August Newsletter 2019

Many congratulations to Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright (1994) and Professor Mark Warner, co-director of the Cavendish Laboratory, who have won the 2019 Lawrence Bragg Medal and Prize for establishing and directing Isaac Physics, which ‘has revolutionised physics education in an extraordinary number of schools and is now attracting international attention’. Read.

Fellow, and President of the Royal Society Professor Venki Ramakrishnan (e2008) discusses his latest book Gene Machine, about the race to decipher the ribosome, and his aims for the Royal Society. Read.

‘I’m absolutely over the moon to be going to Trinity College in October! It just feels so surreal!’ Meet the students who attended Trinity residentials, designed to encourage and inspire students from under-represented areas to apply to Cambridge, who will be joining the College in Michaelmas Term 2019. Read.

We are rooting for medical student Imogen Grant (2014) who is competing for Great Britain in the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria, running from 25 August to 1 September. Read.

Congratulations to Professor David Runciman (1985) on his latest book Where the Power Stops: The Making and Unmaking of Presidents and Prime Ministers, published by Profile Books on 22 August. You can join him at the Cambridge Union Society on Tuesday 15 October, in conversation with author Christopher Clark and followed by a book signing. Book your ticket via the Heffers website.

Hurry if you want to join us for Trinity Writers on Saturday 28 September – tickets are selling fast! The theme for the day is popular literary genres and four alumni writers will be speaking about their work – celebrated novelist and television screenwriter Daisy Goodwin (1980), New York Times number one best-selling crime writer Alex Michaelides (1996), inspirational travel and nature writer Hugh Thomson (1979), and award-winning food writer Bee Wilson (1992). Book now.

The Committee of the Trinity Women’s Network is seeking enthusiastic new members to help shape the group’s activities and to continue to expand its membership. Committee meetings are held via conference call so it doesn’t matter where you’re based – if you’re bursting with ideas for events and initiatives and would like to help the TWN to flourish, we want to hear from you! Please get in touch with the Alumni Office.

The TWN is always delighted to welcome new members and the friendly forum is open to all alumni and College members. To find out more, email us and join the TWN Facebook group.

Join Trinity in Japan on Monday 16 September for an exciting event with 22 Cambridge PhD students undertaking research in nanotechnology fields. Programme details and an event registration form can be found on the group’s website. On Tuesday 1 October the group is holding a special event with Dr Michael Banner (e2006), who will be discussing The Rise (and Fall?) of Humanitarianism, followed by dinner. On Thursday 28 November His Honour Witold Pawlak (1966) will share ‘The view from the Bench’. You can register for Trinity in Japan events via the website.


If you’re in need of some holiday reading inspiration, why not pack one of these four recent books by Trinity alumni in your suitcase?

If you are the author of a recent book and haven’t shared the details with us yet, please get in touch.

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


  • London: TWN Casual Evening Drinks, Thursday 5 September. Details.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Meeting with Cambridge Nanotechnology PhD students, Monday 16 September. Register online.
  • Cambridge: Trinity Writers 2019, Saturday 28 September. Register online.
  • Cambridge: TrinTalk: Global Responsibilities? Sunday 29 September. Register online.
  • London: TCBA Distinguished Speaker Series with Bernard Mensah, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Monday 30 September Register online.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan, The Rise (and Fall) of Humanitarianism? With Dr Michael Banner, Tuesday 1 October. Register online.
  •  Cambridge: TEA Mentoring, Networking and Panel Discussion (Women in Engineering), Thursday 17 October. Register online.
  • London: TLA Drinks & Talk, Thursday 7 November. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: Remembrance Sunday Service, Sunday 10 November. SAVE THE DATE.
  • London: Sir Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy, Tuesday 26 November. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan, The view from the Bench. With His Honour Judge Witold Pawlak (1966), Thursday 28 November. Register online.
  • London: Alumni Carol Service, Monday 2 December. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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