Wolfson launches new interdisciplinary research hubs

Events have been taking place over the summer and continue over the next few weeks for new research hubs.

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Global Challenges require multidisciplinary solutions, the coming together of creative people with different skills and perspectives. Our College is a community of just such creative people - scholars from many academic disciplines, with curiosity about the world around them and the determination to change it for the better. Professor Jane Clarke, President of Wolfson College says, "Wolfson has particular strengths in this regard, since it is exceptionally multinational, it has a Visiting Researcher programme and hosts many part-time students who bring professional experience from the worlds of industry, education, policy, government and commerce. We also lack the traditional hierarchical barriers between Fellows and students – between education and research."

The College is developing a series of interdisciplinary research hubs in areas where Wolfson College Fellows, students and alumni have particular interest and expertise, and can engage their large global networks of collaborators. Our first three hubs concern Global Health, Sustainability & Conservation, and Gender. Each hub will soon have its own webpage.

We are providing an environment (both physical and intellectual) where challenging problems are discussed, where dialogue is encouraged, and where novel solutions are envisaged and developed. These hubs will be the catalyst to bring together interested Fellows, students and other partners from different disciplines. We will actively support the building of relationships with non-academic partners, in particular by galvanising our large international membership.

Two online events are taking place in the coming weeks which you are invited to join. The Sustainability & Conservation Hub is holding an online event, Theory of Change on Friday 11 Sept 2020 from 13:00-14:30: book here

Making the ‘Urban’ Better:  building healthy sustainable cities in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, a joint meeting between the Global Health and Sustainability Hubs will take place on Monday 14 Sept 15.00 - 17.30: book here.

No date has been fixed for the next Gender Hub meeting; email Charlotte Callahan if you would like to be notified when the event has been arranged.

What's on

President Jane Clarke with a coffee

Coffee and update with President Jane Clarke followed by virtual College tour

26/09/2020 at 10.00

Join Jane and members of our alumni community for an update as Wolfson prepares to welcome students at the start of term, followed by a virtual tour of the Wolfson College grounds - and accompanying historical insight - by Alumni Officer Rob Grayston.

Wolfson College University Challenge Team

Alumni Reunion Quiz

26/09/2020 at 13.00

We would like to invite the Wolfson Community to a quiz hosted and penned by Wolfson College's very own quizmaster, Eric Monkman (Economics, 2015)! 

President Jane Clarke with drink

Alumni Toast with President Jane Clarke and music from Jake Werth

26/09/2020 at 18.30

Raise a glass to Wolfson and its alumni around the world with a toast by President Jane Clarke.  The celebrations will continue with a performance by Wolfson student and Royal Academy of Music graduate Jake Werth from Wolfson's Lee Hall.

Wolfson flowers

Q&A with Oscar Holgate, Wolfson gardener extraordinaire

27/09/2020 at 11.00

Wolfson's acting Head Gardener, Oscar Holgate will be on hand to answer your questions about the College (and perhaps some of your own!) gardens.  We know the gardens are a highlight for many of our alumni; sign up to welcome a little bit of their beauty into your home.