troubles.jpgThe novelist J G Farrell, who read Modern Languages at Brasenose College in the 1950s, has been posthumously awarded The Lost Man Booker Prize for his 1970 novel, Troubles.

Set in Ireland shortly after the First World War, Troubles tells the story of Major Brendan Archer, who has gone to County Waterford to visit a woman he thinks he may be engaged to marry. From her home, a run-down but once grand Irish hotel, he witnesses the Irish War of Independence unfold. The book is the first instalment of the Empire Trilogy; the second, The Siege of Krishnapur, won the Booker Prize in 1973.

giles_wiggs.jpgDr Giles Wiggs, Brasenose Fellow in Geography and University Reader in Aeolian Geomorphology, has been awarded a Natural Environment Research Council grant, in conjunction with colleagues at Oxford University, the University of Sheffield, Imperial College, the Met Office and the University of Cape Town. The £1.2 million grant funds a project to model dust emission based on observed data sets rather than simulations.

tamingoftheshrew.jpgA new production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew was shown in Magdalen College President's Garden in late July. It featured Adam Baghdadi (Economics and Management - 2nd Year) in the role of Gremio.

The production begins with Lucentio, a modern-day rich and privileged undergraduate, arriving in Padua with his minder and companion, Tranio, as a piece of street theatre is being set up. Realities merge as they contrive to abandon their spectator roles and enter the world of the play (within a play). Donning the period costume of the other 'actors', they become absorbed into the storyline of Baptista Minola and his daughters.

The play was shown in Magdalen College President's Garden from Wednesday 21st July to Saturday 24th July, and was then taken on tour to Stratford, Covent Garden and finally Tokyo.

mike_taylor.jpgThe college was deeply saddened by the sudden death this term of Michael Taylor, our Head Porter.  Mike had been with us since 1992, and became a much-loved (even iconic) figure in college life.  He was generally the first person visitors and freshers met; and upheld the dignity of his position without ever losing his sense of humour at the occasional absurdities of lodge life.  He is survived by his wife Pat, daughter Juli, son Joe and granddaughter Annabel.

fergusmillar.jpgProfessor Fergus Millar, Emeritus Fellow at Brasenose College, has been awarded a knighthood in the Birthday Honours List for services to scholarship. Professor Millar, amongst the most influential ancient historians of recent times, has published widely in Roman history for over five decades, and is currently researching the Late Roman Near East from the 4th to 6th century CE. Recently, he published A Greek Roman Empire: Power and Belief under Theodosius II, 408-450. On hearing of the knighthood, Professor Millar commented "I was surprised. It's late in life but I'm pleased, and it's recognition of the subject that I do."

Brasenose College congratulates Professor Millar on this exceptional achievement.

 

timramsey.jpgTim Ramsey, currently in the second year of a Classics degree, has been awarded two prizes for his top ranked performance in the Honour Moderations examinations. Firstly, for his performance in the Latin paper, he was awarded the Hertford Prize. Secondly, for his performance in the Greek paper, he was awarded the Harold Lister Sunderland Prize.

The College is delighted to welcome Philip Parker who comes from the YWCA England and Wales based in Oxford, where he is Director of Corporate Services.  Philip has significant charity and commercial experience and is a Chartered Management Accountant.  He has an Economics Postgraduate Certificate (Distinction) from Birkbeck College London and a BA Hons (2:1) in Classics from Emmanuel College Cambridge.

 Philip will take up his post on 20 September 2010 and succeeds Brian Carroll who leaves on 30 June at the end of his contract as Interim Bursar.

 

beating_the_bounds.jpgAscension Day, which fell on the 13th May this year, is marked at Brasenose College with two long-standing traditions. Firstly, the Beating of the Bounds ceremony passed through Brasenose during the morning of Ascension Day. This rite has its ancient origins in the days before maps were commonplace, when it was important for property owners to establish and maintain the boundaries to their land. A custom developed whereby the bounds of land were periodically walked, and boundary stones struck to ‘mark' these bounds. The boundaries of the parishes of the churches of St. Michael at the Northgate and St. Mary the Virgin (also known as the ‘University Church') pass through Brasenose College and on Ascension Day groups from both parishes visit and mark the boundary stones located on certain walls of the college by marking them with the year in chalk and beating them with willow sticks

0020a.jpgDavid Cameron became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 11 May 2010 on the basis of a coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.  He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College from 1985 to 1988. He was described as "one of the ablest" students by his Politics tutor, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, who retires this year after a distinguished academic career.

no_exit.jpgA performance of John-Paul Sartre's one-act masterpiece, No Exit was shown in the Frewin Undercroft from Tuesday 25th May to Saturday 29th May.

In No Exit three wildly different people meet in hell, only to get sucked into each others' vicious power games and realise where the torture is really coming from. Perhaps Sartre's best known play, the work contains the famous line "L'enfer, c'est les autres", usually translated as "Hell is other people". Featuring only four characters and one set, No Exit was written during the Second World War and first performed at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier a few months before the liberation of Paris.

turn_again_lane_poster.jpgAlthough a very successful Brasenose Arts Festival has now come to a close, there has been no respite in the creative output of College members. 'Turn Again Lane' is a new musical with script, lyrics and direction by Richard O'Brien (English and French 2nd Year), and it showed from the 18th-22nd May at the Moser Theatre, Wadham College. It tells the story of the development of a relationship between two Oxford students, Chris and Louise, against the backdrop of the city and the university and the pressures it creates. The two define themselves through books, films and indie music, both as self-image and defence mechanism, but both have to learn the difference between what you like, and what you're like as a person.

carole_bourne-taylor.jpgBrasenose College is pleased to announce that Dr Carole Bourne-Taylor, who has been Lecturer in French since 2000, has been elected a Supernumerary Fellow of the College. She teaches a range of papers spanning the late 18th to the 21st Century. As a native speaker she also teaches language. Carole's research is in the field of comparative literature. She has just completed a chapter on Virginia Woolf and the Continent for a collection of essays, Virginia Woolf in Context, published by Cambridge University Press.  Her doctoral thesis, The Imaginary World of Virginia Woolf was published in 2001, but her research is eclectic and in both English and French.

arts_festival.jpgThe annual Brasenose Arts Festival began on Monday 10th May. The festival featured six days of open-air plays, music concerts, workshops, poetry readings and exhibitions as well as an outdoor summer bar, all organised by Brasenose students. Highlights included a performance of ‘Dirty Linen' by Tom Stoppard; an Art Exhibition that was open daily, displaying a collection of fine art, photography, sculpture and short films; the Shakespeare-a-thon, a dramatic read-through of the complete works of the bard; a Classical Concert; Speaker's Corner; a Cabaret showcasing the College's eclectic talent; and a 1950s Theme Night.

winners_photo_mayer_brown.jpgRichard Hoyle, currently studying Law at Brasenose College, has won this year's TARGETjobs national Law Undergraduate of the Year title. The competition, sponsored by Mayer Brown, featured three stages of assessment, and culminated with an award ceremony held at Canary Wharf on the 16th of April. Richard, currently on a placement at the University of Bonn as part of his Law Studies in Europe course, beat off close to 300 competitors to win the award. He wins a place on Mayer Brown's Summer Work Experience Programme, which includes a trip to their Brussels offices.

owen_lewis4.jpgDr Owen Lewis, Brasenose Fellow and Tutor in Biology, has been awarded the British Ecological Society's Founders' Prize. The prize is awarded biennially to an outstanding early career ecologist, who is making a significant contribution towards the science of ecology. 

Dr Lewis, who joined Brasenose in 2007, has published widely on biodiversity and conservation in tropical forests, the dynamics of food webs, and spatial ecology.

brasenose_chapel.jpgVictor Yoran and Louisa Harmer performed in Brasenose College Chapel on Sunday 25th April 2010. The concert featured J S Bach's Suite No 3 for Unaccompanied Cello and Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata in A minor For Cello and Piano. The concert was free of charge and began at 9pm on Sunday the 25th April. It was open to all current and former members of Brasenose College.

simon_williams_playing_st_johns_college_organ.jpgPupils from St Edmund's Primary School, St Joseph's Primary School, Moulsford Preparatory School and New College Preparatory School visited Brasenose College on the 22nd and 23rd of February to take part in the ‘Wondrous Machine' event, which introduced to them the music, mechanics and underlying science of the pipe organ.

ourlfc_varsity_2010.jpgThree Brasenose Undergraduates played in the thrilling 2010 Rugby League Varsity match, which ended with Oxford coming from behind to beat Cambridge 32 points to 22. In a disastrous opening period, the Dark Blues found themselves down 16 points to nil. Yet, the team clawed their way back into the match during the final minutes of the first half, and then powered into the lead during the second half.

only_connect2.jpgThe ‘Brasenose Postgrads' team of Chris Tudor (MPhil Ancient History), Chris Lustri (DPhil Mathematics) and Amy Koenig (MSt Classical Literature) have been knocked out at the Quarter Final stage of the BBC4 TV quiz show, Only Connect. Only Connect is hosted by Victoria Coren, and asks teams to make connections between seemingly unconnected things.

david_wiggins.jpgProfessor David Wiggins delivered the John Ackrill Memorial Lecture at 5pm on Thursday, 11 March at Brasenose College. The lecture, entitled "Knowing how to and knowing that" addressed epistemological controversies of practical knowledge; drawing on Aristotelian insights to defend the tenability and importance of Ryle's knowing how/knowing that distinction. John Lloyd Ackrill, a leading figure in the study of Ancient Greek philosophy, joined Brasenose College in 1953 and became Professor of the History of Philosophy at Oxford in 1966