Homerton College News

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 -...

Photo: Students and Training Corps
21/01/2015 - 16:16

How do Homertonians cope in quicksand?

Homerton recently created a partnership with the Cambridge University Officers’ Training Corps (CUOTC) designed to instil leadership in its students. Specifically conceived to improve student employability in an increasingly competitive world, Homerton already sets the standard in Cambridge, with 96% of Homerton students employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating – higher than any Russell Group university, including the University...

Photo: Jelani Okoruwa
12/01/2015 - 11:16

Second-year Homertonian Jelani Okoruwa is one of only seven students in the country to be awarded a place on a prestigious law scheme designed to tackle the under-representation of black males from less privileged backgrounds in the large commercial law firms.

Two years ago the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partnered with Baroness Doreen Lawrence and invited exceptionally talented black men from low income, state school backgrounds to participate in various skills-based...

05/01/2015 - 14:15

Carol Ann Duffy, Honorary Fellow of Homerton and the current Poet Laureate, has been made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list. 

Dame Carol’s new honour for services to poetry follows the award of an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2005.  She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009, the first woman to hold that position.

Dame Carol, creative director at the Manchester Writing School at the Manchester Metropolitan University, said: "I am delighted that the long tradition of the...

Photo: Ann Cotton (image credit: camfed)
08/12/2014 - 10:37

Image Credit: Camfed

Ann Cotton, who in 2007 became Homerton’s first Honorary Fellow, has been awarded the most prestigious international prize in education.

“Just imagine one million girls in Africa, all of whom are from a background of rural poverty; all of whom understand the anxiety and the frustrations of poverty. Just imagine them working in the education and health systems, in politics, in journalism, in law, in engineering, in science ­ just imagine the power of what...

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...