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Volcanic rafts could be 'cradle of life'

Professor Martin Brasier, Fellow of St Edmund Hall, is part of a research team who have suggested that floating rafts of volcanic pumice could have provided the 'cradle of life' for the earliest organisms on Earth over 3.5 billion years ago. 

The team from the University of Oxford and the University of Western Australia argue that the unique properties of pumice would have made it an ideal habitat for early organisms.

Electric current treatment provides hope for stroke victims

Passing a gentle electric current through the brain may help stroke victims to recover fuller movement, according to Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg, a Fellow of St Edmund Hall. 

The technique is known as transcranial direct current stimulation, or TDCS, and involves firing an electrical current into the area of the brain that controls movement while the person completes a physical task. Trials have shown that this can increase learning speeds by up to 10 percent. 

Aularian honoured at Court of Benefactors

Gareth Roberts (1971, Geology) was inducted into the Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors on Wednesday 21 September at a ceremony attended by the Chancellor, Chris Patten. He was recognised for his incredible generosity to the University and the Hall through his contribution to the new Earth Sciences building and the endowment of two Fellowships in Earth Sciences at the Hall.

Students cross the ‘bridge to business’

Twenty-five St Edmund Hall students have taken time out before the start of the academic year to focus on what they might do after they graduate, by attending the College’s Bridge to Business programme. Now in its eleventh year, it was the brainchild of St Edmund Fellow Ian Laing (1965) and past Principal Mike Mingos. The four-day programme offers an insight into management and the world of business, covering a number of areas including strategy, finance, marketing and career planning.

Freshers' Week at Teddy Hall

This week, nearly 250 new students will be arriving at Teddy Hall to begin the full range of courses offered at the College. 

They will be welcomed by the Principal at a formal dinner and also invited to lots of smaller events, which are organised by our current students and designed to help them settle in and become part of the Teddy Hall community.

This group includes 124 new undergraduate students from all over the world, including the US, Kuala Lumpur, Brazil, China and Singapore.

Fellows' news - Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti

Dr Abdel Razzaq Takriti, S.G. Younis Junior Research Fellow in Political History at St Edmund Hall, has been awarded the 2011 Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize. 

The prize is awarded annually by the British Society for Middle East Studies for the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities. This is the most prestigious prize of its kind in the UK and the independent judges wrote the following of the thesis:

The Richard and Eliza Blackwell Sports Scholarships

The Richard and Eliza Blackwell Sports Scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students at Oxford.

They are awarded annually in Trinity Term for the following academic year.

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