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Churchyard renovation wins at 2017 Oxford Preservation Trust Awards

St Edmund Hall's newly-renovated churchyard (photo by Can Sengunes, courtesy of Wooldridge & Simpson)

We are delighted to announce that the Churchyard project has been awarded a certificate in the Environmental and Landscape Enhancement category at this year's Oxford Preservation Trust awards ceremony which took place on 7 November at St Catherine's College. The awards celebrate and encourage good design which contributes positively to Oxford and its green setting.

Cultural Formal Hall – Tuesday 14 November

Pineapple and ginger cake

The MCR (Middle Common Room, our postgraduate student body) is excited to announce its first culturally-themed Formal Hall to be held on Tuesday 14 November (Week 6) featuring a mouth-watering Caribbean menu kindly put together by our head chef, John McGeever!

The idea was sparked by the positive feedback from students on the MCR’s Nepalese-themed charity Formal Hall last Hilary term as well as the international food fair held during the 2016 Michaelmas term as part of the celebrations for St Edmund Hall’s first Equality Week.

New ‘Meet the Poet’ series launches this term

Kathleen Jamie

Teddy Hall's new ‘Meet the Poet’ series will bring a well-known poet to the College once a term for a reading in the Old Dining Hall followed by a question and answer session. We look forward to welcoming the first of our guest poets, Kathleen Jamie, for the inaugural event on Friday 10 November, at 5:30pm in the Old Dining Hall.

Hall Christmas cards on sale now!

Teddy Hall Christmas card design 2017

Teddy Hall Christmas cards are now available to buy online at the Oxford University Shop website. Send your friends and family a St Edmund Hall Christmas greeting with our new 2017 cards, featuring a beautiful photograph of the Front Quad (including Christmas tree!) taken by current student Lewis Webb (2016, Experimental Psychology). Lewis was the winner of the Christmas card category in this year’s Hall Photography Competition.

Workshop at St Edmund Hall addresses private sector responsibilities towards Syrian refugees in Turkey

Dr Emre Eren Korkmaz giving a presentation during the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre workshop at St Edmund Hall

St Edmund Hall hosted a workshop this week organised by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, on ‘Business responsibility for Syrian refugees in garment supply chain in Turkey’. The event was held in partnership with the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Participants included senior officials of international garment brands that source from Turkey (Next, M&S, Primark, Esprit, Debenhams, ASOS, etc.), Turkish business associations, Turkish and international NGOs, the UK Foreign Office and academics.

Death of David Pettifor

Professor David Pettifor (photo from the Royal Society website)

We are very sad to share the news that David Pettifor, an Emeritus Fellow at St Edmund Hall and a superb scientist, died on Tuesday 17 October. David came to Oxford in 1991, from the Mathematics Department in Imperial on his appointment to the Isaac Wolfson Professorship in the Department of Materials. He was also appointed to a Professorial Fellowship in the Hall.

2017/18 Teddy Hall MCR Writing Competition open

The 'Ex Aula' MCR digital journal logo

The Middle Common Room (MCR – St Edmund Hall’s postgraduate student body) is excited to announce the call for articles for this year’s writing competition. The MCR online journal, Ex Aula: Research from the Hall, was started last year and published 14 articles over Hilary and Trinity terms.

Professor Podsiadlowski involved in cutting-edge research around gravitational waves

Prof. Philipp Podsiadlowski giving a 'Teddy Talk' on gravitational wave astronomy at the 2017 St Edmund Hall Research Expo

Gravitational waves have recently been detected for the first time from the merger of two neutron stars. A European Space Observatory-funded ePESSTO project, led by Queen's University Belfast and involving Oxford astrophysicist Professor Philipp Podsiadlowski (Fellow and Tutor in Physics at St Edmund Hall), confirmed that the merging of two neutron stars is accompanied by a transient, supernova-like astrophysical event known as a kilonova. Such phenomena are powered by the nuclear fusion reactions that take place within the material ejected during a neutron star merger.

Government apprenticeship schemes are ‘fragile’, according to new research

Cover of the report, 'People and Policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship across eight national contexts'

Dr Maia Chankseliani, Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education and Fellow at St Edmund Hall, is the lead author of a new Oxford/WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) report which compares, for the first time, participation in apprenticeship globally.

Ella Baron wins Young Cartoonist of the Year Competition

A detail from Ella Baron's winning cartoon

Congratulations to Ella Baron who recently won The Young Cartoonist of The Year Competition 2017 in the Under 30 Category. Ella, who graduated from Merton College this summer, was the winner of the Ronnie Payne Prize for Foreign Reporting in 2016, which is one of the student journalism prizes awarded annually by St Edmund Hall and the Geddes Trust.

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