WHT Alumna Dr. Manisha Nair secures over £1m in funding for maternal healthcare
Dr. Manisha Nair has been awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) – UK, Career Development Award that provides her a funding of more than £1 million (£1,030,894) for a period of five years to set up a UK-India collaborative platform for maternal and perinatal health research called MaatHRI (means ‘mother’ in Sanskrit). Manisha will continue to be based at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) of the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, but her research project will be in India.
What will this research collaboration do?
Maternal and perinatal Health Research collaboration, India (MaatHRI) aims to create a large and diverse platform for academics and scientists to conduct large-scale population-based research to improve maternal and perinatal health in a setting with a high burden of mortality and morbidity. Studies that are critical to informing policies and planning to address new and emerging complications in pregnancy can be quickly and efficiently rolled out through MaatHRI. The resultant new and improved scientific evidence will help policy makers and clinicians in India and globally to develop guidance to improve pregnancy care. The collaborative platform will also be a training platform for Oxford students interested in developing skills in conducting research in maternal and perinatal health in a low-to-middle income country setting. MaatHRI could form the basis of many studies well in to the future. During this fellowship, however, Manisha will begin this process by expanding the research platform already started during a pilot, and by undertaking work to improve the clinical management and outcomes of pregnant women with anaemia for which research is clearly indicated.
Dr Manisha Nair was a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar from 2010-13.
Louis Dreyfus-Chevening/Weidenfeld and Hoffmann alumni Gent Salihu discusses his career since gradution
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar Abhishek Parajuli presents at TEDxOxford
WHT Scholar Abhishek Parajuli recently gave a talk on the impact of foreign aid at TEDxOxford. Drawing upon his MPhil research, Abhishek questioned whether or not the impact of foreign aid is always as positive as we hope. His thesis, that foreign aid can cause citizens to worry less about corruption, is controversial, but allows space for researchers and practitioners to design new and more effective mechanisms for distributing aid.
Louis Dreyfus Scholar Nidhi Singh presents at international Law Conferences
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Donald Trump Inaugural Debate and Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has been greeted with both astonishment and fear. Since his election Trump has come to symbolise a new brand of reactionary politics, one that breeds on economic frustration, resentment towards migrants and hostility towards minorities. In the age of Marine Le Penn and Geert Wilders, the election of Trump is seen as the harbinger of a spring of nationalism. Even more disconcerting are recent appointments to the Trump Cabinet and White House as these suggest that America no longer holds true to the values of life, liberty, and equality in the pursuit of happiness. Rather, Trump’s America is viewed as one that accepts misogyny, tolerates bigotry and neglects equality. The question that soon arises is should the world turn its back on Trump’s America?
This is the motion that will be debated at the upcoming Trump Inaugural Debate organized by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme. The Debate will be followed by a special Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald on the topic of “Did the Media Get Trump Elected?”
Trevor McDonald has over 40 years of experience in the media and was the first black Briton to present a national news programme. Recently he has presented a number of documentaries on America, with a focus on incarceration and the death penalty. McDonald was knighted in 1999 for his services to British journalism.
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WHT Michaelmas Newsletter now available
This term has seen the WHT enrol our 10th class of scholars, mark the remarkable life and contributions of Lord Weidenfeld and develop new and exciting aspects of our leadership programme, all while our alumni continue to achieve remarkable things around the world. To catch up on what we’ve been up to, and for an overview of our upcoming events, read our newsletter here.
Lord Weidenfeld’s Memorial Service
On September 24th, Oxford University hosted a memorial service for Lord Weidenfeld. Celebrating the unique contribution of Lord Weidenfeld to life at Oxford, the service featured tributes from academics and students, including three scholars from the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust. Held in the splendid surroundings of the Sheldonian Theatre, the audience – including a number of Weidenfeld-Hoffmann alumni – enjoyed recollections of Lord Weidenfeld’s humour and warmth, his powerful desire to bring about positive change, and his commitment to education as a way to improve the world. The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust have produced a short video of the service, which can be viewed below.
Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann-Rausing/Abraham Scholar Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (DPhil International Relations, 2013-18) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Tafelberg City Press Nonfiction Award. The biennial award is made to works dealing with the realities of South Africa. As a developmental award, it is given to works in the manuscript stage to encourage the progress of writings which provide an insight into South African issues.
Sizwe’s manuscript, Democracy and Delusion, will address ten of the major political issues facing South Africa and draw conclusions regarding the involvement of the government in the economy, the provision of free education and reforms to land ownership. Democracy and Delusion is slated for publication towards the end of 2016.
The Tafelberg City Press Nonfiction Award is one of South Africa’s leading literary prizes, with past winners including Don Pinnock – whose account of gang culture in Cape Town, Gang Town, was published this year – and Maria Phalime, author of Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away, an account of the many challenges facing South African’s healthcare system.
On April 25th 2016, Professor of English Sally Shuttleworth delivered the annual Humanitas Passau lecture. Following the success of last year’s speaker, Chris Clarke, this event was keenly anticipated and a large crowd turned out to hear Professor Shuttleworth discuss ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Stress, Strain and Overload in the Nineteenth Century’. By drawing upon literature and media, Professor Shuttleworth explained how the challenge of modernity was experienced on an individual level as the new technologies and working habits of the nineteenth century began to impact the lives of ordinary people in the United Kingdom.
You can find more Humanitas lectures on a range of topics on the Humanitas YouTube channel
Senior Academic Fellow sought for Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships & Leadership Programme
Salary: dependent on experience
Hours: Part time – approx. 25% post
Contract type: one year renewable
Solid track record of academic/professional experience required
Closing date: 7th March 2016
Would you be interested in joining a dynamic young group of scholars and working with them on a leadership programme which runs alongside their graduate studies in Oxford?
The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust (WHT) is an educational charity based in Oxford and working closely with the University. Established in 2007, the Scholarships & Leadership Programme provides talented young graduates from developing and emerging economies with full scholarships to the University of Oxford, alongside a tailor made leadership training programme focusing on skills needed to become leaders in whatever fields they choose on a national and global scale.
We are looking to appoint an Academic Fellow for the Scholarships & Leadership Programme. The role will begin in September 2016 but ideally the chosen candidate would have some input in the selection of the 2016-17 cohort of Scholars in April 2016.
Over the years since its inception this programme has become one of the most sought after scholarships in the University. For further information about the Programme, see our website: http://whtrust.org/
The ideal candidate for this post is someone who would enjoy interacting with an energetic and proactive group of scholars who relish the chance to widen their horizons and learn. The job could be combined with other work either at the University or outside opportunities. The role includes the following specific tasks:
- Coming up with texts and working on the overall timetable and staffing for the moral philosophy seminar which takes place at the end of September as part of the five day induction to the programme and to Oxford. There are three follow up sessions over three afternoons which also require similar input
- Delivering workshops through the rest of the academic year to help scholars with essay writing, exam preparations and any other aspects of their academic work which require extra input.
- Working with other members of WHT and the University to come up with a short list of applicants for future scholarships, attending the interview and helping with the final selection of candidates.
- Maximizing any contacts inside and outside the University to bring scholars into contact with business, and other leaders from whom they can learn and seek advice on their future careers
- Providing practical support to the scholars in twice a year one to one meetings and other informal ways and references once they reach the end of their time at Oxford.
To apply for this post, please send your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com. The subject line of your e-mail should read “Application for the position of Academic Fellow”
Interviews will take place on the week commencing 14th March in London/Oxford.