Michaelmas 2018 Term Card

Below is the society’s term card for Michaelmas 2018. Event recordings and summaries will be posted online throughout the term, and you can get your tickets on our Eventbrite page.


Week 1


Mark Damazer CBE, ‘in conversation’ with John Humphrys

In association with St Peter’s College, we are delighted to welcome eminent broadcaster John Humphrys for our first talk of Michaelmas 2018. A household name, Humphrys has covered some of the biggest news stories in the 20th and 21st century, including the Aberfan disaster of 1966, the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974 and, more recently, Brexit.

Wednesday 10th Oct, St Peter’s College, 18:00

Marco Bertozzi, Vice-President Europe, Spotify

One of the most influential figures in commercial music and corporate advertising, Marco Bertozzi will be speaking to media society members about the music industry today, competitiveness among companies, as well as the future of artists’ content. For an insight into the work of one of the most popular streaming organisations in the world, there is nobody better to listen to than Marco.

Friday 12th Oct, Trinity College, 18:00


Week 2

Dylan Jones OBE, Editor, British GQ

Dylan Jones OBE is a journalist and author. In these roles, he has edited the fashion and lifestyle magazine British GQ since 1999 and written widely-acclaimed biographies. He published one on former Prime Minister David Cameron, titled “Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones”, which was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of The Year in 2009.

Monday 15th Oct, St Peter’s College, 18:00


Guto Harri, former Communications Director to Boris Johnson

As the former Communications Director to Boris Johnson during his first term as Mayor of London, Guto Harri will offer a brilliant glimpse into the life and views of one of Britain’s most famous politicians. He also worked as the communications director of two major media companies, News UK and Liberty Global, meaning that Guto can share his expertise on strategic communications, as he returns to his alma mater. Before working in PR, Guto was the BBC’s Chief Political Correspondent.

Wednesday 17th Oct, Queen’s College, 18:00


Week 4

Ceri Thomas ‘in conversation’ with Rachel Jupp

Rachel Jupp became only the second female editor of BBC Panoramain its 63-year history in September 2016, bringing many big stories into the public eye, including the NHS Contaminated Blood Scandal of the 1970s. Jupp began her career in television as a producer for Channel 4 News and then joined BBC Newsnight team in 2013. Alongside renowned radio broadcaster Ceri Thomas, Jupp will discuss her ascension into primetime television, the process behind bringing unknown stories into the spotlight and the aftermath and reaction to some of her most notable broadcasts.

Monday 29th Oct, St Peter’s College, 18:00


Political Communications in the 21st Century

  • Lord Wood, former advisor to Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband 

  • Tim Allan, Founder of Portland Communications 

Lord Wood has been at the heart of the Labour Party’s image - as an advisor to Gordon Brown during his premiership and subsequently aiding Ed Miliband’s campaign to become Brown’s successor as Labour leader. He is joined by Tim Allan, an advisor to Tony Blair and founder of Portland Communications - a public relations and political consultancy which offers advice to high-profile individuals in media and politics. This event brings a wealth of expertise on political communications and PR and just how significant and influential it has been on the political climate of the UK and globally. 

Friday 2nd Nov, Magdalen College, 18:00


Week 5

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A view into the world of PR and digital communications with Weber Shandwick and partners

Weber Shandwick is a globally leading PR firm, and firm representatives including Rachel Friend, its UK CEO, and James Sale, UK Talent Acquisition Lead, to Oxford for a panel discussion and Q&A of how to break into PR and digital communications. This unmissable event will also include input from two of Weber Shandwick’s biggest clients, and is a great chance to network with a leading PR firm and learn more about what working at Weber Shandwick entails.

Monday 5th Nov, Location/Time TBA

Week 6

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Presenter of Channel 4 News

Krishnan Guru-Murthy is a veteran broadcast journalist, having anchored Channel 4 News since 1998 and is currently is its second longest serving presenter. He has covered key global stories such as the Arab Spring and 9/11. Having covered five British general elections, he has moderated a Chancellors debate before the 2010 General Election and has interviewed a range of political figures, including Jeremy Corbyn. Since he began presenting BBC youth television at 18, he has also spent three years as a producer and reporter for Newsnightand presented a range of podcasts and documentaries.

Monday 12th Nov, Hertford College, 18:00


State of the Press: Should there be a 2nd Leveson Inquiry?

  • Brian Cathcart, founder of the Hacked Off campaign 

  • Sarah Baxter, Deputy Editor of the Sunday Times

Brian Cathcart founded Hacked Off in 2011 to campaign for a public inquiry into the phone hacking scandal - the campaign saw support from major public figures, including J.K. Rowling and Hugh Grant. Sarah Baxter, after being stationed in New York and Washington D.C. for The Sunday Times, became its deputy editor in 2013; she has also worked in publishing, including a stint at Penguin Books. This debate will offer a significant insight into one of the most divisive arguments in British public life over the last decade.

Wednesday 14th Nov, Worcester College, 18:00


Week 7

Phil Churchward, Series Director of The Grand Tour

Phil Churchward has been Series Director for two of the UK’s most popular television shows, Top Gearand Amazon Prime’s The Grand Tour. Having directed over 100 episodes of Top Gearfor over a decade, he boasts incredible experience of action film-making and multi-camera direction. He has also enjoyed a successful commercial film career, having directed commercials for companies such as BMW and Mercedes.

Monday 19th Nov, University College, 18:00


Eleanor Mills, Editorial Director of The Sunday Times

Eleanor Mills began her career as the only female trainee in the newsroom of The Observer, before becoming the youngest ever features editor of The Daily Telegraph and eventually moving to The Sunday Times, where she began as an interviewer and deputy Editor of News Review in 1998. She is now Editorial Director of The Sunday Times and chairs Women in Journalism.



Week 8

Sharon White, Chief Executive of OFCOM

Voted one of the 100 most influential figures in the UK media, Sharon White leads the regulator for television, radio and video on demand, as well as the wider communications services in the UK. She is the first woman and the first BME leader of the UK’s most powerful media regulator, having started her career in the Civil Service. She later became the first female permanent secretary at the Treasury, having formerly worked at the World Bank and 10 Downing Street policy unit.

Monday 26th Nov, Pembroke College, 18:00