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13 Question time in the art world

17 Young entrepreneurs

20 Oxonians at large

An Oxford professor takes on a debate over authenticity

Oxford MBA students run innovative business scheme

Tailor-made holidays and protecting the UK’s forests


Wolfson launches lifewriting centre

3D Olympics tool

Wolfson, is that it becomes the natural home of life-writing in Oxford and beyond, appealing to biographers and anyone interested in life-narratives extending from

letters to autobiography. The college has already acquired a reputation for interdisciplinary research, and will host a triennial international conference in 2013.

Run3D is a private biomechanics service at the Oxford Gait Laboratory, and for the first time offers British Olympic runners a 3D motion analysis facility. Its aim is to identify subtle idiosyncracies in technique that might cause injury. “In distance running, the ability to train consistently is key to an athlete’s success,” says Dr Jessica Leitch, of Oxford, who leads the Run3D team.


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Graduate college Wolfson has launched an innovative research cluster called the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW). A launch party was held in November, presided over by Wolfson president Hermione Lee (right) an acclaimed literary biographer and director of the new centre. The inaugural lecture, entitled ‘All about his Mother: Reading Proust's Letters’, was delivered by Michael Wood, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. The idea of the centre, the first of several planned research clusters at

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graduate college models itself a biography leader

Launch of 1+1 MBA

Womensphere Summit Saïd Business School hosted a one-day, Womensphere panEuropean summit in October, on the theme ‘Creating the Future.’ More than 40 luminary women leaders shared ideas and debated how to advance women’s leadership as a critical lever in economic and global transformation.

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Recently appointed Saïd Business School dean Peter Tufano (below) launched a new, two-year programme of study combining an MBA with a Masters degree in a specialised area such as the environment, internet studies, computer science or biomedical engineering. The premise of the initiative is that senior business leaders increasingly need deep technical skills in addition to traditional management training. The idea of the 1+1 programme is that it should be extremely selective, appealing to a small number of highly qualified applicants.

Prestigious prize

An Oxford scientist who has spent decades researching diabetes has been awarded a prestigious $100,000 prize. Professor Frances Ashcroft, a Professor of Physiology at Oxford and a fellow of Trinity, is only the third British woman ever to be named European Laureate in the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. She is credited with making the discovery that children who are born with a rare genetic mutation and had previously relied on insulin injections could be treated with a pill.

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