First Newsletter from Grange Road, January 2022

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

Dear Robinsonians,

I’m delighted to have this opportunity, before January is out, to wish you, your family and friends the very best for the year ahead.
Sadly, Robinson’s new year has been overshadowed by the death of our dear friend and colleague Dr Steve Trudgill, who was an inspiration and support to so many geographers during the years he championed the subject at Robinson. A memorial service in College is being planned and we hope to bring you more information about this event as soon as we can.

January brought better news in the shape of Professor Wendy Barclay’s (Nat Sci, 1982) award of the CBE for services to virology. Professor Barclay was one of an alumni panel who reflected on The Future of Medicine last year, answering insightful questions from an alumni audience that focussed both on approaches to combating COVID-19, and more broadly on strategies for living a healthy, allergy-free life into old age. You can watch the discussion again on our website.

Although we are all hopeful that the worst of the pandemic is behind us, its impact endures for many members of our College community. Proud of our founding ethos as a College that seeks to provide the support our students need to achieve their best in every area of their life and work at Cambridge, in 2022 Robinson will be launching a student wellbeing programme. Look out for more news of this initiative, and how you can be involved, over the coming months.

Lastly, I am delighted to introduce my new colleague Cristina Feliz, who joined us last year as Alumni and Donor Relations Manager. Cristina is looking forward to getting to know Robinson’s alumni and supporters in 2022.

I hope you enjoy reading more below and look forward to seeing you very soon at the exciting events planned for this year.

With very best wishes,

Sarah Westwood
Development Director and Fellow


Dr Stephen ‘Steve’ Trudgill (1947 – 2022)

It is with the deepest sadness we bid farewell to Fellow Emeritus, Dr Stephen Trudgill on 18 January 2022. 

Steve, as he was known to everyone, was Director of Studies in Geography at Robinson from 1996 until his retirement in 2014, when he became a Emeritus Fellow. You can read more about Steve in the obituary here.

Honoured for services in virology

Professor Wendy Barclay (Natural Sciences – Biological, 1982) has been awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her work and services for Virology. Professor Barclay is Head of the Department of Infectious Disease and Chair in Influenza Virology at Imperial College London. In her research, together with her team, she looks to discover novel vaccines by studying the physiology and morphology of the influenza virus. You can read more about Professor Barclay’s work here.

You can also see other Cambridge alumni who made it to the New Year’s Honours List in 2022 here.


Celebrating legal research in public law

To celebrate its Centenary Edition, the Cambridge Law Journal (CLJ) has selected important articles from its history and has asked current legal scholars to comment and to respond to those articles. For the January edition, the CLJ has chosen the article from Professor Christopher Forsyth, a Life Fellow of Robinson College and asked Alison Young, current Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law and also a Fellow of Robinson College, for her take on the subject matter of Professor Forsyth’s article. This article shows the long-running commitment to legal research in public law at Robinson, how much Professor Forsyth has contributed to this field and how the current generation is taking this forward. You can find the centenary edition here.


Mind Over Chatter podcast

The University of Cambridge has produced Season 3 of Mind Over Chatter podcasts in which invited speakers talk about health. These podcasts will explore both physical and mental health, and discuss causes, treatments and preventions for issues like dementia, cancer, infectious diseases and obesity. Listen to Season 3 here.



Dr Hamied 'Frontiers in Chemistry' Alumni Webinar: Women in Chemistry, Thursday, 3 February

Join the first of our alumni webinars to be generously sponsored by Dr Yusuf Hamied. The theme this year is Women in Chemistry, in support of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science and in recognition of the contribution so many women have made to chemistry. 
Professor of Biological and Biomedical Chemistry, and Fellow of Robinson College, Melinda Duer and Pfizer's Head of Medicine Design, Charlotte Allerton – will discuss their recent research as well as their journeys as women in science. Book your place here.

Japanese books at the court of James I, Thursday, 3 February

Professor Peter Kornicki, Fellow Librarian of Robinson College and an Emeritus Professor in Japanese Studies, will give a talk on Japanese books and how they made their way to England in the seventeenth century when barely anyone could read or understand Japanese and Japanese culture in this country. He will unravel this and other mysteries surrounding the appearance of the Japanese book in King James I’s England. You can join this ZOOM event and register here.


From the College Chapel: ‘The Calls of Nature’, Sundays 6 February - 13 March

Don’t miss the Lent Term ‘The Call of Nature’ Series which discusses the relationship between Nature and humans, every Sunday from 6pm at the College Chapel, followed by the fantastic performance of our College Choir. You are also welcomed to join the College congregation for Regular Chapel Services and Feast Days and Special Events. See the Lent Term cards here.


Brickhouse Theatre Company New Productions: 9-12 February, Blood and Ice and 23-26 February, Splinters

Brickhouse Theatre Company new productions this Lent Term will include Splinters, a musical fantasy exploring individuals’ identities and a sense. Blood and Ice is a story about the journey of Mary Shelley to her Frankenstein based on Liz Lochhead’s famous play. Tickets for both shows are available here. You can read more about the Brickhouse and its productions here. The Brickhouse Theatre Company Lent Term Card.


Friday evening concert series, 21 January – 18 March

Robinson College Music Society has prepared the most exciting programme for their returning series of Friday evening concerts this Lent Term. Come to the Robinson Chapel every Friday until 18 March, at 6.30pm to listen to amazing Robinson musicians performing Brahms, Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Britten and more. No need to book, these concerts are free and open to the public.


Reunion Dinner, Saturday, 26 March

If you matriculated in 1986, 1996 or 2006, we look forward to seeing on 26 March at Reunion Dinner. You should have received your invitation by now. If not, please get in touch with us as soon as possible so we ensure we have the correct contact details for your. You can book your place here. On 24 September we will welcome our matriculands of 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011. If you have not been in touch with us for a long time, please email us to update your contact details. We look forward to seeing you in March or September.


2022 Alumni Forum: '1.5 to stay alive… Is Net Zero possible?', Saturday, 26 March

This year’s Alumni Forum will be a panel discussion Chaired by alumna Thea Sherer (Social and Political Sciences, 1998) on the topic of Net Zero: 1.5 to stay alive... Is Net Zero possible? Governments around the world have set out challenging goals on carbon reduction - with the UK amongst the most ambitious. You can book your participation in the Alumni Forum here and read more about the event on the College's website here.


Warden's London Drinks Reception, Tuesday, 5 April

Robinson’s Warden, Sir Richard Heaton, is looking forward to meeting alumni in London. The date of a drinks reception he will be hosting has changed. Please come and meet Robinson’s new Warden and other members of the College on Tuesday, 5 April at the Barbican’s Conservatory Terrace on Silk Street. Invitations will be going out in the next few weeks. Please check your email boxes regularly. See you in London in Spring.


York Alumni Get-together

We are planning an Alumni Get-together with a group of alumni in the historic city of York. The event will be a lunch gathering, followed by a wine tasting experience. The dates we are currently considering with our alumni organisers are 7 or 8 May 2022. This event will be a great opportunity to catch up with other Robinsonians in the area. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining this event by emailing us. Photo credit: Michael D. Beckwith, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Robinson shop is open

If you feel nostalgic or just wish to treat yourself or your friend to a cute teddy bear, a pair of cufflinks, or a pair of port glasses and a bottle of College port, please visit the Robinson College online shop. Browse the catalogue and take your pick. Enjoy!



With very best wishes from all at Robinson,

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