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Andrew Kahn to take up visiting professorship at the Ecole Normale Superieure

In the early summer Professor Andrew Kahn (Fellow and Tutor in Russian) will be visiting professor for two months at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, a position to which he was elected in an open competition. Whilst there, he will give several lectures and be affiliated with a team at the Institute of Texts and Manuscripts (ITEM). He plans to spend the time conducting work for a book he is writing on the Russian Enlightenment, which is under active consideration by Princeton University Press.

‘Diary of a Bipolar Explorer’ – a memoir by Professor Lucy Newlyn

The cover of 'Diary of a Bipolar Explorer' by Lucy Newlyn

Ninety-five people – family, friends, colleagues and students – met in the Doctorow Hall on 27 February for the launch of a new book Diary of a Bipolar Explorer, by Professor Lucy Newlyn (Emeritus Fellow and former tutor in English). Written in the first few months of Lucy’s retirement, this fifteen-year memoir explores what it is like to be bipolar, aiming to de-stigmatise the condition by writing openly and candidly for a general audience.

Geddes Student Journalism Prize winners announced for 2018

George Gillett receives his Geddes Prize certificate from Laura Kuenssberg, and with Principal Keith Gull

This year’s three Geddes Trust prizes were awarded last week to three very talented Oxford student journalists. Laura Kuenssberg, political editor of BBC News, made the presentations at St Edmund Hall, before giving this year’s Geddes Lecture in the Examination Schools. George Gillett (Green Templeton College) won the main Philip Geddes Prize, worth £2500, for the most promising student journalist at the University of Oxford.

DPhil student James O’Donovan awarded British Medical Association grant to fund project in Uganda

James O'Donovan with a colleague in Uganda

Congratulations to postgraduate student James O'Donovan (2017, DPhil in Education), who has recently been awarded a competitive grant for £8000 from the British Medical Association to fund a research project he is running in Uganda as part of his DPhil project. The project is to support the development and evaluation of a World Health Organisation training programme in Ear and Hearing Care for Community Health Workers in rural Uganda.

New gilding for Teddy Hall’s historic well

The well in St Edmund Hall's Front Quad, showing the inscription with its new gilding

The well has long been a focal point in the College’s beautiful Front Quad, but has recently become even more eye-catching thanks to some gilding work on its inscription. This came about through the generosity of Darrell Barnes (1963, Modern Languages), who also had the idea in the first place. Tom Ball of Swan Farm Studios carried out the work for us.

Teddy Hall’s Got Talent 2018

Robin de Meyere

Thanks to the JCR’s Arts and Culture Reps, Mary Gatenby and Cazzie Winterton, for the following report.

Thursday of Third Week saw members of both the JCR (undergraduates) and MCR (postgraduates) head to the Wolfson Hall to show off (or be shown) the talents the Hall has to offer. Despite the patience required whilst we ran around setting up the event, we had a great turn out from the crowd.

Talks to mark anniversary of the White Rose trials – resistance in Nazi Germany

Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the arrest of Hans and Sophie Scholl (18 February 1943), after they were caught spreading anti-Nazi leaflets in the University of Munich. Five days later they and a friend, Christoph Probst, were tried and executed on Hitler’s orders. Adopting the name The White Rose, the Scholls and their student friends opposed National Socialism by circulating thousands of leaflets telling other Germans that they had a moral duty to resist Hitler.

Engineering students discuss their research in short film, shot at St Edmund Hall

Goran Banjac and Bartolomeo Stellato in St Edmund Hall's Old Library

Two of our postgraduate Engineering Science students, Goran Banjac and Bartolomeo Stellato, feature in a recent short film about the international PhD programme in which they have been involved, TEMPO (Training in Embedded Predictive Control and Optimization).

Music at St Edmund Hall for Hilary Term 2018

The Teddy Hall Choir rehearsing in the College Chapel

We are pleased to announce a busy programme of music at the College this term.

Friday 2 February, 21:15 in the Chapel
Compline by Candlelight
The Choral Scholars of St Edmund Hall sing works by Schütz and Eccard.


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