Thanks to generous alumni support for our outreach and access activities, the College has just launched a new university preparation programme for 16-18 year olds thinking about studying Humanities subjects at university and currently at schools and colleges in the North West, Yorkshire and Humber. The programme will challenge young people to think through some of modernity’s biggest questions, by looking back to the ancient world, and is a collaboration between Worcester College, Corpus Christi College, and the Faculty of Classics.
The College is now formally able to announce that the Provost has been elected Foundation Professor of Environmental Humanities. The post is a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University in Phoenix. The School of Sustainability is the first such School in the world, and ASU is also home to a number of the world's leading Shakespeare scholars.
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 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).
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.
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).