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.
This 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 some information about our successful 2014 calling team.
2014 student caller profiles
Hi, my name is Peter and I’m going into my third year of studying PPE, it all seems to have gone so fast! I enjoy cross country running, most recently the Oxford Half Marathon, and last year I was college squash captain whilst also playing in the hockey and football team. One of my other roles is being JCR Vice President. This means that I sort out housing for all undergraduates, look after the JCR itself, manage the DVD collection and organise Christmas festivities. It’s a varied role which is excellent if you have a passion for housing spreadsheets, mug organisation and dressing up as Santa. I’m also a member of the Politics, Languages and Law Societies. In the future I hope to pursue a career in public policy, either working within the civil service or on the outside with a think tank/consultancy.
Hi! My name is Peter and I'm a first year DPhil student in Lincoln. I study astronomy; using data from a telescope in Chile I look at a range of galaxies from 10 billion years in the past up to the current day to study how galaxies have evolved and changed over the course of the Universe. Lincoln is such a fun and supportive place to be and it seems like I've been here so much longer than a year. I'm on the MCR Social Team and have a role in organising some of the fun activities the MCR gets up to. I also enjoy doing outreach in the department, showing school students and the public the wonderful world of astrophysics. In my spare time in the summer I'm partial to the occasional game of croquet in college, and also love travelling, touring around South America last summer.
Hi! My name is Niamh Healy and I will be starting my second year studying Law with European Law in October. I'm originally from Manchester and currently live in Cheshire but I have lived all over the place - from Seattle to small-town Norfolk. I have loved my time at Lincoln so far and am very excited to hear about other people's college experiences through the Telethon. Since coming to Lincoln I have become involved with the university fundraising society Raise-and-Give and Amnesty International. I also act as a Lincoln Ambassador and as part of the 1427 Committee within College. My favourite part of both of these roles is leading tours of College as I love to share the Lincoln community with visitors to College.
While a third-year Chemist, I seek to convert to Law on graduation and pursue a career as a solicitor. I hope that my scientific background will not become obscured entirely, and an overlap of the two fields – perhaps in patent law – could be found. For entertainment, I enjoy debate; the Union is an ideal place to experiment with ideas and explore different stances on myriad topics. It is interesting to see engagement from those whose field is not usually associated with the relevant debate: Atkins on theology would be an example. At weekends, I explore Oxfordshire's countryside from the saddle of my bike, and enjoy the classical piano.
Hi, my name is Kate and I’ve just finished my first year of studying German at Lincoln. In my free time I enjoy reading, knitting and singing as well as participating in amateur pantomimes. In college, I’m a member of the Languages Society where I really enjoyed socialising with other linguists and watching lots of foreign cinema. I am also a member of The Oxford Union and of Jewish Society. I’m still not entirely sure what I would like to do in the future but am interested in many fields such as journalism, teaching and translation. I am therefore very excited at the opportunity to speak to alumni and find out the things that they have achieved after being at Lincoln.
Hi! My name is Cynthia and I’m going into my second year studying Law at Lincoln. My first year as a student at Lincoln has been a wonderful experience. I’ve had the chance to be involved in a number of societies both within college and on a wider basis, including Lincoln Law Society, the African and Caribbean Society and the Oxford branches of Lawyers without Borders, RAG (Raise and Give) and Women for Women International. My biggest involvement within college thus far has been through my position on the Ball Committee. What I like most about Lincoln is the strong community atmosphere that exists among all its members which is why I’m so glad that I get to be a peer supporter for college next year. Being a part of the Telethon is such a unique opportunity and I can’t wait to get started!
Hi, I’m Tom Rawlinson, I’ve just finished my first year at Lincoln, and I’m studying Engineering Science. This year, I’ve played a lot of hockey for the college team, both in Cuppers and in the League games, and I played a couple of matches for the University side. I’m also in the Oxford Officer Training Corps, which is part of the Army Reserve, and that’s given me some amazing experiences in a military context, as well as improving my leadership and fitness. I’m still not too sure about what my career will be in, but I know that it won’t be something ordinary, and I hope it will give me the opportunity to travel a lot, and to use some of what I’m learning with my engineering degree. In the holidays, I managed to fit in ski-mountaineering in Italy, and some rock climbing, and mountaineering is something that I would love to be able to do more of in the future too.
Hi, I'm Ellie and I've just finished studying Maths at Lincoln. Whilst an undergraduate I saw firsthand the huge difference that the financial support of Lincoln's alumni makes to the college – ranging from bursaries for students from low-income backgrounds to renovations to student accommodation – so I’m looking forwards to talking to alumni about how they can further improve the lives of current Lincolnites. During my time at Lincoln I was Secretary of VacProj, Lincoln College’s official charity, which is currently in its 42nd year, so I’d love to talk to any alumni who were involved with VacProj when they were a student. I also volunteered with university access schemes, trying to ensure that no academically able student is restricted from applying to Oxford for financial or socio-economic reasons, and I plan to continue working in this area after I’ve graduated.
Hello! My name is Amelia Shard and I’m about to begin my second year studying Medicine. This year, I was the elected representative for all the first year medical students, which involved passing on student feedback and chairing meetings with the board of course organisers. As a Second Dan black belt, I’m an active member of Oxford University Karate Club, and hope to start competing this coming year. I tried rowing and fencing during my first year, and as a keen linguist, I have been taking a LASR Advanced French course alongside my studies to further develop my skills. I have been lucky enough to learn to SCUBA dive over the holidays, and enjoy running, reading and cooking (when at home with kitchen access!) in my spare time. In the future, I hope to work as a clinical doctor, and would love to travel more and spend some time working abroad.
Hi, my name’s Ollie and I’m a recently-finished third year (just graduated!) historian at Lincoln. If there’s one thing that makes Lincoln really, really special, it’s the opportunities available to its students. In the past three years I have played football for the college team, organised a welfare talk for incoming freshers, and received generous college funding to research my thesis in London. Most recently, the college very kindly supported me in Haiti, where I took part in an orphanage reconstruction project. I’m working on the telethon because I want these kinds of opportunities to still be available to future Lincolnites. In my spare time I enjoy writing and recording music, walking in the hills, and the odd bit of photography. I have no idea what the future holds but hopefully it will be something exciting! I look forward to speaking to you soon!
Hi there! I’m Anita, a graduate fresh from the ‘finish line’ of the BA law course! It’s great to once more be part of the Telethon at Lincoln, and this time I’m keen to learn more about the various paths Lincoln alumni have trod since graduating. At Lincoln I started out as a novice rower for the Boat Club but soon found my calling as a cox. I also worked as Treasurer for the College charity, VacProj, and was President of the (not so) secret D’Avenant Society. University-wide, two of my favourite roles were as Education and Outreach Manager for a unique University production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and involvement with the University’s Mind Your Head Campaign. My main career ambitions right now revolve around legal practice, but I’m certainly keeping my ears open for novel ideas!
Hi! My name is Alice White. I am a second year Lincoln History student. I am a keen debater and enjoy journalistic writing and reporting on current affairs. Beyond my academic studies I participate in several societies, both Lincoln-specific and university-wide. This year I had a fantastic time rowing in W3 for LCBC, I wrote for the Oxford Student as a news reporter and in Trinity term I was elected onto the Secretary’s committee of the Oxford Union which will give me the exciting opportunity to invite speakers and organise debates at the Union in the upcoming term. Next year I plan to join Lincoln Law Society, get more involved in University Dance Sport and write for some of Oxford’s international relations journals. In terms of the future I hope to continue with further academic study beyond my degree and then pursue a career which will allow me to progress my journalistic and debating ambitions, possibly journalism, law or public and political relations.
The 2013 Telethon
- 12 student callers
- Over 550 fundraising calls made
- £207,870 raised in donations
- 55% of all alumni that we spoke to made a donation
2013 was a brilliant year for the telethon and the results are a testament to the generosity and commitment of Lincoln alumni. We hope that the 2014 Telethon will be another great success!