WWI at BNCTo mark the centenary commemoration of the First World War there is currently a display in Chapel, which includes material from the college archive. Amongst the display is a Roll of Service, which lists the 665 members of the college who served in the war.

Mt KiliBy Jess Freedman (Second Year Maths and Stats student). "In October 2013 I attended a presentation by Student Adventures and Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) representatives, held in Brasenose..."


Physical Dose Distribution‘Blurbs’ made a welcome return to Brasenose on Wednesday evening of 4th week. Named after publishers’ dust-jacket summaries of a book’s contents, the usual format consists of two short presentations by members of the Senior Common Room (SCR) and Graduate or Hulme Common Room (HCR).

LouiseCharlotteFlorence1With thanks to our kind tutors, the College and the Holroyd-Collieu-Stelling-Hall Memorial Travel Grant, we were afforded the necessary means to soak up as much art, history, language and food as we possibly could in beautiful Florence this summer.

PrashatRollsThere is no doubt that an air of prestige surrounds the brand, Rolls-Royce. Although most of those outside engineering circles may hold the belief that Rolls-Royce are responsible for manufacturing the line of luxury cars, the reality of their nature – an aerospace giant which delivers civil and military aircraft engines – still beckons that same degree of class in the world of engineering.

Liam LangleyImagine looking out across an idyllic bay with the under an azure blue sky, the only clouds consisting of huge flocks of Puffins swirling around your head in the glorious evening sunshine. The previous sentence reads like a line from a “Visit Wales” advert, but for three months this summer it was a daily reality for me as I carried out my undergraduate research project on Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire.

JBBrasenose College is delighted to announce the election of Mr John Bowers QC as the next Principal.

Mr Bowers will take up his new post on 1st October 2015, when Professor Alan Bowman retires at the end of the next academic year. 


Brasenose College is delighted to announce the election of Mr John Bowers QC as the next Principal. Mr Bowers will take up his new post on 1st October 2015, when Professor Alan Bowman retires at the end of the next academic year. 

rowing3By Molly Ludlam-Steinke – Women’s Captain-elect (and First Year Historian)

'Rowing is perhaps the most popular sport at Oxford, with around ten thousand spectators lining the banks of the Isis a couple of weeks ago to cheer frantically at the odd tradition which is Summer Eights.

Sword fighting 1Last month the Ashmole Society, Brasenose's history society, was treated to a fantastic demonstration of 18th and 19th century sword-fighting and pugilism (boxing and wrestling) from Milo Thurston and Simon Scott,

Amy and LouisThe next Open Days at Brasenose College will be 2nd and 3rd July, and 19th September 2014. The college will be open from 9am to 5pm, and there’s no need to book, just turn up if you are interested in applying to Oxford for undergraduate study.

Ale Verses 2014 - BeckyBy Henry Zeffman - JCR President and Second Year PPE student

On the evening of Tuesday 29th April, Brasenose came together to perform Ale Verses, one of College’s most peculiar traditions

BeatlesatBNCThis week marks 50 years since the Beatles visited Brasenose College. The Fab Four came to Brasenose on 5th March 1964 for a short time, at the climax of a fund-raising appeal by the charity Oxfam.

borneo_photo.jpgBy 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

alys1.jpgWildlife Encounters in Nova Scotia

By Alysa Hulbert (Biological Sciences 3rd Year)

As a Biological Sciences student in my final year at Oxford, I am required to undertake a research project. This can be in any area of biology providing I can find a supervisor willing to take me on. I've always had a soft spot for rodents so I was drawn to the work of Dr Christina Buesching, who has conducted research on small mammal behaviour in Oxford University's Wytham Woods, and so I sent her an email expressing my interest. To my surprise she replied that she now lives not in Oxford but in Nova Scotia, Canada, and that she would be happy to have me come over during the summer vacation to collect data in her forest research site! This explains how in mid-July, just in time to escape the London 2012 Olympics, I found myself in the beautiful forested hills and wild rocky shores of Atlantic Canada. Home for the next five weeks was a cosy wooden cottage from which it was possible to stroll down to the sea in no time at all, so I hardly cared at all that I didn't have a TV to watch the Opening Ceremony! As I arrived there was a snowshoe hare on the lawn and that first night we ran out at dusk to see a porcupine that had climbed into a sapling at the end of the garden. This set a precedent for the coming weeks of frequent exciting wildlife encounters; muskrat, beaver, white-tailed deer, raccoon, woodchuck, skunk, garter snake, snapping turtle, osprey and loon.


hoe_slavery_squares2.jpgDid abolition of the transatlantic slave trade damage enslaved women's health?

In 1807, the British parliament voted to abolish the transatlantic slave trade, following a long campaign led by William Wilberforce.

While most plantation owners opposed abolition, a few did not - including Joseph Foster Barham II, who owned Mesopotamia sugar estate in Jamaica.

Appalled by the suffering caused by the slave trade, Foster Barham (as MP for Stockbridge) voted with Wilberforce in the House of Commons for abolition and voluntarily ceased to purchase new African arrivals in 1792, 15 years before legal abolition. Mesopotamia's records are unusually detailed and record the ages, date of arrival, origin (whether African or born on the estate), health status, and work duties of 1,099 enslaved individuals on the estate between 1762 and 1832.  These manuscripts are preserved in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

On Mesopotamia, withdrawal from the slave trade led to an increase in the number of women sent to work in the cane fields, work considered to be the most arduous and riskiest on a plantation. Survival analysis suggests there was an accompanying  deterioration in their survival chances: estimates suggest the risk of death was about 55% to 75%higher for women arriving on the estate after 1792 than before. To test whether exposure to fieldwork accounts for reduced survival prospects, the actual survival times of slaves (i.e. time to death) was compared with their counterfactual survival times had they never been exposed to fieldwork. The technique employed is intended to avoid problems caused by  the ‘healthy worker survival effect': the tendency for labourers to be withdrawn from a hazardous occupation as their health failed, and reallocated to lighter duties.

Estimates suggest that continuous exposure to fieldwork on a sugar estate, relative to never being exposed, reduced survival times by approximately 30%. Consequently, the dread slaves felt at being sent to the fields appears well placed, especially for women who were less likely to occupy supervisory roles in sugar cultivation and, therefore, enjoyed the least amount of protection.

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