Letter from the Editors Minna Lehtinen and Janina Dill

Welcome to the eighth edition of Inspires, the magazine for alumni of the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations. We hope that you enjoy reading about the Department’s activities over the last year, and where our researchers are taking us next.

It has been wonderful to see so many of you at alumni events this past year, including the University's alumni weekends in Rome in March and San Francisco in April. We hope to see more of you at the upcoming Meeting Minds Alumni Weekend here in Oxford in September.

You'll notice that Inspires 2018 looks different to our previous print and digital editions. This year has seen a lot of change in the Department, and the Alumni Relations team is no exception. As well as welcoming new staff, we are exploring new ways of keeping in touch with you. Alongside the print magazine, we are trialing this extended digital edition.

Our newly-designed newsletters and bulletins are also a great way of keeping informed of what's happening here throughout the year, so we hope you will sign up, whether you're Oxford-based or not.

As ever, we very much welcome comments and suggestions from our alumni for future editions of Inspires, so please do let us know what you think of this year's issue. Here are a few ways in which you can keep in touch:

Finally, in addition to all the excellent contributors, we would like to thank the following for their advice and assistance of various kinds: Holly Davis, Helen Steffens, Emma Pruszewicz, Louise Fawcett, Catherine Lieben, Elina Cotterill and Joanna Kay.


Photo Credits: Susan Taylor; John Cairns

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