Campion hosts Oxford Chancellor for 2018 Newman Lecture

The 2018 Newman Lecture was organised by Campion Hall in association with St Benet’s Hall and Blackfriars.

The Lecture was delivered by The Rt Hon, the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH PC, Chancellor, University of Oxford, who spoke on ‘The idea of a university in the 21st century’. 

Both a text copy and an audio recording of the Chancellor's remarks are available to the left of this page. 

Treasures of the Hall: A Catalan Madonna?

The Campion Hall collection contains several sculptures of the Madonna and Child, ranging from the majestic fine metal cast of Michelangelos Bruges Madonna donated by Frank Brangwyn, to the intimate French Smiling Madonna dating from the 14th century. One which attracts particular admiration, and even devotion, is the Madonna pictured left, about which today we know almost nothing for sure. Our Curator, Prof Peter Davidson, writes:


New Students Matriculate

Campion Hall offers its best wishes to Rev Jijimon Joseph SJ (left), from the Indian Kerala Province, studying for the MSt in Syriac Studies; and to Rev Mark Aloysius SJ (right), from the Malay-Singapore Province, working for the DPhil on the political philosopher Hannah Arendt. Both are seen here with the Master as Dean of Degrees, prepraring to matriculate last term. 

New Campion Bursar

We are happy to report the appointment of a new Bursar for Campion Hall with effect from January of this year. Mr Alec Thorp is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute; he also has an Open University Diploma in Geosciences. After a successful Sandhurst-trained army career, including being the Army Careers Officer for Gloucestershire, he joined the English education company, Alpha Plus Group, as the Group Bursar of several of its colleges, and worked there as an experienced leader at a strategic level for many years.

Hall congratulates Dr Sumeth Perera SJ

Warm congratulations to former Campion Hall member and student Rev. Sumeth Perera SJ from Sri Lanka on recently receiving his DPhil in Genetics. He has now taken up a position as a postdoctoral Fellow in cancer biology at the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland (USA). 

Pictured is Sumeth in the Oxford doctoral gown. 


An Endangered Indian Language Gets a Lifeline

Historically Jesuits have often made a name for themselves as pioneers and explorers in various fields of scientific enterprise and human development; and our own Campion Hall Jesuit, Vijay D’Souza, is combining the modern with the traditional in devoting his Oxford linguistic PhD studies to preserving and promoting the native language of a remote Indian people in the Hima- layan foothills.


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