Lord Asa Briggs, who served as Provost from 1976 to 1991, has passed away at the age of 94. Lord Briggs was elected a Fellow of Worcester College from 1945 to 1955, after receiving a BA from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He was closely associated with the University of Sussex, serving as Vice-Chancellor between 1967 and 1976, and was Chancellor of the Open University from 1978 until his retirement in 1991. Lord Briggs was made a life peer in 1976 as Baron Briggs of Lewes, and sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
The 2016 Worcester Telethon took off on Monday night, with our student callers making their first calls of the Campaign. For the next two weeks the calling team, comprising of nine of our friendliest undergraduates and postgraduates, will take to the phones to speak to Old Members about life after Worcester, seek careers advice and share stories about the College.
The BBC adaption of Wolf Hall, which was directed by Peter Kosminsky (1976, Chemistry) and recently featured in the College magazine, has won the award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries at the 2016 Golden Globes.
Peter said: "I'm incredibly proud of our wonderful cast and crew - and of the BBC, Ben Stephenson and Polly Hill, who took a chance on an unusual approach and backed us every inch of the way... Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for doing us this incredible honour."
Dr Nnamdi Dimgba (2000, Law) was sworn in to the Nigerian Bench as a Justice of the Federal High Court on 2nd December 2015. Honourable Justice Dimgba, as he will now be addressed, read the BCL at Worcester and began his career at Arthur Andersen Nigeria after being called to the Bar. He then joined Olaniwun Ajayi LP as a Senior Associate and Head of the Enterprise Practice Group. For further details on his appointment and career, please click here.
Professor Robert Saxton's Sonata for Brass Band on a Prelude of Orlando Gibbons has been shortlisted for a 2015 British Composer Award. The piece was commissioned by Peter Bassano for the City of Cambridge Brass Band, with funds provided by the Golland Trust and the RVW Trust. The first performance was given by the City of Cambridge Brass Band, conducted by Peter Bassano, on 16th November 2014.
To celebrate the publication of his new book Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, The Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, will be speaking at the Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road on Friday 16 October, from 6 - 7pm. He will be joined by Seamus Perry and Oliver Taplin to discuss life-writing, poetry and the poet.
Professor Robert Saxton was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge last weekend at a ceremony in the college chapel. Professor Saxton writes:
Holly Muir (2013, Fine Art) is currently exhibiting her piece ‘Milk on Wood’, commissioned by the Art Language Location festival, at the Oxford University Press. Consisting of eighteen panels of woodcuts with spray paint, the work narrate Dylan Thomas's 'play for voices', Under Milk Wood. The aim of the work is to explore the possibilities of sequential art, with an emphasis on how text aids visual narratives and storytelling.
The Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, and Professor Robert Gildea have both been longlisted for the 2015 Samuel Johnson prize, the UK’s most prestigious award for non-fiction. The Provost has made the list for his new book Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life, whilst Professor Gildea is longlisted for his history of the French Resistance, Fighters in the Shadows. The winner of the £20,000 prize will be announced on 2 November.