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July 4th 2017 Degrees of Success

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.

 

June 27th 2017 A rare honour

A Selwyn alumna has become the first member of the college this decade to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Sophie Wilson is seen as one of the foremost computer scientists of her generation.
 
Sophie, who is already an honorary fellow of Selwyn, was recognised at a ceremony in the Senate House on June 21st. The previous evening, the college gave a dinner for her; and she is photographed, front left, with the Master and Fellows.
 
 
Sophie is now Senior Technical Director and Fellow at Broadcom. As an undergraduate she developed what would form Acorn System 1, a microcomputer which was Acorn’s first product. In 1981, the BBC commissioned her to design a more advanced microcomputer, the BBC Micro, which allowed schools across the UK to introduce children to writing their own software and for which she designed and wrote BBC BASIC. In 1985 she co-created the Acorn RISC Machine Processor, now an integral part of items such as smartphones and broadband routers. Used in Apple’s first personal assistant, Newton, Apple products still feature it today. 
 
You can read more about all the honorary doctorates here: https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/honorary-degrees-2017
 

June 26th 2017 Fizzing with enthusiasm

On the final day of the 2017 May Bumps, Selwyn gave a traditional launch with bubbles to its new boat. It's named in memory of our great Master Owen Chadwick; and his son Stephen did the honours by pouring some suitably sparkling alcohol over the vessel. 
 
 
A number of members of the Chadwick family were also present, including three of Owen's four children. 
 
Speakers at the event at the new boathouse included Brian Hornsby, representing the Permanent Henley Fund which supports rowing at Selwyn. If you'd like to make a contribution to future success, please click on this link: https://www.selwynalumni.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=298 – and choose "Rowing (Henley Fund)" from the drop-down menu.

May 30th 2017 Scholarship matters

We’re pleased to announce two more winners of prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s and Selwyn College scholarships. The first goes to Paula Czarnowska, who’s already studying here for an MPhil in Computer Science. She will now stay with us for her PhD.


 

The other award is to George Severs, currently taking his MPhil at Pembroke College. He will study at Selwyn for a PhD in History.

This makes a total of four Vice-Chancellor’s and Selwyn scholarships, in what is the first year of our partnership. We’re able to do this because of the generous support of benefactors, and we’re grateful to everyone who supports students and education at the college. You can read more on our alumni website https://www.selwynalumni.com/pages/student-support- or please contact the development office: alumni-office@sel.cam.ac.uk. There’s an account of how the Vice-Chancellor’s scheme works on the Cambridge Trust website: https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/v-c-awards-and-cambridge-international-scholarships/.

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

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