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Tim Fairbairn

Interviewer

Academic interests...

I’ve mainly focused on modern history, although I range quite widely into early-modern and medieval history too. My dissertation looked at the media, diplomatic, economic, and cultural history of the Cold War and decolonisation. Besides this, particular interests include revolutions and 19th-century Europe.


What I wish I'd known before my Oxbridge interviews...

That the only way you look stupid in the interview is to jump straight to a ‘right answer’ when there inevitably isn’t one. Thought-process and reasoning are what they’re looking for, and it’s fine to take time to think and vocalise this rather than rushing to what could be a weak conclusion. And that your thoughts are valid and valuable even though you’re talking to eminent academics.


Extra-curricular interests...

I'm a big music lover and spend a lot of time choral singing. I'm also now studying for a law conversion.