News roundup – May, 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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Graduate Old Members’ Trust Report
Gloria Wai Shan Ma, DPhil in Experimental Psychology presented her doctoral research project titled “Social Sharing of Emotion During the Collective Crisis of COVID-19” at the Society for Affective Science Conference. Find out more here.
Issue 13 of The Martlet is now online. Find out more and read it here.
Durham University Vice-Chancellor
Professor Karen O’Brien (1983, English), Head of Humanities Division and Professorial Fellow at University College, has been appointed the new Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University. More here.
My Univ: Dr Laura Varnam
In the latest in our series of features from our College community on their favourite aspects of Univ life Dr Laura Varnam, Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature, recalls working on the exhibition to celebrate “40 years of Women at Univ”, back in 2019. Read it here.
Innovation in a Post-COVID world
In the latest of our “Global Conversations” – chaired by Valerie Amos, the Master – Aaref Hilaly (1989, PPE) & Kevin Hartz (1992, History) discuss how the pandemic is atomising Silicon Valley and spreading innovation. Listen to the podcast here.
Univ Treasure – Alan Fyffe’s Photograph Album
This month’s Treasure is an exciting new arrival in the archives, namely the photograph album of Alan Herbert Fyffe, who came up to Univ in 1903. Explore it here.
Rugby cup in Kyrgyzstan
Elijah Lee (2018, BA Philosophy and Modern Languages – Russian), former captain of Univ RFC, made his international rugby debut in the Allies’ cup during his year abroad in Kyrgyzstan. Read his story here.
Feeding mind and body
What does an experimental scientist do over lockdown? Professor Robin Nicholas, Tutorial Fellow and Praelector in Physics explains here.
Hellenic Commander of the Order of Honour
The Government of the Hellenic Republic has awarded Professor Paul A Cartledge, Salvesen Junior Fellow 1970-72, the insignia of the Commander of the Order of Honour. More here.
Young Univ Stories: Anne Ross
Anne Ross (2007, BA PPE) is an Executive Director in the EMEA Equity Syndicate team at J.P. Morgan, having started in the UK and SSA Equity Capital Markets team after graduating. Read her story here.
Fellow of the Royal Society
Professor Sir Simon Wessely FMedSci (1978, Medicine), Honorary Fellow and the world’s first Regius Professor of Psychiatry, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in April. More here.
Letters from Lockdown
Alison Pindar (née Mercer) (1991, English) is a contributor to Letters from Lockdown, a collection of more than 100 letters about people’s experiences of the coronavirus pandemic. Details here.
The Interview Archives – Edition 5
Interviews with Henry Marsh (1969, PPE), Christina Lamb (1983, PPE) and Andrew Motion (1971, English). Listen here.
Retailer’s Retailer of the Year 2021
Emma Woods (1987, Psychology), CEO of Wagamama, has been named Retailers’ Retailer of the Year 2021. Details here.
Read all of Univ’s Alumni news here.
Age integrated communities at Univ North
Professor Sarah Harper explores the idea of “Intergenerational Shared Places” at our development in North Oxford. Read more here.
Pandemic-safe: Findings from UNWP report
Professor John Wheater (1979, Physics) writes on the findings of the latest Univ North Working Party report here.
• Univ’s Ben Jackson, Leslie Mitchell Tutorial Fellow in Modern History and Associate Professor of Modern History, has been interviewed on Politico about the recent rise of Scottish nationalism. Listen to the podcast here.
• In May’s elections Calum Miller (1996, PPE), Supernumerary Fellow, Chief Operating Officer and Associate Dean of Administration of the Blavatnik School of Government, was elected as the Lib Dem councillor representing Otmoor; Ros Hathorn (1994, PPP) was elected as the Lib Dem councillor representing Histon and Impington in the recent local elections; Martin Smith (1978, Engineering) was elected to Wiltshire Council for Sherston.
• Stefan Dascalu (2018, DPhil Bioscience – Interdisciplinary Bioscience (BBSRC DTP)) has received a letter of congratulations from Laura Popescu, Romania’s Ambassador to the UK, for his work during the pandemic. More on Stefan’s work here.
Sir Max Hastings (1964, History) published Operation Pedestal: The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942, in May 2021.
Dr Nicolas Kyriakides (2011, DPhil & MSt Law) published a book entitled, Cyprus Banking Law, a complete guide to the functioning of the Cypriot public and private banking system.
Writing as Ali Mercer, Alison Pindar’s (1991, English) next novel, The Marriage Lie, is due to be published at the end of May in ebook, paperback and audiobook and will be available to buy online and to order from all good bookshops. It is her sixth novel and her fourth to be published by digital imprint Bookouture, which is part of Hachette.
Dr Victoria Miyandazi (2013, Law), a former Rhodes Scholar, published a new monograph, Equality in Kenya’s 2010 Constitution: Understanding the Competing and Interrelated Conceptions, in February 2021.
Dr Kathleen Neal (2001, MSt History), Lecturer in History at Monash University, published The Letters of Edward I: Political Communication in the Thirteenth Century in January. Substantial parts of it were written during visits to Oxford over the last few years.
Sir Timothy Noble, Bt (1962, Law), published his debut novel, The First Shadows of Morning, in April 2021.