Homerton College News

17/10/2020 - 12:29

The University's Asymptomatic COVID-19 Screening programme was instrumental in detecting the outbreak at West House, and enabling Homerton College and the University’s Incident Management Team to act quickly and decisively. 

Last week, there was an administrative error in the database of Homerton students, and we understand that some students who had been told to expect a testing kit, did not receive it. This is unfortunate, and clearly distressing for the students concerned. It is...

16/10/2020 - 21:32

Following advice from Public Health England and local public health authorities, the Collegiate University’s Incident Management Team has asked 223 students resident in West House, Homerton College to self-isolate from 9.30pm on Friday 16 October following 18 positive cases. Those who are not already in self-isolation must isolate for 14 days and anyone who was already isolating must finish their 14 day period. All other areas of the University and Homerton College remain open.


01/10/2020 - 10:00

To mark National Poetry Day, Mariah Whelan, Homerton College’s first Jacqueline Bardsley Poet-in-Residence, shares her plans for the coming year including poetry workshops, exhibitions and readings from some of the best contemporary poets. 

I'm excited to be joining the College community and despite the strange new circumstances we find ourselves in, I'll be planning a programme of events to put poetry at the heart of life at Homerton.

So, what can you expect from me? Well,...

Efua Sutherland
01/10/2020 - 09:53

To mark Black History Month 2020, we look back on the extraordinary career of one of Homerton's earliest black students. 

Efua Sutherland’s influence has a global reach, but a proudly African focus. As the founder of the Ghana Experimental Theatre, which opened in 1958, she launched the careers of drama practitioners from across the continent. As the founder of the Kodzidan (Story-House), she inspired approaches to theatre which were taken up far beyond Ghana. As a playwright and...

21/09/2020 - 13:56

Homerton Professorial Fellow Professor Ravi Gupta has been named today as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year, in recognition of his work to bring about the second ever cure of a patient with HIV.

In 2019, the case of ‘The London Patient’ made global headlines, as 40-year-old Adam Castillejo underwent a bone marrow transplant which both cured him of Hodgkins lymphoma, and eradicated the HIV virus from his system.

As Professor of Clinical Microbiology...

The Principal with some of the PPE supplies
15/09/2020 - 14:45

As the University closed down its usual functions in mid-March, and hospitals prepared for a potential influx of Covid patients, Homerton swapped students for scrubs, becoming the site of an impressive PPE distribution point.

While our proximity to Addenbrooke’s Hospital meant that we were ideally placed to offer support, it wasn’t initially clear what form this might take.

“At first, it was thought that Addenbrooke’s might be overwhelmed, so we offered to provide accommodation...

public health campaign launched by Cambridge University
25/08/2020 - 14:09

The University launched its 'Stay Safe Cambridge Uni' campaign yesterday with an introductory video from the Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope. The campaign provides guidance on how members of the College community can protect themselves and others whilst living and studying in Cambridge during the current pandemic.  Further information on the campaign and the safety measures in place, can be found on the dedicated Stay Safe Cambridge Uni webpage.

18/08/2020 - 17:31

Homerton College, Cambridge has appointed Oxford-based poet Mariah Whelan as its inaugural Poet-in-Residence, a role which is believed to be a first for any Cambridge college.

The position is generously funded by Dr Norman Bardsley, in memory of his wife, Jacqueline, who attended Homerton from 1960-62. Mrs Bardsley, who died last year, was a lifelong writer and lover of poetry, and was actively involved in several poetry societies near her home in California.

“Homerton has a...

18/08/2020 - 14:08

Ofqual announced yesterday that Centre Assessment Grades (CAGs), rather than moderated grades, will be used in the award of A levels and AS levels this year. This is a positive development and will allow Homerton to welcome a greater number of qualified applicants.

Before this decision was taken, we had already taken steps to ensure a socio-economically diverse intake, and had easily met our targets for widening participation and diversity. We will publish detailed statistics on this...

15/08/2020 - 20:26

We recognise that this year's admissions round has been exceptionally challenging. In assessing candidates whose results do not meet their offers, we have taken into account many factors, including relative disadvantage. 

While there are physical limitations to how many students we are able to accept, we have been as flexible as possible in granting places. Homerton has a proudly diverse student body, and this year's intake is no exception to that. 

Admissions staff will be in...