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MCR Update: the year so far!

Postgraduate students walking to the Sheldonian for matriculation (photo by Elliot Bromley)

Thanks to our MCR President Kusal Lokuge (2014, DPhil in Health Economics) for the following report.

Applications invited for the 2018 Rebecca West Prize for Writing

Dame Rebecca West, DBE (1892 – 1983)

This annual prize was established last year at St Edmund Hall by the Rebecca West Literary Estate, to celebrate the writing, life and achievements of Dame Rebecca West.

There is a prize of £1,000 for the winning essay and £500 for the runner-up. The prize is open to all students at the University of Oxford.

Applications are now invited for The 2018 Rebecca West Prize. Applicants are asked to submit one piece of writing on a topic related to Rebecca West’s interests, set each year by the International Panel.

The Great Economists: Dr Linda Yueh publishes new book

The cover of Linda Yueh's new book, 'The Great Economists'

Dr Linda Yueh (Fellow by Special Election in Economics) recently celebrated the publication by Viking of her latest book entitled The Great Economists. How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today.

MCR 50th Anniversary Grant Report: Ritwika Sengupta

Ritwika Sengupta

The MCR (Middle Common Room, our postgraduate student body) 50th Anniversary Grants are designed to support students by funding academic expenses such as additional courses, skills training or language classes; books; or travel expenses to conferences – similar to the expenses that are also funded via the College Grant system. College Grants enable postgraduates to claim up to £350 each per year, and students can apply for a 50th Anniversary Grant if they have already exhausted their College Grant allowance. The 50th Anniversary Grants are funded by contributions from MCR students.

Oxford Pathways Year 12 Study Days

An introductory Pathways talk in the College's Doctorow Hall

Last week, the College took part in the Oxford Pathways Year 12 Study Days, which saw almost 500 students from schools across the country attend subject-specific taster days across the collegiate university.

The Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by the colleges of the University of Oxford, and aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford.

Dom Lukauskis chosen to take part in 2018 Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme

Dom Lukauskis

Third-year undergraduate Dom Lukauskis (2015, Biochemistry) has been selected as one of this year’s cohort of 25 Laidlaw Scholars. The Laidlaw Scholars Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme was launched at the University of Oxford in 2016, and aims to equip undergraduate students with research and leadership skills to help them pursue their academic and professional aspirations beyond their current course of study.

Bonding and Structure in Materials: a celebration of the life and work of Professor David Pettifor CBE, FRS

Professor David Pettifor (photo from the Royal Society website)

The David Pettifor Scientific Symposium will be a two-day scientific meeting taking place on 10 to 11 July at St Anne’s College, with an optional afternoon of informal memorial talks and a dinner. The event will pay tribute to the many achievements of Professor David Pettifor, a brilliant scientist who sadly passed away last October. David was the Isaac Wolfson Professor in the Department of Materials, and held a Professorial Fellowship at St Edmund Hall. He was appointed to an Emeritus Fellowship at the College in 2010.

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.

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