Ian McKellen speaks
14th March 2017

To celebrate the new Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, on Wednesday 8th March Sir Ian McKellen, who is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the College, introduced a screening of his gripping modern-dress film of Shakespeare's Richard III. The viewing took place in the Tuanku Bainun Auditorium, and after the film, Sir Ian took part in a question and answer session, which was chaired by Georgia Figgis (2013, English), the President of Buskins.

Photograph by Caroline Hsu (2016, Computer Science)

14th December 2016

To read more about the Provost’s poetry collection and see another short film, go to

Here are Amazon links for the books mentioned, but, if you can, please buy from your local independent bookseller:


6th December 2016

Holly Muir, a 2016 graduate of Worcester College in Fine Art, will be the first ever Sachs Scholar at Princeton from Worcester. Shannon Osaka ‘17, an independent major whose passion for research at the intersection of climate science and the social sciences is just too big to fit within any single Princeton department, will be the Worcester Scholar.

19th October 2016

Worcester College is delighted to announce that Sir Ian McKellen CH has been elected as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow for an initial period of three years. He will come to College twice a year, when there will be "in conversation" events and masterclasses for the benefit of students. Sir Ian is working with the Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, on a project to create iPad Apps that will make Shakespeare freshly accessible to young people. The pilot App, The Tempest, with Sir Ian as Prospero and his longstanding fellow actor Sir Derek Jacobi as Gonzalo, has recently been released:

18th October 2016

Blackwell's Oxford Presents: John Parrington, Redesigning Life
Tuesday, October 18th at 19:00 - 20:00

Since the birth of civilisation, human beings have manipulated other life forms. 'Redesigning Life' explores how scientists are editing genes using molecular scissors, with new technology of genome editing being applied to practically any species of plants and animals. These powerful new technologies can lead to revolutionary developments but also raises important ethical dilemmas and potential dangers.

19th September 2016

Dr Edmund Rubbra, former Fellow and Tutor in Music and Honorary Fellow of Worcester, is BBC Radio 3's Composer of the Week. Listen to the first programme here.

14th September 2016

It is with the deepest regret I have to report that Professor David Bradshaw died last night. He had been ill with a severe cancer for some months (he took enormous joy and comfort in messages he received from former students), so it is a release as well as the occasion for great sadness. David was always so funny, so collegial and so full of vitality, as well as being a great teacher and scholar-critic: he will be sorely missed. Barbara and the children are in our thoughts.

Jonathan Bate

30th August 2016

A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Life and Work of Lord Briggs of Lewes (7 May 1921 – 15 March 2016) will be held at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London W1B 3DA, on Tuesday 4 October 2016 at 12 noon.

Please join family, friends and colleagues to celebrate Asa’s rich, generous and varied life, including his momentous contribution to the University of Sussex, Worcester College, Oxford, the Open University and the BBC, as well as countless other institutions.

All are welcome but due to limited capacity tickets will be issued.

15th August 2016

The Memorial Service for Professor James Campbell will be held on Thursday 3rd November at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ, at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available after the Service in Hall at Worcester College.

15th July 2016

Professor Judith Freedman, Fellow in Law at Worcester College and Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Oxford, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Freedman, who is also Associate Dean for Development at the University and Director of Legal Research at the Centre for Business Taxation, is one of 66 new Fellows elected by the Academy in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research across the humanities and social sciences.