Homerton College News

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...

15/05/2014 - 13:17

Nearly 200 people from across Cambridge and beyond gathered at Homerton recently for an innovative event combining ‘food for thought’ with the more tangible and edible kind, with the help of Homerton’s catering department.

On 6 May, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) presented the latest research on how human food consumption affects biodiversity – followed by a grand ‘Green Formal...

Photo: Keith Taber
07/05/2014 - 13:10

Dr Keith Taber, Reader in Science Education at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, and a Senior Member of Homerton College has been bestowed the Education Award 2014.  The award, made by the Royal Society of Chemistry, honours work in educational aspects of chemical sciences.  Dr Taber will receive the award for ‘extensive research that has contributed significantly to the teaching and learning of chemistry concepts’.

Dr Taber was born in Romford, England, and attended...