Homerton College News

Photo: Penny Barton
03/05/2013 - 10:07

Dr Penny Barton has been Graduate Tutor at Homerton since 2002. She has been instrumental in taking forward the rapid expansion of our diverse Higher Degree student body, created from small beginnings in 2001, as well as to act as Tutor for the Higher Degree students, and Director of Studies for first year Physical Sciences undergraduates.

She is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences, specialising in seismic imaging of the interior of the Earth's crust and...

Photo: Runners
03/04/2013 - 09:26

Gavin Garland is a 3rd year PhD student here at Homerton but Gavin’s story started when he was a child growing up in Coventry.  At the age of 15 Gavin was diagnosed with a malignant cancer, a B-cell lymphoma, which progressed rapidly spreading to lymph nodes within his neck.

Following remission at the age of 16 he returned to school and, after much hard work, gained a place to study for a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology at Durham University.  During this time Gavin spent a summer at the...

Photo: allotments
26/03/2013 - 09:54

Homerton College Allotment Society was set up in October 2011 by the Homerton Union of Students then Environmental Officer, Heather Plumpton.  From humble beginnings in a greenhouse on college grounds it has now expanded and is currently based on Holbrook Road where an allotment plot is rented from the Rock Allotment Society.

The site had been neglected for several years so many a long hour has been spent ploughing, weeding and clearing.  In true ‘good life’ fashion old desks and...

Image: fluorescent spray that can detect early oesophageal cancer
14/03/2013 - 10:52

Dr André Neves, Director of Studies in Biological Sciences and Fellow of Homerton College has been working with a group of gastroenterologists to develop a fluorescent dye spray which sticks to healthy cells in the oesophagus (food pipe) but cannot attach itself to cancer cells or those in the early stages of turning cancerous.

The disease, which killed Morse star John Thaw, is one of the most deadly cancers because it is often wrongly diagnosed and can remain undetected meaning many...

Photo: Cheerleaders
07/03/2013 - 12:46

Cheerleading is taking off at Cambridge University and with 6 Homerton girls making up the 27 members of the Cambridge University squad we have something to shout about!  Homerton has provided each of its cheerleading students with funding towards the cost of their uniforms which they are now wearing with pride.  Cambridge Cougars have won several competitions in the past and frequently rank highly.  Their most recent competition saw them placed 2nd out of 24 teams at All Girl Level 2, a...

07/03/2013 - 10:37

Lent Bumps

Since the 19th Century the good, the bad and sometimes the downright ugly have donned their college colours in the form of tight lycra to compete in the Cambridge Bumps.  Last week saw Homerton row to glory in Lents with three of our four boats moving up, W2 by 5 places and M1 getting blades!  Number 7 in M1 boat summarised perfectly the feeling on day 3 as "Full of excitement, although not for all the right reasons".

Look out Mays Homerton have arrived!


Photo: May Ball poster.
25/01/2013 - 15:31

Homerton May Ball promises to "be bigger and better then ever".

"From the glamour of Hollywood's Walk of Fame to the blood and sweat of the Wild West, we will provide you with a vast array of acts and entertainment to keep you dreaming until dawn.  From the minute you step onto the Red Carpet, prepare to be dazzled by the New York skyline and the American Dream that lies beyond its borders".

Details of how to get your tickets will be on the May Ball website www.homerton2013.co....

Photo: Geoff Ward
25/01/2013 - 14:25

Professor Geoffrey Ward, currently Vice Principal of Royal Holloway College, University of London, will become Homerton's next Principal on 1st October succeeding Dr Kate Pretty.

Professor Ward is currently Vice Principal for Students and Staff at Royal Holloway College, University of London where he previously served as Dean of Arts.  Prior to that he was Professor of English and Head of Department at the University of Dundee before taking on the role of Deputy Principal.


Photo: Ellen Slack
15/01/2013 - 10:29

Homerton College in partnership with Cambridge University, is inviting talented year 12 students from Doncaster, Rotherham, Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston to apply for a taste of university life on one of four free 2013 Summer Schools.

The Summer Schools are due to take place between 29th July and 2nd August – two are for young scientists, including maths, engineering, and computer science, one for potential students of the arts and humanities and a final one for budding social...

Photo: Black and white photo of Louise Pirouet teaching.
09/01/2013 - 11:47

Dr Margaret Mary Louise Pirouet, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Homerton College 1978-1989, died peacefully on 21 December 2012.  There will be a Memorial Service at Great St Mary’s Church at 12.00 noon on 10 January.

Louise came to Homerton from the University of East Africa, at Makere in Uganda where she had been teaching religious studies and undertaking radical and innovative research.  She subsequently taught for many years in the Religious Studies Department at Homerton...