September Newsletter 2018

David-Louis Clemetson (1912), the first black British Army officer features in the University’s First World War centenary film, and is also included in a new exhibition Black Cantabs: History Makers at the University Library, from 1 October to 22 December 2018. Sarah Lusack (2012) returned to College to find out more about the Jamaican student and soldier, and to present the video about his extraordinary story. Read.

Tributes have been paid to Sir James Mirrlees (1936-2018), Fellow of Trinity College and Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge. A Nobel Prize winner, who also taught at Oxford and in America, Sir James played an important role at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Read.

On 22 September the Department of Earth Sciences hosted a one-day conference at College entitled ‘Sedgwick 200: the Sedgwick Bicentenary Meeting. Earth Sciences in the 21st Century and Beyond’, to mark the 200th anniversary of Adam Sedgwick’s election to the Woodwardian Chair of Geology, and the start of his illustrious geological career.

A slate of internationally-known speakers provided a picture of Earth Sciences today, covering the way life interacts and shapes the Earth, how we might avert disaster when the next volcano erupts or when earthquakes strike, and ended with our exploration of Mars and the search for extra-terrestrial life. Read.

The Cambridge-Oxford Alumni Club of Hungary enjoyed their inaugural dinner on 13 September, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. The sell-out event was the perfect occasion to launch the new group, which was only established this summer but has already reached an impressive 280 members. The Club Committee includes Honorary President Professor Béla Bollobás (e1970), and Z. Elemér Gidófalvy (1990) and Péter Juhász (2014). To learn more about the Club please visit their website, or follow them on Facebook. You can also sign up to their mailing list for news of all activities and plans.

Congratulations to Professor Judith Driscoll (e2005), Professor of Materials Science, who joins 49 other leading engineers as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, in recognition of her outstanding and continuing contribution to the profession. Prof. Driscoll was also recently awarded the RAEng Armourers and Brasiers Prize for innovating nano-structured superconducting thin films. Read.

On 15 September College welcomed back alumni from 1978, 1979 and 1980 for their Annual Gathering. It was particularly special to mark the 40th Anniversary of the first cohort of undergraduate women, and it was wonderful that so many of the pioneering group returned to celebrate!

Afternoon tea in Nevile’s Court was followed by an update on College and its latest developments and activities from Dr Michael Banner (e2006) and other members of the Senior Fellowship. Chapel was packed out for Choral Evensong, before everyone enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and a group photo on the Hall steps.

During a memorable dinner, the College was toasted by Louise Piper (1980) who discussed the enrichment women had brought to Trinity since the era of ‘double denim, Swap Shop and Bananarama’, and the impact they have had in all arenas: ‘Granting equal access to the top college (arguably) at one of the world’s best universities has changed lives – both of the women who were given the opportunity to study here, and the people whose lives they have influenced.’ Post-dinner drinks, discussion and celebration carried on well into the wee small hours.

Congratulations to Yufei Zhao (2010), who won the MIT School of Science’s Future of Science Award over the summer, for his research contribution to the field of combinatorics, in addition to his mentorship and outreach activities. You can read about his research and the ‘beauty’ of mathematics in a recent interview. Read.

College hosted this year’s TrinTalk on 23 September on the theme of ‘Aspects of Global Security’. Professor Sir David Baulcombe FRS (e2009), Alistair Morgan (1976), Dr Glen Rangwala (1993), and Amy Smith (1984) explored four of the key threats to world stability today – food security; North Korea; the Middle East, and cyber security – the nature of these threats, the potential consequences for humanity, and how these challenges could best be addressed. Thank you to everyone who braved the rain to join us for the occasion!

The medals keep on coming for the unstoppable Imogen Grant (2014), who won a Bronze on the first day of the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plodiv, Bulgaria, adding yet another incredible achievement to what has already been a stellar year. Read.

Christine Pungong, CUSU/GU Welfare & Rights Officer is partnering with the CUSU Women’s Campaign on the ‘Our Streets’ project, creating a psychogeographical map to visualise and geo-locate feminist histories, memories, friendships and experiences in relation to physical space. Alumni are invited to contribute to the survey: and if you are interested in getting involved with the project please contact Christine at

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Cambridge: ‘Brexit as a Revolution’ with Sir Mark Ivan Rogers KCMG, former UK Permanent Representative to the European Union, Wednesday 10 October, 5.30pm. No booking required, tickets on a first come, first served basis. Read.

London: TBCA Drinks and Networking, Wednesday 17 October, at The Anthologist, EC2V 7BB. Tickets available online. 

Cambridge: TEA Thinking Big in Engineering, Thursday 18 October, Trinity College. Tickets available online.

London: TBCA Distinguished Speaker Series, Tuesday 30 October, with Tim Steiner, CEO, Ocado. SAVE THE DATE – booking details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

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. Please email for further information.

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

London: Alumni Carol Service. Monday 3rd December. SAVE THE DATE.

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

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