Dr Ben Goldacre, author of the bestsellers Bad Science and Bad Pharma, dissects what is wrong with modern medicine and argues for better evidence-based medicine in this podcast. He describes his latest projects, including an Ebola trials tracker, to improve the transparency of clinical trials. Dr Goldacre explains his research at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences' Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, part of Oxford University. He also refers to structural challenges facing medicine and highlights the lack of funding for evidence-based projects.
Dr Maria Misra shares her experiences as both a student and academic at Oxford University, as well as her love of South Asia, in this podcast. She explains how her intellectual interests have evolved from studying English and PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) to specialising in the history of 20th century India and the British Empire.
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE highlights how the unprecedented use of digital technologies is leaving a mark on our brains. She outlines her concerns about the internet, social networking and video games ahead of her lecture, called 'The brain of the future', on Friday 18 September 2015 during the Alumni Weekend in Oxford.
Ruthe Farmer explains how her award-winning work to encourage women and girls to embrace technology can be traced back to her student days at Oxford.
She describes how she became familiar with the language of business and social entrepreneurship thanks to her MBA at the Saïd Business School. Her studies complemented her extensive experience working for women’s organisations in the United States, her home country.
The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH describes his long-standing links with Oxford and his high-profile political career in this wide-ranging podcast interview. From reading Modern History as an undergraduate to his role today as the Chancellor of the University, Lord Patten reflects on his numerous connections with Oxford. He describes how his studies and the tutorial system prepared him for politics by fostering independent thought. He also refers to playing cricket as a student, and to hearing the Rolling Stones perform at a College ball during the Swinging Sixties
Davenport explains how studying Physics sparked her interest in renewables, and she encourages today's students to seek out the many opportunities in the sector. In this podcast interview, Davenport also describes how she balanced her love of sport, especially lacrosse, with her studies at Oxford.
In April 2015, Davenport also spoke about energy at the Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend in Europe held in Vienna.
BBC journalist Bethany Bell shares her love of Vienna and talks about her experiences as a reporter in this first interview in a new podcast series.
She also explains how studying Theology at Oxford helped to prepare her for assignments in the Middle East, and reflects upon recent changes in journalism. The conversation was recorded in April 2015 during Meeting Minds: Alumni Weekend in Europe, which was held in the Austrian capital. Bell, who has lived in Vienna for more than 15 years, chaired a session during the Weekend about Viennese culture during the early 20th century.
Join the local alumni group and Professor Irene Tracey for an entertaining evening to stimulate your brain
The inside story of Cecil the lion; the state of French intellectualism, and Oxford's role in the pursuit of nuclear fusion power