Community Week

2020 Community Week Events

St Hilda’s Bake-Off
Baking seems to have become the world’s favourite pastime during lockdown (has anyone else made banana bread?) If you have been using this time to brush up your baking skills, show us what you can do! Send a picture of your creation (it could be anything you fancy) to or share it on social media using #hildascommunity by 5pm on Thursday 16 July. A winner will be selected by an impartial panel and crowned our baking champion on Friday 17 July! The prize? A specially personalised apron!

Saturday Brunch with Garry Luke
The latest celebrity chef on the scene, our Catering Manager, Garry Luke, is showing us how to make an absolute classic: Eggs Benedict. Saturday brunch is a weekly highlight in College, but it needn’t stop though you’re away. Garry will tell you all you need to know to create your own this weekend. Why not call your College friends and make an event of it? If you want to have a go at making it yourself, here's what you'll need: eggs, butter, white wine vinegar, ham (optional), an English muffin or nice bread. Watch here.

13 July, 7pm: Round Oxford Quiz with Val McDermid
Think you know a thing or two about St Hilda’s? Think you’re a Literature whizz? Think your knowledge of Oxford is above the rest? Prove it! Val McDermid, the ultimate Quiz Inquisitor, has demonstrated her formidable quiz skills on many occasions, including leading the winning St Hilda’s Alumnae University Challenge team. Get involved! Register here.

14 July, 2pm: Searching for effective treatments for COVID19 – lessons from the first wave of the pandemic
Professor Richards is Climax Professor of Clinical Therapeutics. Oxford has played a leading role in the search for effective treatments for COVID19. In addition to his role on specific studies, Professor Richards has been chairing a multidisciplinary team coordinating clinical trial efforts across the campus. This group brings together the science led innovators with those clinical experts on the front line and has provided unique insights. There will be a chance to ask questions, so make sure you type them into the live chat. Register here.

You can listen to Professor Richards and the Principal in 'Tackling the Pandemic', a podcast with the Bank of Singapore, hosted by Jean Chia (PPE, 1991), here.

14 July, 7pm: Misbehaviour: retelling the 1970 Miss World pageant protest, with Director Philippa Lowthorpe and Dr Eve Worth
Join award-winning director, Philippa Lowthorpe, as she talks about her major 2020 film, Misbehaviour. With an all-star cast including Keira Knightly, Greg Kinnear, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Keeley Hawes, Misbehaviour follows the fledgling Women’s Liberation Movement as they protest against the 1970 Miss World pageant. Philippa will be in discussion with Dr Eve Worth, our Junior Research Fellow in History and expert in the history of women’s experience. An absolute must-see, we recommend you watch the film ahead of the event (if you haven’t already!), you can do so through Amazon Prime. Questions are very much welcome! Register here.

Attempt the Whitby Step Challenge
In recognition of our namesake, we’re asking as many people as possible to recreate the famous 199-step climb up to Whitby Abbey, founded by St Hilda. Legend has it, St Hilda used the arduous climb to test the faith of her followers; let’s do this to show our support for St Hilda’s! You can participate in any way you wish (whilst maintaining social distancing of course) – on your stairs, on a walk, on a treadmill. You could even skip the gradient and just do 199 steps – you could even do it sitting down! Whatever you decide, let us know about it. Email us or use #hildascommunity on social media.

15 July, 4pm: Navigating your career through difficult times
Feeling lost and daunted about your career? Listen to our alumnae share their career experiences, and pick up tips on how to navigate the challenges and engage in a fulfilling career. Emma Gange, Head of HR from HSBC Global Private Banking, will talk about what recruiters are looking for and how to make yourself stand out in a crowded field. Elaine Teo, Founder & Managing Partner of Living Potential International, will share her insights about cultivating life skills, adaptability and emotional resilience. Sam Hussain, CEO and Founder of Log my Care, will inspire you with his amazing entrepreneurial journey founding a successful tech startup. The career panel will be moderated by Ellie Bartley (History, 2018), organiser of the successful St Hilda’s Feminist Festival in February 2020. The talks will be followed by a live Q&A - don't be shy, this is your moment to ask anything! Register here.

15 July, 11pm (6pm EST): Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections
Ahead of the Presidential Election, Kill Chain, which premiered on HBO in March 2020, uncovers the severe vulnerability of our voting systems. The film follows Finnish hacker and cyber security expert, Harri Hursti, as he travels around the world to demonstrate the weaknesses of our election systems and the many techniques used to gain access to voting systems, the result being a breakdown in trust and ultimately the undermining of democracy. The film is highly disturbing, but simultaneously fascinating and enlightening. During this event, Producer and Director, Sarah Teale, will discuss her experience of making the film and what it means for the upcoming elections with Katty Kay, presenter of BBC World News America.

Do watch the film in advance of the event if you can; we have been granted exclusive permission by HBO to view it by way of a special link. Register for the event and you will be sent the information.

16 July, 7pm St Hilda’s Community Concert
Nothing brings people together like music. Our Community Choir will be made up of students, staff and alumnae, all of whom have recorded themselves singing Vivaldi’s Gloria. An absolute joy to watch! We will also hear performances from some of our exceptionally talented Music students. It will be ***almost*** like going to a real concert! There's no need to sign up for this one, watch here from 7pm.

17 July, 7pm: "These are certainly halcyon days. The worst thing about them is that they go so fast": extracts from the letters of Margot Collinson, read by Katherine Parkinson
St Hilda's College archives contain many reminiscences of College life including letters written by Ethel ("Margot") Collinson, who studied Modern History at St Hilda's 1917-20 and for a Diploma in Education 1920-21. Margot's letters, predominantly written to her parents, are perfectly charming, and give a fascinating insight into College life during WW1. They are also very funny, and you may be surprised by some of the similarities with your own student years! By kind permission of Margot's family, extracts from the letters will be read by award-winning actor, Katherine Parkinson. You can read more about Margot and her letters on the 'Margot at Oxford' blog and register for the event here.

St Hilda's Community Week