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Neda Agha-Soltan Graduate Scholarship

Neda Agha-Soltan

The College is delighted to announce that, thanks to two generous gifts, it has been able to establish a graduate scholarship in Philosophy in memory of Neda Agha-Soltan, the 27-year-old Iranian philosophy student who was killed in Tehran on 20 June during the protests over the outcome of the 2009 Iranian presidential election.

Commenting on the scholarship, the Provost, Professor Paul Madden, said, ‘Oxford is increasingly losing out to its competitors in the race to recruit top graduate students. Donations such as those that have enabled us to create the Neda Agha-Soltan Scholarship are absolutely vital for us to continue to attract and retain the best young minds.’

The scholarship provides the amount of money required to pay the College’s graduate fee. All students accepted by the College for the M.St., B.Phil. or D.Phil. in Philosophy are eligible for consideration for the Scholarship, but preference is given to those of Iranian nationality or extraction.

The first holder of the scholarship is Arianne Shahvisi, who has just joined the College and is studying for an M.St. in the Philosophy of Physics. Arianne writes that ‘It is a great honour to be the first student to receive the scholarship in the memory of Neda Agha-Soltan, which is particularly meaningful to me, being a young woman of Iranian descent, also studying philosophy. In accepting the scholarship, I extend my sincere condolences to the Agha-Soltan family, and hope that in succeeding in my studies at Oxford, I can do justice to the name of their brave and gifted daughter.’

Donating to the Scholarship

To donate to the scholarship fund, please visit (select ‘Graduate Scholarships’) or download the donation form and return it to the Old Members’ Office at College.

Professors Colin Morris and Sir James Ball elected to Honorary Fellowships

We are delighted to announce that the Governing Body has recently elected the Reverend Professor Colin Morris FBA FRHistS (Modern History, 1945 / Theology, 1948), Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton, and Professor Sir James Ball (PPE, 1954), Emeritus Professor of Economics and former Principal of the London Business School, to Honorary Fellowships.

Latest College Newsletter published

Issue 15 of the Queen’s College Newsletter is now available online, and will be distributed to Old Members and other friends shortly.

Click here to view the Newsletter in your browser.

MBE awarded to Claire Taylor

We are delighted to congratulate Claire Taylor (Mathematics, 1994), who has been awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year Honours List for services to sport. Claire is a member of the England cricket team, and the first female ever to be named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

Latest information on Needle & Thread Gaudy — updated 6/1/10 4.45 pm

6 January 2010, 9.45 am

  1. The Needle & Thread Gaudy will be taking place as planned on Saturday.

  2. Old Members who have reserved a place but who cannot now travel to Oxford, thanks to the weather, are requested to contact the Old Members’ Office on (01865) 279214 or by email. We shall of course arrange refunds of your accommodation charges.

  3. If it would help Old Members to travel on Friday and also stay in College on Friday night, then again please contact us as we will probably be able to accommodate you. Similarly, if you would like to extend your accommodation to cover Sunday night as well, please contact us to see if this is possible — we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide rooms on Sunday, but we will make every effort to help.

  4. We are currently considering what arrangements to make to give those Old Members who are unable to attend the opportunity to come to a future Needle & Thread Gaudy.

UPDATED 6 January 2010, 4.45 pm

  1. Old Members may find the following websites useful when planning journeys:

Local bus services, including park & ride services, and London and airport coaches
National Rail
Highways Agency

We continue to advise Old Members who are coming by car to use the park & ride services — details here.

Excellent coach services to Oxford from London are provided by two companies: the Oxford Espress X90 and the Oxford Tube

If you need any advice or help in relation to the Gaudy, please do not hesitate to contact the Old Members’ Office.