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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.

Inaugural Matthew Greenwood Outreach Award presented to Engineering student

Peter and Michaela Greenwood present the first Matthew Greenwood Outreach Award to Maruthi Malladi

A new award has been established by the Department of Engineering Science for a 4th Year Oxford Engineering Ambassador who has been exemplary in engineering outreach initiatives. It is named in memory of Matt Greenwood, St Edmund Hall’s Engineering Science undergraduate who tragically passed away last year after a fierce battle with cancer. Matt was a highly committed Oxford Engineering Ambassador, and was even said to have been enthusing about the transformative power of an engineering degree from his hospital bed.

Award for charity founded by alumna Olly Donnelly

Alumna Olly Donnelly (1999, Geography) is the founder of Shivia, a UK registered charity that has been working in India since 2008. Shivia works in rural West Bengal, one of India’s poorest and most populous states. The charity gives very poor families the tools and training to start an enterprise from home so that they can earn money. Shivia targets and empowers the people in most need, particularly women, to work their own way out of poverty and provide a brighter future for their children.

Reformation500 events this October

The Crypt of St Peter-in-the-East (now the College Library) at St Edmund Hall

As the exact date for the quincentenary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses (published on 31 October 1517) is approaching, there are a number of Reformation events organised. These combine the three strands which have been explored throughout the year (cf. the events during Bonn Week): Translating – Printing – Singing.

Election of Principal for St Edmund Hall

The Front Quad of St Edmund Hall

The Governing Body of St Edmund Hall intends to elect a new Principal of the College, to follow Professor Keith Gull CBE, DSc(Hon), FRS, FMedSci, FRSB, who retires at the end of September 2018. Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates. 

As Chair of the Governing Body, the Principal has overall responsibility for the effective running of the College. As its Head, she or he will promote its best interests; representing it externally, fostering its community life and playing a key role in development and fundraising.

Aularians gather for third alumni regional lunch in Edinburgh

It was great to see familiar faces return for the annual Edinburgh Lunch last month, as well as welcome newcomers. Principal, Professor Keith Gull and Dr Dianne Gull were once again joined by alumnus Bill Foy (1965, Philosophy) to host alumni and friends at the New Club in the city centre. Glorious sunshine (briefly followed by rain and hail) allowed our guests to enjoy welcome drinks on the balcony with fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle.

Alumni return to Teddy Hall for their 50th Anniversary Dinner

It was fantastic to welcome back the matriculands of 1967 in September for their 50th Anniversary Dinner, celebrating the half century that has elapsed since their matriculation. We were fortunate to have great weather on the day so our alumni along with Vice-Principal, Professor Stuart Ferguson and Director of Development, Gareth Simpson gathered in the Front Quad for an enjoyable drinks reception following Evensong in the Chapel. Many guests enjoyed looking back at their matriculation images and various other photographs from their time at the Hall.

MCR 50th Anniversary Grant Report: Sneha Menon

A vocational training centre run by Yuva Parivarthan

Thanks to Sneha Menon for the following report.

The MCR 50th Anniversary Grant afforded me the opportunity to continue my thesis fieldwork in India. My thesis for my MPhil in Economics looked at the impact of vocational training organisations through the lens of one pan-India vocational training organisation called Labournet. For this I had facilitated a quantitative impact evaluation, which included a baseline and endline survey.  Most of this research was done remotely, through online coordination with field-staff over the course of Michaelmas term 2016.

Annual Fund Telephone Campaign raises over £200,000 in two weeks

Members of this year’s student calling team

Over the past fortnight, 13 Teddy Hall students have been working hard calling alumni of the Hall to talk to them about life at the College today and to raise vital funds for our 2017 Annual Fund.
The team has enjoyed many fascinating conversations with over 500 fellow Aularians and this year’s telephone campaign has raised at least £200,000 for the Hall.


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