laurenware 2Lauren Ware (née Hosty) who attended the Scholars’ Semester in Oxford in Michaelmas Term (fall semester) 2005, has recently graduated her PhD from the University of Edinburgh with a thesis entitled ‘Plato’s bond of love: eros as participation in beauty’. She is one of the many students who find their time in Oxford on a SCIO programme integral in their decision to pursue an academic career.

Lauren says, ‘I’m so proud to be a part of the SCIO family, and remember my own ‘Oxford days’ so very fondly. My undergraduate degree was in political science and, though I was always partial to Plato, it was at Oxford with my tutorials on The Republic that the seeds were planted for how I wanted to approach the dialogues for my graduate study in philosophy. [Oxford] really was a transformative experience [for me] not just as a student but as an individual as well…the fellowship and community, being a part of the student societies, and just all the support we got from the staff was amazing. It was definitely the highlight of my undergraduate degree.’