Homerton College News

Photo: Arrows pointing to Wonderland
29/09/2015 - 12:09

“Oh, I’ve had such a curious dream!” said Alice to her sister at the end of her Adventures in Wonderland.

Walking around Homerton College’s Victorian corridors in late September certainly felt as though we were leaving a dreamlike state after the conclusion of the UK’s biggest celebration of Alice’s 150th anniversary.

The sudden appearance (and equally abrupt disappearance) of animatronic smoking caterpillars, human-sized rabbits, and conference delegates from around the world...

Photo: The Charter Choir outside Monaco Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée). All photo credit: Aaron D'Souza
21/09/2015 - 16:14

At the end of August the Charter Choir travelled to the French Riviera for their fourth Choir Tour.

This tour was the Choir’s biggest and busiest so far, consisting of nine events over a period of eight days. After delivering a service at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich on August 23rd, the Charter Choir sang in Cannes, Grasse, Antibes, Cabris and the Principality of Monaco. The Tour ended with a concert in the grand Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée in Monaco, the cathedral...

Image: Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture: Celebrating excellence in writing for children
16/09/2015 - 11:21

Renowned children’s author Meg Rosoff delivered the eighth annual Philippa Pearce Lecture last week in Homerton College.

The Lecture series is convened in memory of Philippa Pearce, winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1958 for Tom’s Midnight Garden, and author of over 30 other books. The Lectures celebrate “excellence in writing for children and to emphasise its continuing vital importance”. Previous lectures have been given by eminent children’s authors including Philip Pullman, Malorie...

Photo: Playwright Dr Laura-Jane Foley also lectures part-time in Art History. Photo credit: Wonderful Artful Theatre
17/08/2015 - 09:57

An Evening with Lucian Freud, a play written by alumna Dr Laura-Jane Foley, recently ran for 3 weeks in London’s West End.

Described as “a portrait of Freud built through anecdotes, snippets of art history, biographical facts, fictionalised voices of his sitters, and the recollection of an evening spent in his company”, the play ran in May and June at the Leicester Square Theatre.

That evening was spent with Freud whilst Laura-Jane was still a student at Homerton. Laura-Jane...

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...