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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.Music by Setuniman http://www.freesound.org/people/Setuniman/sounds/241138 from www.freesound.org

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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. The President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee describes how the international NGO he leads is transforming lives through its humanitarian and resettlement work. The former Labour politician also discusses working at the highest levels in the UK Government, including as Foreign Secretary and Environment Secretary. He explains how he was taught to present an argument from reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford in the 1980s, and he reminisces about his enthusiasm for sport at Corpus Christi College. This podcast was recorded before Miliband delivered the 2017 James Martin Memorial lecture in Oxford on 22 February 2017. Watch the video of the lecture here;http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/oxford-martin-school-public-lectures-and-seminarsInterviewer: Guy Collender, Head of Alumni Communications and Marketing Music by Setuniman http://www.freesound.org/people/Setuniman/sounds/241138/ from www.freesound.org

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27 Feb 2017

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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. Celebrated writer, broadcaster, performer and former politician, Gyles Brandreth, talks about his extraordinary career and varied interests in this podcast. He describes his busy undergraduate years during the Swinging Sixties and highlights how his experiences at Oxford laid the foundations for his successful working life. Brandreth speaks about being president of the Oxford Union, directing the Oxford University Dramatic Society, and even meeting Paul McCartney, Jane Asher and Tony Benn. He also refers to studying Modern History and Modern Languages at New College, and advises students to make the most of their youth.The interview explores a range of diverse topics, from Brandreth’s role as a government whip during John Major’s administration to his appearances on Radio 4’s Just a Minute, and from writing about the secrets of happiness to his admiration for Noel Coward.Interviewed by Guy Collender

15mins

19 Dec 2016

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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, menswear designer and judge on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, shares his experiences studying for an Executive MBA at Oxford’s Said Business School, and talks about how he became an award-winning designer. During his MBA studies, Patrick bought Saville Row bespoke tailor Norton & Sons, quickly turning the business around into a successful company. In 2010, he was awarded the British Fashion Council’s Menswear Designer of the Year award after relaunching E. Tautz & Sons, and was a recipient of the 2015 BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund. He is also Creative Director for Hammond & Co., a diffusion line available at Debenhams.In this podcast, he discusses his career as a designer and his new social venture, Community Clothing, which aims to help Britain’s ailing manufacturing industry by using spare capacity for a new affordable clothing range, as well as offering advice to prospects and students who are considering a career as an entrepreneur.

19mins

12 Dec 2016

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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, 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. Young was the Chairman and CEO of the international advertising, marketing and public relations agency Ogilvy & Mather. He started his career at Lintas and Allen Brady & Marsh, before joining Ogilvy and Mather in 1982 and becoming CEO in 2008. In October 2016 he stepped down from this position and was installed as the Warden at New College.In this podcast, he discusses his time as CEO of one the world’s biggest PR and advertising agencies, why he came back to Oxford to become the Warden of New College, as well as offering advice to prospects and students who are considering a career in advertising.

18mins

10 Nov 2016

Rank #4

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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. In discussing Brown’s achievements and how he has been perceived over the generations Dr Cox offers a preview of his talk on 18 September during the tenth Alumni Weekend in Oxford. Dr Cox continues by explaining his love of Oxford, where he has completed three History degrees and is now employed as the inaugural Heritage Engagement Fellow at TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. He describes the Thames Valley Country House Partnership – an organisation he created to link entrepreneurs in the heritage sector with researchers at Oxford – and even talks about appreciating Brown’s landscaping while competing in the Blenheim Palace triathlon.

15mins

15 Aug 2016

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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 - a Remain voter - discusses the implications of Brexit and what the future might hold, as well as her own political career at the heart of John Major's Conservative government in the 1990s.An alumna of St Hilda's College, where she read French and Latin, Baroness Shephard emphasises how studying at Oxford changed her life by broadening her horizons after her upbringing in rural Norfolk. She also praises Oxford University's outreach work, and the Alumni Weekend - an event she knows well from her position as the outgoing chair of the Alumni Board.

16mins

14 Jul 2016

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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. She shares her experiences as the former Dean of Stanford Law School, and refers to her work representing major companies in the US Supreme Court.A Marshall scholar, Sullivan read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Wadham College in Oxford, where she developed her love of constitutional law, as well as interests in rowing and acting. She talks about the ‘enduring bond’ between alumni and their alma mater, describes becoming a named partner at the major law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, and speaks of her faith in US political institutions ahead of the presidential race for the White House. This interview was recorded in Washington DC before the Alumni Weekend in North America in April 2016.

15mins

3 May 2016

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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. Wax started her career as a comic interviewer with shows such as Don’t Miss Wax, The Full Wax, and Ruby Wax Meets, and was also a script-editor for the popular TV series, Absolutely Fabulous. Since studying Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Kellogg College, she has written two books about her interest in mental health and her own struggles with depression and anxiety; Sane New World, which became a number one best-seller, and her latest book, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. She has also received an OBE in the Special Honours for Services to Mental Health.For this podcast interview, Ruby talks about her experiences at Oxford and how her studies in mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy have shaped the latter half of her career, as well as giving us a taster of what we can expect at the Alumni Weekend in Oxford in September 2016.

10mins

28 Apr 2016

Rank #8

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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. The author of the million-selling The Undercover Economist talks about the numbers of everyday life and his journalistic career, including writing for the Financial Times and presenting More or Less on BBC Radio 4.In this podcast interview, the Economics Commentator of the Year for 2014 describes how his interest in economics developed unexpectedly. After his state school education, Harford studied PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at Brasenose College in Oxford due to a timetabling clash at an Open Day. Harford later wanted to drop Economics, but continued with the subject because of advice from his tutor. A Master’s in Economics followed, and today he maintains his links with the University of Oxford as he is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College.

15mins

11 Feb 2016

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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. In this podcast interview, Goldring identifies the major global challenges ahead, including conflict, climate change and inequality, and he shows how Oxfam is tackling them through long-term development projects and humanitarian relief.Goldring also speaks about the humility and confidence he gained at Oxford, where he studied Law as an undergraduate.

15mins

12 Jan 2016

Rank #10