Christ's College Alumni

E-newsletter Summer 2021

Welcome to the summer issue of the e-newsletter


Art Prize 2021: Touch

The winners of the 2021 Christ’s College Art Prize have been announced. The subject this year was ‘Touch’, which gave everyone in College a chance to reflect on the isolation and separation of living through a pandemic. The winner was Ziyi Zhu (m. 2018), a third-year Engineering student with the runner-up prize going to Eva Oostendorp (m. 2018), a third-year Psychological and Behavioural Sciences student. Annabel Adams’ (m. 2020) work was commended by the committee of judges. Read more about the theme this year and the winning pieces.


Above (left to right): winner - Ziyi Zhu, runner-up - Eve Oostendorp, commended - Annabel Adams


Christ’s Fellow awarded the 2020 Millenium Technology Prize

After a discovery that began in 1997, Christ's Fellow, David Klenerman, and his colleague Shankar Balasubramanian, have been awarded the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize, worth €1 million, for their development of next-generation genome sequencing. Read more about their journey of discovery and how they came to be awarded this prestigious prize. 

Above: Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman. Photo credit - Millenium Technology Prize

Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact award

Felix Reilly (m. 2020), MPhil Development Studies student, has been awarded one of the Vice-Chancellor's Social Impact awards. Felix is the founder and president of the University's Enactus Society, an international network supporting student-led social innovation. The citation continues 'In its first year, the Cambridge branch has launched two award-winning social enterprise projects: the Renaissance Games (digital education) and E-Pals (addressing loneliness through tech). Both projects won funding from ASDA supermarket, SAP software, and the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. Felix is Easter term co-president of CAMSED (the postgraduate network for Development Studies), and a Digital Verification Analyst with Amnesty International as part of the Cambridge Digital Verification Corps.' 

Above: Felix Reilly

Life Out of Lockdown

Despite the recent setback in the full lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, students have been able to get back to some normality this term. Some sporting activities have resumed, with the Boat Club getting back on the water and the women's football team (comprising students from Christ's, Churchill, and Lucy Cavendish) winning the 'Covid Cupper'. As well as cricket and rounders matches played in the sun, dinner in Hall feels like a welcome slice of everyday life.

Above (left to right): A student rounders team, the Christs/Churchill/Lucy Cavendish Women's Football team

Above (left to right): The men's cricket team, Formal Hall set for dinner

The men's and women's crews from the Boat Club compete in an Eights Regatta

Telephone Campaign 2021

After a year’s hiatus, the annual telephone campaign was back with calling taking place remotely. Our student callers made 706 connections with alumni and more than £373,000 was raised, with this transformative total beating our initial target of £200,000. A huge thank you to all those who took part, both callers and alumni alike. The money raised will go towards continued support of staff and students during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.


Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Dr Chiara Giorio

Dr Chiara Giorio (Fellow) has been given a Royal Society of Chemistry Early Career Award in Environment, Sustainability and Energy. The award has been presented for her research on the environmental fate of systemic pesticides.

Her research group in the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry joined the International Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, formed in response to concern around the impact of systemic pesticides on biodiversity and ecosystems.  They have been investigating the environmental dispersion of neonicotinoid insecticides through dust emitted by seeders during the sowing of corn seeds treated with neonicotinoids, and the consequential in-flight contamination and acute toxicity for honeybees.

Above: Dr Chiara Giorio

Queen's Birthday Honours

Congratulations to our alumni and Fellows who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Dr Richard Axton, Fellow, was awarded an MBE for services to heritage and the environment in Sark.

Reverend John Tattersall (m. 1970) received an LVO for his role as Chair of the Court at the Royal Foundation of St Katherine.

Professor Paul Elliot (m. 1972), Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at Imperial College, has been awarded a CBE for services to scientific research in public health.

Ms Priya Guha (m. 1993) has received an MBE for services to international trade and women-led innovation.

In her role as Deputy Director, Taskforce Europe, Ms Hannah Wood (m. 2008) has been awarded an MBE for services to EU negotiations.

An OBE was awarded to former Fellow, Dr Catherine Green, Head of Clinical BioManufacturing at the Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, for services to science and public health.


Christ's College Webinar Series 

Our speaker for the June Christ's College Webinar was Dr Katie Dunkley, who is our Charles Darwin and Galápagos Islands Fellow. She is a behavioural ecologist who aims to understand the dynamics of animal interactions and ecological networks. Her research focuses on behavioural interactions at a community level to explore how and why animals interact. She is particularly interested in understanding how changing ecological, environmental, and social conditions influence interaction outcomes. She is passionate about the marine environment and its conservation, with her previous and future research focusing on coral reefs. Watch the recording of Katie's webinar: The Reef Network: How Species Interactions Shape Healthy Reefs.



If you want 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. 



Upcoming Events
3 September 2021
Alumni Golf Event & Dinner
12 September 2021
– Reunion Garden Party 1963 through 1974 inclusive
17 September 2021
– 1st Reunion Dinner (up to & including 1962 & 1971 - please note this is on a Friday)
18 September 2021
– Blades Regatta & Dinner
25 September 2021
– 2nd Reunion Dinner (1975 – 1979 inclusive)



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