May Newsletter 2016

The College is currently conducting a search for a new Executive Director of Alumni Relations & Development, and interested alumni may find details here.  In addition, the College continues to invest and support our alumni relations efforts and has recently approved the hiring of two new staff posts. A Deputy Director of Development will work with our fundraising efforts, including the Annual Fund and legacy fundraising. Mr Declan Hamilton has been appointed as the Alumni Relations Manager and will design and implement a strategic alumni relations programme.

The Trinity College Choir will be touring to Hong Kong and Australia in the summer. Below are details of the concerts together with links for further information and to buy tickets:

Hong Kong

Monday 11 July – Hong Kong Cultural Centre – “Choral Masterworks”

Tuesday 12 July – Hong Kong City Hall – “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”


  • Sunday 17 July – Brisbane – Queensland Performing Arts Centre
  • Tuesday 19 July – Melbourne – Melbourne Recital Centre
  • Thursday 21 July – Adelaide – Adelaide Town Hall
  • Saturday 23 July – Melbourne – Melbourne Recital Centre
  • Monday 25 July – Sydney – City Recital Hall
  • Thursday 28 July – Perth – Perth Concert Hall
  • Saturday 30 July – Sydney – City Recital Hall
  • Tuesday 2 August – Newcastle – Newcastle City Hall
  • Thursday 4 August – Canberra – Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music
  • Saturday 6 August – Hobart – Theatre Royal
  • Sunday 7 August – Hobart – Theatre Royal

Closer to Cambridge, dates for your diary include Trinity Golf Day at the Royal Worlington & Newmarket Club on Friday 24 June, the Clock Tower Circle Drinks Reception at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday 29 June, and TrinTalk on Sunday 25 September, which this year focuses on ‘Art and Fear’.

Later in the year, the Master will be hosting receptions in Hong Kong (17 October), Shanghai (6 November) and Beijing (8 November).


The first pedal-paddled punt on the Cam with Dr Hugh Hunt (e1990): Read:

Professor Catherine Barnard (e1996) comments on how migrant workers could be affected if Britain leaves the EU. Read:

Professor Daan Frenkel (e2007) has received the Boltzmann Medal, which is the highest award worldwide in statistical physics.

Profile of Francis Aston (e1920) who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1922 for his discovery of isotopes. Read:

Professor Judith Driscoll (e2005) was awarded the inaugural Royal Academy of Engineering Armourers and Brasiers prize in 2015. Her research has revolutionised the properties of high temperature superconductors, enabling them to carry much higher currents in a magnetic field. Read:

Daniel Yergin (1968) on ‘Where Oil Prices Go From Here’. Read:

Lord Rees (1960) comments that funding for human spaceflight could be better spent on robotic space missions. Read:

‘Another Greek crisis is not needed in the middle of Brexit debate’ by Simon Nixon (1989). Read:  

Professor Didier Queloz (e2013), together with an international team of astronomers, has discovered three planets orbiting a nearby ultra cool dwarf star, which may be the best place to search for life beyond the Solar System. Read:

Sir Gregory Winter (1970) has joined the board of Cambridge therapeutic antibody business Biosceptre as it pushes on to three new clinical trials during 2016. Read:

Professor Roger Paulin (e1989) has published ‘The Life of August Wilhelm Schlegel. Cosmopolitan of Art and Poetry’. Read:

On Friday 13 May, Emily Dickens (2009) and Jonathan Pacey (2015) performed Bach’s Motets live on BBC Radio 3 from Trinity College Chapel.

‘It was like staring at someone through a kaleidoscope, fractured into small glittering pieces…’ Trinity Fellow, Dr Joe Moshenska (e2010), on writing the life of adventurer Kenelm Digby. Read:

Anthony Lane (1981) reviews a new biography of photographer Diane Arbus. Read:

Three Trinity computer science students – Stella Lau (2014), Gábor Szarka (2014), and Dimitrije Erdeljan(2015) – scored gold in a new cybersecurity competition designed to stretch their hacking abilities and capacity for teamwork – and address the UK’s looming skills gap in this area. Read:

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta (1962) has been awarded the 2016 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

‘Building Hitler’s supergun: the plot to destroy London and why it failed’ by Dr Hugh Hunt (e1990). Read

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