July Newsletter 2018

The new Trinity Bradfield Prize was announced this month, offering Cambridge student teams with a novel tech idea benefits including £10,000 prize money, three months’ free space at the Bradfield Centre based at the Cambridge Science Park, and mentoring from entrepreneurs, leading academics and Trinity alumni. Thank you to Robert Swann (1991) and Graham Simister (1974), who have agreed to join the Prize judging panel. Read.

Congratulations to Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian (e1994), and Professor David Klenerman of Christ’s College, who have been awarded the Royal Society’s Royal Medal 2018 for their co-development of DNA sequencing techniques that have transformed biology and genomic medicine. Read.

Congratulations to Professor Joya Chatterji (e2007) who has been elected to the British Academy Fellowship in recognition of her work on South Asian history, specifically the history of the India/Pakistan Partition of 1947. Read.

Congratulations to Professor David Runciman (1985), who has been elected to the British Academy Fellowship in recognition of his work in the history of political thought (from Hobbes through to late nineteenth and twentieth century political thought); theories of the state and political representation; and contemporary politics and political theory. Read.

The Bio-Innovation Centre at the Cambridge Science Park is nearing completion, and the topping out ceremony was held on 19 July. The new Centre is part of a new cycle of investment and renewal catalysed by a landmark joint venture between Trinity College and Tus-Holdings, Beijing. Read.

College was bursting at the seams on 14 July as we welcomed back alumni from 1984, 1985 and 1986 for their Annual Gathering on a perfect summer’s weekend.

The celebrations began with the opportunity to catch up over afternoon tea in Nevile’s Court, which included platefuls of Trindles, the new Trinity bun. Tea was followed by an update on College and its latest developments and activities from Revd Dr Michael Banner (e2006) and other members of the Senior Fellowship. After Choral Evensong there was just time for a quick group photograph before drinks in the cool of the colonnades.

A memorable dinner in Hall was accompanied by the Choir’s renditions of Cole Porter classics. The College was toasted by Vicky Ford (1986), Trinity’s first alumna Member of Parliament. In her speech, Vicky discussed the challenges and difficulties of life in politics, and the courage needed to stand up and fight: “But courage comes when one is helped, supported and advised by friends in whom one can trust. Thank you Trinity for giving me those friends.” After a toast to “Friendship, to Courage and to Trinity College”, everyone moved on to the Master’s Lodge for post-prandial drinks, and the celebrations and conversations continued on into the night.

Thank you to all who returned to College, and we hope you had a wonderful weekend together.

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Cambridge-Oxford Alumni Club of Hungary, which welcomes alumni, past and present Fellows and staff from both universities. The Club Committee includes Honorary President Professor Béla Bollobás (e1970), and Elemér Gidófalvy (1990) and Péter Juhász (2014).

Events are scheduled to take place in Budapest and London, with occasional reunions in Cambridge and Oxford from autumn 2018, including the Foundation Dinner at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest on Thursday 13 September. If you would like to join the dinner on 13 September and celebrate the Club’s launch, please sign up to the mailing list for booking details and for news of all the Club’s activities and plans. Dinner places are limited so booking is essential. To learn more about the Club please visit their website, or follow them on Facebook.

Discover how an invitation to the wrong undergraduate sherry party led Dr John MacGinnis (1982) to defect from Classics to Assyriology, and read about his latest project unearthing the unexpected treasures of Ziyaret Tepe. Read.

The Trinity in Japan Society was established by Chair Gerhard Fasol (1978) in 2014. The Society is open to all members of Trinity and meetings are held approximately once a month, in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan. There are forthcoming events on 31 August and 28 September, when Revd Dr Michael Banner (e2006) will be asking ‘What is Morality?  Please book via our events page, and visit their website for details of all their activities and how to register as a member.


A Service of Thanksgiving for Benny (Benedict) Thomas (1983) will be held at 2.30pm on Friday 14th September at St Peter’s, Notting Hill, (90 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PL), and any Trinity members who knew Benny are welcome to attend. An on-site reception will follow the service.

If you would like to sing in the choir at the service please contact Mark LeBrocq: marklebrocq@btinternet.com. There will be a rehearsal on the morning of 14 September.

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.


Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Monthly Meeting, Friday 31 August. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: First and Third Trinity Boat Club Association Biennial Dinner, Saturday 8 September. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Annual Gathering, 1978-1980, Saturday 15 September. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: TrinTalk: Aspects of Global Security, Sunday 23 September, Trinity College. Tickets available online.

London: TCBA Distinguished Speaker Series, Tuesday 25 September, with Laurel Powers-Freeling, Chair, Uber UK. Tickets available online.

Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Monthly Meeting, What is Morality? With Revd Dr Michael Banner, Friday 28 September. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Remembrance Service, Sunday 11 November, Trinity College. SAVE THE DATE – Please email alumni-events@trin.cam.ac.uk for further information.

Cambridge: Trinity Women’s Network Lunch and Panel Discussion, Saturday 17 November.  SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Women of Trinity Lecture Series: Men, Women and the Family: 1978-2018, Jo Miles, Reader in Family Law & Policy, Wednesday 28 November. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Trinity Law Association Meeting, Saturday 16 March.  SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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