Highlights during the Michaelmas Term 2019 included Oxford university history professor Peter Frankopan. He asked the students to question why they focus so much on UK specific history, such as Henry VIIIth’s wives, rather than looking at the history of China and South Asia and considering the perspective of the rising powers of the East.
Former England cricket captain Sir Andrew Strauss discussed how to achieve the seemingly unachievable through marginal gains, breaking a mission down into achievable steps.
Talan Skeels-Piggins was left paralysed from the mid chest down after an accident, but he explained how he set about his goal to represent GB in the Paralympics. His determination and sheer will power were inspirational – “Its what you do that defines you”.
Prof Matthew Goodwin explained the rise of national populism and the need to engage and deal with challenging issues in our society.
Gareth Patterson QC outlined his role as a prosecutor, working with police to build a case and prove a suspect’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt, by working through some of high profile cases.