The college admitted its latest Fellow Benefactor at a reunion dinner on Saturday September
Fellow Benefactor status is Selwyn’s highest recognition for philanthropy, marking a gift of
at least £1m. We were delighted to welcome Robin Jeffs to this cohort following his donation to the
college’s new library and auditorium project. Mr Jeffs, who is an alumnus now living in
California, has asked for his contribution to be named in memory of our distinguished former Fellow
Mr Jeffs becomes the fourth Fellow Benefactor since the creation of the role in 2016. Other holders
of the title are Jim Dickinson, Robert Martin and Katya Speciale. We are extremely grateful to them
for their support for future generations at Selwyn.
The college is looking forward to welcoming its new undergraduates at the end of September. This year they will total 119: 57 men and 62 women.
Of the UK students, 74% are from state schools. This is up from 71% in 2017, and compares with an official Cambridge University target of 63.4%.
There are 28 international students. The countries represented are Canada, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore, Switzerland and Thailand.
Our photo shows some of the freshers from 2017. Their successors will formally become members of Selwyn on Monday October 1st.
Another new Fellow who will arrive at Selwyn this autumn is Dr Deepak Venkateshvaran – our director of studies in Physics, and a European Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory. He comes to Selwyn from Fitzwilliam College on the completion of a three year teaching bye-fellowship funded by the Isaac Newton Trust.
Deepak’s research interests focus on understanding the fundamental properties of organic semiconducting polymers for their use in novel electronic devices. In 2014, his work on organic polymer devices for waste heat to useful energy conversion was published in the journal Nature [D. Venkateshvaran et al., Nature 515, 384-388 (2014)] and laid the foundation for multiple ongoing research projects on organic thermoelectrics at the Cavendish Laboratory.
Between 2014 and 2018, he worked on organic polymer-based computing and information processing devices, and demonstrated the experimental conditions under which electron spins are efficiently transported to long distances of over a micrometre. Deepak earned his PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, he worked as a member of technical staff at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Munich. Outside research and teaching, Deepak plays the Tabla in music ensembles that explore the confluence between Indian rhythm and western classical music.
We’ll be welcoming six new Fellows to Selwyn this autumn.
One of them will be Dr Katarzyna Macieszczak. She completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham, after taking her undergraduate degree at the University of Warsaw. She will become the Henslow Research Fellow.
Dr Macieszczak studies the area of ’quantum metrology’ which is concerned with making very precise and sensitive measurements by exploiting quantum mechanical effects. She is principally a theoretical physicist, but her research bears directly on the development of practical instruments and especially quantum computing. While in Cambridge she will be part of the Theory of Condensed Matter group at the Cavendish.
The latest graduation ceremony on Saturday July 21st saw a large contingent from Selwyn at the University Senate House – including students receiving PhDs, MPhils and becoming Masters of Studies. Our home page photo shows two of those awarded doctorates: Nick Jamieson and Joshua Maher.
The families and friends of our students joined them for the Congregation, and then returned to the college for drinks in the Master’s Garden and lunch in Hall.
Selwyn offers its heartiest congratulations to our new graduates.
The glorious weather made it a particularly memorable General Admission day at Selwyn. It’s the moment when our undergraduates become graduates, as they receive their degrees at a ceremony in the university Senate House.
Before and afterwards there were gatherings at the college with students’ families and friends – with drinks and food on Old Court lawn after graduation. The warm weather meant some stayed long into the night! We offer our congratulations to all our new graduates, and we wish them every success in future.
Elgar, Parry and Vaughan Williams are among the composers featured in the Selwyn choir’s summer tour – which will see them heading to the north of England and then to Scotland.
They start in London with a special pre-tour concert and what is promised to be a perfect way to enjoy a summer evening with a programme of English choral music from the early 20th century. The tour then takes them to Bradford, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh – with further musical treats along the way. We can, for instance, expect Delius to make an appearance in his home city of Bradford.
Details of all the concerts are below, and all are welcome.
Weds 11 July Pre-tour London concert, St Bride’s, Fleet Street (concert, 7pm)
Tickets £15. https://www.selwynalumni.com/choir-concert
Fri 13 July Bradford Grammar School (concert, 7:30pm)
Tickets £15. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/selwyn-chapel-choir-bradford-concert-tickets-45774122633
Sat 14 July Manchester Cathedral (concert, 7:30pm)
Admission by suggested donation £15.
Mon 16 July Glasgow St Aloysius RC Church (concert, 7:30pm)
Admission by suggested donation £15.
Wed 18 July Edinburgh St John’s Princes Street (concert, 7:30pm)
Admission by suggested donation £15.
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.
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.
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.
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