WHT Alumni Teach-In (Hilary Term 2019): Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh

WHT Alumni, Sizwe Mpofu Walsh, on the SMWX platform.

In January 2019, we were especially excited to host WHT alumni, Sizwe Mpofu Walsh (South Africa, DPhil International Relations, Louis Dreyfus-Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann) for the termly WHT Alumni Teach In. The event was hosted at the Jam Factory, just a stone’s throw away from the WHT’s small office in the Saïd Business School. 

A musician, author and academic

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh holds an MPhil with distinction in International Relations from St Anne’s College, Oxford, where he studied 2013-15 as a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholar. In 2015 he was awarded a second scholarship to continue his research at doctorate level as an Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann-Rausing/Abraham Scholar.

Sizwe  is an outspoken political commentator, scholar and musician. He was president of the University of Cape Town’s Students’ Representative Council in 2010. He holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he was a prominent member of the Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford movement.

His book, Democracy and Delusion, won the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award. The book is accompanied by a rap album of the same name. He is currently pursuing a DPhil in International Relations at Oxford.

South African Elections 2019

Earlier this year, Sizwe launched a first-of-its-kind, Whatsapp news channel, the Sizwe Mpofu Walsh Xpereince which covers the impending South African elections including live Q&A’s, interviews with locals and commentary which intends to make the heavily anticipated national election, more accessible to South Africa’s massive youth electorate. 

Host a Teach-In

The Trust will be hosting more Teach-Ins with our Alumni Network and current scholars throughout the year. Scholars and Alumni are encouraged to request a teach-in by nominating themselves or another alumni to host the Forum.

To learn more about the WHT Network or how you can apply for the Scholarship, visit our website at www.whtrust.org where staff, scholars and Alumni are waiting to share their stories. #WHTWishYouWereHere

Questions? Please e-mail the Alumni Programme at Alumni@whtrust.org 

 

About the Scholar

Laura Stewart


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Spotlight: Alumni Donor Maheen Iqbal

The WHT Leadership and Alumni Programme would like to take this opportunity to thank WHT Alumna, MAheen Iqbal (Pakistan, MSc Environmental Change and Management, Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann) who has generously contributed funds towards programming and activities for current scholars through the Leadership Programme.

Please look out for the Annual Report to learn more about how this generous and heartfelt contribution will be used. 

Maheen was the first Alumni to sign up to trial our new online payment software protected by PayPal. Her donation comes on the heels of the launch of the campaign to endow the Leadership Programme and we look forward to listing her among our supporters and contributors!

Regarding her donation, Maheen said,

“The WHT gave me a generous scholarship that allowed me to pursue my ideal MSc in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford and enabled me to spend a full academic year in the city without worrying about finances or loans. It gave me the chance to attend a prestigious institution and meet bright, motivated change makers from around the world who are likely to remain life long friends. This is a huge gift from the Trust and I chose to give back now that I am working so that I can contribute to similar experiences for future scholars. No matter how big or small our donations are, I believe that collectively they can make a difference!

The PayPal tool is very simple and easy to use and I hope other alumni will also be inspired to give back to the Trust that enabled such a life changing experience for us. “

If you are an Alumni who wants to get involved in shaping the future direction of the Trust, please reach out to alumni@whtrust.org to get a conversation started. #whtwishyouwerehere #MoreThanAScholarship

About the Scholar

Laura Stewart


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The Annenberg Visiting Fellowship Award

The Alumni Programme is offering a unique, new opportunity for WHT Alumni from April 2019.

The Annenberg Visiting Fellowship Award is designed to enhance the relationship between WHT Alumni, current scholars and the broader WHT Network of donors and supporters. Successful applicants will be invited to return to Oxford to:

  • Participate as a facilitator at the annual Robin HAmbro Moral Philosophy Seminar in September
  • Host an Alumni Teach In with current scholars and invited guests
  • Participate in WHT events, programming and other opportunities at Oxford and elsewhere in the UK
  • Access Oxford resources including the Bodleian Libraries and the Saïd Business School to conduct an independent Alumni Leadership Project. The project can range in size and scope from a written / independently produced piece of media, to an outreach and engagement project which raises awareness about the Trust, or a community service project directly related to the aims of the Leadership Programme.

Successful applicants will receive return airfare from their country of location to Oxford, accommodation and a generous stipend for meals and expenses. The fellowship is tennable for a period at the discretion of the Trust but will ordinarily not exceed 1 week in Oxford.

To nominate yourself or another alumni for this opportunity please submit the following form.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please direct questions and comments to the WHT Alumni Programme at: alumni@whtrust.org

About the Scholar

Laura Stewart


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Alumni Access: Official Launch of the WHT Alumni Portal

Weidenfeld Hoffmann Trust (WHT) Alumni

The WHT Alumni Network now includes nearly 300 alumni from 72 countries, representing an array of personal and professional interests. The Alumni Portal is a new, access controlled space on the WHT website which is reserved for Scholarships and Leadership Programme Alumni.

The password protected portal includes live access to:

Readings: Leadership Programme materials such as the Robin Hambro Moral Philosophy Seminar and other material

The ‘Trust List’: a directory of WHT Alumni contacts spanning the Programme’s 12 year history

Job Listings and other opportunities: exclusive updates and informational material on vacancies or career development opportunities including visiting fellowships, alumni-meetups and awards which are available to and tenable by WHT alumni

Feedback: a space for alumni to keep connected with the Trust and each other.

To learn more about the newly launched Alumni Portal, please contact WHT Alumni Programme at: alumni@whtrust.org

About the Scholar

Laura Stewart


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, Oxford
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Alumni Reflection: Michaelmas Term 2018

WHT Alumna, Quratulain Fatima (Pakistan, Public Policy, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann, 2016)

“Oxford is beautiful; its beauty is its plumage, its method of procreation. The beauty of the dream of Oxford, of spires and quiet learning,of the life of the mind, of effortless superiority, all these had beguiled me.”

― Naomi Alderman, The Lessons.

It is true that once one becomes an Oxford University student, the indelible connection to Oxford remains for a life time. The invitation to attend the Future of Government Conference 2018, at the Blavatnik School of Government where I completed my Masters of Public Policy as a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar, was one of many instances when I have happily returned to my Alma Mater. 

Being an ardent gender equality advocate, I had written a contribution for the Oxford Government Review for the Conference. I arrived during an all too familiar rainy day in Oxford on the 31st October, 2018. However, my reflections were not sparked by the buildings or the ‘dreaming spires’ but by my most cherished memories of  time spent among other Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Scholars. I was very fortunate to be invited to this year’s Robin Hambro Moral Philosophy Seminar where I listened to current Scholar reflections on justice, global governance and borders. Like always, I found this seminar to be the single most important thing from  my time at Oxford; an experience that helps me improve myself as a leader, even today. 

I remember participating in my first moral philosophy seminar at Harris Manchester College amidst beautiful architecture and gardens. It was a life changing experience in leadership for me. Coming from an administrative background, philosophical debates with scholars from diverse backgrounds was a treasure and a treat. Since my time at Oxford, I have heard insights from my colleagues and other future leaders on how they view the world, their work and its values.  However, few are able to engage at the same level on the subject matter of Moral Philosophy.  I can proudly recount the musings of such great philosophers and public intellectuals as Socrates, Isaiah Berlin, Niemöller, Rousseau, Averroes, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. 

During my latest visit to the WHT,  I found that the seminar discussions have become more diverse as the size of the scholar group has increased over the years. New scholars’ views on leadership , morality, freedom and ethics left me very impressed with their critical thinking skills and proud to be associated with such a dynamic and captivating group of future change-makers. 

As I left Oxford, the discussions around moral philosophy still whizzing through my mind, I reflected on how my own experience as a WHT Scholar helped me become a better and more careful-thinking leader. I expect that it will keep on creating more aware, empathetic and deliberate leaders (who the world needs now more than ever) with every passing cohort of Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholars. 

About the Scholar

Quratulain Fatima

Pakistan
Public Policy (MPP), 2016
St Anne's College, Oxford
Louis Dreyfus Scholar
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Spotlight: Alumni Donor Manas Nanda

The WHT Leadership and Alumni Programme would like to take this opportunity to thank WHT Alumnus, Manas Nanda (India, MBA. Louis Dreyfus – Weidenfeld and Hoffmann, 2014)  who has contributed funds toward programming and activities for current scholars through the Leadership Programme.

Please look out for the Annual Report to learn more about how this generous and heartfelt contribution will be used. 

Manas’ contribution comes at a time when more Alumni are reaching out to the Trust, to find meaningful ways to give back to a Programme which was at the heart of their time at Oxford. The Leadership and Alumni Programmes actively work with Alumni across the globe, to keep them engaged with WHT programming and events including opportunities for career and professional development, participating in WHT events and serving as a sounding board for the Trust’s programmatic direction.

We look forward to building a larger inventory of Alumni who are giving back to the Trust, financially and otherwise, towards our shared vision of cementing the WHT Leadership Programme at Oxford.

If you are an Alumni who wants to get involved in shaping the future direction of the Trust, please reach out to Laura.stewart@whtrust.org to get a conversation started. #whtwishyouwerehere

About the Scholar

Laura Stewart


(), I am not a scholar
, Oxford
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