This year's team of student volunteers for our telephone campaign are pictured in the Master's Lodge with Roger Mosey. Between now and the start of the Lent term they will be speaking to a wide range of alumni and friends about life at Selwyn and the college's ambitions.
The money raised during the telephone campaign is a vital part of our support for students through bursaries and hardship funds, and we're deeply grateful to everyone who contributes to help future generations. You can read more about the campaign, and meet our student callers, here: https://www.selwynalumni.com/telephone-campaign.
Selwyn’s annual London Carol service for alumni and friends takes place at 7pm on Tuesday December 6th at St James’s Piccadilly. This is the second year we’ve been at the church, by invitation of its rector Lucy Winkett (SE 1987). There will be the traditional readings and Carols for all, along with performances by the Choir. The service ends with the church lit entirely by candlelight, which is always a magical moment in the run-up to Christmas.
The service will last for about an hour. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards, so do stay to enjoy some seasonal refreshments. All are welcome, and admission is free.
This photograph is from the 2014 London Carol service, which took place at St Botolph’s Aldgate.
Some of Selwyn’s best-known and longest-serving staff were praised in the House of Commons by Labour MP – and Selwyn alumnus – Wes Streeting. He was speaking in a debate about the Higher Education Bill, and he argued that non-academic staff were sometimes undervalued in terms of their representation within the university sector. He cited his own time at Selwyn as an example of the role staff can play:
"…Staff are absolutely crucial to the success of our higher education sector, whether they are academic staff directly engaged in teaching and learning or the wide range of support staff, whose contribution to the student experience is often unheralded. Thinking back to my student experience, the first member of staff I spoke to at my university was not an academic; it was Gina Vivian-Neal in the admissions office. When I was at university, I spoke to staff such as Bill Simmonett, who was involved in catering and conferencing, because of my role as the students union entertainments officer. When I had a particularly small room in my second year and a larger one became available, Sue Jeffries made a substantial difference to my learning environment. Margaret Hay, who, I believe, recently retired from her role in the tutorial office, was absolutely central to the experience and welfare and care of students…"
Mr Streeting (SE 2001) is a former JCR president at Selwyn, and he went on to become president of CUSU and president of the National Union of Students. He has been the MP for Ilford North since the 2015 general election.
Selwyn has hosted an alumni reception and taken part in outreach activity in India . as part of an initiative shared with the wider University. Our senior tutor Mike Sewell went to a school in Mumbai with Cambridge’s director of undergraduate recruitment Jon Beard, who.s a Selwyn bye-fellow. They’re pictured at the Aditya Birla World Academy in Mumbai having lunch with students and staff. The university’s pro-vice-chancellor Graham Virgo was also in India, and he spoke at the reception for alumni about the importance of the country – and the university’s wish to double the number of Indian students studying at Cambridge over the next five years.
The college welcomed back more of its distinguished alumnae on Saturday November 12th as part of the celebrations of 40 years of women at Selwyn. They were attending a series of networking sessions at which some of our most successful women talked to current students about their lives and careers. The event started with drinks in the Master’s Lodge; and there was an excellent turnout by students for the later meetings across the site.
There's been recognition of the work of Selwyn's Professor Daping Chu, who is one of our Fellows in Engineering. He received a Distinguished Visiting Professorship from Tsinghua University when he was in Beijing last week. He also gave a lecture there on phase-only spatial light modulators and applications.
He's pictured (centre) with members of the Chinese University.