Roger Short was educated at Malvern College and at University College, Oxford, where he was a Classics Scholar from 1963-1967.
Upon graduation he joined the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. His first posting was to Ankara. He spoke fluent Turkish and devoted much of his career to Turkey. He was serving as British Consul General in Istanbul when he was killed in a terrorist attack on the Consulate building on November 20th, 2003. His death was a severe shock to all who knew him, as well as to the wider world.
A Memorial Fund has been established in his name to help commemorate an outstanding person and to provide a positive impact to the beneficiaries. The overall purpose of the Fund is to foster good relations and understanding with Turkey, a country that was dear to Roger’s heart. Lord Butler, the former Master of University College, Oxford kindly agreed to provide administration under the umbrella of the Univ Development Office, and this has continued under the mastership of Sir Ivor Crewe.
All donations to the Roger Short Memorial Fund are kept strictly separate for the sole purposes of the fund, within the overall College Development Fund. This is in line with a number of other personal funds established already for specific purposes. An Advisory Board has been established to review the operation of the Fund and recommend any changes deemed necessary. If you would like to make a donation to the Roger Short Memorial Fund, please click here.
Roger Short Travel Scholarships
Sufficient funds have been raised to finance a travel scholarship programme to Turkey and neighbouring countries (particularly Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus, but with the emphasis on Turkey), in perpetuity. This is an extension of a travel scholarship programme already in place at the College. Please click here to read a selection of travel journals by the Roger Short Travel Scholarship recipients.
Roger Short Memorial Fund Newsletter
A new Roger Short Memorial Fund Facebook group has been established and all Short Travellers are encouraged to join – it's a good way to remain connected as the Short Travellers move onward into their post-Univ lives.
LinkedIn: Carys Roberts has established a Roger Short Memorial Fund group on LinkedIn. All Short Travellers are also encouraged to join the group on this professional network.