News roundup – October, 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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Welcome to Univ
Watch the welcome to new students video message from the Master of Univ, Baroness Valerie Amos, here.
The Univ Beacon Programme
College has announced the launch of the Univ Beacon Programme, a major new initiative to drive participation and inclusion in education and research. All the details here.
Univ Community Choir
The Community choir is back! Find out more.
Aspire: Getting Oxfordshire Online
Throughout COVID-19, a considerable focus for Aspire Oxford, one of Univ’s partner charities, has been tackling the “digital deficit” faced by many adults and young people. Find out more about their work here.
New UCBC website and OULRC President
Find out more about the new UCBC Website and their new president Matt Hudson (2019, Ancient & Modern History) here.
The WCR has created the Gradlet as a digital space to showcase the current and diverse members of the graduate body here at Univ. Read more about it here.
Oliver Jones (2018, DPhil German and Russian) has just been announced as the joint winner of the prestigious Forum for Modern Language Studies prize for 2021. Find out more here.
Bill Clinton’s Honorary Doctorate, 1994
In this month’s Treasure Feature we look back at President Clinton’s visit to College in June of 1994. Read all about it here.
My Univ: Giles Underwood
Our Director of Music talks about his role in College and what Univ means to him here.
Just over 100 years since PPE was established as a subject, a new, fully endowed Visiting Professorship in PPE, targeted at the world’s best academic talent in the 3 subjects, is set to enhance the profile of the subject still further. Find out more here.
President of AfriSoc
Ebenezer Azamati (2020, DPhil International Relations) has been named President of The Oxford University Africa Society. Find out more about the Society and Ebenezer here.
Univ Futures – Issue 1
Univ Futures is a new annual magazine for donors, to illustrate the impact that philanthropy has had on the College. Find out more and read it online here.
What Does LGBT+ Mean?
James Canning (2015, Physics) recently co-authored What Does LGBT+ Mean along with children’s writer Olly Pike and his mother, Mel Lane. Find out more here.
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement
Pavan Sukhdev (1978, Physics), President of the Board of WWF International has been awarded the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Read the full story.
President of the Royal Philatelic Society
Peter Cockburn (1964, Plant Sciences) was recently elected as the President of the Royal Philatelic Society London. Find out more about Peter here.
Singer wins Berggruen Prize
Professor Peter Singer (1969, BPhil Philosophy) was recently announced as the winner of the 2021 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture. Details here.
Christian Cole’s Univ contacts
Christian Frederick Cole (1851/2-1885) – both the first Sierra Leonean and first Black African to take the Oxford BA – remains an elusive historical figure. Find out more about him here.
Alexandra Wilson Trinity College portrait
Alexandra Wilson (2013, PPE) is featured in Trinity College’s new exhibition in the Library reading room, which highlights the work of jurists and scholars of colour. More here.
Digital entrepreneurs: Alan Jay
In the latest in this series on Univ’s digital entrepreneurs we talk to Alan Jay (1980, Engineering) cofounder of IMDb. Read it here.
After her degree, Memoona Ahmed (2018, Experimental Psychology) embarked on an internship at TIC+, a youth counselling service in her local area. To help give back to the service she undertook a charity skydive. Details here.
Read all of Univ’s Alumni news here.
• Congratulations to Dr Nick Kanellakis, Stipendiary Lecturer, who ran the London Marathon as part of the Oxford University Athletics Club, finishing in a personal best of 2 hours 59 minutes.
• Dr Christian E Mammen (1993, DPhil Law) recorded a podcast with Mairi Gibbs, the COO of Oxford University Innovation, and Rich Lyons, the Chief Entrepreneurship Officer of UC Berkeley. The episode is co-sponsored by his law firm (Womble Bond Dickinson), the Oxford Entrepreneurs Network, and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Listen here.
Professor Joe Moshenska, Univ’s Beaverbrook and Bouverie Fellow and Praelector in English, has written, Making Darkness Light: The Lives and Times of John Milton, it is published by Basic Books.
Dr Graeme Baber (1987, Medicine) has a new monograph forthcoming in November, “The British Judges of the International Court of Justice: Overview, McNair and Lauterpacht” (Nova Science Publishers, 2021).