News roundup – July, 2022
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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Yale Model African Union Conference 2022
A Ferard and Leney Travel Report by Daniel Tate (2021, MPhil International Relations) – read it here.
Then and Now: Shelley’s laurel
Take a closer look at something now missing from the Shelley memorial here.
UCBC newsletter TT22
All the news – including, of course, the first Univ Women’s Headship in history – in this term’s newsletter. Read it all here.
Laura Stevens: Expedition data recovery
At the end of 2021, Dr Laura Stevens, Supernumerary Fellow in Climate and Earth Surface Processes, completed an expedition to Antarctica to retrieve logged data. Read her account here.
A Univ Old Members’ Trust Graduate Travel Report by Ping-Luen (Baron) Ho (2018, DPhil Inorganic Chemistry) – read it here.
Potter Honorary Doctorate
Professor Barry V L Potter, Univ Supernumerary Fellow in Pharmacology, was formally awarded his honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Bath in June. More here.
Tales from the Library: Shelley and Univ
This is the second of our pair of Treasures written to mark the bicentenary of the death of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822), discussing the poet’s turbulent relationship with Univ. Read it here.
In Memoriam: Adam Sawyer
The College community will be deeply saddened to know of the death on Sunday 10 July of Adam Sawyer, our Hall Supervisor, aged only 29. More here.
Univ Chalet trip
A Ferard and Leney Travel Report by Samvida Sudheesh Venkatesh (2019, DPhil Genomic Medicine and Statistics) – read it here.
Reflecting on Shelley
Professor Nicholas Halmi, Margaret Candfield Fellow in English at Univ, and Dr Robin Darwall-Smith, Univ’s Archivist, co-chaired a short conference titled “Shelley Remembered: The Posthumous Creation of a Poet.” More here.
Atlantic Rowing Challenge
Euan Friend (2017, MEarthSci Geology/Earth Sciences) will be competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge this December. More here.
Univ entrepreneurs: Rohan Gunatillake
In the latest of this series on Univ’s entrepreneurs we talk to Rohan Gunatillake (1999, MChem Chemistry). Read about him here.
MBE for Covid-19 research
Professor Charlotte Deane (1993, Chemistry) has been appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Services to COVID-19 research. Read more.
Read all of Univ’s Alumni news here.
Univ to receive unprecedented $35 million
Univ North can only be realised thanks to the innovative financing arrangement supported by generous philanthropist, Mr David Frederick – Read more here.
Biodiversity & ecology at Univ North
How is biodiversity and ecology being considered at Univ North? Find out here.
Funding awarded from the Wolfson Foundation
Univ has been awarded up to £230,000 from the Wolfson Foundation. This generous support will go towards the cost of study facilities within the new Univ North development. Read more.
• Valerie Amos, Master of Univ, who has received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). More here.
• David Campanale (1982, PPE) won Exclusive of the Year in the BBC News Awards for 2021, for his investigation, with Matthew Hill, into the Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang: “Their goal is to destroy everyone”. The piece was also awarded runner up, News Report of 2021, by the Association of International Broadcasters and was nominated by BBC News for a Royal Television Society award in the News category. Read it here.
• Joshua Richards (2013, History and Politics) was ordained as deacon of St Mary Upper St, Stepney in a service at St Pauls Cathedral on 2 July.
• Professor Tian Yuan Tan, Professorial Fellow and Shaw Professor of Chinese, was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s “In Our Time” discussing the most celebrated poets of eighth-century China, Li Bai and Du Fu, and their influence from the Tang era to the present day.
• Sarah Harper, professor of gerontology at Oxford, who chaired the expert group of a report into Britain’s ageing population under the Cameron government comments in The Guardian’s “I’m one of the lucky ones, I’m financially OK”: welcome to ageing Britain, where pensioners outnumber children – read it here.
• Adam Smith, Edward Orsborn Professor of US Politics and Political History at Oxford University, wrote Why America is in such a mess for The Sunday Times. Subscribers can read it here.
• Tamsin Mather, Supernumerary Fellow, was interviewed on NHK World-Japan (NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation – Japan’s only public media organization) for the segment Understanding Volcanoes. Watch it here.
• Professor Ngaire Woods, founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University, shared her expert comment in a discussion about hard and soft power. Listen here.
• Valerie Amos, Master of Univ, features in Vogue’s list of this year’s 25 most influential women. Read more here.
• Professor Nicholas Halmi’s, (Margaret Candfield Fellow in English) article on Univ’s Shelley Memorial first published two years ago on the Rêve (Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition) website, has recently been translated into French, German and Italian.
Dr Maximilian Kiener, Research Associate and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Philosophy, completed a book entitled Voluntary Consent (forthcoming with Routledge), signed a contract with Hart for another book entitled Answering Others: Moral Responsibility and Artificial Intelligence, and is currently also editing the Routledge Handbook of Responsibility. In addition. Max has also been working for the European Commission on effective and ethical communication; The University of Oxford gave Max an Award of Excellence for his overall performance.