Christ's College Alumni

E-newsletter Autumn 2022


Welcome to the autumn 2022 issue of the e-newsletter

The weather is getting colder, the trees are turning red and gold, and Michaelmas term is in full swing here at Christ's! 

New Faces at Christ's 

In early October, we welcomed 128 new undergraduate students and 110 new postgraduate students to Christ's. Their first week was busy with Matriculation, the Freshers' Fair, and many social events organized by the JCR and MCR. 

Above left: The 2022 Matriculation photograph. Above right: Students from the JCR at the 2022 Freshers' Fair.

In September, we welcomed our new Master, Simon McDonald, and his wife, Olivia, to Christ's. His official declaration, which he made to former University Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope, promised: ‘I Simon, Lord McDonald of Salford, elected Master of Christ’s College, do hereby solemnly promise that I will diligently administer the affairs of the College to the best of my power and ability; that I will guard all its property and possession of every description, and all its rights, liberties and privileges; and that I will faithfully keep and will do my best to cause others to keep all the Statutes and Ordinances of the College’. You can read an interview with Simon in the Cambridge Independent here

Above: Simon and Olivia McDonald in front of the Master's Lodge on their first day at Christ's. 

Six new Fellows were admitted to the Fellowship on 30 September. You can find out more about them here, and in the 2022 College Magazine, which will be published in the coming weeks. 

Above: A few of this year's new Fellows. Left: Irit Katz. Middle: Purba Hossain. Right: Henry Spelman. 

Finally, two new members that have casued a lot of excitement here since their arrival at the end of the summer: Christ's welcomed two new College cats, Finch and Baines, taking over from Rocket, who retired at the of the last academic year. Look out for them in the plants around Second Court if you're walking through College!  

Above left: Finch testing out a day in the life of a Christ's student. Above right: Finch and Baines.

Christ's is a Cambridge BID Awards Gold Winner! 

Christ's was delighted to receive a gold BID Award for Best Overall Customer Experience 2022 - University College B&B. The annual BID Awards, run by Cambridge Business in Development (BID), celebrate the best customer service in the city and use mystery shoppers to assess standards of customer service, including welcome, staff attitude, and cleanliness. Many people at Christ's--including those in housekeeping, catering, gardening, and the Porters' Lodge--work hard to create a comfortable environment and experience for our B&B guests, and it was great to see their efforts recognized. 

Alumni can book accommodation at Christ's during the vacation online here. To receive the alumni promotional rate, now available for all room types, enter the code alumni1505 into the 'Promo Code' box when selecting the dates of your stay.  

Above left: Head Porter Kevin Cash with the trophy. Above right: Some of the Christ's College staff members who contributed towards the win. 

Giving Day 2022 - November 2nd and 3rd 

This year, Christ's is holding its first ever Giving Day! With thirty-six hours of fundraising from 9:00am on 2nd November until 9:00pm on 3rd November, Giving Day is an opportunity for the Christ's community to come together to celebrate the College by helping to transform the lives of current students. Funds raised will specifically go to support undergraduate grants, outreach travel, and student mental health and wellbeing. Remember Christ's and consider making a pledge. You can find out more information here


News from Students, Fellows, and Alumni  

Eu-Wayne Mok (m. 2019) was jointly awarded the Gladstone Memorial Prize for his final-year dissertation on judicial decisions in US immigration courts. The Prize is awarded by the University for the most meritorious Part II dissertation submitted by a candidate in the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of History, and Department of Politics and International Studies. Clare Burnett (m. 1983) was shortlisted for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2022. The shortlist of 113 drawings was selected from a pool of over 3,200 submissions.  The Centre for Music Performance, directed by Simon Fairclough (m. 2002), is celebrating its founding with a Launch Festival taking place on 21-23 October in venues around Cambridge, including Christ's College Chapel. More information about the Launch Festival can be found here

Christ's Honorary Fellow and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein (m. 1987) was formally invested as Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG). The Queen approved the award in 2019. Professor Stephen Blyth (m. 1985, Lady Margaret Beaufort Fellow) was installed as Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford on 7 October. 


Above left: Professor Stephen Blyth. Above right: Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein and Princess Anne. 

Professor Mark Girolami was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding and continuing contributions to the profession. Dr. David (Dai) Jones and Professor Geoffrey Ingham both celebrated 50 years as Fellows of Christ's College in September. 

Above: Professor Geoffrey Ingham and Dr. Dai Jones at a dinner marking their 50 years as Fellows of Christ's.

Dr. John Rathmell, Dr. Cecil Courtney, and Dr. Alan Munro (m. 1957) all celebrated the 60th anniversary of their election to the Christ's Fellowship this year.

Above: Dr. John Rathmell, Dr. Cecil Courtney, Simon McDonald, and Dr. Alan Munro at a lunch celebrating their 60 years as Fellows.  

We regret to report the death of Emeritus Fellow Dr. Douglas Barker on 13 September 2022. Douglas was admitted to the Christ's Fellowship in 1975. He was a stimulating and enormously effective teacher in the Biological Natural Sciences and was Director of Studies for several decades. Very popular among students, he was also a keen supporter of the sporting fraternity. You can read the College's notice here; a full obituary will also appear in the 2023 issue of the College Magazine. 

Above: Emeritus Fellow Dr. Douglas Barker. 

In September, alumni returned to Cambridge for two reunion dinners. It was wonderful to see so many of you back in College! Photos from the event on September 10th are available here and photos from the September 24th event can be found here


Above left: Alumni in the College Buttery during the September 10th Reunion. Above right: Alumni and their guests enjoy drinks in the Fellows' Garden during the September 24th Reunion. 

Join us for our Winter Drinks 2022

We are, once again, hosting a Winter Drinks Reception in London. This event, which will take place at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, is a great chance to meet fellow alumni and catch up with College friends before the holidays. If you would like to attend, please register here. We hope to see you in December! 

Follow Christ's on Social Media

To keep up with all the latest news from Christ's, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. If you would like to connect with other alumni in your field and with current Christ's students, then join our Christ's College Connections LinkedIn group. You can use the platform as an opportunity to share ideas, connect with others, and provide careers advice to current students and recent graduates. 


27 October - Christ's College Webinar Series: Life Beyond the Pandemic

16 November – Christ's Economics Supper

19 November -  Choir Alumni Dinner

13 December – Winter Drinks

28 January 2023 – Marguerites Dinner



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