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Robinson College Virtual Donor Day , Sunday 28 June 2020

Robinson College Virtual Donor Day , Sunday 28 June 2020

Donor Day is a celebratory occasion which gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude to those who have supported Robinson since its Foundation, over 40 years ago. This year the day is held in the virtual domain, and it gives us a great pleasure to invite you to join us and enjoy the especially prepared programme from the comfort of your home, or wherever you may be. We hope that very soon we will have a chance to offer you our thanks in person at Robinson. 


Please click on the titles below to view the recordings on YouTube.


     Welcome from the Warden 




    'Stories from the Robinson Archive'

    Wing Commander Peter Milloy, Fellow College Archivist             


 Musical interlude, introduced by Francis Bushell, President of Robinson College Music Society'

'Let all mortal flesh keep silence' by Edward Bairstow - Robinson Chapel Choir

 Movement three from Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. IV - Aristo Sham, Robinson College Community Orchestra and Francis Bushell 



Admissions at Robinson (LIVE ZOOM Webinar)

The recording of the live Webinar 'Admissions at Robinson College' is available to watch on-line by following this link

Dr Scott Annett, Admissions Tutor, Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in English. Chaired by Sarah Westwood, Development Director

Scott is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculties of English, Divinity and Italian and Directs Studies in English at Robinson. He is currently working on the relationships between literature, rhetoric, and both expressions of, and responses to, emotion in the Medieval period. More specifically, this work is structured around the intersections between Virgilian ‘pietas’, Dantean ‘pietà’ and Chaucerian ‘pitee’, in turn exploring the role of the vernacular (and translation) in the formation of community. Scott also works on Samuel Beckett, Primo Levi and Dante.  Scott’s other passions are rugby, theatre and travel.

Following his presentation, Scott will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have about how to apply to Cambridge, the aspects of the application process that may have changed in recent years, and the Access work that the admission’s team are undertaking with the support of the RCSA in order to increase the number and diversity of our applicants. In addition to this, we will also have some current Robinson students on the panel to answer any questions that you may have about current student life in College.  






Emily is a second year Historian and President of the Robinson College Students’ Association (RCSA). She liaises with College about student concerns and helps lead the RCSA Committee in supporting the student community. This year, she has done a range of things from creating an Alternative Prospectus to arranging events to keep the Robinson community going during the Covid-19 pandemic (such as a virtual Sports Day with our Oxford sister college, St Catz). She is currently working on organising a virtual Graduation ceremony and is a student member of the selection committee for appointing a new Warden. Emily is also Captain of the Robinson Women’s Netball Team (and is proud to announce they have a consistent track record, losing all bar one match this season!), did some spectacular cutting-out as part of the May Ball decoration sub-committee, and helped found the not-particularly-serious-but-still-good-fun Robinson Cheese & Wine Society. In her spare time, she enjoys repeatedly losing at pool in the JCR and attempting to cook elaborate dinners using just the gyp hobs and combi-microwave.





Francis is a second year Music undergraduate at Robinson from Essex. As Francis says, ‘Robinson is a wonderful place that has so many excellent resources which have helped to enhance my Cambridge experience. As a music student, I am often moving across the university to perform and Robinson is in the perfect location from which to go across the city. We are particularly lucky to be so close to the Sidgwick site which holds the Arts and Humanities Faculty buildings as well as Cambridge’s main concert venue, West Road Concert Hall. Robinson has a lovely welcoming and vibrant environment which offers many different opportunities for students. I have got heavily involved with the very active College Music Society of which I have been the President for the past year. As well as music, there are many different and varied societies and sports on offer for all. Robinson is a fantastic College, and I feel so lucky to be a member of the community.’





Christopher is a third year Medical Student from Hong Kong and a grateful recipient of the Prince Philip Scholarship. He has recently completed his Tripos final exams and will be graduating in absentia this summer before proceeding to clinical school. During his three years at Robinson College, he has held multiple roles in the Robinson College Students’ Association, was Advisor to the May Ball Committee and a highly active member of musical life within the college. In 2018, he travelled with the College Chapel Choir to Porto, Portugal. Outside of the college affairs, Christopher is Director of Events at the Cambridge University Medical Society and found the MedVets’ Orchestra this year. In his free time, he can be found sipping Chai Latte in the Red Brick Cafe, spending time in the JCR and performing at concerts, balls and charity events. Christopher first attended an alumnus event when the Warden visited Hong Kong in 2018, and he looks forward to meeting more of the Robinson family.            


A virtual after-dinner speech  from Neil Mullarkey (1980)

Neil Mullarkey co-founded London's Comedy Store Players, Europe's top improvisation ensemble, in 1985, and still performs with them. He has acted on TV, radio and in two Austin Powers films with his former comedy partner, Mike Myers. Nowadays his communication and creative expertise is in demand across the world. He has worked in 24 countries with clients including Google, Microsoft, Saatchi & Saatchi, Vodafone, EY, Deloitte and Unilever. He is a regular speaker at the London Business Forum and a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, City University of London. His book, 'Seven Steps to Improve Your People Skills' was published in 2017. He was a student at Robinson College, arriving just as the new building was being finished in 1980. He studied Economics Part I then Social & Political Sciences Part II when he could, because he was also centenary President of the Footlights.


    Musical finale (Robinson musicians)

   'Summertime' by G. Gershwin arr Orford

    'Praise my Soul the King of Heaven' by J.Goss - Carl Ashworth

    'Is my team ploughing?' by G. Butterworth - Tom Moy

     'Romance' from 2 pieces for piano 6 hands by S. Rachmaninoff - Francis Bushell

      'The Hills are alive' by R. Rogers and 'We'll meet again' by R. Parker and H. Charles - Harriett Edwards                 



   Dr Mary Stewart, Life Fellow, Founding Fellow, former Deputy Warden and Fellow in MML (German)