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Oxford College Castaway

Presented by Alice Watson

Fortnightly Sundays 1-2 PM

Oxford College Castaway takes its inspiration from the BBC Radio 4 classic, Desert Island Discs. Alice speaks to students from across the university to find out more about their lives, experiences, and journeys to Oxford, and their aspirations for the future. The interviewee is cast away to their college for the duration of the holiday with only eight music discs to see them through the lonely period. The show ends by asking the castaway for one essential item they couldn't manage without and a single golden ticket to their favourite eatery in Oxford. The question is, how will they fare all on their own? Tune in fortnightly on Sundays 1-2 PM to find out. 

If you fancy being a castaway, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alice: alice.watson@sjc.ox.ac.uk

SEASON 02

Episode 10 - Bill de la rosa

In the tenth episode of Oxford College Castaway - and first show of Season 2 -, Alice Watson speaks to Bill De La Rosa, student on the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and member of St Hilda’s college. Among a range of topics, Bill speaks movingly about crossing the US-Mexico border daily to get to school and his recent campaign to reunite his family, successfully petitioning the US government to grant this mother temporary humanitarian parole. Before being cast away to St Hilda’s for the duration of the Christmas holiday, Bill shares his passion for DJing in Oxford and his eight castaway discs…

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episode 11 - Emily pogue

In the eleventh episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Emily Pogue, second year undergraduate in Engineering and member of University college. Emily speaks about life growing up in Chester, a typical day in the life of an undergraduate, and her passion for maths and engineering! Vintage fashion, chicken chow mein, and golf also feature in the wide-ranging discussion! Before being cast away to University college for the duration of the Christmas break, Emily shares the destination for her single golden ticket and her eight castaway discs…

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episode 12 - jenny jones

In the twelfth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Jenny Jones, DPhil student in History and member of St Edmund Hall. In between her eight castaway discs, Jenny discusses her passion for music and experiences of playing all over the country with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Before being cast away to Teddy Hall for the duration of the Christmas holiday, Jenny shares insights into life at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, working for Shell, and the process of writing a novel…

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episode 13 - Adam packer

In the thirteenth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Adam Packer, DPhil student in Geography and member of St John’s college. Adam talks about his past and current research into ‘smart cities’ and shares what it’s like to be in the second year of studying for a DPhil. In between eight castaway discs and before being cast away to St John’s for the Christmas break, Adam and Alice discuss all things geographical, the LGBTQ+ community, and podcasts!

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Episode 14 - Graihagh Cordwell

In the fourteenth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Graihagh Cordwell, DPhil student in Music and member of St John’s College. In between eight castaway discs, Graihagh speaks about her research into refugees and music in the Zaatari camp in Jordan, studying and performing music, and growing up on the Isle of Man. Before being cast away to St John’s for the duration of the Easter break, Alice and Graihagh discuss their shared passion for Desert Island Discs and the joys of TK Maxx…

 
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Episode 15 - Alexandra perez

In the fifteenth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Alex Perez, MBA student and member of Kellogg College. Alex discusses her work with the Oxford Seed Fund, a student-led venture capital initiative, before going on to talk about her degree and all things business and entrepreneurship. In between her eight castaway discs, Alex shares what it’s like to grow up in Miami, the parties thrown during a hurricane, and her passion for fictional crime dramas!

 
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episode 16 - andreas halner

In the sixteenth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks with Andreas Halner, DPhil student in Clinical Medicine and member of St John’s College. Andreas talks about his research into creating predictive tools for patients with lung diseases, life as a medical student, and his passion for running! Before being cast away to St John’s, Andreas shares his eight castaway discs and the location for his single golden ticket…

 
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episode 17 - Richard morter

In the seventeenth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks with Richard Morter, DPhil student in Infection and Immunology and member of St Edmund Hall. Richard speaks about his research into immune responses to malaria infection and vaccination, fieldwork in The Gambia and Kenya, and student life in Manchester and Oxford. Before being cast away to Teddy Hall for the Easter break, Richard shares his passion for cooking, the location for his single golden ticket, and the essential item he can’t manage without…

 
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episode 18 - sterling Mackinnon

In the eighteenth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks with Sterling Mackinnon, DPhil student in Geography and member of Kellogg college. Sterling provides an insight into life as a graduate student, discussing his research into the use of digital visualising technologies in archaeology and heritage science, and speaks about touring round the US with his former band, ‘Holy Ghost Revival’. In between the eight music tracks, Alice and Sterling chat about Oxford ‘bucket lists’, growing up in Washington, and the differences between universities in the US and UK. That’s all before being castaway to Kellogg for the duration of the summer holiday…

 
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episode 19 - shamara wettimuny

In the nineteenth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Shamara Wettimuny, DPhil student in History at Brasenose College. Shamara provides an insight into what it’s like to study at Brasenose, the delights of delving into the archives at Kew, and the joys of musical theatre! Shamara also discusses her previous degrees at the LSE before looking ahead to life after Oxford. Tune in to discover the location of Shamara’s golden ticket and the castaway disc she can’t survive the summer without…

 
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episode 20 - anna dorling

We’ve reached our twentieth castaway and here to mark the occasion is Anna Dorling, second year undergraduate in Biology at Jesus College! Anna discusses her degree and current research on bumble bees, before speaking about life as an undergraduate, studying sciences at school, and living in Canada. In between eight castaway discs, Alice and Anna chat about their shared love of music, radio, and podcasts, and all things David Attenborough! Tune in to discover the location of Anna’s golden ticket and the essential item she can’t get through the summer without…

 
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episode 21 - sabrina li

In episode twenty-one - and final show of the season-, Alice chats with Sabrina Li, Geography DPhil student at Keble College. Sabrina discusses her research interest in health inequalities in low-income countries and her DPhil project on mosquito-borne diseases in Brazil. Away from academia, Sabrina speaks about her experiences of living and studying in Canada, the key ingredients for a successful start-up, and her passion for sketching and art museums. Tune in to discover the location of Sabrina’s golden ticket and the single music track she’d select for a summer alone in Keble…

 
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SEASON 01

Episode 1 - Chen Pelled

In the first episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice Watson speaks to Chen Pelled, a graduate student on the MSc in Migration Studies and member of Lincoln College. Chen discusses her experiences of living and working all over the world before coming to study at Oxford and shares her eight castaway discs! 

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EPISODE 2 - James O'Donovan

In the second episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to James O'Donovan, medical doctor, DPhil student in Education, and member of St Edmund Hall. James discusses his latest research on the role of mobile technologies in training health workers in Uganda, his interest in Global Health, and passion for triathlons! Before being cast away to Teddy Hall, James shares his eight castaway discs, the one essential item he couldn't manage without, and the destination for his single golden ticket...

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Episode 3 - Eleonore Besse

In the third episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Eleonore Besse, second year undergraduate student in English and member of Christ Church college. Elle takes us on a journey from Paris to Oxfordshire, introduces us to the world of English Literature, and discusses us her passion for acting and dance. Before being cast away to Christ Church for the duration of the Easter break, Elle shares her eight castaway discs and the furry "essential item" she couldn't manage without...

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episode 4 - isabelle winstanley

In the fourth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Isabelle Winstanley, second year undergraduate in Classics and student at Christ Church. Izzi discusses her passion for Classics, her love of roller skating, and the upcoming challenge of going vegan... Before being cast away to Christ Church, Izzi shares her eight music discs and selects a golden ticket to her favourite eatery in Oxford! 

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Episode 5 - fatlum Gashi

In the fifth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Fatlum Gashi, student on the MSc in Migration Studies and member of St Cross college. Fatlum discusses his life growing up in Kosovo, his role in co-founding an online platform for students, and his research on mobility and diasporas. Not to mention his passion for travelling the world! 

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episode 6 - hallam tuck 

In the sixth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Hallam Tuck, student on the MSc in Migration Studies, broadcaster on Oxide Radio, and member of St Anthony's college. Hallam discusses his experience of living in New York, studying at the University of Edinburgh, and his research interests in detention, deportation, and immigration enforcement. Not to mention his love of St Anthony's fermentation society! Before being cast away for the duration of the Easter break, Hallam shares the essential item he couldn't manage without and his eight castaway discs... 

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episode 7 - Hannah markay

In the seventh episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Hannah Markay, student on the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and member of St Edmund Hall. Hannah discusses her experiences of working in Chile, volunteering on Lampedusa, and studying at the University of Edinburgh. Not to mention her passion for all things musical! Before being cast away to Teddy Hall for the duration of the summer holiday, Hannah shares her eight castaway discs... 

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episode 8 - harriet aldrich

In the eighth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Harriet Aldrich, DPhil student in History and member of St Hugh's college. Harrie discusses her latest research into the experience of Ghanaian exiles in a global context after decolonisation, her love of Loughborough High School, and passion for singing in a band! Before being cast away to St Hugh's for the summer holiday, Harrie shares eight fabulous discs and the essential item she couldn't manage without...

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Episode 9 - Ollie Woodhall

In the ninth episode of Oxford College Castaway, Alice speaks to Ollie Woodhall, MPhil student in Russian and East European Studies and member of St Edmund Hall. Ollie discusses his experiences of conducting interviews at the Russian Embassy, being Vice President on the Middle Common Room (MCR) committee, and rowing for the college! Before being cast away to Teddy Hall for the duration of the summer holiday, Ollie shares the location for his single golden ticket and eight castaway discs... 

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