Nuffield Giving Day 2018
This year's Giving Day will take place on Friday 16 November, the 81st anniversary of the College's foundation.
This year on Friday 16 November, seven Nuffield students will call 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 last year, 79% of offerholders accepted their offer thanks to underwritten funding, compared to 54% the year before. Every scholarship secures the future of this endeavour.
Thanks to many alumni who have already supported the College, we have now been able to endow six scholarships in perpetuity, and work begins on a seventh. Their donations directly support the work of our students and Fellows in widening humanity's understanding of democracy, American Politics, homelessness, elections, demography, gender, terrorism, fertility, inequality and much more.
Every donation, no matter the size helps. Last year we raised more than £10,000 over 24 hours through our first ever #Giving Tuesday campaign, thanks to the generosity of many alumni, which helped the College set-up the Tony Atkinson Scholarship.
We're looking forward to speaking to our alumni over the telephone on Friday 16 November. In the meantime, you can meet some of our student callers below, or donate to Nuffield College online.
Newly arrived in Oxford this Fall, I am a first-year DPhil candidate in Politics, working on redistribution and inequality in autocracies. Before starting my doctoral programme, I completed a Masters degree in Public Policy and Development at the Paris School of Economics, having graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS Ulm). I have also worked for various non-profit organizations such as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut, and the American NGO Human Rights First, as part of their Foreign Policy team in New York.
Nuffield’s close-knit community of fellows and researchers offers incredible opportunities for incoming students - the funding and free lunch being only some of them. It, therefore, seems natural and important to me to contribute to the continuation and expansion of this commitment, and taking part in the #GivingDay campaign is a great way to do so while getting in touch with alumni from all over the world.
Alejandro Espinosa Herrera
I am a PhD candidate in Politics and this is my fourth year at Nuffield. My research interests include public budgeting, fiscal federalism, decentralization, party politics, and Latin American politics. I am researching the effects of multiparty coalitions on public policies.
Before Nuffield, I worked as an advisor in the Mexican Senate, as a researcher at a think-tank and as an economic analyst at the Mexican Congress. I hold an MSc in Latin American Studies and an MSc in Politics, both from the University of Oxford, as well as a BA in Economics from Tecnológico de Monterrey.
I love Nuffield: it is a tight-knit and supportive community. I volunteered for the Giving Day because I would like to give back to the college. I was involved in #GivingTuesday last year and I am really looking forward to chatting to alumni again, telling them what is happening right now at the college, finding out about their career paths after Nuffield, and discussing current world affairs with them.
I am a first-year DPhil in Economic History. My primary research interest covers the long-term development of wealth inequality in the German territories of the Holy Roman Empire, spanning a period from roughly 1300 to 1800. I work with Stephen Broadberry on the long-run development of economic variables.
Previously, I have worked as a research assistant in Zurich and before that, I obtained an MSc in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan. I am originally from Karlsruhe, a town in south-western Germany.
I wanted to do my DPhil at Nuffield College because of its focus on the social sciences. It is great to be in a community of like-minded students, where you can have interesting and insightful discussions over lunch or in the JCR.
Given the generous support provided by college, I wanted to participate in the Nuffield Giving Day to give back and ensure that a new generation of students can equally benefit from this opportunity. Moreover, having been in contact with several professors that came here as students, I am eager to talk to more alumni and learn where life has taken them.
Now in the second year of my DPhil in Social Policy, I am researching how labour market institutions affect the relationship between technological change and wage inequality. Originally from Germany, I completed the MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Kellogg College before coming to Nuffield for the DPhil.
Personally, I enjoy the benefits of the small, close-knit community that is Nuffield and the interaction between students and fellows (and, obviously, the great food). As a Giving Day veteran and current JCR President, taking part in the campaign is an opportunity for me to support the efforts to underwrite funding for all students and contribute to the continued success of the College. I also look forward to learning more about the interesting careers our alumni go on to pursue, and how Nuffield has or hasn't changed over the years.
I am a first year DPhil student in Political Theory. I am planning to write a thesis on the moral right to secede, to answer the question of who (if anyone) has such a right, and on what basis. Before coming to Nuffield I completed an MPhil and a BA at Trinity College Dublin, both in Philosophy.
The fact that Nuffield provides full funding to all its students has allowed many of us to pursue graduate studies where we might otherwise not have been able to. I am looking forward to helping the college raise funds during the telethon, as well as hearing about the experiences of past students.
All the way from Cairo in Egypt, I am reading towards an MPhil in Economics. I previously studied my undergraduate degree in Economics in the University of Warwick.
My research interests include estimation of the effect of IMF conditionality on welfare measures in developing countries and embedding labour markets into a network economics framework. I also worked on midlife crises pronounced in suicides data in affluent nations.
Nuffield has been a great addition to my life. The sheer number of intellectual discussions has definitely shaped me in ways that I did not expect coming into Oxford. Nuffield's generosity in funding all its graduate students has also been an important factor in determining whether a lot of graduate students, including myself, are able to pursue their research interests. It is with this in mind that I participate in the telethon.
I am very interested to hear from Nuffield alumni about how their studies in Oxford helped shaped their careers and how they are making the world better.