Robinson Women, Wellbeing, The 2022 Alumni Forum and other stories

Robinson College News, March 2022

Dear Robinsonians,

March seems to be going out like a lion, and we have enjoyed two seasons in one week in Cambridge – from spring sunshine to wintry sleet in a matter of days. Roll on April!

As well as poor weather, March brings International Women’s Day and as the only undergraduate College in Cambridge to be founded as co-educational, we are always keen to seize an opportunity to celebrate Robinson women. You can read about the recent achievements of just some of them below. Do get in touch if you have your own story to tell. 

March also saw a focus on supporting student wellbeing with the launch of our Building Resilience fundraising campaign. We are grateful to our alumni and friends who have already supported our work in this vital area. University Mental Health Day was marked with a social media campaign, #30DaysofBinsonKindness, shining a light on the random acts of kindness happening every day at Robinson that help us all thrive.

This month has also seen the long-awaited resumption of events taking place in College, and we were thrilled to welcome back our alumni on a very sunny Saturday for an alumni panel discussion on approaches to Net Zero in the light of COP26 and the conflict in Ukraine. The Alumni Forum was followed by a Reunion Dinner for alumni who matriculated in 1986, 1996 and 2006 - the first alumni event hosted by our Warden, Sir Richard Heaton. 

Until next month, I wish you a very happy April and hope to see you at the Barbican for drinks with the Warden next week.

With very best wishes,

Sarah Westwood
Development Director and Fellow


Congratulations to Professor Oliver!

On International Women's Day, we received fantastic news about  Professor Rachel Oliver becoming the winner of the FDM Every Women in Technology Academic Award. Professor Oliver said: "I'm delighted to receive this award because it honours both my technical achievements and my work on improving the inclusivity of the scientific ecosystem.  Balancing these two facets of my career is an exciting challenge, and I'm proud that both aspects have been recognised in this way."

Firebird: A Bloomsbury Love Story: How inspirational women and feminism influenced Robinsonian Susan Sellers

Susan Sellers, Senior Member at Robinson College, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at St Andrew’s University, has published a new book Firebird: A Bloomsbury Love Story. She explores the life of a pioneering woman artist Lydia Lopokova married to Maynard Keynes and her relationship with Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. You can read more here.


Robinson and Human Rights Reform

Fellow Professor Alison Young, Director of the Centre for Public Law at Cambridge,  has been involved in various activities contributing to human rights reform including helping to co-ordinate the Centre’s evidence submitted to the IHRAR (Independent Human Rights Act Review). You can read more about Professor Young’s work here.


Inequality in the global treatment of head injuries

Our Fellow Professor Peter Hutchinson, Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Cambridge and Director of the NIHR Global Neurotrauma Research Group, and his research team, have just published a paper on traumatic brain injury that highlights global inequality in treatment and causes. You can read more about this new research piece here.


Student wellbeing and welfare take priority at Robinson

Always a College that takes student welfare and wellbeing very seriously, Robinson is now embarking on a much-needed expansion to its wellbeing team and is creating a dedicated wellbeing centre on site. Read more on The Warden’s hopes for this project here.

Thank you for joining our March events!

Thank you to everyone attending our 2022 Alumni Forum and the evening Reunion Dinner. We are particularly grateful to the fantastic panellists and Chair for volunteering their time and coming back to Robinson to share their knowledge and expertise on sustainability: Thea Sherer (Social and Political Science, 1998), Oliver Millican (Land Economy 1999), Elena Vydrine (Sustainability Leadership 2016) and Alastair Marke (Sustainability Leadership, 2017). 

Two alumni united in one cause
Fellow alumni Neil Mullarkey (Social and Political Sciences, 1980) and Chris Coomber (Economics, 2003)  have connected over their shared affiliation with Parkinson’s Disease. You will be able to read more about the background to their association, and scientific advancements in the treatment of the condition, in the forthcoming edition of Bin Brook. In the interim, you can find out more about the event Neil and Chris are working together on to help raise awareness here.


Tuesday, 5 April: The Warden's London Reception - The Barbican Centre, London

Thursday, 21 April: 'Virtual' In Conversation with the Warden, Thursday, 21 April - ZOOM

Sunday, 1 May: Maths Reunion - Robinson College, Cambridge

Saturday, 7 May: York Alumni Get-together - The Chopping Block, York

Friday, 17 June: Moulin Rouge, Robinson College May Ball - Robinson College

Could you help and sponsor Robinson’s May Ball?  


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