Hertford Telethon 2016
We're pleased to announce that the fantastic telethon dream team of 2016 have raised over £190,000 for Hertford College and our students. A group of generous alumni have agreed to match gifts up to £100,000 raising our current total to over £290,000. We'll keep you updated on final figures!
Thank you to all of our alumni and friends who took part in excellent conversations over the two week campaign. Our students have loved speaking to you and your loyal commitment to our college is hugely appreciated by us all.
For more information on our fundraising priorities, or to make a donation, please click here.
Meet the team!
Hi, my name is Olivia and I just graduated from Hertford after three years of studying PPE. I’m excited to work on the telethon because I have received Hertford bursaries every year, enabling me to afford to live in Oxford, and because of the incredible three years it has given me beyond that. While being President of Hertford Business and Economics Society, a student consultancy society with a focus on sustainable business solutions, I was able to present a project to several FTSE 100 companies, and in December, to the Cabinet Secretary. I’ve also been involved in the university’s main student public policy think tank, OxPolicy, and have been a keen ballroom and Latin dancer on the main university team. I’m hoping to spend the next year working to save enough money for a MA in Public Policy with a focus on gender issues.
Hi, I'm Anna. After deciding to apply for Hertford because it had the coolest crest and colour scheme, finding out that the college was one of the friendliest and most inclusive in Oxford only proved my aesthetic instinct right. Aside from an English degree that mostly confines me to underground libraries, I also like to spend time in libraries above ground, and (as of next year) working as a Hertford librarian.
I occasionally partake in the Oxford sport scene, having continued karate, picked up boxing, and vaguely attempted the yoga classes Hertford provides for stressed out students. My involvement in the Oxford literary scene chiefly consists of reading student publications, but I also copy edit for (and occasionally contribute to) the Oxonian Review. Both in and out of Oxford I like coffee shop hopping, museums, and free wifi.
Hi! My name's Sean and I'm about to enter my third year of PPE at Hertford. I'm from County Tyrone in Ireland. This is my second year in a row doing the telethon - I enjoyed it so much I'm back again! It's been a pleasure to engage with the outreach schemes of Hertford and broader Oxford in my time here, and I think alumni fundraising is really crucial to keeping this up. As well as panicking about finals, I enjoy reading, talking about political theory, and travelling."
Hi! My name is Yezi and I am going into my second year of Computer Science and Philosophy at Hertford. I remember visiting Hertford for the first time on one of the open days and immediately feeling at home because of the college’s warm and friendly atmosphere – I’m so glad I made the right choice in coming here.
I’ve been an active member of the Chinese Society since my arrival and now look forward to working closely with The Oxford Entrepreneurs Society and Oxford Women in Computer Science. Outside my degree, I also have a passion for languages, already fluent in Spanish, French and Chinese and currently learning German (and very much enjoying the process!). I have yet to discover my future career path but feel an increasing interest for both technology and consulting.
I'm Adam and I'm a second year Geography student. Hertford has been great ever since I arrived, extremely naive and scared of how a non-London accent would be perceived. Despite being hugely diverse everyone I know has felt welcome and to manage that is an amazing thing. Hertford is also helping me with my current dissertation work on masculinity and male mental health, both through an amazing group of tutors and a generous academic purposes grant so that I can do everything I need to do without reaching into a typically thin student wallet. On top of this, the opportunity to work on the telethon again is a brilliant one: I really enjoy doing access work in the university, and anything I can do to support these efforts (as well as supporting students once they get here) is a great opportunity.
Hi my name is Lily and I'm about to start my second year studying mathematics. I live near Oxford so was able to look around the colleges and instantly fell in love with Hertford. I've absolutely loved studying at Hertford, everyone is so wonderful and the whole atmosphere is fab. I am a member of the Harry Potter Society (in fact, currently, I'm the president) and am hoping to join the OULES next term.
Hi, I’m Stan. I’m about to start the third and final year of my English degree: the highlight so far was probably either Old English in the first year or Tristram Shandy in the second, and I’m just getting to the point at which I need to actually do some reading for my dissertation (or at the very least decide what it’s going to be about). I started acting in my second term and have been doing it ever since, with mixed success – I’m about to go to Camden to play Siegfried Sassoon in an intense WWI play called Not About Heroes that we originally performed in November. Since late last year I’ve also been singing with Hertford’s own jazz band, and made a brief and disastrous foray into the 2nd XI football team until it was gently pointed out to me that I was beyond awful. As JCR Secretary I am the author of a mind-bendingly dull twice-weekly bulletin.
Hi! My name is Annie and I've just finished my first year studying Geography at Hertford. I am originally from Bolton, and have really enjoyed settling into life in Oxford. I've loved getting involved in college life, playing for the football, netball and lacrosse teams, and training with the University Women's Rugby Club as a beginner. I helped out with interviews last December, and have spent the Summer teaching English in South Korea. I am really looking forward to talking to Hertford alumni!
Hi, I'm Aiyan. I’m a historian entering my third and final year at Oxford. I chose Hertford because it was a college dedicated to access work, with one of the highest representations of state school students in the university. I’m delighted to be part of a college that is forward looking and engaged in making the university reflect society. I play football for the mighty Hertford seconds and after being crowned the worst team in Oxford in my first year, we roared back to win our league unbeaten this year. Joe Strummer once said that ‘the future is unwritten’ and this best describes my career plans after Hertford.
Hi, I’m Mercy! I’m going into my second year of English at Hertford. I grew up in (glorious) Devon and spent a year working and travelling in South America before arriving at Hertford. I chose our college for its friendly, inclusive atmosphere as well as its reputation for being liberal and having a cat (RIP Simpkins). I have loved my first year here; I’ve enjoyed tutorials with my amazing tutors (learning words such as ‘sychophantic’), attended wonderful talks and lectures and became Hertford Women’s Rep. Highlights have included Simon Armitage’s poetry lectures, participating in protests such as Rhodes Must Fall and starting up film screenings in college. I also like chatting in the pub, so can’t wait to be talking all day, working on the telethon! Although sadly I don’t think we’ll be in the pub (wishful thinking). Participating in the telethon was something I wanted to do as soon as I heard about it - I’ve seen first-hand the amazing work Hertford does in supporting students financially, providing incredible opportunities for graduates and working on outreach programs to attract applicants from all backgrounds. I feel truly lucky to call Hertford home for six months of the year and am so excited to be working for college in September - I’m looking forward to talking to you!
Hi! My name’s Jake and I’ve just finished my first year reading PPE at Hertford. I’m originally from Brentwood in Essex and have really enjoyed by time at Hertford so far! I’ve been involved in college Rugby as well as Hertford Business and Economics society. More widely I’ve enjoyed going to numerous talks and debates throughout Oxford and have never found myself short of things to do! I’m not entirely sure what I want to do after leaving Hertford but hope it will involve a bit of work abroad (luckily I have another two years to figure it out I guess!). I’m looking forward to speaking to you soon!
Hey, my name is Libera and I am about to start my third year studying PPE. Having originally interviewed at another college, arriving at Hertford I was immediately struck by the friendliness and supportive attitude of the student helpers, who went out of their way to make me feel welcome. Two years on and I have truly enjoyed my time here so far, participating in Hertford's musical scene as a member of choir and orchestra, and rowing in the women's second boat in a desperate attempt to reintroduce an element of athleticism into my life. Whilst I personally thoroughly enjoyed my time masquerading as a rower, this venture ended in a historically catastrophic year for our boat (luckily the women's side was redeemed by the success of the first boat), so I now hope to make amends by participating in our telethon and thus making a net positive contribution to college.
Hi, my name's Anna and I am a third year Archaeology and Anthropology student. Since being at Oxford I have dabbled in air pistol shooting, college rowing and increasingly in student politics. However, as clichéd as it may sound, the best part of university has been the other Hertford students. Hertford stands out from other colleges because of its relaxed, friendly atmosphere and being accepted here was the best thing that happened to 17 year old me. When a cycling accident forced me to suspend my studies for a year, college was so supportive that I decided to use this opportunity to help give something back.