Lincoln College



The telethon is a great way for us to get back in touch with our alumni to update them on College news, hear about what they are up to now and invite them to support the College’s Annual Appeal.

Last year the telethon campaign was a fantastic success and more than 60% of those who we asked to support the Appeal either made or pledged a gift to the College. Thanks to the generosity of Lincoln’s alumni community, we succeeded in raising £127,000 in received gifts and almost £100,000 in pledged gifts. 

Below you can read about our 2015 calling team.


2015 student caller profiles

Elena Porter

 My name is Elena, and I’ve recently finished studying History at Lincoln. During my degree I was fortunate to be a helper on the Keio-Oxford summer school, a two-week course for Japanese university students run by Lincoln and Corpus Christi, and JCR Secretary for a year. The College partially funded my internship in the US last summer, where I worked with a historic preservation organisation and had a fantastic time. I’m currently pursuing a career in arts and heritage, spurred on by my involvement in the Student Consultancy and Springboard programmes whilst at Oxford. I’m participating in the telethon because I hope the opportunities that benefited me will exist for future undergraduates, and I’m really looking forward to speaking to a variety of alumni.


Nayra Zaghloul

Hi, my name is Nayra. I have just finished my first year studying English Language and Literature at Lincoln. Born in Cairo, I spend most of my vacations in Egypt (and my schooling days in the UK) which has developed my love of travel, fascination in Middle Eastern politics, appreciation of Islamic architecture, and proficiency in Arabic. In my free time this year I have enjoyed both writing and editing for student publications, such as being sub-editor of The ISIS magazine last term. I am also looking forward to being section editor for the fashion spread of The Oxford Student this upcoming Michaelmas. Less literary interests include yoga and running.

I still am not sure what I’d like to do following my degree, though am intrigued by academia, journalism, psychology and law as options, so I am particularly keen to speak to alumni about where life has taken them after their degree. As one of Lincoln’s Welfare Officers next term I would also be hugely interested in hearing about alumni’s past in-college experiences and memories.


Jonathan Minshull-Beech

Hi. My name is Jonny Minshull-Beech and I graduated this year with a B.A. in History. I am truly excited to be working on the telethon this year: I’ve had an amazing three years at Oxford, and am looking forward to learning more about the experiences and stories of former Lincoln students, as well as raising money for the College. I spent most of my time at Oxford playing sport, competing for the University in football, and the College in football, rugby, cricket and novice rowing. I also wrote for both The Oxford Student and the Cherwell. My proudest memory of my time at Lincoln has been the two weeks I spent leading the team of current students during the interview period of 2013, and I have particularly enjoyed doing outreach work with schools during the course of my degree.


Michaela Shaw

Hi, I'm Michaela and I've just finished my first year at Lincoln. I study PPE but I'm hoping to pursue a career in law, and I'm very interested in travelling and working abroad. I have really enjoyed Lincoln so far and I am excited to talk to alumni and hear about their experiences at College. In my spare time I enjoy playing music and I am in the University Choir. I also spend my time, as the co-president of the Lincoln Politics society, co-ordinating events and speakers, and thus I'm looking forward to reaching out to alumni.





Catriona Bolt

Hello! I'm Catriona, a soon-to-be second year student of English Language and Literature at Lincoln. The past year has seen me enjoy a whole range of new experiences, including acting in and co-directing the Lincoln drama Cuppers entry, rowing for the College Women's II in Torpids and being elected to the college Entz Committee. Lincoln has broadened my horizons more than I could have imagined, and I hope that by being part of the telethon calling team I can help ensure that this continues for future students. My future beyond Lincoln remains undecided, but I would like to continue to write creatively, both poetry and prose, and am interested in working in the theatre.



Noah Lachs

Hello, I’m Noah. I have really enjoyed my first year studying English Literature and Language at Lincoln. I’m a big sports fan and was part of Lincoln’s league winning football team this year, I also ran the London Marathon in April. I play guitar and have enjoyed participating in many college music events. I’m active around the University and was recently elected treasurer of the Oxford Union; I am also a deputy editor for The ISIS magazine. This summer I am teaching English in Japan as part of the Oxbridge Summer Camps Abroad scheme. I am only able to do these things because Lincoln is so supportive. I am excited to speak to alumni about their experiences at College and around the University.





Matthew Whearty

Hi, my name is Matthew and I’m a PPE student who has just finished my first year at Lincoln. I’ve had a fantastic time at the College so far, participating in dodge ball and croquet Cuppers competitions, and working as a Lincoln Ambassador, showing off the great things about our college to prospective students. I have also been volunteering with Schools Plus in a school in East Oxford, helping to teach Politics AS-Level to sixth form students. I know that the effects of donations to our bursary and support funds are hugely positive for our undergraduate community, and am excited about being a part of the telethon project to maintain these funds. In the future, I would like to go into further study concerning African politics, hopefully leading to an academic career. 




Harriet Ley

Hello. My name is Harriet and I am a second year chemist. So far in my time at Lincoln I have had the privilege of being involved with a number of societies, I have joined the Union and heard many interesting speakers from comedians to the CEO of Google, I have tried my hand at fencing  and I've been part of Lincoln's prospective University Challenge team with high hopes of selection for the 2016 competition. Much of my free time is spent in committing the ultimate treachery of singing in Balliol’s choir. It has been wonderful to sing pieces more challenging than any I had attempted before, especially in such beautiful surroundings. This year I plan to become more involved with RAG and with Lincoln's JCR. Alongside my commitment to science I am developing a growing interest in law and hope to find a way in which I can express both these interests within my future career.




Flora Jago

 Hello! My name is Flora and I’m about to begin my second year studying Law at Lincoln. I have absolutely loved my time at Oxford so far. Within College, I’ve been involved in the 1427 choir, and this summer I was a leader on VacProj, the official college charity. I am an active member of both the college and university Law Societies, and in Trinity term I was elected as co-president of Lincoln Law Society. I am also very involved in the Boat Club, having taken up rowing as a novice in my first term. I have now branched out to try a bit of coxing as well as rowing, and will be running the Women’s side of the Boat Club as Captain next year. Looking beyond university, I am hoping to pursue a career as either a solicitor or barrister when I graduate, possibly specialising in medical law. 



Amelia Coe

I'm Amelia and I've just finished my three years at Lincoln studying a BA in History & Politics. I was very lucky in my time at Lincoln to be involved in many varied societies both in college, and university-wide. I received generous support from Lincoln for the costs associated with playing Netball for the University Blues team, and am looking forward to speaking to alumni, like me, who want to give back to the College and support such schemes that make a difference to its students. As well as being heavily involved in University and College Sport, a Lincoln highlight for me was my time on VacProj. I was on the committee in my second year and would love to speak to alumni who also volunteered on the project!


Mark Williams

Hello, I'm Mark Williams. I'm about to start my third year reading PPE at Lincoln. I have spent the past year serving as the President of Lincoln's JCR. It was a privilege to work closely with the College to make Lincoln a warm and welcoming home for everyone. I saw first-hand what a difference to our lives the work of the telethon did and I look forward to taking part. It will be interesting talking to alumni to see in what ways the College has changed and how it has stayed the same. Last year, I was also co-president of the Lincoln Politics society and I am aiming towards a career in management consultancy or the Civil Service.


Eleanor Rowbottom

Hi I'm Eleanor and I am entering my fourth year studying Spanish and Portuguese. I have just returned from my year abroad spent in Spain, Brazil and Colombia, working in consultancy and travel. During my first two years at Lincoln I helped organise Modern Languages events in College and rowed for the Boat Club, as well as representing the undergraduate body at alumni events as the 1427 Committee President. In College I have seen and personally benefited from the generosity of alumni, so I'm very excited to for this opportunity to take part in the telethon.  I'm really looking forward to returning to Lincoln for my fourth year, after which I will be starting a career in finance.