Robinson College News
March 2021

A farewell, a festival, a Fellow - Events and news from Robinson College

Alumni bid farewell to the Warden after 20 transformative years
Thanks to all alumni and friends who joined us for the Alumni Forum on 27 March. The live online interview led by Philip Moser QC featured a lively Q&A and contributions from some of Professor David Yates’ most significant partnerships of the past two decades. 
In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of this interview here and see full versions of the contributors’ tributes here:
Introducing the Professor David Yates Master’s Scholarships 
This week we launch the Professor David Yates Master’s Scholarships, to celebrate his 20 years with us and to make much-needed funding available to those students who need it most. At a time when there has arguably never been a greater need for research, there is very little financial support available for graduate students to study at Master’s level and many sadly leave academia and their potential contributions to life-changing research are lost. 
The Warden firmly believes that academic excellence should be available to everyone and that we all have a responsibility to ensure that there are no barriers preventing tomorrow’s leaders from accessing a first-class education today. We hope that you share his ambition to make graduate study accessible to all, and invite you to join your fellow alumni in supporting the new Professor David Yates Master’s Scholarships
Inspirational Robinson women
We are proud of Robinson’s inspirational women and overwhelmed by the response to our March International Women’s Day social media campaign. Our 35 stories have so far reached 200,000 impressions and 13,000 engagements (likes, clicks, comments). Thanks to all Robinsonians who agreed to share their stories. find them on FacebookTwitterInstagram and LinkedIn
Do ask to join the LinkedIn alumni group if you’re not already a member. #IWD #IWD2021 #RobinsonWomen. 
The Cambridge Festival 2021
In case you missed any of the Robinson College speakers at The Cambridge Festival (till 4 April), several sessions are available to view on demand: 
Before Gallipoli, There Was Homer: The New Trojan War of 1915 with Professor Samuel N.C. Lieu, a Bye-Fellow of Robinson College, who will look at two sites of historic heroism, Troy and Gallipoli, and the notions of patriotism and class superiority.
Concussion in sport: What you need to know with Dr Naomi Deakin, a Robinson College medicine graduate student, who will tell us about sports-related brain injuries, their symptoms and treatments.
How does insecurity impact wellbeing? with Dr Duncan Astle, a Fellow of Robinson College, Programme Leader at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. He will speak about his research on the impact of COVID on young people's mental health.
The Robinson College researcher finding inspiration for the planet’s future in Latin American Art
Dr Joanna Page, Robinson Fellow, Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages, and Reader in Latin American Literature and Visual Culture, talks to This Cambridge Life about her research in Latin American art projects that engage with scientific techniques, and which inspire us to find better ways of living in balance with the world. Her research explores how Latin American thinkers and artists challenge our ideas about nature and advance the rights of all species, not only humans, to pursue life. Read the article at this link.
The latest from our access and outreach team
We have an exciting programme of schools outreach lined up this year, to support Robinson’s aim to attract and welcome all students and prospective applicants, especially those from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented at the University.
April is a busy month, with the annual Robinson College Teachers’ Conference open to all staff at all UK schools to gain insight into the Cambridge application process and tips on how to support students to make competitive applications. The Women in Science Festival for Year 11 and 12 students takes place online for the first time this year, 19-22 April. And the Robinson Access Programme (RAP) for Year 11 state school students is open for applications until 12 April. Find out more in Schools’ Liaison Officer Ruth Moss’s report on the work of the access and outreach team here.
Pork pies and beer, glass making and the notion of beauty: Book Bridges
In her latest instalment from a year-long journey through the treasures of the College Library Collection, College Librarian Ms Judith Brown looks at the story of digestion as examined by two 19th century academics from the University of Heidelberg, the notion of beauty as expressed through the glass making partnership of John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens, a bookplate from the library of the Countess of Warwick, and more. Follow Judith’s explorations on the College website and Twitter
Big names speak to Dr Simon Perry
In recent months, College Chaplain Rev Dr Simon Perry has conducted some extraordinary interviews with contemporary thinkers under the theme of Voices from Outside the Window. We’ve had Rev Al Sharpton (who spoke at George Floyd’s funeral) on civil rights, Peter Hitchens on changing one’s mind, Lee Camp on speaking truth to power, Helen Buyniski on exposing Wikipedia, and many more.
Tune in here to watch series one and two.
Warden’s Asia Pacific Farewell Event
13 May at 7.00pm HK/SG time (12.00noon UK)
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 this year has been unable to do so due to the pandemic. The event will be hosted by Adrian Li (1992, Law) and will include tributes from alumni in the region. Registration is open for all alumni and friends in Asia Pacific. Please follow this link to book your place. 
Perception, Power, Representation and Diversity in the Media: a comparative approach between the UK and the US

RAFT (Robinson College Alumni Film and Television) Group
6 March

RAFT held a successful second event on 6 March. Lola Adesioye (SPS, 2000) introduced us to the media's role in shaping public perceptions, paying particular attention to what this when it came to media-driven portrayals of oppressed and disadvantaged groups. She drew on her understanding of and experience in both British and American media. You can watch the recording of this event by following this link.



Don't forget about your news for Easter 2021 Bin Brook

We look forward to receiving your news to be published in the forthcoming Easter edition of Bin Brook magazine. We are always eager to hear from you about your successes, births, marriages, matters that are close to your heart which you would like to share with your friends and the rest of the Robinson community.

Please write with your stories and news to . Thank you!

With very best wishes from all at Robinson,

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