Nuffield Giving Day 2019

Our 2019 Giving Day took place on Saturday 16th November.

On Saturday 16 November 2019, eight Nuffield students called alumni and friends based all over the world to share College news and encourage alumni to support our student funding campaign. 

In 2017, we committed to underwriting funding for all students admitted to Nuffield. We know that underwriting funding means more student applicants accept places at Nuffield: during our pilot study in 2017, 79% of offerholders accepted their offer thanks to underwritten funding, compared to 54% in 2016. Every scholarship secures the future of this endeavour. 

Thanks to many alumni who have already supported the College as part of Giving Day. We have now been able to endow six scholarships in perpetuity, and donations from alumni this year will directly support the David Butler Scholarship in Politics, to celebrate his contribution to political science in his 95th birthday year. Every donation, no matter the size helps. 

Watch the video below to find out what talking to alumni on Giving Day means to our students or donate to Nuffield College online.

Rufaida Al Hashmi

I am a first year DPhil student in Political Theory. My thesis focuses on the ethics of selection criteria in immigration policy. Before coming to Nuffield, I completed an MSc in Political Theory Research at the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Economics at the University of St Andrews. I am very excited to spend my DPhil years at Nuffield — the close-knit community and the generous financial and pastoral support for each student makes it the ideal place for graduate study. I am really looking forward to talking to alumni and hearing about their time at Nuffield on Giving Day!

Mihai Codreanu        

I’m Mihai, a first-year student reading for the MPhil Economics, funded by a joint Clarendon and Nuffield Max Corden Scholarship. I’m from Iasi, a city in North East Romania (close to the border with Moldova), and moved to the UK in 2016 for my undergraduate studies. I have been greatly influenced by the internships I have done at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and am thus mainly interested in developing future research in applied microeconomics and labour economics. I am very happy to have the opportunity to study at Nuffield and am excited to participate in the Nuffield Giving Day 2019!

Jan Ertl

I am currently studying for the MPhil in Economics. A native of Michelstadt, Germany, I previously pursued my undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where I graduated with an honours degree in Mathematics. At Nuffield, my research interests have evolved towards applied macroeconomics, particularly public finance, labour and IO.

Having previously received full scholarships to Chicago and Oxford, I know how valuable the funding promise at Nuffield is to make higher education and social science research accessible to students, regardless of socioeconomic background.

Victoria Gierok

I'm Victoria, a second-year DPhil in Economic History. I'm from Germany and I did my Bachelor’s there and my Master’s in Italy. I'm currently researching the long-run development of wealth inequality in pre-industrial Germany. I participated in the Giving Day last year and it was great fun to hear from many alumni from all over the world about their memories of Nuffield!

Ruairí Maguire

I am a second-year DPhil Student in Political Theory. My thesis is on the right to secede from the state. I am from Ireland, and did my undergraduate and MPhil degrees at Trinity College Dublin. This is my second year taking part in the Nuffield Giving Day. Nuffield’s generous guarantee of full funding for all its students has allowed many of us at the College to pursue graduate studies. With this in mind, I am looking forward to helping Nuffield raise funds during the Giving Day, as well as hearing about the experiences of past students!

Max Marczinek

I am from Berlin, Germany, and did my undergraduate in Berlin and Los Angeles. Currently, I am reading for the MPhil in Economics - my main interests are Macroeconomics and Economic History. The wonderful academic spirit at Nuffield has beguiled me from the first day on, and I am very much looking forward to studying here for (at least!) two years.

Tanisha Mohapatra

I am studying for the MSc in Politics Research at Nuffield College. Through my research, I am interested in understanding the impact of state led economic development policies on voter preference aggregation in fragmented societies. Over the next few years, I look forward to furthering my interest in political economy and electoral behaviour through a doctoral program and active engagement with my peers. I grew up in Bhubaneswar, India, and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government from Cornell University, along with a minor in Public Policy.

Ahmed Tohamy

I am Ahmed Tohamy, a second year MPhil economist at Nuffield College, funded jointly by the college and the Clarendon fund. Prior to this, I completed my undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Warwick. I happily rejoin the Development team this year after appreciating the benefits of Nuffield's intellectual rigor and scholarship. Over the past year, discussions with students and Fellows have always stimulated my interest in economics, and social sciences more broadly. In the light of this year's giving day, I am enthusiastic to chat with Nuffield's diverse alumni about their recent updates too!