News roundup – June, 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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William of Durham Day 2021
The 2021 William of Durham Annual Recognition Day was held virtually on Saturday, 22 May 2021. Details and podcast here.
The Austrian Ocean Race Project
The Austrian Ocean Race Project (VO65 boats) sailboat has won the first leg of the Ocean Race Europe with Annika Möslein (2019, DPhil Engineering) as the sail trimmer. Find out more.
Upteching the College appeal
Find out how we are investing in technology throughout the College and how your gift can make a huge difference here.
Aspire’s 20th anniversary
One of our partner charities, Aspire, have launched “No Going Back”, an opportunity to ensure there is no return to pre-COVID levels of homelessness and marginalisation. Find out more here.
The Master in conversation
From The Martlet: Baroness Amos in conversation with Judy Sayers (2019, DPhil Biology) and Dag Yosief (2019, PPE) – read it here.
My Univ: Clare Burgess
Clare Burgess (2020, MSt History), Welfare, Diversity and Equality Officer reflects on her first year in College here.
Talking Dickens Podcast
Prolific performer, writer, director and producer, Armando Iannucci (1982, English) in conversation with Jonathan Hourigan (1979, PPE), Head of Screenwriting at the London Film School. Listen here.
Young Univ Challenge
Two Old Members will match any funds given by Young Univ to Univ North. If together young Old Members could give £250,000, then the OMs would give another £250,000 — a very generous gift, and a great way for the under 35s to make their mark. Find out more here.
In memoriam: Gwynne Ovenstone MBE
The College deeply regrets to report that Gwynne Ovenstone MBE, Assistant College Secretary from 1947-50 and College Secretary from 1950-87, died on Saturday 19 June 2021 aged 97. A tribute from Dr Leslie Mitchell here.
Getting ready for Gabriel
The Univ Players are staging extracts from Clare Bayley’s, Visitor in the Creative Arts, translation of Gabriel as a site-specific, promenade performance around the College. See details and photo gallery here.
This month’s Treasure feature looks at publishers’ prospectuses in the Robert Ross Memorial Collection. Explore it here.
Summer “Torpids” 2021
A report by UCBC Captain Nina Handzewniak (2015, Medicine) – read it here.
Univ photography competition winners
The votes are in and counted, and the Univ Community has spoken in this year’s College-wide photography competition. In first place is… Find out here.
We are delighted to present a look at the incredible range of recent Alumni publications. Discover them here.
Horace Mann Medal
Professor Aris J Rosakis (1975, Engineering) has been awarded the 2020/2021 Horace Mann Medal for his research and mentoring skills, as well as being “a champion of societal impact that can be realized through the sciences.” Read more here.
Young Univ Stories 6: Catherine Yuen
Catherine Yuen (2012, Law) is an Associate at Linklaters, London. Prior to Univ she attended St Paul’s Girls’ School in London. She tells us her Young Univ story here.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021
Antony Jenkins (PPE, 1979), Desmond Shawe-Taylor (English, 1974), and Katie Waldegrave (History, 2000) were all recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honour. Details here.
The Interview Archives – 6
Featuring Armando Iannucci (1982, English), VS Naipaul (matriculated 1950) and Stephen Hawking (1959, Physics). Listen here.
Read all of Univ’s Alumni news here.
From little acorns…
Univ North will support students, staff, and academics for generations to come. A central aspect of this is providing childcare and family support. Find out more.
Univ North Q&A
On Monday 14 June College held a online Q&A event on Univ North, with Angela Unsworth, Domestic Bursar, and Andrew Grant, Finance Bursar. Listen to the podcast here.
Professor Joel David Hamkins, Sir Peter Strawson Fellow and Praelector in Philosophy. Read it here.
Dr Christian E Mammen, 1993, DPhil Law. Read it here.
Uri Shine, 2019, Psychology and Philosophy. Read it here.
Toni Ledda, 2019, PPE. Read it here.
Shazia Azim, 1993, PPE. Read it here.
Explore all of our Profile Features.
• A special Themed Issue of the open access Chemistry journal Molecules in honour of Professor Barry Potter, Supernumerary Fellow in Pharmacology, entitled From Cell Signalling to Anticancer Drug Discovery was published during 2020/21.
• Professor Polly Jones, Schrecker-Barbour Tutorial Fellow in Slavonic and East European Studies and Professor of Russian, contributed to the programme: Russia vs the World: From tsarist rule to the Russian Revolution and beyond on Channel 5, 19 March, alongside Guardian foreign correspondent and author Luke Harding (1987, English).
• Skúli Magnússon (1997, Law) was elected Parliamentary Ombudsman of Iceland on 26 April 2021, serving as the President of the Reykjavik District Court at the time.
• On 28 April Professor Daniel Freeman, Supernumerary Fellow, discussed Vaccine Hesitancy, Mistrust and Conspiracies with Jon Snow as part of an online conversation series organised by Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry.
• In May 2021 Professor Catherine Holmes, A.D.M. Cox Old Members’ Fellow and Praelector in Medieval History, gave a lecture to the Royal Historical Society: The Making and Breaking of Kinetic Empire: Mobility, Communication and Political Change in the Eastern Mediterranean, c.950-1100 C.E.
• Baroness Amos has joined the England Cricket Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director.
• On 25 May Dr Mirela Ivanova, Junior Research Fellow in Medieval History, appeared on BBC Free Thinking on Radio 3 talking about the National Archaeology Museum of Bulgaria and usable pasts, alongside Tahmima Anam, Tom Holland and Thorsten Opper.
• Grace Annetts (2019, Medicine) competed for Oxford in the 121st Women’s Varsity Hockey match and won. Grace is a second year reading medicine with an interest in neurosciences.
• Dr Laura Varnam, Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature, returned as an invited guest on the podcast Backlisted, talking about the Old English epic Beowulf and Robert Shearman’s short story collection We All Hear Stories in the Dark, with illustrations by Univ Old Member Reggie Oliver (1971, Classics).
• Baroness Amos appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour on 21 June to discuss “the power of giving away power” with Matthew Barzan, former US Ambassador to the UK and Sweden. Listen here.
• Dr Emily Jones, Supernumerary Fellow in Public Policy and Director of the Global Economic Governance Programme, has been working to define and address the major concerns, challenges and opportunities around UK trade policy as the United Kingdom enters a new era of trade after leaving the European Union. More here.
• Claire van den Bosch (1993, PPP) was asked to be a guest, with a psychotherapy client, on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, talking about EMDR. Watch it here
• On 23 June, Baroness Amos and Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, spoke with Bloomberg’s Scarlet Fu at the Qatar Economic Forum, about The Test for Global Education. Watch it here.
• Professor Tamsin Mather, Supernumerary Fellow in Earth Sciences, has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea. Founded in 1988, the aim of the Academia is to promote European research, advise governments and international organisations in scientific matters, and further interdisciplinary and international research.