July Newsletter 2019

Trinity’s dazzling bestiary has been loaned to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for its summer exhibition ‘Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World’, which features 34 beautiful bestiaries from around the globe – the largest number ever gathered together. A bestiary is a collection of animal images and stories, sometimes with symbolic or moral meanings, intended to teach and entertain medieval readers. Read.

Master Elect Dame Sally Davies appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Friday 26 July, sharing with Lauren Laverne the eight tracks, books and luxury item that would sustain her in her hour of need. Listen.

You can also read about Dame Sally’s new role as UK Special Envoy on antimicrobial resistance and her championing of women’s leadership on the website. Read.

‘It’s opportunities like this that don’t just give you a guided tour of the University or a College but give you the context, what it’s really like at that College and the opportunity to meet and engage with current students.’ Read about the Trinity Stonehouse Residential, supported by a family foundation set up by Richard Stonehouse (1964), which has been breaking down barriers and building the skills of Year 11 pupils from across the country. Read.

Unstoppable medical student Imogen Grant (2014) has notched up yet another rowing victory, winning gold for Britain in the lightweight women’s singles sculls at the World Cup III in Rotterdam. Read.

We were delighted that nearly 500 alumni from around the world returned to the College for their Annual Gathering this month. On Saturday 13 July alumni from 1987, 1988 and 1989 gathered for the celebrations, including a pre-dinner recreation of their matriculation photo (captured at the top of this page), while Wednesday 17 July saw us welcome back alumni from 1962, 1963 and 1964. Thank you to all who attended and especially to after-dinner speakers. We hope you all enjoyed the weekends, and it was wonderful to see so many friends reunited and making new Trinity memories together.

We are so grateful for all the letters, photos and thank you notes you have sent us in the past few weeks, including this lovely message from Adrian Osborne (1987): ‘I send my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in creating a truly special weekend for us all. The Alumni Team, Porters, catering, gardens, accommodation and housekeeping, Chapel and Fellows. The welcome was universal. Collectively we are around 8000 years older than when we arrived, and it was a joy to hear about all that has happened to us. Now that we are getting that little bit old(er) I think we’ll probably need them to happen more frequently!’

Annual Gatherings are very much a cross-College collaboration, and we have shared the feedback with the fantastic colleagues who help us to make the occasions so special.

Dates for the three 2020 Annual Gatherings are:

  • 11 July  – 1996, 1997, 1998
  • 15 July – 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971
  • 12 September – 2008, 2009, 2010

The 2019 Trinity Bradfield Prize is now open for applications from any Cambridge student keen to pursue early-stage ideas and commercialise their research. The Prize, now in its second year, offers the winners £10K; three months’ free desk space in The Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park; training sessions; mentoring from experienced business builders, and unparalleled networking opportunities with industry insiders. Undergraduates, postgraduates and early career researchers at Cambridge are encouraged to apply. Read.

SAVE THE DATE – Trinity Writers and TrinTalk 28-29 September

We hope that you can join us during the last weekend of September for two very special events.

On Saturday 28 September the College will host the first ‘Trinity Writers’ event, with the theme of popular literary genres. We are delighted that 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.

This year’s TrinTalk is on Sunday 29 September, on the theme of ‘Global Responsibilities?’ Our expert panel will consider how global we should be thinking when it comes to our actions, and what we can do, both individually and collectively, to be more globally responsible. We are delighted to confirm the following three speakers: Andy Rubin (1984), Dr Amy Ludlow (2005), and Dr Hugh Hunt (e1990). Our fourth speaker will be announced in the near future. Book.

The events take place during the busy Alumni Festival weekend so do book early to avoid disappointment!

Congratulations to Keith Mansfield (1984) on the publication of his first nonfiction book and guide to the future The Future in Minutes, published by Quercus Books. Read.

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.

Many congratulations to Dr Seena Rejal (1997), Founder and CEO of Shapes AI, winner of the LDV Summit Startup Award for their ‘Deep Visual Reasoning’ technology, which is facilitating a fundamental step-change in computer vision by enabling human-like inference of events and activities. The annual LDV Summit in New York is the premier global gathering in visual technologies, and the Award is given to the ‘most promising imaging and video company’. Read.

Calling all former members of Cambridge University Association Football Club! The CUAFC is keen to connect with former Club members so if you wish to get in touch with the Club please let us know. Email us.

Join Trinity in Japan for their exciting programme of meetings. Their next monthly get together will take place in Tokyo on Friday 30 August, from 7pm onwards. On Monday 16 September the group is planning an event with 22 Cambridge PhD students undertaking research in nanotechnology fields. The programme is to be finalised but please save the date if you are interested and details will be confirmed in the near future.

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 all Trinity in Japan events via the website.


If you return to Trinity over the summer and notice scaffolding at Great Gate and signs announcing that the College is closed to visitors please don’t worry – we remain open to alumni. Just head to Great Gate as usual and show the Porter your Members’ Card.

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 30 August. Register online.
  • 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.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan, The Rise (and Fall) of Humanitarianism? With Dr Michael Banner, Tuesday 1 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 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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