The first Vice-Chancellor’s Colloquium brought together 200 undergraduates and Oxford’s world-leading academics from across the humanities, social sciences and STEM subjects to tackle the global climate crisis.  Congratulations to current first-year Biology student Eunice Ho who was part of the Oxford Student’s Green Plate team.

Eunice said:

Participating in the 2024 Oxford Vice Chancellors’ colloquium was transformative. Through the lecture series, I delved deep into the causes, impacts, and solutions to climate change, spanning historical, scientific, and societal perspectives. In particular, the concept of climate ‘delayism’ resonated strongly with my group and I, prompting us to curate the Oxford Student’s Green Plate — a sustainable cookbook for Oxford students.

This digital cookbook aims to spur collective action towards sustainable eating and lifestyles. Beyond providing recipes, this book offers actionable tips for sustainable lifestyle changes. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of this programme, and would like to thank the organizers, facilitators, and fellow students for this enlightening experience.

A special event was held at the Maths Institute on Earth Day (22 April) to celebrate the end of the eight-week programme, attended by the Vice-Chancellor and many of the students who had taken part.

Created by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Irene Tracey, the Colloquium aims to bridge a potential gap between different academic disciplines, upskilling Oxford’s undergraduate students outside of their core subjects. It emphasises the importance of cross-curricular skills such as numeracy and data analysis, critical thinking, and effective communication to tackle the big global challenges of the 21st century.

Photo: John Cairns