Claire Taylor, 1994
I was always curious but throughout life numbers have always held my attention; their patterns, the elegance and simplicity of theorems. I chose Oxford after investigating the courses at both Oxford and Cambridge: the Oxford course offered more of an applied focus and I was able to study modelling of diseases, stock markets and traffic flow amongst standard group theory, topology and complex analysis. I looked at Colleges with an eye on the tutors, the College ethos and the provision of support. Queen’s was my first choice and I felt very honoured to be offered a place there.
I enjoyed my time at Oxford immensely and Queen’s was at the centre of this. College life provided a wonderful space in which to explore all facets of life. Academically I was stretched like never before, but always supported by my Tutors at Queen’s. I was able to play a variety of sports for College and University teams: highlights include captaining the University hockey team in my second year, scoring a century at The Parks to beat Cambridge and winning hockey cuppers! I loved playing my violin in the College orchestra in College chapel.
Life after Queen's
I worked for Procter & Gamble for four years after leaving University. In this period I also broke into the England Women’s Cricket team. The pressures of trying to combine working life with international cricket became too great and in late 2001 I left P&G to pursue my cricketing dreams, turning semi-professional. 2009 was my ‘Annus Mirabilis’: two World Cup Winners medals, Wisden Cricketer of the Year, International Cricketer of the Year and an MBE. I retired from international cricket in 2011 with over 150 caps and combine work as a Management Consultant in HE with studying part time for an MA in Applied Management.