The critically acclaimed screenplay writer, Russell T Davies OBE (English, 1981), was the special guest for the final Provost's ‘In Conversation’ at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre on 23 May. Russell talked about his career and works, including the 2005 revival of the science fiction series Doctor Who, and Years and Years, his dystopian drama which reaches its finale on BBC One this Tuesday.
Professor Judith Buchanan, former Wilkinson Research Fellow and Assistant Dean at Worcester College (1995-2000), has been elected as the next Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford.
We are sad to report that the former ruler of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, and an Old Member of Worcester, died on 22 May, aged 88 years old. Read more in the Straits Times: //www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-ruler-of-pahang-sultan-ahmad-shah-dies
Following the extraordinary success of the Tercentenary Campaign and in recognition of Coleen Day's key role in that success, we are delighted to announce that Governing Body has appointed Coleen to the new position of Development Strategy Fellow with effect from today. As Development Strategy Fellow, Coleen will play a central role in formulating the next phase of the College's development strategy, drawing on the riches of her 25 years' experience at Worcester.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Robert Francis, who recently completed his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton, where he is a lecturer on the Creative and Professional Writing degree course, is our first David Bradshaw resident writer. From 18 April to 4 June, he will divide his time between Worcester College and the Weston Library, Oxford. For more information.
We are sad to report that Old Member Andrew Longmore, who retired as a sports writer for The Sunday Times last year, died in his sleep on April 11, aged 65. He had been on a walking holiday with his wife Jane in Menton, France.
Andrew covered a wide range of sports, including horseracing, athletics, football and rowing. In 2003 he was the Sports Journalists Association's feature writer of the year. He was educated at Winchester and read modern history at Worcester College (1972).
Peter Frankopan will be in conversation with the Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, in New York on 10 April at an alumni event generously hosted by David Loevner (1976).
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.