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Oxford University Development Office

The role of the University’s Development Office is to help secure philanthropic support for the University. The Development Office works in partnership with academic and development colleagues throughout the collegiate University to build enduring relationships with external constituencies and to increase financial support for agreed academic priorities. In May 2008, the University launched Oxford Thinking: The Campaign for the University of Oxford, aimed at raising a minimum of £1.25 billion to transform the collegiate University for many generations to come. Gifts totalling more than £1 billion have now been received.
In addition to fundraising staff, the Development Office has a number of teams that cover particular support functions. These include the Research Team (which gathers information on potential and existing donors); the Proposals Team (which writes proposals and project information); the Gift Registry (which records and processes donations received by the University and on behalf of colleges); the Database Team (which supports the Development and Alumni Relations System (DARS); and the Donor Relations team (which ensures that donors are appropriately thanked and stewarded). There are also three overseas offices whose remit includes development: New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
The Director of the Development Office reports to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Development and External Relations) and works closely with officers in UAS, especially in Alumni Relations and Finance, as well as with academic and development colleagues across the collegiate University.

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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Coronavirus and ‘Disease X’ Professor Peter Millican interviews the Oxford scientists working at the forefront of research into Disease X Peter Millican, Sarah Gilbert, Peter Horby, Jimmy Whitworth 14 Jan 2021
2 Ebola Professor Peter Millican begins the final episode of this series in 2014, at the onset of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Peter Millican, Kevin Decock, Katie Ewer, Brian Angus 14 Jan 2021
3 HIV/AIDS In the ninth episode of our History of Pandemics season, Professor Peter Millican leaves the perils of influenza behind, only to discover an entirely new virus: HIV. Peter Millican, Harold Jaffe, John Frater, Kevin Decock 14 Jan 2021
4 The 'Spanish' Flu Professor Peter Millican arrives in the twentieth century, during the last years of the Great War, to a pandemic which you may have read a lot about during the early coverage of our current COVID outbreak. Peter Millican, John Oxford, Brian Angus, Claas Kirchhelle 14 Jan 2021
5 'Russian' Flu: the pandemic that wasn't? In this episode, Professor Peter Millican discusses a controversial outbreak... Peter Millican, Julia Mannherz, Claas Kirchhelle, Brian Angus 14 Jan 2021
6 Cholera Professor Peter Millican makes it to the nineteenth century to discuss the achievements of John Snow Peter Millican, Claas Kirchhelle, Brian Angus, Blanche Oguti 14 Jan 2021
7 Smallpox, and Jenner Welcome to the eighteenth century, at a point when Europe is going through another major smallpox outbreak, a disease that by this point has been plaguing populations around the globe for centuries. Peter Millican, Claas Kirchhelle, Brian Angus, Blanche Oguti 01 Dec 2020
8 The Great Plague in the final plague episode of the series, Professor Peter Millican talks to his guests about the last major outbreak of this horrific disease in seventeenth-century England. Peter Millican, Paul Slack, Emma Smith, Kees Windland 01 Dec 2020
9 The Black Death Professor Peter Millican arrives in the fourteenth century and meets history's most notorious plague outbreak. Peter Millican, Samuel Cohn, Blanche Oguti 01 Dec 2020
10 The Plague of Justinian Welcome to the Eastern Roman Empire in the sixth century. This time, Professor Peter Millican discusses a plague that historians and medical experts agree was likely the first plague pandemic humanity experienced. Peter Millican, Michael McCormick, Abigail Buglass 01 Dec 2020
11 Athens: the first plague? Join Professor Peter Millican in 5th century Athens, a crowded city in the midst of a siege, where a devastating disease had just erupted. Peter Millican, Tim Rood, Brian Angus, Blanche Oguti 01 Dec 2020
12 Mark Carney on Climate Change Professor Millican travels to the Bank of England to interview its Governor, Mark Carney. Peter Millican, Mark Carney 20 Dec 2019
13 Solving climate change - nature or technology? Solving climate change can involve either mitigation – reducing the greenhouse gases we're putting into the atmosphere – or adaptation – the process of adjusting to our changing environment. Peter Millican, Nathalie Seddon, Jim Hall, Helen Gavin 20 Dec 2019
14 Is climate conflict inevitable? In this Futuremakers episode we ask experts the question - is climate conflict inevitable? Peter Millican, Kate Guy, Troy Sternberg 13 Dec 2019
15 Climate change - who should we sue? In this episode of Futuremakers, we’re asking what does a rise in litigious climate action mean for society as we race to meet climate targets? Peter Millican, Fredi Otto, Liz Fisher, Myles Allen 13 Dec 2019
16 Can we be green AND capitalist? In this episode we ask; can we be green AND capitalist? Peter Millican, Ben Caldecott, Thomas Hale, Charmain Love 28 Nov 2019
17 Should nuclear power be part of our energy system? Should nuclear power be part of our energy system? Join our host, philosopher Peter Millican, as he explores this topic with experts from Oxford. Peter Millican, Nick Eyre, Sarah Darby, James Marrow 28 Nov 2019
18 What did the Paris Climate Agreement change? What did the Paris 2015 Climate Agreement change? what did the politicians at Paris actually achieve? Peter Millican, Fredi Otto, Richard Miller, Sugandha Srivastav 07 Nov 2019
19 Climate change: do individual actions matter? Is there still potential for actions on an individual level to shape the future of the planet? Peter Millican, Susan Jebb, Tina Fawcett, Tristram Walsh 28 Oct 2019
20 How do you build a greener country? What does the current infrastructure in the UK look like, and how far is it from where we need to be to meet our international commitments? Peter Millican, Cameron Hepburn, April Burt, Alison Smith 28 Oct 2019
21 Climate change and politics - why haven’t we done more? With the IPCC warning that policymakers have limited time to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5° C - why haven’t we done more? Peter Millican, Caroline Lucas, Ryan Rafaty, Tristram Walsh 28 Oct 2019
22 Twelve years to climate disaster? The IPCC’s 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C broke into the public consciousness through media reporting that we only had twelve years to limit climate change catastrophe.   Peter Millican, James Painter, Myles Allen, Helen Johnson 28 Oct 2019
23 Could quantum computing change the world? Peter Millican tries to discover the truth about a global race to develop the world’s first scalable quantum. Peter Millican, Peter Leek, David Deutsch, Vera Schafer 11 Apr 2019
24 Making the Case for Democracy Hillary Clinton delivers the Romanes Lecture of Hope in the Sheldonian Theatre, 25th June 2018 Hillary Clinton 31 Jan 2019
25 Season Finale: AI selection box In the final episode of our series, we’re looking back at the themes we’ve discussed so far, and forward into the likely development of AI. Gil McVean, Sandra Wachter, Nigel Shadbolt, Peter Millican 08 Jan 2019
26 Is China leading the way in AI? In the penultimate episode of series one of Futuremakers, we’re looking at the development of AI across the globe. Peter Millican, Mike Wooldridge, Xiaorong Ding, Sophie-Charlotte Fischer 19 Dec 2018
27 What does AI mean for the future of humanity Join our host, philosopher Professor Peter Millican, as he explores this topic with three experts from Oxford University. Peter Millican, Allan Dafoe, Mike Osborne, Jade Leung 12 Dec 2018
28 Has AI changed the way we find the truth? Around the world, automated bot accounts have enabled some government agencies and political parties to exploit online platforms in dispersing fake messages. Peter Millican, Rasmus Nielsen, Vidya Narayanan, Mimie Liotsiou 06 Dec 2018
29 From Ada Lovelace to Alan Turing, the birth of AI? Many developments in science are achieved through people being able to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ and in the history of AI two giants in particular stand out. Peter Millican, Ursula Martin, Andrew Hodges, Jacob Ward 19 Nov 2018
30 Does AI have a gender? Join our host, philosopher Peter Millican, as he explores the topics of gender and AI. Peter Millican, Gina Neff, Carissa Véliz, Sian Brooke 12 Nov 2018
31 Is AI good for our health? Join our host, philosopher Peter Millican, as he explores the topic "Is AI good for our health?" Peter Millican, Alison Noble, Paul Leeson, Jessica Morley 02 Nov 2018
32 Is the banking sector about to change for ever? AI is already playing a role in the finance sector, from fraud detection, to algorithmic trading, to customer service, and many within the industry believe this role will develop rapidly within the next few years. Peter Millican, Stephen Roberts, Nir Vulkan, Jannes Klaas 22 Oct 2018
33 Are all algorithms biased? Our lives are increasingly shaped by automated decision-making algorithms, but do those have in-built biases? If so, do we need to tackle these, and what could happen if we don't? Peter Millican, Sandra Wachter, Helena Webb, Brent Mittelstadt 22 Oct 2018
34 How will the automation of jobs likely progress? In 2013 two Oxford academics published a paper entitled 'The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?', estimating that 47% of U.S. jobs were at risk of automation. Peter Millican, Mike Osborne, Judy Stephenson, David Clifton 22 Oct 2018
35 Trailer: season one launching 22nd October! Down winding streets, beyond the dreaming spires, inside the college walls, debates are happening - in every study room and lecture theatre - about the future of society. Futuremakers, from the University of Oxford, invites you to that debate. Peter Millican 16 Oct 2018
36 Keeping our secrets? Shaping internet technologies for the public good The Internet and related technologies, like smartphones and social networking services, are now a pervasive part of British life. Connected cars, smart cities, and ambient loos are coming soon. Ian Brown 24 Mar 2014
37 Where are the robots? Where are the robots we seem to have been promised since the 1950s? What is the hold up? Are we nearly there now? For example, will cars be driving themselves soon? Paul Newman 15 Mar 2013
38 Olympic Torch Visit The London 2012 Olympic Torch comes to Oxford's legendary Iffley Road stadium, where the four-minute mile was first run. Roger Bannister, Steph Cook, Nikki Emerson, Nicola Byrom 13 Jul 2012
39 Presentation and Perception on Online Dating Sites Joseph Walther describes the hyperpersonal model and its relevance to the study of online dating. 'Idealisation' of perception and presentation online can facilitate the selection process, but may have unforseen consequences when people eventually meet. Joseph Walther, Nicole Ellison 28 Feb 2012
40 Partner Compatibility and Online Dating Sites Erina Lee discusses the importance of similarity between partners in terms of long-term relationship satisfaction. She discusses some compatibility dimensions that have been considered by eHarmony, as well as future directions for research. Bernie Hogan, Erina Lee 28 Feb 2012
41 The Limits of Science Lord Rees of Ludlow delivers the 2011 Romanes Lecture. Martin Rees 31 Jan 2012
42 The Gamesmakers: Oxonians Preparing for London 2012 A panel discussion with some of the Oxonians most closely involved with the successful Olympics bid, providing a fascinating insight into the thrills and anxiety of preparing for London 2012. Andrew Thomas, Roger Mosey, Ed Warner, Paul Williamson 30 Sep 2011
43 A Cook's Tour: Oxford and the Modern Olympics The University of Oxford has a rich sporting heritage and many links with the foundation and evolution of the modern Olympics. Professor Simon Lee examins the role of Oxonians as athletes and administrators within this global phenomenon. Simon Lee 29 Sep 2011
44 Creative Commons Who did Plato (not) love? Platonic love? Plato's main text on love, the Symposium, takes a broad look at what love means, offering a serious yet humorous, poignant and flippant, literary philosophical discussion of the topic, with some famous but also surprising outcomes. Cressida Ryan 15 Feb 2011
45 Creative Commons If marriage is a trade, then what price romance? Theatre was a forum for early twentieth-century feminists to challenge romantic ideals of marriage, arguing against society blocking women's access to alternative professions. Did one playwright solve the problem of selling seats without selling out? Sol Eltis 15 Feb 2011
46 Creative Commons Not only the lonely: the social implications of the rise of online dating Dr Hogan explores values towards online dating, relating them to whether one's friends have dated online and whether social network software or online personals are responsible for the continued rise in popularity of online dating. Bernie Hogan 14 Feb 2011
47 Creative Commons Swirls and secrets: the mysteries of Jonathan Swift's love letters In Swift's letters to his adored Stella, we see an elaborate combination of language and code to tease his reader but still communicate intimacy. The denial of full disclosure and the refusal to reveal all is part of the game of seduction. Abigail Williams 14 Feb 2011
48 An advert for the lecture series "Love and other things" This advert introduces a series of 4 talks on the subject of love and romance. The 10 minute talks took place at Oxford University on Valentine's day 2011. Ed Watkins 14 Feb 2011
49 Darwin and Friends Professor Robin Dunbar explores if there is a limit to the number of friends we can keep track of and explains the origin of "Dunbar's Number". Robin Dunbar 10 Feb 2011
50 Blood Disorders and Human Malaria Professor Sunetra Gupta explains the surprising relationship between blood disorders and malaria in humans. Could two blood disorders ever be better than one? Part of the Oxford Abridged series of short talks. Sunetra Gupta 10 Feb 2011
51 Slime Moulds to run the railways? Should we let slime moulds run our railways? Slime moulds can produce networks as efficient, cost-effective and resilient as railway networks designed by people, despite having no central control over what they build. Mark Fricker 10 Feb 2011
52 Success of the Smelliest - Sexual attraction and pheromones Sexual attraction and pheromones? Dr. Tristram Wyatt talks about pheromones and evolution in a short talk about the "Success of the smelliest". Recorded as part of an ongoing series of short lectures. Tristram Wyatt 10 Feb 2011
53 Caroline Pendleton, medical student and summer school mentor Caroline Pendleton on the UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. Caroline Pendleton 21 Jan 2010
54 Dr. Malcolm Stewart, Chemistry tutor Dr. Malcolm Stewart on the UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. Malcolm Stewart 21 Jan 2010
55 Dr. Emma Smith, Fellow in English, Hertford College Dr. Emma Smith on the UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. Emma Smith 21 Jan 2010
56 Mike Nicholson, Director of Admissions Mike Nicholson on the UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. Mike Nicholson 21 Jan 2010
57 UNIQ Summer School introductory video An introductory video to the exciting free UNIQ Summer School programme at the University of Oxford. University of Oxford 18 Jan 2010
58 Race Equality Network: Our Network Keynote speech of the launch of the University of Oxford Race Equality Network, delivered by Karen Chouhan, Director of Equanomics and one of the Joseph Rowntree visionaries. Karen Chouhan 05 Jan 2010
59 Learning Differently, Teaching Inclusively Dr David Mills presents from an academic viewpoint on the University of Oxford's efforts to promote an inclusive environment for learning. David Mills 05 Jan 2010
60 Gargoyles Unveiled Nine new gargoyles for the Bodleian Library, Oxford are unveiled. The gargoyles were designed by children as part of the Millennium Myths and Monsters competition. University of Oxford 08 Oct 2009
61 Tony Blair: The Learning Habit UK Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers the 1999 Romanes lecture, explaining what the government is seeking to achieve in its programme of education reform, and how as a nation in the 21st century we can achieve a ‘learning habit’ across society. Tony Blair 13 Mar 2009
62 Gordon Brown: Science and our Economic Future UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivers the 2009 Romanes Lecture, arguing that investment in science and the next generation of scientists is key to the UK's future competitiveness. Gordon Brown 27 Feb 2009
63 Muhammad Yunus: A Poverty-free World? Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and pioneer of microcredit, gave this year’s Romanes lecture on ‘A poverty-free world: When? How?’. Muhammad Yunus 08 Dec 2008
64 Oxford Today with Michael Palin The full length Oxford Campaign production, presented by Michael Palin. Michael Palin 25 Sep 2008
65 Oxford Today with Michael Palin The full length Oxford Campaign video presented by Michael Palin. Michael Palin 25 Sep 2008
66 Student Newspapers at Oxford An introduction to the student newspapers at Oxford University. Cherwell and the Oxford Student are two student run newspapers with a long history in Oxford. Henry Clarke Price, Rosie Macaulay, Natasha Vashisht, Rebecca Molyneux 18 Sep 2008
67 Chris Patten on the Campaign for the University of Oxford Chris Patten, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, talks about the importance of the Campaign. Chris Patten 16 Sep 2008
68 Interview with Chris Patten Chris Patten, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, talks about the importance of the Campaign. Chris Patten 16 Sep 2008
69 Interview with Michael Moritz Michael Moritz talks about his and Harriet Heyman's gift to Christ Church College and asset management at Oxford. Michael Moritz 16 Sep 2008
70 Interview with Elnur Eyvasov Elnur Eyvasov is a student of Internation Law at St Anne's College, here on a Weidendelf scholarship from Azerbaijan. Elnur Ayvasov 16 Sep 2008
71 Interview with Rana Mitter Dr Rana Mitter is an academic at the Institute of Chinese Studies, specialising in modern Chinese history. Rana Mitter 16 Sep 2008
72 Interview with James Martin Dr James Martin is a computer scientist and founding benefactor of the James Martin 21st Century School. James Martin 16 Sep 2008
73 The Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of Natural History An introduction to the Ashmolean Museum and the Museum of Natural History. Oxford University 12 Sep 2008
74 Part 1: Introduction Part 1 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
75 Part 2: Research at Oxford Part 2 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
76 Part 3: Student Life Part 3 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
77 Part 4: The Libraries Part 4 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
78 Part 5: Oxford University Press Part 5 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
79 Part 6: Now and beyond Part 6 of the Oxford Campaign Video. Michael Palin 01 Sep 2008
80 Vice Chancellor's Welcome A welcome message from Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Andrew Hamilton 10 Jul 2008