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Oriel Provost Neil Mendoza standing in his study
21 May, 2020

On Wednesday 20th May, the Secretary of State, Oliver Dowden CBE, announced that Oriel’s Provost Neil Mendoza will provide an expert and independent voice to the government, advising on how UK culture and heritage can begin the road to recovery from the pandemic.

Oriel College Choir wall of faces in digital performance
19 May, 2020

With lockdown keeping the Oriel College Choir apart this term, they have embraced the world of online performance via the Chapel YouTube channel. You can see and listen to their performances here, and video editor Francis Judd also gives some background explaining how they are made.

Oriel College
19 May, 2020

Following a generous benefaction from Orielensis David N. Lyon, Oriel College will be offering a new scholarship to support one student to undertake research into the politics of sex and gender equality in diverse societies. It is hoped that the first scholar will join the college in October 2021.

James Mellon
15 May, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Jim Mellon (1975, PPE), British investor and philanthropist, has gifted £1 million to support and advance the study of Longevity Science at Oxford, and specifically at Oriel. The gift will establish the Mellon Longevity Science Programme at Oriel to help the most vulnerable in society by advancing research into health resilience in ageing populations.

The Last 5 Years Advert showing cast members in a musical
5 May, 2020

First year Music undergraduate Imogen Albert is directing a student production of the musical The Last Five Years. Disrupted because of the pandemic, Imogen and the crew have recorded the performance and will stream it live at 7.30pm on Saturday 9th May.

Bar graph showing activities during UK lockdown
30 April, 2020

Jackson Junior Research Fellow in Energy, Dr Phil Grunewald, is conducting research into how the current COVID-19 lockdown is affecting activities and energy use across the UK.

Dr Sumana Sanyal
20 April, 2020

New Oriel Fellow in Medicine, Dr Sumana Sanyal, has secured £0.2m in government funding for her research into how SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) spreads within infected hosts.

Dr Martin Pickup
15 April, 2020

Turpin JRF in Philosophy Dr Martin Pickup has won the Marc Sanders Prize in Metaphysics, a biennial prize awarded by the Marc Sanders Foundation to philosophers who are within 15 years of the completion of their PhD.

Mapping of COVID-19 by Prof Max Crispin and his Team at University of Southampton
8 April, 2020

Research led by Orielensis and Supernumerary Fellow, Professor Max Crispin, has revealed the fundamental features of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Luke Young Wins TORCH Prize
7 April, 2020

First year DPhil candidate Luke Young, who is researching the interplay between feeling and criticism in 20th century literary essays, has been named as the TORCH Flash Fiction winner, for his short story ‘Error’.

Professor John Barton and his Book History of the Bible
2 April, 2020

Emeritus Fellow and former Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture Professor John Barton has been awarded the 2019 Duff Cooper Prize for his bestselling book A History of the Bible.

Oriel College
26 March, 2020

The College is monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak on a continuous basis. Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff and any visitors. This page will be updated with the latest information as the situation evolves.