Month: June 2015


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Many congratulations to members of the MCR who are finishing exams this week and will soon be preparing to graduate!

Mattia and Joseph

‘Trashed’: Mattia Bertazzini and Joseph Schwarz, MPhil students in Economic and Social History.


Valediction 2015

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Congratulations to our ministerial and postgraduate valedictorians whose many achievements were celebrated this afternoon in a service in Helwys Hall.  The Tutor for Graduates, The Revd Dr Larry Kreitzer, reminded us that the thirty-two completing postgraduate students represented twelve faculties/departments in the University, and fifteen countries across five continents!


The following were amongst those able to attend:


Former MCR Vice-President, Ross Maidment (second from right).


Nick Humphreys, Paul Graham, Patrick Barker, Helen Baker (left to right).


Remco van den Heuvel, Ellie van den Heuvel, Ross Maynard, Ross Marshall (left to right).


Divya Candade, Surbhi Bhambri, Mattia Bertazzini (left to right).


Daniel Warnke, Cynthia Sear, Ellie McLaughlin, Lexi Eikelboom (left to right).

Other photos from the service:



The Revd Dr Keith Riglin, Deputy Chairman of Governing Body, presided.


Alex Rennison, the JCR President, read ‘A Company of Friends’ by Elizabeth Jennings.


JCR members Camilla Rees, Evie Ioannidi and Michael Beale performed several ‘dramatic readings’ from Shakespeare.


JCR member Nicholas Crossland – accompanied by his father, The Revd Richard Crossland – performed ‘Meditation’ from Thais by Jules Massenet.


MCR member and ministerial student Dr Remco van den Heuvel read ‘The Beatitudes’ from the Gospel according to St Matthew (Mt 5:3-12).


Former JCR President Will Obeney made the valedictory speech.

Our thanks go to all of the staff at Regent’s who meticulously prepared the service and the celebratory tea afterwards!

Valediction 2015

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Valediction 2For the attention of completing postgraduate and ministerial students:

If you have not already done so, please email Pam Pratt ( to register to attend your valedictory service.  On Saturday 20 June all completing students are invited to attend a short service with family and friends, followed by tea in the quad, to celebrate reaching the end of their studies at Regent’s.  The service takes place in Helwys Hall at 3pm, and it will feature several performances from students, including Mendelssohn’s ‘Song without Words’.  The deadline for registrations is tomorrow (Friday 12 June).

MCR Picnic

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This afternoon MCR members met in the quad for a picnic and a (mostly) friendly game of croquet!  Thanks to the Vice President for organising the event!









God and Mrs Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul

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Last night the MCR hosted Dr Eliza Filby of King’s College London who is promoting her new (and first) book about the relationship between the former Prime Minister’s Christian faith and her Conservative politics. Dr Filby’s controversial thesis: Margaret Thatcher failed to recreate the world of her father; instead she succeeded in creating the world of her son. Dr Filby’s book is a valuable and provocative contribution to the study of the Thatcher era, and will undoubtedly prove to be indispensable for subsequent historians (whether or not they agree with her) seeking to understand Mrs Thatcher’s approach to Christianity. For a review of Dr Filby’s book by Mrs Thatcher’s official biographer, Charles Moore, visit:










Patristics Research Social: Professor Carol Harrison

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On Friday 22 May (Week 4) the MCR was delighted and honoured to host the new Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Christ Church, Oxford, Carol Harrison. Professor Harrison is the first female Lady Margaret Professor, following in the footsteps of many distinguished figures including John Macquarrie (1970-86) and Rowan Williams (1986-91), and her research focuses on the theology of St Augustine (354-430). Before coming to Oxford, Professor Harrison spent time in Paris and over two decades in Durham. After Formal Hall at Regent’s, she spoke about her career and reflected on some of the challenges facing students of Patristics and postgraduates in particular. A good number of Regent’s students and guests attended, and an enjoyable evening was had by all!


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Welcome to the new website for the Middle Common Room of Regent’s Park College, Oxford! Watch this space for the most recent news and photos from postgraduate students at Regent’s, and information about forthcoming events.