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The spirit of Selwyn

Submitted on 13 March 2020

A video, released in early 2020, captures the wide range of life at Selwyn – from supervisions to sport, and from singing to socialising in the bar. It was filmed before the health emergency, and it shows the college as it was – and as it will be again. At its heart is a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Linden Lea” by the choir, and that is supplemented by filming from around the site. Dr Janet O’Sullivan and Dr Daniel Beauregard are seen teaching students; there is a view of the new servery and lunch in Hall; and other activities include lifting weights in the gym and playing table tennis in the JCR. The closing sequences show an additional use of the bar: as a place to work with friends.


The release of the video was planned to coincide with the college’s telephone campaign in which current students talk to alumni and friends about what’s going on at Selwyn and our ambitions for the future. This year’s campaign was postponed because of the coronavirus crisis, but the college is continuing to have conversations with alumni and friends to keep them in touch until we are able to meet in person again. If you’d like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact development@sel.cam.ac.uk.