Worcester College is delighted to announce that Sir Ian McKellen CH has been elected as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow for an initial period of three years. He will come to College twice a year, when there will be "in conversation" events and masterclasses for the benefit of students. Sir Ian is working with the Provost, Sir Jonathan Bate, on a project to create iPad Apps that will make Shakespeare freshly accessible to young people. The pilot App, The Tempest, with Sir Ian as Prospero and his longstanding fellow actor Sir Derek Jacobi as Gonzalo, has recently been released:
Blackwell's Oxford Presents: John Parrington, Redesigning Life
Tuesday, October 18th at 19:00 - 20:00
Since the birth of civilisation, human beings have manipulated other life forms. 'Redesigning Life' explores how scientists are editing genes using molecular scissors, with new technology of genome editing being applied to practically any species of plants and animals. These powerful new technologies can lead to revolutionary developments but also raises important ethical dilemmas and potential dangers.
Dr Edmund Rubbra, former Fellow and Tutor in Music and Honorary Fellow of Worcester, is BBC Radio 3's Composer of the Week. Listen to the first programme here.
It is with the deepest regret I have to report that Professor David Bradshaw died last night. He had been ill with a severe cancer for some months (he took enormous joy and comfort in messages he received from former students), so it is a release as well as the occasion for great sadness. David was always so funny, so collegial and so full of vitality, as well as being a great teacher and scholar-critic: he will be sorely missed. Barbara and the children are in our thoughts.
A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Life and Work of Lord Briggs of Lewes (7 May 1921 – 15 March 2016) will be held at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London W1B 3DA, on Tuesday 4 October 2016 at 12 noon.
Please join family, friends and colleagues to celebrate Asa’s rich, generous and varied life, including his momentous contribution to the University of Sussex, Worcester College, Oxford, the Open University and the BBC, as well as countless other institutions.
All are welcome but due to limited capacity tickets will be issued.
The Memorial Service for Professor James Campbell will be held on Thursday 3rd November at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ, at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available after the Service in Hall at Worcester College.
Professor Judith Freedman, Fellow in Law at Worcester College and Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Oxford, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
Professor Freedman, who is also Associate Dean for Development at the University and Director of Legal Research at the Centre for Business Taxation, is one of 66 new Fellows elected by the Academy in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research across the humanities and social sciences.
Worcester is a highly inclusive, cosmopolitan community, in which many valued members of staff, both academic and non-academic, and many students, are citizens of EU countries. At this time of uncertainty, I want to echo the admirable words of the Prime Minister in his resignation speech when he reminded us that there will be no immediate change to residency status or travel arrangements.
The Provost appeared on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time today with Melvyn Bragg and other guests, discussing William Blake's collection of illustrated poems "Songs of Innocence and of Experience". The programme is available to listen to on iPlayer.
James Campbell, who died on 31 May, was one of the most distinguished and influential historians of his generation. A polymath, with an astonishing knowledge of an extraordinary range of subjects and a taste for the recondite and the bizarre, he started research on the Anglo-Scottish border in the fourteenth century, but his most abiding love was the history of Anglo-Saxon England, its economy, institutions, and its great historian, Bede.