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Photo: Homerton College hosted 47 students for this year's Summer Schools
11/08/2015 - 10:25

Homerton College hosted 47 students from 23 different schools across the country for its 3-day summer school in July 2015.

Most of the Year 12 students came from Homerton’s link areas of Doncaster, Rotherham, and the London boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, and Hounslow. The summer school featured three strands; the Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, and the Arts and Humanities. The residential kicked off with an introduction to the courses on offer in Cambridge given by Admissions...

Photo: Ben Jones on his bike.
15/07/2015 - 13:04

On June 27, 2015, Ben Jones became the first person to officially cycle the length of Cuba, at 1,250km long the largest island in the Caribbean.

Ben, who graduated from Homerton after studying Politics and International Relations last year, undertook the journey in order to raise awareness of dyspraxia. His 36-day journey took him past Cuban military bases at Guantánamo, into a Cuban hospital after tearing the skin on his leg, and into the homes and lives of ordinary people across the...

Photo: Philip Stephenson (Senior Treasurer), Chris Goodfellow (Men’s Captain), Lyan and David Huntley with Petaluma  (Photo credit: Matt Hann)
22/06/2015 - 10:11

Homerton College Boat Club has celebrated the launch of the first new boat for three years with a ceremony by the Cam, during the May Bumps. 

Petaluma’s maiden voyage was rowed by the Men’s First Eight who successfully ‘bumped’ on the final day, having held off a chasing crew laden with University-level rowers the previous day.

The College and the Homerton Union of Students contributed to the cost, and HCBC raised funds from donors through a 24-hour sponsored row on indoor...

Image: Galaxy
19/05/2015 - 14:12

Astronomers have partially solved an epic whodunit: what kills galaxies so that they can no longer produce new stars? Yingjie Peng, a Research Associate at Homerton and one of authors of the ground-breaking new research, explains their findings.

As murder mysteries go, it’s a big one: how do galaxies die and what kills them? A new study, published today in the journal Nature, has found that the primary cause of galactic death is strangulation, which occurs after galaxies are cut off...

Photo: Barry Jones
19/05/2015 - 14:00

The College was sad to learn of the death of Barry Jones (1938-2015), former Head of Modern Languages at Homerton College and subsequently Senior Lecturer in Education in the Faculty of Education. Dr Linda Fisher wrote the following obituary for the Faculty of Education's website, and we gratefully re-publish it here:

Barry Jones, who died in April 2015, was an inspirational and innovative language teacher educator who was passionate about languages and language teaching. As principal...

Photo: Santendar meeting at Homerton College (Credit: Tim Hubener)
14/05/2015 - 11:23

Homerton is to receive over 45,000 pounds for student support over the next three years, after signing a donation agreement with Santander UK.

In a short ceremony Homerton’s Principal Professor Geoff Ward and the Managing Director of Santander Universities Mr Simon Bray hailed the partnership, alongside senior Fellows and student representatives from the College and a delegation of leading members from the firm.

Santander supports various student and research activities at...

Photo: Poetry by heart (Credit: Poetry by Heart)
26/03/2015 - 11:10

The finals of Poetry By Heart - the national poetry recitation competition for pupils aged 14 to 18 – were hosted by Homerton this year.

Since its launch in December 2012 an estimated 10,000 students have had some experience of Poetry By Heart, and this year 333 schools and colleges from across the country took part in 43 county competitions;  the winners gathering at Homerton in March for the final contest to crown a national champion.

The day before the competition began the...

Photo: Geoff Ward speaking the the Home Affairs Select Committee on international drugs policy
17/03/2015 - 09:34

In March Homerton was delighted to welcome the Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons for a conference on international drugs policy.

The Committee, one of Parliament’s most influential and in its last event before the Election, embarked on its first major inquiry into drugs in over a decade in 2011. The outcome of that inquiry recommended a fundamental re-think of the Government’s approach to drugs, and the International Drugs Conference held in Homerton Conference...

Photo: Gordon Murray outside the Great Hall, Homerton College.
03/03/2015 - 14:23

In January Homerton’s Head Porter Chris Stanton retired after 16 years’ service, and after an exhaustive search, the College found a worthy replacement in Gordon Murray. Serving for 31 years in the military and police, he has lived a life touched by many events of national significance.

Born in 1965 in Edinburgh, “another relatively tranquil student city”, Gordon spent much of his childhood abroad, in places as diverse as Gibraltar, Malta, and Bahrain; as part of his father’s work for...

Poster: Teaching Caribbean Poetry
10/02/2015 - 17:05

A ground-breaking book authored by several Homerton Fellows has been shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2015.

Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean poet, said “The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.”

This goes some way to explaining the increasing consideration given to Caribbean poets in the UK; and Homerton, through its close ties with the Caribbean Poetry Project -...

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