April Newsletter 2017

The first anthology of Trinity poets celebrates six centuries of poetry by nearly 50 authors from Elizabethan times to the present. From the famous figures of George Herbert, Lord Byron and Alfred Tennyson, to those better known for other pursuits – the statesman and writer Francis Bacon, historian Thomas Babington Macaulay and scientist James Clerk Maxwell – the volume also includes many lesser-known figures.

Co-editor Professor Adrian Poole said: “Trinity is full of surprises and so is this anthology. Who would have thought that ‘Tweedle-dum and ‘Tweedle-dee’ originated with a Trinity poet? Who knows that Vladimir Nabokov was a Trinity student?”

Alumni are entitled to a 20% discount on the RRP (only deducted when the code: TRIN2017 (case sensitive), is added at checkout). Read the full story


Over the course of the annual Telethon, student callers spoke with 849 alumni in every corner of the world. In addition to reconnecting members with the College and talking about life at Trinity, nearly 60% of those with whom they spoke chose to make a gift. Overall, the Telethon raised £460,207 in support of our Annual Fund. Thank you for your support!


Girls do much better than boys in GCSEs and A-Levels. Across higher education, female students outnumber men, 57% to 43%. But at top levels – in exams, professorial roles and university leadership – men are still ahead.

On Friday 12 May, a panel of high-achieving women in Cambridge – and one man! – will discuss why this is and what can be done to improve women’s access to and experience of university, as well as their career progression in education.

The organisers, Trinity College and University of Cambridge Equality and Diversity, are aiming for ’40 bright ideas’ to help women realise their potential at all stages of education. Come and joint the debate on 12 May and continue the discussion online – #40YrsTrinWomen.

Women making waves in education takes place 6-8pm on Friday 12 May in the Main Lecture Theatre, the Old Divinity School, All Saints’ Passage, Cambridge. The panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by a drinks reception.

For more information please click here: https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/women-making-waves-in-education-12-may-event/

To reserve your free place: https://trinitywomen.eventbrite.co.uk


Trinity offers reassurance for EU students on funding…https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/reassurance-for-eu-students/.


Prof David Runciman (1985) discusses the general election. Radio 4 The Briefing Room (starts at 15m 37s). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08md98z.


Dr Richard Payne (e2008) has been awarded the Barzun Prize by the American Philosophical Society.


Trinity’s Fellows’ Garden welcomed more than 324 people and raised £1500 as part of the National Garden Scheme last month. Visitors enjoyed the vistas, blooms and sunshine, the gardeners shared their knowledge, and the gardens basked in all the admiration. https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/fellows-garden-opens-to-the-public/ 


Study by Prof Simon Baron-Cohen (e1995), found that women in the UK find it easier to determine another person’s emotion based only on their eyes and eyebrows. http://bit.ly/2powjtu.


Trinity’s new Teacher Visitor Scheme is welcomed by The Telegraph: http://bit.ly/2njNSi5. The application deadline is 30 June for October 2017 places. For more details and how to apply: http://bit.ly/2nRpbpc.


Trinity’s Senior Tutor Professor Catherine Barnard talks to the BBC’s Mark Mardell about the prospects for the status of Polish people already here and those who wish to come to Brexit Britain in future.
http://bbc.in/2oHX3ZV /http://bbc.in/2oI37kP (Prof Barnard starts at 18:27).


Thiam-Guan Tan (1983) co-discovered the exoplanet LHS 1140b, a super-Earth in the habitable zone of a nearby star.  LHS 1140b is one of the most promising targets found so far in the search for life outside our solar system. https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v544/n7650/full/nature22055.html.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

TBCA Distinguished Speaker Series, Doug Gurr, Tuesday 30 May – Hear the UK Manager of Amazon, Doug Gurr, in conversation. Open to all alumni. Tickets available online.

Trinity Golf Day, Wednesday 7 June – Join Trinity’s Golf Society for 18 holes at Hankley Common Golf Course. Tickets available online.

TCCA Gathering, Saturday 1 July – Join the Trinity College Choir Association for their annual gathering in College. Tickets available online.


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