Robinson College Newsletter - May 2022


One of the highlights of Robinson’s May was our first ever giving day, when we saw the Robinson community across the world joining in with #BinsonGives. The campaign raised much-needed funding for our student wellbeing programme and for other areas of greatest need, and it was heartening to read the warm messages from our alumni and friends as they nominated their favourite bit of Robinson. We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who took part – thank you.

Some of our most recent graduates returned to their favourite place in person in May and attended MA graduations in College and at Senate House. It was absolutely wonderful to see the College full of alumni again and to hear how those important first few years after graduation have been spent. It’s clear that careers are being built and learning continued, and that the friendships forged at Robinson are a sustaining source of strength. Long may that continue.
The College Chaplain continues to extend Robinson's reach to writers and thought leaders in our alumni community and beyond, and resumes the Chapel Interview series that began as a product of Lockdown and has proved its longevity. I hope you enjoy reading about all of the above and more below. and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.
With very best wishes,

Sarah Westwood
Development Director and Fellow



On 10th and 11th May, for 36 hours, 210 Robinsonians became the virtual owners of different parts of the College. On Robinson’s first Giving Day – #BinsonGives - the whole Robinson community came together and celebrated what is special about the red brick College on Grange Road. Thank you so much for your generosity. We raised £27,826 for the Wellbeing and the Annual Funds. It will make a big difference for the lives of our students and to the whole College community.

Our #BinsonGives campaign chroniclers reached the Robinson places you cherish with their cameras, including some we did not know even existed. Please see for yourself the photographic memory trail of your generosity on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Robinsonians met in York

The Loft of the Chopping Block at Walmgate Ale House, a XVIIth century Grade II listed building in the centre of the medieval York, became a Robinson meeting spot for a few hours on the first Saturday in May. Local Robinsonians, some of whom had not seen each other for a long time, enjoyed wine tasting and a gourmet lunch and are already planning to meet again in the summer. Instagram.

Featured photo: York Minster. Photo credit: Michael D Beckwith, CC0 via Wikipedia Commons.

2022 Sykes Prize winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 edition Robinson College Sykes Prize! The submitted essays were expressions of imaginative qualities and deep thinking of young people. Trees and especially those growing in forests as well as the Italian texts of Dante, Ariosto and Tasso inspired the choice for this year’s Sykes competition. When creating the Robinson College Sykes Prize, the aim was to inspire students all over Cambridge and to encourage progress scholarship in the field of arts and literature. You can read the winning entries here.

Our Chaplain talks to Alan Rusbridger

The College Chaplain, Rev ‘d Dr Simon Perry, continues his cycle of interviews with thinkers and writers from around the world. This time Simon speaks to the British journalist Alan Rusbridger, the former editor-in-chief of The Guardian and then principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. You can watch the interview here. The full list of Robinson College Chapel Interviews to date can be found and watched here.


Bin Brook on-line and Bin Brook Readership Survey

The Robinson College Record first appeared in 1984 and has been published every year since, with the exception of 2004. It is a publication of record and commits to posterity a summary of every aspect of College life in any given academic year.  To reduce the environmental impact of printing and save costs, we are planning to switch to a digital version of the Record from this year, which will be accessible to our readers via the College website. If you would like to continue to receive your copy printed on paper, please let us know and complete this short poll here. Thank you.





Save the date! - 24 September - Reunion Dinner
Robinson College is looking forward to welcoming those who matriculated in 1981, 1991, 2001, and 2011 to the September Reunion on Saturday, 24 September. Some of you will be celebrating 40 years since their matriculation. We encourage anyone from 1981 vintage to send us stories and memories of your time at Robinson. And photographs are always welcome. When you send  your photographs, please let us know that you are happy for us to use them in College publications and promotions. Thank you. We cannot wait to read your recollections of Robinson and its people from ... some time ago.

Moulin Rouge, Robinson College May Ball - Friday 17 June, Robinson College, Cambridge

Mays Boat Club Dinner - Saturday, 18 June, Robinson College, Cambridge

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Tuesday, 21 June and Wednesday 22 June, Robinson College, Cambridge

Exhibition in the Chapel: Immersions: Int the River Cam - from Wedensday 22 June until Sunday 26 June, Robinson College, Cambridge

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With very best wishes from all at Robinson,

Sarah, Catherine, Helen and Norbert
Robinson College Development Office

The aerial photograph of Robinson College: credit Spotyphoto