18th October 2017

2017/18 Teddy Hall MCR Writing Competition open



The MCR is excited to announce the call for articles for this year’s writing competition. The MCR journal, Ex Aula: Research from the Hall, was founded last year by the MCR and published 14 articles over Hilary and Trinity Term. The inaugural winning article, by Beth Raine, was chosen by the judging panel made up of St Edmund Hall Senior Common Room members: Dr Linda Yueh, Dr Emily Winkler, and Prof Paul Skokowski.

The deadline for first drafts has been extended to Sunday the 17th of December, 23:59. Articles should aim to answer one of or a combination of the following questions – Why is my research important? What does my research project contribute to the field? Why is my work/field relevant to the general public? – in a short 800-1000 word laymen’s terms essay.

The aims of the journal are:

  1. to communicate the importance of research undertaken by St Edmund Hall graduate students to the general public;
  2. to encourage inter-faculty communication;
  3. to promote MCR graduate research within St Edmund Hall and the University, and;
  4. to provide graduate students with the opportunity to expand their writing and editing skill-set away from thesis, dissertation and manuscript preparation.

The MCR’s online journal, Ex Aula, provides a platform for students to present their work to the outside world. The best article will be selected based on its accessibility to a wider audience as judged by the SCR judging panel. A winner for the 2017/18 competition will be announced at the end of Trinity Term 2018.

Please send your submissions to the editors:

Timothy Donnison (timothy.donnison@seh.ox.ac.uk)

Trent Taylor (trent.taylor@seh.ox.ac.uk)

Siân Brooke (sian.brooke@seh.ox.ac.uk)

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Recent Research Highlights

5th December 2018

Václav JANEČEK: ‘Ownership of Personal Data in the Internet of Things’

Data Protection?

In light of the recent developments in data protection laws around the world, Ex Aula is delighted to present a short video that examines the implications of data protection rights. Aimed at a non-specialist audience, DPhil student Václav Janeček discusses his work (published in the journal ‘Computer Law and Security Review’) on data ownership in the context of EU […]

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25th March 2018

Caricaturing Terror

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11th March 2018

Molecules that make you think: using genetics to understand our emotions

The most common question I’ve been asked when introducing my work to strangers, friends, and Tinder dates has been “but aren’t mental illnesses…in the mind? What do genes or molecules have anything to do with it?” The answer is, in short, everything. Each of our mental functions is fundamentally rooted in biological processes that can […]

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4th March 2018

Romance Comic Books, the Cold War, and Teaching Women Their Place

I came across romance comic books by accident during a tiring Google search for a topic for a term paper. At first, I thought romance comic books were a joke – that a modern artist had created them to make fun of 1950’s domestic ideals. Then I found out that Captain America creators, Joe Simon […]

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Coming Up For Air: 100 Million Years of Ocean Biology

  George Cuvier was a young man at the Storming of the Bastille in the summer of 1789. It was under the shadow of the French Revolution that he developed the concept of ‘catastrophism’. In the midst of the radical political changes that were engulfing Europe, Cuvier speculated that the Earth itself had undergone radical, […]

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