In the year that we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the extension of voting rights to some women, here's a portrait of one of the great Selwyn figures involved in the suffrage movement.
(Mary) Kathleen Lyttelton was a co-founder of the Cambridge Women's Suffrage Association in 1884, and she worked closely with her friend Millicent Fawcett. Kathleen took on a national role in the campaign for women's votes and she was president of the National Union of Women Workers. After the death of her husband Arthur, the first Master of Selwyn, she became editor of the women's pages of the Guardian, a weekly journal. There she nurtured women writers, including Virginia Woolf.
Kathleen died in 1907 without ever being allowed the right herself to vote; but she made a major contribution to the campaign. Later this year, the college will be announcing plans to recognise her achievements.
Arthur Lyttelton was also a strong supporter of women’s right to vote. The involvement of both Lytteltons in the campaign meant that a number of meetings in support of women’s suffrage were held in Selwyn, shortly after the college’s foundation. The traditions continued. In 1913 the Master of Selwyn, then the Rev John Murray, conducted a devotional service for suffragists in Cambridge as part of the movement to change the law.
Remembering greatness: a plaque was unveiled in Westminster Abbey on February 1st commemorating our former Master Owen Chadwick and his brother Henry.
They were both priests. They were both heads of House: Owen at Selwyn, and Henry at Christ Church in Oxford and then at Peterhouse in Cambridge. They were both scholars and authors of considerable distinction, and became Regius Professors. Owen was a member of the Order of Merit, and both were knighted. The college is therefore delighted that they will be remembered together in the Abbey – along with so many other famous figures from British history.
Among those attending the ceremony were Andre Chadwick, Owen's daughter; and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, a Selwyn alumnus.
The Westminster Abbey news release can be read here: https://www.westminster-abbey.org/press/news/2018/february/memorial-to-chadwick-brothers-dedicated
Selwyn Fellow Dr James Keeler is one of the authors of the latest edition of a key textbook for student chemists. Atkins' Physical Chemistry is acknowledged by students and lecturers around the globe to be the textbook of choice for studying physical chemistry, and it’s now being published in its 11th edition.
James tells us: "At the start of the month I was very pleased to receive from the publisher (OUP) copies of the book I’ve been working on for the last two years. It’s an undergraduate text which is used widely in the UK, the rest of Europe, and in North America. The first edition came out when I was an undergraduate in Oxford, and since then the book has developed edition-by-edition by Professor Peter Atkins, and then latterly with his co-author Professor Julio de Paula. I have joined them as the junior co-author for the 11th edition. Getting up to speed with such a large book and with two very experienced co-authors has been a hard job, but ultimately very rewarding. It's immensely gratifying to finally have the book in my hand, and I am honoured to be part of the author team for this well-known text.
“I've also been working on a solutions manual to go with the text together with a team of recent graduates, including two Selwyn members Stephanie Smith (now a Teaching Fellow in the Department, and Bye Fellow of Pembroke College) and Aimee North. We have not quite finished this huge task as yet, but are almost there."
Another new face in the college for 2018: Dr Kirsty McDougall joins us as admissions tutor for the arts and social sciences. She will become part of the team which manages our outreach programmes and selects new undergraduates, working alongside the science admissions tutors Dr Daniel Beauregard and Dr Stuart Eves.
Kirsty comes from a similar position at Clare College, and her academic subject is Linguistics. We offer her our customary warm welcome to Selwyn.
The start of 2018 marks a change in command in Selwyn's gardens. Following the retirement of Paul Gallant, our new head gardener is Andrew Myson – who began work on January 2nd.
Andrew has a lot of Cambridge college experience: he was previously head gardener at Trinity Hall. We welcome him to Selwyn, and wish him every success in his work here.
Selwyn was featured in the 2017 Christmas special editions of ‘University Challenge’. The match against the University of St Andrews was shown on BBC2 on December 26th.
Our team is: Sophie Wilson – a computer scientist, and honorary Fellow of the college; Robin French – an award-winning playwright and screenwriter; David Wilson – a criminologist and former prison governor; and Viv Groskop – a writer and comedian. You can watch the episode on the BBC iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09l933l. It’s also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvcawc5iOyk