Christ's College Alumni

  E-newsletter March 2016

Iris in the Fellows' Garden  


Welcome to this issue of the College e-newsletter. It's lovely to see the first signs of Spring around the courts, and we're looking forward to the return of the undergraduates for the Easter term. As many of you will know, I shall be stepping down as Master in August after nearly 10 years in the role. Jackie and I have enjoyed meeting alumni and we would like to thank you for your advice and support. The Fellows have elected my successor, Professor Jane Stapleton, an eminent academic lawyer, and I know Jane is greatly looking forward to meeting you.

Professor Frank Kelly CBE FRS


Telephone Campaign 2016

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Telephone Campaign will be taking place from 4 – 18 April, when sixteen of our current students will launch their appeal to raise awareness and support for the Student Support Fund. The impact of this fund on college life is immeasurable. For some students, this vital fund will enable them to take up their place at Christ’s. For others, it provides emergency funding when they experience a change of circumstance during their time here. In 2015, Christ’s awarded £600,000 in scholarships, bursaries and book grants through the Student Support Fund. We believe this funding is essential to our reputation of attracting the best students, regardless of their financial background.

 This year's team of callers

If you receive a call from a current student, please do take the time to talk to them and share your thoughts about your time at Christ’s and your experiences subsequently. They will be very much looking forward to speaking with you. I hope you will join us in wishing them every success in their appeal.

Honorary Fellows 

The College has elected Dr Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein (m.1987) and Professor Anthony Hunter (JRF 1968 to 1975) to Honorary Fellowships.

Dr Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein completed his PhD in History and is currently the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Professor Anthony Hunter was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 2014 and is currently Director of the Salk Institute Cancer Center.


                                Dr Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein (L) and Professor Anthony Hunter (R)

Alumni Medal for Dr Yusuf Hamied

On Thursday March 17 the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz presented the inaugural Alumni Medal to Dr Yusuf Hamied (m. 1954, Honorary Fellow).

Yusuf said, "There has always been a deep bond between the University, Christ’s College, and in particular for me the Chemistry department. Cambridge educated me, Cambridge taught me how to live, Cambridge showed me how to contribute to the world. I will always be indebted to this great institution and what it stands for."

The aim of the medal is to recognise services to the community that have brought honour to the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry.

Sports Awards

Five students were presented with sporting awards on Friday 11 March. Congratulations to the winners: 

A C Blyth Sporting Award – Calum Ferguson (m. 2014)

W Blyth Sporting Award – Charlotte Bull (m. 2012)

Garry Owen Sporting Award – Riki Houlden (m. 2013)

Jeremy Taylor Award – Rachel Tilley (m. 2014)

Richard de la Hoyde Sporting Award – Nadia Ogilvie (m. 2013)


Senior Tutor, Dr Robert Hunt, with the Sports Award winners (from L to R): Rachel Tilley, Calum Ferguson, Charlotte Bull, Riki Houlden and Nadia Ogilvie

Choir Association

A third Choir Association event is in the planning stages for this autumn and everyone is looking forward to raising the roof in the chapel again! We continue to endeavour to update the records so that as many alumni as possible receive details of events. We would, therefore, be grateful for changes of details or, indeed, new details of any former choristers or organists. This year, we are particularly keen to build up our record of former organ scholars and would be grateful for assistance in compiling a comprehensive list. Please do get in touch with Emma Pauncefort (Chapel and Choir Administrator) at if you can help.



2 April: MA Congregation

9 & 10 April: CCMAA Meeting

12 April: Singapore Event

11 June: May Bumps Picnic

14 June: May Ball

18 June: Reunion Garden Party and Buffet Lunch

25 June: Association Dinner

Save the Date:

 10 September: First Reunion Dinner (up to and including 1957 and in 1966)

24 September: Second Reunion Dinner (1970-1974 inclusive)



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