News roundup – September, 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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Professor Joe Moshenska, Beaverbrook and Bouverie Fellow and Praelector in English, won a competition to appear on the Talking Sopranos podcast as part of their superfan episode. Read more and listen to the podcast here.
China Oxford Institute Fellowship
Dr Nick Kanellakis, Stipendiary Lecturer, was awarded a three-year fellowship from China Oxford Institute (COI), Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS). Find out more.
Sir John Rhŷs Prize
Congratulations to James Miller (2020, DPhil History), who has won the Sir John Rhŷs Prize for the academic year 2020-2021. Read more.
Univ opens its doors
With more then 1,600 people through the gates of Univ for this year’s Oxford Open Doors you can find out more about the day here.
Hello, my name is…
After three days of frenzied voting and with close to 1,700 votes cast, the winning name for our gorgeous College cat is… Lyra. Find out more about her here.
Univ Treasure – Obadiah Walker’s press
Find out about the press of Obadiah Walker, one of Univ’s most fascinating yet tragic Masters. Read our Treasure here.
Celebrating 100 profiles
September marked the publication of the 100th profile on Univ’s website, exploring the lives of students, OMs, staff and Fellows at Univ. Explore them all here.
Welcome letters from the presidents
Sam Williamson (2020, Engineering), JCR President for 2021-22, and Ethan Petrou (2018, DPhil Earth and Environmental Sciences), WCR President for 2021-22 have written letters welcoming new students – read them here.
Lyra’s Life – Chapter 1
It’s been a busy week for Lyra the Univ kitten – find out what she has been up to here.
Laura Varnam: podcasts and poetry
Univ’s Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature Dr Laura Varnam is a part of the English Faculty’s Fantasy Literature research group; this summer she wrote and recorded a podcast for the Great Writers Inspire series. Find out more here.
Univ Choir at Encaenia
On 22 September, on the occasion of the 2021 Encaenia, Univ’s Choir, led by Director of Music Giles Underwood, enjoyed the honour of singing at the Sheldonian Theatre. Read more.
British Academy election
Professor Sukanta Chaudhuri (1970, English) has been elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, find out more here.
Sir Philip Dowson at Univ
Find out more about Sir Philip Dowson, the Architect of “Stavs”, from our Archivist, Robin Darwall-Smith here.
Digital entrepreneurs: Dr Elina Naydenova
In the latest of this series we meet Dr Elina Naydenova (2017, DPhil Biomedical Engineering), the founder and CEO of Feebris, a London-based healthtech startup. Read more.
Isla Ratcliff debut album
Isla Ratcliff (2014, Music), a Scottish fiddle player, singer and composer, with a background in classical violin and piano, is releasing her debut album. Find our more here.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Simon Clarke (2003, History) was named Chief Secretary to the Treasury on Wednesday 15 September. Further details here.
Read all of Univ’s Alumni news here.
Alexander Walker, 2020, Mathematics), Hall and Accommodation Officer. Read it here.
Professor Michael Barnes, Tutorial Fellow in Physics. Read it here.
Sam Williamson, 2020, Engineering and JCR President for 2021-22, Read it here.
Abbey Vaid, 2020, History, Welfare Rep. Read it here.
Explore all of our Profile Features.
• On 20 September Univ took on St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, in a first-round match of University Challenge. Captained by Oliver Hargrave (2017, DPhil Oriental Studies), the team comprised Leonardo Buizza (2017, DPhil Physics), Anisah Qausher (2020, English), Abigail Karas (2012 BA Russian and Linguistics, DPhil Russian) and William Wilken (reserve; 2019, Economics). Watch on BBC iPlayer.
• After 13 years teaching at an international school in Lausanne (Switzerland), Rafael Ribas (1993, Physics) has returned to his hometown of Palma (Mallorca, Spain) to take up a position as Head of Technological Innovation and Infrastructure at Queen’s College school.
• Lt Andrew Ward (2006, PPE), currently Commanding Officer of Northern Diving Group, a 40 strong unit responsible for bomb disposal and underwater tasks in Scotland, the North of England and abroad, hosted a recent podcast for the Ministry of Defence as part of their “Fancy a Brew” series. You can listen here.