As part of our Oxford experience program we have a highly successful seminar series. The idea is to bring in speakers from outside the immediate academic world of Oxford University to give our students exposure to interesting people who have achieved success in various disciplines. In the past we have had magazine editors, journalists, politicians, actors, social entrepreneurs and the occasional professional athlete. The series is always well attended and the students especially enjoy the question and answer session which follows each visit.
In the summer of 2012 , to coincide with Great Britain hosting the Olympic Games and the Olympic torch passing through Oxford, we invited Sir Roger Bannister to visit the program. Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes and was a revered personality within the sporting world and took his particular place in history.
In the words of Oxford program director Emily Osborne, she was most struck by the fact that “Sir Roger Bannister viewed his professional and academic career as much more notable and important than the athletic feat he is most known for.” It is with great sadness that we learned of his recent passing. He was a great ambassador for Oxford and the sport of athletics. We feel privileged to have met him and he will be greatly missed.