Like many across the University of Oxford, Worcester College’s community are appalled by the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russia. On Wednesday, the College’s Governing Body met to address a request brought to us by the undergraduate and graduate student bodies to fly the Ukrainian flag as a display of solidary with the Ukrainian people. Today, the Ukrainian flag will be raised over the College as we continue our discussions to establish what further support we can offer to those affected by the humanitarian crisis.
We are very sad to announce the death of Old Member Hugh O'Shaughessy (1956, Modern Languages) on 1st March 2022, aged 87.
Jimmy Burns, formerly of the Financial Times, has written a lovely note about his memories of Hugh. Jimmy writes:
"Hugh O’Shaughnessy, who died peacefully on March Ist aged 87 was one of the most knowledgeable and courageous journalists writing on Latin America, contributor to major Irish and British newspapers , the BBC, and The Tablet .
The whole Worcester community has been shocked and saddened by the tragic and terrible events unfolding in Ukraine. Our thoughts are with all those caught up in this conflict, and all those affected by it, including our staff, students and Fellows impacted by the events taking place. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and fellow academics and students who are in imminent danger and with those who support their sovereignty and rights, including the many thousands of Russian citizens who join in deploring their government’s actions.
Worcester College is delighted to announce that its next Chaplain will be Revd Marcus Green, currently Rector of Steeple Aston with North Aston and Tackley. Marcus will be joining Worcester from 1 July 2022.
Congratulations to Jack Nunn (former undergraduate student at Worcester, now a graduate student here) on winning the 2021 R. Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize prize. The prize is awarded annually by the Society for French Studies for the best essay submitted by an undergraduate student at a university based in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.
In January 2022, Professor Julian Roberts received the Sellin-Glueck Award, This prestigious international prize is awarded by the American Society of Criminology for scholarship that considers crime and criminal justice internationally and comparatively. Julian’s work focuses on sentencing and the criminal process across several common law jurisdictions and his latest book ‘Artificial Intelligence and Sentencing’ is published by the Oxford University Press in March 2022.
We are very sad to announce the death of Honorary Fellow, The Rt. Hon. Lord John Sainsbury of Preston Candover, on Friday 14th January, aged 94.
Worcester was delighted to welcome a very special group of children and their parents for an awards ceremony in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre on Tuesday 14th December, hosted by Good Morning Britain Presenter Ben Shephard. The children were award winners in a national competition 'Bottle Moments' – a creative lockdown charity initiative set up by Psychologist and author Dr Kevin Dutton and Cartoonist Rob Murray.
We're delighted to announce that Worcester Fellow Dr Emanuela Vai has been awarded a prestigious prize for research excellence in the Humanities at the Italian Embassy in London. The award is given to researchers publishing high-profile research in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities.
Emanuela’s work is located at the intersection of art history, architectural history and musicology and her publications focus on musical instruments, space and the senses in Renaissance social life.
Morwenna Blewett will be leaving us in early October to take up a new post in the legal field. We would like to express our thanks to Morwenna for the fantastic research she has been carrying out on the history of conservation, in conjunction with the Ashmolean Museum. Her warm collegiality will be much missed.