Coming Up dinner and portrait unveiling

The Coming Up dinner for the Class of 2014 was a spectacular evening. New Scholars met Rhodes Trustees, members of the staff team and friends of the Rhodes Scholarships. At the start of the evening the Warden, Charles Conn (Massachusetts & Balliol 1983), unveiled two new portraits which will hang in Milner Hall. The first is of George Parkin, whose involvement in the Rhodes Scholarship…Read More

Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize

Richard Flanagan (Tasmania & Worcester 1984) won this year's Man Booker prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. It is a story of love and war, describing the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, where surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his co…Read More

Two Rhodes Scholars honoured at the Chancellor's Court of Benefactors

Two Rhodes Scholars recently attended the University of Oxford's annual Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors meeting. Andrew Banks (Florida & St Edmund Hall 1976) was admitted to the Court and was recognised for his support spanning many parts of the University, including the Rhodes Trust. Mr Banks is a founder of ABRY Partners, a private equity investment firm and Producer of t…Read More

They're here! Welcoming the Class of 2014 to Oxford

New Rhodes Scholars from  the 14 Rhodes constituencies have been warmly welcomed to Oxford in recent days. Activities organised for the Rhodes class of 2014 have included 'Welcome Day' events today, a day trip to Windsor tomorrow, and college tours, meals and many other social activities. Warm thanks go to the many Rhodes Scholars in earlier years who were part of the Welcome Team and…Read More

Gardens win Gold

The Rhodes House gardens have won the gold award in the University/College category of 'Oxford in Bloom' for the third year running. This is a remarkable achievement and congratulations go to the Head Gardener at Rhodes House, Neil Wigfield. Below is a selection of photographs which show some of the highlights from the Rhodes House gardens. You can also read about the history of the garde…Read More

Rhodes House celebrates Alumni Weekend 2014

This weekend sees over 100 Rhodes Scholars and guests visiting Rhodes House, some of whom have not been back to Oxford for over twenty years. Saturday events consisted of three speaker sessions, which were filmed and will be made available on the Rhodes House website in due course. 1) The role of culture, arts and the humanities in Fighting the World's Fight, with Rhodes Trustee, Dame H…Read More

New Southern African National Secretary announced

After 12 exemplary years of service, Justice Edwin Cameron (South Africa-at-Large & Keble 1976) is stepping down from his role as National Secretary of Rhodes Southern Africa. The new National Secretary is Ndumiso Luthuli (KwaZulu-Natal & St Peter's 2000), a lawyer who has been Assistant General Secretary along with Dr Lisa Klein for a number of years. Mr Luthuli was selected…Read More

Farewell to the Commonwealth and African Studies Library at Rhodes House

Today Rhodes House and Bodleian staff gathered to mark the relocation of the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies.  This special collection has been hosted at Rhodes House since 1929 and it will now be located along with other such collections in the new Weston Library. As well as many books, there were personal papers, newspapers, correspondence and a vast quantity o…Read More

Honouring Alain LeRoy Locke, first black Rhodes Scholar

Alain LeRoy Locke (Pennsylvania & Hertford 1907) was an American writer, philosopher, educator and the architect of the Harlem Renaissance.  He gained his undergraduate degree from Harvard and was the first Rhodes Scholar of black heritage, studying literature, philosophy, Greek, and Latin whilst at Oxford.  He subsequently attended the University of Berlin, and then returned…Read More

Marking 100 years since the outbreak of World War I

Today marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. Many Rhodes Scholars from across the constituencies lost their lives during the conflict and are remembered publicly in the rotunda of Rhodes House. The listing of names includes those of German Rhodes Scholars, as well as those fighting for the Allies, which was unusual on memorials at that time. One of the first American Rhodes…Read More