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Shear brain power - sheep smarter than previously believed

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that sheep are more intelligent than previously believed.

Insects hold atomic clues about the type of habitats in which they live

Scientists have discovered that insects contain atomic clues as to the habitats in which they are most able to survive. The research has important implications for predicting the effects of climate change on the insects, which make up three-quarters of the animal kingdom.

New Director of Cambridge Judge Business School

Christoph H. Loch, the Glaxosmithkline Chaired Professor of Corporate Innovation and Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD, where he is also director of the INSEAD Israel Research Centre, has been announced today as the new Director of Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

A test news story

As part of the Cambridge Alumni Weekend 2009, Emeritus Professor John Davidson gave a talk entitled Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology: A merged Institution. Prof Davidson joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1952 as a University Demonstrator.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling is the new Head of Department
Professor Dame Ann Dowling has become the new Head of Department. Ann was previously Head of the Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery Division here at the Department and Director of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls-Royce. She was the UK lead of the Silent Aircraft Initiative, which gained a high international profile.

Dr Julian Allwood's Global Research Award
The Royal Academy of Engineering offers Global Research Awards to support engineering academics to spend a period working abroad. This is a well funded scheme, with a high rate of funding success, but so far only one application has been made from Cambridge. Jaq Saggers talked to Julian Allwood about his experience of the award.

Earl celebrates student theatrical talent

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, visited the ADC Theatre this week to attend a performance of the Amateur Dramatic Club’s production of Michael Frayn’s hilarious farce Noises Off.

Cambridge ideas change the world: innovation in international development

A new report highlights the contribution of Cambridge academics, businesses and NGOs to alleviating global poverty. ‘Cambridge and International Development’ focuses on the theme of innovation, featuring case studies of ground-breaking development work from Cambridge town and gown.

Cambridge alumna releases iPhone app about Paris

Impressionist Paris iPhone applications (1, 2 and 3) feature fact-filled itineraries (Musee d'Orsay to the Louvre, Latin Quarter to the Marais, and Pantheon to the Luxembourg Gardens) that highlight the connections between Impressionist paintings and the street scenes that inspired them.

Cambridge series at the Hay Festival

The Cambridge series at the Hay Festival kicks off today with the first three of 18 speakers giving talks on the history of astronomy, colliding universes and how science is shedding new light on Christ’s last days.

Alumnus book on short list for Wales Book of the Year

Cloud Road by alumnus John Harrison (Jesus 1971) is one of three finalists for this year’s Wales Book of the Year award administered by Literature Wales.

IARU Alumni Programme at Cambridge

Treasure houses and power houses: the University’s Museums and their role in the future.

Vice-Chancellor spells out ‘new imperatives’

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz has spelled out his priorities for the forthcoming academic year in his 1 October speech at the Senate House.

Unconscious language learning
Unconscious learning could be the secret to speeding up learning a second language.

New Year Honours for members of the University of Cambridge

Six members of the University have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Silas Stafford (Gonville & Caius 2008)
Winning feels like: “It’s an amazing feeling – you immediately forget all the pain and suffering you’ve experienced in the training and the race.”

Jake Cornelius (Emmanuel 2006)

Key piece of equipment: “The oar handle, because it’s my one connection to the water”

Erica Bodman (Homerton 2006)
Sporting hero: “Paula Radcliffe. She had to train for years before she achieved success, and I find that really inspirational”

Anthony Crutchett (Downing 2006)

Key piece of equipment: “My swords; you use some in training and some in competition, and they break regularly."

Out of hours magic at the Botanic Garden

Low summer sun and warm evenings cast a magical glow over the Botanic Garden and this summer visitors can enjoy this magical place out of hours when the Garden stays open late on the first and third Wednesdays of June, July and August, beginning on Wednesday 1 June. Visitors might even be lucky enough to spot bats, the resident foxes and badgers, or a grass snake taking an evening swim!

Networking in style
This December Sir Paul Judge once again invites alumni to join him at his riverside apartment for an evening of networking and to enjoy stunning views of the London skyline.

Annie Vernon (Downing 2001)

What does winning feel like?When you win, it’s a relief not to have messed it up, then happiness and joy sink in and you feel it’s all worth it.”

Geoff Roth (St Edmund’s 2009)
Pre-competition ritual: “I listen to Right Here, Right Now by Fatboy Slim and read an extract from the book Chariots and Horses: Life Lessons from an Olympic Rower by Jason Dorland, my high school coach; the extract is about my first high school race.”

Defeating dementia in Down’s syndrome
A £1m brain-imaging study has just been launched at the University of Cambridge to investigate why people with Down’s syndrome (DS) are at such  high risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

New Sponsor for the Boat Race announced
BNY Mellon is a global leader in investment management and investment servicing, with more than 5,600 employees in the UK and 49,000 worldwide

Hester Goodsell (Hughes Hall 2005)

Pre-competition ritual: “As a lightweight, we have a very set routine where we weigh in. I always sit with my doubles partner and I do killer sudoku to keep my brain occupied during race periods.

Director of Development and Alumni Relations to step down at Easter
The Vice-Chancellor announced today that he and the Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Peter Agar, have agreed that, following the  successful completion of the 800th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign, this is the right time to put a new leadership team in place to take fundraising and alumni relations forward to even higher levels.

Rosamund Bradbury (Jesus 2007)
Pre-competition ritual: “I have a very set pattern in terms of what I do, such as what I eat and when. I like to stick to a routine.”

University response to HE White Paper
The Council of the University of Cambridge has submitted its response to the Government's White Paper "Students at the Heart of the System".

Phyllis Agbo (Trinity 2004)
Pre-competition ritual: “I always pack my kit the night before, and make sure I’ve got all the right equipment – never on the day, because I’m quite forgetful!”

Theatres of war: public spending on buildings for the arts
Serious flaws at the heart of creating buildings for the arts have been uncovered by a recently published research project, which also throws a spotlight on the disillusionment and loss of faith felt by individuals involved in such projects.

Tom James MBE (Trinity Hall 2002)
Winning feels like: “It’s different every time. At the Beijing Olympics, there was just a feeling of relief. In the World Championships, it was more of an ego boost.”

Emma Pooley (Trinity Hall 2001)
Sporting hero: "Paula Radcliffe has always been my hero because running was my first serious sport and she always seemed so friendly and humble."

Sainsbury Laboratory named Britain’s best building
The Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. It is awarded to the project built or designed in Britain “which has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year.” Read more...

A century on: Captain Scott’s ‘lost photos’ displayed for first time
The ‘lost photos’ of Captain Scott have gone on display for the first time. Read more...

Cambridge Christmas Alumni Shop
With the holiday season fast approaching, CARO is delighted to present this collection of University of Cambridge merchandise for alumni, which includes affordable Christmas gifts for the home, office and special occasions. Read more

University of Cambridge Museums shop opens on King's Parade
Great art, great science and great shopping – Cambridge's newest shop opened yesterday on King's Parade, show casing items derived from or inspired by the collections of the University's eight Museums. Read more...

The Alumni Travel Programme: Unbound 3
Ranging in price, destination and theme, the journeys offered by the Alumni Travel Programme are truly special. Read more

A century on: Captain Scott’s ‘lost photos’ displayed for first time
The ‘lost photos’ of Captain Scott have gone on display for the first time. Read more...

World-renowned astrophysicist to join Cavendish Laboratory
New professor is one of the joint discoverers of a planet orbiting a normal star beyond the Solar System. Read more...

New MS drug proves effective where others have failed
Alemtuzumab, a drug previously used to treat a type of leukaemia, shown to help people with early multiple sclerosis who relapsed on previous drugs as well as patients who had not yet been treated. Read more...

CAM 67 available online and in the app now
Look out for CAM 67, arriving with you now. Reinvigorating the art of the spirited essay, CAM brings together the best of Cambridge thought and debate. Published three times a year in print, online and in the CAM Reader app, it carries the latest news and alumni events from the University, intelligent, stimulating and informative features and a fiendishly difficult prize crossword. Read more

Issue 7 of CEB Focus now available online
CEB Focus is the departmental newsletter of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, published three times a year and produced by the department's staff. Read more...

New Honorary Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences
UK researchers, including two renowned Cambridge academics, recognised for outstanding contribution to medical science as Honorary Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Read more...

Realise: supporting young people in care to reach their potential
Tasmanian Devils, radishes, a 14-metre totem pole and a polar explorer all helped young people in care discover more about studying at university, during this half-term’s Realise events at the University of Cambridge. Read more...

World-leading cancer expert to head-up Cambridge Institute
The University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK have appointed Professor Simon Tavaré to be the next director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. Read more...

New Year recognition for Cambridge people
Three Cambridge academics have been named in the New Year Honours list. Read more...

Cambridge academics to speak at the Cheltenham Science Festival

A number of Cambridge academics will be participating in this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival. Please see below for a list of the events taking place.

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge celebrates 500 years

The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge brings the 500th anniversary of the founding of St John’s College to a climax with a large-scale celebratory concerts featuring Walton’s dramatic oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast, in the magnificent setting of Ely Cathedral on Friday 18 November.

Inside Britain’s biggest Iron Age fortress

A major excavation at Britain’s biggest Iron Age hill-fort has begun in Somerset, in the hope that it will at last enable historians to explain the meaning and purpose of the enigmatic site.

Pioneering Cambridge Campaign reaches record US $2 billion

The University of Cambridge today announced it has raised more than US$2.0 billion (£1.17 billion) during the course of its 800th Anniversary Campaign, the largest fundraising total ever announced by a European university. This total places Cambridge in the top rank of fundraising institutions worldwide.

Alex O'Connell (Churchill 2006)
Key piece of equipment: "My shoes are expensive, specially made and not something I can borrow from another fencer." 

George Nash (St Catharine’s 2008)
Sporting hero?Didier Cuche because the way he approaches racing is really positive and inspiring”

Humanity’s last invention and our uncertain future
A philosopher, a scientist and a software engineer have come together to propose a new centre at Cambridge to address developments in human technologies that might pose “extinction-level” risks to our species, from biotechnology to artificial intelligence. Read more...

Lord Williams of Oystermouth admitted as Master of Magdalene College
The President of the College admitted Lord Williams as Master of St Mary Magdalene College during a short ceremony today, witnessed by the Fellows, Junior Members and staff of the College. Read more...

Four-stranded ‘quadruple helix’ DNA structure proven to exist in human cells
Discovery opens up possibilities for a new generation of targeted therapies for cancer.


Mathematical breakthrough sets out rules for more effective teleportation
New protocol advances solutions for more efficient teleportation - the transport of quantum information at the speed of light. Read more...

New Principal for Homerton College
Professor Geoffrey Ward, currently Vice Principal of Royal Holloway College, University of London, will become Homerton College’s next Principal on 1st October succeeding Dr Kate Pretty. Read more...

Historic rivals join forces to save 1,000 years of Jewish history
Cambridge University Library and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries have today announced their first ever joint fundraising campaign to purchase the £1.2 million ‘Lewis-Gibson Genizah Collection’, currently owned by the United Reformed Church’s Westminster College. Read more...

New Friday Events Released
Take a look at the new events for Alumni Festival on Friday.

CUTEC - TVC Startup Challenge
Apply by Wednesday 1 May 2013! The Cambridge University Technology and Enterprises Club as part of TVC2013 is hosting a competition for young startups from all around the world offering them the chance to showcase their product, pitch for business angels, evtrepreneurs, VCs and win prizes such as consultancy and expert advice. Read more...

Monogamy evolved as a mating strategy

New research indicates that social monogamy evolved as a result of competition for females. - See more at:
New research indicates that social monogamy evolved as a result of competition for females. - See more at:
New research indicates that social monogamy evolved as a result of competition for females. - See more at:
New research indicates that social monogamy evolved as a result of competition for females. - See more at:
New research indicates that social monogamy evolved as a result of competition for females. Read more...

Ancient ancestor of great white shark named after museum director
A newly-discovered genus of shark that prowled Earth’s oceans 100 million years ago and is thought to have been the ancestor of the great white has been named after the Director of Cambridge University’s Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Ken McNamara. Read more...

New Alumni Groups
We are pleased to announce the formation of three new Alumni Groups in Libya, Montenegro and  Myanmar (Burma).

3rd Annual Dinner of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Ireland
On 31 March 2012 the Oxford and Cambridge Society held their 3rd Annual Dinner. the Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Charles Lysaght (Christ's), Honorary President of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Ireland.
Chris Ashton reported on the evening:-

Beer Tasting in Perth
If ever a group of our alumni actually needed an excuse to uphold the great tradition of their Cambridge days and spend an evening quaffing ale, it was the scorching weekend well into the Celsius 40s that Perth served up for the Cambridge Society of Western Australia’s third annual beer tasting contest.

Paralympic Dressage
I am lucky enough to have been selected as a volunteer to be a dressage writer for the Paralympics.  

Project Vision: Become an Adviser
Sir Paul Judge, key benefactor of the Cambridge Judge Business School, has been asked by the President of a sub-Saharan African country (who is an MBA) to co-ordinate the writing of a development plan for the country. He has recruited a team of nine recent Cambridge alumni, mainly from CJBS, to work on this project

Cambridge alumni named for GB Rowing Squad 2012
Team GB have announced  the line up for the London 2012 rowing squad, including Cambridge alumni Tom James (Trinity Hall 2002), George Nash (St Catharine's 2008), Tom Ransley (Hughes Hall 2007), Annabel Vernon (Downing 2001) & Anna Watkins (Newnham 2001).

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Carrying the Olympic Flame for The Brittle Bone Society

I am going to carry the Olympic Flame.  Just eight words, but they feel momentous.

Annie Lush (Emmanuel 1999)
Annie Lush rowed in the winning crew of the 2001 Women’s Boat Race, before turning her passion for sailing into a full-time career.

Sidney Sussex College Master announces new role
Master to expand his work at Herculaneum...

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Newnham College chooses next Principal
Successor to Dame Patricia Hodgson elected.

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Cambridge academics listed in Queen’s Birthday Honours
This year’s Birthday Honours list includes four academics from the University. Professor Richard Evans and Professor Timothy Gowers are knighted, while Professor Mary Jacobus and Professor David Newbery will receive CBEs.

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New publication champions Cambridge philanthropy
The Philanthropist, a new magazine published today by the University of Cambridge, celebrates the impact of philanthropy across the University and Colleges and includes stories and articles that bring its benefits to life.

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Athletics: Andy Baddeley (Gonville & Caius 2000) selected for Team GB 1500m
Having finished first in the men's 1500m at the Olympic trials last weekend, Andy Baddeley has been officially selected to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Games. Read more

Fifty Years On
The Varsity Golf Match, played at Hunstanton in March 1962, ended in a tie with Cambridge’s David Simons missing a 3 foot putt for the victory.  This was only the second tied match in 80 odd years.

Memory of the Helsinki Games 1952
I was watching the rowing when I was surrounded by a group of young children who were waving programmes and pens under my nose.

Running in front of royalty
In summer 1963, Emmanuel Athletics Club had a tour to Ampleforth, Trinity College Glenalmond and Gordonstoun.  In Gordonstoun Prince Charles was a pupil, and watched the races we ran.

A Summer of Olympic Proportions
I always love watching the Olympics, but this year I will be able to experience the joy of London 2012 first-hand.

Rowing: Rod Chisholm qualifies for London 2012
Australian Lightweight Men's Double Scull rower Rod Chisholm secured a place at the final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Churchill Music! Olympic commission

A special piece of music commissioned for a rural music charity to celebrate the Olympics

Cycling: Emma Pooley (Trinity Hall 2001) selected for Team GB road race and time trial
Time trial silver medallist (2008) Emma Pooley has been officially selected for Team GB and will be competing in the Women's road race and time trial. Read more

Rowing: Jake Cornelius (Emmanuel 2006) and Silas Stafford (Gonville & Caius 2008) named for US rowing team
US Rowing have named Cambridge alumni Jake Cornelius and Silas Stafford as part of their squad heading for London 2012.

General Admission 2012: 28 - 30 June
More than 3,500 graduands receive their degrees at the Senate House this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Rowing: Annie Vernon (Downing 2001) joins four other alumni in Team GB rowing squad
After being named in the short list of ten women for Team GB's Women's Eight, Downing alumna Annie Vernon has been announced as one of the crew going to London 2012.

Postgraduate project awarded prize in Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards
In the Postgraduate category of the awards James Jardine (Robinson 2009) was awarded third prize for – a company that provides free software which helps students and researchers manage information.

Socks and snakeskin
“A club patron presented each of the Cambridge crew with a piece of snakeskin that was to be hidden in our socks on Boat Race day. Everyone did it… I’ve still got mine.”

Slipped disc to social media
Leading a team at Cambridge was a formative experience for Alex. Today, equipped with his most important piece of kit (his smartphone), he relishes his job as Head of New Media for the London Olympics: “it makes me extremely proud to be British.”

Doctor, doctor...
“My most important piece of kit isn’t really kit, but people. Our volunteers make the medical service at the Olympics a success, no matter what kit they have or problems they might face.”

Engineering the Games: 2012's sustainability
In September 2000, Peter became Professor of Engineering for Sustainable Development in Cambridge’s Department of Engineering – the first post of its kind in the world. He contributed to the sustainability strategy for London’s 2012 Olympic Park in its early stages, and works on the sustainability of many major schemes.

Athlete to organiser - the other side of the medal
“When you are competing, you are focused on the pool and your event ... As an organiser, you see the thousands of details. It is a privilege to get the details right so all the athletes need to do is focus on the sport.”

History in the making: London 1948 to Tokyo 1964 via Cambridge
“We took our sport seriously, no doubt about it. But the fun we had out of it was enormous: so many happy memories, of so many marvellous people.”

Blood Over Water: the Boat Race 2003
“I was terrible at football, and too wet for rugby. To my surprise, after a year or two at rowing I turned out to be quite good.”

CAM 66: arriving with alumni from 2 July 2012
CAM 66 and our special Olympics supplement are on their way to alumni in the post and available to read online now.

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Athletics: Julia Bleasdale (Pembroke 2000) selected for Team GB's 5,000m and 10,000m spots
The BOA has announced that Julia Bleasdale has been selected for the Women's 5,000m and 10,000m for the London 2012 Games.

Particle consistent with Higgs Boson found
Andy Parker, Professor of High Energy Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, sheds light on today’s announcement and ‘what next’. Read more

Olympic Rowing and the Foreign Office
Sporting heroes: “Growing up, it was Daley Thompson and the heroes of the 1984 Olympics. Now it’s Katherine Grainger, Great Britain’s best woman rower.”

Pontypool, CURUFC, Wales and the BBC
When word reached the University’s Rugby Union Football Club that Eddie Butler had played for Pontypool in the September before matriculation, he was hunted down immediately.

You've got to be in it to win it
“I remember thinking, ‘that looks ridiculous… I’ve got to try it!’ ... It was the fastest, most terrifyingly brilliant thing I had ever done.”

University sport to ironman
"I have two good-luck charms. Firstly, a conker my Mum picked up and gave me the day she dropped me off at Fitzwilliam for my first Michaelmas term. Secondly, a St Christopher medal my sister gave me before my Ironman Triathlon in Switzerland.”

Cambridge scientists receive Royal Society awards
The researchers are recognised for 'the excellence of their work and the profound implications their findings have had for others'. Read more

Angling for first place: from shore to ship
“Winning is a drug that’s hard to break away from!”

We few, we happy few, we hockey brothers
“Our 1952 Olympic hockey team (those that are left) still meets for lunch annually, 60 years on ... Any sportsman or woman likes to win, but the friendships you make last far beyond your playing days.”

2012's sustainability agenda: a new era for the built environment
For four years, Kirsten experienced the challenge of delivering sustainability on an immense scale. “Although you are acutely aware of missed opportunities, when other sustainability professionals visit the Olympic Park, they are astounded by what has been achieved.”

Higgy's Heroes
Capped by England at the end of his first year, played Test rugby throughout his time as an undergraduate, and the first person to captain both rugby and cricket at Cambridge, the national anthem "still makes the hairs on the back of my neck rise."

The best is yet to come: directing strategic programmes for 2012
“I started off thinking I would be a volunteer, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to make it a bigger full-time commitment ... as luck would have it, my perfect job came along.”

Horses for courses: GB's most successful equestrian
Richard went up to Magdalene College in 1960, where he hunted with the University Drag and point-to­-pointed alongside his Engineering studies. “During my second year I acquired a young untrained Irish horse called Barberry, whom I col­lected at Euston station off the train from Ireland and took straight to Cambridge...” And the rest is British equestrian history.

A festival of the mind: programme launched
The full programme for Alumni Weekend 2012 is now available, and online booking is officially open!

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Nominations Invited for Women of the Future Awards 2012
Having gone from strength to strength in the 7 years since their launch, the Women of the Future Awards 2012 are now open for nominations. The awards recognise the achievements of successful young women in Britain today, and last year’s MBA Star Award went to Cambridge Judge Business School alumna, Noa Epstein.

Sidney Sussex Fellow accepts Visiting Professorship at the University of Yangon
Dr Janice Stargardt, College Fellow in Archaeology, and Professorial Fellow in the Historical Archaeology and Geography of Asia, has accepted an invitation as first Visiting Professor in the Archaeology of Burma and South East Asia in the Department of Archaeology, University of Yangon [Rangoon].

The BBC's Olympics Data services
For the last 15 months or so Oli has been the Product Manager for the BBC’s Olympic Data services. They have built the systems which provide all of the London 2012 data to the BBC Sport applications and websites showing Olympics content.

Latest news from Team Cambridge at the Games
The latest news and results from Team Cambridge's competitors at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  

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Olympic medals for Cambridge rowing alumni
Four Cambridge alumni have won medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in rowing events. Read more

Alumni Discount for Norfolk & Norwich Festival Event
CARO have teamed up with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival to offer all Cambridge University staff and alumni discounted tickets for Walking, one of the Eastern region’s flagship 2012 Olympiad events. Read more

Alumni Discount for Norfolk & Norwich Festival Event
CARO have teamed up with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival to offer all Cambridge University staff and alumni discounted tickets for Walking, one of the Eastern region’s flagship 2012 Olympiad events. Read more

Freshers' Parties 2012
If you’re coming up to Cambridge soon, we at the Cambridge Alumni Relations Office (CARO) would like to say welcome! There’s so much to find out, and you’re probably feeling excited and maybe just a bit anxious.

Sainsbury Laboratory shortlisted for the Stirling Prize
The Sainsbury Laboratory, designed by award-winning architects Stanton Williams, has been shortlisted for the UK’s most prestigious architectural award. Read more

History Faculty Newsletter out now
Issue 3 of The Seeley, the History Faculty's annual newsletter, is on its way to alumni now. Read online

Free Open Air Film Screening at the University Library

The Departments of Slavonic Studies and History of Art have joined forces with the University Library and Cambridge Film Festival to stage a unique, free event. On Friday 21 September, a newly restored version of the USSR’s first science fiction film - Aelita (1924, Dir. Iakov Protazanov) – will be screened in front of the University Library.

Calling all Freshers!
CARO would like to welcome you to Cambridge at one of our freshers parties this autumn.

Castle Hill Open Day
The Cambridge & County Folk Museum, Castle Mound, Kettle’s Yard, St Giles’ Church and St Peter’s Church have combined forces to stage a special open day exploring the history, heritage and art of the Castle Hill area, on Saturday 22 September 2012.

Test AW12 brochure

Preferred architects announced for first phase of North West Cambridge Development
The University has today announced the team of preferred architects for a first phase of its proposed development at North West Cambridge. Read more

Introduction to Rome & Private Visit to the Sistine Chapel: New Dates
The 2013 Alumni Travel Programme trip to Rome now has revised dates and will depart on 28 October, returning on 2 November. The trip includes a 2 hour private tour of the Cistine Chapel after dark, when it is at its most atmospheric. Read more

Leading Thinkers Address the Value of Nature
This Alumni Weekend a panel of five experts will come together for a roundtable discussion to offer their perspectives on how and why we should put a value on nature. Professor Ian Hodge will chair the conversation and will be joined by Dr Bhaskar Vira, Tony Juniper, Dr Paul Morling and Nigel Cooper.

Leading a World-Class University
The Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, will appear in conversation with top BBC journalist Stephen Sackur and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz this Alumni Weekend.

Louis Persent (St John’s 2008)
Best sporting moment: “The Varsity victory in Oxford in 2010 was one of the best days of my life, and definitely up there with winning international medals.”

Fred Gill (Hughes Hall 2008)

Favourite piece of kit: “I love my ‘gimp suit’. Whenever I train in it, I always tell whoever will listen that ‘this is the lyrca that won the Boat Race’.”

Stacie Powell (Churchill 2009)
Winning feels like: “For me nothing beats the feeling from knowing I have jumped off a 10 metre dive board, performed three-and-a-half somersaults on the way down and hit the water without making a splash!”

Anna Watkins (Newnham 2001)
Pre-competition ritual: “I am not superstitious at all. The closest thing we have to a mascot is our race boat, which we consider to be the third member of our crew.”

Peter McClelland (Pembroke 2009)
Pre-competition ritual: “I like to be very organised so I don’t have to worry about anything and I listen to my iPod to stay calm while psyching myself up.”

Standing on the finish line at London 2012
I am very excited to be working at the London 2012 Olympic Regatta for the International Rowing Federation's (FISA) media team.

Tour to Florence - Cambridge Societies Tours
Arriving in Florence in warm March sunshine with 21 mostly alumni was a great start to a week. For some it was their first visit, for others a chance to enhance a previous experience. 

Visit to the Hepworth Wakefield and Nostell Priory
The two venues, some 5 miles apart, provided a contrast of the old and the new. Many of the visiting group could have spent a whole day at either building, but others are interested, but not to the extent of spending a whole day per building. The programme made for a very full day with some of the timekeeping by our guides not as precise as they had promised.

Sailing: Annie Lush (Emmanuel 1999) selected to represent Great Britain

She will race alongside team mates Lucy Macgregor and Kate Macgregor in a discipline new to the Olympic Games, in the Elliot 6 metre boat.

A first win for King's
Beating Caius, singing on the river and wearing only underwear at Boat Club dinner

First Cambridge Global Alumni Conference
The First Cambridge Global Alumni Conference was a great success story for collegiate Cambridge.

Athletics: Claire Hallissey (Robinson 2011) selected after stellar performance

The 29 year old was the highest places British female in the 2012 London Marathon, finishing 11th in a personal best time of 2:27.44.

Cambridge Society of North and West Yorkshire

Visit to Mount Grace Priory
On 17 April 2012, some 21 members of the Society and their guests visited one of the best preserved Carthusian priories in Britain.   

Singing in the Cultural Olympiad
As part of the cultural Olympiad, I (and some other Cambridge alumni) are singing Pure Gold: 4x4 Relay By Luke Carver Goss and Ian MacMillan.

Cambridge Society (Cumbria)
Visit to the Windermere Steamboat Museum  on Monday 3 May 2012

Aquatics: Stacie Powell secures place at 2012 Games
Diver Stacie Powell (Churchill 2009) has beaten her personal best to secure a place in the 2012 Olympics.

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Pitcher plant uses rain drops to capture prey
Department of Plant Sciences researchers discover novel trapping mechanism for Nepenthes gracilis pitchers.

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Turing Centenary: 2012
The centenary of Turing's birth has inspired a vast range of events, projects and publications in the UK and across the world.  We have collated a few of these here.

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Honorary Degrees 2012
Eight distinguished individuals were awarded Honorary Doctorates, the highest honour that the University can bestow, by the Chancellor at a congregation in the Senate House today. Read more

Alan Turing - Celebrating the life of a genius
Saturday 23 June 2012 marks the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing - mathematical genius, hero of the WWII code breakers of Bletchley Park, and father of modern computing. To celebrate, a blue plaque will be unveiled on the front of King’s College in Cambridge, along with various other events and a short film produced by the University. Read more

Work Starts on Cambridge Sports Centre
Construction work has begun on the site of the £16 million Phase One of the long-awaited Cambridge Sports Centre at West Cambridge.

Carrying the Olympic Torch for Magic Breakfast
It was a great honour to find out in March 2012 that I'd been chosen as an Olympic Torchbearer for the London 2012 Games. I was also thrilled to learn that I'd be carrying the Torch on 20 June in the village of Bedale in Yorkshire, a few miles from my hometown of York.

Sporting Contacts Enduring
I came up to 'read'  for a PhD in Economics (Pembroke) from Australia in 1970. I made friends with fellow ahtletes John Ellicock (Engineering, Emma, 1968, fellow high-jumper) and Ben Bolton-Maggs (Medicine, Corpus, 1968) which have endured for more than 4 decades.

Policing the Games
As a volunteer Special Inspector with the Metropolitan Police I will be helping to manage the policing of the games.

Julia Bleasdale (Pembroke 2000)
Julia ran in the 10,000m at Stanford in America on April 29, and posted a time of 31 minutes 29 seconds, making her number one in the UK, and it’s the fifth-fastest time by a British woman ever.

Cambridge connections to HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

This weekend will see celebrations of every style up and down the country and Cambridge is no exception. Here is a brief, and by no means exhaustive, summary of Cambridge and alumni connections to the Diamond Jubilee.

The Cambridge Pulse: Now Online

The Cambridge Pulse, a video celebrating sport at Cambridge, is now available to view online.

Watch the video.

New scholarships for Brazilian PhD students
The University of Cambridge, through the Cambridge Overseas Trust (COT), has recently formalised an agreement with Brazil’s Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).

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Rowing: Cambridge Alumni selected for Team GB Rowing Squad
Team GB have announced  the line up for the London 2012 rowing squad, including Cambridge alumni Tom James (Trinity Hall 2002), George Nash (St Catherine's 2008), Tom Ransley (Hughes Hall 2007) & Anna Watkins (Newnham 2001).

Alumni Weekend 2012

The University welcomed almost 800 former students back last week for the three days of Alumni Weekend 2012. With an eclectic programme of lectures, talks, tours and social events, it lived up to its billing as a true festival of the mind.

Professor Sir John Gurdon awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has today been jointly awarded to Professor Sir John Gurdon, Emeritus Professor in Cell Biology currently at the University’s Gurdon Institute, along with Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University, for their pioneering work in stem cell research.  Read more

Lord Sainsbury opens new building at Leckhampton
The University’s Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury, visited Corpus Christi College's graduate campus at Leckhampton to open the new graduate accommodation building.

Leading a World-Class University: the Chancellor in conversation with Stephen Sackur, joined by the Vice-Chancellor
They are the men leading Cambridge into the second decade of the twenty-first century. But what do the newly-elected Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, really think about the challenges and opportunities facing the University? Find out at this year's Alumni Weekend.

New secrets of the plant kingdom uncovered after over a century in storage
The relocation of the Herbarium’s one million pressed and dried plants to their new home in the University’s state-of-the-art Sainsbury Laboratory is turning up hundreds of unique specimens never seen since their collection centuries ago. Read more

Vice-Chancellor’s annual address to the University
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, gave his annual address to the University in the Senate House today to mark the start of the new academic year. Read more

New Director appointed for the Fitzwilliam Museum
The University of Cambridge has appointed a new Director to succeed Timothy Potts at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Read more...

Cambridge uncovers the mysteries of science – with a little help from Sherlock Holmes
Nobel Prize winner John Gurdon will be one of the star attractions at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival – which features Sherlock Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch as its Guest Director. Read more...

New Master elected for Downing College
Professor Geoffrey Grimmett DPhil DSc to be the 17th Master of Downing College. Read more...

Use your phone to discover modern sculpture in Cambridge
Now iPhone, iPad and Android users can enjoy the sculptures and grounds along the three Cambridge Sculpture Trails without the worry of getting lost or lots of paper through the new apps. Read more...

The Boat Races 2013
Sunday 31 March 2013, at 4.30pm, the 159th Boat Race between crews from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge will take place. First raced in 1829 The Boat Race is one of the oldest sporting events in the worldRead more...

Botanic Garden names new Director
Dr Beverley Glover has been named as the new Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Dr Glover will take up the post, and the associated Professorship of Plant Systematics and Evolution to which she has been elected, in July 2013. Read more...

The Sainsbury Laboratory names a new Director
Professor Ottoline Leyser CBE FRS has been named as the new Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Read more...

University gives approval for the first phase of the North West Cambridge development
Phase one will establish high-quality, affordable housing in a thriving community to ensure that Cambridge offers the very best environment for staff and students. Read more...

2013 Slade Lectures unveiled
Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art at Harvard University, Gülru Necipoğlu, to speak on the interconnected architectural cultures of three early modern Islamic empires. Read more...

We need to talk about women
The urgent need to champion the rights of women around the world is the central theme of a series of lectures to be delivered in Cambridge next week by Melanne Verveer, who was the first US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. Read more...

Pain from the brain
Study reveals how people with a severe unexplained psychological illness have abnormal activity in the brain. Read more...

Global Cambridge event in Singapore
A prestigious event next month in Singapore bringing together senior Cambridge academics and eminent alumni experts - including the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore - will focus on two of the key issues facing governments across the globe, Public Health and Finance. Read more...

Acts of creativity, audiences and us
A conference in Cambridge next month will explore the notion of performance as a dynamic means of looking at the complex interactions between works of art and audiences -  both real and imagined, past and present - in a digital age. Read more...

Cambridge appoints new development and alumni relations director
A senior higher education development executive with considerable experience in major campaigns has been appointed by the University of Cambridge to lead its development and alumni relations programmes. Read more...

Out now: issue 68 of Cambridge's alumni magazine
Arriving with alumni by post in the week commencing Monday 11 March 2013. Find out this issue's highlights and read online now.


The weekend's NEW NAME!
The popular, annual Alumni Weekend is to be renamed to Alumni Festival. There will be the usual great mix of lectures, tours Departmental visits and College events, but also some new and exciting activities to enjoy at this much-loved event.

Dame Barbara Stocking DBE announced as fifth President of Murray Edwards College
Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in the University of Cambridge has today announced the election of Dame Barbara Stocking DBE as its fifth President. Read more...

Sidney Sussex College elect new Master
Professor Richard Penty MA PhD FREng has been named as the 27th Master of Sidney Sussex College to succeed Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill in July 2013. Read more...

Fourth issue of Pathology News is out now
The fourth issue of the Department of Pathology's newsletter for alumni and friends, Pathology News, is now available to read online.

Read Pathology News online

Speaker Profile : Alex Corr
meeeee... all about that. and stuff 

Layers of history unveiled at North West Cambridge site
Layers of history dating from the Bronze Age to World War II trenches have been uncovered at one of the largest archaeological excavations in Britain - the site for the University of Cambridge’s £1 billion North West Cambridge Development. Read more...

Fitzwilliam College elects new Master
The Governing Body has elected Mrs Nicola Padfield MA Dip Crim DES as the next Master, to take office on 1 October 2013, upon the retirement of Professor Robert Lethbridge after eight years in office. Read more...

Cambridge Sports Centre topped out at West Cambridge
A commemorative plaque has been affixed to a roof girder 17 metres above the floor of Cambridge Sports Centre at the University West Cambridge site to mark the topping out of the building. Read more...

David MacKay appointed Regius Professor of Engineering
Acclaimed author of Sustainable Energy Without The Hot Air will be first holder of Royally-appointed engineering post at Cambridge. Read more...

Cambridge Conservation Campus launched
An insightful lecture by Sir David Attenborough in the University of Cambridge Senate House has marked the launch of the Cambridge Conservation Campus. The campus will become the hub for the world’s largest conservation cluster, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI). Read more...

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology shortlisted for Art Fund Prize
The Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) has been announced as one of the ten finalists for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013. Read more...

Five Scroop Terrace - first issue out now
The first issue of the Department of History of Art's newsletter - Five Scroope Terrace - is available to read online now.

Cambridge makes Hay
A host of Cambridge academics and alumni will speak about subjects ranging from obesity and smart drugs to US politics and domestic service at this year's Hay Festival. Read more...

Cambridge Wordfest 2013 - Spring
The weekend of 12-14 April 2013 sees a sparkling line-up at Cambridge Wordfest including several Cambridge alumni. Read more...

Vice-Chancellor challenges universities to engage with global poverty
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, yesterday spoke powerfully about universities' role in overseas development. Read more...

Eminent ecologist awarded honorary membership of the FBA
In March 2013, Cambridge ecologist Henry Disney ScD was made an Honorary Member of the Freshwater Biological Association - 'for having made a significant specific contribution and, in addition, achieving  50 years continuous membership of the FBA.' Read more...

New outdoor sculptures by Nigel Hall RA in Cambridge
To coincide with the unveiling of a major new public sculpture on the University’s Sidgwick Site, and a large outdoor work at Churchill College, a free exhibition of large indoor sculptures and drawings by Nigel Hall RA opens at the College on 4 May 2013. Read more...

Alumni College Events
Find out the events your college is holding.

Spring 2013 edition of the Department of Engineering's newsletter
The Spring 2013 edition of the Department of Engineering Newsletter is out now.

Read it online

Thatcher Archive reveals deep divisions on the road to Falklands War
The Falklands War – the conflict that defined much of Margaret Thatcher’s political career and legacy – dominates the release of her personal papers for 1982 at the Churchill Archives Centre from Monday (25 March 2013). Read more...

‘My dear old friend’: Darwin the man revealed as 40-year correspondence published online
The 40-year friendship of Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker, the most significant and scientifically important of Darwin’s life, can now be explored by anyone in the world with access to the Internet. Read more...

A museum for the future
The University Museum of Zoology contains far more than a record of the past. Ambitious redevelopment plans will enable enhanced use of its unique collections for research into global issues from climate change to conservation. Read more...

From EDSAC to Raspberry Pi: 75 years of “computers that work”
Cambridge’s Computer Lab marks its 75th anniversary this month, celebrating a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has taken it from the age of vast mainframes to its modern day place at the heart of silicon fen. Cambridge Computing: The first 75 years, published to coincide with the anniversary, tells the story of this remarkable institution. Read more...

University of Cambridge International Summer Schools 2013
The University's International Summer Schools programme has been welcoming participants from all over the world since 1923. In its 90th anniversary year, there's a tremendous line-up of academics to deliver 165 courses, 145 plenary lectures and, of course, anniversary events. Read more...

Alumni Festival Bulletin
Sending to over 800 alumni monthly

2012 Admissions Cycle statistics published
Applications to the University of Cambridge rose 2% in 2012 despite the introduction of higher fees by the UK Government, according to undergraduate admissions statistics published today. Read more...

The Captured Thought - an arts/science collaboration
Cambridge Professor of Comparative Cognition Nicky Clayton FRS and artist Clive Wilkins, speakers at this year's Alumni Festival, appeared on the BBC's popular Springwatch Unsprung programme last week to talk about their collaboration across the perceived arts-science divide. Read more...

Paul Coldwell Exhibition at The Polar Museum
To celebrate his year-long research project at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), internationally renowned artist Paul Coldwell will launch an exhibition of new work at the Polar Museum. Read more...

Latest edition of the Faculty of Philosophy Newsletter out now
The Faculty of Philosophy's latest newsletter is now available to read online.  Highlights in this issue include an update from Faculty Chair Professor Tim Crane, new appointments, Bertrand Russell Professor Huw Price's inaugural lecture and the rediscovered Wittgenstein-Skinner Archive.


New Centre will bring together frontier physics research and the needs of industry
A centrepiece building for exploratory ‘blue skies’ research and industrial partnerships in the physical sciences will be created to investigate new approaches to fundamental science and to solving global challenges, such as natural resource demand. Read more...

First major UK exhibition of Fijian art opens at Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The most historically significant collection of Fijian objects in the world outside of Fiji will go on display from today (June 7) at Cambridge University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA). Read more...

President of Lucy Cavendish College collects OBE
Professor Janet Todd, President of Lucy Cavendish College and renowned academic, collected her OBE from Buckingham Palace on Friday 7 June 2013. Read more...

General Admission 2013: 27 - 29 June
Over three days last week, Cambridge Alumni Relations Office welcomed more than 3,800 new graduates to the alumni community. Read more...

An enchantment with Italy: one family and their books
Belton House boasts one of the most extensive libraries among National Trust properties, representing 350 years of book collecting by one family.  Cambridge academics Dr Abigail Brundin and Dr Dunstan Roberts have curated an exhibition of Italian literature at Belton related to the Grand Tour. Read more...

Global scientific engagement with India
One of India’s most eminent scientists visited Cambridge last month marking important research links between the University and Bangalore. Read more...

Behind the curtain: a history of Russian intelligence
Ahead of his talk at the Hay Festival, Jonathan Haslam discusses his forthcoming history of Soviet intelligence organisations, revealing, among other things, just how unprepared for Operation Barbarossa Stalin was in 1941. Read more...

Hay Festival 2013: Cambridge connections
With a host of Cambridge alumni and academics on this year's Hay Festival programme, including speakers for the Hay 'Cambridge Series' and this autumn's Alumni Festival, there has never been a better time to learn new things, make new friends and reacquaint yourself with the intellectual life of the University. Read more...

New issue of the University's research magazine available online
Issue 21 of Research Horizons - the University's research magazine - is now available to read online. This edition's cover feature is 'Worker's strikes and Facebook likes' - research into how we can read revolution and grass roots opposition through social media using the case of the 2011 Egyptian revolt. Read more...

Living bridge puts down roots at Cow Hollow Wood
Woodland Trust Chair of Trustees Dr Nicola Nicholls and staff from the University of Cambridge will unveil a unique living willow bridge at the charity’s Cow Hollow Wood near Waterbeach on Friday 14 June 2013. Read more...

Cambridge named Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity Research
Cambridge formally recognised as centre of excellence for cybsersecurity research.


Issue 69 of CAM now available to read online
The Easter 2013 edition of CAM is available to read online or download to the app now.


New Master of Selwyn College elected
The Fellows of Selwyn College are pleased to announce that Roger Mosey MA (Oxon), HonDLitt (Lincoln), HonDUniv (Bradford) has been elected to succeed Professor Richard Bowring as Master of the College. Read more...

Honorary Degree Congregation 2013
Members and staff (including retired staff) of the University and Colleges are invited to apply for tickets to attend this year’s Honorary Degree Congregation and garden party.Read more...

New report for donors to collegiate Cambridge
Following the successful completion of the 800th Anniversary Campaign in 2011, the University Development Office has launched a new report for donors to collegiate Cambridge. Read more...

Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor break ground on £1bn North West Cambridge development
The Chancellor of Cambridge University, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, marked the start of works for the University's 150-hectare mixed-use development at North West Cambridge, the University's largest single capital development project in its 800-year history, in a ground-breaking ceremony today. Read more...

Gates Cambridge Trust announces new Provost
Leading neuroscientist Professor Barry Everitt has been appointed the next Provost (CEO) of Gates Cambridge – one of the world’s most prestigious scholarship programmes. Read more...

Honorary Degrees 2013
The Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, today conferred Honorary Degrees on eight distinguished individuals at a congregation in the Senate House. Read more...

May Bumps results
Despite the overcast weather, May Bumps went off in style between Wednesday 12 and Saturday 15 June 2013. The Getting on Race will be raced on Friday 7 June. Read more...

Alumni Festival Brochure
The Alumni Festival brochure is available online, plus some new and exciting events

The longitude problem: 300-year-old archive opened to the world
It was the conundrum that baffled some of the greatest and most eccentric experts of the eighteenth century - and captivated the British public during an era of unprecedented scientific and technical transformation. Now, for the first time, the full story of attempts to solve the longitude problem will be made freely available to everyone via the University Library’s Digital Library. Read more...

Cambridge scientists honoured by Royal Society
The Royal Society has awarded three University academics for their ground-breaking research that will help to forward the future of science.  Read more...

Cambridge University Library launches design competition
A landscape design competition to transform the space surrounding Cambridge University Library has been launched. Read more...

Electron ‘spin’ key to solar cell breakthrough
Latest research paves way for inexpensive, high performance cells. Read more...

Cambridge academics and senior staff listed in the Queen's Birthday Honours
Four Cambridge Professors and the University's Director of Physical Education and Sport have been recognised in the latest honours list. Read more...

New edition of the Alumni Travel Programme brochure out now
Cambridge Alumni Travel Programme presents the new issue of Unbound, featuring trips for 2014.


Alumni benefits news: keys to the research kingdom
In partnership with the University Library, Cambridge Alumni Relations Office are delighted to announce that alumni can now access the same JSTOR archive collections as current students and staff, online and free of charge.


Latest Economics alumni newsletter now available online
The latest issue of the newsletter for Economics alumni, which places the current work of the Faculty in the perspective of its past achievements and the subject’s future challenges, is now available to read online. Read more...

Latest edition of The Seeley now available online
The latest issue of the History Faculty's newsletter - The Seeley - is now available to read online. This is the fourth edition, introducing the next Editor (Professor David Abulafia's successor, Professor Robert Tombs), discussing the concerns around open access for academic journals and other news from the Faculty. Read more...

Cambridge Depicted at Alumni Festival
Attendees at Alumni Festival will have the opportunity to view and purchase the new book Cambridge Depicted, which has been updated by Professor Haroon Ahmed and Dr Philip Denbigh and published by TMI, on the day of its launch. Read more...

Alumni Festival - Friday events you can sample online
If you couldn't make it to Cambridge for Alumni Festival, there are a number of online resources you can use to learn about the institution, organisation or research featuring in some of our events. We have collated a range of online information relating to events taking place on the Friday for you to enjoy. Read more...

Alumni Festival - Saturday events you can discover from home
Saturday's Alumni Festival programme offers more opportunities to keep up online and via your local bookshop.


Alumni Festival - Sunday events to explore remotely
Alumni Festival 2013's Sunday timetable offers a number of events that alumni and friends can get a flavour of by surfing the web and visiting a library or book seller.


Choices and Responsibility
The annual address of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, 1 October 2013.


Latest edition of 9 West Road now available to read online
The latest edition of the Faculty of English's annual newsletter is available to read online. Read more...

2013 Pilkington Prizes
Thirteen inspirational academics have been honoured for the outstanding quality and approach to their teaching. Read more...

Department of Engineering News - Issue 14 now available online
The autumn 2013 edition of the Department of Engineering's newsletter is now available to read online. Read more...

Issue 10 of CEB Focus
The Michaelmas 2013 issue of CEB Focus - the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology's newsletter - is now available to read online.

How do you solve an Engineering interview?: launched today
Goats, game show hosts, eyeballs and pirates are going to help the next generation of engineers win places at leading universities, thanks to a new website launched this week.

Applications to the University of Cambridge reach record high
Over 16,500 applications were received by the University of Cambridge this year, the highest number since University records began. Read more...

Opening of new centre for experimental astrophysics at Cambridge
A new building on the Institute of Astronomy site off Madingley Road will complete the consolidation of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology on a single site in Cambridge. Read more...

Faculty of Divinity Newsletter issue 1
The first edition of the Faculty of Divinity Newsletter is now available to read online. 


Festival of Ideas
2013 marks the six-year anniversary of the Festival of Ideas, a University of Cambridge public engagement initiative that celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences by showcasing a diverse mix of inspirational talks, performances, films, exhibitions and other creative displays.

Darwin's women
On matters of gender, Charles Darwin was supposedly an arch-conservative - but new research suggests that he actively helped women who were striving for an equal footing in society. Read more...

Drug developed in Cambridge approved for treatment of multiple sclerosis
 A transformational new treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS) - the result of over three decades of research in Cambridge - has been approved by the EU agency responsible for regulating new drugs.

The new Sports Centre
The Sports Centre will be open from 8.00am to 8.00pm on the Saturday and Sunday of Alumni Festival. Alumni are also eligible for a special discount on membership fees!

Full list of event venues now available to download
The full list of lecture theatres in which the Alumni Festival lectures will take place is now available to download.

Go to the download page

Cambridge to develop new Conservation Research Institute
The development of a new Conservation Research Institute will be the latest addition to a flourishing conservation community in Cambridge. Read more...

Churchill Archives Centre celebrates 40th year with UNESCO award
The Cambridge archives which hold the papers of Sir Winston Churchill and Lady Thatcher is celebrating the inclusion of its core collection on the UK National Register of Documentary Heritage, a standard linked to the United Nations Cultural arm. Read more...

Turn over a new leaf at the Institute of Continuing Education
From the science of space, to the history of formal gardens, the Institute of Continuing Education has courses to suit a wide range of interests, and the good news is that there are still places available for studies beginning in October 2013. Read more....

New Master for Churchill College
The Queen has approved the appointment of Professor Dame Athene Donald to the Mastership of Churchill College, Cambridge.


Michaelmas edition of CAM now available online
The latest edition of our award-winning alumni magazine is now available to read online (issue 70).


The latest edition of our Alumni Travel Programme is now available to read online

Travel in the company of experts with the Alumni Travel programme and explore parts of the world you many not find in a conventional travel brochure.

Destinations for 2014/15 include Japan, Antarctica, Munich, Turkey, Ethiopia, India, Italy and Burma, to name just a few of the 32 trips listed!

Alumni Festival bookings close September 16
Bookings for this year's Alumni Festival close on Monday, September 16.  Don't miss your chance to join over one thousand fellow alumni returning to Cambridge for an exciting programme of talks, tours and special events.  Click here to make your booking now.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Peterhouse alumnus
Michael Levitt, who was a PhD student in Peterhouse before gaining a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.


Alumni Festival Reading List
A useful list of extra reading material

Grand opening for Materials Science building at West Cambridge
A world-leading centre for the study of and research into materials science and metallurgy has just moved into a new £48 million home on the University of Cambridge West Cambridge site. Read more...

Alumni Festival 2013: Champagne breakfast at the Hawks' Club
Get the low down on ‘Advancing Cambridge Rowing,’ the event at the Hawks' Club during Alumni Festival. Read more...