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August 20th 2018 Strengthening Science

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.


August 13th 2018 A Physicist in Theory

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.

July 22nd 2018 The doctors are in

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.


June 30th 2018 Our 2018 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.


June 7th 2018 Heading North

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.


May 31st 2018 Lady Cook, 1924-2018

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.

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