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Spirit of the Hall

Spirit of the Hall

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“Spirit of the Hall” features engaging conversations with some of St Edmund Hall’s most fascinating alumni, fellows and staff. Hosted by Olly Belcher (nee Donnelly), President of the SEH Association for alumni, this podcast provides a special opportunity for current and past members of Teddy Hall to share how that unique spirit has shaped their insights and experiences in politics, academia, business, entertainment, technology and more. Join us as we lead the way and shine a light on some of those who make Teddy Hall - and other Oxford Colleges - the great institutions that they are.
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Episode 3 - General Sir Michael Rose
In this episode hear Olly Belcher, President of the St Edmund Hall Alumni Association, in conversation with former Adjutant-General of the British Army General Sir Michael Rose. Sir Michael was born in 1940 in Quetta, former British India. In 1964, having graduated from Teddy Hall with a degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics), he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. He subsequently served with the Special Air Service Regiment in the Middle and Far East. He commanded the Regiment during the Falkland Islands conflict and the 39 Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland. In the early 90s, Sir Michael was Commander of the UK Field Army, and Inspector General Territorial Army, leading the UN Protection Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In January 1995, he was appointed Adjutant General to the Army Board and he served as 28th Colonel of the Coldstream Guards on his retirement from 1999 – 2009. Since leaving the Army, Sir Michael has written and lectured extensively on peacekeeping and leadership. In this podcast, you will hear why Sir Michael believes his degree in PPE helped him to make some of the hardest decisions of his career, and how, now in his early eighties, the Hall spirit still plays a big part in his life as he keeps up with his Teddy Hall friends and stays fit by walking miles every day.
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March 30, 2021
Episode 2 - Congressman James Himes
Welcome to “Spirit of the Hall”, a podcast series brought to you by the alumni of St Edmund Hall, one of the University of Oxford’s oldest colleges. In this episode Olly Belcher, President of the St Edmund Hall Alumni Association, talks to US Congressman James Himes. Born in Lima, Peru, Congressman Himes spent his early childhood in Lima and in Bogota, Colombia. Upon graduating from Harvard, Himes came to Teddy Hall as a Rhodes Scholar, leaving with an MPhil in 1990. After a short career in banking, Himes moved into the non-profit sector. He first took office as Congressman for Connecticut’s 4th District in 2009. He was the first Democrat to hold the seat since 1969. Hear Congressman Himes talk about the transition from the Trump Presidency to Biden and what it was like to find himself trapped in the Capitol building when it was stormed by Trump supporters. He also describes the stark contrast between Biden’s inauguration on 20th January this year with Obama’s first inauguration 12 years ago. Our next episode features General Sir Michael Rose, former Adjutant-General of the British Army, who came up to Teddy Hall as an undergraduate in 1960. Sir Michael negotiated with the Argentinians during the Falklands War, commanded the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, and describes the Iraq war as “hopeless”. Subscribe now on Spotify, apple or wherever you get your podcasts and thanks for listening!
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March 16, 2021
Episode 1: Professor Kathy Willis CBE
Welcome to “Spirit of the Hall”, a podcast series brought to you by the alumni of St Edmund Hall, one of the University of Oxford’s oldest colleges. In this episode, Olly Belcher, President of the St Edmund Hall Alumni Association, talks to the Hall’s first female Principal, Professor Kathy Willis CBE. Professor Willis is a biologist, specialising in the relationship between long-term ecosystem dynamics and environmental change. She is Professor of Biodiversity at the University’s Department of Zoology and heads the Oxford Long-term Ecology Group. She is also a member of the UK Government’s Natural Capital Committee, advising on the 25 Year Environmental Plan. Prior to her election as Principal of The Hall, she was Director of Science at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Hear Professor Willis talk about her research career, her thoughts on an ecologically-sustainable future for the University, and the unique challenge of steering an Oxford college through a pandemic. Our next episode will feature US Congressman James Himes, who came to Teddy Hall as a Rhodes Scholar. Former chair of the New Democrat Coalition, Himes talks about what it was like to be in the Capitol building when it was stormed by Trump’s supporters. Subscribe now on Spotify, apple or wherever you get your podcasts and thanks for listening!
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March 2, 2021
Spirit of the Hall: For Aularians by Aularians
“Spirit of the Hall” features engaging conversations with some of St Edmund Hall’s most fascinating alumni, fellows and staff. Hosted by Olly Belcher (nee Donnelly), President of the SEH Association for alumni, this podcast provides a special opportunity for current and past members of Teddy Hall to share how that unique spirit has shaped their insights and experiences in politics, academia, business, entertainment, technology and more. Join us as we lead the way and shine a light on some of those who make Teddy Hall - and other Oxford Colleges - the great institutions that they are.
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January 19, 2021