Christ's College Alumni

Newsletter WINTER 2015

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the Winter Drinks Reception at The Athenaeum last week, kindly hosted by David Ormrod (1966).

Below you can catch up on the latest College news and upcoming events. We are particularly delighted to be able to share with you information on The May Ball 2016!

On behalf of the College, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a peaceful 2016.

Christ's tops Cambridge Colleges in National Student Survey

In this year’s National Student Survey, offered to all final-year students, 97% of Christ’s respondents agreed with the statement, “I am satisfied with the supervisions my College provides”, placing us first amongst Cambridge Colleges.

82% agreed with the statement, “I am satisfied with my College’s pastoral/tutorial provision”, placing us ninth out of the twenty-nine Cambridge Colleges included in the survey (graduate Colleges Clare Hall and Darwin College were not included).

Winners of the Christ's College GCSE Prize

Winners of the Christ’s College GCSE Prize were invited to College for a prize-giving ceremony on 29 October. These high achieving students from Harrow and Southwark, all on Free School Meals, were nominated by their teachers in recognition of their strong academic performance. This also included two prize winners, Tilisha Dusara and Dina Dawit, whose exceptional GCSE results earned them both the Lewisohn GCSE Prize. While in Christ’s, students enjoyed the chance to chat to some of our current undergraduate students, a tour of College and admissions talk by Christ’s’ Admissions Tutor Dr Andrew Spencer. 2015 was the inaugural year of the GCSE Prize, which will run again in 2016 to congratulate another cohort of students on their fantastic achievements at GCSE.

On the Run!

In March 2016, 'with a bit of luck and a following wind', Assistant Accountant, Chris Austin, will have worked at Christ's for 25 years. To mark the start of his 26th year at Christ's, Chris has signed up for the Edinburgh marathon in May 2016, and will be dedicating 26.2 miles to the College.

Please click here to support Chris and the College by making a donation via his JustGiving page.

Sponsor a Book from £100!

An exciting new range of Old Library books and manuscripts is now on offer in our 2015-16 Sponsor a Book scheme. Your support will allow us to restore your chosen book to its former glory, thereby helping to conserve the Old Library's splendid collections for future generations. Sponsorship opportunities are available in the following price ranges:
£100-£200, £200-£500, £500 and above.

For more information, please visit:

Christ's College May Ball 2016 - Tickets for Alumni

Alumni tickets for the 2016 May Ball will be available from 12 noon on Friday 22 January 2016 at:

The theme of the May Ball 2016 will be announced on 21 January. Please note, the number of tickets available for alumni to book are limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Young Alumni Event

On 29 October, Christ’s held its annual Young Alumni event, aimed at alumni who have graduated in the last ten years. This year, the event took place at the BBC's iconic art-deco headquarters, Broadcasting House, London. Those attending experieced an exclusive 'after-hours’ guided tour, including access to some of the BBC’s most well-known studios. As well as learning about the BBC’s history and architecture, guests were given the opportunity to produce their own news broadcast, a daily weather forecast and even a radio drama! The evening concluded with drinks in the Media Café, overlooking the familiar sight of the BBC’s working newsroom. Our guests seemed to very much enjoy the occasion, with Valerie Teh (m.2008) tweeting “Lights, camera, action @bbcshowstours. Thanks @christs_college for a great alum event!”

Upcoming Events in 2016*

22 January: Law Dinner
2nd February: Distinguished Speaker Dinner

12 March: Marguerites' Alumni dinner
19 March: JCR Committee Alumni Dinner
2 April: MA Congregation (for those who matriculated in 2009)
9 April: Medical Society Alumni Event

*All events will appear on the website when invitations are sent out and booking opens.

Upcoming Lectures

Concepts in Middle Kingdom Funerary Culture: 22nd January 2016, Yusuf Hamied Theatre, Christ’s College, Cambridge. This lecture is part of the Lady Wallis Budge Anniversary Symposium. For more information and to book, please click here.

Local theory of mind: why people experience the same god differently in different parts of the world:18 January 2016 from 5pm to 7pm, Old Divinity School Lecture Theatre, St John's College. This is a W.H.R. Rivers Memorial Lecture.
For more information, please click here. All are welcome to attend.

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