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Black History Month 2021 at Trinity features a compelling exhibition of photographic portraits of students and their testimonies, alongside a new film by Sonum Sumaria (2008). The theme this year is Community, and award-winning photographer Henry Kamara has created portraits of undergraduates and postgraduates of African and/or Caribbean heritage new to Trinity, building on last year’s creative work for Black History Month. Read.

Dr Bo Eyole (2004), Principal Research engineer at Arm and former Trinity Junior Research Fellow, launches First Person – the new College interview series with students, staff, Fellows and alumni. Dr Eyole speaks to Professor Frank Stajano (e2015) about his journey from Cameroon to Liverpool, to Trinity and a high-tech career in Cambridge. Read.

Following the recent publication of his memoir, Home in the World, former Master of Trinity and Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen (1953) spoke at the Cambridge Literary Festival on 12 October. In a feature on the College website, history and politics student Sara Saloo (2019) reflects on his book: ‘The complexity of Professor Sen’s journey serves as a brilliant reminder of the interconnectedness of academic disciplines, and of the world.’ Read.


Amanda North and her fellow members of the inaugural Ladies’ First and Third Boat Club crew 1978-79 returned to the river on Saturday 23 October for a very special occasion – the launch of the new women’s racing eight ‘Amanda’, which the crew has given to the First and Third Trinity Boat Club. As you will see from the fantastic action shot at the top of this page, they took to the Cam once more to put the sleek new addition through her paces. Thanks to the generosity of Claire Allen, Jane Corbett, Joan Lasenby, Pippa Latham-French, Janet Lefroy, Jacqueline Lindgren, Amanda North, Harriet Scorer, and Margaret Spillane (all 1978), the Club can continue to offer the best possible equipment to enable more Trinity women to row.

On Saturday 23 October a favourite fixture in the Trinity calendar made a welcome return as eager students grabbed the chance to try and beat the clock and win the Great Court Run 2021. Cheered on by a lively crowd of spectators, first year engineering student Harry Antill (2021) and second year NatSci Julianna Nowaczek (2020) were the first to make it past the finish line.


There are many events to enjoy this Michaelmas Term and beyond (see the complete listing at the bottom of the page and on the website) but here are a few highlights in store over the coming weeks.

All Souls’ Day Musical Meditation – 2 November

As a special Musical Meditation for All Souls’ Day, the Choir will sing the Brahms Requiem in Chapel at 9pm on Tuesday 2 November. The occasion is an opportunity for the Trinity community to remember those who have died and been affected by the pandemic. Please do watch the event, which will be broadcast live on the Choir’s YouTube channel. Watch.

2021 Trinity Bradfield Prize Award Evening – 23 November

You can meet the finalists of this year’s Trinity Bradfield Prize, listen to their pitches and discover who will win the science and technology competition by joining the 2021 Prize Award Evening on Tuesday 23 November from 6pm. There are limited tickets to attend the evening in person at The Bradfield Centre, plus tickets to watch the live stream of the event. Register.

Alumni Carol Service – 6 December

Join us at Temple Church, London on Monday 6 December at 7.30pm for the Alumni Carol Service, which will be led by College Chaplain, the Revd. John Summers, with the choir assembled from Trinity College Choir Association members. The service will be followed by a reception with mince pies and sparkling wine.

Please note that due to the popularity of the event, tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and bookings are limited to five tickets per Trinity member. So snap up your places soon! Register.

A farewell to R? A study co-authored by Paul Kattuman (1988), Professor in Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School, and Andrew Harvey, suggests it’s time for a ‘farewell to R’, the reproduction number and growth rate which has been used to track the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, in favour of a different approach based on the growth rate of infection rather than its contagiousness. The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface and led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, is based on time-series models developed using classical statistical methods. Read.


The College Archivists preserve and collect records documenting and illustrating the history of Trinity and the lives of its members, and they are keen to hear from alumni who have records which they would be happy to donate to the College for permanent preservation.

They are interested in a wide range of material, particularly items which help to illustrate the everyday life of Fellows and students: photographs of rooms, sports, performances, trips, and social occasions; club and society records, such as minute books, membership lists, and scorecards; letters, diaries, reminiscences, and cuttings; posters, films, and recordings.

Items kindly offered occasionally have to be declined due to space restrictions, but if you have items you think might be of interest, please email (the preferred option) or call +44 (0)1223 338488.


  • Gregory Leadbetter (1993) – Balanuve, published by Broken Sleep Books, 31 October 2021.

Congratulations to Victoria Dowd (1990) who has been shortlisted in the People’s Book Prize 2021/22 Fiction Category for Body on the Island, published by Joffe Books, February 2021.

What does this winter’s flu season have in store, and how worried should we be? Julia Gog (1994), Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Faculty of Mathematics, and fellow Cambridge experts share their thoughts in an article on the University website. Read.

Congratulations to students Maja Trela (2018) and Kacper Walentynowicz (2018) who were members of the team who jointly took the silver medal at the World Finals of the 44th International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC) in Moscow. The team competed against 116 other entrants from institutions around the world, and took the silver jointly with three other teams. Read.


  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan: Dinner Meeting, Friday 5 November, 5pm. REGISTER.
  • Trinity: Remembrance Service, Sunday 14 November. REGISTER.
  • Trinity or online: Trinity Engineers’ Michaelmas Meeting, Thursday 18 November, 6pm. REGISTER.
  • Online: Trinity in Japan: Professor Sir Simon Baron-Cohen – Austism, Friday 19 November, 10.15am GMT/ 7.15 pm Tokyo time. REGISTER.
  • London: Alumni Carol Service, Temple Church, Monday 6 December. REGISTER.
  • Online: Trinity in Japan: Professor JC de Swaan – Seeking Virtue in Finance: Contributing to Society in a Conflicted Industry, Thursday 9 December, 12am GMT/9am Tokyo time. REGISTER.   
  • Online: Trinity in Japan: Professor Mikael Adolphson – Japan’s Medieval Economic Miracle, Thursday 16 December, 10am GMT/7pm Tokyo time  REGISTER
  • Online: Trinity in Japan: Dr Emily Shuckburgh – Cambridge Zero and working towards a zero carbon emission world, Thursday 27 January, 9.15am GMT/6.15pm Tokyo time. REGISTER.
  • Trinity: Trinity Law Association Dinner, Saturday 12 March 6pm. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Trinity: Trinity Medics’ Dinner, Saturday 19 March. SAVE THE DATE.

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Header image: The inaugural Ladies’ First and Third crew of 1978-79 take to the water together again in ‘Amanda’. © David Johnson

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