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
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.
Read more: Brasenose alumnus wins The Lost Man Booker Prize
Dr 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.
Read more: Dr Giles Wiggs awarded £1.2 million for desert dust research
A 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.
Read more: Brasenose Undergraduate stars in The Taming of the Shrew
The 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.
Read more: Michael Taylor - Head Porter
Professor 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."
Professor Millar on this exceptional achievement.
Read more: Professor Fergus Millar knighted
Tim 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.
Read more: Brasenose Undergraduate wins Classics prizes
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
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.
Read more: Appointment of New Bursar
Ascension Day, which fell on the 13th
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
Read more: Ascension Day festivities
David 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.
Read more: Brasenose alumnus becomes Prime Minister
A 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.
Read more: 'No Exit' shown in the Frewin Undercroft
Although 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.
Read more: 'Turn Again Lane' shown in May
Brasenose 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.
Read more: Dr Carole Bourne-Taylor elected as Supernumerary Fellow
The 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.
Read more: Brasenose Arts Festival
Richard 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.
Read more: Brasenose Undergraduate wins TARGETjobs award
Dr 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.
Read more: Dr Owen Lewis wins Founders’ Prize
Victor 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
. 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.
Read more: Music at Brasenose: Bach and Schubert
Pupils 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.
Read more: ‘Wondrous Machine’ event held at Brasenose
Three 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.
Read more: Brasenose Undergraduates in rugby league Varsity victory
The ‘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
is hosted by Victoria Coren, and asks teams to make connections between seemingly unconnected things.
Read more: Brasenose Graduates knocked out in ‘Only Connect’
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
Read more: John Ackrill Memorial Lecture in Ancient Philosophy