Homerton College News

28/07/2021 - 13:34

When Rashida Haque was growing up in Cambridge, her dressing up costume of choice was a graduation gown. Not because, at that stage, she harboured academic ambitions, but because her mother, Shirin, sewed them for the Colleges.

After moving to Cambridge at the age of 19 from Bangladesh, Shirin worked in a garment factory off Mill Road, where she made her living as a seamstress. Much of her work came, via a supplier, from the University, for whom she made countless gowns and College...

12/07/2021 - 11:41

The Adam Smith prize, awarded annually for best overall performance and best dissertation in Economics, has been won by a Homerton student for the second year running.

Jack Golden (BA Economics 2018), has received the prize in recognition of his dissertation, ‘It's Not Easy Being Green: An Examination of Residential Solar Panel Adoption and Government Policy’. He shares the honour with Matthew Chen of Trinity and Valerie Chuang of Christ’s.

In 2020 the prize for best overall...

07/07/2021 - 08:57

Homerton College is delighted to announce that Alison Brooks Architects have been selected to design the new Porters' Lodge and Principal Entrance to the College, creating the main access point from Hills Road.

The challenge posed to the competitors in this two-stage competition was to create a new entrance appropriate to the size and ambition of Cambridge's newest College; including a new Porters' Lodge which both welcomes first-time visitors and meets the needs of resident students...

Dr Mariah Whelan, Poet-in-Residence
24/06/2021 - 13:56

Homerton’s trees are hugely significant to many in the College community, past and present. Providing shade under which to revise or picnic, and offering beauty, peace and connection to the natural world, they are beloved by students and staff, and remembered fondly by alumni.

The trees were therefore a natural focus for a project which brought together staff, students, alumni and Fellows confined to their homes and scattered across the globe in early 2021. Dr Mariah Whelan, Homerton...

23/06/2021 - 09:57

Professor Simone Hochgreb is Homerton Professorial Fellow in Engineering, with a focus on energy, fluid mechanics and turbomachinery. She is currently part of a Cambridge team working to develop a new method of creating a lithium ion battery using flame spray pyrolysis (FSP). If successful, the process could transform the charging capacity of electric vehicles.

What is the overall aim of this project? There’s a race for higher performance batteries, which means that people with lots...

Students revising at outdoor table
21/06/2021 - 16:42

Students facing financial pressures will have a new safety net, thanks to an enhanced bursary scheme launched across the University from this October. Over the next 10 years, more than £100 million will be awarded to students to help with living costs, allowing them to enjoy all that Cambridge has to offer.

The new scheme is being made possible through the generosity of philanthropic donations from alumni and friends of the collegiate University. The Harding Challenge, established by...

11/06/2021 - 14:32

We are hugely excited to hear that the postponed Tokyo Olympics this summer will see two Homertonians taking to the water, reflecting a recent winning streak for Homerton rowers. 

Henry Fieldman (MPhil Education, 2012), will cox the Men's Eight for Team GB, while Olivia Coffey (MBA Business Administration, 2017) is part of the Women's Eight representing the USA.

For Olivia, who rowed at Harvard before coming to Cambridge, and was the reserve for the American women's...

29/04/2021 - 14:40

Homerton Fellow Dr Kamal Munir has been appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (University Community and Engagement), a role which he will take up on 1 October 2021. 

23/04/2021 - 14:34

We are delighted to announce that Dr David Clifford, Homerton Fellow and Director of Studies in English, has been awarded the Pilkington Prize. Awarded annually by the Vice-Chancellor, the prize recognises individuals who make a substantial contribution to the teaching programme of a Department, Faculty or the University as a whole.

David's own route into academia was not a typical one. He grew up in a working-class community in South Essex, in a school and family where "no one ever...

16/04/2021 - 11:31

We are saddened to hear of the the death of Dr David Whitebread, and are grateful to Professor Susan Robertson, Head of the Faculty of Education, for these words. David joined Homerton in 1986, and became a member of the Faculty in 2001. 

David was an influential academic and researcher in developmental psychology and early childhood education. He was internationally recognised as a trailblazer in the understanding of self-regulation and metacognition in young children. He enjoyed...