Homerton College News

Professor Geoff Ward and Dr Penny Barton toast 2020 leavers
07/08/2020 - 09:24

On Saturday 18 July, students marking the end of their BA and PGCE qualifications gathered, not at Homerton, but in their homes around the country and the wider world, via Zoom. They were joined by the Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, and Senior Tutor Dr Penny Barton, who were in College to mark what should have been graduation day for many departing students. 

Professor Ward and Dr Barton gave speeches which acknowledged both the students' achievement (the best set of undergraduate...

06/06/2020 - 10:16

The Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, has written to all Homerton students today (6 June 2020) in response to the death of George Floyd and subsequent events both in the United States and internationally.

We know that our Black students, and all those who love and support them, have been greatly affected by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the Black Lives Matter movement to make sure that his death is not ignored. We have all been profoundly distressed by these events....

20/05/2020 - 17:52

The following statement from the heads of all 31 Cambridge Colleges was published in The Times on Friday 22nd May: 

As heads of Cambridge Colleges we have been concerned in recent days to see headlines around the world making the claim that Cambridge will be moving entirely online next year. These claims have caused unnecessary alarm to students and our wider community. We are a collegiate University, and our strength is that so much student activity takes place in Colleges, from...

Professor Ravi Gupta
10/03/2020 - 11:29

Professor Ravindra (Ravi) Gupta joined Homerton as a Professorial Fellow in October 2019, in the wake of mass media interest. As the scientist responsible for the second ever case of a patient being effectively ‘cured’ of the HIV virus, 12 years after the first, he was in demand as an interviewee everywhere from Radio 4’s Today programme to the New York Times. This March, as the individual so far known only as ‘the London patient’ reveals his identity as 40-year-old Adam Castillejo, Ravi is...

14/02/2020 - 14:23

Booking opens today for the Philippa Pearce Lecture, to be held on Thursday, 26 March. The event is a hugely popular fixture of the Homerton calendar, which this year celebrates the centenary of Philippa Pearce’s birth.

We are delighted that Geraldine McCaughrean has agreed to give the Centenary Lecture, entitled 100 Years of Gratitude. The acclaimed author of more than 170 books for all ages from toddlers to adults, her work has been published in over 50 countries. Perhaps best known...

Ruairidh Macleod
05/02/2020 - 09:58

Third year biological anthropology student Ruairidh Macleod has written a paper published by the Royal Society demonstrating for the first time that jetsam ambergris, also known as ‘floating gold’, is produced in all cases by sperm whales.

Ambergris, prized by the perfume industry for its musky scent, is a highly valuable but oddly mysterious substance. Secreted in the bile duct of the sperm whale, it can remain in the sea for decades, or even centuries, before being washed up and...

29/01/2020 - 15:57

Final year Homerton English student Hannah Shury-Smith has a lot on her plate. There’s Othello, opening today at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, for which she is the producer. There are submissions by new writers to assess for prizes and funding. And there’s the small matter of her degree, and the rapid approach of finals.

“It’s pretty intense!” she acknowledges. “But theatre is a large part of why I applied to Cambridge in the first place.”

As President of the Marlowe Society,...

24/01/2020 - 14:42

Homerton Porter Alastair Meikle has an eye for aesthetics. As a trained gemmologist and former jeweller at the Ritz hotel, it went with the territory. But while his current role may not provide so much access to the sparkly side of life, its shift patterns allow time to pursue his other interest – illustration.

Working with a 0.1mm graphic ink pen, Alastair has developed an artistic style which builds up pictures using thousands of tiny dots, creating a surreal, beautiful yet sinister...

23/01/2020 - 13:20


On Behalf of the Homerton College May Ball committee, we are inviting you to the Homerton May Ball to be held on 12 June 2020.

Students, Fellows, Alumni and friends will enjoy fabulous food and drinks and a huge variety of entertainment throughout the night, within the theme of Cupid and Psyche.

Homerton May Ball, taking place on Friday 12 June, will feature three stages for live acts playing different kinds of music, drag, magic and many more cabaret acts. Multiple...

Photo: Professor Geoff Ward, Ms Deborah Griffin, Mr Mark Hart
25/06/2019 - 15:07

Construction has begun on a new accommodation and auditorium wing at Homerton, to be named North Wing.

Designed by Ingleton Wood Martindales and being built by Barnes Construction, the new four-storey building, when completed in Spring next year, will provide an auditorium and two music rooms for students on the ground floor, and 18 en-suite guest bedrooms over the remaining three floors.

Bursar, Deborah Griffin OBE is pictured with Principal, Professor Geoff Ward and Mark Hart...