Homerton College News

The Principal with some of the PPE supplies
15/09/2020 - 14:45

As the University closed down its usual functions in mid-March, and hospitals prepared for a potential influx of Covid patients, Homerton swapped students for scrubs, becoming the site of an impressive PPE distribution point.

While our proximity to Addenbrooke’s Hospital meant that we were ideally placed to offer support, it wasn’t initially clear what form this might take.

“At first, it was thought that Addenbrooke’s might be overwhelmed, so we offered to provide accommodation...

public health campaign launched by Cambridge University
25/08/2020 - 14:09

The University launched its 'Stay Safe Cambridge Uni' campaign yesterday with an introductory video from the Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope. The campaign provides guidance on how members of the College community can protect themselves and others whilst living and studying in Cambridge during the current pandemic.  Further information on the campaign and the safety measures in place, can be found on the dedicated Stay Safe Cambridge Uni webpage.

18/08/2020 - 17:31

Homerton College, Cambridge has appointed Oxford-based poet Mariah Whelan as its inaugural Poet-in-Residence, a role which is believed to be a first for any Cambridge college.

The position is generously funded by Dr Norman Bardsley, in memory of his wife, Jacqueline, who attended Homerton from 1960-62. Mrs Bardsley, who died last year, was a lifelong writer and lover of poetry, and was actively involved in several poetry societies near her home in California.

“Homerton has a...

18/08/2020 - 14:08

Ofqual announced yesterday that Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs), rather than moderated grades, will be used in the award of A levels and AS levels this year. This is a positive development and will allow Homerton to welcome a greater number of qualified applicants.

Before this decision was taken, we had already taken steps to ensure a socio-economically diverse intake, and had easily met our targets for widening participation and diversity. We will publish detailed statistics on this...

15/08/2020 - 20:26

We recognise that this year's admissions round has been exceptionally challenging. In assessing candidates whose results do not meet their offers, we have taken into account many factors, including relative disadvantage. 

While there are physical limitations to how many students we are able to accept, we have been as flexible as possible in granting places. Homerton has a proudly diverse student body, and this year's intake is no exception to that. 

Admissions staff will be in...

Professor Geoff Ward and Dr Penny Barton toast 2020 leavers
07/08/2020 - 09:24

On Saturday 18 July, students marking the end of their BA and PGCE qualifications gathered, not at Homerton, but in their homes around the country and the wider world, via Zoom. They were joined by the Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, and Senior Tutor Dr Penny Barton, who were in College to mark what should have been graduation day for many departing students. 

Professor Ward and Dr Barton gave speeches which acknowledged both the students' achievement (the best set of undergraduate...

06/06/2020 - 10:16

The Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, has written to all Homerton students today (6 June 2020) in response to the death of George Floyd and subsequent events both in the United States and internationally.

We know that our Black students, and all those who love and support them, have been greatly affected by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the Black Lives Matter movement to make sure that his death is not ignored. We have all been profoundly distressed by these events....

20/05/2020 - 17:52

The following statement from the heads of all 31 Cambridge Colleges was published in The Times on Friday 22nd May: 

As heads of Cambridge Colleges we have been concerned in recent days to see headlines around the world making the claim that Cambridge will be moving entirely online next year. These claims have caused unnecessary alarm to students and our wider community. We are a collegiate University, and our strength is that so much student activity takes place in Colleges, from...

Professor Ravi Gupta
10/03/2020 - 11:29

Professor Ravindra (Ravi) Gupta joined Homerton as a Professorial Fellow in October 2019, in the wake of mass media interest. As the scientist responsible for the second ever case of a patient being effectively ‘cured’ of the HIV virus, 12 years after the first, he was in demand as an interviewee everywhere from Radio 4’s Today programme to the New York Times. This March, as the individual so far known only as ‘the London patient’ reveals his identity as 40-year-old Adam Castillejo, Ravi is...

14/02/2020 - 14:23

Booking opens today for the Philippa Pearce Lecture, to be held on Thursday, 26 March. The event is a hugely popular fixture of the Homerton calendar, which this year celebrates the centenary of Philippa Pearce’s birth.

We are delighted that Geraldine McCaughrean has agreed to give the Centenary Lecture, entitled 100 Years of Gratitude. The acclaimed author of more than 170 books for all ages from toddlers to adults, her work has been published in over 50 countries. Perhaps best known...

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