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Lady Cook, 1924-2018

Posted: May 31, 2018

We’re sad to report that Isabell Cook, widow of our former Master Sir Alan Cook, died on 30 May. She was in her 94th year, and had been in failing health for some time – but many at Selwyn will remember her in later years as a regular chapelgoer, and as someone who maintained an interest in the wellbeing of the college and especially in its music. She enjoyed returning to the Master’s Lodge, where she had supported Alan so well, for a 90th birthday tea with her friends in 2014.

Lady Cook, 1924-2018: may she rest in peace.

Law in action

Posted: May 23, 2018

The college is delighted to announce that its new teaching officer in Law will be Sarah Fraser Butlin. She has been elected to the Fellowship, and will be installed and take up her role in October.

Mrs Fraser Butlin is an alumna of Clare College and a specialist in Labour law. She has been an affiliated lecturer and research associate at the University of Cambridge, and is also a practising barrister with Cloisters Chambers. It was announced earlier this year that she will be a Recorder and will hear criminal cases in the south-east of England.

We look forward to welcoming her to Selwyn in the coming months.

Mixed results

Posted: May 11, 2018

Congratulations to Selwyn’s mixed netball team, who have finished first in the Cambridge university leagues.

Having remained unbeaten throughout Lent term, Selwyn achieved top place in Division 1. This is the first time this has happened since at least 2003 when online records begin. With a tight-knit team spanning from first to fourth year, they have gone from strength to strength in the past couple of years under the captaincy of Laurence Moscrop, Will Scott and now Amber Morgan.

Following the league win, the team competed in May’s mixed netball cuppers tournament. The sun was shining down as the team easily progressed through to the quarter-finals, beating all of the other teams in their group. However, in a tense semi-final match, Selwyn were beaten 11-7 by Trinity, who went on to win the tournament.

With some excellent first years joining the team this year, hopes are high for the winning streak to continue under the guidance of next year's captain, Carla Hill.



Lecture by Frank Gardner

Posted: May 11, 2018

This year’s Selwyn College Ramsay Murray lecture will be given by the distinguished broadcaster Frank Gardner OBE. His title is ‘Behind the headlines in the Middle East’.

Mr Gardner is the BBC’s security correspondent, and an award-winning journalist and writer. He has a wealth of experience reporting from the Middle East and this talk will look at some of the issues and stories behind the news we see each day.

Date: Friday 11th May

Time: 5.45pm (doors open 5.30pm)

Venue: Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Site, off Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

For further information please contact Shona Winnard. Tel: 01223 767844. Email: smw59@cam.ac.uk

Selwyn from above

Posted: April 26, 2018



Selwyn is seen from above in a new short video. It was taken by a drone, which travelled across Old
Court and through the gardens on the way to fly over Cripps Court and Ann’s Court. The final
shot is of the college site looking towards the city centre. Please share the beauties of
Selwyn as widely as you like! 


Our new Masters

Posted: April 7, 2018

Members of the college 2011 year group returned to Cambridge on Saturday April 7th to take part in an MA graduation ceremony. They processed along the traditional route from Selwyn to the Senate House, where the degrees were conferred by the Master acting as vice-chancellor’s deputy. Our photo shows some of the graduands just before they set out.

Later there was a crowded Hall for a dinner celebrating our new MAs.

You can read more about Cambridge MAs on the university website: https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/your-course/graduation-and-what-next/cambridge-ma

Transatlantic Partnership

Posted: March 31, 2018

The college hosted an event in Los Angeles at the end of March, at which Roger Mosey spoke about current issues in News and journalism as they affect Britain, the United States and the wider world. The gathering was a unique collaboration between Selwyn and three organisations: the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy; the Los Angeles branch of BAFTA; and Cambridge in America.

The homepage photograph shows the Master with Professor Jay Wang of USC; the British consul general in Los Angeles Michael Howells; and Chantal Rickards, CEO of BAFTA LA.


A number of California-based Selwyn alumni were in the audience and asked questions in the session after the talk.


It was followed by a reception hosted by Cambridge in America for alumni from across the university.


Photos courtesy of USC by Seth Hancock

Singing her praises

Posted: March 18, 2018

Many congratulations to our director of music Sarah MacDonald, who has been honoured as an Associate of the Royal School of Church Music. It's an award for achievements in church music and/or liturgy of national significance.

The citation reads: "Sarah MacDonald directs the chapel music of Selwyn College, Cambridge, and the girls' choir at Ely Cathedral. She has raised the profile of both, and championed unfamiliar repertory and young composers in her recording projects, as well as encouraging and influencing a body of church musicians early in their careers. As a Canadian, she fosters links across the Atlantic."

We’re pleased to announce that the Selwyn choir, with Sarah conducting, will be touring in the UK this summer. The main events will be:

Wed 11 July – St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, LONDON (concert, 7pm)

Thu 12 July — NEWCASTLE Cathedral (Evensong, 5.30pm)

Fri 13 July — BRADFORD Grammar School (Concert, 7.30pm)

Sat 14 July — MANCHESTER Cathedral (Concert, 7.30pm)

Sun 15 July — MANCHESTER Cathedral (Eucharist, 10.30am; Evensong, 5.30pm)

Mon 16 July — GLASGOW St Aloysius RC Church (Concert, 7.30pm)

Wed 18 July — EDINBURGH St John's Princes Street (Concert, 7.30pm)

Please hold the dates, and there will be more information nearer the time.

Through to the final

Posted: March 12, 2018

The Selwyn men’s hockey team has reached the final of this year’s Cambridge Cuppers knock-out tournament. It’s a rare achievement for the college to make it this far in the competition.

The men beat Jesus College 1-0 in the semi-final, and you can read a match report on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Selwyn.College.Cambridge. They will now go on to play St Catharine’s College in the final, which will take place next term.

Professor Ken Wallace, 1944-2018

Posted: March 4, 2018

The college announces with deep sadness the death of its Fellow, Professor Kenneth Wallace.

Professor Wallace was a Fellow for 40 years. During that time he won the respect of colleagues and students alike as a gifted engineer, an excellent teacher – and a man of considerable charm, warmth and genuine modesty.  

Ken was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1944. He took his undergraduate degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and he worked in the aero-engine division of Rolls Royce and at Oxford Polytechnic before being appointed lecturer in engineering design at Cambridge in 1978. It was then that he became a Fellow of Selwyn.

In the college, he was a supervisor and a tutor – and a colleague whose wise counsel was much valued. In the university he co-ordinated the setting up of the Engineering Design Centre and was its first director. In 1999 he was appointed Reader in Engineering Design, and he became a Professor in 2001. He had been elected in 1991 as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; in 1994 a Fellow of the Smallpeice Trust and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers; in 1999 a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; and in 2007 an Honorary Fellow of the Design Society. In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate (HonDEng) from Brunel University.

Ken was married to Annette, and they have two daughters. His life outside academia was rich and varied, encompassing swimming, mountain biking and windsurfing – and a prolific amount of home-brewing. He and Annette were regular attenders at the college chapel.

We will miss him greatly, and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. 

This announcement has been made by his family:

Ken’s funeral will be held at the West Chapel, Cambridge City Crematorium, CB3 0JJ on Wednesday 28 March at 2.15 pm. All are welcome.

Light refreshments will be available afterwards – details will be in the service sheet.

There will be family flowers only but donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to either Addenbrookes Charitable Trust Fund or Arthur Rank Hospice Charity by contacting our Funeral Director, Peasgood and Skeates, 617 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8PA. Tel: 01223 415255. Donations can also be made via ’Ken’s in Memory profile’ which can be found at: www.peasgoodandskeates.co.uk

A memorial event for Ken will be held at Selwyn College, Cambridge at a later date.


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