Homerton College News

03/11/2014 - 10:07

Second-year Homertonian Jade Cuttle has won the prestigious Proms Poetry Competition 2014, hearing her winning poem performed live on Radio 3 to a packed hall at the Royal College of Music.

Since 1895 the Proms have been a staple in the UK’s cultural calendar – an annual eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts performed in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Described as the “the world's largest and most democratic musical festival”, it prides itself on...

Photo: Geoff Ward and Lord Sainsbury at Homerton College
07/10/2014 - 16:39

Credit: Sir Cam

On October 2nd, Homerton was delighted to welcome the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, for his first formal visit to the College.

After an initial gathering with the senior leadership of the College, Lord Sainsbury was taken by the Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, on a brief tour of the grounds before meeting Homerton students, staff, and Fellows over drinks in the Combination Room. There he inspected the College’s founding...

Photo: Ketherijne Koops and chimpanzees
20/09/2014 - 16:34

Ever since Jane Goodall’s reports of chimpanzee violence caught the attention of a global audience in the 1970s, people have debated why they do it.  Is it, like human warfare, an adaptive strategy that gives the perpetrators an edge - or are chimpanzees naturally peaceable, only observed to kill because their behaviour has been changed by human activities, such as researchers feeding chimpanzees, or the destruction of habitat. Now, a new study co-authored by a Homerton researcher has found...

15/09/2014 - 10:27

How to forge an education system that prepares children for the challenges of the 21st century remains one of the most hotly contested subjects in the world today. For one Homerton Fellow, the UK’s current approach is failing to foster understanding, depth, and excitement towards learning in the next generation – as she explained in an interview for the multilingual worldwide news channel Euronews.

For well over a century Homerton College has played a key role in educational debate...

Photo: HATS production of God On Trial
04/09/2014 - 10:16

In August a production of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s play God on Trial was transferred to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, playing for eighteen nights to full houses and receiving glowing reviews, with the playwright himself attending and congratulating the performance.

Homerton College has established a considerable reputation in recent years for producing some of Cambridge University’s most talented actors and directors, with its students dominating the Footlights and famous Amateur...

Photo: dead trees in a desert
09/07/2014 - 13:43

Research on climate change points overwhelmingly to an urgent and grave threat, and yet public policy lags behind.  New research by Homerton PhD student David Christian Rose suggests that the problem lies in the very nature of ‘evidence-based policy-making’.

In an article published this month in Nature Climate Change, Rose argues that ‘it is rarely adequate for evidence to be merely “correct”: it must also be persuasive’.  To be influential, scientists must understand the other...

Photo: flat plate vortex formation. Image credit Robbie Stevens under creative commons licence
11/06/2014 - 10:10

On Saturday 7th June 2014 Homerton College held its second annual Graduate Research Day, when higher degree students gave presentations on their current research projects.

This year’s theme, ‘Beyond Boundaries’, led to a fascinating array of papers, on topics from early modern trading networks to the aerodynamics of flapping flight, storytelling in nature conservation policy to the ethics and aesthetics of postmodern poetry. Demonstrating the breadth of postgraduate subjects housed at...

10/06/2014 - 10:45

Anne Thwaites retires as a fellow of Homerton College this summer and is marking it with a 60 mile cycle ride in aid of Level Water.

A Tutor and Director of Studies, Anne Thwaites joined Homerton in 1976 teaching mathematics and has been a Fellow since 2002.  This summer will see her retire after 38 years at Homerton and Anne has decided to embrace the Tour de France spirit by cycling from Homerton, London - the original home of the college - back to College on Sunday 22nd June.  ...

Photo: sheet music
10/06/2014 - 10:37

Homerton's Charter Choir will give a concert on Saturday 14 June, to include work by Homerton Fellow Dr John Hopkins and former Homerton staff member Greta Tomlins.

The programme also includes choral favourites such as Elgar's Ave verum, Bainton's And I saw a new Heaven, and Wesley's Blessed be the God and Father.

Director of Music, Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter, said: 

"John's four motets have the great combination of being both challenging to learn and very satisfying to...

Photo: stethoscope
15/05/2014 - 21:35

On Friday 16 May, Homerton Fellow Professor Simon Gregory delivers the annual William Pickles Lecture of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The RCGP elects lecturers for its three named annual lectures from among its Fellowship.  William Pickles (1885-1969) was the first President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the lecture in his name is traditionally given on the subject of medical education.

Professor Simon Gregory FRCGP has been a Fellow of...