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Welcome to the Emmanuel College Newsletter which brings you the latest news and information from all areas of College life.


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Sad News

The College is very sorry to report the deaths of three Fellows. Professor Laurie Hall died on 28 August, Professor Sir David Williams died on 6 September and we have just learned that Professor Barrie Rickards died this week. Obituaries have been published in the national papers: for Professor Hall's obituary in the Daily Telegraph click here; and for the one of Sir David Williams in the Guardian, click here.

A memorial service for Sir David will be held on Saturday 13 February in Great St Mary's Church at 2.30pm and all are welcome. A memorial service for Professor Hall is being arranged.

Nobel Prize

Before he came to Emmanuel, Martin Schmeing, Research Fellow 2006-2009 and now Bye Fellow and Career Development Fellow at the Medical Research Council, worked with Thomas Steitz, one of those who shared this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Martin was first author in a paper published in 2005 named by the prize committee as 'the jewel in the crown'. Martin now works in the group of Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who also shares the prize.

University Challenge

The Emmanuel team made it through to the second round of the series on their second attempt after being amongst the best runners up on their first go. The team, captained by Alex Guttenplan (Natural Sciences) along with Andy Hastings (Medicine), Jenny Harris (French and Latin) and Josh Scott (Medicine), beat Christ's College by 280 to 105. The teams game in the second round will be televised on Monday 23 November.

The Library

Work continues apace on the Library. The undergraduates' library is now in the Stokes Building, with books back in the Reading Room and also on the ground floor (as they had been before the extension was built in the 1970s). There are already many more reader places than there had been previously, albeit rather noisy ones as the building work progresses. At the moment the outer skin has been taken off the extension, which now looks dramatically bare, and the new cladding will be installed over the next few months. Piling and other ground works are complete. More information about the project and pictures of the work are available here.

Head Gardener's Diary

Emmanuel's many gardens boast some of the most beautiful plant life in the city and now our Head Gardener is keeping you up to date with the latest changes in the Paddock, Chapman's and Fellows' gardens and the courts, in his Gardener's Diary. Click here to read about the latest developments this autumn.

Cambridge University Culinary Competition

On 5 November, 8 chefs from Emmanuel's brigade competed in the Cambridge University Culinary Competition held at the Guildhall Cambridge for the prestigious Steward's Cup. The entries ranged from canapés, cold starters, main course, vegetarian, cold sweet, to petit fours and live cookery. Emmanuel last won the Steward's Cup in 2006 and has been placed second for the last two years. This competition represents many hours of hard practice for the chefs. The event is part of the Cambridge 800th Anniversary celebrations and more information is available here. The results will be announced on 27 November.

New Fellows

The College welcomed the following new Fellows in October: Vladimir Dokchitser (Meggitt Fellow - Mathmatics); Andrea Fasoli (Research Fellow - Physics); Andrew Pontzen (Research Fellow - Astronomy); and James Wade (Research Fellow - English).

Update from the Boathouse

Here are the latest events coming up at the Boathouse:

The Club website is now up and running and can be viewed here.

The new Captains for the year 2009/2010 are Phil Tromans (, Men's and Overall Club Captain, and Yvor Malone (, Women’s Captain. Any current student wishing to row or any ex-rower wishing to coach please contact either captain or Peter Twitchett (, the Boathouse Manager at the boathouse.

Print of the Chapel

There are just a few copies left of Andrew Ingamells's limited edition aquatint of the College Chapel. The engraving is available from Capital Prints (; for £275; for a flyer which illustrates the print, please contact the Development Office.

ECN Events

Burnaby Recitals

Two Burnaby recitals will be held in College this year. On Friday 5 February, John Bryden (1965), international concert pianist and Nicholas Wearne, Assistant Organist at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, will perform piano duets. The programme will consist of works by Schubert, Leighton and Mendelssohn.

On Friday 7 May, Peter Wright (1973), Organist at Southwark Cathedral and past President of the Royal College of Organists, will give an organ recital.

Both recitals start at 6:30pm and all are welcome. Members and their guests are very welcome to stay and dine at High Table afterwards; to book, please contact

Gathering of Members

Invitations will be sent in December to all of those who matriculated in 1996, 1997 and 1998 to attend a Gathering on 27 and 28 March 2010. If you do not receive your invitation, contact

Middle Combination Room

Graduate Talk Evenings

The MCR hosts a number of evening talks in College where two graduates present their work in an informal setting. Discussion is particularly encouraged so that members can become more familiar with the research of their colleagues. Forthcoming talks are on 11 November, 27 January and 24 February. If you are interested in attending, please click here. For more information on the MCR or who will be speaking, please click here.

ECN Society News

Emmanuel Society

AGM and Scratch Messiah

In a new format, we will be holding the Emmanuel Society's Annual Meeting on Saturday 21 November 2009. Alexa Tilley (1996) and Bob Jones (1968) retire at the AGM and the Committee nominates Nigel Quinton (1979) and Judith Peachey (1980) to bring the Committee up to full strength. The AGM will be followed by a sandwich lunch.

After lunch, there will be a chance to sing and play through Handel's Messiah in the Chapel. The College's Director of Music, Dr Christopher Whitton, will conduct, and singers and players are needed. For more information or if you would like to attend, click here.

Recital at the Purcell Room

The Society invites Members to attend a concert by Clare Hammond (2003) as part of the Park Lane Group's series in the Purcell Room on Tuesday 12 January at 6.15pm. The recital will last about 50 minutes, and we are arranging to go somewhere local for a drink afterwards, where the party will be joined by Clare. Please buy your own tickets from, tel 0871 663 2500, and let the Emmanuel Society Office know you are planning to attend so that we can give you details about the drinks afterwards. More details about Clare Hammond are available here. Clare is giving another recital in the series on Friday 15 January with the cellist Richard Birchall. If you would like to attend please click here.

Emmanuel Society Newsletter

The Emmanuel Society's latest newsletter is available here. Highlights in the next few months include the AGM and Scratch Messiah (College) 21 November, a get together in New York 5 December, a talk by Vanessa Lawrence, Director-General of the Ordnance Survey (College) 26 February, the Lawyers' Dinner (London) 5 March, and a talk and tour around the Glaxo Wellcome Building (London) 11 March. For more information and to register an interest please click here.


The Society has a site for Members here, also there is now a Facebook site for Members in the US entitled 'Emmanuel in America': to join, click here.


Michaelmas term brought with it a new intake of freshers who were able to enjoy the induction programme by ECSU. Highlights this year included the hugely popular ceilidh and the freshers' first chance to check out Wednesday night's 'Funk da Bar'.

Now a few weeks into term, all of Emmanuel's clubs and societies are reaping the benefits of this fresh wave of recruits and enthusiasm, not least the ECSU exec, for which elections will be held at the end of this term. Although we expect a majority of positions to be filled by the current second years, it's always good to see some of the new freshers eager to get involved in the work we do.

Music Society

The Music Society is planning several concerts for 2009/2010. Highlights will be:

There are be recitals on several Sunday evenings. For more information visit the Society's website here or to join their mailing list please contact


To hear more about activities of the Revived Emmanuel Dramatic Society, send an email to and ask to subscribe to the mailing list.

ECN Contact Details

The College has rooms available for booking by Members. Contact

All Members of MA status are invited to dine up to twice a year at High Table as guests of the College. They may bring a guest at their own expense. Contact

The College welcomes private bookings of its rooms for meetings, meals and conferences. Contact

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