Recent events

Alumni Weekend – September 2018

As part of the University’s annual Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend, we hosted two seminars.

Annette Plüddemann, Course Director: MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care chaired the Harms in Healthcare debate.  In answer to the questions: Is medicine broken? Are patients and the  public subjected to unnecessary harms? Is regulatory policy a driver of unnecessary harm? Professor Carl Heneghan, Dr Igho Onakpoya and Jeffrey K Aronson, from the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, gave a series of talks on hormone pregnancy tests, weight loss drugs and mesh devices: drugs and devices that cause significant harm to patients and the public.

The second of our debates, “Healthy places, smart cities?” was part of the Kellogg Urban Knowledge Exchange series. Dr Nigel Mehdi, Departmental Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development, Kellogg and Dr Alexy Karenowska, Access Fellow, Magdalen, discussed how to use emerging research technologies to shape our cities and urban environments, and to improve the everyday lives of residents.

The day ended with our annual Gaudy Dinner, with a champagne reception in The Hub, where guests were also invited to sample a cocktail,  the “Banbury Orchard” and mocktail, “The Toothless Tiger”, designed by two of our MCR members, especially for the occasion. Guests then took their seats in the Dining Hall to enjoy a lavish three-course meal.  You can take a look at some photographs of the evening here.

Alumni poetry reading – May 2018

Poetry readingKellogg was delighted to host five graduates of the MSt in Creative Writing reading selections from their latest publications. Click to read biographies of the five writers. Pictured, left to right, are: Romola Parish (Kellogg 2014), Humphrey ‘Huck’ Astley (Kellogg 2013), Catherine Higgins-Moore (Kellogg 2009), Mary-Jane Holmes (Kellogg 2015) and Laura Theis (Keble 2015). If you weren’t able to come to the event, you can watch the readings here:

San Francisco, USA – April 2018

Oxford’s Meeting Minds weekend visited the west coast of the USA for a busy schedule of talks and social gatherings. A highlight of the weekend was a supper in the fascinating surroundings of the California Historical Society, kindly hosted by alumnus Ralph Walter.

San Francisco, April 2018

San Francisco, April 2018

San Francisco, April 2018

San Francisco, April 2018

Our kind host, Ralph Walter, and friends. Click on a photo for a larger version.

Rome, Italy – March 2018

Alumni enjoyed a stimulating weekend of academic sessions, exclusive tours and fun social events, including brunch with the British Ambassador and a Gala Dinner.

Rome Gala Dinner - 17 March 2018    Rome Gala Dinner, 17 March 2018
The Gala Dinner in Rome by John Cairns. Click on a photo for a larger version.