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Hall student entangled in diamond discovery

Intruiging new research by a team led by physicists Ka Chung Lee and Michael Sprague, the latter a DPhil student at St Edmund Hall, has demonstrated quantum entanglement occurring at room temperature between two diamonds.

Entanglement is the aspect of quantum mechanics where the behaviour of two or more particles is linked, even though the particles are physically separate.

Such quantum links have previously only been typically possible at much lower temperatures, and with much smaller particles.

Carols in the Quad

On Thursday 1 December the beginning of Advent was officially marked with a Carol concert in the Front Quad. Over 200 staff, students, alumni and their families enjoyed carols, readings and performances by the College Choirs under the sparkling Christmas tree. The event is free and open to the public, and those who booked ahead enjoyed free mulled wine and delicious mince pies in the bar courtesy of the new Head Chef, John McGeever.

Warm welcome for new Chaplain

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new College Chaplain, the Reverend B. Kris Kramer. He comes to us with a rich and varied background spanning the UK and US, serving at different times as curate, chaplain, rector, and priest-in-charge in churches, hospitals and universities, including a college placement with the chaplaincy at Magdalen College.

St Edmund Hall in top five bursary ranking

Over one in four undergraduates entering St Edmund Hall in 2010-11 received Oxford Opportunity Bursaries, new statistics from the University of Oxford reveal.

The University, who describe the Oxford Opportunity Bursary Scheme as “one of the most generous in the UK”, awarded bursaries of up to £4000 to UK undergraduates entering Oxford in or before October 2011. The scheme aimed to assist students from lower income households with the cost of attending the University.

Hall Christmas cards available now

Treat yourself to some beautiful Christmas cards and support the future of St Edmund Hall at the same time. The stocks of our fine St Edmund cards always disappear fast, so visit the University of Oxford Shop to buy online or call 01865 279055 to order by phone. Only £6 for a pack of ten cards.

One of our designs this year, shown here, is a detail from a mosaic on the East wall of St Peter-in-the-East.

Fresher's Writing Award for Teddy Hall Play

The St Edmund Hall Fresher's Cuppers play MacClegg was awarded 'Best New Writing' by the Oxford University Drama Society in the finals of the Freshers Drama Cuppers on Saturday 12 November. The play, an updating of Macbeth, retold the rise to power of Nick Clegg and his decision between Labour and Tory. Described as "a strikingly powerful play" by Sharon Achinstein, a Tutor in English and Fellow of St Edmnud Hall, the play was written by students Thomas Bailey (2011, English and French) and Efraim Carlebach (2011, English).

Hall mourns loss of stellar scholar

Yesterday we heard the sad news that Professor Jane Moody died at home on 28 October, at the age of 44, from cancer.

Hall student scoops 2011 Science, Engineering & Technology Award

Mark Baker (SEH, 2007) was the winner of 'The Airbus Award for the Best Aeronautical Engineering Student' for his project titled, "Automatic meshing for turbo-machinery simulations". Further information on his winning project can be found on the Department of Engineering Sciences' website.

Another Hall student, Scott McLaughlan (SEH, 2007) was a finalist for his project titled 'Wave loading on offshore wind turbines'.

Poetry collection published

Justin Gosling has published a collection of poetry, "The Jackdaw in the Jacaranda".

The jackdaw in the jacaranda
Mused on times gone by,
But could not understand the causes,
Nor see the reason why.

Like the jackdaw, in his collection of poetry Justin Gosling muses on times gone by, tackling the subject of getting older, while looking at the world around him with a mixture of wit and nostalgia.

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