John Penny Scholarship
The current academic year forms my third as a DPhil student at Green Templeton College.
I have previously completed the MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention at Oxford, and a BSc in Public Administration from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.
My research revolves around evaluating the effects and implementation of social interventions (specific initiatives that form part of social policies) and improving the methods - particularly revolving around measurement - used for these evaluations.
Besides my DPhil research, I have spent a significant part of my time as a graduate student to give back to the community and to engage in other stimulating activities.
Within GTC, I helped organising the 6th annual Human Welfare Conference in 2013 as vice-chair and communications officer, and supported the 7th Conference in 2014 as an advisor.
I have also been involved extensively in the committee of Human Welfare: An International Journal of Graduate Research, GTC's student-led peer-reviewed academic journal, functioning as editor-in-chief during the last academic year.
Finally, as a keen guitarist, I have thoroughly enjoyed and contributed to the musical aspects of life at our College.
As a member of the GTC cover band, I have performed at numerous events across our vibrant musical culture, including college balls, LimeAid festivals, and Schubertiades.
Outside of GTC, I have lectured for the MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and have gained substantial experience in working with partners outside the academic world to improve social services and initiatives.
"The opportunities given to students in Oxford and specifically at GTC are a true privilege."
Many of us are a not in a position to afford our studies here without external support, and I am no exception.
As a student from the EU, my tuition has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. However, as a full-time graduate student, I have had to fund my living costs through other means.
This has involved paid work next to my studies in the past, but the support I receive from the College has allowed me to focus completely on my DPhil research and participation in our community.
Through the support GTC offers, it not only increases the quality of work its students produce, it demonstrates that, as a student at our College, active involvement in one's community is appreciated and rewarded.