|Elections to the Royal Society||17th May 2007|
|Peter Littlewood, Professor of Physics in the University and a Fellow of Trinity was elected today to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.
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|Women and Science Open Day||9th March 2007|
|Trinity's first ever 'Women and Science' Open Day for prospective applicants will be held on Thursday 26 April. To find out more, please click here.|
|Hooper Declamation Prize||8th March 2007|
|Dr Hooper's Legacy of 1763
All are welcome to hear the following candidates declaim in Chapel their composition for the Hooper Declamation Prize.
Charlie Allen: 'The Kinder Egg'
Juhan Aru: 'One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night'
Shahar Avin: 'The Kinder Egg'
Victor Falgas-Ravry: 'The innocent have nothing to fear'
Oli Jones: 'No place affords a more striking conviction...'
Max Pappenheim: 'No place affords a more striking conviction...'
James Petkovic: 'The innocent have nothing to fear'
Robert Sloan: 'No place affords a more striking conviction...'
James Strachan: 'The innocent have nothing to fear'
This event is open to the public and will take place in the Chapel at 2pm on Thursday 15th March 2007.
Three prizes to the total value of not more than eight hundred pounds (to be taken in books or silver) may be awarded for the best English Declamation on any of the permitted subjects. As earnestly requested by Dr Hooper, the examiner will "pay attention not only to the Elegance of the Composition and to the Beauty and Justness of Thought and Expression, but also to the graceful Manner and handsome Delivery of the Orator".
We very much hope that you will be able to come along and support the candidates.
|The Robson History Prize 2007||26th January 2007|
Trinity College, Cambridge announces the establishment of a History Prize for Year 12 or Lower 6th students, to be known as the Robson History Prize, in memory of Robert Robson, for many years a Fellow and Tutor of the College. The aims of the Robson Prize are to encourage ambitious and talented Year 12 or Lower Sixth students who may be considering applying to university to read History or a related discipline, and to recognize the achievement both of high-calibre students and those who teach them. Candidates are invited to submit an essay of between 2,000 and 4,000 words on a topic to be chosen from the list of questions set out below. Essays should be sent to The Robson History Prize (care of Dr. P. Sarris), Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ by the deadline of 31 May 2007. Those intending to apply should write to the same address for an application form to be included with the submission.
The competition carries a top prize of £600, to be split evenly between the candidate and his or her school or college (the school or college's portion of the prize to be issued in the form of book tokens with which to buy history books) and a second prize of £400, once again, to be shared between the candidate and his or her school or college. In addition, three further essays of a high quality will be commended. All successful competitors will be invited to visit the College. Any queries should be directed to Dr. P. Sarris at the address above or by e-mail (email@example.com).
Section A - British History
- How far did the Norman Conquest usher a 'feudal revolution' in England?
- Why did Stephen's reign descend into anarchy?
- How useful is the concept of 'bastard feudalism'?
- To what extent did the reign of Henry VII see the replacement of noble consensus with crown bureaucracy as the key to effective royal government?
- 'By embracing schism, Henry VIII ultimately nurtured heresy'. How accurate an assessment is this?
- To what extent was Elizabeth more a hindrance than a help to the governance of England?
- What was the central cause of the Civil War?
- Was eighteenth-century Britain more of a 'fiscal-military' than a 'confessional' state?
- Was British foreign policy determined more by greed than ideals? Discuss with reference to a period of at least fifty years between 1688 and 1945.
- Why did the number of people voting in parliamentary elections in Great Britain rise fifty-fold between 1831 and 1885?
- What was the significance of Chartism?
- 'Peelite in office, radical in opposition'. Discuss this view of Gladstone.
- 'Liberal victories in 1906 and 1910 were merely an aberration in a much longer period of Conservative dominance.' Discuss.
- How narrowly did British politics escape radical polarisation in the inter-war years?
- Which was more significant as a turning point in British political life - 1945 or 1979?
Section B - European History
- What were the immediate and longer-term effects of the Persian wars?
- Why was Alexander the Great so successful?
- 'Propaganda made the Principate'. Is this a fair assessment of Augustus' reign?
- What were the principal motives for going on Crusade between 1095 and 1204?
- What was the relation between heresy and church reform in the twelfth century?
- Was the cult of chivalry anything more than aristocratic style?
- How innovative were the policies of Ferdinand and Isabella?
- Did the Renaissance bring about a secularisation in the attitudes of artists and their public?
- Was persuasion or coercion more significant in bringing about widespread adherence to Protestantism?
- What led to states concluding peace in Europe , 1618-59? Discuss with reference to at least three states.
- Was Catherine the Great a modernizer?
- Why did Bourbon absolutism collapse in 1789?
- 'Revolution is an idea plus bayonets' (NAPOLEON BONAPARTE). Comment.
- '1848 was a turning point when history failed to turn'. Discuss.
- 'The unification of Italy was a triumph of diplomacy, not of nationalism'. Do you agree?
- 'He confuses the verb "to dream" with the verb "to think"' (ADOLPHE THIERS). How far do you agree with this judgement of Napoleon III?
- To what extent was German Unification driven by primarily economic forces?
- Why was the First World War not 'over by Christmas'?
- 'The victory of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution is conclusive proof of the importance of individuals in history'. Do you agree?
- Was a world war the necessary and intended outcome of Nazi foreign policy?
- To what extent did Italian Fascism represent the triumph of style over substance?
- 'The Cold War existed in embryo before the end of the Second World War'. Do you agree?
- 'France must behave as a great power precisely because she no longer is one' (CHARLES DE GAULLE). Discuss.
- Account for the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Section C - Extra-European and American History
- How far was the Ottoman Empire mired in anti-modern conservatism during the nineteenth century?
- How far was the 'scramble for Africa' driven by Europe's internal politics?
- How far was the partition of India the working out of popular will?
- To what extent should Mao Zedong be seen as a warlord?
- Why did Cuba's social revolution succeed?
- To what extent was African nationalism produced by European colonialism?
- How far was Vietnamese Communism driven by Marxist ideology?
- 'A slave society, but not a slave economy'. Is this a fair assessment of the ante-bellum South?
- Account for the rise and survival of the Klu Klux Klan.
Section D - Historiography
- Does Marxist history have anything worthwhile to say?
- 'Religious history should only ever be written by the non-believer'. Discuss.
|Supporting the future of Trinity in Camberwell||8th January 2007|
|In this special anniversary year of the opening of the Trinity College Centre in south east London, it is now possible to make on-line donations to this charitable organisation. To find out more, please click here.|
|Dr John Bradfield awarded a Knighthood||2nd January 2007|
|Dr John Bradfield CBE, a Fellow of Trinity College since 1947, has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year honours list in recognition of his services to science, business and to the community of Cambridge. While Senior Bursar at Trinity, Dr Bradfield was the driving force behind the establishment of the Cambridge Science Park in 1970. This is the UK's oldest and most prestigious science park. Now home to over 90 hi-tech companies and 5,000 personnel, the Cambridge Science Park continues to attract new businesses, from small start-ups and spin-outs to subsidiaries of multinational corporations. It is one of Europe's most important technology centres.|
|Trinity in Space||9th December 2006|
|A member of Trinity is currently in orbit. Dr Nicholas Patrick (matric. 1983) read Engineering at the College before taking a Ph.D. at M.I.T. After lift-off today he will be orbiting the earth in the space shuttle Discovery (mission STS-116) until 21 December. Dr Patrick's role in the mission is as principal robotics operator for the construction of a further section of the International Space Station.
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|Stephen Layton, Director of Music at Trinity, is nominated for a Grammy||8th December 2006|
|Stephen Layton's recording of the music of Eric Whitacre - Cloudburst - has been nominated for a US Grammy Award for best choral performance.
This is the second year running that a recording by Mr Layton with Polyphony has been nominated for a Grammy.
The awards presentation ceremony will take place on 11 February 2007 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast around the world.
|New Title A Fellows elected||3rd October 2006|
|Elected into Junior Research Fellowships under Title A with effect from 2 October 2006:
Ognjen Arandjelovic, for research in Information Engineering
Roy Flechner, for research in History
Alexandr Mischenko, for research in Engineering
John Frederick Rudge, for research in Applied Mathematics
Dominic Joseph Robert Vella, for research in Applied Mathematics
|Sir Martin Roth, F.R.S.||26th September 2006|
|The death is announced with regret of Prof. Sir Martin Roth, F.R.S. (b. 6 November 1917; elected Fellow 1977).
A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel of Trinity College at 2.15 p.m. on Saturday, 20 Janurary 2007.