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The Antonian E-newsletter

December 2017

Dear Antonians,
Welcome to this, the e-newsletter for December 2017. Here you will find the latest news from the College, alumni updates, and upcoming events, in addition to those mentioned in the Antonian Newsletter 2017, which should be arriving at your address, otherwise available here.

We are also bringing you an exclusive - the artist Benjamin Sullivan's thoughts on painting Margaret MacMillan's portrait - and the latest from the Boat Club's Michaelmas efforts. The latest awards of the Antonian Fund - a vital alumni supported student resource are also included, so you can see the effect your engagement with the College can have.

We would always appreciate feedback on this e-newsletter, or further updates which we would be happy to share and celebrate on our social media, or include in future bulletins. 

In this issue:
Best wishes from Woodstock Road,
Martyn Rush
Communications co-ordinator (and MPhil Modern Middle Eastern Studies, '15)

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Warden Portrait - Artist's Impression

The artist who painted the portrait of our former Warden, Professor Margaret MacMillan, described the process and inspiration behind his work in a fascinating speech at the unveiling, which we are pleased to share with you.

The portrait can be found on our Instagram page.

Artist Benjamin Sullivan said: ‘I’m often asked to take on commissions for heads of colleges and institutions. St Antony’s, it was clear, had a reputation for being a very different place from other colleges. This was apparent from even a brief visit. I thought the painting should reflect the College.’

See the full speech here.
College and Fellows' News

Dr Toby Matthiesen, Sir Adam Roberts Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of the Middle East organised a workshop for the EU Parliament’s Think Tank on sectarian politics and conflict in the Middle East.
More information | Proceedings

Dr Matthiesen also wrote an article for Foreign Affairs on the on-going arrests in Saudi Arabia, which he characterised as the ‘Purge in Riyadh’.

We are delighted to announce the details for the 2018 International Politics Summer School, held at St Antony’s and directed by Professor Paul Chaisty, Associate Professor of Russian Politics. This will be a two-week residential summer school, aiming to tackle the vital issues that shape politics in the modern world with a regional focus.

More details are available here. Please share widely in your networks.

Professor Dan Healey, Professor of Modern Russian History, has completed a new book on Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi.
Boat Club Bulletin - Christ Church Regatta
After six weeks of training, SABC entered four gender-neutral crews in Christ Church Regatta (CCR). All had at least one victory; these include fourteen Antonian women who claimed their first wins as rowers, coxes, captains, and coaches in Oxford's open (“Men’s”) division. Both our two competitive boats made it through to the final day of the competition, a feat shared by only one other club this year (Wadham).

Race results are as follows:  

• Novice Crew 1: Lose to Pembroke MA in the first round of CCR; beat Merton MA in the repechage. Lose to friendly Keble MA who are DQ’d for illegal subs (technical win). Lose to Brasenose MA in the fourth round.

• Novice Crew 2: Beat Christ Church MA in race one of Nephthys Regatta; lose to Wolfson MA in round two. Beat St Edmund Hall MA in the first round of CCR; in round two a close loss on the course to friendly Regent’s MA, who were racing with three seniors (technical win). In round three, Wadham MB fail to boat and N2 advance with a row over. In round four, a close loss to St Hugh’s MA.

• Novice Crew 3 (friendly): Lose to St Hugh’s MA; beat friendly St Anne’s MB (with one senior); lose to New College MA.

• Novice Crew 4 (friendly): Lose to Magdalen MA (with two seniors); beat Balliol MA (with one senior), (technical loss).

SABC is immensely proud of the progress and determination of all our new novices and the dedication of our seniors.  We can’t wait to get back on the water to take on Torpids and Bumps racing in Hilary!

More Boat Club news, see their website, or Facebook page. To donate, see this page.
Support the Boat Club
STAIR update
The St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) is the University of Oxford’s only student-run, peer-reviewed, academic journal of international affairs. STAIR publishes two issues each year (winter and spring). As an Antonian, we invite you to get involved with STAIR by submitting academic articles, or encouraging your academic institution to subscribe.

Find our call for papers here:


STAIR offers print and online subscriptions to our Journal. Please ask your institution if they would be interested to subscribe. 

For more information please contact:

Antonian Fund Michaelmas Term Grants

The College is pleased to announce the awarding of sixteen grants from the Antonian Fund to current members of St Antony's during Michaelmas Term. Applicants received funding for projects that look to enhance life at St Antony's and for the creation of new academic initiatives. Grant winners include funding for community projects, the boat club, seminars, conferences, sports clubs and lectures.  
Support the Antonian Fund
Alumni Books

We are delighted to feature a number of Alumni Books, which have been published as of December 2017. Click here for the full list

We are always keen to hear about the fascinating writing our alumni are up to.

If you would like to suggest a publication for featuring in our next e-newsletter (Hilary 2018) or for consideration in our print newsletter (Michaelmas 2018), please email -
Alumni Academic Roll of Honour

Our alumni go on to achieve great things in academia - here is our Academic Roll of Honour as of December 2017.

We'd be delighted to hear of your appointments, elections and promotions.

We will publish another e-newsletter in Hilary 2018, and our next print newsletter of the Antonian arrives in Michaelmas 2018. Send us your updates to
There's More In You - Career Updates

Our College motto is 'Plus Est En Vous' - there is more in you - and we always like to hear what great things our alumni have gone into in the world of business, social enterprise, start-ups, journalism, diplomacy and so much more. 

A full list of career updates we received is here
Send us updates from your own career successes here
Antonian Awards and Prizes

We received notice of a number of honours, awards and prizes in our Antonian community. Please update us and help us to celebrate your success by letting us know -

Please see here for the full list.
2017 Antonian Newsletter – out now!

The 2017 edition of the College newsletter, The Antonian, should be arriving through your letterbox as we speak. The online version is here.

In this issue, as well as all the usual updates from College, such as Centre news, student updates and a letter from the new warden, Professor Roger Goodman, there are academic articles on Brexit and the African copperbelt. We also feature a notable alumni, a fascinating current student, and more alumni updates than ever before. We welcome feedback – so please do let us know what you enjoyed, and what you would like to see, by emailing us.
Antonian events

Oxford – Torpids 28 February-3 March

St Antony’s Boat Club – there will be an Old Rowers dinner on 3 March in College

Rome - 16-18 March 2018
European Weekend – academic programme, gala dinner, Sunday brunch.
Booking link will go live in November 2017, check St Antony’s website after that date to book. More details.

San Francisco - 6-7 April 2018
The 2018 Alumni Weekend in North America will be held in San Francisco, CA. Enjoy a Friday night drinks reception overlooking San Francisco followed by a full day academic programme including Oxford academic and alumni speakers. More details.

Oxford – Summer VIIIs 23-26 May 2018
St Antony’s Boat Club – there will be an Old Rowers dinner on 26 May in College.

1980s Reunion - Save the date -  September 15-16 2018
Everyone who was a student, Fellow or staff member at St Antony’s between 1980 and 1990 is welcome to attend.

The Development Office also hopes to announce more events in due course, please check our website or Facebook page for more details.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Wouter at the Development Office – or 01865 274496
Antonian Podcasts

Many of our events are recorded and are available as podcasts. 

Highlights of the past year include the South China Sea conference, Sir Jeremy Greenstock's Antonius Lecture and a panel on the meaning of Brexit featuring Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis.

Full list of podcasts available here.
College Scholarships

St Antony's is pleased to offer five College scholarships for the year 2018/19. The scholarships generally are eligible to those applying in the January round of applications, although do check each scholarship page for specific details. We would appreciate if you would share these opportunities in any relevant networks you might have.

The Jusoor Scholarship is for a student who is a Syrian citizen or a stateless person normally residing in Syria to study for a one-year Master’s degree at St Antony’s College in the University of Oxford. Application details.

The Eni Scholarship is offering up to three students from Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, or the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) the opportunity to study for a fully funded degree in 2018/19. Application details.

The Swire scholarships are open to applicants who are permanent residents of Japan, China or Hong Kong and have completed the majority of their formal education in their country of permanent residency. Application details.

The Swire Charitable Trust and the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Kenya are offering one scholarship a year for entry between 2017/18 and 2018/19 to a student from Kenya reading for one year Master's degree. Application details.

The Scott Family Scholarship is for the MSc or MPhil in Japanese Studies. Worth £9,000. The candidate's Oxford College will be St Antony's and special consideration will be given to a student with a disability. Further details.

Update your Details

We would also like to ensure that we have the right contact details for you in the St Antony's Alumni database so that we can send you The Antonian newsletter, invitations to events and news and activities from the college, as well as to update you on our current fundraising initiatives from time to time.

It would therefore be appreciated if you could take a few minutes to complete our update survey. As an incentive, a
ll those who complete the form by 28 February 2018 will be entered into a prize draw to win a signed copy of one of the Warden’s recent books. 

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We are sorry if this is the case, and would welcome the chance to engage with you to find out why you do not feel fully part of the worldwide Antonian community. 
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It will be used by the Development Office for mailing of College publications, the organisation of events and informing you of fundraising initiatives.  St Antony’s College does not sell or give out data to any third party. If another Antonian wants to contact you we require your consent to pass on your contact details (without consent we will, however, offer to forward single pieces of post or e-mail to you).

However, Alumni email addresses may be given to recognised Alumni societies (Liaison Officers) associated with St Antony's College, so that they can forward you event and reunion invitations. The provision of this data is subject to a confidentiality agreement, signed by St Antony’s Liaison Officers. If you would rather not have your email address shared with St Antony’s Liaison Officers, please write an email to