Somerville at Home: Season 1

Throughout Trinity term, we will be bringing the best of Somerville from their homes to yours in our ‘Somerville at Home series’.

Ranging from quizzes to videos and interviews to live events, we’ll make sure that even though we’re spread around the world, Somerville’s community will be strong as ever.

We have both a regular weekly schedule and live events. Below, you can find out more about each feature in the series and access previous episodes.

The Upside

Every Monday, we start the week with an uplifting message or story from our community. Share your own with us own social media using #SomervilleUpside

12/05/20: Jan Royall, Principal

18/05/20: Professor Simon Kemp, Fellow and Tutor in French

26/05/20: Kaelyn Apple, Middle Common Room Vice-President

01/06/20: Talisha Ariarasa, Junior Common Room President

15/06/2020: Actors at Home with Daphne Alexander

22/06/2020: Jackie Watson, Vice-Principal of Oxford Spires Academy

29/06/2020: Sam Gyimah, Former Minister for Universities, Technology, Science and Innovation

The Stay At Home series

In this series, we present lectures, talks, interviews and ideas from our wider community.

14/05/20: Dame Esther Rantzen in conversation with Jan Royall

20/05/20: Kit Yates and ‘The maths of life, death and disease’

27/05/20: “Privacy vs prevention: The Ethics of Information” featuring Dame Fiona Caldicott, National Data Guardian and former Somerville Principal; and Professor Renaud Lambiotte

10/05/20: Lord Powell in conversation with Jan Royall – “A New World Order in the Post-Covid19 Age?”

17/05/20: Samantha Knights QC and Professor Alexander Betts – “Dignity, Safety, Survival: The Rights of Refugees in a Pandemic”

24/05/20: Lord Alf Dubs in conversation with Natasha Kaplinsky – “Speaking Out for Refugees”

Film Club

We’ve taken our Film Club, hosted by Senior Tutor Steve Rayner, online. Every fortnight, we’ll watch a film chosen by you through a Facebook poll over the previous week, with a specially recorded video intro from Steve followed by a chance for discussion after.

28/05/20: The Princess Bride 

18/06/20: Some Like It Hot

MCR Talks

Members of Somerville MCR present their research in online seminars every Friday evening held live through an open video call. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook for details of each week’s event!

Meeting the Movement and the Moment: Prison and Police Abolition in the US with Gabby Cook-Francis, MCR Minority Ethnic Groups Representative

Somerville Quiz

Every Saturday morning during term-time, we pose 3 questions on our social media based around a mystery picture selected by our archives and library team. View the full archive on Twitter week on Twitter:

Somerville Quiz

Choral contemplations: music and words from Somerville Chapel

Atheir usual time of 5:30PM on Sunday, the Chapel and Choir will be releasing podcasts, recitals, and musical discussions on our social media, YouTube and Soundcloud accounts.

10/05/20: Discovering the music of Dante’s Divine Comedy: A lecture recital featuring Katie Bastiman (2016, Modern Languages) and the Somerville Choir

17/05/20: Choral Contemplation podcast with Dr Xiaowen Dong: “How data engineers fight a virus”

24/05/20: Alumna and professional singer Katie Jeffries-Harris (2013, Music) shares music and discussion with Will Dawes, Director of Chapel Music

31/05/20: Choral Contemplation podcast with Professor Karen Nielsen

07/06/20: Choral Contemplation podcast with Dame Emma Kirkby

Gardens Live

Our wonderful Head Gardener Sophie Walwin is kindly taking regular breaks from her busy schedule to give us regular tours of the Somerville gardens as well as answering your questions.

05/05/20: Gardens Live No. 1 with Sophie Walwin

19/06/20: Gardens Live No. 2 with Sophie Walwin

Live Events Archive

In addition to the regular parts of the series, we will also be hosting and promoting some live and interactive events by our partners and affiliates, including the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development. Here’s an archive of what’s been on so far:

21/05/20: Mr Keshav Desiraju: “Covid-19: India’s response”

27/05/20: Malnutrition of Mothers and Children in India during COVID-19


You can also view the Somerville at home archive and homepage here.