessment of the Rome of the early second century AD. It is available to buy from Blackwells.
Dr Martin Yuille (1966, Biochemistry) MA, PhD, FRCPath, Honorary Reader at the University of Manchester, published Saving Sick Britain: Why we need the Health Society, with Bill Ollier, in February 2021. It is available to buy from Blackwells.