September Newsletter 2016

The autumn TLA meeting on Thursday 10 November at the offices of Shepherd & Wedderburn (St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AL), chaired by (Mrs Justice) Sue Carr (1983), will explore the theme of Gender Diversity in the Legal Professions. The panel will discuss such questions as: Why has only one woman reached our Supreme Court, and does it matter? How are and how should firms and chambers be dealing with the challenge of gender targets (including the gender pay gap)? How can we achieve the right work/life balance for working parents and carers (of whatever gender and relationship status), and what are firms and chambers doing to facilitate this? Booking is available online.

The Alumni Carol Service will take place at St Sepulchre’s in London on Monday 5 December from 7pm. Booking is available online.

We were delighted that over 500 alumni from around the world streamed TrinTalk: Art & Fear live on Sunday 25 Septmeber. Videos of the talks will shortly be available on the alumni website.


A hitherto unknown collection of 53 letters from the poet AE Housman (e1911) shed new light on his final years at Trinity.

Dr Harriet Scorer (1978), a former gynaecologist and a mother of three who suffers from a rare blood cancer, has been denied a life-saving stem cell transplant because the NHS may be forced to pay for a drug that protects healthy people against HIV. Please click here to sign the petition to instruct NHS England to reverse their ban on stem cell transplantation.

Professor Stephen Toope (1983) has been nominated as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

Trinity is supporting The Villiers Park Educational Trust’s Scholars Programme in Swindon to help raise the educational attainment of students from lower income backgrounds and increase access to leading universities.

Whether helping an injured punter or responding to the wide range of queries from students and visitors to the College, there is never a dull moment for Trinity’s Porters. Senior Porter Kevin Atkins describes a ‘typical’ day at work.

We’re delighted to announce Bach at Trinity, a year-long celebration of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach and of the 40th anniversary of Trinity College’s Metzler organ. For more information, please visit We hope you will be able to join us!

Professor Catherine Barnard (e2008) comments on the possible risk that Brexit poses to equal pay laws.

Reprint of an interview with Vladimir Nabokov (1919) from 1964.

Lord Rees OM FRS (1960) discusses the ‘Anthropocene’ and the future of humankind.

On 6 October, Dr Gerhard Fasol (1978) will present a talk on Corporate Governance Reforms in Japan at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo.

Rebecca Watts’ (2001) first collection of poetry, ‘The Met Office Advises Caution’ was published by Carcanet on 29th September. It has been selected as a Poetry Book Society recommendation for autumn 2016.

Peter Ajak (2013), the first South Sudanese student at the University of Cambridge, has made a short documentary on ‘Wrestling for Peace’ in South Sudan.