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Alumni Voices

Every month a former Oxford student shares career highlights, insights, and memories of student days in this 15-minute podcast. The interviews are brought to you by the Alumni Office at the University of Oxford.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Sir Roger Bannister, athlete and neurologist (Exeter College, 1946) Sir Roger Bannister relives running the first sub-four-minute mile in a special podcast to mark the anniversary of his extraordinary achievement in May 1954. Roger Bannister 28 Apr 2017
2 Leading businesswoman Grace Sai describes how disruptive technology, including virtual and augmented reality, are changing how consumers interact with products. Leading businesswoman Grace Sai describes how disruptive technology, including virtual and augmented reality, are changing how consumers interact with products. Grace Sai 25 Apr 2017
3 Creative Commons David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (Corpus Christi, 1984) David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (Corpus Christi, 1984) David Miliband talks about the unprecedented global refugee crisis, its long-term characteristics and efforts to address the challenges ahead in this podcast. David Milliband 27 Feb 2017
4 Creative Commons Zoe de Toledo, Olympic silver medalist (St Catherine’s, 2010) Zoe de Toledo shares her extraordinary experiences of coxing at the highest levels, and her love of studying at Oxford in this podcast. Zoe de Toledo 10 Feb 2017
5 Creative Commons Writer and performer, Gyles Brandreth (New College, 1967) Celebrated writer, broadcaster, performer and former politician, Gyles Brandreth, talks about his extraordinary career and varied interests in this podcast. Gyles Brandreth 19 Dec 2016
6 Creative Commons Menswear Designer, Patrick Grant (New College, 2004) Menswear designer, Patrick Grant, shares his experiences studying for an Executive MBA at Oxford’s Said Business School, and talks about how he became an award-winning designer. Patrick Grant 12 Dec 2016
7 Creative Commons Warden of New College, Miles Young (New College, 1973) Miles Young, newly-installed Warden of New College, Oxford, shares his experiences studying history as an undergraduate and talks about how he transitioned into a career in PR and advertising. Miles Young 10 Nov 2016
8 Creative Commons Director of Modern Art Oxford, Paul Hobson (Brasenose, 1988) Director of Modern Art Oxford, Paul Hobson, shares his experiences studying Modern History at Brasenose College and talks about how he transitioned into a career in contemporary art. Paul Hobson 12 Oct 2016
9 Creative Commons Chief Executive of Stonewall, Ruth Hunt (St. Hilda’s, 1998) Ruth Hunt discusses her current role at Stonewall and offers advice to students who are considering Oxford as a LGBT-friendly university Ruth Hunt 09 Sep 2016
10 Creative Commons Historian and Capability Brown expert, Dr Oliver Cox (Univ, 2006) Dr Oliver Cox shares his passion for England’s greatest landscape designer, Capability Brown, in an interview recorded for the tercentenary celebrations of Brown’s birth. Oliver Cox 15 Aug 2016
11 Creative Commons Politician and chair of the Alumni Board, Baroness Shephard of Northwold (St Hilda's, 1958) Recorded only days after the EU referendum, this wide-ranging interview focuses on uncertainty in British politics and the transformative nature of an Oxford education. Baroness Shephard of Northwold 14 Jul 2016
12 Creative Commons Freelance journalist and Broadcaster, Henry Bonsu (Magdalen, 1986) Freelance journalist and broadcaster Henry Bonsu shares his experiences studying Modern Languages at Magdalen College and offers an insight into what it was like to be a black student at Oxford in the late eighties. Henry Bonsu 14 Jun 2016
13 Creative Commons Comedian and broadcaster, Ruby Wax (Kellogg, 2010) Comedian and broadcaster Ruby Wax shares her experiences of studying mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy and why she taken on a mission to save the world’s mental health. Ruby Wax 28 Apr 2016
14 Creative Commons Basketball legend, former Congressman and Rhodes Scholar, Tom McMillen (University, 1974) Multi-talented alumnus Tom McMillen describes his extraordinary life as a professional basketball player, scholar, politician and businessman. Tom McMillen 15 Apr 2016
15 Creative Commons Leading lawyer, academic and Marshall scholar, Kathleen Sullivan (Wadham, 1976) Kathleen Sullivan praises the tutorial system and her Oxford education, explaining how it has contributed to her successful career in academia and the courtroom. Kathleen Sullivan 03 May 2016
16 Creative Commons Marathon runner and coach, Mara Yamauchi (St. Anne’s, 1992) Interview with Olympic athlete and public speaker Mara Yamauchi as part of the Alumni Voices Podcast series. Mara Yamauchi 21 Mar 2016
17 Creative Commons Best-selling economist, Tim Harford (Brasenose, 1992) Tim Harford shares his prize-winning economic insights, explaining why you can’t buy a decent used car and why you should exercise caution with big data. Tim Harford 11 Feb 2016
18 Creative Commons Chief Executive of Oxfam, Mark Goldring CBE (Keble, 1976) Mark Goldring describes his distinguished career in international development, including his role as Chief Executive of Oxfam. Drawing upon his own experiences in Borneo, Bangladesh, Syria and beyond, he highlights the causes of poverty, and solutions. Mark Goldring 12 Jan 2016
19 Creative Commons Director and CEO of the Oxford Playhouse, Louise Chantal (Lincoln, 1987) Louise Chantal shares her love of the theatre and describes her involvement in Oxford’s cultural scene during her student days and running Oxford's famous Playhouse today. Louise Chantal 04 Dec 2015
20 Creative Commons Writer, doctor and champion of evidence-based medicine, Dr Ben Goldacre (Magdalen, 1992) Dr Ben Goldacre – author of the bestsellers Bad Science and Bad Pharma – dissects what is wrong with modern medicine and argues for better evidence-based medicine in this podcast. Ben Goldacre 17 Nov 2015
21 Creative Commons Historian and trip scholar for Spectacular Ceylon, Dr Maria Misra (Christ Church, 1982) Dr Maria Misra shares her experiences as both a student and academic at Oxford University, as well as her love of South Asia, in this podcast. Maria Misra 26 Oct 2015
22 Creative Commons Neuroscientist and Alumni Weekend speaker, Baroness Susan Greenfield (St Hilda's, 1970) Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE highlights how the unprecedented use of digital technologies is leaving a mark on our brains. Susan Greenfield 01 Sep 2015
23 Creative Commons Campaigner for women’s participation in technology, Ruthe Farmer (St Cross, 2007) Ruthe Farmer explains how her award-winning work to encourage women and girls to embrace technology can be traced back to her student days at Oxford. Ruthe Farmer 06 Aug 2015
24 Creative Commons Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Lord Patten (Balliol, 1962) The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH describes his long-standing links with Oxford and his high-profile political career in this wide-ranging podcast interview. Chris Patten 21 Jul 2015
25 Creative Commons Champion of renewable energy Juliet Davenport OBE (Merton, 1986) Juliet Davenport emphasises the role of renewable energy in the fight against climate change and shows how unprecedented progress is being made. Juliet Davenport 30 Jun 2015
26 Creative Commons Foreign correspondent Bethany Bell (Keble, 1987) BBC journalist Bethany Bell shares her love of Vienna and talks about her experiences as a reporter in this first interview in a new podcast series. Bethany Bell 19 May 2015