I would like to begin by wishing you all a very Happy New Year. After a productive and busy Michaelmas Term, I hope your festive break was enjoyable, and restorative.

I start Hilary Term with great anticipation. The calendar is already filling up with a great deal to look forward to and enjoy at Jesus College over the coming weeks.

One of my personal highlights of the Hilary calendar is always the Turl Street Arts Festival. Taking place from Sunday 4th February to Sunday 18th February, the festival is a wonderful collaboration between Exeter, Lincoln and Jesus Colleges. The creative and musical talent of the students taking part is truly impressive.

We will also enjoy welcoming Nigerian poet and Booker Prize winner, Ben Okri, to Jesus College on Monday 12th February as part of the festival. After delivering a workshop for Jesus College English students on the architecture and archaeology of writing, Ben will give a speech based on his latest book, at a Chaplain’s Colloquium in the evening (“The Magic Lamp: Literature, Spirituality, and Art”).

If you haven’t been to the Turl Street Arts Festival before you are missing a treat, it really is a must-see.

From Monday 15th January, College will be featuring an exhibition of photographs by alumnus, Ander McIntyre. Portraits of a College is the first stage in a project to reflect our twenty-first Century College community.

Our Access team will be continuing their work with schools and young people across the country. Along with organising many visits from schools over the course of the term, we will be hosting a ‘Women in Science’ taster day for Year 12 girls. This excellent initiative is aimed at driving interest and participation in science for female students, and attracting greater numbers to take up a science course at University. Working together with Trinity College, the team will be encouraging pupils to come along for the day in March, and see first hand what a science course involves.

Sunday Evensongs, orchestrated by Reverend Dr Megan Daffern features a series of new guest speakers this term. After enjoying a resounding success during Michaelmas with her series of ‘entertainers’ including actress and comedian, Sally Phillips and comedy writer, Paul Powell, Reverend Dr Daffern will this term be inviting guest speakers from all points of the compass. From a Georgian Orthodox priest representing the East, to a Methodist Chaplain from the West.

Finally, we look forward to celebrating St David’s Day on Thursday 1st March. With our Welsh affiliation, this is of course an important event for Jesus College and will involve much Welsh music, food and language.

I wish you all the very best for the New Year and the term ahead.

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FRS FREng, Principal.