Lord Patten


Chancellor of the University of Oxford

Balliol College, 1962


QUADCAST - Alumni Stories: Episode 3, July 2015


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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

Lord Patten continues by sharing political insights gained from high office, including his role as the last Governor of Hong Kong. He emphasises his interest in politics and identity – a subject he will address in a keynote lecture at the Alumni Weekend in September 2015.


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