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Alumni Profile – Alex Norman (2005-2009)

Following the recent launch of his new biography of the Dalai Lama at Blackfriars, we caught up with alumnus Alexander Norman and asked him about his fascinating life and his time studying with us. How did you come to study at Blackfriars, Oxford? I suppose it could be said to have begun with the Dalai...

Alumni Profile – Thomas Reilly (2008-2012)

How did you come to study at Blackfriars, Oxford? I first encountered Blackfriars when I took part in the Visiting Student Program for my Junior Year at Providence College, Rhode Island, USA.  I studied Classics, and there really was no better place to be than Blackfriars, particularly considering its close proximity to the Sackler Library!...

Alumni Profile – Brenden Thompson (2014-2016)

Recent Blackfriars alumnus Brenden Thompson talks of his time at Blackfriars and how it has been (and continues to be) a profound influence on his life. 1. How did you come to study at Blackfriars, Oxford? I love studying theology. My background was originally in youth ministry and began my life of study by completing...

Alumni Profile – Delia Gallagher (1989-1996)

Blackfriars Hall graduate Delia Gallagher is CNN’s Vatican Correspondent in Rome. She reflects on her time in Oxford. I believe ours was the first class to graduate from Blackfriars Permanent Private Hall, way back in 1996. It was my second time at Blackfriars however – I had been an exchange student there in 1989 through a...

Alumni Profile – Philip Clayden (1995-1998)

Philip Clayden read Philosophy & Theology at Blackfriars Hall between 1995 and 1998. Philip is a furniture maker concerned with eco building (visit his website) and is part of the Solid Art museum transformation team; you might remember his Regent’s Throne in the aula! We caught up with him and asked him about his time at...