Homerton College News

Photo: Homerton College picnicers
25/06/2013 - 13:43

For a third year Homerton College has hosted its Family Day with around 150 alumni and their families joining in with games and activities, and picnicking on the lawn.

Kate Pretty, Principal, and Peter Warner, Senior Tutor, were hands-on with an archaeology workshop which proved very popular, as were the crafts and dissecting owl pellets.  Children also had the opportunity to take part in some sporting activities, procure some lovely arm art, guess the name of the Homerton Teddy and...

Photo: a midsummer nights dream actor
13/06/2013 - 11:01

This year for the first time, Homerton College has been chosen as one of the venues for the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.  The production we are hosting is 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to be performed every evening between 29th July and 17th August in our beautiful gardens that will form the perfect setting for Shakespeare’s delightful fairy-tale world of love, jealousy and youthful exuberance. This captivating production brings to life all the magic and humour of Shakespeare’s best-loved...

Photo: Homerton College Earth Scientists at the Malvern hills.
23/05/2013 - 12:10

On a rather nippy May morning Homerton College Earth Scientists sallied forth to the Malvern Hills on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire borders. The purpose of the trip was to provide a stimulating revision experience as an alternative to the sometimes, relentless process of more formal examination preparation strategies.

The students had the opportunity to brush-up their igneous and sedimentary rock description and identification skills, to pull together many of the elements of the ‘...

Photo: Homerton College Student Football team
13/05/2013 - 12:16

Who would have guessed that Homerton College was instrumental in the founding of one of England's most famous football clubs?  Of course the link is clear enough when you know that Homerton was based in Homerton High Street, London, before 1894 and that Leyton Orient was previously called Clapton Orient.

The key period for the foundation of Leyton Orient comes in 1881 when members of the College established the Glyn Cricket Club.  The name of Glyn's Bank was synonymous with cricket at...

Photo: David Onac
09/05/2013 - 10:35

Since reading music at Homerton College, Cambridge from 2002-2005, David Ӧnaç has focussed on composition.  He remained at Homerton for an additional year to complete an M.Phil in Composition (with Robin Holloway, 2005-6), then completed an MMUS in Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music (with Adam Gorb, 2006-7) and has recently completed his Ph.D in Composition at the University of Manchester (with Camden Reeves). 

Pieces written during David’s compositional studies have...

Photo: Penny Barton
03/05/2013 - 10:07

Dr Penny Barton has been Graduate Tutor at Homerton since 2002. She has been instrumental in taking forward the rapid expansion of our diverse Higher Degree student body, created from small beginnings in 2001, as well as to act as Tutor for the Higher Degree students, and Director of Studies for first year Physical Sciences undergraduates.

She is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences, specialising in seismic imaging of the interior of the Earth's crust and...

Photo: Runners
03/04/2013 - 09:26

Gavin Garland is a 3rd year PhD student here at Homerton but Gavin’s story started when he was a child growing up in Coventry.  At the age of 15 Gavin was diagnosed with a malignant cancer, a B-cell lymphoma, which progressed rapidly spreading to lymph nodes within his neck.

Following remission at the age of 16 he returned to school and, after much hard work, gained a place to study for a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology at Durham University.  During this time Gavin spent a summer at the...

Photo: allotments
26/03/2013 - 09:54

Homerton College Allotment Society was set up in October 2011 by the Homerton Union of Students then Environmental Officer, Heather Plumpton.  From humble beginnings in a greenhouse on college grounds it has now expanded and is currently based on Holbrook Road where an allotment plot is rented from the Rock Allotment Society.

The site had been neglected for several years so many a long hour has been spent ploughing, weeding and clearing.  In true ‘good life’ fashion old desks and...

Image: fluorescent spray that can detect early oesophageal cancer
14/03/2013 - 10:52

Dr André Neves, Director of Studies in Biological Sciences and Fellow of Homerton College has been working with a group of gastroenterologists to develop a fluorescent dye spray which sticks to healthy cells in the oesophagus (food pipe) but cannot attach itself to cancer cells or those in the early stages of turning cancerous.

The disease, which killed Morse star John Thaw, is one of the most deadly cancers because it is often wrongly diagnosed and can remain undetected meaning many...

Photo: Cheerleaders
07/03/2013 - 12:46

Cheerleading is taking off at Cambridge University and with 6 Homerton girls making up the 27 members of the Cambridge University squad we have something to shout about!  Homerton has provided each of its cheerleading students with funding towards the cost of their uniforms which they are now wearing with pride.  Cambridge Cougars have won several competitions in the past and frequently rank highly.  Their most recent competition saw them placed 2nd out of 24 teams at All Girl Level 2, a...