January Newsletter 2019

Congratulations to Professor Ewa Paluch (e2018) who has won the 2019 Blavatnik Award in the Life Sciences for her ‘novel discoveries at the forefront of cell biology’. The 2019 Laureates and Finalists will be honoured at a gala dinner and ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 6 March, and the following day will present their research in a public symposium entitled Cure, Create, Innovate: 9 Young Scientists Transforming Our World to be held at the Science Museum. Read.

Lord Byron never visited the Yucatán but Professor Adrian Poole (1967) found his writings about the ruins of the ‘Old World’ invaluable when reflecting on the Maya ruins today. Read.

Dr Sean Curran (e2014) has been awarded two prestigious prizes for ‘a musicological article of exceptional merit by an early-career scholar’. He received the Jerome Roche Prize from the Royal Musical Association, and was awarded the Alfred Einstein Award by the American Musicological Society. Read.

Sir Gregory Winter (1970) delivered his Nobel Prize Lecture ‘Harnessing Evolution to Make Medicines’ on 8 December in Stockholm. You can watch the Master’s lecture and read about his pioneering work in using phage display via the Nobel Prize website.

The Annual Record 2018, is now available online. Feature articles include Professor Sir David Baulcombe (e2009) on ‘Normal Botany’, Dr Graham Chinner (1954) on ‘The Advent of Women’ and Dr Jean Khalfa (e1994) on ‘The Collection of Nicholas Kessler (1955)’. Read.

Congratulations to composer and ‘rising young star of the classical music world’ Owain Park (2013), who has been nominated in the Choral category of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2019. ‘Choral works’ is performed by the Choir of Trinity College, directed by Stephen Layton (e2006). Voting closes on February 2019, and the award winners will be announced on 10 April. To listen to the celestial track ‘Above the stars’ click here.

40 Years of Women at Trinity – please share your memories and ideas!  2018-19 marks 40 years since women first entered Trinity as undergraduates. To celebrate this milestone in the College’s history we are creating a Living History of Women at Trinity installation, which will be in Hall for the special celebratory event on Sunday 28 April 2019, and an accompanying website. We are seeking your contributions so please visit the website for details of how to share your experience. Thank you to those alumni who have already submitted their thoughts and memories – do read their entries.

‘Trinity is like paradise.’ Senior Visiting Fellow Commoner Anna A. Berman is researching depictions of the family in the nineteenth-century Russian and English novel. Read about her research and her experience of Trinity so far, and discover what she hopes to achieve during her year-long sabbatical. Read.

Trinity has launched a new Student Ambassador Scheme to support the work of the College’s Outreach and Access team. Over forty students volunteers now help to deliver the dozens of outreach activities Trinity organises each year to encourage students from less advantaged or under-represented backgrounds to aspire to get to a good university, including visits to schools, residential courses, taking part in University fairs, and welcoming school groups to the College. Read.

Trinity in Hong Kong members enjoyed informal drinks and dinner at the Buenos Aires Polo Club on 24 January. Many thanks to founders Tzo Tze Ang (1997), Dominic Chan (1988) and Jessie Zhang (2001) for establishing the group and for organising the evening. 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.

Please save the date – The Master will be visiting Hong Kong in April 2019 and Trinity in Hong Kong is holding an event on Monday 8 April to welcome him, and to celebrate his Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Further details will be shared in the near future.

The Cambridge Society of Belgium is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this week. To mark the occasion the Society is holding a special dinner in Brussels on 31 January, with Guest of Honour Catherine Barnard (e1996), Professor of EU Law and Employment Law. The Society is led by Dr Steven Laycock (1981), who would like to extend an invitation to all Trinity members based in Belgium to join the group. Please visit the Society’s website for further details and for the latest news and events.

Join Trinity in Japan for their next meeting on Friday 22 February in Tokyo. All Trinity members are welcome. Please register for the event by Friday 15 February via the alumni website, and do visit the group’s website for the latest news and forthcoming events.

Dr Ronny Sandhu (2001) is founder of the Harley Street Wellness Foundation raising awareness of mental health in young people through media and social media. For more information regarding the Foundation and its activities, visit www.hswf.org.uk


Sir Raymond Appleyard KBE, (1941) 1922-2017 Read.

Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS, (1949) 1929-2019, Fellow Read.

Professor Robert Neild, (1943) 1924-2018, Fellow Read.

Professor Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer Bt KBE FRS, (1945) 1927-2018, Fellow Read.

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 College Choir Association Drinks, Tuesday 5 February, Pennethorne’s Bar, Somerset House. Tickets available online.

Tokyo: Trinity in Japan, Monthly Meeting, Friday 22 February. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Trinity Mathematical Society Centenary Dinner, Saturday 23 February. Tickets available online.

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

Cambridge: Trinity Law Association Dinner, Saturday 16 March. Tickets available online.

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