November Newsletter 2019

Congratulations to the team of Cambridge PhD researchers, inventors from IsoChemiX, and industry experts building a unique anti-counterfeit technology to combat fake goods and components who won the 2019 Trinity Bradfield Prize. IsoTagiT uses advanced molecular tags to identify counterfeits – including medical, aircraft and marine components, pharmaceutical drugs, electronic devices, designer handbags, works of art and even bank notes. Read.

Students supported by the Pilot Top-Up Bursary Scheme say the grants have transformed their experience at Cambridge, reducing worry about money matters and enabling them to make the most of every opportunity. Read.

More than 160 students attended the Black History Month Formal Hall at Downing College, jointly organised by the University African Caribbean Society (ACS) and the Black Cantabs Research Society. The President of ACS Wanipa Ndhlovu (2018) ensured that the event delivered on the Societies’ aims to educate, empower and entertain. Read.

Teams of Trinity computer science and maths students swept the board at the UK and Ireland Programming Contest (UKIEPC) 2019, in which Cambridge took nine out of the top 12 spots. Read.

Former Master of Trinity Sir Gregory Winter (1970) has been awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Sydney, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to medical science, entrepreneurship and human health. Read.

Congratulations to Davey Jose (2001), who won Best Virtual Reality Film at the London Short Series Festival for his VR short ‘Living with Spinal Cord Injury’. Davey’s film combines traditional art, film-making and VR technology to create an experimental immersive experience set in the future. Read about Davey’s work on his website.

Heartfelt thanks to Sir Antony Gormley (1968) and the Royal Academy for making possible the very special ‘Evening with Antony Gormley at the RA’ on 26 November. 300 alumni and guests enjoyed an introductory talk from Sir Antony in the Reynolds Room, before heading into the galleries to explore the interactive, career-spanning exhibition at their leisure.

Wayve, the machine-learning company co-founded by Dr Alex Kendall (2014) and Dr Amar Shah has secured $20M of funding to launch a pilot fleet of self-driving vehicles in central London. Read.

It’s your last chance to book for the Rugby Union Varsity Match on Thursday 12 December 2019 at Twickenham – the Men’s and Women’s teams will be going head to head. Book

We know that the summer seems a world away, but in 2020 we’ll be holding three Annual Gatherings for alumni who matriculated in the years listed below. We’d love to welcome you back so please put the dates in your diary!

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

Annual Gatherings are the perfect opportunity to return to the College to celebrate your time at Trinity, and to share your news and achievements with friends old and new. You are invited to return for an afternoon and evening of events including afternoon tea, Evensong, a drinks reception including a recreation of your matriculation photo, and a special Dinner in Hall. You are welcome to book a room in College so that you can stay overnight and make the most of your Trinity time, whether that’s enjoying drinks in the Bar with friends or putting your punting prowess to the test.

Invitations and full details will be sent to the special matriculation years in the new year – we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!

Save the date – The 154th Trinity Ball will be held on 17 June 2020. Full details will follow in the new year, but until then you can keep an eye on the website.


Tributes have been paid to third year physicist Mihajlo Sporić (2017) who passed away earlier this month. A memorial service for Mihajlo will be held at Trinity on 18 January 2020. Read.

Dr Antti Matikkala, FRHistS, FSA (2004), of Helsinki, passed away unexpectedly on 9 January 2019. Dr Ambrogio Caiani of the University of Kent asked us to share the following invitation to Dr Matikkala’s memorial service on Sunday 12 January 2020 at Trinity with alumni.

‘Antti was a very fine scholar of early modern England and Europe, not to mention an incorrigible anglophile and wonderful human being. His friends are organising a memorial service in Trinity College Chapel, to celebrate his scholarship and life, which will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 12 January 2020, from 2.30pm. Professor John Morrill, FBA and Mr Wilhelm Brummer will be speaking to remember and honour our friend who passed away far too young, and refreshments will be provided in the Allhusen Room after the service where we can continue to remember Antti. I would be grateful if you could put the date in your diaries and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kindest wishes,
Dr Ambrogio A. Caiani, FHEA, FRHistS, FSA, Senior Lecturer Modern European History, University of Kent.


If you’re stuck for gift ideas, why not stuff a stocking with one of these treats by Trinity talent?

If you are the author of a recent or forthcoming book and you haven’t shared the details with us yet, please get in touch.

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


  • Twickenham: Varsity Rugby Match, Thursday 12 December 2019. Register online.
  • London: TBCA Distinguished Speaker Series, Tuesday 28 January 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • London: TEA Meeting, Monday 24 February 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: Medics’ Association Dinner, Saturday 28 March 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: Trinity May Ball 15 June 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Newmarket: Trinity Golf Day, Thursday 25 June 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 5 July 2020. SAVE THE DATE.

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