Last Saturday on the 11th June 2022, alumnus Rupert Nabarro (1963) and his dog ‘Muddy Puddle’ hosted an Open Gardens event at Bere Mill, situated along the River Test in Hampshire. About 50 alumni attended from various matriculation years. Families brought picnics to enjoy on the grounds, and tea and cake was served later in the afternoon.
A memorial service honouring the life and achievements of former Regius Professor of History and Honorary and Emeritus Fellow Sir John Elliott was held at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin on Friday 10th June. The service was followed by a reception in Oriel’s Second Quad.
On Wednesday 1st June, British journalist, author, and TV producer David Patrikarakos visited Oriel to speak about the war in Ukraine and the impact of widespread Russian disinformation. The talk was hosted by the Provost, Lord Mendoza, alongside Fellow in Politics Professor Teresa Bejan and was attended by students, academics, and staff.
Rowers from Oriel’s 1969 and 1970’s crew returned to the river for an Exhibition Row on the final day of this year’s Summer Eights on Saturday 28th May. The event was arranged by Orielensis Peter Grove, who was also in the boat on the day.
Oriel's Men's First VIII fought off a strong challenge from Christ Church on the final day of Summer Eights to retain the Headship they have held since 2019. It was a very successful week overall for Oriel's boats, with the M3 and M5 crews gaining blades, the Women's First VIII achieving their highest ever finishing position in Summer Eights, and many other fantastic performances to celebrate.
Rex Nettleford Essay Prize winners Alisha Mafaas and Panod Pongpattanapun, along with several other Year 12 students whose essays received special commendations, were presented with their awards by the Provost at the occasion of the inaugural Rex Nettleford Lecture on Friday 20th May.
The first annual Rex Nettleford Lecture on Colonialism and its Legacies took place at Oriel on Friday 20th May, with speaker Professor Nandini Chatterjee of the University of Exeter delivering a lively and engaging talk on ‘Coming from, not staying at the roots: dealing with colonial legacies of language and law in South Asia and beyond’.