Worcester College is home to many of the events announced for the 2019 FT Weekend Oxford Literary festival, which will be taking place from 30 March to 7 April. Tickets are available from https://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/about/tickets
Following the announcement of the extraordinary success of the Tercentenary Campaign reaching its target of £100 million, the Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, has announced that he will step down in September 2019 to focus on his academic work. The College's Governing Body has appointed Dr Kate Tunstall, who had been due to take on the role of Vice-Provost in October, to serve as Interim Provost. Dr Peter Darrah has agreed to extend his term of office as Vice-Provost, and the College has asked a small group of Senior Fellows to start the process that will appoint a new Provost in due course.
Dear Worcester Family,
Back in 2010, I was honoured to be elected by Governing Body into the office of Provost of Worcester College. As many alumni have said to me, to have stewardship of our beautiful College is perhaps the best job in the world. But it has also proved to be a demanding job for both me and my family, with many evening and weekend engagements, travel across the world in pursuit of benefactions, and the 24/7 sense of responsibility that comes from residence in the Provost’s Lodgings.
It is with deepest sadness we report that Dan Lunn passed away peacefully on Sunday 17th February after a short illness. Our thoughts will be with his wife Mary and their family in the days to come.
We are offering a fantastic new opportunity for writers. Candidates are being invited to apply for the David Bradshaw Creative Writing Residency, a collaboration between Worcester College, the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project (based at the University of Leicester).
Worcester’s Access and Admissions Officer, Charli Hopkins, visited Beckfoot School in Bradford on 24 January. She went into the classroom to encourage students to consider applying to Oxford, and to promote broad and curious thinking. Around 50 students, currently in Year 12 and from four different schools, took part in the workshop. She took them through a range of interesting academic material and challenging questions by using Oxplore, the University’s first digital outreach portal.
Our congratulations to Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, who has been made a Knight Commander (KCB) of the Order of the Bath in the New Year honours list of 2019. Sir Richard studied at Worcester College from 1984 to 1987, taking a BA in Law.
He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2011. This year Sir Richard received an even higher award in the same Order in recognition of his public service.
Efforts by Worcester medical student Tom Gardiner to help others access higher education have been recognised at a national awards ceremony. The charity upReach presented him with the Biggest Champion of Social Mobility award at the inaugural Student Social Mobility Awards held at the House of Lords last month.
The Awards aim to showcase the outstanding achievements of students from less advantaged backgrounds, as well as marking the achievements of those who have made a significant contribution towards enabling others to succeed.