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Tuesday 21 March 2017

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Emmanuel in the University Challenge Semi-Final!

Emmanuel College will be playing their semi-final match against Wolfson College, Cambridge on Monday 27 March at 8pm on BBC2. 

Team Emma are riding a wave of confidence after four increasingly strong victories, defeating Corpus Christi College, Oxford by 170-55 in the second Quarter-Final match, Warwick 200-90 in the first Quarter-Final, SOAS by 195-130 in the Second Round and Nottingham 175-135 in Round One.

With the indomitable social media icon and Wolfson captain, Eric Monkman, taking on Team Emma, this match is being hyped as one of the most anticipated University Challenge encounters of all time!

Wednesday 15 March 2017

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Emmanuel feature in Boat Race 2017 line-up!

We are thrilled to announce that Freddie Davidson (2016), a first-year undergraduate reading Engineering, will be racing in this year's Boat Race in seat number 2 in the Men's Blue Boat.

Cambridge will be rowing with an overall heavier crew, 747.6kg (117.7 stone), to Oxford's 721.7kg (113.6 stone). Cambridge’s men's first boat includes two members of the 2016 winning team, and they are chasing a second consecutive win after last year's triumph. 

The Cancer Research Boat Race 2017 will take place on Sunday 2 April at 5.35pm; coverage will be live on BBC One.

Tuesday 14 February 2017

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More University Challenge Success!

We are absolutely thrilled that our University Challenge team won their second Quarter-Final against Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The score was a very decisive 175-55, and the team have qualified for the Semi-Finals; we are so very proud of our Members: Tom Hill (2014), Leah Ward (2015), Bobby Seagull (2015) and Bruno Barton-Singer (2014)

The match was broadcast on BBC2 on Monday 13 February; further details about the Semi-Finals will be announced soon.

Thursday 9 February 2017

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University Challenge Second Quarter Final - Emmanuel vs Corpus Christi, Oxford

Emmanuel's University Challenge team will play their second Quarter Final group stage of University Challenge on Monday 13 February at 8pm on BBC 2. Victory for either team will see them progress to the Semi Final, but defeat will mean they have to return for an 'eliminator' match in March. This match involves the series champions of 2009 and 2010.

The team take on the Cambridge-conquering Corpus Christi College, Oxford in their second Quarter Final match, and they have highest cumulative score in the tournament. They have defeated two Cambridge sides so far: Jesus College 200-175 in Round 1 and reigning champions Peterhouse 175-150 in Round 2. Their first Quarter Final was a resounding 250-70 defeat of Bristol University; the coming match promises to push Emmanuel College to their limits.

Tuesday 31 January 2017

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University Challenge Success!

The Emmanuel College University Challenge team - Tom Hill (2014), Leah Ward (2015), Bobby Seagull (2015) and Bruno Barton-Singer (2014) - won their first Quarter-Final match against Warwick University, with a score of 200-90. We are so proud of the team, and look forward to their second Quarter-Final, when a win would qualify them for the Semis.

The match was broadcast on Monday 30 January, at 8pm on BBC2. Previous matches can be found on YouTube:

Monday 30 January 2017

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University Challenge

Emmanuel College will be playing University Challenge against the highly-rated Warwick University in their first Quarter Final match, tonight (Monday 30 January) on BBC2 at 8pm. Teams have to win two matches to qualify for the semi-finals; Emmanuel defeated SOAS 195 - 130 in Round 2 and Nottingham 175 - 135 in Round 1.

Warwick have the 2nd highest cumulative score in the tournament. They defeated Liverpool University 235- 95 (Round 1) and University of East London 195 - 55 (Round 2), so it promises to be a challenging encounter.

Friday 20 January 2017

Image for the news item Tribute to Francois Reverchon by Fiona Reynolds, Master

Tribute to Francois Reverchon by Fiona Reynolds, Master

A few weeks after Francois was diagnosed with what turned out to be his final illness, we sat down together to talk.  I wanted to know more about this charismatic, clever man who had transformed Emmanuel's reputation for food, and with whom I'd enjoyed working for the last four years.  He was more than happy to tell his story. 

He told me about coming to England from Switzerland as a young chef in 1976.  He worked first at the Dorchester Hotel in London before moving on, as chefs do, from one kitchen to another to gain experience, in Francois’ case, in such exotic locations as the Bahamas, Ivory Coast, the Maldives and Sri Lanka before accepting a job at the famous Gleneagles Hotel.  But after three years he was beginning to realise that the prospects for promotion in Scotland were limited when he was advised in no uncertain terms that if he really wanted to get on he must move. 'Go south, young man!' he was told.  So he did, moving with Susie and their family, first to help set up a new Country and Conference hotel in Newbury, and then on to Donington Park. 

It was soon after that, in 1993, that he saw an advert for executive chef at Emmanuel College in Cambridge.  He had little idea either of what Emmanuel College was, or what working in an Oxbridge College might be like.  But he applied and his interviewer was Lord St John of Fawsley who had serious ambitions for the college.  The rest, as they say, is history. 

But Francois did not, initially, have an easy time.  He found problems: a financial deficit and college menus that were nothing like those he was used to.  His passion was for excellent food and wine, beautifully presented and prepared. 

So he set to to put things right.  He knew he couldn't do it all at once so he started with the food.  Good food, well sourced, cooked and served.  He recruited a new team - among them chef Matt Carter who has also been with us ever since.  Within a year people were starting to talk about Emmanuel.  Francois' food was delicious.  He then started to get to grips with the deficit and after five years of hard work the kitchens were turning in a profit.  That too has continued, with the addition of weddings (of which there have been so many) and outside functions.

But why, I asked Francois, did you stay?  What happened to the mobile chef, moving on often, always seeking something better?   Ah well he said - and don't we all know that 'ah well'? - I fell in love.

Of course he did.  He was already, of course, in love with Susie, and they had a young family to look after.  And he reminded me that while most top chefs spend Christmas cooking, a college closes at Christmas, Easter and for a time in the summer, offering a more family friendly life than a commercial hotel or restaurant.  He treasured that, though no one worked harder than Francois when term was in full swing.

But most of all he stayed because he fell in love with Emmanuel.  He told me that there was never a dull moment: things were always changing and there was always more to do.   The food got better and better, earning Emmanuel the reputation in Cambridge for the best High Table dining.  Supported by his second Master, Shon Ffowcs Williams, Francois encouraged his team of young chefs to enter competitions.  He described, hilariously, what it was like in the early days of 1996 and 1997, driving an old banger up to Huddersfield with practically a whole portable kitchen in the back – ‘a nightmare!’ he said.  And they were soon winning, as they continue to do to this day.

He loved his team and became a father figure to them, cajoling (and sometimes more) as they juggled with the pressures of feeding and serving hundreds of students, Fellows and guests; occasionally (in Lord St John’s day) with the added frisson of visiting Royalty.   He loved the fact that there was always something new to do or to plan for, whether designing the new kitchens or taking on new outside work.  He loved the students, some of whom could consume vast quantities of food without apparently noticing what they were eating, while some – it has to be said – were extremely demanding.  His Food Forum, to discuss food with the students, was a great success though he showed me how the complexity of different dietary needs has changed in recent years, from everyone eating the same menu to more than a dozen different demands today.

He also loved the Fellows, demanding though we too might sometimes be.  He told me of one - sadly no longer with us - who insisted on a freshly made apple pie every single day, often served with cream.  He got it, of course, and I know I speak on behalf of all the Fellows, staff and many others here today who have appreciated Francois’ care for us over the years, loving him in return.

But most of all, he told me, he loved Emmanuel.  Our buildings, our sense of place and long history, and our people, past and present.  When things ‘got crazy’ in the kitchen (which, amazingly enough, they sometimes did), he told me, he would walk out into Front Court and look up at the chapel, where we are now.  The sight of Wren's clock turret, often against a starry sky, sometimes adorned with a full moon, brought peace.  His problems would just melt away.

Francois was an inspirational leader, a brilliant chef, a passionate and devoted husband, father and grandfather; and a dear colleague and friend.  He brought joy, exquisite food and a passion for excellence to Emmanuel, building a reputation of which we are all incredibly proud.  We remember him with enormous affection, admiration and awe:  we will never forget him.  

Friday 6 January 2017

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Francois Reverchon

Emmanuel College is very sad to report the death of Francois Reverchon.  He came to Emmanuel in 1993 as Executive Head Chef before becoming our Head of Catering.  He made an enormous contribution to Emmanuel, building our reputation for excellent food and nurturing a talented team of prize-winning chefs.  We will all miss him.

A service to celebrate his life will be held in the College Chapel at 2.30pm on Wednesday 18 January: all are welcome to attend.

Monday 19 December 2016

Image for the news item Dr Laura Moretti has just published a new monograph: Recasting the Past: An Early Modern Tales of Ise for Children (Brill, 2016).

Dr Laura Moretti has just published a new monograph: Recasting the Past: An Early Modern Tales of Ise for Children (Brill, 2016).

In Recasting the Past: An Early Modern Tales of Ise for Children Laura Moretti recreates in image and text the unresearched 1766 picture-book Ise fūryū: Utagaruta no hajimari (The Fashionable Ise: The Origins of Utagaruta). The introduction analyses Utagaruta through a discussion of the textual scholarship relating to chapbooks and kusazōshi. It also contextualizes this work to shed new light on the reception history of the canonical Tales of Ise and to position Utagaruta within the realm of children’s literature. This is followed by the full transcription and translation of Utagaruta, with annotations to each image. Learned and visually rich, Moretti’s study permits the reader to enjoy the inventiveness and beauty of early modern Japanese literature.

This publication targets undergraduate and graduate students as well as specialists interested in early modern Japanese literature and the reception of The Tales of Ise. The book includes an introduction that discusses topics relevant to those working in the fields of textual scholarship, book history, popular print culture and children’s literature. The reproduction of the original picture-book, together with the integral diplomatic transcription of the text, is a valuable tool in the study of Japanese early-modern palaeography.

Monday 12 December 2016

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Dr Robert Macfarlane publishes his latest essay written in aid of Migrant Offshore Aid Station

Emmanuel Fellow and Landmarks author Dr Robert MacFarlane’s latest essay, ‘The Gifts of Reading’, has been published online.

The essay, about gifts and generosity, was written in aid of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which saves refugee lives in the Mediterranean.

Friday 9 December 2016

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Cambridge win at the Varsity Match

We are very proud that Cambridge were the winners of the 134th Varsity Match on Thursday 8 December, with a scoreline of 18-23; this brings Cambridge's total wins to 61, to Oxford's 59.

We congratulate our two Junior Members who played in the match, Mike Phillips and Seb Tullie. Mike scored the first try for Cambridge in the 38th minute – we are thrilled for this success.

Friday 2 December 2016

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Emmanuel Students make Varsity Rugby Squads

Both the Men and Women’s Varsity Rugby teams have been announced ahead of next week’s battle with Oxford at Twickenham.

Congratulations to Emmanuel’s Michael Phillips, Sebastian Tullie, Laura Nunez-Mulder, Emily Pratt, Sophie Farrant for making the squads.

We will be rooting for you!

Monday 28 November 2016

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University Challenge

Emmanuel College are playing our second round of University Challenge against The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London tonight (Monday 28th Nov) at 8pm on BBC 2. 

Friday 18 November 2016

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Emmanuel Porters' Fundraiser for Children In Need

Emmanuel College Porters' raised a fantastic £475 for Children in Need, through their Fancy Dress Tea and Cake Morning.

They will be adding this to £245 raised from the Porters' Charity Fund and £280 from the Students' Cycle Sale, making a grand total of £1000! 

Thank you to everyone who donated. 

Friday 18 November 2016

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British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association in Cambridge: 'News and Copyright'

On Thursday, 10th November 2016, the College hosted a seminar on behalf of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association ('BLACA').

The topic of the seminar was 'news and copyright', and the goal was to consider the impact of digital communications media on journalism, and the implications this might have for copyright, both as a means of protection for news producers and by offering freedom from copyright liability to such actors. Underpinning the inquiry was a deeper question: what is, and what is special about, journalism?

Laurie Kaye began by describing the financial problems facing print journalism, in particularly falling subscriptions and advertising revenue, thus setting the backdrop to the European Commission proposal to create a new exclusive right for press publishers, enabling them to control the reproduction or making available to the public of any 'item' in such a publication for a period of 20 years. Kaye, a solicitor who operates as a consultant for the European Publishers Council, suggested that the new right might increase digital revenues of such publishers by up to 10%.

Dr Richard Danbury (Leicester De Montfort) responded by arguing that the proposed right was inappropriate and poorly defined, and suggested that there were considerable doubts as to whether it would be effective.

Danbury, who spent much of his career as a broadcast journalist (with the BBC's Newsnight), acknowledged concerns over the plight of print publishing, in particular, the European Commission's anxieties over the implications of the changes for the proper functioning of democracy.

However, Danbury noted that the proposed right was so broad that it would confer rights on a host of publishers that in no sense could be said to be involved in promoting democracy. Moreover, Danbury expressed doubts as to whether the proposed right could possibly achieve its goal, given the experience in Germany and Spain where similar innovations has yielded no additional licensing revenue to newspaper publishers.

In the third presentation, Alexis Hawkes (head of IP at the BBC) examined the importance to news organisations of the exception from the scope of copyright of 'fair dealing for reporting current events'. In her review, she considered in detail the High Court decision in English and Welsh Cricket Board v. Tixdaq over the operation of the defence in relation to the 'Fantatix' platform, which permitted users to upload 8 second video clips of footage of sports events. In holding that such uploads were not for the purpose of reporting current events, the High Court held that while the fair dealing exception was flexible enough to encompass so-called 'citizen journalism', but not 'sharing for consumption.' Hawkes argued that the case confirmed existing principles of copyright. She went on to emphasise that in general the BBC preferred to obtain licences to use content even for news broadcasting, in part because exceptions vary from country to country (so can be complex and uncertain), but also because it is conscious of the need to maintain good relations with established content producers whose material it needs for many of its general broadcast services. The fair dealing exception was more likely to be relied upon, however, where the BBC wanted to use short excerpts of 'user-generated content'.

After a lively debate, Dr Gillian Davies (Hogarth Chambers; Visiting Professor at QMUL), the Chairwoman of BLACA offered thanks to the speakers for an engaging discussion, as well at to the College for hosting the event.

Friday 28 October 2016

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Death of Negar Miralaei

The College is very sorry to report the sad news of the death of Negar Miralaei, a 4th year Emmanuel postgraduate student who was about to complete her PhD in the Computer Laboratory, who has been killed in an accident.  Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Negar at this sad time.

Friday 28 October 2016

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Emmanuel Chefs help bring home Gold for England in Culinary Olympics

Congratulations to Emmanuel's Nathan Aldous and Daniel Abbs who were part of the British Culinary Federation Team, which took home the Gold medal in the Restaurant of Nations Event and Bronze in the International Buffet Event at the Culinary Olympics in Germany this week.   

Friday 30 September 2016

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Emmanuel College Law School

On the 27th and 28th September, Emmanuel College held its first Law School Residential to give sixth form students a taste of what it's like to study Law at Cambridge University.  

24 students attended lectures and seminars on topics such as constitutional law and grappled with questions such as 'Who should trigger Article 50 to begin the process of Brexit?'

Friday 30 September 2016

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Brewer Hall Poetry Prize

The annual Brewer Hall prize for an original poem or poems in English was endowed by Mr A. R. Hall, a member of Emmanuel College, in honour of his former Tutor, Professor Derek Brewer.

The Prize is open to undergraduate members of the University and to graduate students of not more than three years’ standing. The Prize will be awarded for a collection of original poems in English totalling not more than 200 lines in length. The value of the prize is £500, although a shared prize may be awarded. The Prize will not be awarded twice to the same person.

Entries should be typed and single-spaced. The entrant’s name should not be on the poems. Instead, each collection should be identified by a motto, and accompanied by a sealed envelope marked with the motto, and containing the entrant’s name and contact details (College, email address, and telephone number). A selection from the winning poem or poems is usually printed in the Emmanuel College Magazine for that year.

The entries should be submitted to Dr Corinna Russell, Emmanuel College.

The deadline for the entries is 2 May 2017.

Thursday 15 September 2016

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Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith

Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith, Emeritus Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, died on Tuesday 13 September, after a long illness.  Professor Riley-Smith's funeral will take place on Tuesday 27 September at 12.15pm at the church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Hills Road, Cambridge.

Monday 8 August 2016

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University Challenge

We are thrilled to announce that the College will be on this series of University Challenge! Our team consists of Bruno Barton-Singer (2014), Tom Hill (2014), Bobby Seagull (2015) and Leah Ward (2015) and our match against a team from Nottingham University will be broadcast on Monday 15 August at 7.30pm on BBC2.

Friday 29 July 2016

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Andela Saric's Study Identifies How Proteins in the Brain Build Up Rapidly in Alzheimer’s Disease

Emmanuel Fellow, Andela Saric, is the first and corresponding author of study that appears to have identified – and shown that it may be possible to control – the mechanism that leads to the rapid build-up of the disease-causing ‘plaques’ that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. The study was also covered in the journal Nature Physics last week: 

Friday 1 July 2016

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Professor Sir Geoffrey Hill

We are very sorry that Professor Sir Geoffrey Hill, Fellow of Emmanuel 1981–88 and Honorary Fellow since 1990, died on 30 June 2016.

One of the greatest English poets of the postwar era, he came from a Chair at Leeds to a teaching Fellowship in English at Emmanuel from 1981 until 1988, when he left for a post at Boston University. Already celebrated for his early collections – For the Unfallen (1959), King Log (1968), Mercian Hymns (1971) and Tenebrae (1978) – he published while at Emmanuel his Mystery of the Charity of Charles Peguy (1983). To a Fellow who politely enquired if he’d written it that summer he replied with feeling that he’d been writing that poem for ten years. From his later years in America and since came a great flowering of collections, gathered in his Broken Hierarchies 1952–2012 (2013). Also a remarkable critic and thinker about poetry, his collected critical writings were published in 2008. Winner of numerous prizes and awards, Geoffrey Hill was awarded honorary doctorates by both Oxford and Cambridge, elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2010–15 and knighted in 2012.  It was to Oxford that he had gone to study English – from humble origins in Worcestershire which he never forgot – and he would recall being viva’d for a First by Tolkien.

Elected an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel from 1990, Geoffrey Hill always retained the greatest affection for the College and preached memorably at the Commemoration of Benefactors in 2010. He was an electrifying reader of poetry, and those who heard him read Vaughan’s ‘They are all gone into a world of light’ at the memorial service for Derek Brewer will never forget it. Only in April of this year Geoffrey Hill gave a memorable reading in Emmanuel, the latest of a number. On the day of his death he was buying books in Heffers, and the same day saw publication by Penguin of his new English version of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.

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Monday 27 June 2016

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Chapel Choir Perform in Munich

Emmanuel's Chapel Choir are on tour and have been wowing audiences in Munich with their performances of music from the English church repertoire. The Choir have also meeting up with College Members in Germany, and University alumni.

Friday 24 June 2016

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Graduation Day

More than 150 Emmanuel College students graduated on Friday. Following an official graduation ceremony at Senate House, students and their friends and families celebrated with lunch in the College's Front Court.

Friday 10 June 2016

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Master Dame Fiona Reynolds Launches New Book

Emmanuel's Master, Dame Fiona Reynolds, launched her new book The Fight for Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future in the beautiful surroundings of the College's Old Library.  Dame Fiona was introduced by Emmanuel Fellow and Samuel Johnson Prize Shortlisted author Dr Robert MacFarlane, before giving a brief talk and signing copies of her book. 

Wednesday 25 May 2016

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Emmanuel's Barnaby Walker creates Cambridge's First Pedal Powered Punt

Emmanuel Engineering Student Barnaby Walker has created Cambridge's First Pedal Powered Punt!

Barnaby began working on the 'Punt-Cycle' last year as a challenge from his supervisor Hugh Hunt, an Emmanuel Alumni. 

The 'Punt-Cycle' in action.

Friday 22 April 2016

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The Story of Black

Dr John Harvey participated in two discussions of his book 'The Story of Black' at the Getty Centre in Los Angeles on 1 May and 4 May 2016. The panel discussion 'What Does Blackness Mean?' can be seen at:

Friday 22 April 2016

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Emmanuel Win Rugby Cuppers

Emmanuel Men’s Rugby team triumphed on Wednesday night (20th April) against the amalgam team of Corpus Christi, Clare, King’s colleges to win the final of the Men’s Rugby Inter-collegiate Cuppers Competition.

With a final score of 24-29, the final made for an exciting game

Tuesday 19 April 2016

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Louise Riley-Smith Head Porters of Cambridge Exhibition

PORTERS: An exhibition of portraits of college Head Porters by local artist Louise Riley-Smith is being held at the Pitt Building, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RP from Saturday 18th June to Monday 25th June 2016.

Head Porters are the unsung heroes of the Cambridge colleges: their work is vital both to the fellows and students of the college and relations with the public. Yet they rarely seek the limelight.

Now a Cambridge artist has decided to celebrate Cambridge’s head porters with an exciting exhibition of their portraits.

Louise Riley-Smith was inspired by a comment of her husband, a retired history professor and fellow of Emmanuel College, who suggested she work on a project to paint all the porters, so she picked up the idea and ran with it.

Since 2014 Riley-Smith, a professional portrait painter, has been painting the head porters either in her central Cambridge studio or on location in the colleges.

Spending around six hours with each of the porters for sittings, the project has been a labour of love since it was started two years ago. She says, ”The first impression is often the important one – it suggests the pose and the composition”.

The project will culminate in an exhibition of nearly 30 paintings at The Pitt Building in central Cambridge as May Week comes to a close in mid-June, a hectic time of year for the head porters who play an important role in their students’ graduation ceremonies. Louise Riley-Smith has completed commissioned portraits which include members of the diplomatic and civil services, clergy, lawyers, senior academics, decorated military personnel, businessmen, landowners and wives and children.

Special Feature – hear interviews with the Porters, download the app on your phone as you look at the portraits!

Friday 15 April 2016

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Dame Fiona Reynolds Guest of Honour at Cirencester College's Award Ceremony

The Master, Dame Fiona Reynolds, was the Guest of Honour at Cirencester College's 24th Annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday 9th April. 

The college celebrated the outstanding talent and work of more than 50 of its students at an awards ceremony.

The Master spoke to the students about her work as an environmentalist stemming from her passion for Geography at school.

Friday 8 April 2016

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At Home and Astray

Dr Phillip Howell has written a piece on the history of pets in the latest CAM magazine.

The article also features many university academics and their dogs, including Emmanuel's own Dr Penny Watson with her dog Pippa.

See Page 28:

Friday 8 April 2016

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Dr Robert Macfarlane gives University of Leicester Creative Writing Lecture

"In March Dr Robert Macfarlane gave the annual University of Leicester Creative Writing Lecture, entitled 'Writing The End of Nature? Art and the Anthropocene'; the lecture was published last week as an essay in the Guardian entitled 'Generation Anthropocene'."

Thursday 31 March 2016

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Dr Javier Ortega-Hernandez interviewed by Cambridge TV

Dr Javier Ortega-Hernandez was recently interviewed by Cambridge TV on his recent research on a 520 million year old fossil. The fossil is thought to be the earliest known and most detailed fossil of the central nervous system yet discovered. 

The fossil, from southern China, has been so well preserved that individual nerves are visible; the first time this level of detail has been observed in a fossil of this age.

The fossil is being used to help researchers understand early animal evolution. 

Thursday 31 March 2016

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David Maxwell awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowship

David Maxwell has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project entitled: Religious Entanglement and the Making of the Luba-Katanga in Belgian Congo.  The study examines missionary scientific engagements with African societies and material cultures. It explores how Africans shaped those research processes and deployed so-called colonial knowledge in the construction and critique of custom and in the making of ethnic identity and ethno-philosophy. 

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