6th November 2023

Five University of Oxford colleges have successfully launched a collaborative framework to conduct discussions on so-called “difficult” topics to promote free speech. The ‘tips’ for planning and running discussions were used to organise an event at Worcester College to debate whether there should be more or less migration to the UK.

The ‘tips’

Freedom of speech is an important value in our democratic society and among other laws is protected by the Human Rights Act 1998. It is also a core tenet of academic discourse, which universities have a legal duty to uphold.

Consciousness book cover
26th October 2023

Today sees the publication of Consciousness: How Our Brains Turn Matter into Meaning by Professor John Parrington, Fellow & Tutor in Medicine and joint Head of Research at Worcester.

Jennifer Walshe singing
5th October 2023

Jennifer Walshe, Worcester's Professor of Composition is to take up a residency at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2023. The 46th edition of the UK’s leading festival of new and experimental music takes place Friday 17 – Sunday 26 November, featuring a 10-day programme packed with over 50 performances, installations and exhibitions including World and UK Premieres from internationally renowned artists and musicians.

29th September 2023

Worcester's Professor of Modern History, Patricia Clavin, was a guest on this week's In Our Time discussing John Maynard Keynes and the economics of inter-war peacemaking.

26th September 2023

The Governing Body of Worcester College is delighted to announce that it has accepted a major donation of £30 million from Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones KBE. This gift is the largest in the life of the College to date and marks the start of an exciting and transformational period for Worcester. 

22nd September 2023

World-renowned pianist and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Worcester College, Evgeny Kissin last night performed at Oxford Town Hall. Opening the new season for Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Kissin performed a new work composed and conducted by John Rutter. Described as a "giant of the Russian piano school", Kissin also performed two masterpieces of the genre - Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor and Shostakovich's Symphony No.5 in D minor. After the performance, it was our pleasure to host Evgeny and friends for a special post-concert dinner at Worcester.

18th August 2023

We're delighted to be opening our doors for Oxford Preservation Trust's annual Open Doors weekend on 9th and 10th September 2023. We'll be open to all across both days from 9am - 5pm with plenty of activities to enjoy. Throughout the day, you'll be able to follow a self-guided trail and pick up one of our new family tour sheets specially designed for our younger visitors. We'll also be offering afternoon teas to take away and enjoy in the tranquil gardens.

Julian Ogilvie Thompson
14th August 2023

The College is saddened to learn of the death of Julian Ogilvie Thompson (PPE, 1953) on Friday 11th August. Julian was a friend and supporter of the College for many years whose legacy will continue to be honoured through the Ogilvie Thompson Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship, established by Julian, provides financial assistance to Worcester graduates embarking on Master’s courses.

Portrait of Simon Brown
10th July 2023

The College is deeply saddened to learn of the death of its Honorary Fellow, The Rt Hon The Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood (1937-2023). Simon Brown came up to Worcester to read history before switching to law. He was called to the Bar in 1961 and became a High Court Judge in 1984. Having been appointed a Law Lord, he became one of the inaugural Justices of the Supreme Court when that body was founded in 2009. He was inducted as an Honorary Fellow at Worcester in 1993.

Caius Lee sat at the Chapel organ
5th July 2023

Worcester College is delighted to announce the appointment of Caius Lee as our first full-time Director of College Music. Read more about Caius and this exciting new position in the press release below: READ MORE