November Newsletter 2018

40 Years of Women at Trinity – we want your memories and ideas!  2018-19 marks 40 years since women first entered Trinity as undergraduates. To celebrate this milestone in the College’s history we are creating a Living History of Women at Trinity installation, which will be in Hall for the special celebratory event on Sunday 28 April 2019, and an accompanying website. We are seeking your contributions so please visit the website for details of how to share your experience. Read.

The Trevelyan brothers Robert, Charles and George all attended Trinity and provide a microcosm in one family on the range of attitudes and experience of the First World War. Archivist Rebecca Hughes explores the trio’s experience of War. Read.

Less than a year after graduating, Richelle George (2015) has taken up her first job in international development with a Cyprus-based consultancy which works with governments to improve health and education systems. Richelle discusses how internships provided the skills and confidence to kick-start her career, and you can watch a film about her experience on the website. Read.

The Trinity Women’s Network hosted their autumn event ‘Suffragettes: History or the Future?’ on 17 November. Alumnae and students enjoyed a private viewing of an exhibition in the Wren Library and lunch with a menu inspired by the suffragette colours of white, green and purple. This was followed by a fascinating panel discussion with Sophia Adhami (2004) Senior Policy Advisor – Cabinet Office, Dr Nathalie Byrom (2004) Director of Research and Learning at The Legal Education Foundation, Dr Lucy Delap, Reader in Modern British and Gender History University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Murray Edwards College, Professor Boyd Hilton (e1974) Emeritus Professor of Modern British History, and Anna Cardoso (2016) Student Union Women’s Officer and President of Trinity Feminist Society. The day provided a perfect opportunity for alumnae and students to connect, and to share their experiences. Thank you to Dr Kimberly Schumacher (1989), TWN Chair, for the photograph at the top of this edition of the newsletter.

The next Trinity Women’s Network event will be held during the week begin 4 March 2019, to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March, so do please save the date. Further details will follow but in the meantime please do keep up-to-date with the Network’s activities via their Facebook page.

Professor Joan Lasenby (1978) delivered the third lecture in the Women of Trinity Lecture Series entitled ‘Geometry in Engineering’ on 28 November. Professor Lasenby was among the first Trinity female undergraduate cohort of 1978, and she was elected a Fellow of Trinity in 2001. She is Director of Studies in Engineering at Trinity, and Professor of Image and Signal Analysis at Cambridge. Her lecture considered the range of applications of geometry including computer vision, computer graphics and structural engineering. You can read about her particular interest in geometric algebra in an interview on the website. Read.

Trinity Members Online (TMO) has now been launched to all alumni for whom we have an email address, and we’re delighted that over 1500 people have signed up already. If you haven’t already registered with TMO to take advantage of the host of features including alumni search and messaging, event information, and synching with your LinkedIn profile, please do sign up today via the homepage  – it’s the perfect way to keep connected to the College and to one another.

On 22 November over 100 alumni enjoyed a private view of the Royal Academy of Art’s ‘Oceania’ exhibition, which marks 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific and celebrates ‘the dazzling and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary.’  Professor Nicholas Thomas (e2006) joined the occasion to explain the involvement of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and point out the pieces that were loaned from Trinity’s collection. We were delighted that so many alumni were able join us for such a special opportunity.

If you have not yet seen the stunning exhibition, ‘Oceania’ continues at the Royal Academy until 10 December.

The latest edition of The Fountain, issue 26, is now available online and features articles including George Fortune (2014) on the 100th Anniversary of the Trinity Mathematical Society; Professor Julian Hunt (1960) marks the centenary of the end of the First World War; Professor Adrian Poole (1967) interviews the writer Ali Smith, Trinity’s first Senior Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts who joins the College in January 2019, and Trinity entrepreneurs Sonya Passi (2006), Joanna Burnett (1992), David Babington-Smith (1986) and Dr Uday Phadke (1973) share the secrets of their success and advice for aspiring innovators.

Trinity in Hong Kong is a new alumni group which welcomes current members of Trinity and alumni, and which will meet regularly. This group will not only be for alumni based in the city, but also for those passing through on business or for leisure. Founded by Tzo Tze Ang (1997), Dominic Chan (1988) and Jessie Zhang (2001), it has been established to enable alumni in the region to get together easily and to encourage networking. Please contact Trinity in Hong Kong via email at and visit their Facebook page.

Kit Hildyard (2009) is External Relations and Outreach Manager for the India Art Fair, which takes place annually in Delhi and celebrates modern and contemporary art from South Asia. The programme for the 2019 Fair, which will take place from 31 January until 3 February, draws together galleries and artists, private foundations and arts charities, artists’ collectives, national institutions, cultural events and festivals to enable international audiences to engage in innovative ways with the cultural history and development of the region. Alumni based in the region who are interested in getting involved with the Fair, or would like to apply for VIP access to the event, are welcome to get in touch with Kit. He can be contacted directly via his email address.

The recently revived Trinity Medics’ Association (TMA), under the Chairmanship of Dr Tony Hulse (1967), will hold a TMA dinner on Saturday 30 March 2019 – please save the date.  TMA members are welcome to bring along a guest, and more details will be announced in the near future. In the meantime, do follow the TMA on Twitter @MedicsTrinity or via their Facebook page.

Dr Ronny Sandhu (2001) is founder of the Harley Street Wellness Foundation raising awareness of mental health in young people through media and social media. For more information regarding the Foundation and its activities, visit

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


Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Meeting, Tuesday 18 December. Book online.

London: Trinity College Choir Association Drinks, Tuesday 5 February, Pennethorne’s Bar, Somerset House. Details.

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

Cambridge: Trinity Medics’ Association Dinner, Saturday 30 March. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: 40 Years of Women at Trinity, Sunday 28 April. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Henley-on-Thames: Trinity Golf Day, Thursday 20 June, Huntercombe Golf Course. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 7 July. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Cambridge: TrinTalk 2019, Sunday 29 September. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Please send your achievements/news/address updates to

To unsubscribe from our monthly newsletter, please contact using the subject line: ‘Unsubscribe’.

Please note: Your details are held in accordance with our Data Protection Policy. You may change your communication preferences at any time by writing to us at the email address below, and you can opt out of electronic communication with Trinity College by emailing, using the subject line “Unsubscribe“.