Robinson College News
February 2021

What's happening at Robinson and how you can join in

Perception, Power, Representation and Diversity in the Media: a comparative approach between the UK and the US, 6 March at 4pm
Lola Adesioye (2000, SPS), British, US-based social and political commentator, broadcaster and writer, will talk about her experience in the world of media in both countries, the media’s role in shaping public perceptions and especially in its representation of the oppressed and disadvantaged.
Look out for inspirational Robinson women
As International Women’s Day approaches, we are proud that Robinson was the first undergraduate college in Cambridge to be founded with gender equality at its heart. In March we will introduce you to some of the Robinson community’s inspirational women #IWD #IWD2021 #RobinsonWomen. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
This Cambridge Life features Professor Rachel Oliver
Professor Rachel Oliver, a fellow of Robinson College, on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, talks about her childhood desire to understand why the world is the way it is, LEDs and their significance in saving our planet, and her quest to significantly improve equality and diversity in science. Read more about Professor Oliver’s work in the This Cambridge Life series here. Photo credit: Nick Saffell.
Offer holders welcomed
Robinson welcomed 107 of this year’s offer holders to a virtual  event on 6 February. The 2021 offer holders’ afternoon was open to all applicants who received an offer this year from the College, to introduce them to Robinson. The involvement of the Admissions Tutors, RCSA Committee and other undergraduate students allowed offer holders to have their questions answered, ‘see’ Robinson through a picture tour and meet the community that they will hopefully join in October. Read more about Robinson’s access and outreach programme here.
Music Society online and calling all young composers
Robinson College Music Society continues its programme of virtual concerts. Please watch hereNew Directions Composition Competition for young musicians under the age of 18 is still open. Encourage your family members and friends to enter their compositions by 19 March. The results will be announced on 7 May 2021. Multiple submissions for each category have been received so far and James Handy, the current Organ Scholar, has been in contact with many of the applicants about their compositions – they all look wonderful!
Voices from outside the window
Tune in to the second series of interviews with contemporary thinkers conducted by College Chaplain Rev Dr Simon Perry. In February we have had a chance to listen to his conversations with the journalist Peter Hitchens, comedian Lee Camp, and eco-criticism expert Professor Louise Westling. The current series will conclude on 28 March. Tune in here to watch a new recording every Friday.
March programme schedule:
• Helen Buyniski (Investigative Journalist) – 7 March
• Prof. Alan Dershowitz (US Lawyer) – 14 March
• Chris Elliott (Journalist) – 21 March
• Prof. Morna Hooker (Life Fellow, Robinson College) – 28 March
Book Bridges odyssey continues
The College Librarian Ms Judith Brown continues her year-long journey through the treasures of the College Library Collection. The next instalments of Book Bridges uncover the story of the HMS Mauritius bell hanging outside the College Chapel as well as the story of Cambridge Stone that built so many of the Cambridge colleges and 1.4 million bricks that built our College. You can still take a trip into the realm of fascinating books and lives with Judith on the College website and Twitter.
Robinson College MedVet Society Talk: Brain imaging and Patient Care with Professor John O'Brien, 4 March at 7pm
Robinson MedVet Society is proud to host Professor John O'Brien, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry specialising in old age psychiatric conditions and their diagnosis through medical imaging software such as MRI, SPECT and PET. Professor O’Brien will outline what methods are available and how they have helped us to better understand the processes underlying dementia, and to improve accuracy of clinical diagnosis. Please read more here.
Professor David Yates: 20 transformative years. Alumni Forum Live, 27 March at 4-5pm 
Our Warden, Professor David Yates, is stepping down later this year after 20 years of transformative leadership at Robinson. As part of our celebrations of the achievements of Professor Yates’ term of office, we are pleased to invite alumni to a live online interview that replaces our annual Alumni Forum event on Saturday 27 March 2021. Led by Philip Moser QC, the interview will feature contributions from some of Professor Yates’ most significant partnerships of the past two decades. This is the first of a number of celebratory initiatives planned for this year to mark the contributions of the Warden and their impact on Robinson. Register here to take part in the 2021 Alumni Forum.
Asia Pacific Farewell by Professor David Yates, 13 May at 7pm HK/SG time
The Warden says a personal farewell to friends and alumni in Asia Pacific, especially those who may not be able to join the Alumni Forum Live in March. He usually travels to the region every year and has been unable to do so due to the pandemic – so an online event will have to suffice this year. Look out for invitations and more event details coming soon.
RAFT (Robinson College Alumni Film and Television) Group Launch, 30 January
The launch event of RAFT took place on 30 January. The live webinar 'Career Paths in the Film & TV Industry: Post-Pandemic Insights' featured Konnie Huq, Saul Metzstein, Jonny Persey and Isabella Wing-Davey talking about their adventures in the world of television and film and answering live questions. You can watch a recording of the event here. If you would like to be on the RAFT mailing list, please email .
First Pegasus Boat Club Online Quiz Night, 6 February
Bruce Bye (1992, Mathematics) reports on this event: “Deprived of their annual London dinner, 40 members of the Pegasus Boat Club came together in nine teams to battle wits in what is becoming a staple in these pandemic times - a Zoom quiz. Some were out for revenge following the result of another sporting fixture just prior, but the evening proceeded in good spirits. Kudos and bragging rights went to a team whose tight bonding in 2013's W1 crew doubtless helped, though they were closely followed by a more eclectic team who were finally beaten only on the third tie-breaker criterion. PBC's recently appointed Archive Officer, Hugh Burton (2012, Natural Sciences) gave us a short presentation into what the Club is hoping to accomplish by collecting memories of past rowers (in conjunction with the wider college Archive). This led to some lively discussion amongst a group of stragglers not quite into the wee hours."
Valentine’s Day Concert, 14 February
Love is in the air! Whether you were looking for a soundtrack for your romantic evening or wanted to share the special day with us, RCMS spiced up Valentine’s Day with an incredible Valentine’s Day Concert. Watch it again here.
With very best wishes from all at Robinson,

Sarah, Catherine, Liz, Helen and Norbert
Robinson College Development Office