Trinity Term 2018
Our Principal Jan Royall is just back from a trip to New York and San Francisco, meeting many of you at a drinks reception hosted by Cindy Gallop (1977) at her Manhattan apartment and, for dinner in San Francisco. That trip followed a successful reunion weekend in Rome. She looks forward to deepening her ties with alumni all around the world.
Spring has finally arrived: the quad is blooming and students are revising for their exams on our beautiful lawn. The Easter bunny brought an accolade for one Somervillian: our director of chapel music Will Dawes was made an associate of the Royal College of Music, an honour awarded to former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession. Well done Will!
This Trinity Term, we are delighted to welcome two prestigious new appointments who will further strengthen the work of the Oxford India Centre: Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, who is the new chair of the centre’s Advisory Board and Dr Radhika Khosla, who is the centre’s new Research Director.
There are plenty of alumni events to look forward to, including a debate on the triumph of women’s suffrage and the future of women’s rights with Helen Pankhurst and Jane Robinson (1978); a talk by Claudia Sturt (1985), director of security, order and counter-terrorism at the prison service; and a reunion in Basel generously hosted by Ayla Busch (1989).
In October, we look forward to a special performance of musical comedy Rhondda Rips it Up! Welsh National Opera’s new production tells the story of Somervillian Margaret Haig Thomas, the Viscountess Rhondda, who was notorious for her protest and civil disobedience – including attempting to blow up a post box. We will host a champagne reception for Somervillians who come to see the show. Booking details to follow soon.
How far have we really come and what next? Helen Pankhurst and Jane Robinson
Security and Counter Terrorism in Prisons: Challenges and Solutions
A weekend of art and architecture generously hosted by Ayla Busch
Our annual Legacy Society Lunch
Sir Jonathan Faull and Sir Martin Donnelly on Brexit: How did we get here and where are we going?
Our annual service commemorating Somervillians, to be held in the Chapel
Alumni are invited to return to College for a Gaudy dinner and Bop!
Should Fine Art be a key part of an investment portfolio?
Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Trump Walked into Putin's Net
A two day programme of events in College
More details to follow soon
An opera/musical in collaboration with the WNO
Hearts and Minds: How Women Won the Vote