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Saturday 17 February 2018

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FNTM Arts Fest

Two Emmanuel undergraduates, Ellie Cole and Sammie Ruston, have organised a new arts festival to celebrate the work of female, non-binary and trans male individuals, as groups which may experience disadvantages in the arts as a result of their gender. The FNTM Arts Fest runs throughout the week of 17-25 February, and tickets for events can be found online. 

Thursday 15 February 2018

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Pilkington Prize awarded to two Emma Fellows

Dr Alex Jeffrey (Geography) and Dr Paul Wilkinson (Psychiatry) have each been awarded the 2018 Pilkington Prize for excellent teaching.

The prizes are awarded to individuals who make a substantial contribution to the teaching programme of a Department, Faculty or the University as a whole.

Thursday 8 February 2018

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Sarah d'Ambrumenil discusses #BreakingTheSilence on Women's Hour

Emmanuel Bye-Fellow Sarah d'Ambrumenil was a featured guest on Wednesday, February 7's edition of Women's Hour, speaking in her role as Head of the Office Of Student Conduct at the University.

Sarah spoke on the anonymity of those reporting sexual misconduct and harassment (from 1m20s) and what the University has learned.

Thursday 1 February 2018

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LGBT+ History Month

To mark LGBT+ History Month, the College will be projecting the gay pride flag onto the Chapel, in Front Court, for the duration of February. We will also be flying the flag over College to celebrate, and the students have organised a charity formal to raise awareness.

Thursday 11 January 2018

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Happy 'Birthday', College!

Thursday 11 January marks the anniversary of the signing of the College charter by Elizabeth I in 1584.

It's therefore College's 'birthday', marking 434 years of our foundation. 

Thursday 7 December 2017

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Interview with Emma's winning Varsity ladies

We interviewed Emma students Laura Nunez-Mulder and Emily Pratt, who were part of the Ladies' Varsity rugby team, who won the 2017 Varsity Match at Twickenham on 7 December.

Laura is a fourth-year clinical medic and Emily studies exercise physiology in the Natural Sciences tripos.

How long have you been playing rugby and what got you started?

Laura: I started rowing and playing rugby when I came to College. I found rugby unpredictable and it occupied all my thoughts. It demanded different kinds of fitness: strength and speed and coordination; I soon dropped rowing!

Emily:  I started playing rugby at school aged 15 and in my final year at school, I captained the Cumbria U18 team and had tryouts for the North of England regional team.

Can you outline what normal training for the match would be?

Laura: CURUFC training sessions are varied, but always highly focused. We warm up together, and then split for unit-specific practice. Before a game, we run through gameplay scenarios. Everyone works hard. We build each other up by pointing out improvements, and the whole squad benefits.

Emily: Training typically consists of a team warm up; as a forward this consists of lineouts and scrums. Our drills incorporate our skills into realistic gameplay. These include live tackling games which really help with mental preparation for matches.

When training is tough/challenging, how do you stay motivated?

Laura: When I arrive at training, it occupies my whole mind. All thoughts of my degree and other stressors are paused. My teammates are my friends; they encourage me and support me, and I them. So when life is tough and challenging, I may find it hard to leave my room, but when I get to Grange Road, I feel better. 

Emily: Training can be tough, especially when it gets colder in winter and I'm inundated with work. I stay motivated by thinking about our goal, to win Varsity and how all the hard work will pay off. I know our training not only helps me improve but enables me to work as part of the team; the girls are amazing, so supportive and helpful. I can't imagine what University life would be like for me without rugby, as it has become such an integral part of my life here!

Thursday 23 November 2017

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Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination in the Emmanuel gardens

The College played host to Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination's you are where? workshops during the University's Festival of Ideas in October and November.

Artist Deb Wilenski led their Wild Exchanges around the College, telling the garden's stories of fact and fiction. While the children sketched under the Oriental Plane, she also told Chinese and Irish stories of carp and salmon. 

Monday 20 November 2017

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Dr Hugh Hunt (1984) comments on US Geoengineering

Dr Hugh Hunt (Emma 1984; Department of Engineering) commented on a congressional geoengineering subcommittee meeting in the US, looking at technologies such as binding carbon dioxide to small rock particles to produce aggregate needed for concrete production.

Friday 17 November 2017

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Ahoy! Pirate Porters raise a total of £750 for Children In Need

On Friday 17 November the Emmanuel Porters, dressed as terrifying pirates, held a charity cake sale for Children In Need. Decked-out in their costumes, they sold cakes to students, Fellows, members of staff and the public. At the end of the day, they had raised a total, purely in cake-selling, of £577.53!

On top of the Porters' Charity Fund, a total of £750 was donated to Children In Need.

Tuesday 14 November 2017

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Another #TeamEmma University Challenge win!

We are delighted that the current Emmanuel College University Challenge team, of Edmund Derby, Kitty Chevallier, James Fraser and Alex Mistlin, won their second-round match with a score of 170-105 on Monday 13 November.

The team have secured a place in the prestigious quarter-final group stages of the competition, guaranteeing us at least two more matches!

Monday 13 November 2017

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Team Emma in University Challenge second round

After a thrilling 1st round 170-155 victory by Team Emma over St Hugh's Oxford, the 2017-2018 team return to UK screens at 8pm on BBC Two on Monday 13 November. The team take on Strathclyde University with their highly rated captain Logan.

Monday 23 October 2017

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Dr Jeffrey speaks at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg

On Thursday 19 October Dr Alex Jeffrey, Emmanuel Fellow and one of the Directors of Studies in Geography, gave a speech at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg at the 33rd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in a debate about the future of elections in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dr Jeffrey focused on the potential for international agencies to break the political deadlock in Mostar, a town that has not held local elections since 2008. Reflecting on the various ways in international agencies can exert influence, the speech focused on the reform needed to Bosnian election law coupled with increased support for local civil society activists. The talk ended by reflecting on the changing geopolitical position of Bosnia and the wider Western Balkans as the significance of European agencies is confronted by rising Russian influence.

Monday 23 October 2017

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Dr Archibald's field campaign to the Azores

In October, Dr Alexander Archibald was part of an ACSIS (North Atlantic Climate System Integrated Study) aircraft field campaign, making measurements of the composition of the atmosphere from the UK to the Azores and around the North Atlantic. 

After a fog-laden start, on 20 October, they flew to the Azores, meeting  up with colleagues from NASA who are undertaking a similar set of aircraft flights.

Dr Archibald tweeted his trip @atarchie, and took photographs from the window of the team's airborne laboratory, the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, which is a collaboration between the Natural Environment Research Council and the Met Office.

Monday 23 October 2017

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Dr Penny Watson, President of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr Penny Watson (2002) has been elected President of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine at the annual congress in Malta. 

The ECVIM is the European Specialist college for the veterinary equivalent of consultant physicians, working under the regulations of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. All the members are diplomates in companion animal internal medicine, oncology or cardiology. The College's primary objectives are to advance companion animal medicine in Europe, and the competence of those who practice it, by establishing and maintaining training programmes and examinations and encouraging original research in the field.

Monday 16 October 2017

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Dr Trivedi elected as Deputy Editor of infocus magazine

Dr Vikas Trivedi, John Henry Coates Research Fellow at Emmanuel, has been elected as the Deputy Editor of the Royal Microscopical Society's magazine infocus. The magazine provides a common forum for scientists and technologists who use any form of microscope and includes all branches of microscopy and cytometry. 

Dr Trivedi's current research work focuses on understanding the interplay of mechanical forces and chemical signaling that drive the beautiful self-assembly of cells to shape a developing embryo.

Friday 13 October 2017

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Relocating World Christianity: a publication by Professor Maxwell

Professor David Maxwell's (2010) new book Relocating World Christianity: Interdisciplinary Studies, a combination of regionally focussed case studies and thematic essays, seeking to explain the emergence of World Christianity as a new academic sub-discipline over the last two decades, was published recently Brill, and can be viewed online as an e-book.

Friday 13 October 2017

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Towards an Ethics of Gesture: publication by Dr Ruprecht

Dr Lucia Ruprecht (2004) has published her contributions to her 2016 Symposium at Emma, Towards an Ethics of Gesture in Performance Philosophy  in Volume 3, No. 1 (2017).

Tuesday 3 October 2017

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Dr Crawford comments on the 2017 Nobel Physics Prize

Emma Fellow Carolin Crawford was a featured commentator regarding the Nobel Physics Prize, awarded for the gravitational waves to US astrophysicists Barry Barish, Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss.

Friday 13 October 2017

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Gothic architectural publications by Dr James Hillson

In the summer, Dr Hillson (2016) published two articles regarding his research into Gothic architecture: his essay Imagining Invention was published in British Art Studies, and Decorated Revisited was published online by Brepols.

He also advised on the production of the online digital model of St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster; accompanying research from the University of York, telling the story of a building at the heart of government in Britain for more than seven centuries.

Friday 13 October 2017

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Publication of Professor Broadhurst's interaction studies in Chemistry

Professor Bill Broadhurst's (2005) paper 'Dissecting how modular polyketide synthase ketoreductases interact with acyl carrier protein-attached substrates' was published in the journal Chemical Communications on 13 October. The printed version of the journal will be published later in the month.

Saturday 30 September 2017

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Launch of 'Amateur Musical Societies and Sports Clubs in Provincial France, 1848-1914', a new book by Dr Alan Baker (1970)

On Saturday 30th September 2017, fifty people enjoyed a reception in the Harrods Room of the Queen’s Building to mark the publication of Dr Alan Baker’s new book on the historical geography of amateur musical societies and sports clubs in provincial France 1848-1914, which is published by Palgrave-Macmillan.

A panorama of Dr Baker's talk in the Harrods Room shows Professor Mike Heffernan (left), of the University of Nottingham, who provided a scholarly critique of the book during the launch.

Tuesday 3 October 2017

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Matriculation 2017

The College welcomed our new freshers for their matriculation on Tuesday 3 October; the 2017 photograph was taken on Front Court, with the Master, Dean and Senior Tutor.

We'd like to wish all students a really great Michaelmas term!

Tuesday 3 October 2017

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University Challenge first-round success!

The College's 2017-2018 University Challenge team were victorious over St Hugh's College, Oxford, winning 170-155 in their first-round match on Monday 2 October on BBC Two.

The team, Edmund Derby, Kitty Chevallier, James Fraser and Alex Mistlin, played extremely well, and we are very proud of our continuing success on the programme; long may it continue! 

Click below to watch the match again on BBC iPlayer (sign-in required).

Monday 2 October 2017

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Undergraduate Emily Robb shares her College freshers' week experiences

As we welcome our new freshers to College this week, third-year undergraduate, Emily Robb (2015), shares her experiences with the Cambridge News.

She details how she went from being nervous before arriving at Emmanuel, and how she was welcomed by the College, through the 'parents' system, freshers' week events, and the warmth and friendliness of Emma itself.

Wishing all our new under- and postgraduates a brilliant term; we're so excited to welcome you all to College!

Thursday 5 October 2017

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The Lost Words, a new publication by Dr Robert Macfarlane

Emmanuel Fellow in English, and author of Landmarks, Robert Macfarlane (2002), has published The Lost Words, a new book of acrostic 'spell-poems', a collaboration with author Jackie Morris. The book "stands against the disappearance of wild childhood... [and] ... is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke".

It "captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages", and is accompanied by hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris; a review of the book by Katharine Norbury in the Guardian can be found below, and Dr Macfarlane was interviewed in The Daily Telegraph on Friday 29 September 2017.

Thursday 21 September 2017

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Emma Fellow leading the UK's £65m scientific collaboration with the US

Professor Mark Thomson (2000), Fellow of Emma and Professor at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, has been the elected co-leader of the international DUNE collaboration: a flagship global science project studying the properties of mysterious particles called neutrinos. He is the overall scientific lead of this new UK initiative that could change our understanding of the universe.

To view further information about his work and the £65m Government investment in the project, click below.

Friday 29 September 2017

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Emmanuel on University Challenge

Monday 2 October, at 8pm on BBC Two, sees the return of a new Team Emma on University Challenge for the 2017-18 series, playing against St Hugh's College, Oxford in the first round.

Our team comprises of third-year undergraduates Edmund Derby, Kitty Chevallier and James Fraser, captained by Alex Mistlin and the team reserve is Dani Cugini. 

Friday 29 September 2017

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#TeamEmma on Eggheads

Despite Team Emma's best efforts on Eggheads on Friday 15 September, it was up to Jenny Harris (2008) and Alex Guttenplan (2008) to take on the Eggheads in the final round. Perhaps one of the longest and most tense 'sudden death' rounds on this show, the Eggheads (led by six time World Champion Kevin Ashman) finally defeated Team Emma deep into proverbial "stoppage time".

The episode can be viewed on YouTube (below).

Thursday 14 September 2017

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University Challenge Team on Eggheads!

The College have a compositive 'Team Emma' University Challenge team on BBC Two's quiz show Eggheads on Friday 15 September at 6.30pm.

It is captained by Bobby Seagull, accompanied by Leah Ward and Bruno Barton-Singer from the 2016-17 semi finalists, with Jenny Harris and Alex Guttenplan from the Emma 2009-10 University Challenge champions.

It promises to be an exciting match as many viewers have been waiting for Alex Guttenplan since his performances in 2010. The Eggheads boast the six time and current World Quizzing Champion Kevin Ashman, so the competition will be tough.

Friday 28 July 2017

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Ekaterina Zabolotnaya (2015) was part of the Cambridge University Dancesport Team that won the Varsity Match this year. She and her dance partner, Izaak Jephson, were voted Cambridge Couple of the Year 2017.

Friday 7 July 2017

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Emmanuel College Open Days

Emmanuel welcomed over 2,000 visitors to look around the Colleges and to meet our Admissions team and Admissions tutors. The College offered tours all day and the Tutors were on hand to answer questions about Emma and the University in Front Court.

Tuesday 20 June 2017

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Emmanuel win Windsurfing Cuppers

Helen White (2015) won Windsurfing Cuppers for Emmanuel, winning the Brindley Cup for Windsurfing against St Catherine's in the final.

Friday 7 July 2017

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Student Sailing Successes

Helmi Burton-Papp (2011) and Cat Wallace (2015) sailed on the victorious Ladies Varsity Match Sailing team and were awarded Full Blues

Cat sailed on the Cambridge Blue team that finished 2nd at the British University and College Sailing Team Racing Championships 2016-17 out of over 80 entries; she also sailed on the team that won Round 3 of the RYA Winter Match Racing competition. Helmi sailed on the Cambridge Black team that finished 4th out of over 80 entries.

Cat has also been elected to Captain of Cambridge Sailing for the coming year!

Saturday 17 June 2017

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College success at the May Bumps

We were thrilled with the College Boat Club's results at May Bumps: both our M1 and W1 got their blades! M1 started in 11th place: they bumped Selwyn, Queen's, First & Third and Jesus to reach 7th place. The W1 boat bumped Girton, Clare, Downing and Caius, to reach 2nd place, after starting 6th.

The M2 and W2 boats also achieved success: the W2 boat bumped Corpus, rowed over, bumped Wolfson and rowed over. M2 was bumped by St Catherine's II and Lady Margaret III, but rowed over twice to reach 6th in the second division.

Thursday 13 April 2017

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Dr Credgington creating a Brighter Future

Emmanuel’s Dr Dan Credgington and a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of East Anglia and the University of Eastern Finland, have recently had their research paper published in Science Magazine.

The research “describes how (the team) developed a new type of material that uses rotatable molecules to emit light faster than has ever been achieved before. It could lead to televisions, smart-phone displays and room lights which are more power-efficient, brighter and longer lasting than those currently on the market.”

Thursday 13 April 2017

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Awards for Dr Penny Watson and Dr Robert MacFarlane

Congratulations to both Dr Penny Watson and Dr Robert MacFarlane who have both recently been recognised for their outstanding work in their respective fields.

Tuesday 4 April 2017

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Emma undergraduate in Cancer Research Boat Race

We congratulate Freddie Davidson (2016), a first-year undergraduate reading Engineering, who rowed in this year's Boat Race in seat number 2 in the Men's Blue Boat.

In a close race, Oxford won by just 4 seconds: Cambridge will be back next year! 

The Cancer Research Boat Race 2017 took place on Sunday 2 April at 5.35pm and can be followed on the BBC iPlayer.

Tuesday 28 March 2017

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Emmanuel's University Challenge Journey

Emmanuel played what became their final match in the 2016/2017 season of University Challenge on Monday 27 March.

The score at the end of the match was Wolfson College 170, to Emmanuel's 140. The match was thrilling, with Emmanuel starting their play off strongly, and rallying in the last minutes, but unfortunately the Wolfson team's answers triumphed.

The match was much-hyped in the news and on Twitter - with many people wishing that this Semi-Final match had been the Final!

We are so very proud of our team, who played so well in all of their matches, and congratulate them on their success!

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.

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