President Post: Looking forward to 2016

11 January 2016

Welcome to Kellogg in 2016!  There are exciting developments this year for Oxford and Kellogg.  At the University level, we have our new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson (and Honorary Fellow of Kellogg); the University’s capital plans continue, with the Blavatnik building having opened last term, and other new buildings underway; and alumni events are planned for Washington DC and other venues globally.

Professor Louise Richardson

Professor Louise Richardson

Kellogg alumni are always well represented at the University’s alumni events – we were the largest college contingent at the recent Beijing reunion, and we are planning already for Kellogg events in DC for April.  On buildings, we hope to progress our plans for a new café and common room facility, which will provide a great social space at the heart of the college for all Kellogg members and friends.

If you are able, please join us on Friday January 22nd in the Bar for a welcome back event, 5.00pm-6.15pm.  As well as an opportunity to meet up again, this also provides an opportunity to meet students starting in January – those DPhil students who start in January rather than October, plus those on modular courses such as Software Engineering or Evidence-based Health Care who are able to join the programmes at any time during the year.

The following evening, Saturday January 23rd, please join us for our annual Burns Night Ceilidh.  We are Oxford’s most international college, so like to mark as many national celebrations as possible – including the Scots, and their poet Robert Burns. Our (Scottish) Dean, Dr Alistair Ross, will deliver the ‘Ode to the Haggis’.  The dancing is explained, so novices are able to join straight away!

This year – and this coming term – will be historic for Kellogg, as for the first time we provide one of the University’s Proctors, with Dr Elizabeth Gemmill having been elected as Junior Proctor.  Her two Pro-Proctors will be Kellogg members Dr Alis Oancea and Professor Jeremy Gibbons.  The ceremony on March 16th will involve us processing from Kellogg to the Sheldonian where the Proctors and Pro-Proctors will be sworn in, following which we process back to Kellogg for a celebratory lunch.

Much to look forward to, all of it positive!

Jonathan Michie