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Antonian Fund Activities 2022-2023

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Antonian Fund Activities

2022-2023

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The Antonian Fund offers vital support to various areas of College life and academic study.  It is funded exclusively by donations from alumni and friends of the College and we are hugely grateful for the generosity of our donors.

Since its inception in 2014, the Antonian Fund has supported a hugely diverse range of projects.  Grants are awarded across a number of categories, which you can read more about here.  Donors can choose to support a specific area, or choose ‘Greatest Need’.

For information on tax-efficient giving, please follow this link

DAC Scholarship

“The DAC scholarship is the foundational dais that holds my dreams, it is the most important and brightest light at the beginning of my Oxford journey, it is my testimony. Being the first-ever recipient is incredibly overwhelming and inspiring at the same time. I am grateful to the sponsors of the scholarship and St. Antony’s college for such a life-altering opportunity.” – Samira Mohammed Ibn Moro, St Antony’s first-ever DAC Scholarship Recipient (2022-23)

St Antony’s is committed to enabling students to fulfil their academic potential, regardless of background or financial concerns. In October 2021, the College Governing Body agreed to a proposal to raise funds for scholarships that will be awarded to students who completed their undergraduate degrees in countries that receive Development Assistance (as identified by the OECD).

Awarding scholarships such as this is not possible without the support of the worldwide Antonian community, and we are immensely grateful to all of our supporters, who have contributed to the Scheme during the 2022-23 academic year.

Artist-in-Residence

The Warden, Professor Roger Goodman CBE, was awarded £2,193.24 to cover the costs of having an Artist-in-Residence at St Antony’s, Dr Karen Aare.

From 5-18 June 2023, Dr Aare stayed in guest accommodation as she studied the Oxford Botanic Gardens, as well as photographing, drawing, and painting the St Antony’s College gardens.

The aim was to explore how the gardens frame the buildings and define the spaces between them, as well as investigate how the gardens are used by students and staff.

The results are still a work in progress, and the plan is for the final products to be displayed in a small exhibition at St Antony’s in autumn 2024.

Graduate Inequality Review

The Graduate Inequality Review received £150 for the maintenance costs of their website, as well as to facilitate the active involvement of St Antony’s students in the publication, either as editors, authors, or readers.

Students were able to attend a conference on Inequality and the Future at the end of the year, providing a forum for discussion of the most pressing challenges that their generation faces.

With the maintenance of the website and ability to promote their conference in July, the Graduate Inequality Review was able to boast over 80 attendees and enjoyed the participation of renowned speakers such as Professor Aaron Reeves.

Poetry Nights & Bookcase for Language Immersion Programme

Students received £250 for equipment needed for Language Immersion Nights and the installation of a bookcase in the CCR.

Events were well-attended, and included evenings of non-English poetry and a non-English karaoke night.

Oxford Middle East Review (OMER)

The Oxford Middle East Review was awarded £250, to be put towards journal and website design costs.

The Antonian Fund enabled OMER to conduct a series of activities, including: live blogging the Turkish presidential election, collaborating with the Oxford Political Review to host a panel discussion on the election, and hosting Iraqi poet Amal al-Jubouri for a poetry reading at the Middle East Centre.

College Sports

Students were also awarded £1,000 to be put towards sports equipment available to all college members, a ping-pong tournament, and a college-wide spirit week. Approximately 25% of the student body participated in the two events.

Students were able to purchase footballs, volleyballs, badminton sets, frisbees, and a ping-pong table – which now lives in the CCR.

The ping-pong tournament was very well-attended and welcomed players of all skill levels.

Spirit week involved a few days of athletic and mental events designed to bring the college together in the spirit of friendly competition.

Spirit week received great feedback, with students noting that it helped to bring Antonians out of their study spaces and provide a welcome interlude before the exam period began.

The red team emerged victorious, with the rival gold team a close second.



Annual Report

2022-2023

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Annual Report

2022-2023

Professor Roger Goodman, Warden

Professor Roger Goodman, Warden

A message from the Warden and Chair of the Governing Body

It is my pleasure to introduce the College’s Annual Report for 2022/23. The past academic year has almost certainly been the most active in the college’s history. I am confident that neither the average combined number (around 15 per week) of seminars, workshops and conferences nor the high attendances that most of them attracted held during term time across the year will ever have been exceeded. The dining hall has been packed; at lunch times, the queue has not infrequently gone all the way down the stairs and out to the porter’s lodge. High Tables regularly required two or even three rows of tables. There have been student club, society and sporting activities as well as student-led events almost every day. In short, it has felt as if there has been a post-pandemic ‘sugar rush’ in the college as we rediscovered the pleasure of meeting in person after two years of living mainly online.

It is always invidious to pick out individual events among the many hundred that took place, but the talk – as part of the Visiting Parliamentary Fellowship series convened by Arminka Helic and Jonny Oates – by George Robertson, the former Head of NATO, on the current situation in Ukraine, drawing on his personal knowledge of working with Vladimir Putin, will live long in the memory of those who were there. Highlights of a different kind were St Antony’s coming top in the Climate League of Oxford and Cambridge (CLOC) 2023 ranking of Oxford colleges; the election of our former Warden, Margaret MacMillan by the late Queen as one of six new members of the Order of Merit; and, the arrival of our first-ever DAC Scholarship recipient, Samira Mohammed Ibn Moro.

On the topic of students, total student numbers have stabilised, post-pandemic, in the mid-500s as more students have completed their courses on time; 82% of our students are from outside the UK (over a third are from Asia), but there appears to be a definite post-Brexit reduction in EU students, doubtless linked to the fact that on many courses they are now liable to higher international fees. In the course of the year, we were saddened at the deaths of two of our Emeritus Fellows, Malcolm Deas and Celia Kerslake, as well as the College’s first Public Relations and Development Officer, Polly Friedhoff. At the Governing Body in June, we bade goodbye and paid tribute to the contributions of no less than seven GB fellows who were stepping down: Lenka Bustikova to the University of Florida after a year; Cathryn Costello to University College Dublin after 10 years; Miles Larmer to the University of Florida after 10 years; Simon Quinn to Imperial College after 10 years; Doug Gollin to Tufts University after 11 years; Kalypso Nicolaidis to the European University Institute in Florence after 24 years. The only person who technically ‘retired’ – rather than moved to a position elsewhere – from the Governing Body was Timothy Garton Ash. Timothy came to St Antony’s in 1978 and has hence been a member of the College for 45 out of its 73 years of existence; to have been affiliated for the equivalent percentage of their history at Balliol or Merton, he would need to have joined in around 1550!

To lose so many long-term and engaged members of the Governing Body at the same time will take some adjustments, but at the same time the College is delighted to have appointed six new Governing Body Fellows who will be joining us during the coming academic year: Catherine Briddick (Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law), Federica Genovese (Associate Professor in the International Relations and/or Politics of the European Union), Raihan Ismail (His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor in Contemporary Islamic Studies), Amir Lebidoui (Associate Professor of Development Studies), Jonathan Lusthaus (Associate Professor in Global Sociology), Michael Rochlitz (Associate Professor in Economies of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia). We look forward to welcoming them all to the St Antony’s community.

The academic year ended on a high note with a Gaudy in mid-September for those who matriculated at St Antony’s in the 1990s. We welcomed around 160 alumni for a weekend of talks, music, eating and reminiscing.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to the Governing Body, which has granted me a year of sabbatical for 2023/24 to undertake a new research project on the Japanese health system. I am particularly grateful to Professor Nandini Gooptu who will take over as Acting Warden in my absence.

Professor Roger Goodman, CBE

A Global Community, focussed on the future

Warden, Professor Roger Goodman and Bursar, Tanya Baldwin introduce our college vision, values, and strategy

Looking forward, looking back

Highlights and key stats from 2022-23 are set out below, along with our strategic priorities for the coming three years.

A full review of the finances and governance of the College, along with a round-up of activities in 2022-23 can be found at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can jump straight to this here.

In 2022-23, we raised £40,565 for student activities and £168,368 for student scholarships

Our student body comprised 550 graduates, studying DPhil, MPhil, and MSc courses and 82% of our graduates were international students.

…and 209 Visiting and Associate College Members contributed to the rich diversity of our academic and social community.

We embarked on a project to increase our student accommodation provision.

12 new rooms are now available in Canterbury Road and a further 10 in Church Walk will be ready for Spring 2024.

2022-23 Awards and Prizes

St Antony’s was top of the list of Oxford Colleges ranked by the Climate League of Oxford and Cambridge in 2023

St Antony’s sustainability initiatives were recognised with a Gold Green Impact Award