Our Rotary Scholars in 2017/18

we are lucky enough to host 23 Rotary Scholars for the 2017/18 academic year

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Twenty three graduate students, studying in Oxford, Reading and London, from nine countries, hosted by nineteen clubs in District 1090. Seven PhD students and sixteen Masters students, studying under all six Rotary Areas of Focus.

We welcomed our new Rotary Scholars in September and October 2017. Some arrived in time for the national welcome, the Link Day, an event organised for all Rotary Scholars studying at universities across the UK and organised by Rotarians near our head office in Alcester, not far from Coventry. Our new guests were entertained with presentations on Rotary in this country, on cultural differences, on presentation skills. We ate cream teas and fish 'n' chips, played skittles and beetle drive, and had lots of opportunity to meet many people. And all took place in a British Legion Hall. A very British affair.

The first event in our District was our Briefing for Scholars and Rotarian Hosts. A chance to hear from members of the scholars committee Tim, Debs, Keith and Karen, about the programme for the year, and the opportunities to engage with host Rotary Clubs. We also heard from Vanessa, one of last year's Rotary Scholars still in Oxford for her PhD studies.And of course it was another great opportunity to chat with other Scholars and Rotarians over sandwiches and cake.

The Meet the Scholars dinner is the biggest event for scholars in the Autumn term. Rotarians from across the district joined the scholars for a meal in Oxford. The scholars were introduced by Tim, chair of the scholars committee, and then each scholar had around two minutes to entertain and inform! We heard about research plans, about past international experiences, what motivatied people to continue their studies, and how the scholarships have helped them come to Oxford, Reading and UCL universities. We also heard from Juliet, our D1090-funded scholar in 2016/17 who studied International Education Policy in Harvard for the year and is now back in London. The event was closed by David, our District Governor, who thanked the scholars and encouraged them to engage with their host clubs and clubs across the district while they are here for the year.

On a beautiful Sunday morning in mid October, one of our Oxford Rotarians, Philip, led his annual walking tour of Oxford for our Scholars. We learnt lots more than we would from a guidebook or from many of the other tours of the city, and the best time of year for this too - before classes and reading take over the scholars' lives.

The annual walking tour of London as another popular event in our social programme for our Scholars. Led by David and taking in some of the big sites of the city.

Windor & Eton Rotary Club organises a visit to Windsor Castle and Eton College each year. Another hugely popular event with the scholars and fortunately another beautiful day this year. We visited the state rooms and St George's chapel within the castle. We then walked through town to Eton College for lunch followed by a very special tour of the college by Paul, a member of Windsor & Eton Rotary as well as a senior member of staff at the college. We learnt about the origins of the college, how the boys are taught today and we visited some of the amazing new buildings as well as the original buildings.

updated 7Jan18 KE

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