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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
We are sorry to report that Wadham alumnus, journalist and author Robin Esser (1952, History) died aged 84 in November 2017.
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.