February Newsletter 2019

Dame Sally Davies DBE FRS FMedSci has been appointed the next Master of Trinity, taking up the role on 8 October 2019 when she will be formally ‘installed’ in a traditional ceremony at the College. Currently the Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government, Dame Sally is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She was made Dame Commander for services to Medicine in 2009. Read.

Dr Alyce Mahon (e2000) has curated the Dorothea Tanning exhibition at Tate Modern, which opened on 27 February and runs until 9 June. It is the first large-scale exhibition of the artist’s work for 25 years, bringing together 100 works from her seven-decade career. Dr Mahon discusses why Tanning is such an interesting and important figure in the Surrealist movement and art world. Read.

The rainbow flag flew beside Newton’s apple tree at Great Gate as part of LGBT+ History Month 2019, the annual celebration to promote equality and diversity. The University and Colleges participated in a packed  programme of events to mark the Month. Read.

Professor Ardis Butterfield (1979), Marie Borroff Professor of English, French and Music at Yale, has returned to Trinity as Senior Visiting Fellow Commoner for a year, and she shares the pleasures and peculiarities of returning to the College after forty years.  Read.

The Trinity Mathematical Society is 100 hundred years’ old in 2019, and a two day TMS Symposium and special celebratory dinner were held on the weekend of 23-24 February to mark the occasion.

The Symposium featured a wide array of mathematical subjects, with the first day dedicated to the history of the TMS and distinguished speakers representing or talking about each decade of the TMS. The full programme of talks is available on the Society’s website. A very special dinner in Hall rounded off the day, with Society members past and present raising a glass to the first hundred years and looking forward to the next century!  On the following day, current members of the Society discussed their research and contribution to mathematics. If you are interested in joining the TMS please visit their website.

Please join Trinity Women’s Network on Tuesday 5 March in London for a special event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 – In Conversation with Professor Joan Lasenby (1978) and Amanda North (1978).

Joan and Amanda, inaugural members of the Trinity women’s rowing crew, reconnected after 40 years when they returned to the College for their Annual Gathering in 2018. These remarkable women will share their stories as pioneers at the top of their respective fields – academia and technology – and describe how they have balanced their careers with parenting and other passions and pursuits. The conversation will be followed by audience Q&As. Book online.

The TWN is also holding casual drop-in drinks at The Anthologist at 58 Gresham Street, EC2V 7BB, on Wednesday 3 April from 7pm. All alumni are welcome to join for a great opportunity to meet informally, and to make new connections with fellow Trinity members.

Trinity will celebrate 40 years since the arrival of the first women undergraduates at the College on Sunday 28 April. Alumni are warmly invited to join us for a host of afternoon events and activities including a panel discussion ‘Unexpected Journeys’; Hidden Histories: a trail to discover the women who lived and worked at Trinity, and visited the College; the world premiere of a new film commissioned from alumna Sonum Sumaria (2008) and the world premiere of a choral commission created by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange and sung by female choir and alumnae choir members.

The full programme for the day is available on the website. The event is proving popular so we recommend booking soon! Book online.

Don’t forget to contribute to the Living History of Women at Trinity project too – submit your entry via the website.

Calling Trinity College Choir alumnae – come and sing on  Sunday 28 April!  The College has commissioned a new work with music and words written by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, which will be performed on the day. The short piece is for female voices, and TCC alumnae are warmly invited to join the current choir in performing at the event – we believe it will make an even more powerful statement sung by past and present women of the choir. The performance will take place after the welcome speeches at 1pm, and will be preceded by a rehearsal at 11.30am. There will also be a short rehearsal in the Frazer Room from 4- 4.45pm on Tuesday 12 March for those who can make it.

As part of the day, Kate Apley (2014) and Ellie Tobin (2014) will run a workshop teaching another of Joanna’s pieces ‘Twenty-first century woman’ to attendees, finishing with an informal performance. TCCA members are also welcome to attend this part of the day.  Joanna’s work is a gospel-style song for women’s voices and band, inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s 2018 Golden Globes acceptance speech, and will be released as a charity single on International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March 2019. TTCA members singing as part of the choir on the day in April will not be charged for the event and should register via Eleanor Lancelot, Chapel and Music Office. Any guests attending will need to register and pay via the website.    

Tony Banton (1975), Hon. Secretary of  The Cambridge Society of France Paris, invites alumni based in the region to join the Society for the first lecture in their Cambridge Cutting Edge Lecture Series on Thurs 7 March at the Institut Pasteur, 25-28 rue du Dr Roux, at noon.  President of the Royal Society Professor Venki Ramakrishnan (e2008) will be speaking on ‘The Gene Machine: The race for the structure of the ribosome’Booking is essential, and if you wish to attend please complete and return the booking form to the Society no later than Friday 1 MarchBooking form.

Join Trinity in Japan for their next event on Thursday 7 March in Tokyo, on the topic of Japan’s corporate governance reforms. There will be a presentation from speaker and Trinity in Japan Chair Dr Gerhard Fasol (1978), followed by audience Q&As. The evening is a joint event with alumni organisations of several French Grandes Écoles – HEC, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, Edhec, and Essec. 

All Trinity members are welcome. Please register for the event by Friday 1 March via the alumni website, and do visit the group’s website for the latest news and forthcoming events.

The Master Sir Gregory Winter (1970) will be visiting Hong Kong and Singapore in April, and warmly invites alumni to join him.

A Hong Kong drinks reception will take place on Monday 8 April at the Hong Kong Club from 6.30pm. Further details will be sent to alumni who register. We are very grateful to John Slosar (1978) for his support of the event. If you are interested in joining Trinity in Hong Kong, please sign up via alumni@trin.cam.ac.uk.  You can also join their Facebook page, which is managed by the group.

The Master will be in Singapore on Tuesday 9 April, and the location for the event will be confirmed in the near future. Please register to reserve your place. We are grateful to Andy Lim (1976) for his support of this event.

University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope (1983) discusses the power of philanthropy in education in his latest blog post. Read.

Many congratulations to Alex Michaelides (1996), whose debut novel The Silent Patient about a famous painter who murders her husband and never speaks again, and the psychotherapist who determines to unravel the mystery, reached number 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list just one week after its publication date. He discusses the influences and inspiration behind his psychological thriller. Read.

Robert Eddison (1955) has published his first book of aphorisms Wisdom and Wordplay,300 original one-liners to enrich your day’, and is working on his next book. Visit his website.

‘He has instilled a passion in me that will last my whole life.’ Three teachers who inspired their students to apply to Cambridge have won Trinity’s 2019 Inspirational Teachers’ Award. Read.


A memorial service for Sir Nigel Broomfield KCMG (1955) will be held on Tuesday 26 March at 2.30pm at The Guards’ Chapel, Birdcage Walk, London. Any Trinity members who knew Sir Nigel are welcome to attend.

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: Trinity Women’s Network International Women’s Day, Tuesday 5 March. Tickets available online.

Tokyo: Trinity in Japan, Thurs 7 March. Please book by 1 March. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Trinity Law Association Dinner, Saturday 16 March. Please book by 6 March. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Trinity Medics’ Association Dinner, Saturday 30 March. Tickets available online.

Hong Kong: Master in Hong Kong, Monday 8 April. Tickets available online.

Singapore: Master in Singapore, Tuesday 9 April. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: 40 Years of Women at Trinity, Sunday 28 April. Tickets available online.

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

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