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12/08/2020, 10:15

How did the first animals learn to move, why, and when did they learn to move?

Join Shuhai Xiao, Professor of Geobiology in Virginia Tech’s Department of Geosciences, for Oxford’s Museum of Natural History’s next First Animals Online session as he investigates these questions using fossil records.

First Animals: How Did They Move takes place at 7pm on Friday (August 14)

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Photo by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay.

11/08/2020, 10:00

Get your teeth into a healthy debate on whether eating meat is bad for you, in Oxford Sparks’ last Science at Home session, ‘A Meaty Conversation’ @ 4.30pm today (11 August).

Dr Anika Knüppel and Dr Keren Papier, nutritional epidemiologists from the Cancer Epidemiology Unit within the Nuffield Department of Population Health, will explore links between eating meat and obesity, and diseases such as cancer.

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Photo by José Ignacio Pompé on Unsplash.

10/08/2020, 17:30

This week (10 August) marks the reopening of the Ashmolean – fear not if you can’t make it to the museum though as you can still explore its treasure trove of artefacts from the comfort of your home!

So as to keep everyone safe, visitors need to book a free timed ticket in advance, to visit the museum in person.

There is also still time to see the critically acclaimed Young Rembrandt exhibition, among the exhibitions available online, which has now been extended to 1 November 2020.

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Image by Lewis Clarke, CC BY-SA 2.0,

31/07/2020, 10:30

What are the greatest physics discoveries of the 20th century? Join the St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics’ Nobel Laureate Discussion at 5pm today (31 July) to find out!

Panellists Professors Steven Weinberg ForMemRS (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979); William Phillips (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997); Sir Anthony Leggett FRS (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2003); and John Mather (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2006) will discuss their choices.

Email: by 12pm today (31 July) and a weblink will be sent to you to join the event.

31/07/2020, 10:00

There’s still time to catch the Bodleian’s Art of Advertising exhibition online this weekend and take part in a fun quiz on the exhibits.

The Art of Advertising tells the story of British advertising from the mid 18th century to the 1930s.

View a vast collection of items including handbills, trade cards, novelties and posters. You can also read blog posts, explore objects and themes in greater depth and test your wits with the exhibition quiz. The exhibition runs until 31 August 2020.

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30/07/2020, 10:30

Join top actress Fiona Shaw CBE and Professor Oliver Taplin, Emeritus Professor of Classics at Magdalen, for the next TORCH Big Tent Live discussion at 5pm today (30 July), Tragedy and Plague.

Fiona is an award-winning actress who has starred in numerous film, television and theatre productions including the Harry Potter movies; BBC series Killing Eve and Fleabag; and stage production Machinal, for which she won an Olivier.

Oliver is a fellow of Magdalen and Professor of Languages and Literature at Oxford. His teaching has covered all aspects of ancient Greek epic, tragedy and comedy.

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30/07/2020, 10:15
Why might something feel intensely painful to one person yet only mildly uncomfortable to someone else?
Explore why and how we feel pain differently in Oxford Sparks’ latest Big Questions podcast, released earlier this month, How Do You Measure Pain?
In the talk, Dr Andy Segerdahl – a neuroscientist at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN) and Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences explains which parts of the brain and spinal cord are involved in pain response.

29/07/2020, 14:00

Get an expert’s view on product vision and growth strategy at the Oxford Entrepreneurs Network UK’s talk later today (29 July) with keynote speaker Angelica Nierras.

Angelica is co-founder of on-demand child protection training service, and holds degrees from the Saïd Business and Harvard College.

Join the talk at 6pm (BST). Register now:

29/07/2020, 9:50
Find out how mathematical models can be used to plan interventions during epidemics in the latest COVID Conversations talk at 1.15pm today (29 July).
In the session Dr Robin Thompson, Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, will discuss how mathematical modelling can be useful at different stages of an infectious disease outbreak.
Watch the livestream here:

28/07/2020, 9:45
Join us at 4.30pm today (28 July) to discuss the ethics of gene editing and pitch your questions to the experts in the latest Oxford Sparks live event.
What is gene editing using CRISPR-Cas9? Is it used for treatment or enhancement? And would that make a difference when it comes to considering ethics? 
Tess Johnson from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics will be answering all this and more in the session. Don't forget to ask your own questions too! 
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27/07/2020, 10:00
Explore one of the key principles of modern democracies – the doctrine of the separation of powers – in the Faculty of Law’s webinar at 10am tomorrow (28 July).
‘Contemporary Challenges for the Doctrine of the Separation of Powers...’ casts the spotlight on four constitutional frameworks – Kenya, as it proposes amendments to its constitution on the 10th anniversary of its adoption, India, South Africa and the UK.
Speakers include Professor Tarun Khaitan (fellow in Law at Wadham), Professor Paul Craig (Professor in English Law at Oxford and Fellow of St John’s) and Professor Kate O’Regan, inaugural Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

24/07/2020, 10:45

Try your hand at some fun Alice in Wonderland-themed puzzles and creative challenges this weekend in the History of Science Museum’s Photographing Wonderland online exhibition.

Photographing Wonderland touches on Alice author Lewis Carroll’s fascination with photography, with the opportunity to examine his equipment, see magic lantern slides from Alice in Wonderland, find out more about the man himself and much more.

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Image by Azzy Roth on Pixabay.

23/07/2020, 17:00

Join Professor Bertrand Venard of the Oxford Internet Institute tomorrow (24 July) as he examines the cybersecurity behaviour of students in France and the UK.

In the webinar ‘I Don’t Care About Cybersecurity’, Professor Venard aims to understand what determines students’ cybersecurity behaviours through his latest research.

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23/07/2020, 10:00

Will the coronavirus pandemic result in a reassertion of higher education’s role as a resource for social development and economic renewal?

Join the Department of Education’s seminar on ‘Covid-19 and the Politics of Tuition’ at 2pm today (23 July) to find out.

The seminar panellists are Lorraine Dearden (UCL Institute of Education), Brian Pusser (University of Virginia) and Dr Jussi Välimaa (Finnish Institute for Educational Research).

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22/07/.2020, 10:00
Let your creativity flow this week and sign up to a series of workshops on creative writing and filmmaking run by Jesus College.
The sessions, which run on 23 and 24 July, will be led by alumni and friends of the college who are experts in the field.

21/07/2020, 10:00
Join Dr Helen Gittos, Tutor in Early Medieval History at Balliol, at 5pm today (21 July) for the college’s lecture on ‘English: The Forgotten Language of the Medieval Church’.
The online talk is based on a book Colyer-Fergusson Fellow Dr Gittos is writing on the use of English and French in medieval church rituals.

21/07/2020, 10:15
Find out how effective face masks are in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our latest COVID Conversations talk at 1.15pm tomorrow (22 July)
Join Professor Melinda Mills, Director of Oxford’s Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, to hear about the centre’s research on the use of face coverings in the fight against coronavirus and an international comparison of policies. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

20/07/2020, 11:00
How have tech companies stepped up to the plate to enable friends and families to remain connected and entertained during lockdown?
Find out in a webinar at 1pm today (20 July) hosted by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) with panellists Professor Phil Howard, OII Director; Carly Kind, Director of the Ada Lovelace Institute; Ravi Naik, Co-founder of AWO; and Ana Grouverman, Group Product Manager of Spotify.
The Tech Response to COVID-19 session will also explore how, in some countries, contact-tracing apps have fallen short, platforms have facilitated the spread of health misinformation, and gig economy workers have been left without certain protections.

20/07/2020, 10:45

Find out what is school really like for children in care in a special webinar hosted by the Department of Education at 4pm today (20 July).

Join Luke Rodgers from social enterprise the Care Leaders for the session, hosted by Dr Neil Harrison and Helen Trevedi from the Rees Centre, as he shares his experiences of school and those of young people he has worked with over the years.

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17/07/2020, 10:45
Delve into the Ashmolean’s treasure trove of artefacts this weekend and explore a selection online chosen by the museum’s curators.
From Guy Fawkes’ lantern to a Japanese gunpowder cask, there is plenty to explore in the collection. The museum is due to re-open on Monday 10 August.

17/07/2020, 10:30
What will life by like post COVID-19? Eight University experts will be exploring what might be next in a series of special QUAD articles in the coming weeks.

16/07/2020, 10:00
Join Professor Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, @5pm today (16 July) for a discussion on Globalisation in the Post-COVID World.
The online talk, in partnership with The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, will also explore the future of global value chains and potential to increase trade in services.

15/07/2020, 10:00
What impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on schools and childrens’ learning? Join us at 1.15pm today (15 July) for the latest COVID Conversations session to find out.
In the session, Professor Harry Daniels and Associate Professor Ian Thompson from Oxford’s Department of Education will explore concerns around transitions back to school settings and  possibilities for reconsidering the role of education. 
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13/07/2020, 17:15
Have your say this week on what will be the next page-turner in our popular Oxford Alumni Book Club.
Voting is open until Friday (17th) to select the next book for the Club, currently discussing Doomsday Book by Connie Wills, to read. The nominations are:
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (by popular demand from club members!)
  • A Particular Kind of Black Man by Top Folarin  (Harris Manchester, 2004)
  • Alan Turing, the Enigma by Andrew Hodges (Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics, Wadham College)

13/07/2020, 11:00
Journey back in time and explore the origins of animal life in the Museum of Natural History’s online talk this Wednesday (15th) on The Cambrian Explosion and the Evolutionary Origin of Animals.
In the session, Museum Director Professor Paul Smith will give particular focus to the Sirius Passet fossil site in the north of Greenland, which have been of significant importance to researchers’ understanding of the ‘Cambrian Explosion’.

09/07/2020, 11:45
Explore how the arts have been hugely beneficial to people’s wellbeing in lockdown in TORCH Oxford’s next online Big Tent! Live event, The Arts in Lockdown at 5pm (BST) today (9 July).
Professor Judith Buchanan, Master of St Peter’s College; and Professor John Whyver, Director of Screen Productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, will discuss their own experiences during the pandemic and study the proliferation in creativity and the arts online.
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08/07/2020, 11:00
Explore the effect racism has had on the population’s health with a panel of medical experts at 2pm today (8 July) in Green Templeton College’s virtual lecture ‘Racism as a public health crisis.’
Join a panel of medical and public health experts from the UK and US as they discuss how racist structures were entwined into social systems and how this can be resolved.
The discussion, will be moderated by Dr Noon Altijani, a physician, Green Templeton DPhil candidate and population health expert studying maternal mortality in Sudan.

08/07/2020, 11:15
 Curious as to why governments have responded differently to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact their policies have had? Join our Covid Conversations talk at 1.15pm today (8 July) to find out why.
In ‘An immune system for the body politic: Using social science to control COVID-19' Dr Thomas Hale, Associate Professor of Global Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, discusses insights from the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker.
Watch the livestream here:

07/07/2020, 10:15
How has the Chinese Communist Party taught citizens about laws in the People’s Republic of China over the years and how has this helped shape modern-day China?
Join Dr Jennifer Altehenger, Jessica Rawson Fellow in Modern Asian History and Associate Professor of Chinese History, for Merton College’s online lecture at 5pm today (7 July) as she discusses how different groups of the nation’s people helped determine the meaning of laws.
In ‘Talkin’ about a constitution: Rethinking law and civic education in socialist China’, Dr Altehenger also looks at the social and cultural lives of China’s laws from the 1950s to the 1980s.

06/07/2020, 12:30
What was life like for Oxford’s first African American Rhodes Scholar Alain Locke (Hertford) and how might he have related to the Black Lives Matter movement?
Find out the answers to this and more about Alain's life and why he had such an impact on American society in the ‘Oxford Contrasts’ webinar at 5pm today (6 July) with Professor Jeffrey Stewart and Hertford Principal Will Hutton.
Professor Stewart is distinguished Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, whose biography on Alain, The New Negro, won the US’s National Book Award last year.
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03/07/2020, 11:00
Celebrate national Alice in Wonderland Day tomorrow (4 July) and join the original Alice (Liddell) online to learn about the history of typhoid in Oxford and how scientists developed the first vaccine.
The Alice in Typhoidland exhibition, held jointly at the Weston Library and History of Science Museum, is now available online and has been billed as one of the New Scientists' Must See Exhibits for 2020.
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02/07/2020, 9:45
Hear historian Professor Patricia Clavin explore how people came to understand the relationship between global health and economic stability after the First World War in the latest Oxford at Home tutorial at 3.15pm tomorrow (3 July).
In the ‘International health in global governance after the First World War’ session with host Professor Rana Mitter, Professor Clavin - Professor of International History - also examines how women were integral to these discoveries.
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01/07/2020, 10:10
Join Professor Margaret MacMillan of the History Faculty (pictured) and award-winning writer Homi K. Bhabha, for TORCH’s next Big Tent! Live talk @ 5pm tomorrow (2 July) ‘On Being Unprepared (For Our Own Times)'
Homi is Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and one of the most important figures in contemporary post-colonial studies. He has penned various works on colonial and postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, and cosmopolitanism, among other themes.
In 2012, he received the Padma Bhushan award in the field of literature and education from the Indian government.
Margaret is emeritus Professor of International History and a former Warden of St Antony’s College. Her next book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us, stemmed from the BBC’s Reith lectures which she gave in 2018.
[image: Chatham House / CC BY (]

30/06/2020, 10:15
Find out more about Oxford scientists’ pioneering work in seeking treatments for coronavirus in the latest of our COVID Conversations talks at 1.15pm tomorrow (1 July).
In Dexamethasone and the RECOVERY trials, Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, and Martin Landray, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, will discuss what is known so far about the virus.
They will also touch on the RECOVERY (Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY) trial to identify potential treatments such as low-dose dexamethasone, a steroid treatment shown to improve survival.
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29/06/2020, 11:30
Take part in a thought-provoking discussion of poet Mary Jean Chan’s (Harris Manchester, 2012) debut collection Fleche in our first LIVE Book Club session at 7pm tomorrow (30 June)
Join award-winning writer and musician, Laura Theis (Keble, 2015) as she explores selected works from Mary’s Costa Prize for Poetry winning collection.
During the event, participants will gather in small groups to discuss the poems, before coming back together for a wider conversation.

25/06/2020, 9:45
Hear about the fascinating research being conducted at Oxford’s Botanic Garden and Arboretum from botanist and Head of Dr Chris Thorogood in the next Oxford at Home series session at 3.15pm tomorrow (26 June).
Chris’s research centres around the evolution of plants that attract, trap and kill animal prey, and those that rob nutrients from other plants.
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24/06/2020, 10:15
Join Professors Alan Stein and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore as they discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children’s mental health, in the latest COVID Conversations talk @ 1.15pm today (24 June)
Alan Stein from Oxford's Department of Psychiatry will talk about his team’s work on the psychological implications of the virus.
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23/06/2020, 10:00
Celebrate Oxford’s female engineers and find out about the great work alumnae are doing in the field this International Women in Engineering Day (June 23)
To mark the day, the Department of Engineering Science is sharing talks with some of its female academics, researchers and DPhil candidates on their experiences in engineering.
You can also discover what some alumnae have gone on to do – from start-up company Trashformers Founder and CEO Sara Khalid to Dr Claire Lucas, Director of Studies for Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Warwick.
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22/06/2020, 10:00
From Lewis Carroll’s photographic equipment and a blackboard used by Einstein – pore over some of the History of Science Museum’s top treasures from the comfort of your home.
Director Dr Silke Ackermann has selected her 12 favourite objects from the museum’s collections, and the fascinating stories behind each of them.

19/06/2020, 17:40
Discover how text similarity algorithms are being used to help fact-checkers identify misinformation about COVID-19 in the Oxford Internet Institute’s next Wednesday webinar.
Misinformation about the virus has proven fatal in a several instances - for example a rumour that drinking methanol would cure the virus resulted in hundreds of deaths.
In the session, at 1pm on 24 June, the faculty’s Dr Scott Hale will discuss its work with non-profit social technology company Meedan on developing open-source tools to fact-check and translate online information about the virus.

18/06/2020, 10:30
How did Shakespeare cope while in quarantine from the plague and what can we learn from this about living with pandemics?
Find out the answers to these questions and more in the next Oxford at Home online tutorial at 3.15pm tomorrow (19 June), with Professor Rana Mitter and guest speaker Professor Emma Smith, author of This is Shakespeare and Professor of Shakespeare Studies 
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18/06/2020, 10:15

What will the world be like post-COVID-19 and how will we adapt? Find out the answer to this and other pressing issues surrounding the pandemic in TORCH Oxford’s next online Big Tent! Live event at 5pm (BST) today (18 June).

In ‘The World After Covid’, Professor Peter Frankopan, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, will discuss the impact of the pandemic on the world with Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government.

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16/06/2020, 10:15

Journey into the past in Oxford and get engrossed in award-winning time-travel novel Doomsday Book, the Oxford Alumni Book Club’s latest set text.

Join the club and engage in thought-provoking discussions on the 1992 book by Connie Willis, which centres around historians conducting field research by travelling back in time as observers.

The Book Club reads a new book every two months and texts are voted for by members from several options.

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15/06/2020, 12:50

Learn how experts are helping meet Oxfordshire’s net zero emissions targets with various innovative ideas at the Environmental Change Institute’s talk on the project @ 4pm tomorrow (16 June).

Project LEO (Local Energy Oxfordshire) is being led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). The scheme is exploring solutions to move the county towards net zero emissions such as shifting away from domestic gas heating and increasing the uptake of electric vehicles.

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15/06/2020, 12:40

In the next in the series of our COVID Conversations talks @1.30pm on Wednesday 17 June, Professor Sarah Gilbert will discuss her team’s efforts in developing a coronavirus vaccine.

Professor Gilbert has been a part of Oxford’s vaccine community since 1994 and has spent the past decade and a half working on novel influenza vaccinations.

Her team have been able to accelerate the process of developing a vaccine for coronavirus, which is already entering human trials.

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12/06/2020, 9:40

Learn how businesses and governments worldwide have been making major operational changes to cope with the disruption caused by COVID-19 in next week’s Oxford Answers panel discussion.

Oxford Answers is a series of virtual events from the Saïd Business School aimed at helping leaders face the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

In The complexity Busters, at 2pm on 18 June (BST), Lt General Tyrone R. Urch – Commander Home Command, British Army; Lara Sampson – Product Owner for the Universal Credit Full Service; and Emily Ackroyd – Director of Strategy & Engagement, Government Digital Service will explore how organisations have managed to adapt and discuss lessons learnt.

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11/06/2020, 9:30

Explore friendship through art with Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, in the latest Oxford at Home online tutorial at 2pm today (12 June).

In the session, Catherine will examine two 18th Century paintings with links to Britain centred around friendships - Anton Raphael Mengs: Portrait of Giuseppe Franchi, and Paolo de’Matteis, The Choice of Hercules.

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10/06/2020, 10:10

Don't forget to join us at 12.30pm today (10 June) to discover more about the development of the coronavirus NHS digital contact tracing app in the latest of our COVID Conversations talks.

Professor Christophe Fraser of the Nuffield Departments of Medicine and Population Health and Professor Michael Parker, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, will discuss the epidemiology and ethics behind the development of the app.

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10/06/2020, 9:55

Oxford alumna Stella Schuck (Economics and Management, 2011) is leading the way in helping charities and small businesses adapt to the digital age during the coronavirus pandemic.

Stella, a Venture Architect at BCG Digital Ventures, is one of the driving forces behind the Digital Age initiative, linking volunteers with such organisations to provide expert advice and support.

The initiative – a partnership with Founders4Schools and endorsed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – is still in its testing phase but has already seen huge success, with 100 organisations and volunteers already signing up.

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08/06/2020, 16:16

The next COVID conversation will be on Wednesday 10 June, 12:30-1pm.

Talk 6: The UK’s COVID-19 digital contact tracing app, with Christophe Fraser and Michael Parker

Professor Christophe Fraser from the Nuffield Departments of Medicine and Population Health and Professor Michael Parker, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and a member of the Steering Group of the Ethics in AI Institute, explain the epidemiology and ethics that have underpinned the development of the NHS mobile contact tracing app. Professor Fraser will summarise the science behind the epidemiological model city of 1 million inhabitants devised to inform the app’s configuration. Professor Parker will discuss the ethical considerations needed to foster well-founded public trust and confidence when deploying an app-based approach.

This talk will be broadcast here: 

05/06/2020, 9:55

Missed this week’s Oxford Sparks Live! Q&A session with Professor David Howey on powering electric vehicles?….there's still time to catch it online.

Professor Howey is leader of Oxford's Battery Intelligence Lab at the University and his session on June 2 explored issues such as how batteries work and when we are all likely to be using electric vehicles.

Oxford Sparks is a portal exploring leading science and technology research taking place at Oxford.

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04/06/2020, 10:50

Hear old Mertonians wax lyrical as they read and discuss chosen poems in Merton college’s Poets at Home series.

In this week's instalment Penny Boxall, former Visiting Research Fellow in the Creative Arts, reads 'Letters from Yorkshire' by Maura Dooley, which explores how two people living very different lives still remain connected.

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04/06/2020, 10:40

Discover how Oxford scientists are working with bubbles to deliver pioneering cancer treatments in the latest weekly Oxford at Home weekly tutorial at 3.15pm tomorrow (5 June).

In the latest tutorial, Professor Eleanor Stride from the Department of Engineering Science explores utilising bubbles to administer targeted drugs to cancer patients, minimising harmful side effects.

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03/06/2020, 10:10

Join us @ 1.15pm today (3 June) for the latest in our COVID Conversations talks, as Professor Gina Neff of the Oxford Internet Institute debunks some of the myths surrounding coronavirus.

In ‘COVID-19: misinformation and inequality’ Gina will be joined by Rasmus Nielsen, Professor of Political Communication in the Department of Politics and International Relations, to discuss how the pandemic has highlighted the importance of professional journalism.

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03/06/2020, 10:05

Catch Rhodes House Warden Dr Elizabeth Kiss in conversation with Professor Devi Sridhar on ‘The Global Challenge of COVID-19' in the latest Rhodes Ahead video.

Professor Sridhar is Professor in Public Health at the University of Edinburgh and her discussion with Dr Kiss focusses on the impact of the virus, next steps and the importance of testing and contact tracing in combating the virus.

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02/06/2020, 15:30

Celebrate our amazing alumni group representatives during Volunteers Week this week (1-6 June) and get involved with your local group!

Pembroke DPhil student Warren Stanislaus (St Antony’s, 2011 – pictured) is Co-President of the Oxford Alumni Group of Japan and one of our more than 500 alumni volunteers around the world.

Warren works with the University to create internships in Japan exclusively for Oxford students. Read more:

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02/06/2020, 10:10

Learn more about the devastating impact of deforestation on climate change in the latest online seminar from the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests this Friday (5 June) @ 4pm.


In the free talk, Tom Evans Phd of the Wildlife Conservation Society will explore a recent high-profile paper which challenges climate and forest scientists to greater account for the impact of cutting down formerly intact forests.


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01/06/2020, 14:15

Find out about peoples’ food experiences globally during lockdown in a new podcast series from Oxford.

The ‘Around the Table: Food Stories from Science to Everyday Life’ series from the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography’s Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity examines lockdown food in its first season.

Food and nutrition researchers and food business owner worldwide are among those who discuss how food is changing with the pandemic.

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01/06/2020, 10:30

Don’t miss the next of our COVID Conversations talks @ 1.15pm on Wednesday (3 June) when Professor Gina Neff of the Oxford Internet Institute aims to debunk some of the myths surrounding the virus.

In ‘COVID-19: misinformation and inequality’ Gina will be joined by Rasmus Nielsen, Professor of Political Communication in the Department of Politics and International Relations, to discuss how the pandemic has also emphasised the importance of professional journalism.

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01/06/2020, 10:20

Personality-wise, are you more attuned to Beethoven – inventive but impatient – than Mozart – footloose and fancy free – or more of a Vivaldi – reliable and friendly?


Find out by booking in for a personality test and virtual coaching session with the Oxford Careers Service.


The Service offers various assessments to aid alumni in career planning, including the Myers-Briggs personality type indicator and the DISC (Dominance, Influence, Conscientiousness, Steadiness) behavioural assessment tool.


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29/05/2020, 17:05

Let your imagination run wild this weekend and immerse yourself in Tolkien’s Middle Earth, in the Bodleian Libraries’ exhibition on the renowned Oxford author.

The Libraries’ 2018 exhibition, Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth, explored the life and worlds of J.R.R Tolkien and his famous novels - including Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit - and can now be viewed online.

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29/05/2020, 15:30

Maintaining strong social connections is particularly important at this difficult time – so why not make new friends and rekindle old Oxonian friendships by joining your local alumni group?

We have almost 200 groups around the world, with many currently holding virtual events for alumni.

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29/05/2020, 10:10

Missed our latest Meeting Minds masterclass on May 27 with Professor Gina Neff of the Oxford Internet Institute on what the workplace might look like in a post-COVID world?

Fear not, you can still catch the conversation here: 

29/05/2020, 10:00

Delve into Balliol College’s historic collections and discover the languages that have helped shape the college over its 750-year-history in its online spring exhibition.

‘A Load of Old Babel: The Languages and Scripts of Balliol College’ explores the varied languages of the collection, from Aleut to Welsh. Items on display include great bibles, personal diaries and literary classics.

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28/05/2020, 16:35

See some of the earliest animals brought to life in glorious 3D in a free Virtual Palaeontology event with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at 7pm on Wednesday 3 June.

Museum palaeontologist Dr Imran Rahman will explore the new techniques being applied to the oldest fossil animals, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing this virtual world of palaeontology.

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28/05/2020, 10:20

Learn how societies have responded and adapted to pandemics throughout history at TORCH Oxford’s next online Big Tent! Live event at 17:00 (BST) today (28 May).


Join Dr Erica Charters, Associate Professor of Global History and the History of Medicine at Oxford,  and AIDS activist and feminist Robin Gorna in conversation as they seek to explain that disease goes beyond being a medical and scientific problem.


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27/05/2020, 9:45

Don’t miss the next of our Meeting Minds masterclasses at 1pm today (27 May), when Professor Gina Neff examines what the workplace might look like in a post-COVID world.


Gina is Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute. She focuses on the digital transformation of industries, the impact of technology on work, self-tracking and A.I for decision-making.


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 26/05/2020, 10:15

Learn about Oxford’s pioneering research into the immune response to COVID-19 in the latest of our Covid Conversations talks online from 1.15-2.15pm tomorrow (27 May).


Professor Paul Klenerman, Sidney Truelove Professor of Gastroenterology at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, will discuss the Oxford Immunology Network’s latest findings, including learnings about the detection of neutralising antibodies, antiviral T cells and innate immune responses.


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26/05/2020, 10:05

Keep your mind active at home during lockdown with the University’s new Oxford at Home online tutorials centred around the diverse range of research taking place at Oxford.

In the second of the series, join Professor Rana Mitter and guest speaker An Van Camp from the Ashmolean Museum this Friday (29th) from 4.30-5pm as they discuss Rembrandt's background, his influences and the early challenges he faced.

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And if you missed Friday’s inaugural talk on ‘Garden Safari - the five groups of insects that dominate your garden’, you can watch it here:

21/05/2020, 17:30
Don’t miss out on Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum’s stunning collections on lockdown – you can still visit them virtually!
While the Garden and Arboretum is currently closed, you can still explore the many diverse plants and fascinating stories from the collection via its social media channels.

21/05/2020, 15:40

Get in touch with your artistic side this weekend and enter your creative response to the lockdown to the Ashmolean Museum’s Artists in Residence challenge.

The competition invites you to channel your experiences of lockdown – from things you might be missing to sources of inspiration – into art form.

Entries can be any type of visual art – from painting, drawing, printmaking, computer aided design, textiles, photography, sculpture, video art or collage. The competition runs until 31 July.

Find out more:

20/05/2020, 12:55
Join us online this Friday 22 May from 1-2pm (BST) to hear the latest news from Oxford on its pioneering research into the COVID-19-virus.
The live webinar will feature Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson and the Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Professor Richard Cornall in conversation.
Professor Cornall will explore Oxford’s efforts in managing of this crisis through the work of our researchers and its ground-breaking work on developing a potential vaccine.
Join the conversation:

20/05/2020, 10:45

Spread the love with others feeling isolated on lockdown this Mental Health Awareness Week and help keep your mental wellbeing in check with top tips from Oxford.

Kindness is the theme of this year’s awareness week and research shows that being kind to others and our own mental health are strongly interlinked.

Gain useful advice from Oxford on coping with any mental health challenges you may be facing here:

An Oxonian duo who founded student mental health organisation It Gets Brighter have also launched a new campaign to mark Mental Health Awareness Week.

Find out more:

19/05/2020, 9:20

What will the workplace look like in a post-COVID world? Will A.I play a greater part? Join Professor Gina Neff online on Thursday (21 May) to explore these issues in our next Networking Nights special.

Gina is Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her expertise spans the digital transformation of industries, the impact of new technologies on the workplace , self-tracking and A.I for decision-making.

The session runs from 5.30-7pm and Gina will be joined by Dr Mike Moss from the University’s Careers’ Service and Christine Fairchild, Director of Alumni Relations.

Log in to or register for Oxford Alumni Community to submit your questions for the event:

18/05/2020, 10:15

Discover what Oxford scientists have learnt about COVID-19 through the development and testing of existing drugs in the latest in the series of our COVID Conversations sessions.

In the talk, at 11.45am-12.15pm on Thursday 21 May, Professor of Virology and Director of the Glycobiology Institute, Nicole Zitzmann, will discuss her team’s work with other groups worldwide to address important biological questions around the virus.

Submit any questions beforehand by emailing:

Join the conversation:

If you missed last week’s talk on Viral pathogenesis, watch it here:

15/05/2020, 17:30

Bring science to life in your home during lockdown with the History of Science Museum’s pocket Curator app and virtual tours.

Discover the human stories behind seven of the museum’s artefacts with Pocket Curator Stephen, watch videos and animations – and try the instruments out yourself.

You can even explore the museum’s collections and examine objects close up from the comfort of your home with a virtual 360 degree tour.

Learn more:

15/05/2020, 17:15

Put your grey matter to the test and try an array of fun games and tests on offer from the Museum of Natural History.

The museum’s website has an area dedicated to exploring how you can get involved with their collections, including the Learning Zone featuring a whole host of interactive games to play.

Discover more:

14/05/2020, 17:20

Help celebrate the overlooked leading lights in science by choosing your favourite entries in Hertford College’s Unsung Heroes of Science competition.

The competition invites teenagers worldwide to submit videos celebrating the work of scientists that history has forgotten and attracted a record number of entries this year.

Now the college has shortlisted 24 – and the most watched video by noon on 29 June will win the special ‘Audience Award’.  Play your part by watching the videos and sharing your favourite to ensure science’s unsung heroes remain unsung no longer!

Get involved:


14/05/2020, 16:40

Win your very own copy of the Bodleian’s 2021 Calendar by helping to pick the featured images from their vast library.

All you need to do is trawl the Digital Bodleian’s library (link below) of almost a million images to find your favourite. Then email with:

  • the permalink found in the image details
  • 20 words about what makes the image a winner to you

The competition deadline is Sunday 31 May 2020 – good luck!

Find out more:

14/05/2020, 10:15

Discover what it means to be an artist in lockdown at TORCH Oxford’s next online Big Tent! Live event next week with multi award-winning musician Jamelia.

In the live discussion, from 5pm on Thursday 21 May, the chart-topping star will explore themes related to performance and music.

TORCH Oxford’s Big Tent! Live Online event series brings together world-leading speakers and humanities researchers at Oxford to discuss the burning issues of the present age.

Join the conversation:

13/05/2020, 10:45

Channel your inner creativity while socially distancing by taking part in the Ashmolean Museum’s #IsolationCreations challenge.

Each day, the museum is sharing an object from their collection on Twitter and is inviting people to share their creative response to it with them.

Your #IsolationCreations could be anything from doodles, paintings and knitting projects to poems, interpretive dances or some form of baking and can be quick or detailed, big or small.

Get involved:

13/05/2020, 10:15

Gain top tips and tricks to ensure your career is on track at the Careers Service’s Career Management Strategy Masterclass next week.

There is still time to book for the event, @2pm on Wednesday 20 May. During the session, Careers Adviser Dr Mike Moss will outline a research based approach to exploring career options to develop a robust career development strategy.

Sign up by registering as a graduate on Career Connect and book to attend the event.

Find out more:

13/05/2020, 9:50

Seeking answers to the burning questions you might have on coronavirus? Then join us later today (13 May) for the second in the series of our interactive COVID Conversations sessions.

In the talk, @1.45-2.15pm, Professor William James, from Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, and Professor Richard Cornall, Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, will discuss the University’s research in how the COVID-19 virus behaves in humans.

Send your questions in advance to:

Join the conversation: 

11/05/2020, 17:45

Catch author Maaza Menghiste in conversation as part of Women Week at TORCH Oxford’s next online Big Tent! Live event at 17:00 (BST) this Wednesday 13 May.

Maaza is author of the critically acclaimed The Shadow King, an exploration of female power set in Ethiopia in 1935. Her 2010 debut novel The Lion’s Gaze was named one of the 10 best contemporary African books by The Guardian.

Find out more:

11/05/2020, 17:15

Join Green Templeton College virtually next week for two top online talks on the NHS and the coronavirus pandemic in care homes.

Hear Jacque Mallender, international health and public policy economist and health evaluation practitioner, speak on ‘Economics and the NHS – Where is the value in that?’ at 18:45 (BST) on Monday,18 May.

Then hear Professor Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, speak on ‘COVID-19 and care homes – What went wrong and why?’ at 18:00 (BST) on Thursday 21 May.

Find out more:

07/05/2020, 16:50

Catch the second in the series of our COVID Conversations next week and discover how the COVID-19 virus behaves in humans.

In the talk, from 1.45-2.15pm (BST) on Wednesday 13 May, Professor William James, from Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, and Professor Richard Cornall, Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, will discuss the University’s research in this field.

Professor James will also detail what his team are investigating and why, as well as his focus on building the Oxford SARS-CoV-2 virus facility.

Find out more and join the conversation:

07/05/2020, 16:20

Read medical alumnus and bestselling author Samuel Shem’s heartfelt blog post addressed to medics battling the coronavirus on the front line in New York.

In his post Samuel, aka Stephen Bergman (Balliol, 1966) – Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York University Grossman medical school – notes the sense of unity and connections we have in bringing out the best in humanity in difficult times.

Under the pen name Samuel Shem, Stephen wrote The House of God, which has sold over two million copies in 30 languages and was named by The Lancet as one of the two most important American medical novels of the 20th century.

Read more:

06/05/2020, 12:50

Get ahead in the jobs market in these uncertain times, with top advice from the University of Oxford’s Careers Service.

The Service has an increased number of 1-1 advice sessions available in 2nd week for alumni, students and researchers with their expert careers advisors.

Book an appointment on Career Connect:

05/05/2020, 10:13

Hear from Oxford scientists at the forefront of research into COVID19 in a new series of talks.

COVID Conversations offer insights from key scientists into their work, with the opportunity to ask questions.

In the first talk, from 1.15-1.45pm (BST) on Wednesday 6 May, Professor Gavin Screaton, Head of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division, discusses the latest achievements across a range of areas - from serology to vaccine creation.

Find out more and join the conversation:

04/05/2020, 15:00

The traditional May morning celebrations may have been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus - but The Choir of Magdalen College could not be silenced, as they marked the 500 year-old tradition with a virtual event.

Would be revellers could hear the college choir singing Hymnus Eucharisticus to welcome in spring from their homes across the nation, rather than the Great Tower as normal, in a live stream on May Day morning.

In case you missed it, you can watch it here:

30/04/2020, 11:15

Our groups aren't letting lockdown stop them from celebrating; this was OUS Queensland just this week, hosting their first ever virtual AGM! Stay connected and keep quarantine social with your local alumni group.

Find more info on events here:

28/04/2020, 13:23

“Rembrandt is loved, generation after generation, for his capacity to depict the whole of humanity with the keenest and kindest of eyes... Right now we could all do with a bit of Rembrandt" – Sir Simon Schama

Tonight, BBC Four will be airing a special about the Young Rembrandt exhibition, filmed just after the Museum closed in March, and narrated by Simon Schama. It is the first major exhibition in the UK to examine the early years of one of the greatest artists of all time. Looking at Rembrandt’s first decade at work, from 1624–34, the show charts a career on a truly meteoric path.

Tune in to BBC Four tonight at 7.30pm:


24/04/2020, 10:22

We've been enjoying some glorious #lockdown weather the last few weeks so no doubt you've been spending some of it in the garden!

As we look forward to even warmer weather in the months ahead, check out these top 10 gardening tips for hot weather from curator University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Patrick Green:

20/04/2020, 13:57

We don't want people to stop learning and so we've created Meeting Minds Online!

We're thrilled to say that on Sunday 26 April you can join Chris Lintott, Professor of Astrophysics and lead of the project at Oxford’s Department of Physics, for a live ramble around the night sky.

Find out more here

15/04/2020, 15:38
COVID-19 Shutterstock image

In this article Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, explores the international response to Covid-19 and the role of universities, who are working with colleagues across the globe to understand the disease and protect our communities.

15/04/2020, 15:16
typing on keyboard

Explore a new subject area and keep your brain engaged with an online short course from the University's Department for Continuing Education. Places are still available on a number of courses starting on 20 April and alumni can claim 10% discount on course fees.

Find out more

06/04/2020, 15:48
co-space study

Are you a parent/carer in the UK, with a child in a school year between reception & year 11? Could you help researchers at Oxford learn how families are coping with the challenges of COVID-19? Complete our survey!

06/04/2020, 14:23
Oxford Coronavirus research

Oxford is actively working on the frontlines of coronavirus. Check out the dedicated webpage here for the latest:

06/04/2020, 12:33

If you're staying at home this could be the perfect time to start reading some of those books that have been on your list. Even better? Read and discuss them with other alumni. Our Book Club is completely FREE to join, all you need is a copy of the book.

Discussion has just started on Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking (University College, 1959). You've got until the end of this week to read chapters 2 - 3, and until mid-May to complete the book.

Join today!

06/04/2020, 11:18
Sounds of the Bodleian

Struggling to concentrate working from home? The Bodleian Libraries has created a special recording of the sounds of their libraries to help you focus your mind.

Listen now

06/04/2020, 10:03

Our Oxford Journeys programme is still in the works, looking ahead to 2021. During this time we're also looking back at some of our own travel memories. Here's one from our Director, Christine Fairchild:

'When I was in Nara in March 2019 as part of our Meeting Minds Tokyo event I saw these remarkable women were clattering along a side street late afternoon/early evening, as if they’d walked out of a postcard. They were such stunning geisha that I had to take a photo.'

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