Selwyn has an extensive outreach programme to show young people from all backgrounds that Cambridge could be for them. We visit schools across the United Kingdom, and we host a number of groups who explore the college and the city. Much of the activity is focused around years 11 and 12, but we also welcome younger children for their first experience of what a university is like.
This summer we particularly enjoyed meeting 36 Year 5 pupils from Bonnygate Primary School and Cranbrook Primary School (both in Essex) and Dersingham Primary School in East London. The pupils were here at Selwyn in association with the Brilliant Club for their ‘launch’ trip to mark the beginning of a Scholars’ Programme where they have weekly tutorials and produce a final research assignment. Our photo shows some of the children from Dersingham outside the college.
Read more about the Brilliant Club here: http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/. There’s more information about our access and outreach work online: http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/access-outreach/.
Our catering manager Bill Simmonett will be retiring next month, and people from across the college came to a lunchtime party to mark the occasion.
Bursar Nick Downer (right) thanked Bill for his 26 years of service to Selwyn, during which the college and its catering & conferences operation had grown massively.
Bill in return said that friendliness was at the heart of Selwyn, and he would greatly miss his colleagues and friends here.
We wish Bill a long and happy retirement.
The Selwyn choir's tour of California began in the spectacular setting of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. There was a large audience for a concert that ranged from Tallis to Mealor, and included the North American premiere of James MacMillan's One Equal Music.
The concert was introduced by the Master of Selwyn Roger Mosey, who thanked the alumni and benefactors who had made the trip to California possible. He added that in troubled times it's essential to retain the bonds between the people of the United States and Britain – and music is one of the ways of bridging continents.
Before the concert there was a reception for all University alumni hosted by 'Cambridge in America'. Among the Selwynites present were Julian Abdey (1991), Zach Marcus (2010) and Sabrina Abdey.
The other stops on the choir tour are Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego.
Selwyn students received their degrees on Friday June 30th in a centuries-old ceremony in the university's Senate House. A full selection of photographs is now online: https://www.flickr.com/photos/selalum/sets/72157685750774826
The afternoon started with a graduands' photograph in Old Court.
The Selwyn contingent then processed down West Road and through King's College to the graduation ceremony itself.
Here are four of our new BAs on the steps of the Senate House afterwards.
We congratulate all our new graduates, and we're delighted that many of them are staying on at Selwyn to study for a Master's degree or a doctorate.