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Target Oxbridge and the College are collaborating on a new programme designed to encourage and inspire more 14 and 15 year olds of black heritage to apply to leading universities, and to help them to gain places. The unique programme features webinars with Trinity academics and students, and Target Oxbridge alumni sharing their experience and advice with Year 10 black British students who are considering university. Read.

Two Trinity Fellows have been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours: Professor Simon Baron-Cohen (e1995) has been knighted ‘for services to Autism Research and Autistic People’ and Professor Valerie Gibson (e1994) has been made OBE ‘for services to Science, Women in Science and Public Engagement.’ Read.


Congratulations to all of our alumni who were recognised for their achievements and contributions to society in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

  • Ms Hannah Barry (2001), Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Contemporary Art in London.
  • Dr Nicholas Coni (1955), Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to Education for Older People.
  • Dame Jo da Silva (1985), Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Engineering and International, Sustainable Development.
  • Mr Brian Davidson (1982), Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to British Foreign Policy.
  • Professor Carlton Evans (1993), Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Global Health.
  • Mr Daniel Greenberg (1983), Companion of the Order of the Bath for services to Parliament.
  • Mr Stephen Patterson (1982), Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
  • Mr Bruce Powell (1968), Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Education.
  • Dr Lynn Sloman (1981), Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to Transport.
  • Professor Huw Thomas (1976), Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
  • Mr Peter Troughton (1966), Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

‘Amidst COVID fatigue, zoom fatigue, and probably bread baking fatigue, running has taught me to get back into my body (rather than go out of my mind) and forced me to set and achieve discrete goals.’ In the final piece in the Reflections series, third-year PhD student in Theology and Religious Studies Thomas Graff (2017) reflects on how the pandemic has reawakened his interest in runningRead.


We are deeply saddened to have to report the passing of the following members of the College Fellowship. Our thoughts are with their families, friends, and former students.

  • Dr Neil Hopkinson (e1983), 1957-2021 – Trinity Fellow in Classics. Read.
  • Professor Sir Peter Julius Lachmann FRCP FRCPath FRS FMedSci, 1931-2020 – Honorary Fellow of Trinity, and Fellow of Christ’s College. Read.
  • Lord Garry Runciman (1955), 1934-2020 – Trinity Fellow in Sociology. Read.
  • Dr David Washbrook (1966), 1948-2021 –  Trinity Fellow in South Asian History. Read.


On Tuesday 22 December, we were delighted to launch our latest alumni group, Trinity in New York, with an evening of conversation with Stephen Layton MBE (e2006) and featuring music from the Trinity College Choir. More than 25 alumni based in the tri-state area joined us online for Stephen’s talk, which focused on three pieces recorded by the Choir – The Advent Responsary (Richard Marlow), The Holy Boy (John Ireland) and Silent Night (arr. Jonathan Rathbone), interspersed with discussion on how the Choir had fared during the pandemic and what changes had been necessary to enable COVID-secure singing to continue. We are tremendously grateful to Stephen and The Trinity in New York Committee, and it was  a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the festivities.

Trinity in New York aims to bring together alumni based in the broader tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), as well as alumni who might be travelling through New York, via regular social events and visits from Trinity Fellows (once travel restrictions permit). If you wish to join the group, have ideas for events and initiatives or are interested in joining the Committee please get in touch with the Alumni Office.

Trinity is piloting a Year 12 mentoring scheme in response to COVID-19 that is designed to combat the negative consequences of the pandemic on pupils’ learning, and to compensate for support they could have missed out on while preparing them for the next stages in their education. The pilot scheme launches on 9 March, and offers 20 places to less-advantaged students with a strong academic record. The students will have the opportunity to participate in a series of online mentoring sessions and to complete assignments that will enhance their curriculum knowledge and understanding of the Cambridge application process. Read.

Dr Rupert Beale (1996), group leader of the Cell Biology of Infection Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute, is co-project lead of a new national research project to study the effects of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. The research is part of the ‘G2P-UK’ National Virology Consortium, which was launched on 15 January with £2.5 million of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The Consortium brings together leading virologists from 10 UK research institutions to study new mutations in the virus. Read.

New research from lead author and Mechanical Engineering Research Fellow at Imperial College, Dr Antonis Sergis (2005), and King’s College London has found that the aerosol spread of COVID-19 during dental procedures could be reduced by using slower drills. The results have been published in the Journal of Dental Research and are already being included as evidence in guides for dental practices in the UK during the pandemic. Read

If you’re in need of something inspiring for your winter watchlist this weekend, don’t miss the film ‘Nevergreen’, exploring the life and work of scientist, writer and ecologist Rachel Carson, by Callum Hale-Thomson (2014), Gus Mitchell (2014) and Eloise Poulton (2014). Shot during the UK lockdown in December 2020, it takes place between Hampstead Heath, an artist’s studio, and Carson’s bedroom. ‘Nevergreen’ explores Carson’s relationship with nature, driven by wonder and curiosity, and asks us: in what kind of world would we like to live? The film is running until 22 February as part of the Living Record Festival – a celebration of digital media created by over 40 independent artists and theatre companies from across the world. Watch.

Alumni in the Tokyo area are invited to join Trinity in Japan for their next meeting on Friday 26 February 2021 at 6pm, when they will be joined by Professor Dame Sarah Worthington QC (Hon) for a discussion via videolink. In 2011, Dame Sarah moved to Cambridge as Downing Professor of the Laws of England at Cambridge University, and she founded the Cambridge Private Law Centre where she is also Director. Dame Sarah was elected Fellow of Trinity in 2011. Her focus is private law – company law, commercial law and equity.  Full details of the event are available on the website, and please register by Friday 19 February at the latest. Register.

Congratulations to Dr Kwasi Kwarteng (1993), who has been appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and to Dr Susan Acland-Hood (1995), who has been appointed Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education.


  • Mel Giedroyc (1987) The Best Things, published by Headline Review, 1 April 2021.  We wish Mel the best of luck for the launch of her new series ‘Unforgiveable’ starting on Tuesday 2 February  at 10pm on Dave. Sneak preview.
  • Dilwyn Jones (1973)The Web Handling Handbook, co-authored with David R. Roisum & Timothy J. Walker, published by DEStech Publications Inc, November 2020.
  • Alex Michaelides (1996) – The Maidens, published by Celadon, 1 June 2021.

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.


  • Online: Trinity Research Talk – ‘Structure Versus Randomness: A Dichotomy in Number Theory’ with Dr Aled Walker (2010), Thursday 25 February. REGISTER.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan Meeting with Dame Sarah Worthington QC (Hon) (e2011) – Friday 26  February 2021, 6pm. Please register by 19 February. REGISTER.
  • Online: Trinity Research Talk – ‘Shaping Richard III After Shakespeare’ with Dr Jitka Štollová (2013), Thursday 18 March, 6pm. REGISTER.
  • Online: Trinity Research Talk – ‘Atoms, Molecules and Bonds Vibrations Coupling to Light’ with Dr Rohit Chikkaraddy (e2018), Wednesday 24 March. REGISTER.

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