Homerton College News

Poster: Teaching Caribbean Poetry
10/02/2015 - 17:05

A ground-breaking book authored by several Homerton Fellows has been shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book Award 2015.

Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean poet, said “The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.”

This goes some way to explaining the increasing consideration given to Caribbean poets in the UK; and Homerton, through its close ties with the Caribbean Poetry Project -...

Photo: Students and Training Corps
21/01/2015 - 16:16

How do Homertonians cope in quicksand?

Homerton recently created a partnership with the Cambridge University Officers’ Training Corps (CUOTC) designed to instil leadership in its students. Specifically conceived to improve student employability in an increasingly competitive world, Homerton already sets the standard in Cambridge, with 96% of Homerton students employed or in further study within 6 months of graduating – higher than any Russell Group university, including the University...

Photo: Jelani Okoruwa
12/01/2015 - 11:16

Second-year Homertonian Jelani Okoruwa is one of only seven students in the country to be awarded a place on a prestigious law scheme designed to tackle the under-representation of black males from less privileged backgrounds in the large commercial law firms.

Two years ago the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partnered with Baroness Doreen Lawrence and invited exceptionally talented black men from low income, state school backgrounds to participate in various skills-based...

05/01/2015 - 14:15

Carol Ann Duffy, Honorary Fellow of Homerton and the current Poet Laureate, has been made a DBE in the 2015 New Year Honours list. 

Dame Carol’s new honour for services to poetry follows the award of an OBE in 1995 and a CBE in 2005.  She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009, the first woman to hold that position.

Dame Carol, creative director at the Manchester Writing School at the Manchester Metropolitan University, said: "I am delighted that the long tradition of the...

Photo: Ann Cotton (image credit: camfed)
08/12/2014 - 10:37

Image Credit: Camfed

Ann Cotton, who in 2007 became Homerton’s first Honorary Fellow, has been awarded the most prestigious international prize in education.

“Just imagine one million girls in Africa, all of whom are from a background of rural poverty; all of whom understand the anxiety and the frustrations of poverty. Just imagine them working in the education and health systems, in politics, in journalism, in law, in engineering, in science ­ just imagine the power of what...

03/11/2014 - 10:07

Second-year Homertonian Jade Cuttle has won the prestigious Proms Poetry Competition 2014, hearing her winning poem performed live on Radio 3 to a packed hall at the Royal College of Music.

Since 1895 the Proms have been a staple in the UK’s cultural calendar – an annual eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts performed in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Described as the “the world's largest and most democratic musical festival”, it prides itself on...

Photo: Geoff Ward and Lord Sainsbury at Homerton College
07/10/2014 - 16:39

Credit: Sir Cam

On October 2nd, Homerton was delighted to welcome the Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, for his first formal visit to the College.

After an initial gathering with the senior leadership of the College, Lord Sainsbury was taken by the Principal, Professor Geoff Ward, on a brief tour of the grounds before meeting Homerton students, staff, and Fellows over drinks in the Combination Room. There he inspected the College’s founding...

Photo: Ketherijne Koops and chimpanzees
20/09/2014 - 16:34

Ever since Jane Goodall’s reports of chimpanzee violence caught the attention of a global audience in the 1970s, people have debated why they do it.  Is it, like human warfare, an adaptive strategy that gives the perpetrators an edge - or are chimpanzees naturally peaceable, only observed to kill because their behaviour has been changed by human activities, such as researchers feeding chimpanzees, or the destruction of habitat. Now, a new study co-authored by a Homerton researcher has found...

15/09/2014 - 10:27

How to forge an education system that prepares children for the challenges of the 21st century remains one of the most hotly contested subjects in the world today. For one Homerton Fellow, the UK’s current approach is failing to foster understanding, depth, and excitement towards learning in the next generation – as she explained in an interview for the multilingual worldwide news channel Euronews.

For well over a century Homerton College has played a key role in educational debate...

Photo: HATS production of God On Trial
04/09/2014 - 10:16

In August a production of Frank Cottrell Boyce’s play God on Trial was transferred to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, playing for eighteen nights to full houses and receiving glowing reviews, with the playwright himself attending and congratulating the performance.

Homerton College has established a considerable reputation in recent years for producing some of Cambridge University’s most talented actors and directors, with its students dominating the Footlights and famous Amateur...