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New College News 2018

  1. 1. NOVEMBER18|No.35 www.new.ox.ac.uk
  2. 2. In June last year, our plans for the new Gradel Quadrangles were approved by Oxford City Council. This was a signal achievement. It has a direct connection to what I have just been writing about, as we have fallen well behind other colleges in the University in our ability to offer accommodation. This puts us at a severe disadvantage when talking to children from our target groups – there is nothing they fear more than going into the rental market in North Oxford in their last year. So this is not a vanity project: it is vital. However, we are vain enough to appreciate the reception the architectural design has had. It was described by the Guardian as ‘a jewel’. As of writing, we have started to clear parts of the site for work to begin on the School site; but we are not yet exactly sure when we will start building. This depends, as so much in the country does at the moment, on our estimation of the effect of ‘Brexit pricing’ in the building market. Meanwhile, we still have funds to raise if we are to afford the Study area/Concert Hall part of the design – something which we are very keen to do, since this site represents our last significant opportunity to build underground. In the meantime, one small scale but exciting project has just come to fruition: the provision of some accessible rooms for disabled students. They have been specified to a very high level of provision – which includes all the major classifications of disability, and the expected adjustments. They fit snugly into a corner by the Morris Garage, thus forming a quadrangle of sorts with the City Wall bounding the site to the South. We are calling this new wing the ‘Kimber Wing’. Kimber was of course the brilliant assistant of William Morris, who really took the letters MG and turned them into a global marque. The first occupant of the Kimber Wing, Harry Gable, a Fresher Graduate, is a contented customer, and also an extremely helpful de-snagger. I wouldn’t say that the new ‘Morris Quadrangle’ is the most beautiful in the collegiate University, but it will be one of the more useful. And we do have some modest plans to beautify it a little, both horticulturally and sculpturally, as befits the other side of a building which has recently been voted one of the top 100 places in the UK. As always, we extend an invitation to you to visit the College, and the Lodgings should you be in the vicinity. President, to have Old Member guest evenings, where, by subject area, alumni will be invited back to meet and dine with current students. The students are also dedicated volunteers helping us improve the diversity of our membership. New College is under-performing in its offers and acceptances to the most challenged groups in society, defined as the demographic sectors ACORN 4/5 and POLAR 1/2. Contrary to a widely-held misapprehension, this is the metric which both Government and University believe, (rightly), is the important one: it is not the often headlined state-independent ratio which is so misleading (because many independent schools these days contain bursary students, and many state schools have joined the ranks of the affluent middle class). This has been the last year where we had a full relationship with Northern Ireland as the University’s representative. We intend to keep our connections with Northern Ireland, but much of the work now devolves back to the central administration. One bad consequence of the Northern Ireland relationship was that it could become an alibi for not doing enough elsewhere. Now we are free to move into the UK mainland, in a focused way, and a piece elsewhere in this newsletter describes some of the initiatives. Students, Fellows and Alumni all have a role to play. In respect of the latter, I am often asked how an Old Member can help, in a modest way, make a difference in the College. There is a very clear answer: by contributing to our Outreach Fund. The College budget has increased hugely over the last year, but we still don’t have enough money to do everything we need, and small sums make a huge difference. Welcome... NEW COLLEGE NEWS | NOVEMBER 2018 e have just finished commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of 1918. When I was preparing my address for the College Commemoration Service on 28th October, I was surprised that we had the largest death toll of any Oxford college in the Great War: 231 in total, counting three German students. Why? It is difficult to know. Early volunteerism might be one reason: as I read the letters and diaries of our members they seemed to show a College that was very highly bonded and also very highly motivated. They went to fight because they believed that Prussian militarism offended every value they held dear – an uncomfortable fact that sometimes gets lost in the subsequent, retrospective narrative making. Wreaths were laid for the staff, students, school boys and Fellows who lost their lives on 11th November in front of our War Memorial. During that weekend, an extraordinary and haunting series of concerts took place: music of Mourning and Lamentation by Lobo and Howells; English Songs of the First World War by Butterworth and Gurney; and a Concert For the Fallen, with music by Parry, Howells, Holst and Elgar. Our New College dead were well remembered. The College feels well bonded today, also. The new Freshers are settled in. Forty a week are passing through our Dining Room in the Lodgings for lunch. It is very striking how quickly they become loyal (and there really is no other word for it) to the College. They meld seamlessly into the family. It is amazing how quickly Manners Makyth Man seems to fall off their lips. It’s extraordinary, also, how quickly they become enthusiastic advocates of the fact that there is a New College ‘difference’. That enthusiasm manifests itself in all sorts of ways, but not least in the recent, sheer effulgence of just doing stuff. A good recent example is the setting up of the New College Chamber Orchestra, by our music students. Another is the initiative of our Engineers, following on from the Classicists last year, to form a club which joins together existing students and other alumni. Or the soon to be launched idea of Kendya Goodman, the current JCR W Miles & Réglisse by Lifen Zhang Commemoration Day Procession Morris Accessible Rooms MILES YOUNG WARDEN
  3. 3. OPEN TO ALL NOVEMBER 2018 | NEW COLLEGE NEWS t is an exciting and invigorating time to be working in the field of outreach at Oxford University. In May, the University’s annual statistical report highlighted the key areas that individual colleges and departments need to address in the coming months and years in order to make Oxford a fairer and more equal place. At New College, we must be committed to increasing the number of applications from state schools; and we must encourage more Black-British students to apply. The findings of the report were welcomed as it emphasised that our internal evaluation of the issues to be addressed were accurate. We have been working extremely hard to develop practical, tangible solutions to these problems over the last two years and are proud that our outreach work has been strategic and proactive, rather than reactive. We are happy to question why our particular problems have emerged and are open and willing to confront our areas of weakness. We have also been pleased to welcome Misha Brazier- Tope to the Academic Office. Misha joins New College as the Communications and Access Officer, enabling us to enhance our widening participation work. Since January 2017, we have worked with an impressive 468 state-school students. We hope that they are all inspired to become part of the future of this historic institution. What are we doing? Our outreach work revolves around our signature outreach programme “Step-Up”. Launched in its pilot phase in September 2017, Step-Up is a sustained- contact initiative which is designed to support and inspire state-school students throughout Years 11, 12 and 13. Over this time, the schools will have a minimum of six contact sessions with staff and students from New College. The programme is unique in that it is not tied to a particular geographical region and fully supports both students and teachers over a long period of time. After a successful pilot scheme, the programme has grown in its second year, and we are thrilled to be working with 21 state-schools and sixth form colleges. The Step-Up schools are: Cheney School, Oxford Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford Lord Williams’s School, Thame Treorchy Comprehensive School, Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taff Gloucester High School for Girls, Gloucester Peter Symonds College, Winchester Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester Cardinal Newman School, Hove Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, East Ham, London St Angela’s Ursuline School, Forest Gate, London Wren Academy, North Finchley, London Clapton Girls’ Academy, Hackney, London Oaklands School, Tower Hamlets, London Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, New Cross, London Aldridge School, Walsall Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall Bilborough College, Nottingham Westwood College, Leek, Staffordshire Calderstones School, Liverpool Nelson & Colne College, Burnley Thorp Academy, Tyne & Wear If you are a state-school teacher, or are connected to a state school in any way, and would like your school to be considered for the programme, please email outreach@new.ox.ac.uk We also work with external organisations, as well as outreach programmes within the University. This year, we were pleased to be able to partly fund the expansion of Target Oxbridge. Target Oxbridge aims to help black African and Caribbean students and students of mixed race with black African and Caribbean heritage increase their chances of getting into the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge. We also regularly host events organised by The Brilliant Club, Into University, and take part in the University programmes ‘Pathways’ and ‘Target Schools’. We are also keen to maintain our historical links with Northern Ireland (our former link-region) and host an annual Northern Ireland Summer School for teachers and students. This summer, we were also delighted to host students on the University’s flagship outreach programme, the UNIQ Summer School, for the first time. If you have any further questions about our outreach work, or wish to get involved in any way, please email outreach@new.ox.ac.uk. Head of Outreach, Daniel Powell, addresses Year 12 students during the inaugural student-led Open Day Top: Prof Ashleigh Griffin (Fellow in Biological Sciences) hosts a tutorial during the Northern Ireland Summer School Below: Year 12 students talk with current New College undergraduates as part of the student-led Open Day I
  4. 4. NEW COLLEGE NEWS | NOVEMBER 2018 We are very pleased to report that our ambitious plans for the Gradel Quadrangles, on the Savile Road site, gained planning permission from Oxford City Council over the summer. The scheme, which will provide an additional 74 student rooms, a student study space, music hall and new facilities for the adjacent New College School, was described by Historic England as ‘one of the very few instances where contemporary design can be considered genuinely outstanding’. GRADEL QUADRANGLES UPDATE A LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE Drawing of the Gradel Quad site Legacies have played, and continue to play, a crucial part in the history of New College. From endowing tutorial fellowships and preserving the tutorial system to supporting students through bursaries and scholarships, legacies help achieve extraordinary things for the College. Each year the College is fortunate to benefit from many gifts left in Old Members’ and other friends’ Wills. Just a few examples over the last few months include: – a gift from the late Russell Carpenter (1963) which has endowed a Tutorial Fellowship in Philosophy – a bequest from the estates of Bent Juel-Jensen (1949) and his late wife Mary which will help fund graduate scholarships PIF FORMS You will have recently heard from New College asking for an update from you. These Personal Information Forms will help us to shape how we communicate with you in the future, as well as helping us to understand how best to serve the Old Member community. If you haven’t yet filled yours in, please do, we look forward to hearing from you. – asumleftbyPhilip(1934)andPeggy Wickens, tofundaroominthenewGradelQuadrangles. If you would like further information on leaving a gift to the College in your Will, or would like to discuss your plans in confidence, please contact Mark Curtis, Fellow & Director of Development at mark.curtis@new.ox.ac.uk or on 01865 279261. Philip Wickens as a member of the 1936 Ist Torpid boat Impression of a student bedroom
  5. 5. NOVEMBER 2018 | NEW COLLEGE NEWS CloreMusicStudios WorkinProgress The building of our new Clore Music Studios on our Mansfield Road site is almost complete. The new building will be a crucial part of the musical experience that New College is able to offer to its students. Michael Burden, Fellow in Music at New College, proposed the project after noting the gap in provision for the physical practice of music at the college and across the wider university. Oxford is home to many impressive performance spaces, but outside of the Music Faculty itself there has been limited rehearsal space across the city. While New College has always had excellent provision for vocalists, there is a lack of provision for instrumentalists right across the board, particularly those who aren’t studying music at the university. We hope that this new building will allow students to continue with their passion for music, whilst providing them with the ideal type of space to expand their skills. The building, designed by John McAslan and Partners, offers a variety of different rehearsal spaces over its three floors: • On the top floor, two chamber music studios designed for piano rehearsals as well as a variety of ensembles. • The middle floor houses four practice rooms with internal glazing throughout which provides views from one side of the building to the other and allows natural light to flow through the whole space. Amongst these rooms are a brass room, designed with the needs of brass instrumentalists in mind, and an early piano room containing a James Nutting square piano, c 1817 and a William Rolfe square piano, c1810. • The ground floor is dedicated to the Mann Studio. Named after our generous donors David (1956) and Anne Kriken Mann, this larger space is ideal for the rehearsal of dramas and operas as well as providing a space for music masterclasses and workshops. This dedicated building aims to be an appealing and productive space for students and is a unique opportunity for music at the university. People are already queuing up to use it so we are very excited to get it finished and open it up to all students. The college is immensely grateful to the donors who have made this project possible, especially the Clore Duffield Foundation after whom the building is named. As a space, it will transform music and drama at every level. TheCloreStoneBench THE CLORE MUSIC STUDIOS
  6. 6. NEW COLLEGE NEWS | NOVEMBER 2018 ABOVE: 11 JANUARY 2018 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY MEDIA NETWORK EVENT The Media Network held its annual talk and drinks reception at the offices of Jupiter Asset Management in London. The BBC’s Nick Robinson gave a fascinating talk entitled “The Fight for Facts in the Age of Fake News”, introduced by Network Coordinator, Rod Henwood (1982). ABOVE: 23 JANUARY 2018 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY CITY AND PROFESSIONAL NETWORK The City and Professional Network held its annual talk and drinks reception at the offices of SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Ltd in London, hosted by Network Coordinator, Isabel Mahony (2000). Stephen King (1982), Senior Economic Adviser to HSBC and author, gave a talk on themes from his recent book entitled “Grave New World: The end of globalisation, the return of history”. EVENTS ABOVE AND RIGHT: 6-7 APRIL 2018 MEETING MINDS: ALUMNI WEEKEND IN NORTH AMERICA The University’s Alumni Weekend in North America saw Old Members come together for a dinner at Palio d’Asti Restaurant in San Francisco on Saturday 7 April, a brunch at Shutters on the Beach in Los Angeles on Sunday 8 April, and a dinner at The Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC on Monday 9 April. The latter was made available thanks to Christopher Wall (1974). RIGHT: 16-18 MARCH 2018 MEETING MINDS: EUROPEAN ALUMNI WEEKEND IN ROME Old Members gathered for a drinks reception on the panoramic terrace of the Residenza Paolo VI Hotel in Rome, as part of the University’s Meeting Minds: European Weekend in Rome. The Alumni Weekend included a series of stimulating academic sessions and a gala dinner at the stunning Villa Miani on the Saturday, followed by a brunch at the British Ambassador’s Residence on Sunday morning.
  7. 7. NOVEMBER 2018 | NEW COLLEGE NEWS ABOVE: 8 MAY 2018 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY LONDON LECTURE Professor Cameron Hepburn, Senior Research Fellow at New College, gave an engaging lecture entitled: ‘Towards a Green Economy’ in the New Academic Building at the London School of Economics. The talk was preceded by a drinks reception in the main foyer. BELOW: 12 JULY 2018 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY LIFE SCIENCES NETWORK The Warden hosted ‘An Evening with Richard Dawkins’, a Q&A session in the Lodgings followed by a buffet in the Warden’s Garden. LEFT: 7 & 13 JULY 2018 OPERA IN THE WARDEN’S GARDEN Old Members returned to college for the annual opera series performed by The New Chamber Opera. Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon) 1777 by Joseph Haydn was performed in the Warden’s Garden and everyone enjoyed a long interval picnic supper in the Cloisters. BELOW: 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 GAUDE 1951 AND EARLIER BELOW: 22 SEPTEMBER 2018 GAUDE 1960-1965 BELOW: 10 OCTOBER 2018 1998 YEAR GROUP GATHERING The 1998 year group celebrated the 20th anniversary since its matriculation with a drinks reception at Ben Brown Fine Arts in Mayfair, kindly provided by Ben Brown (1987). BELOW: 30 MAY - 2 JUNE 2018 GREEK DRAMA FESTIVAL On Saturday 2 June Old Members joined us for two plays – Oedipus at Colonus, performed in the beautiful setting of the Warden’s Garden and the comedy Birds, in the New College Cloisters – followed by a buffet supper. BELOW: 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY ENTREPRENEURS NETWORK The Entrepreneurs Network held a reception at The Hoxton, Holborn, where, over drinks and canapés, the group discussed proposals for a new initiative, the Narwhals, which would look to link New College-related potential investors and entrepreneurs.
  8. 8. By supplying your contact details, you agree to New College and the University of Oxford using them to contact you. This may be a full range of communication and marketing activities (by mail, email and telephone), including distribution of publications, the promotion of benefits and services, notification of events and for fundraising programmes. Your data is held securely in the collegiate University’s Shared Development and Alumni Relations System (DARS). Full details on how your data is held and used is set out in our Data Protection Statement at www. alumni.ox.ac.uk/data_protection or you can request a hard copy from us. Some sensitive or personal data may be held in DARS. If at any time you wish to change the fact of, or extent of, the use of your personal data, or no longer wish to receive a specific communication, please contact us on oldmembers@new.ox.ac.uk. OPEN DAY AND LUNCH FOR THE PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF FIRST YEAR STUDENTS Saturday 18 May 2019 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICES NETWORK EVENT Thursday 23 May 2019 NEW COLLEGE BOAT CLUB EIGHTS DINNER Saturday 1 June 2019 NEW COLLEGE CLASSICS SOCIETY ANNUAL PLAY 6 - 8 June 2019 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY COMMEMORATION BALL Saturday 29 June 2019 OPERA IN THE WARDEN’S GARDEN At the time of going to press, the opera is still TBC Saturday 6 July 2019 Friday 12 July 2019 A booking form is enclosed. GAUDE (1992-1995) Saturday 7 September 2019 GAUDE (2006-2008) Saturday 28 September 2019 UNIVERSITY ALUMNI WEEKEND IN OXFORD 20-22 September 2019 NEW COLLEGE PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS If you are not on the mailing list for the following professional network groups and would like to be added, please let us know by emailing oldmembers@new.ox.ac.uk City and Professional Entrepreneurs Government and Public Service Life Sciences Media SOCIAL MEDIA New College, Oxford NewCollegeOX New College, Oxford Old Members NewCollegeOxford new-college-development If you wish to be added to our E-News circulation list, please email oldmembers@new.ox.ac.uk Please visit the Old Members area of the college website for regularly updated information: www.new.ox.ac.uk/oldmembers NEW COLLEGE CLASSICS SOCIETY DINNER Saturday 2 February 2019 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY BAME DINNER Saturday 9 February 2019 NEW COLLEGE LAW SOCIETY DINNER Wednesday 13 February 2019 MEETING MINDS IN ASIA ALUMNI WEEKEND – TOKYO 22-24 March 2019 (Fri-Sun) OXFORD IN NORTH AMERICA: BOSTON, TORONTO, WASHINGTON, DC 10-13 April 2019 (Wed-Sat) INTER COLLEGE GOLF TOURNAMENT Friday 12 April 2019 Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxford. Please email the New College Golf Team Captain, Jim Reeve (1979), to register your interest. jetreeve@uk2.net NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY LGBTQ+ DRINKS RECEPTION Thursday 25 April 2019 HALDANE SOCIETY ANNUAL DRINKS RECEPTION AND DINNER Saturday 11 May 2019 NEW COLLEGE SOCIETY LONDON LECTURE Tuesday 14 May 2019 (at the Alumni Theatre, London School of Economics) NEW COLLEGE NEWS | NOVEMBER 2018 FORTHCOMING EVENTS 2018/19 CHRISTMAS CARDS 2018 New College Christmas Cards: £6.50 per pack of 10 Order online: www.oushop.com/Oxford- Colleges/New-College Order via telephone: 01865 279317 ‘Book of Hours, Flemish, c1500-1515’ New College Library ‘Book of Hours’ TO CONTACT THE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE: Mark Curtis Fellow, Director of Development mark.curtis@ new.ox.ac.uk (0)1865 279261 Jonathan Rubery Communications & Events Manager jonathan.rubery@ new.ox.ac.uk (0)1865 279337 Barnaby Norman 1379 Circle Manager barnaby.norman@ new.ox.ac.uk (0)1865 279491 Harriet Dawson Fundraising and Communications Officer harriet.dawson@ new.ox.ac.uk (0)1865 279317 Nathalie Wilks Database & Information Officer nathalie.wilks@ new.ox.ac.uk (0)1865 279509

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