Worcester is pleased to be the College Partner for this year's Oxford Literary Festival, which begins on Saturday 21st March. Several hundred speakers, including the Provost's wife Dr Paula Byrne, are scheduled to appear over the nine days of the festival, with a spectacular three-course Venetian Dinner due to be held in the College on Friday 27th March. Tickets for the dinner are already sold out, but to book any of the other Festival events, or to view the programme, visit the website at http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/.
On Wednesday 18th February (Ash Wednesday) the Chapel Choir will sing a Eucharist in Chapel at 6 p.m. The service will include the traditional imposition of ashes to mark the beginning of Lent. All are welcome.
Maria Djurkovic (1979) has been nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA for her production design work on The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This is Maria's first Oscar nomination; read an interview about her work on the film here.
Old Member Peter Kosminsky (1976) has directed Wolf Hall, the television adaption of Hilary Mantel's novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, which begins its six part run on BBC2 at 9pm on Wednesday 21st January.
Professor Judith Freedman, Fellow of Worcester College and Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Taxation yesterday. The award recognises her contribution to the field of taxation.
Professor Jonathan Bate, CBE, FBA, Provost of Worcester College and Professor of Literature, was knighted for services to literary scholarship and higher education. Professor Bate is a biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar of Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Vice-President (leading the Humanities) of the British Academy and from 2007–2011 sat on the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The 2014 Norrington table has been published and Worcester is in third place - up from 11th last year! This is the College's highest ranking for many years and congratulations are due to our students. The full table can be viewed here.
Hanneke Grootenboer, tutor in History of Art, has been awarded the Kenshur Prize for the best interdisciplinary book in eighteenth-century studies for her study Treasuring the Gaze: Intimate Vision in Late Eighteenth-Century Eye Miniatures (University of Chicago Press, 2013). The Kenshur Prize comprises of a cash prize and an invitation to attend an interdisciplinary seminar dedicated to the winning book, and is awarded each year by the Eighteenth-Century Studies Center of Indiana University at Bloomington.