As a girl growing up in Afghanistan, Sitarah Mohammadi was told that women and girls did not need education. However, as a Hazara refugee she escaped to Australia where she was able to complete her schooling and went on to study for an undergraduate degree in international relations and human rights at Monash University. After overcoming all these obstacles, Sitarah has been named as one of three academically outstanding students from Australia and New Zealand who have been awarded the Provost’s Scholarship in 2019.
Worcester’s incoming JCR president Ephraim Conteh and other students who have completed their first year have urged prospective students to come to the University of Oxford’s Open Days, which will take place on Wednesday 27 June, Thursday 28 June and Friday 14 September.
Ephraim, originally from London, said: ‘See what life is like and get a glimpse of what the future could hold for you.’
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College is one of the 49 winners of the prestigious 2018 RIBA National Awards for architecture.
The judges’ report said: ’The setting for this building is unbeatable. It is beside a perfectly mown cricket pitch within the secluded, rambling and idyllic garden of one of Oxford’s most historic colleges. And there’s a lake nearby too.
Worcester College will be welcoming Hans Hanley as the newest recipient of the Daniel M Sachs Scholar in October 2018. The award is one of the most prestigious on offer, giving graduates full funding to cover both fees and living costs.
The 22-year-old graduate from Princeton University, USA, will be taking an MSc in Computer Science at Oxford. Hans, from Florida, majored in electrical engineering with certificates in applications of computing and in robotics and intelligent systems. His interests are in cybersecurity and personal privacy in the digital age.
Worcester Old Member Claire Robins, who came to the College to study Classics in 1985, has been awarded an OBE in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
She is being recognised for her services to Education, one of around 1,000 extraordinary people across the United Kingdom listed for their achievements.
Ms Robins is Headteacher of Sir John Lawes School, a secondary school in St Albans, Hertfordshire; and CEO of Scholars’ Education Trust, and a Member of the North-West London South-Central Headteacher Board.
Current student Ephraim Conteh (2017) - who has been elected JCR president for the next academic year - has successfully nominated one of his former school teachers, Jonathan Taylor, for an Oxford University awards scheme designed to recognise excellent teachers from state schools and colleges. The Inspirational Teachers scheme is designed to acknowledge the crucial role teachers play in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges to apply to Oxford. The ten winning teachers were honoured at an event at St Peter's College on 18th May.
Captain of the University Blues Equestrian team Tora Fleming (2016, Chemistry), and Madeleine Dale (2017, Medicine), are heading Stateside with the Oxford University Equestrian Club to compete against some of the best riders America has to offer.
Taking place over two and a half weeks in September, ten members of the Club will tour Universities on the East Coast – including Yale, Cornell and Dartmouth – competing in dressage and jumping in a points based league to decide an overall winner, the US or Oxford.
Actor and writer David Wood OBE (1963) will shortly be publishing his new book, Filming IF..., the first written memoir about the film IF... David co-starred alongside Malcolm McDowell and Richard Warwick in the cult classic directed by Lindsay Anderson, and the film celebrates its 50th anniversary in Spring 2018. The book contains David's memories, from the personalities involved, the day-to-day challenges, and the reception given to the film, including winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
Worcester College Oxford did not respond to the employer consultation on the future of the USS pension scheme, since nearly all the trustees of the College are members of the scheme and thus have a conflict of interest. At a meeting of the Governing Body on 7 March 2018 it was resolved that "Worcester College wishes to express its commitment to safeguarding the future of higher education in the UK and has particular concern over the recruitment and retention of young academics of the highest calibre.
The Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Honorary Fellow and Old Member of Worcester (1998, Theology) was installed as the Bishop of Ripon on Sunday 4th February. The service was lead by the Bishop of Leeds, the Archbishop of York, and the Dean of Ripon, and was attended by hundreds of people. Helen-Ann was previously the Bishop of Waikato in New Zealand, and is the first woman who has trained and served as a priest in the Church of England to become a bishop.