October newsletter 2018

Professor Sir Gregory Winter (1970) has been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018, with Professors Frances Arnold and George Smith, for his pioneering work in using phage display for the directed evolution of antibodies, with the aim of producing new pharmaceuticals. Read.

Trinity College students will plant 619 poppies in Great Court for the annual Remembrance Day service on 11 November. This year marks one hundred years since the end of the First World War and Trinity will be organising a special service of remembrance to honour those who fought for freedom. Read.

Three Cambridge PhD students and their teams have been awarded the Trinity Bradfield Prize of expert mentoring, business growth support and cash to enable them to develop their innovative ideas through to commercial application. Simon Engelke, Saikat Subhra Ghosh and Nidhin Laji’s winning proposals aim to deliver dramatically improved battery performance; cheaper and more efficient electric cars; and greater survivability in newborns undergoing heart surgery. Read.

Trinity is one of the thirteen Colleges participating in a one year pilot initiative to enhance the Cambridge Bursary Scheme, and which is designed to test if modest extra support makes a difference. Students from low and middle-income households who started undergraduate courses in October 2018 are receiving additional support. The scheme is part of a wider package of measures announced this autumn by the University, which include new scholarships, student support initiatives, and the Transitional Year Programme for bright students from less advantaged backgrounds. Read.

Join the Trinity Women’s Network on 17 November for their autumn event ‘Suffragettes: History or the Future?’ in celebration of two democratic milestones. 2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed the Act which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time, and it is also 40 years since Trinity admitted its first female undergraduates. The event includes lunch, a private view of the exhibition in the Wren Library, and a discussion chaired by Professor Boyd Hilton (e1974) – Emeritus Professor of Modern British History. Don’t miss out– bookings close on Wednesday 7 November 2018. Read.

Trinity in Hong Kong launch: an enthusiastic alumni network in Hong Kong will be meeting on a regular basis. This group will not only be for alumni based in the city, but also for those passing through on business or for leisure. The first meeting will be on Thursday 22 November. Full details can be found here.

Trinity Medics’ Association re-launch: following a quiet period in the last two years, a new committee has formed under the chairmanship of Dr Tony Hulse (1967). A provisional date for a first dinner in College has been set for Saturday 30 March 2019. Please 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.


London: TLA Leaders in the Law – The Future for Justice, Access to Justice, and the Lawyers. Thursday 8 November, Quadrant House, EC4Y 1AU. Tickets available online.

Cambridge: Remembrance Service, Sunday 11 November, Trinity College.  Tickets are limited for this event. Please email alumni-events@trin.cam.ac.uk for further information.

Cambridge: Trinity Women’s Network Lunch and Panel Discussion – Suffragettes: History or the Future?  Saturday 17 November. Tickets available online.

London: Private View, Royal Academy of Arts: Oceania, Thursday 22 November. Tickets available online.

Hong Kong: Trinity in Hong Kong launch event, Thursday 22 November, Bitters and Sweets, 1/F, Somptueux Central, 52-54 Wellington Street. Tickets available online.

London: TBCA Distinguished Speaker Series – Rob Hattrell, eBay UK, Thursday 29 November. Tickets available online.

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

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