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Merton News

August 2018

Merton's Senior Organ Scholar was one of 13 shortlisted competitors, drawn from an extensive long list of organists aged 21 and under from across the world, who performed on the organ of St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh.

Law undergraduate Niamh Kelly (2015) has been awarded the inaugural prize, and will attend the Federalist Society Student Symposium in the USA in March 2019.

July 2018

Judy, who first joined the society as a PhD student in the early 1970s, will take up the role in January 2019, and serve as President for three years.

June 2018

For the third year in a row, the judges have reflected the high standard of the essays submitted for the competition by choosing to include a runner-up alongside the two winners.

There were 62 entries to our Pre-Law Residential Essay Competition, launched in May and intended to encourage UK Year 12 school students to consider studying Law at Oxford.

A team which includes Professors Matt Higgins, Simon Draper, and Sunetra Gupta, will explain the science behind their most recent breakthrough, one which could lead to the development of an urgently-needed vaccine to combat malaria.

History and Modern Languages undergraduate Sofia Coelho's photograph was chosen as the winner at the 2018 Sustainability Showcase, which saw staff and students from across Oxford University gather to recognise the contributions they have made towards making its operations more sustainable.

The third year Music undergraduate, who sings bass with the Choir of Merton College, has been selected as one of a new cohort to participate in the scheme, which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers.

May 2018

The Regius Professorship – a rare, sovereign-granted title – was granted to Oxford’s Mathematical Institute as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations

David, who is Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology and Head of the Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics at the University of Oxford, will take office at the Society's Annual General Meeting on 16 September.

A former Fellow and two current Supernumerary Fellows have been elected to the Royal Society; and Professor Robert Maclaren has joined the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Supernumerary Fellow Professor Kathy Willis has been elected as Principal of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and will succeed Professor Keith Gull on 1 October 2018.

April 2018

Two Merton second-year undergraduates and an alumnus, together with a Jesus College student, have won the 11th International Roman Law Moot Court Competition.

Merton's winning run in this year's competition was finally brought to an end last night, as they were defeated by the team from St John's College, Cambridge, the scores standing at 145-100 at the gong.

Professor Tillmann took up her appointment as Vice-President of the Royal Society at the start of April; she will serve until the end of November 2018.

It is with great sadness that the College has learned of the death of Professor Michael Gelder FRCP FRCPsych FMedSci (1929-2018), an Emeritus Fellow of the College, former Subwarden and WA Handley Professor of Psychiatry, and co-author of the Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry.

March 2018

This year’s fifteen History and joint schools finalists battled through snowstorms to get to their reading party in Cornwall.

The first weekend of February saw the return of some Merton/Mansfield RFCs greats for the annual Old Boys exhibition match.

A motion passed at a meeting of the College's Governing Body on Monday 12 March 2018.

A paper co-authored by Dr Kasra Amini (2012) has been chosen as the cover story for the 7 March 2018 edition of The Journal of Chemical Physics. The paper, based on Kasra's DPhil thesis, details new techniques for imaging molecules and biochemical reactions.