April Newsletter 2019

Amelia Hutchinson (2017) has been delving into the hidden histories of women at Trinity as part of the 40th anniversary initiative, uncovering women’s influence and impact on the College from its very beginning to the present day. Amelia’s illuminating research has been published, and is now available on the website. Read.

Alumni are invited to view the art installation with works by Fellow Commoners in the Creative Arts, which will be on display in D3 Great Court between 12 noon and 2pm every day until Sunday 12 May. This is also a rare opportunity to visit the stunning set of rooms in the oldest part of the College, in a building that was once part of King’s Hall. For many years, the rooms were lived in by mathematician Professor Alan Baker (1961) [1939-2018). There is no need to book but please check in with the Porters’ Lodge on arrival. Read.

It was victory for the Light Blues at the Boat Race on 7 April, with Cambridge winning all four races. Meet Reggie Mitchell (2017) and Charlie Marcus (2018), who rowed in the Men’s Reserve Boat, and discover how they prepared for this year’s Race. Read.

On Sunday 28 April the College community came together for a very special afternoon – the culmination of the 40th anniversary celebrations of women’s arrival at Trinity. Professor Catherine Barnard (e1996) welcomed everybody and introduced the Master Elect, Dame Sally Davies. Following Dame Sally’s speech, the host of celebratory events, exhibitions and activities included:

  • The world premiere of the choral commission ‘A place for us maids’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, and sung by female choir and alumnae choir members.
  • The world premiere of the short film It felt like a revolution commissioned from Sonum Sumaria (2008), exploring the experiences of women at Trinity over the past 40 years.
  • Hidden Histories – a trail to discover the women who lived and worked at Trinity, and visited the College, based on research by history student Amelia Hutchinson (2017), introduced by Daisy Goodwin (1980). Former Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts Ulyana Gumeniuk, who work features in the trail, discussed her portrait of Katherine Parr which hangs in Hall.
  • Singing Workshop led by alumnae choir members Ellie Tobin (2014) and Kate Apley (2014), followed by a performance in Hall of ‘Twenty-first-century Woman’ by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange.
  • Unexpected Journeys: a alumnae panel discussion chaired by Daisy Goodwin (1980), with Amy Ludlow (2005) Senior Research Associate, Institute of Criminology at Cambridge, Scarlett McNally (1987), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Rosi Sexton (1995), sportswoman and sports therapist, and Sumita Singha (1988), architect.
  • Art installation by Trinity’s three female Fellow Commoners in the Creative Arts Jane Boyd, Ulyana Gumeniuk and Kate Palmer, exhibited in a hitherto hidden space – D3 Great Court.
  • Living History of Women at Trinity installation in Hall. Visit the project website.
  • Organ recital by Eleanor Kornas (2012), Trinity’s first female organ scholar, followed by Evensong

Thank you to everyone who to contributed to such a memorable College celebration.

Many congratulations to Honorary Fellow Professor Roy Kerr FRS (1955), Canterbury Distinguished Professor, Mathematics Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, who has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.

We were delighted to welcome 150 Trinity medics and their guests on 30 March for the Trinity Medics’ Association Dinner, which included a fascinating pre-dinner panel discussion chaired by Dr Emma Cox (2010). Professor Brendan Moriarty (1972), Mrs Scarlett McNally (1987), Dr Rachel Rummery (1991) and Dr Katherine Smith-Wiles (2009) discussed ‘What I did after Trinity’, exploring the diversity of medical paths and careers. To join the TMA please visit the website, and you can follow the Association on Twitter @MedicsTrinity or join their Facebook Group.

Congratulations to Professor Judith Driscoll (e2005) who has been awarded a Chair in Emerging Technologies by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Read.

Dr Tara Westover (2008), author of Educated: A Memoir, has been named one of Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2019’. Read.

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Barnard (e1996) who has been awarded a Pilkington Teaching Prize 2019 for excellence in teaching. The Prize awards were endowed and inaugurated in 1994 by Sir Alastair Pilkington (1938), to recognise individuals who make a substantial contribution to the teaching programme of a Department, Faculty or the University as a whole. Read.

Isabel Adomakoh Young (2012) will tread the boards of the Swan Theatre, Stratford this summer for her debut season with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Isabel will play Cornet in John Vanbrugh’s Restoration comedy The Provoked Wife, and Spinosa in Thomas Otway’s rarely-performed Restoration political thriller Venice Preserved. Both productions run from May to September. Break a leg, Isabel!

Eloise Poulton (2014) talks to the University Careers Service about her journey into theatre, her company Untoward Productions, and its first project Bad AuntsRead.

Journalist and author Isha Sesay (1994) interviewed Michelle Obama during the former First Lady’s international book tour for her memoir Becoming Michelle Obama. Isha moderated the evenings in Paris on 16 April, and Amsterdam on 17 April.

Trinity alumni living in South-West France are invited to meet fellow Cambridge alumni and enjoy a weekend of walks and tours at the Château St Jacques d’Albas, Laure-Minervois from 17-19 May. This special event, offered by Graham Nutter (Fitzwilliam 1966), has been organised with the support of Peter Elliott (1971) and Tony Banton (1975). You can view the full programme of tastings and activities and book via the website.

We want to hear from you! Do keep us up-to-date with your latest achievements and activities for our Global Alumni News pages in The Fountain and the Alumni Achievements section in the Annual Record. Please send your news, appointments, and publications to alumni-comms@trin.cam.ac.uk.


London: TBCA Distinguished Speaker Series with David McCourt, Tuesday 21 May. Tickets available online.

SW France: Laure-Minervois 2019 Cantab Reunion, Friday 17 – Tuesday 19 May. Tickets available online.

Sydney: New South Wales Alumni Drinks, Friday 24 May. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Henley-on-Thames: Trinity Golf Day, Thursday 20 June, Huntercombe Golf Course. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 7 July. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Trinity Writers 2019, Saturday 28 September. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: TrinTalk 2019,  Sunday 29 September. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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