Lionel Barber discusses the changing media landscape, the impact of social media, and how the award-winning Financial Times continues to respond to the digital age. The FT’s editor warns about fake news and refers to past propaganda – subjects he will address on Saturday 16 September 2017 at the Alumni Weekend in Oxford (book online to secure your place at this session).
Celebrated writer, broadcaster, performer and former politician, Gyles Brandreth, talks about his extraordinary career and varied interests in this podcast. He describes his busy undergraduate years during the Swinging Sixties and highlights how his experiences at Oxford laid the foundations for his successful working life.
Miles Young, newly-installed Warden of New College, shares his experiences studying history as an undergraduate and talks about how he transitioned into a career in PR and advertising.
Young was the Chairman and CEO of the international advertising, marketing and public relations agency Ogilvy & Mather. He started his career at Lintas and Allen Brady & Marsh, before joining Ogilvy and Mather in 1982 and becoming CEO in 2008. In October 2016 he stepped down from this position and was installed as the Warden at New College, Oxford.
Director of Modern Art Oxford, Paul Hobson, shares his experiences studying Modern History at Brasenose College and talks about how he transitioned into a career in contemporary art.
As well as reading Modern History at Oxford University, Paul also completed post-graduate studies in aesthetics and contemporary visual theory. Since then he has worked for more than twenty years in the art world in senior roles for the Contemporary Art Society, The Showroom, the Serpentine Gallery, and Royal Academy of Arts in London. He has been Director of Modern Art Oxford since 2013.
Chief Executive of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt, shares her experiences studying English Language and Literature at St. Hilda’s and offers an insight into what it was like to be a LGBT student and President of the Student Union at Oxford.
Hunt first joined Stonewall in 2005 as the Senior Policy Officer leading on research into homophobic bullying in schools. In 2014, she succeeded Ben Summerskill as Chief Executive. In 2015, she was voted the third most influential LGBT person in Britain in the Independent’s Rainbow List.
Dr Oliver Cox shares his passion for England’s greatest landscape designer, Capability Brown, in an interview recorded for the tercentenary celebrations of Brown’s birth. In discussing Brown’s achievements and how he has been perceived over the generations Dr Cox offers a preview of his talk on 18 September during the tenth Alumni Weekend in Oxford.
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.
Freelance journalist and broadcaster Henry Bonsu shares his experiences studying Modern Languages at Magdalen College and offers an insight into what it was like to be a black student at Oxford in the late eighties.
Louise Chantal shares her love of the theatre by describing her involvement in Oxford’s cultural scene from her student days to running Oxford's famous Playhouse today. She explains how producing plays dominated her years as an undergraduate when she studied BA English Language and Literature. Chantal mentions her sabbatical year as the first University Drama Officer, working with Oxford University and producer Cameron Mackintosh to support student drama at Oxford.
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.