May Newsletter 2018

Trinity Fellow, Professor Lynn Gladden (1983), has been appointed the next Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Professor Gladden takes over from Professor Philip Nelson in October 2018. Read.

Two hundred alumni and guests headed to Google UK, London on 14 May for a fascinating evening exploring the latest research in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Speakers Dr Sean Holden (e2002) and Alex Kendall (2014) considered how AI is becoming increasingly integrated into our daily lives, and how it will shape our future. Discussing machine learning and robot vision, and the way in which the relationship between man and machine continues to evolve, they asked the burning question – are we ready for a future with robots?

The sell-out event was filmed to ensure that all alumni have the opportunity to enjoy the discussion –  visit YouTube to watch the lectures.

We are grateful for the generous support of Hoi Lam (1997), and the team at Google UK, without whom we would not have been able to deliver the event.

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Rare books illustrated by renowned Cuban artist Wifredo Lam are on display in the Wren Library until 12 June 2018. The books displayed in the new exhibition are part of the Kessler Collection of Artists’ Books, which were donated to the Wren Library by the late Nicholas Kessler (1955), who studied Economics and Law at Trinity. Read.

On the 75th anniversary of the legendary Dambusters’ raid, Dr Hugh Hunt (e1990) and three Cambridge students demonstrated the science behind the bouncing bomb to a packed Royal Albert Hall. Read.

A high-level Argentinian delegation of politicians, business leaders and civil society practitioners participated in a roundtable at College on 9 May, alongside academics, Cambridge University leaders and representatives from government and civil society. The Women and Global Leadership Forum discussed gender issues including the role of women in academia, finance, technology, arts and business management. Read.

In the first of a series of Q&As with Trinity’s Junior Research Fellows, Dr George Roberts (e2017), historian of post-colonial Africa and its roles during the international affairs of the late twentieth century, paints an intriguing picture of Cold War East Africa and explains why it’s vital to view the past from multiple angles. Read.

James Harpur (1976) will launch his sixth book of poetry, The White Silhouette, in London on Tuesday 10 July, and the title poem of which is included in the Trinity Poets anthology, published by Carcanet Press in 2017. James read English at Trinity, and is poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review and the recipient of prizes and awards including the UK National Poetry Competition and an Eric Gregory Award.

The launch will take place at 6.45pm on 10 July at The Lincoln Centre, 18 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3ED, and admission is free of charge. The nearest underground station is Holborn.


Newmarket: Trinity Golf Day, Thursday 28 June, Royal Worlington & Newmarket Golf Club. Tickets available online.

London: TCBA Distinguished Speaker Series, Wednesday 4 July, with Mai Fyfield, Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, Sky. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 8 July, Trinity College. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Annual Gathering, 1984-1986, Saturday 14 July. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: First and Third Trinity Boat Club Association Biennial Dinner, Saturday 8 September. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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

Cambridge: TrinTalk: Aspects of Global Security, Sunday 23 September, Trinity College.. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Trinity Engineers’ Association Meeting, Thursday 18 October.  SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

London: Trinity Law Association Autumn Event, Thursday 8 November.  SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Remembrance Service, Sunday 11 November, Trinity College. SAVE THE DATE – Please email 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.

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