November Newsletter 2020

Dame Sally Davies (e2019) has received the inaugural Nelson Mandela Prize for Health Promotion from the World Health Organization, in recognition of her ‘profound impact’ on health promotion. The Award also recognises Dame Sally’s global leadership against anti-microbial resistance – an issue she is committed to because of its potentially devastating impact on public health. ‘I’m particularly proud of the global progress we have made together on antimicrobial resistance – arguably the most significant global health threat of all – a slow-growing pandemic’. Read.


The College community has thrown itself into Trinity College Lockdown2 Sports Challenge with gusto over the past two weeks. Teams of alumni, Fellows, staff and students signed up for the competition and recorded their minutes of activity on the Strava app – whether that be running, cycling, walking the dog or dancing round the kitchen – for the chance to be a winner. Thank you to the 60+ alumni who took up the challenge, and we hope you had fun and felt the benefits too! Read.


Dame Sally Davies’ new book Whose Health Is It, Anyway?, co-authored with Dr Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, proposes a rethink of how we value our health, a redesign of the UK’s health system to include a National Care Service, and a novel funding mechanism for a ‘total health’ approach. The authors argue that re-evaluating the importance of health in society would involve changing the wider environment that shapes our health, with public and private sectors making it easier for everyone to be healthy. Read.


TRINITY ALUMNI INTERVIEWS

The ARDO team has been working on an exciting new project to capture alumni experiences and memories of their time as students, and to share the stories of their paths since they left the College, via the Trinity Alumni Interviews series. You can now watch short excerpts or read the full conversations with our thirteen intrepid interviewees on the website.

We will be expanding the series over the coming months and we would like to include alumni of all eras, from the youngest members of the alumni community to those of earlier vintages! So if reading their words inspires you to share your favourite Trinity memory, or to offer our current students a pearl or two of wisdom, please do get in touch at alumni-events@trin.cam.ac.uk.


ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

Dear All,

As we near the end of what has been a far from normal term at Trinity, and as we enter the season of Advent, we are sorry that we were not able to have an Advent Carol Service in Chapel this year.

In normal circumstances we are delighted to welcome a large number of the College community, and many of you may have attended during your time at Trinity. It is a great sadness that it wasn’t possible this year.

We hope that you might like to maintain the tradition by watching last year’s service, which can be found on the link below, and that this will be a good way to begin the season of Advent from the comfort of your homes. Watch.

With all best wishes,

Michael Banner (2006) 

Dean of Chapel, and Fellow for Alumni Relations and Development  


In an exciting development to the annual sporting calendar, it was recently announced that the 2021 Boat Race will be raced in Ely. Goldie Cox, Charlie Marcus (2018) said, ‘I’m very excited for the Boat Race to be held at Ely this year. I hope to be selected for the men’s Blue Boat this season, just as I was in 2020. Of course I would have loved to be able to race on the historic Championship course between Putney and Mortlake, but I’m sure racing at Ely will be equally as special. The rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge’s Boat Clubs is so strong that I have no doubts the race will be any less competitive. With the race course being a straight line, rather than having three large bends, it will be a straight drag race from start to finish over 5km. We hope to use every inch of our knowledge of our home water to our advantage in the race against Oxford in April.’ Read.


Don’t miss a special Cambridge Literary Festival event with Jonathan Coe (1980) on Wednesday 9 December at 7pm. Jonathan will be in conversation with writer and broadcaster Alex Clark about his latest novel Mr Wilder and Me. Book.


Do join Trinity in Japan in central Tokyo for their year end get together on Friday 18 December from 6pm. Full details are available on their website, and please register by Friday 11 December at the latest. Register.


Richard Osman’s (1989) best-selling debut novel The Thursday Murder Club has been named WH Smith’s Book of the Year 2020. November has been quite the month for Richard, with his BBC television show House of Games moving to primetime on a Friday night and a milestone birthday to celebrate! Read.


Isabel Adomakoh Young (2012) takes on the role of Mrs Smith in Audible’s new dramatisation of Persuasion, also featuring Claire Foy, Florence Pugh and Emma Thompson. Listen.


ALUMNI BOOKSHELF

If you have a recent or forthcoming book, blog or article, podcast or production, and you haven’t shared the details with us yet, please get in touch.


ANNUAL GATHERINGS 2021

We hope to welcome back alumni from the matriculation years listed below for their Annual Gatherings in 2021. Please note that the dates are subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic:

  • 1996, 1997, 1998: Saturday 17 July 2021
  • 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971: Wednesday 21 July 2021
  • 2008, 2009, 2010: Saturday 11 September 2021
  • 1965, 1966, 1967: Wednesday 15 September 2021

If you have any queries please get in touch with the events team: alumni-events@trin.cam.ac.uk.


The Institute of Continuing Education is offering all alumni a special concessionary rate of £99 for their Virtual Winter Festival of Learning, which will be running from 18-29 January 2021 and with a full listing of over 50 courses and 30 Open Talks on subjects across the spectrum. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please complete the booking form on their website. You will be prompted to enter your  CAMcard number, and the concessionary rate page will appear. Details.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – EVENTS OPEN TO ALL ALUMNI

  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Meeting – Friday 18 December, 6pm. Please register by 11 December. REGISTER.
  • Online: Trinity Research Talk – ‘Quantum Light from Atomically Thin Materials’ with Dr Hannah Stern (e2017), Thursday 3 December, 1-2pm. REGISTER.
  • Online: Trinity Research Talk – ‘Structure Versus Randomness: A Dichotomy in Number Theory’ with Dr Aled Walker (2010), Thursday 25 February. SAVE THE DATE.

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.


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