Baroness Shephard

Politician and chair of the Alumni Board, Baroness Shephard of Northwold (St Hilda's College, 1958)

Episode 16, July 2016

Politician and chair of the Alumni Board, Baroness Shephard of Northwold (St Hilda’s, 1958) Recorded only days after the EU referendum, this wide-ranging interview focuses on uncertainty in British politics and the transformative nature of an Oxford education. 

Baroness Shephard – a Remain voter – discusses the implications of Brexit and what the future might hold, as well as her own political career at the heart of John Major’s Conservative government in the 1990s. 

An alumna of St Hilda’s College, where she read French and Latin, Baroness Shephard emphasises how studying at Oxford changed her life by broadening her horizons after her upbringing in rural Norfolk. She also praises Oxford University’s outreach work, and the Alumni Weekend – an event she knows well from her position as the outgoing chair of the Alumni Board.

Interviewer: Guy Collender
Music: Setuniman from www.freesound.org