TEA Lent Term Meeting, Monday 27 February


The TEA Lent Term Meeting will take place on Monday 27 February in the Master’s lodge, from 5pm.

The evening will start with our Mentoring Session where you will have the opportunity to meet current Trinity Engineering students, to answer their questions, offer guidance, and provide advice.

This will be followed by a debate on the theme of:

This house believes engineers should follow an engineering career: ‘Seduced by the City or Engineered to Perfection?’

We will be contrasting careers within the engineering profession and other careers available to engineers, many of these being in finance and the City of London. The speakers will include both younger graduates and highly experienced alumni, practising engineering and non-engineering careers.


JP began his career at Goldman Sachs before moving to Virgin Group where he was CFO and served as a director on a number of the Group’s boards. He currently serves as the COO at the private equity firm Eight Roads.

William Cramer is a senior consultant engineer at The Technology Partnership plc. His product development engineering experience is very broad; running multi-million pound product and technology developments for everything from blue chip companies to venture-funded start ups, in fields as diverse as medical devices, consumer products, industrial automation and digital printing.

26 years at ICI in Engineering design: Ammonia and Methanol Plants and two phase flow, Plant Management – million tonnes pa fertilizer production, Research Management – Managing ICI’s Heterogeneous Catalysis Research, Group Process Engineering Manager : functional head of ICI’s Process Design, Tioxide Product and Process Development manager for 9 plants around the world, Vice President R&D Flavours and Food Ingredients for ICI, helped to float a biofuels company on the AIM market, Senior Innovation Advisor DTI (Whitehall), Research on Geoengineering, and stratospheric platforms.

Nick South is a Senior Associate and a UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT patents department. Nick deals with patent issues across a wide range of areas, including plasma displays, interactive television, overhead power cables and medical instruments.


5:30 pm


5:45 pm

Student Mentoring Session

6:30 pm


7:30 pm

Drinks Reception in the Master’s Lodge

8:00 pm

Dinner in the Old Kitchen


The Masters Lodge

The Master’s Lodge is located opposite the Great Gate. Originally built in Elizabethan times, it was substantially altered and enlarged during Neville’s time as Master, then by Bentley (who built a notoriously expensive staircase), then re-altered by William Whewell (Master 1841-1866) and extended further under Montagu Butler (Master 1886-1918).

The Lodge features a Tudor drawing room, with a gold embossed ceiling and an ornamented fireplace showing the arms of Queen Elizabeth.