June Newsletter 2019

‘Where are you going to make the bigger impact, and where will give you the greater impact on your future?’ Stem cell biologist and Trinity Krishnan-Ang Senior Postdoctoral Researcher Dr Mona Shehata is helping Year 11 students to consider a career path in the sciences. Read.

‘Pretend you’re on the stage.’ Praelector Nick Denyer (e1983) shares his top tip for students in preparation for their graduation ceremony. Read.

Law student and President of the University African Caribbean Society Wanipa Ndhlovu (2018) discusses her involvement with the new set of University films designed to dispel myths about Cambridge and to encourage more BAME students to apply. Read.

‘The prizewinners showcase many of the qualities that make Cambridge teaching exceptional.’ Fellow in Law and Senior Tutor Professor Catherine Barnard (e1996) has been awarded a 2019 Pilkington Prize in recognition of her teaching excellence. Read.

Congratulations to Professor Sadaf Farooqi (1995) who received the American Diabetes Association 2019 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award on 10 June for her contributions to understanding the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie severe obesity. Read.

Professor Farooqi has also been elected to the membership of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). Read.

Congratulations to systems biologist Dr M. Madan Babu (2001) of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, who is co-recipient of the EMBO Gold Medal 2019. The award was made in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the field of computational molecular biology, specifically for his discoveries in the areas of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signalling and intrinsically disordered proteins. Read.

Tune in to Radio 4 from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 July and listen to ‘Book of the Week’ featuring The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths by archaeologist Francis Pryor (1964). The Fens, published on 11 July, is based on a lifetime of research and offers a unique portrait of the remarkable region.

Alumni based in the Cambridge area can hear Francis discuss his love for the Fens on Tuesday 9 July at Heffers – don’t forget that your Trinity Members’ Card entitles you to a 10% discount on any Heffers purchase. Read.

The Thursday Murder Club, the debut crime novel by Richard Osman (1989) due for publication in autumn 2020, has sparked one of the biggest book bidding wars of 2019. Read.

Join Trinity in Japan for their forthcoming meetings in Tokyo on Friday 26 July and 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. You can register for all events via the website.

The Norfolk Cambridge Society would be delighted to welcome Trinity alumni based in the region to their lively meetings. The Society organises regular social events and lectures and contact details are detailed on their web page.


  • A memorial service for Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (1945) will be held in the College Chapel on Monday 1 July at 2pm. If you wish to attend please complete the booking form on the website.
  • A memorial service for Dr Eric Griffiths (e1980) will be held in the College Chapel on Friday 12 July at 2pm. If you wish to attend please complete the booking form on the website.

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 26 July. Register online.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Monthly Meeting, Friday 20 August. Register online.
  • Cambridge: Trinity Writers 2019, Saturday 28 September. SAVE THE DATEDetails online.
  • Cambridge: TrinTalk: Global Responsibilities, Sunday 29 September. SAVE THE DATEDetails online.
  • Cambridge: Remembrance Sunday Service, Sunday 10 November. SAVE THE DATE.
  • London: Alumni Carol Service, Monday 2 December. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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