News roundup – February, 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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Equality and diversity
Univ has appointed two Fellows to lead our work on equality and diversity, and has created a new Committee to support the College’s work on these issues. Find our more.
A Swire Scholar’s story
My name is Ping-Luen Ho. I was born and raised in Taiwan. My interest in science began when my chemistry teachers set a project to look for a solution to air pollution. Read on.
My Univ: Maren Schentuleit
Maren Schentuleit – Supernumerary Fellow in Egyptology; Associate Professor of Egyptology and Coptic Studies; Director of the Griffith Institute – talks about what makes Univ so special to her here.
In memoriam: Yvonne Pye
The College deeply regrets to report the death of Yvonne Pye, widow of Honorary Fellow Graham Pye, and generous benefactor, with Graham, to Univ. Read more.
Superpowers: The Long View
On Wednesday 3 February Baroness Valerie Amos, the Master, chaired a conversation between Professor Adam Smith, Univ Professorial Fellow and Director of the Rothermere American Institute, and Professor Rana Mitter OBE, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and Fellow of St Cross College, about China and the US. Listen to the podcast here.
Frank Marshall steps down as Investment Bursar
After almost 20 years of association with Univ, Frank Marshall is retiring from his post of Investment Bursar effective 18 February 2021. Find out more.
LGBTQ+ History Month event
On Thursday 11 February a joint JCR/WCR/SCR common room evening was held to celebrate LGBT+ History Month, with John Weltman (1979, History), lawyer and founder of the largest surrogate parenting agency in America, discussing “Establishing Parental Rights for LGBT+ Families in American and European Nations”. Listen to the event podcast here.
Classism and Hate Crime
Alex Benn (2018, Law), Lecturer in Law, has written “Classism, Hate Crime and the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper 250: Lessons from Discrimination Law” for the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog. Read more.
Garden News February 2021
What’s new with “all things green” at College, from Head Gardener, Bruce Taylor here.
This month’s Treasure features Univ’s latest portrait, our “Saint Oscar” window – discover it here.
Oxbridge goes to Washington
Sean C Denniston (1987, History), Transportation Industry Analyst at Federal Aviation Administration, was the dinner speaker at the 88th Annual New York Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Dinner on 27 December 2020. Find out more here.
Ambassador’s honorary degree
Ambassador Thomas A Shannon, Jr (1980, Politics), Senior International Policy Advisor at Arnold & Porter, received an honorary degree of public service from his first alma mater, William and Mary at its Charter Day on 7 February 2020. Read on.
Young Univ Stories: Dr Helena Mills
Dr Helena Mills (2008, BA, MSt & DPhil History) talks about her journey to, through and beyond Univ here.
New Year Honours
Stanley Martin CVO (1955, Law) has been awarded an OBE on the Overseas and International List “for services to British diplomacy.” More here.
An Old Member’s perspective from Annie Tse (1984, Law) here.
The Interview Archives – Edition 2
In this series we highlight audio and video interviews with, and profiles on, a wide range of Univ OMs. Today we feature Alexandra Wilson (2013, PPE), Harold Wilson (research Fellow 1938-45) and Roz Savage (1986, Law). Listen here.
In Love with Otamere
Otamere Guobadia (2012, Law) is presenting the new series “In Love with Otamere” on Jameela Jamil’s YouTube channel. Find out more.
Read all of Univ’s Alumni news here.
Life at Stavs
On 12 January, while looking forward to the exciting development of the Staverton Road site, Univ looked back at the long and interesting history of Stavs. Listen to the panel discussion and a short history of Stavs from Univ’s Archivist Robin Darwall-Smith here.
• A report published by economist, urbanist and strategic planner Dr Nicholas Falk (1961, PPE) proposes an integrated transport system called the Oxford Metro. Read more here.
• Sir David Logan KCMG FSA(1961, Classics) was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) in October.
• In January Professor Anand Menon (1984, History and Modern Languages) chaired a discussion about “Global Britain” and British foreign policy after Brexit.
• Professor Trevor Sharp, Tutorial Fellow in Neuroscience, gave a plenary lecture on a repurposed lithium-mimetic at the 6th Congress of the AsCNP in Fukuoka, Japan.
• The University of Bath awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor Barry Potter, Supernumerary Fellow in Pharmacology, for the academic year 2019-2020.
• Professor Peijun Zhang, Supernumerary Fellow in Medicine, contributed to a Special Feature on “Structural biology in the fight against COVID-19” in Nature. Read it here.
Dr Graeme Baber (1987, Medicine) published a new monograph, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Punctually: An Impossible Remit? Details here.
Professor Raymond Wacks (1971, Law) published Covid-19 and Public Policy in the Digital Age on 24 December. More here.
Described as “a terrifying and captivating vision of our near future”, Venetia Welby’s (1999, Classics) second novel, Dreamtime, is due to be published in April. find out more.