Alumni Benefits and Events
Alumni Reunion Weekend
Alumni Reunion Weekend will take place on 24-26 September, in online form. Please sign up for as many events as you're able to join us for.
Friday 24 September
12pm: From AIDS to COVID-19: Applying our Virology Knowledge to Face New Challenges
Homerton Fellows Dr Julia Kenyon and Professor Ravi Gupta discuss how they brought their existing expertise in viruses to bear on the new crisis, rapidly, last year.
Saturday 25 September
11am: Introduction and Welcome
The Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, will welcome his successor, Lord Woolley of Woodford.
12.20pm: The New Dining Hall
Building work is currently well underway on the new Great Hall which is due to be completed in early 2022. Architects Edmund Fowles and Eleanor Hedley of Feilden Fowles will discuss the design concepts of the new building and give a preview of the finished design.
2.30pm: Poetry Workshop with Mariah Whelan
Homerton’s first Jacqueline Bardsley Poet-in-Residence, Dr Mariah Whelan with a creative and interactive poetry workshop.
4pm: Skills for Life: How Homerton Shaped our Careers
The skills you acquire as a student are often put to use in unexpected arenas. Alumnae Lisa-Marie Biez (1998, PGCE with Modern Languages) and Louise Chater (1982, BEd) discuss how Hometon provided the foundations for their futures.
6pm: A Revolution in Physics
Dr William Fawcett and Dr Amelia Drew will discuss a new discovery from the Femi National Accelerator Laboratory and what it could mean for our current understanding of fundamental physics.
Sunday 26th September
9am: Twenty Years Celebration
An informal get-together for all those who started at Homerton in 2001.
10am: Thirty Years Celebration
An informal get-together for all those who started at Homerton in 1991.
11am: Forty Years Celebration
An informal get-together for all those who started at Homerton in 1981.
12pm: Fifty Years Celebration
An informal get-together for all those who started at Homerton in 1971.
1pm: Sixty Years Celebration
An informal get-together for all those who started at Homerton in 1961.
2pm: Teaching and Learning in Covid Times
A Homerton panel will explore the experience of online learning, from the perspectives of both students and educators.
- Dr Francesca Moore is a Homerton Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography.
- Dr James Biddulph completed his PGCE, MEd and PhD at Homerton, and is now headteacher at the University of Cambridge Primary School.
- Elle Rose Hoskins has just completed her PGCE at Homerton and has a particular interest in the effects of online learning on students with special educational needs.
4pm: English Reunion Book Club
The first meeting of the English Alumni Book Club, open to all alumni who studied English. The first book up for discussion is Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.
Pantomime in the Library
7pm, Friday 27 November
Fellow Librarian Liz Osman, on Pantomime-themed images and text from the archive of the Homerton Library.
Diane Abbott: The Authorised Biography
7pm, Thursday 3 December
Homerton Bye-Fellow Dr Robin Bunce on the research and writing of his new biography of Diane Abbott MP.
Poetry Collage Workshop
5pm Saturday 6 March
Homerton Poet-in-Residence Dr Mariah Whelan on the creative process in a different and exciting way, creating poetry in real-time through collage.
The Future of Education
7pm Friday 19 March
Dr Alison Wood, Fellow and Academic Director of Homerton Changemakers on how we value education, particularly when the traditional methods of teaching and learning are compromised.
Robopocalypse: The Real Dangers of Artificial Intelligence and Robots
7pm, Thursday 8 April
Big scary metallic robots with large guns frequently adorn the pages of newspapers whenever advances in Artificial Intelligence are made. But where do our concerns about AI really come from and are they realistic? Unpacking our fears (and hopes) for AI, Dr Beth Singler, Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, will use examples from her anthropological fieldwork to demonstrate how we tell ourselves stories about AI and the future, when the real dangers of AI are really much, much closer.
Radiophobia - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nuclear Power
7pm, Thursday 22 April
The pandemic has reminded everybody that science is essential to our survival, and that global policies that command global acceptance can be used to optimise social and economic stability. Nowhere is the need greater for such science and global policy change than in our fight to survive climate change. Director of Studies in Engineering Dr Miles Stopher discusses humanity’s relationship with energy and proposes that, if we are to survive climate change, it will require not just a technological transformation, but a transformation in education and lifelong learning.
The Creation and Reproduction of Racial Inequality in the Workplace
7pm, Thursday 6 May
Whereas equal rights for all have been enshrined in law for a long time now, empirical evidence clearly shows certain groups continue to lag behind others. That such inequalities exist is now established beyond doubt, but how they are created and reproduced on an everyday basis in our workplaces is less clear. Homerton Fellow and Academic Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Dr Kamal Munir looks at how racial inequality is reproduced in our organisations and why it continues to escape scrutiny.
A Revolution in Physics? A New Force of Nature
7pm, Thursday 3 June
On 7 April of this year, physicists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago announced that muons - elementary particles similar to electrons - wobbled more than expected while shooting around a magentised ring. This could provide evidence for a new fundamental force of nature, mark a revolutionary shift in our understanding of physics, shed light on some of the universe's deepest mysteries...or not. Join College Research Associate and particle physicist Dr William Fawcett and Junior Research Fellow and theoretical cosmologist Dr Amelia Drew, as they explore this result and its potential inter-galactic implications.
What is the Sustainability Challenge and How Should we Respond?
7pm, Thursday 10 June
Homerton Fellow Dr Theo Hacking works at the University Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). In this talk he will unpack what is referred to as the ‘sustainability’ or ‘sustainable development’ agenda by providing an engaging overview of the state of the planet and its peoples. He will conclude with examples of how governments, businesses and individuals are responding and suggest actions that could accelerate the pace of the transformational change that is needed.
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Read the Annual Review 2020 online.
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Please note that under current Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to welcome alumni into College in the ways we would hope to. The following guidance relates to normal circumstances, to which we all hope to return as soon as possible.
Alumni are welcome to dine in Hall for lunch at their own expense (no prior notice is necessary). Please be aware that you will need to pay in cash for your meal. You are also very welcome to enjoy food in the Buttery or a drink in the Griffin Bar.
Alumni are also welcome to dine at Formal Halls (on Tuesdays in full term) where space permits. Please contact the Development Office by the preceding Wednesday on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 747066 to book your place. There is a charge of £18.50 for alumni, and £22.50 for non-alumni guests.
Staying at Homerton
Alumni are welcome to stay overnight in College when space allows, at a special alumni rate. To book please email email@example.com. The bedrooms available are single, en-suite student rooms, usually in South Court or West House.
Rooms are usually available outside term-time. Unfortunately we may not always be able to accomodate alumni during term, as the needs of our current students must take priority.
Visiting the Grounds
Alumni are always welcome to visit the grounds of Homerton College. Please let the Porters know you are visiting when you arrive. If you would like to have a picnic in the grounds or to take engagement photographs, please contact the Development Office three days in advance on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you organise your visit.
Alumni are welcome to use the College Library for reading purposes, but may not take books away. If you wish to use the Library, please notify the Librarian in advance (email@example.com).
Benefits Provided by the University of Cambridge
The University Alumni Relations Office can provide you with a CAMCard. The card provides membership to The University Centre and entitles you to discounts from Cambridge University Press, local hotels, restaurants and more.
The CAMCard also entitles you and up to three guests to free entrance to all Colleges when they are open to the general public. Please note that fewer guests are permitted at King's and St John's (two guests with the CAMCard holder) and Queens' (one guest only).
If you don't currently have a CAMCard and you'd like one, you can request one online.
Alumni can also sign up for cantab.net, the University's email for life service.