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01st January 2005

A collation of the news from 2005

Mark Allen

Mark Allen (1968, Oriental Studies) was knighted in the New Year Honours list.

Professor Andrew Blake

Former Engineering Science Fellow Andrew Blake has been elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society.

Matt Hancock & Matt Coates

Matt Hancock (1996, PPE) and Matt Coates (1999, MSc Engineering) are planning a trip to the Magnetic North Pole. The expedition will last for 8 weeks and is due to begin in mid-March 2005.

A series of talks at Exeter College

  • Robert Fox, Defence Correspondent of the London Evening Standard and veteran of the Falklands, Kosovo and Iraq will be talking on how to survive as a defence corr – in the Lodgings on Wednesday January 19th at 5.45.
  • Monday January 24th – John Micklethwait, American Editor of The Economist and co-author of The Right Nation on Why America is so Right (5.45 in the Lodgings)
  • Wednesday January 26th – Richard Sandbrook, co-founder of Friends of the Earth UK and Julia Marton LeFevre of LEAD International on Are NGOs Bad for the Environment? (5.45 in the Lodgings)
  • Monday January 31st – Masterclass by Deloittes on how to write a cv and how to be interviewed. (5.45 in the Lodgings).
  • Wednesday February 2nd – Linda Christmas, Director, Newspaper Journalism course, City University (the best journalism course in Europe) on How to be a Journalist – see here. (5.45 in the Lodgings)
  • Monday February 7th – Matt Coates and Matt Hancock, Exeter College Old Members, on their coming expedition to the North Pole (see here)
  • Tuesday February 15th – A conversation with A S Byatt – part of the Turl Street Arts Festival – 5.45 the Saskatchewan Room
  • Wednesday February 16th – Gareth Davies, Governor, Pentonville Prison. Gareth Davies ran the prison service in the British-controlled sector of Iraq at the time of the Abu Ghraib abuses.
  • Wednesday February 23td – Helena Kennedy – The Lodgings, 5.45.
  • Sunday 27 February – Chris Patten, Chancellor, University of Oxford – 9pm, Saskatchewan Room
  • Wednesday March 2nd – Lord Butler, Master of University College and chairman of the Butler Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction, 9pm. Saskatchewan Room
  • Friday March 4th – Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, time TBA.

Careers evening

Exeter College held a series of career talks on February 7th. The following Old Members gave presentations on their profession:

  • Roger Alton, editor of The Observer
  • George Bowen, starting a business
  • Nick Kendall-Carpenter, National Trust charities
  • Colin Fox, Intuitive Systems, IT
  • Jenny Sweet, advertising
  • Tracy Northey, Morgan Stanley finance and banking
  • Jeremy Pocklington, HM Treasury, civil service
  • Danny Robins, script-writing for the BBC
  • Paul Doherty, Head Teacher, Redbridge, school teaching.

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman has been named ‘Greatest Briton in the Arts 2004’ in an awards ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Film Award

A short film, entitled ‘Le Cauchemar de l’Homme: Noir et Blanc’, and made by Matthew Green (2001, Modern History) and Duncan Brown (2002, English), won the University Film Cuppers competition which took place during 7th week of Hilary term.

Battle of the Bands

Exeter College band Hammer vs the Snake won the Oxford University Battle of the Bands in week 7 of Hilary Term. The band consists of:

  • Stephen Wood (2003, Organ Scholar – Music) – Keyboards and vocals
  • Christopher Martin (2002, Mathematics) – Drums
  • Gregory Jenkins (2003, Mathematics) – Guitar
  • Phillip Nash (2003, Mathematics and Computing) – Bass guitar

John Fasman

John Fasman (1998, MPhil) published ‘The Geographer’s Library’, his debut novel, on 3 February 2005.

Jeremy Cresswell

Jeremy Cresswell (PPE, 1968) has been appointed British High Commissioner to Jamaica.

Joseph Nye

Professor Joseph Nye (1958, PPE) recently published a novel, entitled The Power Game: A Washington Novel

Jazz event

As part of the Turl Street Arts Festival, February 19th 2005 saw the first ever Exeter College Jazz Event. The event lasted all day, and included a jazz workshop, a jazz parade around the Turl, and a concert in Hall.

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