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Merton News

April 2018

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.

It is with great sadness that the College has learned of the death of Sir Roger Bannister CH CBE (1929-2018), an alumnus and Honorary Fellow of the College.

February 2018

The Junior Organ Scholar at Merton has repeated the success of the Senior Organ Scholar, winning the Sawyer/Durrant Prize and the Doris Wookey Prize for the second highest marks in the Associate of the Royal College of Organists examination.

Second-year law undergraduates Ameer Ismail and Andrew Dixon were the winners at the Grand Final of the 'Cuppers' Mooting Competition 2018, securing a victory over Exeter College.

Dr Peter Braam, a former Junior Research Fellow at Merton who describes himself as a multidisciplinary innovator covering computing, data and science, has pledged to leave a significant legacy to the College to enable a major new programme of research focusing on Human Wellbeing.

As part of his final year in post, the Warden Sir Martin Taylor recently completed a whistle-stop tour of Asia, taking in the sights of Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and meeting Mertonians at a series of special dinners in the region.

January 2018

For the second time in three years, Merton alumni have been named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list which “continues to spotlight the impressive, the inspiring and the (genuinely) enviable” entrepreneurs and game changers in Europe.

December 2017

DPhil student Adrian Menssen (2014) was the lead author on a piece of research that was one of 2017's Top 10 Breakthroughs according to Physics World magazine; the research revealed a new fundamental aspect of quantum particles, and promises to have an impact in the field of quantum computation.

Sir Martin Taylor was presented with the award by the Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund, in recognition of his "extraordinary commitment ... to preserving the life, voice, ideas, and work of a persecuted scholar by providing a safe academic haven."

A production of Benjamin Britten's Curlew River will be the first offering from Ante Terminum Productions, an innovative, London-based opera production company founded by Mertonian Peter Thickett (2014) and fellow Oxford graduate Frederick Waxman (Univ, 2014).

November 2017

Sir Bernard takes the title Baron Hogan-Howe of Sheffield and will sit as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords.

Lukas Krone, currently in his second year as a graduate student, has been awarded this year's Sherrington Prize for outstanding achievement in the Neuroscience MSc, an accolade which he describes as a "very positive surprise".

The Oxford and Cambridge teams will commemorate the sacrifice made in the First World War by two former rugby captains at next month's Varsity Match at Twickenham.

October 2017

Supernumerary Fellow and Physics Lecturer Professor Andrea Cavalleri has been awarded the 2018 Frank Isakson Prize for his "pioneering contributions to the development and application of ultra-fast optical spectroscopy to condensed matter systems, and providing insight into lattice dynamics, structural phase transitions, and the non-equilibrium control of solids."

A coachload of Merton tutors and students is heading to Birmingham to take part in an event which will provide insights into what life is like at Oxford and offer information on the admissions process to students who may not otherwise have a chance to engage directly with the university.