January Newsletter 2017


On Tuesday 21 February, the TBCA Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Geordie Greig, Editor of The Mail on Sunday. Booking is available online.

The TEA Lent Term Meeting, Monday 27 February, is now open for booking. The evening will consist of a student mentoring session, a debate on whether engineers should follow an engineering career, and then dinner and drinks in the Old Kitchen.

The Trinity Women’s Network event in celebration of International Women’s Day will take place on Thursday 9 March. Kindly hosted at the London office of Elsevier, the evening will celebrate Trinity’s alumnae and female Fellows working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. More information and booking is available online.

On Saturday 11 March, we hope you will join us for the biennial Trinity Law Association Dinner in College. The afternoon speaker will be Professor Catherine Barnard (e1996), Senior Tutor and Fellow in Law, whose topical presentation is entitled “They’re changing the Guard at the Palace of Westminster: Brexit and the Law”. There will then be a drinks reception followed by dinner in Hall, where the guest speaker will be leading human rights barrister, Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC (1957), who will speak on the theme of his recent publication, Five Ideas to Fight For – how our freedom is under threat and why it matters. Booking is available online.


Sonya Passi (2006), who read History at Trinity, has been named in Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Law & Policy. http://bit.ly/2kvTujo.

HRH The Prince of Wales (1967) and climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE (1994), with environmentalist Tony Juniper, co-author the Ladybird Experts guide to Climate Change. http://bit.ly/2ks50QK.

Trinity students were interviewed in the College Bar on ITV News in wake of the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech. http://www.itv.com/news/2017-01-17/brexit-britain-what-did-people-make-of-theresa-mays-speech/.

Former Visiting Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts, Jacob Polley (e2005), has won the TS Eliot prize for ‘Jackself.’ Listen to Jacob reading parts of Jackself http://jacobpolley.com/news/#videolightbox

Those who had the privilege of attending the Choir’s performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass alongside the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on 11 January 2017 in Chapel might like to know that the recording for the CD has nearly been completed and that the CD is due for release in January 2018. For those who were unable to attend in person, the BBC broadcast of the concert is available for a few more days. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b087tdb3.

“Don’t just take our word for it…” The University of Oxford’s Head of Brexit Strategy, Prof Alastair Buchan, says Trinity College is ‘the leading college in the world.’ Listen to Prof Buchan’s evidence to the Commons’ Education Select Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Brexit on higher education http://ow.ly/C57P307Wt23.

Profile on Daisy Goodwin (1980), creator of ‘Victoria’. http://nyti.ms/2jGRisO.

Professor Andrew George (1981) has been awarded an MBE for ‘services to research participants and ethical governance of clinical research’.

Professor Shankar Balasubramanian (e1994), Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry the University of Cambridge, has been named a Knight Bachelor for services to science and medicine. https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/university-people-recognised-in-2017-new-year-honours-list.

Trinity College Library, Cambridge ‘s Librarian Dr Nicolas Bell (e2015) tells us more about the Crewe Collection – one of the most exciting undiscovered libraries in Britain. http://ow.ly/ywcq3079RkN.

Interview with Prof Stephen Toope (1983), who will become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in October. https://t.co/gFL8v1xYSC.