Arriving at Wadham from Bangladesh in 1983 to study for a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Bangladeshi Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed remembers feeling not only a little daunted, but that he was taking a leap into a whole new world.
Recognising the importance to country image and reputation, has led Wadham alumnus Simon Anholt (1980, Modern Languages) to the position of respected independent policy advisor to Heads of State and Heads of Government the world over.
Rory Coonan, whose photographs hang in the National Portrait Gallery in London, cut his teeth on Cherwell, where he was arts editor. He went on to write about architecture for the Financial Times and Observer. In 1994 he created NESTA, the £250 million National Lottery endowment for science, technology and the arts, adopted by Act of Parliament by the Labour government in 1997.
Diana Darke (1974, German and Philosophy/Arabic), publishes her latest book My House in Damascus - An inside view of the Syrian revolution.
Poet, teacher, translator and critic Hilary Davies (French and German, 1974) discusses her career to date.
Warren East (1980, Engineering) succeeds Anthony Preston (1974, Modern Languages) as the next Chair of the Development Council.
Robin Esser's recent book Crusaders in Chains (Palatino) combines entertaining anecdotes from his days as editor of the William Hickey gossip column at the Daily Express with his longstanding campaign against attempts by the state to extend its control over the media and to put newspapers in chains.
Journalist Amelia Gentleman (Russian and History, 1991) writes features for the Guardian, mainly looking at the impact of government policy on people beyond Westminster.
A TV presenter, writer, conference host and prolific voiceover artist Piers Gibbon presented Headshrinkers of the Amazon, Dining With Cannibals (filmed in Papua New Guinea) and the series The Witch Doctor Will See You Now. Before all that he presented Jungle Trip on Channel 4 back in 2000 and the series Tasting History for ITV.
Alumnus David Gustave (Modern History, 1999) is an educational motivator and founder of the creative strategy firm Reluctantly Brave.
Robert Hannigan (1983, Classics) is Director of GCHQ and an Honorary Fellow at Wadham College.
Author Anna Hope (English, 1977) talks about creative writing courses and her latest books.
Dr Philip Kay (Classics, 1975) examines economic change in Rome and Italy between the Second Punic War and the middle of the first century BC in his latest book.
Novelist Hari Kunzru (English, 1988) is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007) and Gods Without Men (2011) as well as a short story collection, Noise (2006) and a novella, Memory Palace (2013).
Director of Rubies in the Rubble, Alicia Lawson (Classics, 2008) makes and markets premium relishes and chutneys from discarded fruit and vegetables.
'Watered Colors' is a new poetry collection by Wadham alumnus Michael Levin (1964, English Literature/Theatre).
Professor Macdonald founded WildCRU in 1986 to apply original scientific research to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems. Based within Oxford’s Department of Zoology, and Lady Margaret Hall, it was the first university-based institute to focus on wildlife conservation research.
Wadham alumna Sally Mapstone (English, 1975) is to become Vice-Chancellor and Principal of St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland.
A passion for astronomy led to Karen Masters (1997, Physics) becoming the Project Scientist for Galaxy Zoo
Sloane Miller (Sarah Lawrence Programme, 1993) writes an award-winning blog Please Don’t Pass the Nuts, which has helped make her the go-to food allergy expert for people seeking food allergy advice in New York City, and across the world.
In this memoir of one of the most respected figures from the broadcasting industry, Roger Mosey describes his journey from Wadham, Oxford to Selwyn College, Cambridge (where he is now Master), via many successful senior roles in news, politics and sport at the BBC.
When Lissa Muscatine came to Wadham as a Rhodes Scholar in 1977, she was not only one of the USA’s first women to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, she was also one of the first women to be admitted to Wadham.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist and inter-faith advocate, Maurice Ostro (Law, 1985), never intended to come to Oxford.
Anthony Preston (Modern Languages, 1974) is founder of the UK’s largest pet supplies retailer ‘Pets at Home’.
Labour MP Emma Reynolds (PPE, 2000) was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East in May 2010.
Documentary film Listen to me Marlon is directed and written by Wadham alumnus Stevan Riley (History, 1995).
Joe Romig's (1963, Physics) choice of Physics over football has led to a remarkable career, using his expertise in the causes of explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning to play a direct role in NASA's Voyager space missions.
A desire to involve herself in humanitarian work has taken Wadham alumna Maggie Sandilands (1997, Chinese) from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Afghanistan and Iraq, helping people in the depths of despair and conflict.
The idea for the John's latest book 'Leaves' started when John was at Wadham, but as he explains, it took a bit of time to come to fruition.
Peter Styles (1969, Physics) has been presented with a Medal of Merit by the European Federation of Geologists.
‘Autumn Child’ is a debut poetry collection by Wadham alumna Helen Tookey (DPhil English Literature, 1997).