The Somervillian Trinity Term 2019
The annual Commemoration Service of music and readings for Somervillians who have died this year will be held on June 8th. You are all very welcome to attend the service and join us for tea afterwards.
We will be hosting another edition of our biennial Somervillians in Teaching day on June 24th. The event is aimed at Sixth Form teachers, school governors, and those with responsibility for Oxbridge candidates. If you or a representative from your school would like to join us, we’d love to see you. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also launched our new website, apply.some.ox.ac.uk. The site is built specifically for prospective undergraduates to find out about life at Somerville and the amazing support we provide to our students with your help. Go ahead and take a look.
We’re excited to announce that Family day returns this September 14th. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your family back to College to “meet the tutors” with subject talks by some of Somerville’s academics, tour the College and find out about student life at Somerville today. In addition, there will be plenty of fun activities for all ages, with more details to come soon. You can find out further information here. In the meantime, you might enjoy a short video of the 2015 Family Day.
Somerville’s Professor Steve Roberts, Director of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance and Professor of Engineering Science, will be speaking at the City Group’s AI debate at EY on May 23rd. He will be joined by Adrian Roberts, Head of AI and Partner at EY. You can find all the details here.
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the amazing panel discussion last week, ‘Does a woman have to behave like a man to succeed in the world?’. Marking both the 40th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s election to serve as the UK’s first female prime minister, and the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which allowed women to enter the professions, our panel of Lady Arden of Heswall, Rt Hon Lord Willetts, Cindy Gallop, Sacha Romanovitch, and Anya Hindmarch CBE concluded that solving childcare and parenting leave is one of the most crucial steps towards addressing gender inequality at work.
We hope to see you at Somerville soon.
With kind regards and best wishes,
The Alumni and Development Team
The Renaissance is often seen as an ‘age of queens’ – Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Catherine de’ Medici. The reign of Isabella Jagiellon, a sixteenth-century Polish-Italian queen of Hungary, was just as dramatic as those of her queenly contemporaries, our Proffessor Natalia Nowakowska writes.
Read an edited transcript of a speech given by Jan Royall, Principal, to pupils from 20 schools in Hong Kong, on Thursday March 21, 2019.
Somerville students visited fifteen London state schools last March to encourage students of all backgrounds to apply to Oxford.
Annie Sutherland, fellow and tutor in Old and Middle English, has given a series of lectures about the resonances of the medieval in the modern. Here, she writes about medieval religious iconography in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Questions about health, social status and the use of our personal data are at the heart of The Phlebotomist, the debut play by Ella Road (2010, English). Here, she talks about the process of writing – and how studying English at Oxford inspired her.
OICSD Scholar Safa Fanian writes on the pathways towards resilience when cities and rivers collide.
Our Senior Research Fellow, Alex Rogers, is one of the world’s leading marine biologists and was a consultant to the BBC’s Blue Planet II. In this extract from his book, ‘The Deep’, published on April 18, he recalls how his love affair with the sea began with lobster fishing as a child.
2019 marks the 130th year since Cornelia Sorabji accepted her place to read Law at Oxford. She was the first Indian woman to study at Oxford, the first woman of any nationality to read law at Oxford and the first woman to practice law in both India and the UK. Meet two of her modern day successors on the Cornelia Sorabji Scholarship.
Somerville hosted 34 teenagers from underrepresented backgrounds this April as part of the UNIQ initiative, which gives prospective applicants a chance to experience life at Oxford studying their favourite subject.
Join us for the great debate: “Artificial Intelligence – Good or bad?” with Adrian Joseph OBE, Partner and Head of AI, Financial Services UK & EMEIA, Ernst & Young, and Professor Steve Roberts, Director of the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance and Professor of Engineering Science at Somerville.
Professor Anne Phillips, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science in the Government Department at the London School of Economics, reflects on different ways of reading JS Mill's famous essay, shaped by the preoccupations of different periods, and lending themselves to different insights.
A talk from the CEO of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt. In only five years, Ruth has overseen a 50% increase in the charity’s income and the steady growth of its structure, taking the team from 70 to 160 employees and securing Stonewall’s place as the leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity.
The Presidents of Somerville College Boat Club would like to invite alumni and college staff to join the current SCBC crew members for the Annual Eights Dinner. The Dinner will take place on Saturday 1st June 2019 to celebrate the end of Summer Eights.
The annual commemoration service takes place on Saturday 8th of June.
The Welsh First Minister sits down in conversation with Theo Davies-Lewis, the former head of the Oxford University Media Society and Oxide broadcaster who has interviewed actors, former Prime Ministers and more.
Somerville will be running another Somervillian Teachers’ Day on Monday 24th June and we do hope you will be able to join us. There’s no charge for this event and it is aimed especially at sixth form teachers, or those who have responsibility for Oxbridge candidates.
Our Family Day returns this September. Save the date - more details to follow.
As part of the Oxford Alumni Weekend, Somervillians and their guests are warmly invited to lunch in College hosted by the Principal at 1pm on Saturday 21st September. Booking details will be circulated nearer the time.