New gallery celebrates English alums’ diverse careers
Today, the Telling Our Stories Better project has launched its online gallery featuring a wide range of English alums who have gone on to careers in medicine and healthcare, law, business, tech, the arts, journalism, and more.
The Stories project, funded by the Diversity Fund and led by Dr Ushashi Dasgupta and Dr Sophie Ratcliffe, aims to challenge misconceptions about who studies English and the career paths they can take, creating a gallery of new alum photos and biographies for the website and the Faculty building (St Cross). Through interviews with current students, alums tell us how they have navigated career twists and turns, what they took from studying English at Oxford, and what advice they would give current students today.
The Stories project offers a partial snapshot of the English alum community and some of the routes that alums have taken to fulfil their career ambitions, with a view to inspiring people to think differently about English and where studying it can lead.
The project has also produced a new Stories Bookshelf, featuring books recommended by alums, from literary classics through to new and exciting fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. You can see the full list on the Bookshelf page, or skim over the collection in the main gallery.
The online gallery will be followed by a physical display of the alum portraits in the English Faculty foyer in early 2022.