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May 26th 2017 A musical gift

On his retirement from full-time work, Selwyn’s Professor John Morrill generously commissioned the renowned composer James MacMillan to write a new piece in memory of John's wife Frances and in gratitude to Selwyn College. The choir gave the première of 'One equal music' at Evensong on Sunday May 21st. It’s a setting of John Donne's famous prayer beginning ‘Bring us O Lord God at our last awakening into the house and gate of heaven’.

The photograph shows John Morrill (left) with Selwyn’s director of music Sarah MacDonald and chaplain Hugh Shilson-Thomas. The music is published by Boosey and Hawkes, and details are online.


May 20th 2017 Pastoral excellence

We pride ourselves on the pastoral support that's offered to students at Selwyn – and now there's recognition for one of our Fellows.

Stuart Eves, who is a tutor and also director of studies in veterinary medicine, has won an award from the Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU). The Student Led Teaching Awards exist to acknowledge outstanding teaching and student support; and Dr Eves won in the category of pastoral support, which recognises members of the university who go above and beyond what is expected of them in terms of student welfare. He received 14 nominations in total from Selwyn students.

Undergraduate Flora Miles, who presented him with the award, said he had always been a perceptive and proactive tutor and had made her life at Cambridge immeasurably better. You can read more about the nominees and the award scheme here: http://www.cusu.co.uk/get-involved/student-led-teaching-awards/student-led-teaching-awards-2017

May 10th 2017 A Good Try by Selwyn

The college men’s rugby players emerged victorious from a hard-fought final for the Cuppers Plate. The joint Selwyn-Peterhouse team beat Hughes Hall-St Edmund’s by just two points, in a match that ended 30-28. Our photos show action from the game; the excellent support from Selwyn students; and the silverware being held by captain Matt Wilson (seated front right) with the rest of the team.

Photographs by Ted Mackey, JCR president.


May 2nd 2017 Community service

Selwyn third-year student Lee Robertson has received an Imber Lloyd award at the Tallow Chandlers’ educational lunch. It recognises Lee’s contribution to Selwyn as JCR president in 2016; and the award is presented annually by the livery company to students who combine academic achievement and service to the college community.

This year’s other winner was Felix Newman, who was the first Selwynite in a winning Boat Race crew since 1971. He was also awarded first class honours in his engineering exams. Many congratulations to both Felix and Lee.

The full list of grants and prizes available to Selwyn students is on our website at http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/ughandbook/finance/grants-and-funds/ and  http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/ughandbook/finance/specific-grants/.



April 20th 2017 Scholarship at Selwyn

Chloe Allison, who's currently studying for an MPhil at Selwyn, has been awarded a highly prestigious Vice-Chancellor's & Selwyn College scholarship for a PhD in Music. The Vice-Chancellor's scholarships go to the most promising PhD students across the university. Selwyn has partnered with the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for the first time this year and we are thrilled to be able to welcome Chloe back next year for her PhD.


Joining Chloe, and the recipient of our second Vice-Chancellor’s and Selwyn College scholarship, is Áron Kovács for a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Many congratulations to him, too.


Meanwhile, Gates Cambridge has announced its list of what they call "the most academically exceptional and socially committed people from across the globe" who have been selected as Gates Cambridge Scholars after interviews in Cambridge in late March. Those chosen include Parker Lawson, who joined us from the United States in October 2016 to read for a Masters and is vice-president of our MCR. 

Parker tells us: "The PhD proposal is to study the practice and policies of education in Spain (1898-present) as a way of understanding the relationship between education and the formation of national identities."

He will be joined at Selwyn by other Gates scholars from universities worldwide, with the full list of Cambridge participants here: https://www.gatescambridge.org/our-scholars/new-scholars


April 10th 2017 Golden memories

The college held a reunion for the 1967 and 1977 year groups on Saturday April 8th, marking the 50th and 40th anniversaries of their arrival at the college. Among those attending was Richard Budgett (SE 1977) who won a gold medal for rowing in the men's coxed fours at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. Richard studied medicine at Selwyn, and he is now Medical and Scientific director for the International Olympic Committee.

It was a glorious weekend of weather for all those attending the reunion. We were able to hold drinks outside in Old Court before the dinner; and the following morning a group of alumni went on a tour of the college with Fellow Mike Young.

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