Monday 20 November 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tuesday 3 October 2017
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
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
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
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
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
#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
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
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
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
Friday 7 July 2017
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
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
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
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.
- Dr Penny Watson has received the Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine from the British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
- Dr Robert MacFarlane has been awarded the E.M. Forster Award for Literature by The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Tuesday 4 April 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!