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  1. 1. 1 NEW COLLEGE RECORD 2018
  2. 2. Cover photograph: Old Testament figures: Adam, Eve, Seth, and Enoch, painted to the design of Biagio Rebecca (1731-1808) [detail]. Below left: Biagio Rebecca, Ideas for Adam and Eve ‘after Raphael’, August 1772. NCA: 1159/3/17. Below right: Biagio Rebecca, Old Testament figures for the windows in New College, before January 1774. NCI: 605, gift of Charles Bell, 1924. Biagio Rebecca was an Italian decorative painter who in 1769 became one of the first students to enter London’s Royal Academy Schools; he spent the remainder of his career in England. The New College glass for which he provided the cartoons - as well as a set of scaled-up watercolours in the City Art Gallery in York – was installed by William Peckitt in 1774. Rebecca first proposed that Adam and Eve be done after Raphael (Below left), but criticism by Jeremiah Milles, Dean of Exeter, was decisive: ‘Adam & Eve should be represented in these windows as the common parents of the other figures, not as the authors of their misery.’ This comment resulted in the poses seen in Rebecca’s watercolour for the whole range of windows (Below right). After the window was completed, further changes appear to have been introduced; it has always been rumoured that Adam and Eve were considered to be inappropriately au naturel by 19th -century tastes, and that the College intervened with the cover-up cloaks, spade, and serpent. © Courtesy of the Warden & Scholars of New College
  3. 3. 1 NEW COLLEGE RECORD | CONTENTS Contents Editorial Note 2 Fellowship 4 From the Warden 13 New College Notes 18 Bursar 19 Home Bursar 21 Chapel 24 Organist 26 Librarian 29 New Chamber Opera 34 New College School 36 New College Society 42 Development Office 46 SCR News 49 MCR Report 57 JCR News 58 Features 70 The Gradel Quadrangles 71 Outreach at New College 76 President of Ghana Visit 79 Hastings Rashdall 80 An Exciting Night at New College 83 Gaude poem by G Bantock 86 Obituaries 88 Donors 110 Appointments, Honours and Awards 124 Books, Recordings and Films 126 Retirements 128 Marriages and Civil Partnerships 128 Wedding Anniversaries 129 Births 130 Scholarships and Awards 133 Final Awards School Results 140 Blues 145 To dine in College 147 To Order - College Cards and Prints 149 - New College Choir CDs 151 - New College Bags 153 - New College Library Through Time 155 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 1 26/03/2019 16:16
  4. 4. 2 EDITORIAL NOTE |NEW COLLEGE RECORD Editorial Note In 2019, New College is 640 years old. This constitutes an immensity of time, witness to comprehensive change even where masked, in stubborn venerable institutions such as ours, by apparent continuities. Some features may abide - the Founder’s physical groundplan or his concern for members’ academic and moral integrity - but in settings inconceivable to most of the intervening twenty-five generations. The historians’ cliché of change and continuity conceals the permanent uncertainty in understanding the present and anxiety in contemplating an unknowable future. Over more than half a millennium, the college’s responses have been humanely inconsistent, from optimism to trepidation, myopia to planning. Each century has thrown up its own crises of internal confidence or external threat. So it will continue. What follows suggests a varied but rounded collegial recognition of past place, present value and future need to develop. People make a college, as they do this Record. To all those members who have so generously helped contribute to this year’s edition, the editor expresses his warmest thanks, but most of all to my indefatigable Assistant Editor, Nathalie Wilks, the real sine qua non of the whole production. Editor Christopher Tyerman Assistant to the Editor Nathalie Wilks To give us your news for the next edition, please contact: The Editor, New College Record, New College, Oxford OX1 3BN Email: Telephone: 01865 279509 You can also update our records and give information for the Record using the email address above. New College is registered with the Charity Commissioner (Registration No. 1142701) ‘New College Oxford’ is a registered trade mark - ® No 2588652 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 2 26/03/2019 16:16
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  6. 6. 4 Fellowship VISITOR The Bishop of Winchester WARDEN Miles Young, MA FELLOWS R George Ratcliffe, MA, DPhil, Tutor in Biochemistry, Tutor for Graduates and Graduate Admissions; Professor of Plant Sciences David Palfreyman, OBE, MA, FRSA (MBAAston, LLB Oxford Brookes), Bursar Martin S Williams, MA (BSc, PhD Brist), David Clarke Fellow; Professor of Structural Engineering; Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) Elizabeth J Frazer, MA, DPhil, Tutor in Politics; Associate Professor of Politics Dieter Helm, CBE, MA, DPhil, Tutor in Economics; Professor of Energy Policy David A Parrott, MA, DPhil, Tutor in History, Precentor, Steward of the SCR; Professor of Early Modern History Karen J Leeder, MA, DPhil, Tutor in German, Professor of Modern German Literature Mark S Griffith, MA, DPhil, Richard Ellmann Fellow, Tutor in English, Senior Tutor Michael J Burden, MA (BA, MAAdelaide, PhD Edinburgh), Tutor in Music, Dean, Chattels & Pictures Fellow; Professor of Opera Studies Andrew J Wathen, MA (PhD Reading), Tutor in Mathematics; Professor of Computational Mathematics Catriona H M Kelly, MA, DPhil, FBA, Tutor in Russian; Professor of Russian Richard Whittington, MA (MBAAston, PhD Manchester), Millman Tutorial Fellow in Business Studies, Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions; Professor of Strategic Management Stephen J Mulhall, MA, DPhil (MA Toronto), Tutor in Philosophy; Professor of Philosophy Timothy Williamson, MA, DPhil, FBA, FRSE, HonAAAS, MAE, HonMRIA, Professorial Fellow; Sub-Warden and Wykeham Professor of Logic Richard T B Mash, MPhil, DPhil (BA Camb), Tutor in Economics Miles Hewstone, MA, DPhil, DSc (BSc Bristol, Habilitation Tübingen), FBA, Tutor in Psychology; Professor of Social Psychology, Outrider Dori Kimel, MA, DPhil, Tutor in Law; Reader in Legal Philosophy David J Gavaghan, MA, MSc, DPhil (BSc Durham), Supernumerary Fellow; Professor of Computational Biology Jane L Lightfoot, MA, DPhil, FBA, Charlton Fellow and Tutor in Classics; Professor of Greek Literature THE FELLOWSHIP |NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 4 26/03/2019 16:16
  7. 7. 5 NEW COLLEGE RECORD| THE FELLOWSHIP Rene Bañares-Alcántara, MA (BSc UNAM, MS, PhD Carnegie Mellon), Tutor in Engineering; Reader in Engineering Science Susan J Bright, MA, BCL, Harvey McGregor Fellow, Tang Lecturer & Tutor in Law; Professor of Land Law Volker Halbach, (MA, PhD Munich), Tutor in Philosophy; Professor of Philosophy William E Poole, MA, DPhil, John Galsworthy Fellow & Tutor in English, Fellow Librarian Andrei Zorin, MA (PhD Moscow), Professorial Fellow; Professor of Russian E Victor Flynn, MA (BA Otago, PhD Camb), Tutor in Mathematics; Professor of Mathematics Oliver G Pybus, MA, DPhil (BSc Nott, MSc York), Professorial Fellow; Professor of Evolution and Infectious Diseases Christiane R Timmel, MA, DPhil (Dip Chem TU Dresden), Tutor in Chemistry; Professor of Chemistry Adrianne Slyz, MA (BS Harvard, MA, PhD Columbia), Tutor in Physics; Associate Professor of Physics Anthony J Venables, CBE, MA, BPhil, DPhil (BA Camb), Professorial Fellow; BP Professor of Economics Rosalind A M Temple, MA, MPhil (PhD Wales), Supernumerary Fellow; Associate Professor of French Linguistics Mari Sako, MA (MA Johns Hopkins, MSc, PhD Lond), Professorial Fellow; Professor in Management Studies Jonathan Black, MA, Professorial Fellow; Director of the Careers Service Marcus du Sautoy, OBE, MA, DPhil, Professorial Fellow; Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Professor of Mathematics John E McGrady, (MA, PhD Australian National Univ), Tutor in Chemistry; Professor of Computational Inorganic Chemistry Laura Marcus, (BA Warwick, MA, PhD Kent) FBA, Professorial Fellow; Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature Mark E Curtis, MA, Fellow and Director of Development Erica Longfellow, MSt, DPhil (AB Duke, DipTheol Kent), Chaplain, Dean of Divinity Hannah Sullivan, (BA Camb, MRes London, PhD Harvard), Tutor in English; Associate Professor of English Joseph P Conlon, (MA, PhD Camb, BSc Reading), Tutor in Physics; Royal Society University Research Fellow Steven A Balbus, MA (BS MIT, PhD Berkeley), FRS, Professorial Fellow; Savilian Professor of Astronomy Paolo Fait, (BA, PhD Florence) Anthony Quinton Fellow, Tutor in Classical Philosophy Masud Husain, MA, DPhil, BM, BCh, FRCP, FMedSci, Professorial Fellow; Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience; Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 5 26/03/2019 16:16
  8. 8. 6 Andrea L P Vedaldi, (MSc Padua, MSc, PhD Los Angeles), Tutor in Engineering; Associate Professor of Engineering Grant Churchill, MA (BSc, MSc Saskatchewan, PhD Minnesota), Tutor in Medicine; Associate Professor of Chemical Pharmacology Ashleigh S Griffin, (BSc, PhD Edinburgh), Tutor in Biological Sciences; Professor of Evolutionary Biology Andrew R Meadows, MA, DPhil (MA Michigan), Tutor in Ancient History; Professor of Ancient History Robert J H Quinney, (MA, MPhil Camb), Tutor in Music, Organist; Associate Professor of Music Giles R L Spackman, MA (MBA Harvard), Professorial Fellow; Group Finance Director, Oxford University Press Andrew J Counter, (BA, MPhil, PhD Camb), Tutor in French; Associate Professor in French Mark Stokes, (BA, BSc Melbourne; PhD Camb), Tutor in Psychology; Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Abigail Adams, MA, DPhil, Tutor in Economics, Associate Professor in Economics Emma Claussen, BA (MA London), Career Development Fellow in French Stephen J Dimelow, (LLB Glamorgan, LLM Camb) DPhil, Career Development Fellow in Law Robert J C Easton, (BSc Lon) ARCS, DPhil, FCGI, Professorial Fellow; Pro-Vice- Chancellor for Development and External Affairs Alexander Morrison, MA, DPhil, Tutor in History, Associate Professor of History Frances Kirwan, (BA Cantab), DPhil, FRS, DBE, Professorial Fellow; Savilian Professor of Geometry Gez Wells, (BA Open), Home Bursar Nino Luraghi, (MLitt Venice, PhD Rome), Wykeham Professor of Ancient History, Classics SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWS Samuel Cohen, (BSc DPhil Adelaide), Mathematics John March-Russell, MA (BSc Imperial, MA, PhD Harvard) Physics; Professor of Physics Rick van der Ploeg, (BSc Sussex, PhD Camb), Deputy Director OxCarre; Professor of Economics Cameron Hepburn, MPhil, DPhil (Economics); Professor of Environmental Economics Peggy A Frith, MA (MD Camb), FRCP, Medicine THE FELLOWSHIP| NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 6 26/03/2019 16:16
  9. 9. 7 Chris J Lintott, (BA Camb, PhD UCL), FRAS, Research Fellow, Physics James Willoughby, (MA Camb) MA, DPhil, FSA, Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow, History JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOWS Anna Blomley, (BA Heidelberg) MPhil, Esmée Fairbairn Junior Research Fellow, Classics Rebecca Bowler, (BA MSc Camb) PhD Edin, Non-Stipendiary Glasstone Junior Research Fellow, Physics Charlotte Brierley, BM BCh (MA Camb, MRCP) Todd-Bird Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, Clinical Medicine Michael Crabtree, (BMedSc Birm, MSc KCL) Todd-Bird Junior Research Fellow, Medicine Michaela Collord, (BA MPhil Camb), Herbert Nicholas Junior Research Fellow in Politics Felix Flicker, MPhys (MSc Waterloo, PhD Bristol), Astor Junior Research Fellow, Physics Jonathan Green, (BSc Bristol, DPhil Sussex), Junior Research Fellow in Biological Sciences Daniel Harkin, BA MSt (MPhil. Birbeck), Salvesen Junior Fellow, Philosophy Timothy Hinks, (MA Camb, MB MCh PhD Ston), MRCP Todd -Bird Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, Clinical Medicine Raphaël Lefèvre (BA Cant, BA Lille) MPhil (PhD Camb), Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in Politics Beau Mount, (BA Duke, MA Princeton, DEA (Paris-IV)) BPhil, Weston Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy Hannah Maslen, BA MSc DPhil, Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy Katie McKeogh, (BA Durham), MSt DPhil, Sir Christopher Cox Junior Research Fellow, History Timothy Nott, (BSc Warw; PhD NIMR), Todd-Bird Junior Research Fellow, Biochemistry Ellis O’Neill, (MA Camb, PhD UEA), Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, Plant Sciences Chiara Ravetti, (BSc Lond, MSc PhD Geneva), OxCarre Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow Economics Anouk Rigterink, (BA Gronigen, MSc PhD LSE), Non-Stipendiary OxCarre Junior Research Fellow Patrick Salter, MPhys, DPhil, Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, Engineering Eelke Spaak, BSc, BA, MSc (PhD Radboud, MSc Edin), Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, Neuroscience NEW COLLEGE RECORD | THE FELLOWSHIP 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 7 26/03/2019 16:16
  10. 10. 8 Gerhard Toews, (MSc Edin, DPhil, Dipl I Kassel), OxCarre Non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in Economics Tetyana Vasylyeva (BSc MSc Kiev, MSc Albany) DPhil, Matthews Junior Research Fellow, Biological Sciences STIPENDIARY LECTURERS Geraint Jones, MA, DPhil, Computation Laura Lauro-Taroni, (Dr Phys Genoa), Physics Giuseppe A L Stellardi, MA (Laurea Pavia, DEA, PhD Sorbonne), Italian Christopher J Tyerman, MA, DPhil, FRHistS - History; Professor of the History of the Crusades Stephen G Davies, MA, DPhil, Extraordinary Lecturer in Chemistry; Professor of Chemistry Antony Galione, MA, (PhD Camb), FRS, FMedSci, Extraordinary Lecturer in Biochemical Pharmacology; Professor of Pharmacology Holly Bridge, MA, DPhil, Physiological Sciences Gideon Elford, BA, MPhil, DPhil, Politics Stephen Anderson, (MA Dubl, MA Camb) MA, Rodewald Lector in Classical Languages Robert Jacobs, MA, DPhil, Chemistry Jonathan Leader Maynard, MPhil, DPhil (BA King’s London), Politics Renée Williams, (MA L ès L Paris), French Mike Laidlaw, (MA Camb), DPhil, (CChem MRSC), Chemistry Jim Thomson, MChem DPhil, Chemistry Richard Nayak-Luke, MEng, Engineering Gareth Pease, MEng, Engineering Stefanie Burkert-Burrows, MSt, (Staatsexamen Eichstätt, PGCE MMU), German Roy Norton, MA, DPhil, Spanish Joseph Mason, MA, DPhil (MMus Lond), Music Beth Cykowski, (BA Exeter; MA Warwick), DPhil, Philosophy Maria Balgova, MPhil, Economics Kieran Calvert, MMath, Mathematics Lucy Dunlop, MSt, MPhil, Russian Joshua Lanier, MPhil, DPhil, Economics Dean Sheppard, MChem, DPhil, Chemistry Ondrej Cerny, BA, BPhil, Philosophy Paul Muhle-Karbe, (PhD Ghent), Psychology Fleur Stolker, MSt, DLS (LLB Leiden), Law THE FELLOWSHIP| NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 8 26/03/2019 16:16
  11. 11. 9 HONORARY FELLOWS Neil L Rudenstine, MA (BA Princeton, PhD Harvard), DCL Neil MacGregor, OM, MA, Hon DLitt, Hon FBA, FSA Sir David J Lumsden, Kt, MA, DPhil Sir William B Utting, Kt, CB, MA Christopher J Hampton, CBE, MA, FRSL Sir Brian Unwin, KCB, MA (MAYale) James T Bowman, CBE, MA Professor Peter R L Brown, MA, FBA, FRHistS Professor Ioan M James, MA, DPhil, FRS Charles J Perrin, CBE, MA, Hon FRCP Professor John G Ledingham, MA, DM, FRCP Sir David E Butler, Kt, CBE, MA, DPhil, FBA The Lord Hannay of Chiswick (David Hugh Alexander Hannay), GCMG, CH, DLitt, MA Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Kt, MA, DPhil, FRS Sir Suma Chakrabarti, KCB, MA (MA Sussex) Sir John Gieve, KCB, MA, BPhil Professor Beresford N Parlett, MA (PhD Stanford) Professor Nicola M Lacey, CBE, BCL (LLB Lond), FBA The Rt Hon Lord Justice Bernard Rix, Kt, PC, MA (LLM Harvard) Professor Anthony M Honoré, QC, BCL, MA, DCL, FBA Professor Dame Hermione Lee, DBE, MA, MPhil, FRSL, FBA Tom P Campbell, BA (MA, PhD London) Professor Alan Ryan, MA, DLitt, FBA Nicolas J Barker, OBE, MA (DUniv York), FBA Professor Marc T Tessier-Lavigne, BA (BSc McGill, PhD London), FRS, FRSC, FMedSci Hugh J M Grant, BA Sir Peter Westmacott, MA, CGMG, LVO Professor Michael J Hopkins, DPhil (BA, PhD Northwestern) Andrew D Garrad, CBE, BA (PhD Exeter, DEng Bristol), FIMechE, FRAeS, FREng Shona L Brown, MA (MSc, PhD Stanford, BEng Carleton) Susan E Rice, MPhil, DPhil (BA Stanford) Sir David Davies, Kt, MA The Rt Hon Nicholas E Underhill, BA Professor Anna C Nobre, PhD Yale Sir Curtis A Price, KBE (BA Southern Illinois, AM PhD Harvard) NEW COLLEGE RECORD | THE FELLOWSHIP 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 9 26/03/2019 16:16
  12. 12. 10 EMERITUS FELLOWS Peter G Dickens, MA, DPhil Derek B Hope, MA, DPhil Jean A Lodge, MA David F Mayers, MA (BA, PhD Camb) Michel Treisman, MA, DPhil (MB, BCh Rand) Tom Snow, MA Jonathan C B Glover, MA, BPhil David Wiggins, MA, FBA, AAAS, (Hon. DPhil Univ York) Gerald S Smith, MA, DLitt (BA, PhD Lond), FBA Robin B Stinchcombe, MA (BSc, PhD Birm) Wilson A Sutherland, MA, DPhil (MA St And) Joy M Boyce, MA, DPhil (BA Open Univ) P Tony Cox, MA, DPhil Christopher J Allsopp, CBE, BPhil, MA David W Clarke, MA, DPhil, FREng, FRS Richard Dawkins, MA, DPhil, DSc, FRSL, FRS Trevor Powell, MA, DSc (BSc, PhD Lond, PhD Texas) David Sherrington, MA (BSc, PhD Manchester), FRS Craig A Raine, MA, BPhil Alastair I White, MA (BSc, PhD London, ACA) Klim McPherson, MA (BA Camb, PhD London), FMedSci, HonFRCP Joseph I Silk, MA (BA Camb, PhD Harvard), FRS, AAAS Robin Lane Fox, MA, Garden Fellow Derek A Terrar, MA (BSc, PhD London) Edward Higginbottom, MA, DPhil (MusB, PhD Camb), FRCO Jeremy A Thomas, OBE, MA (BA Camb, PhD Leic) Martin E Ceadel, MA, DPhil Ann M Jefferson, MA, DPhil, FBA Jeremy M Harris, (MA Camb) Nigel J Hitchin, MA, DPhil, FRS Robert C Parker, MA, DPhil, FBA Ruth Harris, MA, DPhil (BA, MA Pennsylvania), FBA Alain R M Townsend, MA, MBBS (PhD London), FRCP, FRS Caroline M A Thomas, MA, MLitt (BA Wales, MBAAston) David N J Limebeer, (BSc Witwatersrand, MSc PhD Natal, DSc Lond) THE FELLOWSHIP| NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 10 26/03/2019 16:16
  13. 13. 11 WYKEHAM FELLOWS William D Eason, MA (MSI Dip) Anne Kriken Mann, (BA Berkeley) HonFRIBA Richard Oldfield, MA, DL Christopher M Gradel, MEng Dame Vivien Duffield, MA, DBE Eugene Ludwig, MA (MA Haverford, JD Yale) COLLEGE OFFICERS Alan Blowers, (CPFA) Accountant ( Charles Campion, (MRICS) Land Agent ( Christopher Thompson, Director of IT Services (    Jennifer Thorp, MA Archivist ( Christopher Skelton-Foord, (MA Cantab, MBA Dunelm, MA LIS) Librarian ( STAFF CONTACTS Ellen Baker, Domestic Manager ( Mark Barrett, Account Assistant ( Suzannah Bridge, Deputy Librarian ( Adrian Bosher, Accounts/Payroll ( Misha Brazier Tope, Outreach and Communications Officer ( Sam Brown, Project and Systems Analyst, Website Developer ( Brian Cole, Catering Manager ( Michael Collett, Clerk of Works ( Samuel Cruickshank, Head Chef ( Tracy Curtis, PA to the Bursar ( Harriet Dawson, Fundraising and Communications Officer ( Rowena Dobson, Warden’s Office Assistant ( James Dore, ICT Officer ( Sue Fisher, Accommodation Manager ( Camilla Gray, Welfare Administrator ( Yvonne Goodgame, HR/Payroll Manager ( Linda Goodsell, Accounts Student Finance ( NEW COLLEGE RECORD | THE FELLOWSHIP 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 11 26/03/2019 16:16
  14. 14. 12 Hassan Hamed, SCR Butler ( Paula Hart, Conference, Events and Tourism Manager ( Sheena Hinton, Catering Secretary ( Jacqui Julier, Deans’and College Officers’Secretary ( Mark Lambourne, ICT Support Technician ( Freyja Madsen, Academic Registrar ( Emily Meeson, Personal Assistant to the Domestic Bursar ( Jason Morgan, Assistant Librarian ( Barnaby Norman, Senior Development Officer, 1379 Circle ( Egle Norvile, Trainee Accountant ( Monika Pietruszewska, Food Services Manager ( Michele Pitson, Deputy Clerk of Works ( Katie Poulter, Admissions Administrator ( Daniel Powell, Head of Outreach ( Felicity Reeves, Student Services Officer ( Jonathan Rubery, Communications and Events Manager ( Nancy-Jane Rucker, Chapel Administrator ( Kate Sanders, Executive Assistant, Warden ( Daniel Weller, Deputy Accountant ( Nathalie Wilks, Database and Information Officer ( Chris Wyatt, Head Porter ( THE FELLOWSHIP| NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 12 26/03/2019 16:16
  15. 15. 13 In 2018 we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of 1918. Sunday, 11 November in Chapel was as sober and moving as one would expect: the Choir sang Parry’s There is an old belief just as their predecessors had when the memorial in the Ante-Chapel was inaugurated in 1921. Designed by Lesley Holden, cut by Eric Gill and coloured by David Jones, the names etched in it record a fact which our own collective memory has forgotten, which is that New College lost more dead than any other Oxford college. This is The Warden with Réglisse and Coluche (2002-2019), the first canine inhabitants of the Lodgings since Warden Smith’s dog, Peter. From the Warden NEW COLLEGE RECORD| FROM THE WARDEN 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 13 26/03/2019 16:16
  16. 16. 14 not, however, a point about macabre league tables, but about the enormous impact and shock on the college as an institution. By 1918 we were down to just 22 students. The public rituals of remembrance formalise official memory, but their carefully encoded injunction ‘Lest We Forget’ becomes more and more difficult to heed. For our current generation of students, this is ancient history, not even modern, in a way which it was not for my generation in the 1970s, where a combination of the Vietnam War and Oh what a lovely war! did at least keep the memory alive as part of a debate. Of course, forgetfulness is easy. At the simplest level, it is difficult to remember last year that our official War Memorial is in fact the college Library, a grandiose project, the result of much consideration and care by our predecessors, but which was not even completed by the time a Second World War drew us into the vortex once more. We choose to remember the humanity of Warden Spooner, trudging across to the Chapel door to pin on it a notice of each dead member’s name as soon as it arrived in college, including, controversially, and wonderfully, our German members. But we choose not to remember the bellicose speeches of Warden Fisher in 1914 as Vice Chancellor of Sheffield University, enlisted by the Liberal Imperialists in the Cabinet to whip up war fever. For a few days, we were able to focus on very human memories: that haunting last letter of our young Classics Fellow, Leslie Hunter, to the Warden, for instance, where he writes: “My feelings about this College are so strong and deep that I can’t express them; and since the War began my gratitude and love for it have grown still greater as I see what a part its members have played, and what a price has been exacted for their service. I should like you and the older Fellows to know especially how grateful I feel for all your kindness and unwearying encouragement to me: I think that during my time here as Fellow we have indeed been a real household of good Fellowship, and have found how good and joyful a thing it is to dwell together in unity” And of the Gillespie brothers, Tom and Douglas. Tom was one of the famous New College Eight at the Stockholm Olympics, killed in 1914; and his brother, Douglas was the originator of the idea of a Via Sacra, a line of planted trees between the fronts which would be an object of future pilgrimage in peacetime. Douglas’ Letters from the Front, an utterly forgotten bestseller of the time, records how he somehow managed to find the château where Tom had spent one of his last nights. Douglas was killed shortly afterwards in the Battle of Loos. But his thoughts, sometimes naïve or even inappropriate to contemporary ears, do remind us of something which all the post-narratives, from bellicose to pacifist, tend to forget: which is that this was a war which people – our students – at the time felt was worth fighting: “It’s a grand opportunity and we must spare no effort to use it, for if we fail we shall curse ourselves in bitterness every year that we live, and our children will despise our memory”. Warden Spooner himself dreaded an enemy victory, and a Europe dominated by ‘Prussian’ values. Here lies the sobering importance of separating reality as much as it can be from the post-narratives. It is beyond the scope or purpose of this column to extend the argument FROM THE WARDEN| NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 14 26/03/2019 16:16
  17. 17. 15 NEW COLLEGE RECORD | FROM THE WARDEN further, other than simply to suggest that there is a strong case for seeing this war not as a particularly deviant one, randomly sleepwalked into, but one undertaken consciously in a spirit of righteous anger against a demonised enemy, fanned by a reckless press, encouraged by arms races and underpinned by real strategic issues – in other words, alarmingly like all the preconditions we see today. Then the consequences flowed; and, of course, they were completely unintended. The scale and shape of the war emerged like nothing that had ever been encountered or envisaged. But if the New College evidence is anything to go by, it is the normality, not the exceptionalism of the First World War, from which we can draw the lessons as we seek to avoid similar, horrible unintended consequences in the future. Such reflections on memory and forgetfulness may seem unduly abstract, but they could relate rather concretely to one of the more pressing challenges we are about to face, as college and as University – namely, the impending publication of the Augar Report. Sir Philip Augar, a thoughtful and distinguished former banker, is charged by the Government to undertake a review of post-18 education. His findings are not yet public, but their thrust has been made clear to us both privately and in leaks. They will involve a reduction in tuition fees, but probably differentially applied, with lower fees for the ‘cheaper’ subjects of the Humanities, and higher for STEM. This would be very bad news indeed for the Humanities, essentially starving them from funding in order to remove oxygen from an unhealthy part of the sector. Here is a fine example of unintended consequences. Augar’s target is the inefficient long tail of oversupply in the HE sector: he is not attacking Oxford, New College or the Humanities per se, and he is, after all, an historian by training. But the irony is that just as the deficit operating Humanities division in Oxford, under pressure for not contributing enough financially, hopes to receive a major university commitment to support a new physical centre in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, so, nonetheless, it will face severe financial challenge. To understand the context a little more, it is necessary to remember (which is very often forgotten) that the recent growth in revenue and rankings of Oxford has been driven by one thing: medicine. If medicine was extracted from the University I believe it would be the UK’s fifth largest university by itself. This has been all to the good. But now, within the University, there will have to be a massive exercise in willpower to keep our collective nerve that the Humanities are still very important, granted that they are relatively much smaller than ever before. In the college, that is, I believe, a no-brainer. One of the joys of returning to Oxford has been to a college where the ghost of C P Snow, if ever it did walk here (and I think it might have done on a couple of occasions), is well and truly exorcised. Our scientists are strongly supportive of the Humanities, and see congruence and cross-fertilisation as being of a great benefit. As our Fellow, Marcus du Sautoy, puts it, “I try to ....fuse and integrate science as part of culture and society. Especially with the things that we cannot know, that’s the place where the humanities can really help us in dreaming about what …. answers might look like.” Our Humanities, both in research and teaching, are vibrant; the demand for them remains strong; they are buoyed up by the ability of the Ludwig Fund, a generous donation of an Old Member, to support specific projects; and the students I counsel as they move into 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 15 26/03/2019 16:16
  18. 18. 16 after life have a very clear view of the benefit that they offer them in their careers. From the other side of the fence, as a past employer of many graduates, this is also something of which I am very conscious. I am much less confident, however, that the Humanities as a whole, nationally, are mobilised to defend themselves, to articulate their benefits, or even to engage with some of the reasons why they are useful both to society and to the economy which helps fund them. But, if they do not, I foresee a massacre of the ostriches. Worse, the ‘idea of a university’ will suffer a huge setback. Warden Fisher, who deserves a little rehabilitation following my earlier reference to him, was horrified when no less an advocate of STEM than King George V argued for getting rid of everything else from the syllabus. But that idea of a university, with its roots in our mediaeval prototypes, chronicled by our sometime fellow Hastings Rashdall (featured later in this Record), relied on a holistic combination of specialisms. History, languages, literature, politics, philosophy: they are the intellectual disciplines which help society shape and understand its culture, and decode both its collective memory and its collective forgetfulness. Sadly, these are issues which are beyond the Government’s ability to grasp or to be prepared to deal with, so this promises to be a coming attraction for years ahead. If the idea of a university needs defending then it surely needs defending as not just a supermarket, where the value of subjects is measured by individual shelf efficiency, but as a whole. Finally on the subject of memory, we have appropriated one memory – by taking the name of Cecil Kimber onto a college building. Kimber is a STEM icon, the brilliant engineer who worked for William Morris, and created the MG marque in the garages where Morris assembled the first Morris Oxford, and which now belong to us. The student rooms in the Morris Garages have been refurbished recently, along with 18 Longwall; to complete the ‘Quadrangle’, we have just finished to a very high specification two fully accessible rooms for disabled students, along with a carer’s room. This is now known as the Kimber Wing, and our first student, Harry Gable, is now in residence. I have just read a fascinating memoire of the late Alick Barratt. A polio sufferer, he must have been one of the very first students whose disability was catered for by a college – in the late 1940s. Housed in 3OB1, he was allowed to keep his petrol-driven ‘Invacar’ wheelchair under the gatehouse. In the last few years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of students declaring a disability. Anticipating their needs is a vital platform of any outreach policy; and our own college strategy for offering barrier-free access to students with all types of disability is currently the object of a thorough-going set of improvements, from the Lodge to High Table; and the specification for the new Gradel Quadrangles is based on best-in-class thinking in the area. More generally, it is a particular pleasure to record that this year we have been joined by the new Savilian Professor of Geometry, Frances Kirwan. In a nice counterpoint of memory and relevance, she is the first woman in the 400 years of the Savilian Professorships (we will remember that anniversary later in 2019), and a wonderful role model for our college women in STEM. An important change in college officers took place last year. Caroline Thomas (so much responsible for the Kimber Wing) retired after 24 years as Home Bursar. FROM THE WARDEN| NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 16 26/03/2019 16:16
  19. 19. 17 My own memories of domestic Bursars in the past in no way conform to the extraordinarily diverse, humane, yet firm and humorous ways in which Caroline performed her role. Her successor, Gez Wells, was extricated, with no little sense of guilt on my part, and with the gentle forbearance of the Rector, from Exeter College. He has made an excellent start. This last year was the Sub-Wardenship of Professor Richard Whittington. Richard was an assiduous Sub-Warden, whose sensible advice, always clear and always grounded, I relied on very much during the year, and for which I owe him much gratitude. Miles Young NEW COLLEGE RECORD | FROM THE WARDEN 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 17 26/03/2019 16:16
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  21. 21. 19 As last year, first a very brief comment on progress with the New Quad Project. There is indeed steady and sustained progress: planning permission was granted (with rare praise from English Heritage for the scheme’s exciting design); a powerful team has been assembled to ensure delivery (a Project Director, a Project Manager, QS firms, VAT consultant, construction law specialists, etc. etc. - all with extensive experience of procuring major buildings); and there has been much ‘value-engineering’ on the ‘buildability’of the exciting but complex design.A new trading company, Longwall 2 Ltd, has been created to procure the building on behalf of the college (Longwall Ltd dates from 1989 when I established it to handle the covenants linked to the prolonged sales of houses built on college land near Buckingham and so protect college from corporation tax if trading). At the time of writing (end-November) it looks like we can reasonably hope to get the Project done by mid-2022 for c£67.5m. But - and it is a Very Big But - when we go out to tender we may find pricing and inflation in the contractors moving harshly against us, perhaps also if we are by then in a post-Brexit world or even more contractors have gone bust. We will be at the limit of the bank debt I as Bursar would be comfortable leaving as a burden for my successor (see below re financing the project) and so in extremis we would have to delay the final part of the building process - the construction of the dozen or so bedrooms and the Tower as the new free-standing ‘Warham House’.  The hoped-for cost of £67.5m - with good luck a tad lower and with bad luck unaffordably higher - will be funded from: the Gradel donation of £15m, the Tower donation of £2.5m, the Performance Space donation(s) of c£3.5m, the draining of Reserves to release £5m, c£22.5m borrowed from Endowment, and c£22.5m of 5-7-10 year bank debt. The Endowment is throwing off enough cash as we develop land (for example, the recent £3m sale of a site at Buckingham for a retirement village) and hence we are not at risk of having to sell from the equities portfolio into a falling market; but we are unavoidably at risk of any sudden surge in interest rates before we finalise our bank loans during 19/20. We think the interest in the bank debt can be covered from the income flow attached to the new bedrooms - student rents and conference trade earnings - and with a c£75k top-up from NCS annual revenues as its contribution towards getting vastly improved infrastructure.  Turning from the New College parish pump and contemplating the wider landscape of English HE funding - and noting that what goes on out there may well adversely impact upon New College. The Augar Review of the £9250 university tuition fees could see fees reduced to c£6500 - but probably with some hefty taxpayer top-ups for the higher cost of teaching the STEM degree subjects. If that happened, we might see some £500k pa removed from the c£3m transferred to us via Oxford’s complicated resource allocation model. The poorer and less well-endowed colleges would be hit in the same way, and just as they will be coping (like us) with the hike in employer contributions to cover the chunky deficit in The Bursar writes... NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 19 26/03/2019 16:16
  22. 22. 20 the asset base of our collective pension scheme (USS) - that would surely put huge political pressure on the ‘rich’ colleges to contribute more to the inter-colleges taxation scheme. For us c£200k pa tax payment could double or more. Add in any wobbles on Endowment valuations and hence for the ‘take’ from Endowment, and the college could see the current ‘buffer’ figure of c£1.5m transferred to Reserves (and for the next decade dedicated to paying off the bank debt referred to above) heavily eaten into - thereby slowing down our ability to pay down the bank loans and having to cover the annual interest payments for longer (on into the mid-2030s rather than clearing the bank debt by 2031/32).  That said, elsewhere in the wider landscape, the potentially reduced fee income combined with hikes in not only USS but also, for other universities, the TPS, together with the scarcity of new students some institutions are facing and also the debt serving costs some universities have taken on by borrowing £XXXm in the bond market, may well mean insolvencies. (NB in saying that I do not speak as a Member of the Board of the Office for Students as the new market regulator for English HE ‘providers’ aka universities). So, we live in interesting times - even for the Oxford Bubble.  David Palfreyman - Bursar NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 20 26/03/2019 16:16
  23. 23. 21 It is with great enthusiasm that I write my first contribution to the New College Record. Since joining in March 2018 I have been overwhelmed by the support offered to me by colleagues and the feeling of family that this has generated. After fourteen years down the road at Exeter College, I am fortunate enough to have a solid grounding in the workings of the collegiate university, but it is true to say that every college is unique. Colleagues have helped enormously with filling in the blanks and ensuring I do not fall foul of any mysterious New College custom. I am enormously grateful to Caroline Thomas who has passed me the Home Bursar’s baton after running with it for 23 years, and a very successful 23 years of running they were. I wish her well in her deserved retirement. An extra note of thanks is extended to Joan Fraser who supported Caroline for 15 years and me for the first six months of my time here. Without her the baton may have already been dropped. In 2018, we have benefitted from the completion of two notable building projects. Firstly the Morris Garage accommodation refurbishment, which has provided us with twenty-five en-suite bedrooms in 18-21 Longwall. As part of this development, we have also begun to use the Kimber Wing. The Kimber Wing comprises two fully accessible suites and one suite designed for residential assistants; this includes the latest accessibility aids to help any member of the college with disability needs. The facility truly is first in its class. The Clore Music Studios have also been handed over to the college. The Studios include The Home Bursar writes... The accessible Kimber Wing and refurbished Morris Garages NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 21 26/03/2019 16:16
  24. 24. 22 Inside one of our new fully accessible Kimber Wing suites six practice rooms and a large rehearsal space. Under the watchful eye of Professor Burden this project has been meticulously detailed to provide an architecturally stimulating and acoustically separated set of spaces and is a very welcome addition to the Savile Road site. The Savile Road project gained planning permission in July this year and since then I have been working hard with colleagues and the design team to get into the detail, ensuring this once in a lifetime development provides the very best value for money. New College School have taken receipt of their temporary home, which facilitates the demolition of the 1950s school block. This is quickly followed by Warham House and the return wing of Savile House. This demolition makes space for the Gradel Quadrangles that will start to rise from the ground in early 2020. New College remains as popular as ever to tourists, with the number of people coming through the doors expected to increase in 2019 thanks to the filming of Mamma Mia 2 and Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights. This, alongside the usual staples of Harry Potter and Endeavour, means you are never too far away from seeing a piece of New College on your television sets. During the year we said goodbye to some long serving members of the college, as well as Caroline Thomas and Joan Fraser. Carolina Ventriglia left us after working amiably as a scout for 26 years. Nigel Ewers was granted a request for early retirement after providing NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 22 26/03/2019 16:16
  25. 25. 23 an immeasurable and incomparable service as the Assistant Hall Manager for over 12 years. Finally, two members of the college maintenance team left in 2018, Philip Millward and Colin Knapton both served for 10 years and more. We wish all of those that have left us this year a very healthy and prosperous next phase in their careers and lives. 2019 is looking positive from this side of the desk, the sense of family that I have inherited will be built upon and an extra effort will be made to ensure that all members of the college are included in the journey through the year. We are a fortunate college thanks to the work of our predecessors, but that does not mean that we do not need to be mindful of the uncertain world we still face. A collective push to break down boundaries, develop smarter working practices and refine our service delivery will ensure the baton remains firmly grasped and we are first past the post in the races that we run. Gez Wells – Home Bursar NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 23 26/03/2019 16:16
  26. 26. 24 The role of the chapel has changed dramatically since 14 April 1386, when the first fellows came in solemn procession, following the cross and singing a Te Deum, to take possession of this ‘new’ college of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Much of the college was still a building site, but seven services a day were sung in the chapel, and everyone was required to go to mass daily. Today our students come from many religious traditions, and most of them would regard themselves of no religion at all. And yet the chapel remains an important gathering place for the college, where we can mark important moments in our community, whether that is a quiet vigil after a terrorist attack, or the solemn joy of the carol services. Many students may only come a few times a year for special services, or even just once or twice when mum and dad are visiting, but we aim to make the chapel a home that is always there for them when they need it. 2018 began quietly, with the new tradition of Epiphany carols and the second annual residency of the girl choristers of Frideswide Voices. Icy weather and short days usually mean that January services are not our most well attended, although the termly Lutheran Vespers service, with the chance to hear one of Bach’s cantatas, was an early high point. But when the peace of Hilary term was shattered by the sudden death from natural causes of first year medic Isobel Mogg, the chapel became the natural place for students to gather, to think and pray and meet one another in their grief. The annual Candlemas service, usually a bright moment in a dark season, became a chance to mark our loss. Those who had not known Issie came to support her friends, and the seemingly endless stream of students with candles circling the main quad at the end of the service was a searing reminder of the strength of our college community. The service traditionally ends with the choir singing Eccard’s plangent When to the temple Mary went, and the final refrain of ‘may gently fall asleep’ echoing around the ancient buildings will linger with many of us for a long time. Over the following weeks, the sense of the students coming together to support one another was tangible and encouraging. More students found their way into services but also social events; the annual Shrove Tuesday pancakes and Ice Cream in the Archway saw students queuing into the street. There is comfort as well as challenge in the way that the rhythm of college life continues in the wake of such a tragic loss. We were blessed to be asked to host Radio 3 evensong on Ash Wednesday this year, when we included, unusually, the Litany from the Book of Common Prayer, and the choir sang an authentic version of Allegri’s Miserere. The St John Passion at the end of term was particularly solemn and poignant. Our relationship with Oxford Bach Soloists continued, with regular Sunday afternoon concerts in the chapel and special concerts for Good Friday, Easter and Christmas. We heard many memorable sermons in 2018, including the Revd Canon Dr William Taylor, Vicar of St John’s, Notting Hill, who spoke movingly of his work in Syria and other minority Christian countries as Chair of the Anglican and Easter Churches Association. The Revd Canon Angela Tilby returned to preach a second time for Lutheran Vespers, weaving together another thought- The Chaplain writes… NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 24 26/03/2019 16:16
  27. 27. 25 provoking appreciation of Bach’s Lutheran theology and his music, and in Michaelmas Term, Rev DrAlan McCormack of Goodenough College and St George’s, Hannover Square, achieved the remarkable feat of engaging the men of the choir, our most discerning listeners. One new tradition was an exhibition of sculpture in the cloisters for the whole of Trinity Term; Emily Young is one of Britain’s most respected sculptors, and her rugged heads and smooth discs of stone seemed in dialogue with the traditional monuments of the cloisters. The traditions of chapel enable us to mark anniversaries of national and international events when they fall. In Michaelmas 2018 there was a series of services and concerts to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War. The Warden spoke movingly at the College Commemoration Service of the dedication and sacrifice of students and fellows in the years 1914-18. New College lost more men than any other Oxford college, and Warden Spooner’s insistence on honouring students who had died fighting for Germany among the British dead remains an example of humanism and collegiality that still inspires many around the world today. Leslie Hunter, a young classicist, wrote to Warden Spooner shortly before he left for the front in 1916 `I think that during my time here as Fellow we have indeed been a real household of good fellowship.’ May that good fellowship continue to lift us up in times of darkness and strengthen us in lives of joyful service. Rev Dr Erica Longfellow - Dean of Divinity, Chaplain and Fellow NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 25 26/03/2019 16:16
  28. 28. 26 The chapel is so often filled with music that one sometimes takes for granted the enormous variety on offer. In the space of a few weeks in Hilary 2018 an habitué might have heard choral music ranging from plainchant to works composed in the last decade, Messiaen’s organ cycle La Nativité du Seigneur (played by Assistant Organist, Timothy Wakerell), a reconstructed Vespers liturgy with Bach’s Cantata Alles nur nach Gottes Willen and congregationally-sung chorales, a Mozart mass performed with the student period instrument ensemble, The Bate Players, and a live broadcast of Choral Evensong for Ash Wednesday. The choir, of course, is at the centre of all these activities—it is a great privilege for me to work with a group of musicians who can manifest themselves on successive days as ensemble singers and soloists, assimilating a broad range of music with great professionalism. Hilary term ended with a fourth successive annual performance of Bach’s Johannes-Passion, this year featuring former chorister and clerk Guy Cutting as a superb Evangelist; all other solo ‘roles’ and arias were taken by members of the choir. Unusually, there were no major tours this year: a reflection, I think, of the challenging economic environment (essentially comprising rising costs and stagnant income) facing any group undertaking concert tours abroad. Happily, the support of a growing number of Friends of New College Choir helps us with ‘external’ projects such as tours and recordings—more on the latter below. Old Members are warmly invited to join at one of the very reasonable subscription rates: see website for details Among the most enjoyable of our Trinity term activities were another Bach Vespers, this time on Trinity Sunday with Cantata 165, O heilges Geist und Wasserbad, and an Evensong at the Cathedral, sung with the choirs of our younger neighbours Magdalen and Christ Church. This latter occasion marked the retirement of Stephen Darlington after 33 years as Organist of Christ Church. Professor Darlington was succeeded by Steven Grahl, former Assistant Organist of New College and my successor as Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral (and, as a former Organ Scholar of Magdalen, a rare holder of the Oxford choral foundation triple crown). We all look forward to further collaboration in the future. In July the choir made a number of short video recordings - generously supported by an alumnus - which may now be viewed, or will shortly be released, on our YouTube channel and Facebook page. An immediate hit in the weeks before Christmas was the beautiful candlelit performance of Away in a manger. Finally, the choristers gave two lunchtime recitals of sacred and secular music, both to a packed antechapel. We plan to offer more of these popular programmes in future, outside university term but while New College School is still ‘up’. Michaelmas 2018 was the busiest and most challenging start to the academic year of the five I have known. Before term had even begun the choir had sung at two Gaudes and as part of the Martin Randall Travel Group’s Oxford extravaganza The Divine The Organist writes… NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 26 26/03/2019 16:16
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  30. 30. 28 Office; and the choristers had participated in a grand Evensong at Winchester Cathedral to mark the Founder’s Obit, together with the Cathedral choir and our Wykehamical cousins in Winchester College Chapel Choir. Then, not long after the start of term (but not before another Bach Vespers—this time featuring the ethereal Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele), we performed the Songs of Farewell by Parry in an unusual concert, as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival. We shared the programme, but not the venue, with tenor (and former NC chorister) James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook: they performed to one half of the audience in the Holywell Music Room while we sang the Songs of Farewell to the other half in chapel; during the interval the audience swapped places and the performers girded their vocal cords for a repeat. A tiring but very rewarding experience for us, timed to coincide with both the centenary of Parry’s death in October 1918, and the release of our new CD of the Songs of Farewell and other works by Parry and Mendelssohn. This recording, generously supported by the Ludwig Fund, has attracted warm approbation in the musical press: Gramophone described it as ‘a piercingly expressive, deeply humane display [that] will surely delight all Parry fans’. Demand has recently necessitated a rare second pressing of the disc: order yours while stocks last. The year careered toward its close with a series of December performances. Hot on the heels of the carol services, the choir sang as part of The Story of Christmas, a star- studded charity event held annually at St George’s Church, Hanover Square. Later in the same week the choristers sang live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, promoting the concert we gave a few days later at St John’s, Smith Square, as part of their Christmas Festival. Finally, on 22 December, a full chapel was entranced by the choristers’ performance of Britten’s evergreen Ceremony of Carols—a perfect way to close another busy choral year. Robert Quinney – the Organist SALVETE (Michaelmas 2017): Isaac Conway, Patrick Cryan, Adam Ellis, Theo Knight, Edmund Visintin (choristers); Lewis Hammond, Filippo Turkheimer (academical clerks); Daniel Gethin, Alexander Turner (lay clerks). VALETE (Trinity 2018): Tom Barry, Christopher Brain, Thomas Simpson (choristers); Peter Leigh, Harrison Short, David Winter (academical clerks); Josef Laming (organ scholar). 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 28 26/03/2019 16:16
  31. 31. 29 It has been a privilege and a pleasure for me to take up the role of Librarian in April 2018, working with the talented Library and Archives team at New College. I have joined the college from Durham University, but I am not new to Oxford, having previously worked as History Librarian in the Bodleian, prior to which I held posts at the British Library in London. As the library of one of the largest and highest-achieving colleges in Oxford, New College Library serves a vital role in the life and work of its student body and Fellowship, with significant and extensive rare book, manuscript and archival collections attracting researchers from the scholarly community worldwide. It is wonderful to have returned to Oxford. My professional background includes bibliographical and publishing history research, and, as a keen musician, I am very pleased to have joined a truly outstanding academic community with a world-famous choir and rich musical life. My predecessor, Naomi van Loo headed up our library and archives service for 17 years, passing on to my care one of the undisputed jewels in the crown of library and archives collections in Oxford – one of the University’s great collections. That the Library is so well-regarded both within and beyond Oxford owes very much to her dedication and skilful management over many years. Therefore, it was extremely fitting when a beautifully produced colour booklet, New College Library Through Time, was published at the beginning of 2018, marking her librarianship of New College (a form to purchase copies can be found at the end of this issue of the Record). Illustrated with photographs of unique and distinctive items from our rich and varied Library and Archives collections, it provides a fascinating account of the Library, from the first donation of books in 1377 by the college’s Founder up to the present day. The Library is enormously grateful to those Old Members and friends who have made financial donations to the Library over the course of 2018. Throughout its history, New College Library has benefited from the generosity of its donors, both in the form of regular gifts and one-off sums of money received. Many of the great treasures of the Library’s manuscripts and early printed books holdings, too, are now part of our collections thanks to the munificence and foresight of our donors. I am grateful to more than forty donors who have each kindly given books to the Library this year, often quite a number of volumes. Financial donations this year, also, have helped fund the acquisition of important modern antiquarian items, contributed to the Library’s conservation and preservation activities, which only increase as time goes by, and helped fund our ongoing digitisation programme. Stewardship of assets of enduring significance is an essential part of our responsibilities in the Library, as we seek to fulfil our commitments both to the wider scholarly community and also to our Old Members themselves whose Library this will always be. Two sizeable donations, in particular, are funding the purchase of two state-of-the-art exhibition cases, which will become available during 2019. These will enable the Library and Archives to better showcase some of our wonderful collections via a proper exhibitions programme to take place within the Library. In addition to ‘show and tell’ displays for the boys of New College School and for Dr Will Poole’s bibliography class, exhibition displays throughout 2018 have included: two Library Treasures displays for the Oxford Bibliophiles (spring and winter), another for the JCR and MCR, a Library, Archives and Chattels display for the boys of New College School, an LGBTQ+-themed display to accompany the launch of the New College Society LGBTQ+ Old Members Group, an illuminated manuscripts display for the Oxford Preservation Trust, a centenary display for the Wykeham and 1379 Societies of The Librarian writes… NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 29 26/03/2019 16:16
  32. 32. 30 The Library Benefaction Book (1617), p. 10 [detail] New College Library, Oxford © Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford Photograph by Colin Dunn NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 30 26/03/2019 16:16
  33. 33. 31 World War One materials, with Archives, commemorating the anniversary of the Armistice, and a Modern Languages-themed display of rare and unique materials in the SCR. The latter is the first in a series of subject displays intended in time to cover all subjects taught in New College and for which online exhibitions will also be created. During 2018 the Library increased publication of its e-journal, New College Notes to two issues per year, publishing issues 9 and 10 and assigning an ISSN to the journal to ensure its wider dissemination via Oxford and worldwide library catalogues. The journal was the inspiration of the Fellow Librarian, Dr Poole, back in 2012 and it has been carefully nurtured by him since. September saw the launch of two new social media channels for the Library: Twitter (@NewCollegeLib) and Facebook These new channels provide students, academics, alumni and friends of the Library and Archives with information updates and serve a welcome opportunity to promote the visual beauty, quality and international significance of our outstanding special collections. It is early days, but within less than four months of 2018, our tweets had attracted more than 750 ‘likes’ and been retweeted over 250 times. Issue 10 of New College Notes, published late December, saw the inclusion of the journal’s first video link from one of its articles, published via the new Twitter account. This led to its being picked up by the outreach Twitter account of the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the largest number of Shakespeare first folios in existence and to the world’s largest collection of materials relating to Shakespeare and his works. Within just five days, our little video, which revealed sparkling handwritten corrections (with pin-dust or ‘Calais sand’) in one of our seventeenth-century books, had been viewed over 7,500 times. There are ever-growing expectations in a highly competitive, student-fees HE environment of what the library will provide, with students demanding that the library come to them as well as they to the library. We have developed our website library-and-archives over the course of the year to promote and facilitate usage of various collections, including our Biography, Film, Student Welfare and Study Skills, and Colleges of St Mary Winton collections. But our web and social media presence will be increasingly important not only for our students and academics, but for our alumni too, who make up an important part of the New College family. Our special collections have been consulted more frequently this year than in previous years, with 112 appointments made by external readers to consult almost 250 items from our manuscript, early printed and other library collections. Students continue to use the Library heavily, with 11,725 items (more than 15% of the borrowable collection) loaned during the course of 2018. Ensuring the Library is well-stocked with up-to-date, required books is a cornerstone of our service offering, and we acquired 1,969 books over the 2017/18 academic year. Extensive use of a physical library might seem counterintuitive in the ‘digital age’, but the number of reader visits to the Library has continued to rise. Termly reader visits topped 20,000, probably for the first time ever, during Trinity 2018. There were 60,104 visits over 2018 (2017: 57,405, 2016: 53,577), with our busiest week recording 2,727 visits (4th week of Trinity). This is the first full year we have run our extended term-time opening hours of 8.30am till 2am and the Library’s physical spaces are being used more intensively than ever. Students require a welcoming space – a flexible, academic and social learning area – suitable for both quiet, independent work and small-group collaborative learning, where students can interact with information NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 31 26/03/2019 16:16
  34. 34. 32 sources and each other and researchers, beyond and quite separate from their living and departmental accommodation. The library as place seems more important to students than it has ever been. Improvements to the physical library and our reader services in 2018 also included establishing on the Lower Floor a Group Study Room with an online booking facility, fully re-signing the Library and its public areas to provide improved guidance to the building and the location of our collections, and implementing an eye-catching new books display in the entrance hall. We have thereby brought a fresh, consistent appearance and branding for all our signage, notices and communications. We finalised plans to refurbish most of the reader spaces on the Lower Floor, commissioning beautiful, bespoke wooden tables and leather chairs, in keeping with the ambience of the Library, for the Classics, Law, and Group Study rooms. This refurbishment will be fully operational at the beginning of 2019 and it will increase significantly the overall number of IT-enabled study spaces in the Library, providing students with more seating and study options, reducing pressure on reading spaces especially during Trinity Term and the Library’s busiest periods, going some way to improving WiFi coverage in the Library, and thereby addressing constructively issues students have been raising both through the JCR and MCR. We also initiated what will be long-term planning to improve the Library for readers with disabilities, and we developed plans for the implementation of a new circulation management system, to take effect during the course of 2019. Next year promises to be a busy and exciting one. Christopher Skelton-Foord – Librarian NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 32 26/03/2019 16:16
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  36. 36. 34 For many years, New Chamber Opera Studio has had Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress on a list of possible projects. With a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, it was inspired by William Hogarth’s paintings. Our stumbling block has always been getting a complete cast, but in Michaelmas Term it finally came together with Emily Gibson, Maximilian Laurie, Patrick Keefe, Tom Lowen, Carrie Thompson, Will Anderson, Helena Gavrilov, and Josh Newman. Under the baton of Chloe Rooke, the cast shone in the rarefied surroundings of the Sheldonian Theatre. The Summer Opera, Haydn’s Il mondo della luna, was first performed at Eszterhaza sometime in August 1777 during the wedding of Count Nikolaus Esterházy. The decision to stage the opera was taken at a late stage, and the whole opera had to be copied at break-neck speed. The central character is Ecclitico, a swindler pretending to be an astrologer. He has a telescope; those who wish to look at the moon must pay. But it is all a fraud; his servant shows the pictures at the other end of the telescope, and the jokes naturally follow, as they did in Simon Rees’ new translation. Steven Devine conducted, as always dynamically in control. The Studio show in Michaelmas Term was Haydn’s Lo speziale, The Apothecary, described as ‘a comedy of great warmth and ebullience’. The story is a love tangle, in which the Apothecary is in love with his ward Grilletta – but as also is the poor apprentice Mengone, and the rich and assured dandy Volpino. The action twists and turns encompassing a marriage contract, a map of Turkey, and the appearance of Volpino disguised as a Pasha; John Warrack’s translation features an aria about making a laxative. In the course of the year, we had three distinguished visitors: the counter tenor Andreas Scholl, the conductor William Christie, and the musical director, Jonathon Swinard. Andreas Scholl was able to spend almost a week with us, proving to be both genial and generous in a series of working masterclasses. William Christie engaged in a number of events on the history of Les arts florissants, the last of which was a classically stylish conversation with Edward Higginbottom structured in the five acts of a tragédie lyrique. And last, Jonathon Swinard, formerly one of the NCO répétiteurs, and now Head of Music at Garsington Opera, gave an afternoon’s coaching on the (often overlooked) detail of Mozart arias. Michael Burden - Tutor in Music; Dean; Pictures and Chattels Fellow; Professor of Opera Studies New Chamber Opera NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 34 26/03/2019 16:16
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  38. 38. 36 The National Portrait Gallery is an outing I often recommend to pupils and parents if they are in London. It is one of my favourite galleries. On a recent visit, I chanced upon Sydney Smith’s portrait. Perhaps most famous for saying that his friend Henry Luttrell’s idea of heaven was eating pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets, Sydney Smith was a fellow of New College in the late 18th century and, as his picture clearly shows, a genial, alert and witty observer of life around him. Seeing his picture again sent me back to some of his writings where I came across this characteristic bit of Smithian wisdom. `It is a very wise rule in the conduct of the understanding, to acquire early a correct notion of your own peculiar constitution of mind, and to become well acquainted, as a physician would say, with your idiosyncrasy. Does your mind turn its ideas into wit? Or are you apt to take a common-sense view of the objects presented to you? Have you an exuberant imagination, or a correct judgment? Are you quick, or slow? Accurate, or hasty? A great reader, or a great thinker? It is a prodigious point gained if any man can find out where his powers lie, and what are his deficiencies. (Sydney Smith, Elementary Sketches of Moral Philosophy, 1849)’ The notion that we should be honest enough to recognise our own particular strengths and deficiencies has been an important emphasis in our approach to learning this year. In the continuing development of the principles Pre-Senior Baccalaureate (PSB), which we adopted a couple of years ago as our curricular framework, we now award house points for different aspects of learning (leading to our own version of Top Trumps cards) and encourage pupils to review their work through Notes to self at the end of each piece of written work. As Smith’s writing shows, it is hardly a novel approach, but there is no doubt it needs re-affirming from time to time, especially when there is much concern about the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Because not only have pupils, of course, found they learn more effectively, but most importantly that contentment and wellbeing, as Sydney Smith implies, lie in understanding ourselves and playing to our strengths. On a wider canvas, part of understanding ourselves is surely to understand something of our collective history. 2018 was an opportunity to reflect in school on two important events which ultimately have shaped contemporary society. We joined in the college’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War, receiving the silhouette of a ‘Tommy’ (‘there but not there’) into the school playground for a week before it completed its journey into the Antechapel in time for Remembrance Day. And in recalling the centenary the Representation of the People Act of 1918, the beginnings of New College School NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 36 26/03/2019 16:16
  39. 39. 37 women obtaining the right to vote, we had a memorable talk from a trustee of the Fawcett Society and took to heart the words inscribed on the banner on the recently-erected statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square: Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere. I trust, therefore, that personal and collective self-awareness are central to all we do here. The rewards in terms of achievements and fulfilment in and outside the classroom are plain to see. As ever, all of the Year 8 leavers secured places to some of the country’s most demanding schools and some 50% gained academic, music or drama awards too. These awards are, of course, the pinnacle of a real desire to capitalise on individual talents throughout the School, often manifest in the many activities undertaken voluntarily (or perhaps with parental encouragement) which support work in the classroom. From the Maths Challenge, to the National Short Story Competition, to CREST awards, to national chess tournaments, to Young Art Oxford, to Reading in Interesting Places, LAMDA awards (all at distinction or merit this year) or ABRSM music exams (over 75% at distinction of merit), NCS pupils are aware of what they really enjoy and yet also have enough self-awareness enough not to laud talents over others: everyone has their strengths and relative weaknesses. It is probably fair to say that it is in music, sport, drama and our wider activities programme that the most distinctive talent emerges. The professionalism of the choristers is truly inspiring for all: they are ‘on-show’ almost daily in term-time in Chapel and this year also fitted in a Radio 3 broadcast, a tour to Brittany and a demanding round of concerts in London and Oxford at Christmas. Nor are we short of concerts and musical occasions in School: our termly junior and senior instrumental concerts remain popular, while our Chamber, Senior, Junior and Pre-Prep choirs give opportunities for all to sing. And parents can get involved too in the Choral Society which has combined with the Chamber Choir for several concerts this year. How fortunate we are to be able to use not only the college Chapel, but also the Holywell Music Room and the University Church as inspiring concert venues. NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 37 26/03/2019 16:16
  40. 40. 38 Idiosyncrasy may not always be intentional in the Pre-Prep’s summer pantomime (this year Little Red Riding Hood with suitably witty ‘politically-correct’ amendments) or in their nativity play, but our youngest pupils can always be relied upon to steal the show in one way or another. They certainly know their own minds. Years 3 & 4 clearly enjoyed their production of The Pirates of Penzance, with some talented singing and acting from both the starring roles and the chorus, while the Year 5 & 6 French play Le Petit Nicolas, took an amusing look at the perennial foibles and quirks of school children and their teachers, familiar the world over I suspect. Year 7 & 8’s production of Julius Caesar took us into more demanding costume territory as we swapped the traditional quasi-Tudor costumes for togas. Fortunately, through a parental contact, we were able to get 40 togas ethically made in India and the boys were able to talk to the manufacturers on Skype as the togas were being manufactured. Though most of them got quite adept at toga-wearing, they were undoubtedly more at home wearing RSC T-shirts for their summer play reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Using iPads to track key fitness skills, the sports department has enabled pupils to focus very effectively on building upon their strengths and addressing weaknesses. This has brought continuing good rewards in terms of personal fitness and in the outcomes of matches in all our major sports. And not only have we been competing locally, but we have NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 38 26/03/2019 16:16
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  42. 42. 40 also held our own nationally against bigger schools. We took fifth place in the IAPS football regional finals, reached the IAPS national finals for hockey and two boys won bronze medals at the IAPS judo competition, while another represented the School in the IAPS squash championships and finished up as one of the best sixteen players of his age group in the country. In athletics, seven school records were broken on this summer’s sports day. It is fair to say that one of the hallmarks of NCS is the way in which teachers share their interests and enthusiasms with pupils through our activities programme and the many special events they organise with such dedication. We have once again enjoyed the dressing- up of World Book Day and, this year, added a Victorian day in the Pre-Prep, a celebration of Chinese New Year, complete with a superb dancing Chinese dragon, an International Day, a most informative Science Week which brought in several scientist parents from our neighbouring university laboratories and, as the fruition of their special subject study, Year 8 pupils gave a series of impressive ‘TED talks’. And undoubtedly the activities’ week trips to the Malvern Hills, the Isle of Wight, Normandy and Sicily NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 40 26/03/2019 16:16
  43. 43. 41 NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES are wonderful voyages of self-discovery as pupils not only take in new places but also the whole business of personal organisation away from home. As ever, I am very grateful for the support of the college and the school governing committee who have had a particularly busy year keeping abreast of the detail of the plans for the redevelopment of the Savile Road site and making a number of senior appointments, following retirements and career progressions. Mr James Horton (Deputy Head) retired in Trinity 2018 and Mr Richard Poyser (Director of Music) took up the post of Director of Music at D’Overbroeck’s in Trinity 2018. I shall be stepping back from the Headship at the end of Trinity 2019 after eleven very fulfilling years to take up a new role within the Foundation. Dr Matthew Jenkinson (currently Deputy Head Academic) will succeed me and will head up a strong SLT team of the next generation, all of whom are bringing lively talents and distinctive qualities to their roles. But, ultimately, the success of a school depends upon the positive nexus of relationships across the whole school community. I am immensely proud of the mature and thoughtful contributions of the School Council and the Eco Committee, whose suggestions have a tangible impact on school life. Similarly, the Parents’ Association continues to be a source of wise advice, excellent social events and fundraising for those ‘little extras’ we would not otherwise afford: for example recently, three table football machines which are in constant use at breaktimes. And Wykeham Day in late June was an occasion for old boys and former parents to join current pupils and parents for joint displays of talent in an informal concert in School and then a pupils vs old boys cricket match, with the backdrop of the annual School Fête, this year held innovatively on Field. I hope, too, we have continued to be mindful of our responsibilities to the wider community. We have launched a bursary fund to give support to those who might not otherwise be able to benefit from an NCS education. In collaboration with the college’s outreach staff, we are beginning to develop educational partnerships with local maintained schools and started with a spirited debating competition, hosted by the college. As ever, our charity weeks are generously supported by the boys’ thoughtful efforts. This year we have raised money and, I trust, awareness for the Oxford Food Bank and The Gatehouse, the Alexandra House of Joy, an Oxfordshire day and respite centre for adults with severe and profound learning disabilities, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Royal British Legion. In all, there has been much to celebrate this year in the collective talents of our community and as the school moves forward into another exciting phase of its development and history. But at the heart of everything we do, I trust, lies a healthy self-awareness: what Sydney Smith called ‘a correct notion of your own peculiar constitution of mind’. I am convinced this, above all, will enable all our pupils to face with equanimity whatever challenges come their way. Robert Gullifer - Headmaster 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 41 26/03/2019 16:16
  44. 44. 42 We are living through a period when the Higher Education sector in the UK is facing significant change on a number of fronts. We cannot fully know yet what all these alterations will bring, but at the very least there are some important questions about future priorities for research, about support for students interested in studying for higher degrees, and the funding of some undergraduate subjects. At such times, it is important for a place like New College, which embodies a tradition of excellence in university education, to stay in touch with those who understand the benefits that such an education can bring. Whether or not we feel able to contribute financially to the college, we may all want to reflect on whether we have other opportunities to speak up for what Oxford can bring its students, and for what we expect of the University, and of our old college, as they endeavour to fulfil their educational purpose. In this context, the New College Society is an increasingly important link, designed as it is to nurture the connection between the college and its Old Members. In the light of the pressures outlined above, you will be pleased to know it is making greater efforts to fulfil this role than ever before in its history, and with a corresponding level of support from the college to help it do so. As most of you will be aware, all those who matriculated at New College are automatically enrolled as members of the society, and we have three main ways of staying in touch: through our programme of social events; through the support we provide each year to the New College Careers Forum and through our professional networks. On the social front, we held a number of events this year, some regular favourites, and others relatively new. The first was a repeat of the New College Society Garden Party, held on 23rd June in college, where around 130 alumni, friends and family attended, with the ever-popular Giffords Circus providing entertainment. Shortly afterwards on 28 June, the Warden kindly hosted the second New College Society drinks party for the under-30s in London, which was again a great success, and now looks set to become an annual event. The biennial London dinner took place on 19 November in Lincoln’s Inn Old Hall. A magnificent venue kindly enabled by Poppy Rimington-Pounder which the Society filled to capacity, thanks to the organisation and hard work of Helen Sherborne from the Society and Jonathan Rubery from the Development Office. Meanwhile, for 2019, we have a number of exciting events. For the first time the Society will host an LGBTQ+ drinks party in London in April, kindly organised by Adrien Mallevays. Equally a BAME dinner was held at the college, with the New College alumnus journalist and broadcaster Rageh Omaar (1987) in attendance. We are also finalising the details of another dinner and operetta at the British Embassy in Paris in the autumn, kindly hosted by the ambassador, Lord Llewellyn (1984), also an alumnus. Following the success of last year’s London lecture given by Professor Cameron Hepburn on ‘Towards a Green Economy’, we will be hosting another lecture to be given by New College Research Fellow and Astrophysicist Professor Chris Lintott entitled ‘I want to believe: An astronomer’s thoughts on Aliens’ on 14 May, again at the London School of Economics. The New College Society NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 42 26/03/2019 16:16
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  46. 46. 44 The Careers Forum took place, as always, early in Michaelmas term, on the afternoon of 3 November in Hall, with about thirty alumni in attendance, covering a mix of different sectors and professions, and a range of different ages. Just short of a hundred students participated, during what was a very lively afternoon. As usual this event attracted a diverse mix of both undergraduates and graduates. Some were clear about their future career choice, but wanted to explore aspects of how best to approach their interviews or to choose between companies and firms; others had little or no idea where they might want to go next, and used the forum as an opportunity to explore and ask basic questions about what was involved and why. Every year we are told by the students how helpful it is to have advice from experienced individuals in a friendly context, completely outside the pressures of an interview. Wrapping up the afternoon with tea and cake kindly hosted by the Warden in his lodgings, the energy from the alumni involved was palpable. This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Society’s year. We are very grateful to each of the Old Members who give their time so generously at a weekend to help New College students. Meanwhile the work of the Society’s alumni networks continues to grow, covering a significant number of different sectors and professions: • City and Professional – focusing on those working in the City, and led by Isabel Mahony, who organised a drinks party in mid-January, where Stephen King, Senior Economic Adviser to HSBC, was speaker. This format was particularly successful, and the room was filled to capacity, suggesting that in future larger venues will need to be found. The next event is due to take place in May 2019. • Government and Public Service - led byAnna Crispe, with help from Tony Evans.As in previous years, an event was held in Portcullis House, next to the Houses of Parliament, where several Old Members formed a panel with whom a group of undergraduates, who had travelled up from College, could discuss potential careers. On this occasion the MP Gordon Marsden (1973) gave a personal talk on entering politics at the beginning of the session, which made the occasion particularly special, many participants commenting on it enthusiastically afterwards. • Life Sciences – led by Gavin Outteridge. This year, the life sciences network had a particularly special event, a dialogue with Richard Dawkins, held in Trinity term in the Warden’s Lodgings to a capacity audience. This was a truly remarkable opportunity to hear Richard in conversation with theWarden and other participants, providing fascinating insights, preceded by drinks in the Warden’s garden and followed by a delicious meal in the Lodgings. • Media – led by Rod Henwood, and covering traditional media, as well as data/digital and IT. In mid-January, Rod organised an evening with Nick Robinson, the BBC political editor, in London, where Nick took as his theme, `The fight for facts in the age of fake news’. Needless to say this was very well attended and gave participants a chance to reflect and discuss this important contemporary theme with one of the UK’s most distinguished political commentators. All those attending were particularly in debt to Nick Robinson, given he is not actually a New College alumnus, albeit a close friend of Rod’s. NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 44 26/03/2019 16:16
  47. 47. 45 • New College Law Society – led by Kate Hallett. Although this society predates the creation of the alumni networks over the past decade, and continues to organise a dinner (this year in February) it now coordinates its work with the Society, providing a useful source of ideas for other networks and participating in the Society’s broader career support if and as relevant. • Entrepreneurs – led by Alex Hearn. This network was inaugurated in 2017, and held its second event, a drinks party in late September, at the Hoxton hotel in Shoreditch. About 40 participants from a wide range of ages and backgrounds attended. Already quite active, by its nature this network is one whose potential members are largely identified by word-of-mouth, and is likely to grow over time as people get to know of its existence. In addition to the drinks party, the network also supported a special session prior to the careers forum in college in November, designed to help those undergraduates and graduates thinking about setting up a business by giving them access to experienced alumni ready to answer all and any questions. Details of the Society’s events, and how to apply to attend, will be posted as they become available on the relevant Old Members’ and Friends’ area.   As you have seen above, a number of alumni and non-alumni have volunteered through the year to speak on various occasions to different networks, and I would like to take this occasion to thank each and every one of them on behalf of the Society for their time. It is very valuable to all those involved and hugely appreciated.   Another very important note of gratitude goes to our outgoing President, Jamie Dundas. During Jamie’s time as President we have made great strides in terms of our organisation and our relationship with the college, and despite bouts of ill health, he has been instrumental in making these happen, building on the wealth of experience he has from so many other roles through the years. We are hugely appreciative of all he has done for the Society through many years. We warmly welcome our new President, Charles Williams (1981), who has been a very active member of the committee for some time, and has been instrumental in building up the alumni networks, amongst much else.   The significant level of activity currently undertaken by the Society is only really possible due to the active support of the college, and in particular of Mark Curtis and his team in the Development Office, and of our Warden, Miles, who attends all of our events, and personally hosts a number of them. This is a very significant commitment, especially on Miles’ part, a commitment for which we are very grateful, and which has resulted in New College having what many argue is one of the most active alumni organisations in the University. We look forward to the year ahead, and as always welcome any questions or ideas you may have about present or future plans. Mark Byford – Secretary NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 45 26/03/2019 16:16
  48. 48. 46 As I write this report, preparations are being made to announce publicly the successful completion of the Oxford Thinking Campaign. For those of you with long memories, you may recall that this fundraising appeal was launched in 2008 with the aim of raising £1.25 billion (nudging beyond the paltry £1 billion campaign that Cambridge had previously announced). Some four years later, the target having been reached, the campaign was extended with a new goal of £3 billion. By the end of December 2018, this too had been achieved. Oxford Thinking is not the first fundraising campaign in Oxford, but where it was different was both in its scale, the most ambitious goal ever in Europe and one of the largest globally, and in celebrating philanthropy not just at the university level but across the collegiate university: a gift to every constituent element of the university, whether college, department or library, counted towards the campaign. So what was the significance of Oxford Thinking to New College? Well, firstly, Old Members and other supporters of New College have since 2008 committed just over £43 million, one of the largest contributions of any college’s community to the campaign. Secondly, in efforts to join up college and university priorities for funding, the campaign introduced two matched funding schemes from which the college has been able to benefit: the Teaching Fund offered a 2:3 match for funds raised to endow tutorial fellowships and the college’s fellowships in French and Ancient History have both been secured in perpetuity through the scheme; the college was also able to make use of the Oxford Graduate Scholarship Matching Fund, to fund a series of scholarships for graduate students. But perhaps more profoundly, if less tangibly, I believe that Oxford Thinking has helped the college to raise its sights in terms of the potential of philanthropy, encouraging it better to assess the opportunities that such financial support can bring and the impact on college life that it delivers. Looking back over the past ten years, philanthropy has deeply affected the college and its members. From the physical environment, such as the Clore Music Studios, the new fully accessible student rooms in the Kimber Wing or the preparations on Savile Road for the Gradel Quadrangles, to the one hundred and twenty five undergraduates and graduates supported by a bursary or scholarship; from the eight hundred students who have received grants from the Sporting & Cultural Awards Fund to help with extra-curricular activities to the nine tutorial fellowships whose future have been secured through endowment and the thirty five junior research fellows who have passed through the college in that time; all have been made possible through philanthropic support. The college owes a huge debt of gratitude to the 3,274 Old Members and friends who, through their contributions to New College and Oxford Thinking over the last decade, have made their mark on the college. Others will have supported different parts of the university and some will have given to both. Development Office NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 46 26/03/2019 16:16
  49. 49. 47 To all, we say thank you. A small number of those gifts have been transformational in terms of their individual impact and some £10 million has come in from charitable bequests to the college from Old Members and their family, but over £5 million has been generated from those making regular contributions, proving that many a mickle really does make a muckle. The end of Oxford Thinking offers a moment of reflection, but philanthropy has the potential to make an ever greater difference as we move forward. At New College, such support will play a vital role as we embark on the largest building project since the New Buildings and as we look to extend our flagship Step-Up outreach programme. A broader range of scholarships will allow students hoping to continue their studies to overcome fears about the debt that their undergraduate degree has left them with and an expansion of the Student Support Fund will ensure that more students can be offered financial support when needed. Not to mention the endowing of other tutorial fellowships, especially in PPE as it approaches its centenary at Oxford in 2020, the comprehensive redevelopment of the library, the transformation of Chapel Yard or the renovation of the Longwall cottages. Mark Curtis – Director of Development NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 47 26/03/2019 16:16
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  51. 51. 49 SCR News We report with sadness the death of four Honorary Fellows, Sir Gerard Elliot MA FRSE on 28 January 2018, Professor Sir Roger Elliott Kt, MA, DPhil, FRS on 16 April 2018, John Julius Viscount Norwich, BA, CVO, FRSL, FRGS, FSA on 1 June 2018, Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, Kt, MA(PhD Camb), FRS, FRSE on 11 January 2019, and Wykeham Fellows, Lady Smith, BA on 27 October 2018 and Mary Weston, CBE on 28 October 2018. Caroline Thomas, MA, MLitt (BA Wales, MBA Aston) and Dr David Limebeer, BSc Witwatersrand, MSc PhD Natal, DSc Lond have been elected Emeritus Fellows. Professor Steven Balbus has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). Twenty-three new members have joined the SCR. Maria Balgova joined the college for the academic year 2018/19 as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Economics, to cover Dr Richard Mash’ sabbatical leave. Alongside teaching macroeconomics to undergraduates, she is in her final year of DPhil in Economics at Corpus Christi College. Her research is about search and matching, local labour markets, and internal migration. Prior to coming to Oxford, she read Economics at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and completed a fellowship as a leader writer at the Financial Times. Anna Magdalena Blomley joined New College in October 2018 as the Esmée Fairbairn Junior Research Fellow in Classics. Her research lies at the intersection of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, exploring political, social and economic structures through the study of ancient landscapes. In her DPhil thesis, she investigated the role of Late Classical and Hellenistic fortifications in the Argolid (Greece), while her current project focuses on the interaction between human activity and the natural environment in ancient Thessaly (Greece). Anna received her education in Classical Archaeology and Classical Greek Philology at the Universities of Oxford and Heidelberg, and has worked on various excavations in Switzerland, Germany and Greece. Rebecca Bowler joined New College in October 2018 as a Glasstone Fellow. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Cambridge before moving to the Institute for Astronomy in Edinburgh for her PhD.  In 2015 she moved to Oxford as a Hintze Fellow.  Her research focuses on the formation and evolution of galaxies in the early universe. Ondrej Cerny is joining New College for Hilary Term 2019 as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy to cover for Dr Paolo Fait. Ondrej specializes in Aristotle’s metaphysics and philosophy of nature, including their background in Plato and earlier thinkers. He read Literae Humaniores at St Hugh’s, continued with the BPhil in Philosophy at Univ, and is currently working towards a DPhil at St Anne’s. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Ursula Coope, develops a new interpretation of Aristotle’s theory of the infinite and explores its connections with ancient views on metaphysical indeterminacy. NEW COLLEGE RECORD | NEW COLLEGE NOTES 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 49 26/03/2019 16:16
  52. 52. 50 Kieran Calvert joined New College in Michaelmas 2018 as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Mathematics covering for Prof Victor Flynn. He is currently finishing his PhD in Dirac cohomology of algebraic structures. He is working on unifying the Dirac theories of reductive groups and associative algebras. He teaches undergraduate mathematicians prelims algebra and analysis and part A analysis and rings.  Michael Crabtree joined New College in October 2018 as the Todd-Bird Junior Research Fellow in Biochemistry. He completed a degree in Medical Science at the University of Birmingham, before moving to King’s College London for an MSc in Drug Discovery, and the University of Cambridge for his PhD. His research addresses the biophysical consequences of protein structure. Specifically, he is interested in the influence of protein disorder on liquid-liquid phase separation, a process that is thought to be important in the formation of subcellular membraneless organelles. Jennifer Crane joined New College as a Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in History, and joined the History Faculty as a ResearchAssociate. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, where she also taught the history of medicine.Herresearchinterestsare–broadly–intracingapoliticsofexpertiseandexperience in post-war Britain, and she recently published her first monograph, Child Protection in England: Expertise, Experience, and Emotion. Her latest project is a history of gifted children,andtheirroleasproxiesfornationalandpsychologicalinterestsduringtheColdWar. Lucy Dunlop is Stipendiary Lecturer in Russian during 2018-2019, having completed her DPhil at New College in 2017. Her focuses on the society and culture of the USSR under Leonid Brezhnev, with particular attention to constructions of heroism in propaganda for Soviet youth, voluntary participation in ‘official’ initiatives, and the emergence of celebrity and consumer culture. She also takes a keen interest in education in 21st -century Britain, and is a governor of a Northamptonshire primary school. Timothy Hinks was appointed as the Todd-Bird Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in Clinical Medicine in October 2018. He studied medicine at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Wadham College, Oxford, completing a PhD at the University of Southampton in the role of T cells in the immunology of asthma. He undertook postgraduate training in Oxford, Southampton and Dorset and has recently returned from 2 years of postdoctoral research at the University of Melbourne. As a clinician he co-leads the Oxford Specialist Asthma Service. As a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow his current research interests are into the immunology of lung infections and severe asthma. Nick Hughes is joining New College in May 2019 as a Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow. He is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of Philosophy. His research explores normativity in thought and action. He is currently working on a project about epistemic dilemmas. He obtained a Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews and the University of Oslo in 2015. Before coming to Oxford, he held position at Durham University and University College Dublin. NEW COLLEGE NOTES | NEW COLLEGE RECORD 92142 New College Record 2018 TEXT v2.indd 50 26/03/2019 16:16