The Producers is a musical comedy adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks' 1968 Oscar winning film of the same name. The story follows the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom and washed-out producer Max Bialystock, as they embark on the ultimate showbiz swindle. But not everything goes to plan...
Ripon at Brasenose
Despite Brasenose College’s historic links to the North West of England, one of our current regional link areas, North Yorkshire, can be found the other side of the Pennines.
Three Brasenose Students elected to be OUSU Officers
There were scenes of joy in Brasenose last night as three students were elected to be full-time student representatives at the Oxford University Student Union. The College Bar was packed as students came to listen to the results live on the student radio and celebrate the candidates’ success.
By Maddy Thickett (3rd Year Engineering)
Back in October it was the duty and privilege of the student Committee to assist in the celebrations of Brasenose’s latest matriculating class. Oliver Sadik and I; the committee’s Entz reps, along with James (President), Anna (Vice-President), Beth (Access and Admissions), Wrik and Alex (Welfare) had an entire day to plan for, to make sure this was the best possible day for freshers as their first official Oxford experience.
Brasenose to Spain
By Owen Riddall (Physics and Philosophy Second Year)
"Ok, on three: one, two, THREE!" Five bikes slid under the barrier. "And over we go...see you on the other side!" Five cyclists leapt aboard five bikes and sped away in single file
Chemistry in Bremen
By Karen Meadows - Third Year Chemist
"When I started looking for an internship for the summer between my second and third year, I knew I wanted the placement to be closely linked to my Chemistry degree"
Carole Bourne-Taylor introduces Charles Morgan
Two books have recently been published in which Dr Carole Bourne-Taylor, French Fellow, has provided an introduction. These books are Dramatic Critic: Selected Reviews (1922-1939) and Three Plays, both by the playwright and author, Charles Langbridge Morgan (1894 - 1958). Morgan was a Brasenose student who, during his time at Oxford was President of Oxford University Dramatic Society.
New Student Film Launched
Thinking of applying to Brasenose and wonder what it's like? All is revealed here!
Chloe Cornish, recently graduated English student, has produced a short film depicting life at Brasenose from an undergraduate student point of view. Click here to view the film.
A Year Abroad in Iran
By Ronan O'Donoghue (Third Year languages student)
"You're going to Iran?" repeated the bank clerk, peering at me closely through the glass. "Are you in the army?"
Tutorials in Borneo
By Alice James - Third Year Biologist
I was lucky enough to go on a field trip to Borneo in September this year. We spent two weeks in some amazing, pristine rainforest, doing all the normal Oxford things
Working for the Times
By Alexandra Sutton, 3rd Year English student
Over the summer I was lucky enough to swing an internship with The Times - special thanks to the Oxford University English Faculty for organising the placement.
The program runs every year and is open to members of the English Faculty - places at The Times, The Sun and the TLS are offered in exchange for some examples of student journalism, a cover letter and your CV. Very simple and very useful! I applied on a bit of a whim, so I was a little shocked but very giddy when I found out I'd got the placement. Though I was secretly a touch disappointed not to get The Sun (a place of mystery and garishness) I was super excited when I started my two weeks at The Times.
Biochemistry in Action
Over this summer, local Oxford school pupil, Lucy Britton, spent time in the Professor Susan Lea research laboratory in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. She encountered a variety of molecular biology processes and techniques during her stay in the Lea Lab.
Llewelyn Morgan features in Virgil App
Dr Llewelyn Morgan, Tutor in Classics at Brasenose College, features in a new free App Virgil Out Loud, where he reads out loud passages of Virgil's Aeneid in Latin.
A Year of Charity
A Year of Charity - by Jonny Attwood, Brasenose JCR Charities Representative
In my time as Brasenose JCR's charities representative there has been a great deal of good news which I am pleased to be able to share and reflect upon here.
Information for New Undergraduate Students
If you have met the conditions of your offer and will be joining Brasenose in October then you have been sent a hard copy welcome pack in the post. There is also a website for Freshers which has lots of useful information and tells you what you need to do now. We look forward to welcoming you here in the autumn!
Teach First Reflections
Recent Biochemistry graduate John Butterworth (pictured) has entered the Teach First programme, which trains people to become inspirational teachers in schools in low income communities across the UK. Brasenose College supports this programme by offering up to five £1000 bursaries for Brasenose students and recent graduates to help make ends meet during the unsalaried Teach First summer training programme, before teaching placements begin in the autumn. John reflects on his Teach First experience thus far:
"I first decided to apply for the Teach First program while in my second year at Brasenose. I attended a talk run by Teach First on how to get through job assessment centres, in which they squeezed in a lecture at the end about what the charity was and what it was trying to achieve. The lecture was completely unlike any other graduate scheme sessions that I had been to previously - inspiring me with talk of making a difference to childrens' lives, rather than just making a difference to a client's bank balance. I applied immediately and gained a deferred place for after finishing my degree in biochemistry.
More Brasenose Mooting Success
Following College mooting success earlier in the year, Brasenose Law students have helped Oxford University win the seventh annual Oxford v Cambridge Clifford Chance LLP Roman Law Moot Court Competition. Caroline Greenfield and Eewei Seah, who have both just completed their first year at Brasenose, were members of the victorious team of four.
The Oxford team researched and developed arguments on three grounds. The first was a claim for manifest theft of the plaintiff Figulus's beautiful white stag, Fautrix, by the defendant Stellio. This claim required counsel to cut through knotty problems of ownership and possession of a wild beast. The second claim was that of Stellio entering Figulus's land without permission. The final action was so mysterious that not even the two very eminent Romanists who heard the learned (if divergent) arguments of four counsel felt confident enough to make a ruling!
Brasenose Men's Rowing Success
Report by Ed Matthews - Men's Captain (and Second Year Medical Student)
Rowing is one of the most popular sports in Oxford, and it's a special kind of rowing racing that is practiced. Boats all line up at one end of the river Isis (or Thames), one boat behind another, and on the firing of a cannon, thrash their way up to the other end. The aim is to physically bump the boat ahead of yours (which can be fantastically chaotic), so that in the next race you swap positions. In this way, over many races (and many years) you can work your way up to being ‘Head of the River' - leading at the front of all the boats.
For Brasenose, this summer was the most successful in 25 years for the men's first boat. We bumped four times over the four races in the tournament (i.e. the best result that could have been achieved) - so next year we will start four places closer to being Head of the River. It was a fantastic achievement stemming from hours and hours of incredibly hard work from the crew members, some good coaching, a great deal of enthusiasm, and a healthy spoonful of luck.
We're all mad here…
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, which has been turning our world upside down since 1865, is being adapted this summer by the Oxford University Dramatic Society. The production, which will play outdoors in Christ Church meadow in Oxford, and then at the London Arcola Theatre before running for four weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is being directed by Brasenose's Josie Mitchell and produced by James Fennemore, who have both just completed the second year of their English degrees.
The new adaptation will immerse you in the dark and vibrant world of Lewis Carroll's imagination, with its physical theatre and powerful storytelling. Think you're all grown up? Then it's time to leap down the rabbit hole...
When Alice chases after a white rabbit, tumbling down the burrow, she little expects the fantastical world that greets her at the bottom. Inhabited by a kaleidoscope of strange anthropomorphic creatures, Wonderland sees Alice encounter a hookah-smoking caterpillar, a baffling Mad Hatter at his bewildering tea-party, and the unsettlingly grinning Cheshire Cat, before a final showdown with the ruthless Queen of Hearts.
Fourth Year Classics Extended Essay
Reflections on the Fourth Year Classics Extended Essay - by Rebecca Tatlow
Unlike other classics degrees, the Oxford course takes four years. This allows students longer to consolidate their linguistic abilities before the first set of examinations in second year but also impacts on the breadth and depth of study available to the student; and I found the fourth year particularly helpful in understanding the great diversity of disciplines within the course- history, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and philology.
Although it is possible to have your degree assessed purely on the final examinations, I chose to submit an extended essay in Classical Reception - the study of how classical literature has continually influenced the works of subsequent authors. It is of particular interest to literature students, but is truly interdisciplinary and allows exploration of how different cultures interact as well as highlighting the history of classics itself. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to read poetry without having to translate it first.