Homerton College News

Students learn about the Physics of Flight at the Department of Engineering
16/08/2016 - 14:41

This July's Year 12 summer school at Homerton was bigger than ever before, with numbers of students doubled from previous years.  75 students from 42 different schools attended over the four days.  

The summer school is part of an array of activities at Homerton aiming to encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to consider applying to university. Most of the students came from Homerton’s link areas of Doncaster, Rotherham, and the London boroughs of Kingston, Richmond,...

The Ibberson building, dating from 1914
12/08/2016 - 11:57

The Victorian Great Hall at Homerton is one of the College’s glories, but catering in the Hall is held back by a small kitchen which will soon reach its absolute capacity, and which cannot be expanded or improved in its present location.  To meet this challenge, the College’s Governing Body has approved a plan to construct a spectacular new dining hall and kitchen next to the Arts and Crafts-style Ibberson building, and to open up the Great Hall to a wider variety of student uses.

The...

Photo: Graduate Research Day 2016
20/07/2016 - 14:10

Saturday 18th June saw the first joint Graduate Research Day between sister Colleges Homerton (Cambridge) and Harris Manchester (Oxford).

Eleven students spoke about their work in a series of academic conference-style presentations. The audience of postgrads and Fellows learnt about a diverse range of topics, loosely themed around the subject of ‘connections’, including: group modelling with spaghetti and marshmallows, legal definitions of types of sea, the genetic sequencing of...

Photo: Geoff Ward, Principal of Homerton College
30/06/2016 - 08:46

The recent EU referendum result may impact future UK policy on tuition fees, loans and bursaries, but what we know so far is that:

EU students who are already studying at Cambridge, who have an offer to study at Cambridge, or who apply to start their studies in 2017 will not be subject to the Overseas fee at any point during the course of their study, provided this continues to be permitted by UK law. The fee for those students will remain at the Home/EU rate applicable at the time (...

Photo: Ligeti Quartet. From L-R: Mandira de Saram (violin), Richard Jones (viola), Patrick Dawkins (violin), and Val Welbanks (‘cello). Photo credit: Mike Massaro
20/06/2016 - 09:35

Photo credit: Mike Massaro

The Ligeti Quartet has been named as the first holder of the Cambridge Chamber Music Residency, funded jointly by the Radcliffe Trust and Homerton College, and organised jointly between the College and the Faculty of Music.

At Homerton, the Quartet will hold the Maxwell Davies Residency - is named in honour of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Honorary Fellow of the College and former Master of the Queen’s Music, who died earlier this year. The...

Photo: Dr Thomas Leppard
14/06/2016 - 11:41

Dr Thomas Leppard has been elected to Homerton’s first Renfrew Fellowship, a post-doctoral research position appointed jointly with the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. He will take up the position in October 2016.

The Fellowship is named after Professor Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, founding Director of the McDonald Institute and former Disney Professor of Archaeology.

Dr Leppard’s research will compare archaeology on different islands to focus on broad patterns...

four Photos: Clockwise from top-left: David Campbell Bannerman MEP, Lord Richard Balfe, Dr Julian Huppert, and Stewart Jackson MP
06/06/2016 - 15:45

With just a day left in which to register to vote in the biggest decision to face the country in decades, we look back on the Homerton Union of Students’ recent debate on Brexit.

JCR President Ruth Taylor invited David Campbell Bannerman MEP and Stewart Jackson MP to speak in favour of Brexit, with Dr Julian Huppert and Lord Balfe arguing for membership of the European Union.

David Campbell Bannerman MEP kicked off proceedings, portraying the choice of the Referendum as a...

Photo: sheet music of "of long ago"
27/04/2016 - 16:31

Josh Pacey, a third year undergraduate at Clare College, has won Homerton’s inaugural composition competition with his piece Of Long Ago.

The competition was open to all students at the University of Cambridge, and the College’s own Coleman Chan’s entry was highly commended by the judging panel. Homerton’s Director of music, and convenor of the competition, Daniel Trocmé-Latter, said “this competition aimed to raise the profile of Homerton, and music at Homerton, within the wider...

Photo: From left to right: Dr Philippa Lei, Professor Geoff Ward (Principal, Homerton College), Olivia Burns (HUS JCR Women’s Officer), and Ann Cotton OBE.
21/03/2016 - 22:56

International Women’s Day was celebrated in style this year, with an evening of performances celebrating arts-based research, and a student-run seminar on girls’ education in the developing world, with stellar guest speakers.

On 8 March, JCR Women’s Officer Olivia Burns hosted a ‘feminar’ with presentations by Ann Cotton OBE and Dr Philippa Lei.  Cotton – an Honorary Fellow of Homerton - is Founder and President of Camfed, a charity which seeks to eradicate poverty in Africa through...

Photo:  Dr Agley introduced the workshop, which was sponsored by ThermoFisher Ltd.
14/03/2016 - 15:35

The genome editing technology known CRISPR/Cas9 has been hailed as one of the most profound advances of modern science, genuinely opening the possibility of eradicating many genetic diseases.

There is a long queue of researchers keen to understand it and deploy it, while the ethical and regulatory considerations are struggling to catch up. It is hoped this technique will also revolutionise possibilities for regenerative medicine and expedite the development and application of novel...

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