Robinson College News
July 2020

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

A group of students standing on the garden bridge looking straight at the cameraRobinsonians around the world rally to support #RobinsonPeople
In June the Warden wrote to Robinson alumni and friends asking for their help to support Robinson’s people in this time of crisis. The response was incredible. To date the appeal has raised a fabulous £134,172 in donations and pledges which will go to help Robinson lessen the impact of this pandemic on its students and staff. Twenty three of the one hundred and eighty donors made their first ever gift to Robinson, so their donations will also qualify for match funding from the Harding Challenge Fund, so that the University can do even more for its undergraduates in greatest need. Every gift makes a difference, but there is one particularly exciting donation that we will let you know about very soon.
A portrait of smiling Suzanne Jacob with dark long hair over her right shoulderLiving lives safe from abuse during lockdown and beyond
Suzanne Jacob (MML, 1999) is a CEO at SafeLives, the UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good. Suzanne reflects on how severely the Lockdown affected the situation of the victims of the domestic abuse and what we, as a society, should do after the Lockdown restrictions are eased and eventually lifted. She also talks about a group of Robinson Alumni who have offered their support over the years. Read more here.
A portrait of the College nurse smiling wearing black-rimmed glassesRobinson's College Nurse vs. COVID-19
With the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing Lockdown, the work and the working environment of Robinson College Nurse changed drastically. Kim Freeman faced looking after the members of our community who were 'stranded' at the College and left isolated. And yet they were not alone. Kim talks about wonderful people she has been working with for the past months in their effort to offer adeqaute medical and psychological support to our students and members if staff. Read more here.
A group standing in Robinson College Hall dressed in capes and ties in three rowsRobinson College Student Association vs. COVID-19
The 2019-2020 RCSA Committee have worked extraordinary hard to offer the whole College community support, keeping Robinson's People together and motivated at those unparalled times of hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Lockdown. The Big Robinson Blanket, the Virtual Sports Day, the Welfare Pack Scheme and the RC Students' Prospectus are only a few of the initiatives of the RCSA that have kept us all going. Read more here.
A black and white portrait of Dr Ying JinTravel patterns and the spread of COVID-19
In his latest research, Dr Ying Jin, Fellow Director of Studies in Architecture and his colleague Dr Kaveh Jahanshahi have been working on the new ways of capturing data of people's movements across Britain. In the course of their research they have identified the similarities in the travel patterns and the spread of Coronavirus. Read more here.
A portrait of Professor Rachel Oliver smilingCongratulations to Professor Rachel Oliver
One of our Fellows, Rachel Oliver, Professor of Materials Science and Director of Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride, has been celebrated in 2020 Top 50 Women in Engineering. This year's Women in Engineering Award has as its theme Sustainability in view of the Climate Emergency. Professor Oliver has been recognised for her work on improving efficiency of the light emitting diodes which in turn leads to reduction in green house gas emissions and the energy costs. Read more here.
CD Cover Ralph Vaughan Williams The Choir of Robinson CollegeRobinson College Chapel Choir NEW CD IS OUT
Robinson College Chapel Choir has released its latest CD, featuring sacred and secular choral music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Conducted by the Director of Chapel Music Simon Brown, and produced by alumna and ex-organ scholar Sarah MacDonald, the new CD combines hymns and anthems from the Anglican liturgy with six unaccompanied folk-song arrangements. It also includes solo contributions from five of the choir's present choral scholars and four of the college's young organists. Familiar works such as "Linden Lea", "O taste and see" and "Rhosymedre" are interspersed with rarities such as "The lover's ghost" and "Prelude and Fugue in C minor. You can purchase the CD here.
a group of people walking thorugh the college gardensRobinson hosts its first virtual Donor Day
Little did we know when we planned our events programme for 2020 about the increasing role that technology would play in our lives durng the pandemic or how we would have to re-think our plans. Sunday 28th June saw the first virtual Robinson event, a Donor Day designed to say ‘Thank you’ to our donors. Fellows, staff and students across Robinson worked together to create a programme that could be enjoyed from home, by alumni around the globe. The programme was a mixture of pre-recorded talks and musical performances and also included a live interactive Zoom webinar hosted by Admissions Tutor, Dr Scott Annett on ‘Admissions at Robinson’. For those unable to join us, the recordings from this day can be found here.
Our programme of events has been postponed temporarily owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government restrictions and recommendations. Please keep an eye on the events pages of our website, and on your email inbox, for further news.
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With very best wishes from all at Robinson,

Sarah, Catherine, Norbert and Helen
Robinson College Development Office