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The Year

The Annual Review of Girton College Cambridge

Contents Welcome


Fellows’ Profiles

Births, Marriages and Deaths

A Letter from the Mistress


Fiona Cooke




Debbie Lowther


Marriages /Civil Partnerships


In Memoriam




Features Profile: Baroness Warnock The College Estate


College Reports


Alumni and Supporters


A History of Girton in Ten Objects 13, 24, 28, 40, 46 49, 57, 58, 60, 68

Admissions and Widening Participation


Bursaries and Grants


Fellows and Officers of the College


Graduate Affairs


University and College Awards




Awards and Distinctions




Culture and Heritage


Appointments of Fellows and Alumni




Fellows’ Publications




Alumni Publications




Fellows’ Research Talks


Hail and Farewell


Girton’s Early Architecture


Chrystabel Procter’s Gardens


Girton’s Entrance: Abandoned Blueprints


College Memorials


People’s Portraits


Swirles Court


Wolfson Court



Girton and the Suffrage Movement


Degrees for Women


A New Approach to Austerity


Student Reports

Adams Prize




Spring Ball




Cycling across America


Societies and Sports


Buster RIP


Jane Martin Poetry Prize


Alumni Information Update your details


Alumni Events


A Great Campaign


Giving to Girton


Roll of Alumni Calendar of Events


Regional Associations


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Welcome We hope you enjoy this special edition of The Year. In 2019 we celebrate Girton’s 150th anniversary, and this is the first of two issues dedicated to the history of the College. This year, the magazine celebrates the College estate, focusing on the glories of Girton, its buildings, treasures and grounds. Next year, the spotlight will be on Girtonians, the personalities who, over the years, have forged our distinctive identity. It’s a particular pleasure to note that no fewer than four Mistresses feature in the present edition. We are extremely grateful to them and to all our other contributors and collaborators. Particular thanks are due to Gillian Jondorf, whose copy-editing is a true education, Anne Cobby, Judith Drinkwater and Ross Lawther for their assistance in preparing and proof-reading numerous reports, and Hannah Sargent for her photography and invaluable administrative help. Peter Morrison and his team at Cambridge Marketing offer much more than one might expect from designers and publishers; we thank them for their remarkable care and attention to detail. We are always glad to hear from Girtonians with news or stories to share; please contact the Development Office at Girton College, Cambridge, CB3 0JG ( Dr Martin Ennis and E Jane Dickson Editors, The Year


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A Letter from the Mistress Dear Friends, There is a routine to the academic year. A host of events give it shape, each reinforcing Girton’s core values and advancing our sense of purpose. Take, for example, the annual Ceremony of Admissions of Fellows, Scholars and Exhibitioners. This took place for the 90th successive year in October 2017 in a packed Stanley Library. On that occasion, ten new Fellows, forty-three Scholars – students with first-class results – and three Choral Exhibitioners solemnly promised to uphold the worthiest traditions of the College before formally entering the Foundation. The admissions ceremony affirms, year in, year out, that Girton thrives on excellence. Good results and exceptional achievement are not all we prize, but they are at the heart of all we do. Among other things, the formalities of admission require members to join a selfgoverning community of scholars. This commits them to maintaining high ethical and professional standards in every aspect of College life. So, while the ceremony is an annual event, what it stands for matters every day. Another touchstone for the year at Girton is the annual Ceremony for the Commemoration of Benefactors, which usually falls on the Saturday in October closest to the anniversary of our Foundation. In October 2017, it took place after the formal opening of Swirles Court by the new Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope. The ceremony included a moving account of Bertha Jeffreys’s (née Swirles) contribution to the life of the College, the discipline of mathematics and the development of quantum physics. Then, we read aloud and remembered the long list of other benefactors whose wisdom and foresight have created and sustained Girton as a permanent institution. The fruits of that wisdom infuse every aspect of College life.

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Three mistresses – Prof Dame Marilyn Strathern, Prof Susan Smith and Juliet Campbell


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The biennial Founders’ Memorial Lecture – Girton’s most prestigious scholarly event – was established in 1928, with a gift from Amy Lawrence. The 57th public lecture in the series was delivered in February this year by Libyan writer Hisham Matar, a decade after his admission to the College as a Mary Amelia Cummings Harvey Visiting Fellow Commoner. Centred on his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir

The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between, the presentation, and the debate it inspired, chimed exactly with values Girton holds dear: inclusion, creativity, radical thinking, and an ethic of care. Our other notable biennial event, the College Ball, took place in March. Everyone was impressed by the work of the student-led

committee which delivered, in style, a complex and spectacular experience on an unseasonably chilly night. The theme was ‘Mortal Engines’. Having spent over 900 hours working on aesthetics, the designers turned the clock back a century or more, festooning the period-appropriate setting with 15,530 cogs, 700 strings of fairy lights, and a host of inventive illuminations. This Ball also raised almost £20,000 towards a new Spring Ball Bursary fund. There are other events I could mention. Many of them feature in The Year, every year, as a matter of course. Some are so much part and parcel of the annual round that even The Year does not gather them up. One of these is the College Feast. Primarily a celebration for finalyear students, the Girton Feast occurs in mid May providing a moment of respite as exam preparations gather speed. In contrast to equivalent events in other Colleges, which typically take place later in the term, it does not take its cue from the lives of founders, patrons or saints. Rather, our Feast marks the anniversary of the University’s hard-won decision to admit women to degrees in 1948. This was one of Girton’s foundational aims; 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of that victory for inclusion, and we did not let it pass unnoticed. To set the scene: two of my predecessors – Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern and Juliet Campbell – joined me on 15 May to host an afternoon of reflection on Girton’s pioneering role in the history of British higher education. We began by enjoying a dramatised reading by

the Girton Amateur Dramatic Society of extracts from Jessica Swale’s spellbinding play Blue Stockings. Set in Girton in 1897, Blue Stockings is about the University’s decisive vote – nearly thirty years on from our foundation – against admitting women to degrees. Half a century would pass before that decision was reversed. Fast-forwarding again, we continued our tour of Girton past by reflecting on a remarkable event mounted in 1998, just after the centenary of the 1897 vote. What a day it must have been: no fewer than nine hundred pre-1948 students of Girton and Newnham came back to Cambridge to experience the degree ceremony denied them all those years ago.

The Mistress and the Visitor at the Feast

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Later in the afternoon we were delighted to welcome alumna and former CUSU President Priscilla Mensah to join the JCR and MCR Presidents and Dr John Wills to consider ‘Girton Future’. Panel members were asked to identify a quality of the College they would keep for ever, as well as an innovation they wished to make (more on that below). Finally, following five stunning research presentations, and armed with a prizewinning ‘Girton Cocktail’ (the ‘Bas Bleu’), we enjoyed dinner in the presence of the Visitor; it was a marvellous way to wish our finalists well and mark the achievements of this remarkable College. Needless to say, we sang several College songs along the way, including the Triumphal Ode for 21 October 1948. We also sang, for the first time ever at a formal event, Ethel Smyth’s March of the Women which, in the early twentieth century, was the official anthem of the Women’s Social and Political Union. Although there is no special song to reflect early Girtonians’ important role in securing votes for women, to mark the centenary of that achievement we are offering the Cambridge Alumnae Banner in the form of a silk scarf, for purchase from the Porters’ Lodge.


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So it is that some years, some events in the annual cycle have more than a routine role in reinforcing Girton’s sense of mission and identity. Next year, however, every event in the cycle will have that special role, because in 2019 the College will be 150 years old. On behalf of today’s Fellows, students and staff, I would like to invite as many of you as possible to join the myriad celebrations that are planned. The main 2019 events are listed on the anniversary website at Highlights include the Anniversary Festival at Girton (28–30 June 2019; early-bird bookings are already open), the North American launch in New York on 8 December 2018, and the Asia celebrations in Singapore on 12–13 April 2019. You can also register for one or more of our five Anniversary Lectures, delivered each month from February to June 2019 by an array of distinguished Girton alumni, who – like so many of you and of your predecessors – have made a major difference in the world. To get a broader sense of how the College has developed over time, the many ‘firsts’ its members have achieved, and how students’ experiences have changed, why not

drop into the new Girton timeline at There, you will find information not just about events that happen every year, but also about the many step-changes that have propelled this College through the past century and a half: the move from Hitchin to Girton in the early days, the opening of Wolfson Court almost half a century ago, extensions to the Library and Archive, and much, much more. The most recent significant event, after the move to Swirles Court, was the closure (at Christmas) and subsequent sale of Wolfson Court, which was completed in May this year. As time goes on, there will be more to say, and to celebrate, about the role of Wolfson Court in the history of the College, and about the many chapters still to be inspired by all that Wolfson Court represents. In the meantime don’t forget when browsing the timeline to scroll to the bottom of the site for an opportunity to add your memories to the archive, and to have your say in our evolving vision for Girton’s future. Every year at Girton, there are countless opportunities for alumni, friends and supporters to engage with a wide variety of events. Whether you are a regular or occasional visitor, and certainly if you have never been back before, be sure to make space in your 2019 diary for a Girton experience. The Year reaches out to all ten thousand current alumni, and I feel sure there is something for each of you to enjoy. By simply joining in, you will help Girton grow as a place where excellence thrives, diversity flourishes, and game-changing ideas come to life. Susan J Smith, Mistress

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The Common Sense Philosopher Former Mistress Baroness Warnock discusses life in the moral maze. By E Jane Dickson Mary Warnock’s earliest philosophy was learned in the nursery. Her sharp-witted nanny had a fund of bracing ‘sayings’ sufficient to any situation in her young charges’ lives. The English Hymnal was frequently invoked. ‘Work,’ Nan urged, ‘for the night is coming, when man works no more.’

then Principal of Hertford College in Oxford]. He said, ‘Now remember, if you ever want to push something through, don’t let on that you want it.‘

Directing the conscience of the nation was, she discovered, more straightforward than making her mark as Head of House. ‘There was an element of sheer chaos about Girton when I went there, It was a lesson well learned. Baroness Warnock which has obviously greatly improved since. There of Weeke CH, DBE, FBA, FMedSci, has crammed were things about the building and the grounds several lifetimes of work into her 94 years. I would have liked to change, but there wasn’t Arguably the country’s most influential moral much money. And most of the things I talked philosopher, she has combined an academic about when I was interviewed were already being career with public policy-making at the highest done. I was keen, for level. In 1974 she chaired example, on outreach to a government commission Philosophers have an maintained schools, and on the education of advantage over politicians in that was something the children with special policy-making because they College was very good needs. The resultant at. The thing I’m Warnock Report (1978) come in with an open mind. proudest of is appointing recommended the Girton’s first Director of inclusion of such children Music. That, I think, has been a great success. in mainstream schools and formed the basis of On the whole, I was better suited to teaching – the 1981 Education Act. From 1982 to 1984 she I enjoyed teaching the Moral Philosophy paper on chaired the similarly far-reaching Committee of the Theology Tripos – than running a college in Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology Cambridge.’ and immediately afterwards steered a Home Office inquiry into the use of laboratory animals. Teaching is an inherited passion. Lady Warnock’s She has taught Philosophy at Oxford and father, Archibald Wilson, was a housemaster at Cambridge, served as Headmistress of Oxford Winchester College. Mary, the youngest of six, High School and, from 1984 to 1991, Lady was born seven months after his death and, as Warnock was Mistress of Girton. recounted in her memoir People and Places (2000), felt this as a distinction. ‘Having been told ‘When I was setting forth for Girton,’ she recalls, by well-meaning adults that my father was in ‘I was given one piece of advice by my husband’ heaven, I did not think it in the least odd that in [the philosopher Geoffrey Warnock, who was

Opposite: Lady Warnock in the House of Lords. By kind permission of Des Willie


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In the Mistress’s Office, 1989

church everyone should address their prayers to him: ‘Our Father, which art in heaven…’ At St Swithun’s School, Winchester, the bookish, musical girl failed to shine: ‘I was once told by my headmistress that I “prostituted my intellect”, which baffled me at the age of eleven, and recourse to the dictionary did not much enlighten me.’ After three terms at Prior’s Field School in


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Surrey, she won a scholarship to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she took Mods and Greats followed by a BPhil in Philosophy. 1950s Oxford was a glamorous milieu for philosophers, and Mary and Geoffrey Warnock, who married in 1949, were a glamorous couple. Lady Warnock was teaching at St Hugh’s College, where she was the first married Fellow, and home

Unbending common sense is evident throughout was a cheerful jumble of children (five of them – Lady Warnock’s published oeuvre: some seventeen Nan was drafted in to help), books and friends books efficiently unravel centuries of tortured (callers included J L Austin, Isaiah Berlin and thinking on issues such as mortality, the Kingsley Amis). When, on Geoffrey’s imagination and the need for secular government. appointment as Principal, the family moved to In applying this same ethical rigour to issues of Hertford Lodgings, parties were lavish, and the public policy, Lady Warnock found her true métier: Warnocks acquired a certain fame. ‘One night,’ ‘I don’t believe there is such a thing as a moral says Lady Warnock, ‘about two o’clock in the expert,’ she points out, ‘but I do think the morning, a rather worse-for-wear undergraduate advantage philosophy has in application to policyclimbed through our bedroom window. He was making is that philosophers escorted out by Geoffrey, and are quite good at coming in the next day he sent an It would be greatly with a fairly open mind and enormous bunch of flowers advantageous if people taking time to think about and a quite hefty subscription what the outcome of this or to the college appeal. But he could decide they didn’t that decision might be, made the most of it by want to live any more. whereas politicians know writing an article in the what they want the outcome Oxford Mail, claiming that to be, and try to make the argument fit. I certainly he’d found us in bed talking about Kant. I always felt this all the time I was in the House of Lords. rather admired his nerve. And it’s true,’ she adds As a crossbencher, I could listen to something and with a throaty chuckle, ‘there were a lot of jokes pick apart the conceptual muddles, which a lot of about philosophy in the bedroom.’ keen enthusiasts couldn’t do.‘ The sporting manner has not dimmed, and Impartiality has, on occasion, come at personal Lady Warnock is exact about her talents: cost. Lady Warnock ‘bitterly regrets’ leaving the ‘I wasn’t a terribly good philosopher in the Lords in 2015, but must, ruefully, count her theoretical sense, I rather trotted behind my resignation a success. ‘I was such an enthusiastic contemporaries. But I was very much interested supporter of the legislation to allow us to retire in the applications of philosophy.’ When, in the [House of Lords Reform Act 2014] that I felt it 1960s, she published several ‘purely would be rather hypocritical not to retire myself. commercially motivated’ texts on existentialism, I clearly didn’t set a very good example, because she took Sartre crisply to task for theories others have been very slow to go. Now when I’m unadapted to the business of real life: ‘If at the House, to entertain or to use the library, I’m choosing freely for oneself is the highest value,’ astonished not only by how many faces I don’t she argued, ‘the free choice to wear red socks is recognise, but also by how many old things are still as valuable as the free choice to murder one’s hobbling around who were hobbling around when father or sacrifice oneself for one’s friend. Such a I was there. I can’t reverse my decision, but I miss belief is ridiculous.’

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An elected House of Lords would, she believes, be disastrous. ‘I think it’s a rotten idea. There’d be endless conflict between the two houses. As it is, everybody acknowledges that the House of Commons, being elected, has the last word. And the House of Lords is a revising house – it’s there to improve legislation and send it back, or at least make it less awful than it was when it came.’ The same beady pragmatism is applied to her own career. It is rare for even the best-run committees to reach perfect consensus, and Lady Warnock reserves special scorn for the ‘I agree, but I’m not happy’ brigade; ‘We were not,’ she was apt to remind ditherers, ‘put on this earth to be happy.’ Nor do all reports and recommendations stand the test of time. The ‘statementing’ process for children with Special Educational Needs ushered in by the Warnock Report was, Lady Warnock believes, necessary, but has been too easily derailed by schools exploiting children for financial benefit. In retrospect, it is her work on assisted conception and embryo experimentation which affords most satisfaction. ‘I have sometimes felt that the fertility bill was really quite something,’ she concedes. ‘Although it’s now long out of date, it was an important thing to do at the time. And I’ve just acquired a set of twin great-grandchildren by IVF. The thought that I was in some way responsible for their coming into the world pleases me greatly.’ Portrait by June Mendoza, 1989


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the business of legislation and I greatly miss having colleagues. With colleagues, as distinct from friends or family, there’s always something to talk about, and exclaim about, but you don’t have to bother to ask after their children. I think that is a very good relationship.’

Widowed in 1995, Lady Warnock now lives close to a daughter in South London. She is not content, yet, simply to ‘cultivate her garden’ (that said, shortly before our meeting she was digging in broad beans). There are causes to champion, feathers to ruffle. She was a vocal supporter of

the late Lord Joffe’s Assisted Dying Bill and has advanced the controversial view that the old may in fact have a ‘duty to die’. ‘It’s extraordinary how much life expectation has increased. It was within living memory that the Queen used to send a telegram to everyone who reached the age of 100. Well, she’d be hard at it now, wouldn’t she? And getting old is fairly awful, really. One isn’t capable of an awful lot of things one used to be able to do. Therefore either one has to give up and sit with folded hands, or ask someone else to do it. Old people do need looking after, so although one could argue for assisted dying only for people who are terminally ill, it seems to me it would be greatly advantageous if people could decide they’ve simply had enough, and didn’t want to live any more. There wouldn’t be very many people who would do that, I should think, but there would be some.’ No quarter is given to concerns that not all assisted deaths would be willed by those assisted. ‘That,’ says Lady Warnock, ‘is a completely irrational nonargument. But people are irrational, and they don’t trust each other.‘ It seems remarkable, after a life spent sifting moral responsibilities, to place such trust in the goodness of others, and she is characteristically clear-eyed about the limits of her expertise.

A History of Girton in Ten Objects The Year, with generous assistance from Life Fellow Peter Sparks, presents a selection of College artefacts with tales to tell Arguably the oldest known ‘Girtonian’, this RomanoBritish lion was carved in Ketton stone circa 150 CE. The lion’s head, along with its tail and paws, was found in a rubbish pit excavated by Francis Jenkinson on the site of Emily Davies Court in 1881. The simultaneous discovery of two second-century Roman graves on the same site suggests continuous settlement from the Romano-British through to the Anglo-Saxon period. Housed from 1924 in the University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the ‘Girton Lion’ arrived home in 2008 and now resides in the Lawrence Room.


‘I think, as a moral realist, there are some things that actually are good, and some things are bad. You can’t really argue about the bad things – they’re just things that human beings do to one another that are intolerable. The good things,’ Lady Warnock allows, ‘are more difficult.’ n

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A Place of our Own Margaret Birney Vickery explores the attitudes and conventions that shaped Girton’s architecture


mily Davies’s grand experiment grew from modest beginnings. In 1869, five young women began their higher education at Benslow House, a discreet rented villa in Hertfordshire, learning from

lecturers who travelled by train from the universities of Cambridge and London. At times the students chafed under Davies’s watchful eye, and her efforts to establish High Table in a small domestic dining

College room, circa 1905 (Archive reference: GCPH 2/9/14)


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room ended in outright rebellion. However, the lectures and collegiate lifestyle grew increasingly popular, and by 1870 Davies was writing to her great friend and supporter Barbara Bodichon, sharing plans to

construct the first purpose-built college for women on the outskirts of Cambridge – a safe two miles outside town, near the small village of Girton. Davies knew that for Girton to thrive, she would need to steer a careful course between ambition and social restriction. While some education for girls was considered a good thing, providing the accomplishments and culture deemed suitable for middleand upper-class women, too much education was seen as a threat to the social fabric; indeed, medical experts, including the celebrated psychiatrist Dr Henry Maudsley, warned that excessive ‘brain work’ would result in unstable and infertile women. In her published documents, Davies took care to couch her goals in the language and attitudes of the day, promising that women educated to degree level would pose no risk to the patriarchy. In fact, she argued, access to serious ideas, in place of trivia purveyed in romantic novels, would make women better wives and mothers. She did not expect women to take degrees from the University, but she was determined that her ‘small band of pioneers’ would be taught the same curriculum as men, and sit the same final exams. The architecture of Girton would strike a similar compromise. Davies was set on giving women students


Yattendon Court

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two-room sets (while this was de rigueur in male colleges, students at later women’s colleges such as Newnham or Oxford’s Somerville would make do with studybedrooms). This, however, was Girton’s only nod to traditional Oxbridge architecture. In all other respects, the buildings designed for the college by Alfred Waterhouse between 1871 and 1900 owed significantly more to contemporary domestic architecture. When Davies proposed Waterhouse as her architect of choice, he was best known for buildings in the grand civic or collegiate style such as Manchester Assize Courts and his additions to Balliol College, Oxford. However, he had also built Hinderton Hall, the country house of a Cheshire

wine merchant, and his own Tudor Revival home, Yattendon Court, would follow in 1876. In Waterhouse’s first buildings for Girton, dignity and grandeur are tempered with a quaint domesticity considered appropriate for female students; tile-hung dormers,

At Girton, the corridor ‘ system increased the

possibility of surveillance.

gently arched windows and a welcoming front porch, for example, have more in common with Yattendon than with Waterhouses’s designs for the gateway of Gonville and Caius (1870). As Girton expanded, Waterhouse added details such as bow and oriel windows, and staircases enclosed in towers, to break up the

Girton, circa 1873 (Archive reference: GCPH 3/1/5)


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regularity of the facades. The Tower Wing (1886) incorporated halftimbering and terracotta sunflowers – motifs borrowed from the Old English and Queen Anne styles which were associated primarily with the domestic vernacular. It is, however, Waterhouse’s designs for the ranges that followed Old Hall that offer the strongest contrast to traditional Oxbridge colleges. Living quarters for male undergraduates were accessed via staircases. At Girton, this system was abandoned in favour of long, connecting corridors giving access not only to students’ sets, but also to meals, lectures, the library and common rooms, thereby reducing the need for women, whose health was considered more delicate than men’s, to venture outdoors. As early as 1879, Waterhouse designed the Hospital Wing with separate access, to quarantine any students who did fall ill. The infirmary was not a feature of men’s colleges, nor were indoor lavatories, and such additions show just how seriously Girton took threats to student health. Security was another key concern for Davies and her board of governors. Whereas men could come and go as they pleased via independent staircases, paying a small fine to the porter if they returned after the

Watercolour by Alfred Waterhouse

gates were closed for the night, women had no such freedom: front and back doors that could be easily locked provided monitored access in and out of Girton. Davies’s charges were already isolated, by virtue of the College’s geography, from dangerous distractions and unsupervised interactions with male undergraduates, but the corridor system increased the possibility of surveillance. The Mistress could patrol nightly, checking that lights were out at a reasonable time and that young women were not overtaxing their brains by working into the night (cocoa parties, set up as a demure equivalent to men’s

‘Wines’, were also encouraged for this purpose).

of circumspect ambition, she realised her dream. n

Girton grew rapidly. Within thirty years, it had become a landmark on the road into Cambridge. The women’s college was an accepted fact that could not be ignored, and the addition of the new Dining Hall, Cloister and Chapel (1900) confidently asserted its collegiate status. Back in 1867, Davies had written, ‘I am anxious that the building should be as beautiful as we can make it. As we cannot have traditions and associations, we shall want to get dignity in every other way that is open to us.’ With turrets, lawns and a deal

Meg Vickery, PhD, is a Lecturer in Art and Architectural History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Buildings for Bluestockings: the Architecture and Social History of Women’s Colleges in Late Victorian England (Associated University Presses; 2000) and Campus Guide: Smith College (Princeton Architectural Press; 2007). Her third book, The Art of Infrastructure, is due to be published by Bloomsbury Press in 2019.

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Breaking New Ground Vahni Capildeo, Research Fellow (2000–2004), celebrates the achievements of pioneering gardener Chrystabel Procter


y first academic post was at Girton and my happiest year was spent in the Grange, an old house in its extensive grounds. To reach the Grange, I used to walk through the College orchard, whose delicious, mysterious varieties of fruit


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we were allowed to eat and people would visit to try to identify. I knew the slopes around the Grange, artfully enhanced by some hand which respected nature – I did not know whose, but suspected an Edwardian farmer. In fact, as I later

found out, the College gardens are the legacy of Chrystabel Prudence Goldsmith Procter (1894–1982), a remarkable horticulturalist and feminist who held the post of Garden Steward at Girton from 1933 to 1945.

I applied to the Girton Archivist, asking for access to Chrystabel’s papers. I expected to find severely scientific and practical notes about plantings. I feared being embarrassed: what if Victorian-bred Chrystabel shared some of the less enlightened attitudes of her time? My assumptions could not have been further from the truth. Chrystabel was a genuine writer. The catalogue for her papers includes talks, lectures, and poetry. Chrystabel had composed several versions of her autobiography: some in longhand, some professionally typewritten. As I read the old-fashioned handwriting, which resembles that of my Trinidadian parents, a careful, World War I-inflected voice came alive. ‘England was very hungry then’, it repeated. As I looked up from time to time, I saw the traces of Chrystabel’s handiwork in Girton’s gardens. I began to understand the ancestry of the drifts of crocuses, the reality of the mare who had once pulled a cart down Mare’s Run, and the depth of Chrystabel’s triple drive: to make institutions as near as possible to self-sustaining in food production; to involve people in growing their own crops and taking ownership of their environment; and to educate women in particular. The daughter of a stockbroker, Chrystabel trained at the Glynde

College of Lady Gardeners in Sussex. She was pushed towards horticulture by male medical experts because her sight and hearing were deteriorating; they recommended that she should work in a field where she would not have to lip-read much – in other words, an isolated life. Characteristically, she disdained a recommendation based in weakness. She writes with clear-eyed, feminist passion of her education: ‘No science was taught at Glynde which some students must have found

Curved beds, Girton and Kaimosi

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Hunger remained a recurrent theme in her life. Not her own hunger: England’s, and that of any society that lacked an eye to the immediate relation between crisis, people and


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Chrystabel Procter, 1980

‘Hitler might be mad, but I did not believe he was mad enough to declare war on us until he had got his crops in, and I did not believe the German people could achieve this before the middle of August. And I planned to return to England before mid-July, which should allow me a safety margin of a month. And so I went to Zermatt in June.’ Chrystabel called the time between World War I and World War II ‘the hyphen years’. Starting in peacetime at Girton, she drew up a ‘Five Year Plan’ of ‘welfare schemes for men and animals’ and the ‘proper training of garden boys’. When Cambridge’s By kind permission of Cecilia Cobb

a handicap. We did have lectures on land. For Chrystabel was formed by carnation-growing, chrysanthemumtwo wars. Feeling World War II closing growing, violet-culture and in, she naturally orders beans, seeds, mushroom-growing from plants, and root crops. She does not commercial growers… Had I not rest at that. She also departs, against studied advanced chemistry and advice, on a last-minute quest for a botany at St Paul’s once-in-a-lifetime I could not have encounter. She Hitler might be mad, but gained so much desires to search I did not believe he was from my time at the Swiss Alps for mad enough to declare Glynde as I in fact their ‘most did.’ beautiful flower’, war on us until he had the ‘Roi des got his crops in. Chrystabel was not Alpes’ or Chrystabel Procter isolated, but ‘Himmelsherold’, benefited from Eritrichium sympathetic female intellectual nanum. She relies on a gardener’s companionship from her earliest calculation for safe scheduling: years in the shape of her sister, Joan, who would go on to become a distinguished zoologist. They nicknamed each other ‘Flora’ and ‘Fauna’. The sisters shared an early and continuing devotion to an informed and exploratory companionship with nature. This helped develop Chrystabel’s double capacity for empathy with the nonhuman, especially the animal, and for non-naïve observation of the interaction of life-forms (including humans) in a habitat.

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A page from Chystabel Procter's album (1939)

authorities refused to help Girton in the event of invasion or severe bombing, Girtonians had to fit themselves to do first aid and fire precautions. Chrystabel was ready

with another kind of plan. She requalified and extended her World War I training in disaster preparedness. She also intensified her gardening. During the period

which Chrystabel called ‘Total War’, she was concerned with feeding the girls at College, as well as contributing to the community. To strengthen Girton’s position,

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Chrystabel developed a ‘happy, symbiotic’ relationship with the Animal Research Unit as regarded their animal husbandry and her gardening needs for manure, grazing etc. At this time, the groundsman she employed was fifteen years old (too young for military service). Girton continued to show drifts of spring flowers in its woodlands; yet all available space for vegetable production was used, producing over sixteen tons of potatoes by 1944 and over three tons of other vegetables and greens. Chrystabel kept a

Window views, Girton and Kaimosi


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uniquely garden-focused perspective, for example on the way shrapnel affected the mechanism of the lawnmower. She did not see market gardening as a crisis measure to be revoked in peacetime. She gave talks and wrote papers on how market gardening should be practised on a wider scale by everyone, forecasting that hunger would return to England. From 1948, Chrystabel began to travel to Africa, in the footsteps of her friend Tim Cobb. Her egalitarian thinking and fierce open-mindedness – Girton

values recognisable today – saw her willing to learn and teach, enthusiastically comparing English and East African gardening methods. In 1959 she wryly remarked, ‘The Africans were extremely surprised to see a white woman wheeling barrows, carrying water and digging and apparently enjoying such menial work!’ She registered horror at racism in South Africa, and expressed sympathy for the independence struggle in Kenya, where she lived and gardened from 1957 to 1961. She moved there with Helen Neatby,

a Yorkshirewoman who had been appointed Head of what was then the Teachers’ Training College for young men in Kaimosi, since then expanding to become The Friends’ Theological College. Chrystabel was impressed by Helen’s compassionate courage, memorialising her in Helen Neatby: A Quaker in Africa (Bath: Kingston Press, 1973). Looking for details of gardening in Kaimosi, I find instead Chrystabel recording Christmas plays, the building of tuberculosis houses, visits to tea plantations to check on workers’ conditions and Helen’s attempt to promote the co-education of girls and boys.

to the grounds without taking away from their openness; an invisible hand had delicately planned thresholds and a series of spaces. The forest line was used as a boundary – much like the wooded areas in Girton. Near the old Principal’s House, in the Kenyan college grounds, suspiciously dense clumps of wild forest flowers of exceptional delicacy, white with a little violet smudge, grew in profusion. I had seen no such wildflower planting elsewhere in Kaimosi and I could not help wondering if they were the Kenyan cousins of Chrystabel’s drifts of low-maintenance woodland colour – daffodils and crocuses – at Girton.

In 2016 I travelled, on a Harper-Wood Studentship, to Kenya, to find traces of Chrystabel’s garden there. At Kaimosi, the Demonstration Farm which Chrystabel had so much admired seemed to have grown into today’s Rural Services programme: it was planted with bananas, mangos, beans, onions, and leafy ‘traditional vegetables’, as they were referred to collectively, such as sukumawiki. But what of the garden which Chrystabel, in 1956, describes herself ‘madly laying out’? Perhaps it could be felt in the ground even where no longer visible to the eye. I noticed how the land rolled smoothly under our feet. Some of the oldest trees had been pollarded and placed like living gateposts, which gave a sense of form

Chrystabel herself became my guide. In her letters she writes about making ‘a large shrubby bed – the shape of a kidney bean – which will be mainly flowering shrubs’, and using the readily available leaf mould to establish compost and loam stacks to enrich the soil. At various places in the grounds there are the imprints or suggestions of flower beds or paths laid out in her style, with curves, whereas the new plantings are strict and straight. The gardens of some of the older houses richly evidence that compost stacks caught on. She makes notes on edging with stones. Some of the rounded or bean-shaped flower beds are indeed edged with old stones. Chrystabel’s Cambridge writings record the difficulty of

matching flowers to the colour of Girton’s scarlet brick. In the Friends’ grounds at Kaimosi, the paler brick of some older buildings, like the high-gabled 1902 church with its round flower bed, is similarly enhanced by self-seeding purpleleaved plants found nowhere else. As I stood on the back steps of one house which was more than a

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A History of Girton in Ten Objects century old, everything subtly rearranged itself. With a hard jolt of déjà vu I recognised, as surely as one recognises handwriting, that Chrystabel had landscaped this vista and that it had also been her hand that landscaped the equivalent vista at the Grange in Girton where I used to live. I went inside and checked the view from every window. There were the same slopes, the same careful assortment of plantings by height, foliage and blossom type, the same regard for what the eye met in what order. It could be said that Chrystabel’s legacy lives on indirectly, both earthily and ethereally: in the unattributed spadework which leads to comfort under the feet, tactful clusters or witty gateways of trees and shrubs; and in the ethos that permeates the air, flowers and crops – beauty and utility, thriving on shared and gladly known land. n A longer version of this article was first published in adda, 2016, by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, London, UK: Vahni Capildeo’s most recent volume of poetry, Venus as a Bear, was published by Carcanet Press in April 2018. The volume has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection; it was also the Summer Choice of the Poetry Book Society.


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The eight bells of the Townshend Clock ‘chime in remembrance’ of Emily C Townshend (née Gibson), the first student registered, in 1869, at Emily Davies’s College for Women in Hitchin, and her ‘chief college friends’, Rachel Scott (née Cooke) and Isabel Townshend. The clock, made by John Bowen of Long Acre, was presented to the College by Emily Townshend’s family in 1935. On leaving Girton, Mrs Townshend – she married her friend Isabel’s brother – campaigned for education and sanitary reform. She was active, with her daughters, in the suffrage movement and was imprisoned ‘for the cause’ for a term of fourteen days. The clock now strikes the hour and the quarterhour in the Stanley Library.



One Door Shuts... Martin Ennis brings to light unrealised schemes for the College entrance Archive reference: RIBA Drawings Collection, Waterhouse, Girton College 148

Drawing by Paul Waterhouse of a central entrance to the new Dining Hall (1898)


his summer, for the first time in many decades, Girton’s Porters have had to vacate the Lodge. They have moved to a portacabin on the lawns next to Tower Drive while extensive building work takes place in the oldest parts of College. The area around the bar is being redeveloped as a social hub, and this project has provided an opportunity to renew the wiring of the entire wing and to bring the

Porters’ Lodge up to date in several other ways. ‘First impressions’ have long been of lively concern to Girton’s architects. In Alfred Waterhouse’s original 1872 scheme, entrance to the College was through a door in Emily Davies Court, now rarely used, that leads to a relatively modest foyer (the one near Old Hall with a fireplace on the left and staircase on the right). In 1886,

as a reflection of the institution’s rapidly growing confidence, Waterhouse added the imposing Tower Wing, with the entrance that now contains the Porters’ Lodge and serves as the main approach to College. The advent of the motor car posed a new problem for the College authorities. In a 1909 report that will surely strike a chord with

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Front elevation by Paul Waterhouse of his proposed new Porters’ Lodge, 1909 (Archive reference: GCAR 2/3a/2/4/2/8)


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The previous summer an order had been issued forbidding motor cabs from entering the College grounds. At this point in Girton’s history, the gates now found under the tower were located on Huntingdon Road itself. The banning order was, however, intended as a temporary measure. The architect Paul Waterhouse, son of Alfred, produced a radical reimagining of the approach to the tower: his solution involved a new building halfway up the drive from Huntingdon Road. Connected to the main buildings by a 62-foot-long corridor, the proposed construction contained a snug for a ‘Porteress’, a post-room and a telephone booth, as well as a ‘Cabmen’s Shelter’. Cabs would turn in from Huntingdon Road

Archive reference: RIBA Drawings Collection, Waterhouse, Girton College 128

contemporary planners, Girton’s seventh Mistress, E E C Jones (better known as Constance Jones), produced a ‘Report on Entrance to College’ focusing on ‘the inconvenience caused by the noise and smell of motors, and the dropping of oil in the Archway’. Senior members of College were also worried about the ‘jarring’ caused by vehicles passing into Cloister Court, and Jones’s report refers to buttressing undertaken, at great expense, in Orchard Wing in 1897 and 1905. She feared – with limited scientific justification, one must imagine – that serious cracks would soon appear in the tower’s brickwork.

Sketch by Alfred Waterhouse of a bellcote for the tower (1888)

and swing round in front of the new building, depositing their charges next to the entrance hall, before turning back towards town. Waterhouse’s plans offered a solution to the issue of motor vehicles, as well as a ‘Cycle House’ for Lecturers and visitors. However, the question of student bicycles remained unresolved, with many students apparently spurning the cycle sheds at the back of College in favour of a parking place in the archway. This behaviour gave rise to considerable irritation, but Jones and her colleagues were reluctant to stamp on such a petty misdemeanour. They were keen to make cycling as straightforward as possible, partly to reduce the inconvenience caused by excessive cab journeys, partly to save the College money. As Jones points out in her report, no fewer than 2,619 cab

Tower Wing shortly after completion

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A History of Girton in Ten Objects journeys had been made in connection with lectures and examinations in the academic year 1908–09. She notes with disquiet that, had all students gone to lectures by cab, the number would have risen to 4,719. Clearly, the College had no desire to pick up the additional costs. Waterhouse’s scheme was never to be realised. Constance Jones expressed concerns about the estimated construction costs (£1,200), suggesting a process of competitive tendering and the abandoning of expensive oak and terracotta finishes. Despite her efforts, the designs proved financially prohibitive; all that survives is an intriguing portfolio of drawings and designs. Similarly, nothing came of the plan, drawn up in 1888, to add a bellcote to the newly completed tower. Nor did the College pursue plans to create a car-friendly approach to the (new) Dining Hall on a direct axis from Tower Drive. These days we tend to associate ‘drive-through’ culture with 1950s America. Perhaps those early Girton architects pioneered more than they knew. n

The main entrance to Girton in 1925, with the wrought-iron gates that were later moved to the archway


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In 1876, Lady Stanley of Alderley donated £600 to build Girton’s first laboratory. While women students were permitted to attend some lectures in town (accompanied, in the early years, by a chaperone), subjects such as Biology were deemed unsuitable for mixed company, and sharing laboratories with men was forbidden. This fully articulated female skeleton in her custom-built cupboard was presented to College by an unknown donor in 1877.



Lasting Impressions Girton’s walls are lined with memorials to departed Mistresses and Fellows. Gillian Jondorf, Life Fellow and former Vice-Mistress, reveals the thought behind the inscriptions


he priority when devising a College memorial is of course to get the facts right – names, dates, positions held. But for me (and I have been working on these memorials for well over twenty years) the most interesting and difficult thing is the choice of a motto or quotation to complete the inscription. Not all our memorials have this element, but most of the panels I have helped to create have a motto of some kind. Finding these can be an adventure or a struggle. The first one I picked, for Anne Bishop (died 1990), was a quotation from Virgil’s Georgics (Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas: Happy the one who could know the causes of things) which seemed appropriate for a research scientist but which I later realised was rather impersonal, so for Marthe Vogt, whose first language was German, I chose a quotation from Goethe (Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast: Without haste, but without rest) which seemed apt for a very long working life (Marthe died, in 2003, a day after her hundredth birthday). For Elizabeth Hill, Professor of Russian (died 1996), I originally thought something in Church Slavonic would be right, and a

helpful undergraduate got his Russian father to write a suitable quotation out for me. However, I assumed that the letterer would need a printed version to work from, so on a visit to St Petersburg I scoured the biggest bookshop, the famous ‘House of Books’ on the Nevsky Prospekt, for a copy of the Liturgy of St Cyril and St Methodius, without success. On reflection, I thought that what we all knew and loved best about Lisa was her story-

Sometimes serendipity ‘ plays a part. ’ telling, so now her memorial ends with a slightly-adapted quotation from Calvino: ‘What story there awaits its end?’ Sometimes serendipity plays a part: when my close friend and colleague Ruth Morgan died in 1983 her husband asked me to clear her desk, and there on a slip of paper I found in her handwriting the quotation from Ecclesiastes which is now on her panel (Cognovi quod non esset melius nisi laetare et facere bene in vita sua: I know that there is nothing

better than to be happy and to live the best life). While puzzling over what to choose for Biddy Marrian (Consultant in Radiotherapeutics, died 2014) I went to London to see Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler; and as Nicole Kidman, playing Rosalind Franklin, spoke the opening lines (‘This is what it was like. We made the invisible visible.’) I decided I need look no further. Naturally I often turned to colleagues for advice. Ruth Williams, herself a mathematician and musician, gave me a fine quotation from Sir Thomas Browne to epitomise Bertha Jeffreys’ double dedication to mathematics and music: ‘For there is music wherever there is harmony, order or proportion.’ My MML colleague Sarah Kay provided a quotation from Lacan for Elizabeth Wright’s tablet (when Lizzie died in 2000 she had successfully embarked on a third career as a psychotherapist): ‘The desire of the analyst is a pure desire.’ By that time Council had set up the Plaque Committee so that I was no longer doing the job on my own (I am not sure how I ever came to be in that position…), and Frances

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Gandy, as Curator, became my active collaborator, kindly agreeing to stay on in this role after her retirement. It was she who found a very appropriate piece of verse for Helen Megaw (crystallographer, died 2002) about making pictures ‘of the clear crystals that these rocks distill’, and she also contributed the perfect quotation from Edna St Vincent Millay for Sheila Gillies (Tutor and Steward, died 2001): ‘Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.’ I have been responsible, or partly responsible, for two innovations in respect of College memorials. The first was to instigate, with Frances Gandy’s enthusiastic support as Librarian, Curator, and member of the Plaque Committee, a second (but not secondary) site for memorials, in the stairwell of the McMorran Library. This gives scope for variety of shapes and materials. For example, the tablet for Risa Domb (specialist in modern Hebrew literature, died 2007) is hexagonal, an allusion to


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the six-pointed Magen David on the Israeli flag. And on the newest plaque, completed in May 2018, for Janet Harker (zoologist, died 2016) there appears not a quotation but an elegant representation of a mayfly, the insect on which Janet did, probably, her most important work. I feared Council would balk at this, but the proposal was accepted and the panel is much admired. The panels I have been involved with have been carved by several different hands. Quin Hollick designed and cut both Alison Fairlie’s slate tablet in the Library and the sundial on the Library wall commemorating Caroline Bammel. Janet Harker’s mayfly panel, like all the recent memorials, was carved by Mark Bury.

He is my neighbour (and lives in a house which was previously home to at least five generations of my family), and I turned to him when no-one could find the contact details of the carver we had previously used. Mark was a pupil of the late David Kindersley, so he is in good company in Girton, where we have a great deal of Kindersley’s work; and the big limestone panel for Mary Cartwright (Mistress, died 1998) was designed and cut by Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley, David’s widow. I hope to go on choosing inscriptions until it is time for colleagues to choose one for me. I am reminded, however, of Voltaire’s words: Je m’arrêterais de mourir, s’il me venait un bon mot. n


Face Values Daphne Todd, Honorary Fellow, and former Mistress Marilyn Strathern offer personal perspectives on the People’s Portraits


he People’s Portraits collection began life in the year 2000 as a one-off touring exhibition of work painted by members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters to mark the millennium. We could paint up to three portraits of people in occupations that were not often celebrated – people who form the body, if not the backbone of the country, but who seldom appear on the walls of our august museums or stately homes. Roughly two thirds of Society members responded with gusto, and the resulting exhibition was launched at the Mall Galleries in London before touring the UK. Record attendances were reported at municipal galleries from Canterbury to Stirling – a reflection, perhaps, of the exhibition’s accessible character. Visitors could readily identify with the subject matter and enjoy the portraits with no prior knowledge of ‘Art’. It was too good an idea to let rest. Our artists generously donated their works to the Society, but there was no permanent display area. These

Benjamin Sullivan’s John McWilliam

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non-commissioned works needed walls. Girton had lots of dark corridors that, it seemed, could do with cheering up. Dame Marilyn Strathern, then Mistress of Girton, deftly caught a hint casually dropped in conversation (unlike the Head of another Oxbridge college in a similar ‘fishing’ exercise), and the collection moved to Girton with miraculous speed and ease. Lord Deedes, who opened the first exhibition at the Mall Galleries, was pleased to open the permanent display in College. ‘Girton,’ he said at the time, ‘is a good address for People’s Portraits.’ In private, he had previously voiced doubts that artists of the standing of John Ward, RA, would agree to donate a work. In fact, Ward was quick to recognise both the calibre of the collection and the wonderful home Girton provided for it. He could not give the work he contributed to the original exhibition – a study of the villagers of Challock, Kent, intended for Challock Church – but he donated his sensitive portrait The First Lord Mayor of Canterbury


elebrating the coming into being of something so apt for College calls for an origin story. One imagines plans and purposes and prolonged decision-making. The


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(the mayor in question was a working man). I confess I had my own doubts when Andrew Festing, upon taking over as President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, suggested that newly elected members might donate a work to grow the Girton collection. I feared this might be too onerous for artists. However, the idea has been a resounding success. Artists with a keen competitive streak can see where the bar was set in 2002. They do not want to be seen to fall below it.

McWilliam, with its rainbow of refracted light, and Toby Wiggins’s Larry Skeats, retired Dorset Shepherd also impress with their strong sense of complex characters and fully lived lives. All these outstanding paintings are among those donated since the collection came to Girton. The project has a way of a winning donors round. John Walton claims ‘I never give work.’ Well, his Stuart Thorne: Tailor and Beekeeper now delights Girtonians in the lower corridor. David Poole, PPRP, has given two major portraits; June Mendoza, OA, OBE, has given three. Works by the late Michael Reynolds and the late William Bowyer have also been gifted. The momentum shows no sign of slowing. Thanks to the generosity of the artists and the extraordinary hospitality of the College – a tradition warmly continued under the present Mistress – the People’s Portraits begin to look suspiciously like the ‘collection of national importance’ we all envisaged.

Some works reverberate particularly strongly in my mind, each in their own way exquisitely painted. Saied Dai’s The Hairdresser and Michael Taylor’s Sarah Muffett, Ordinand invite interpretation of their rich layers of meaning on both a symbolic and a psychological level. Marc Crank by Alastair Adams emphasises the dignity and intelligence of the sitter, an ambassador for the charity Changing Faces. Robin-Lee Hall’s Joy, winner of the 2010 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture, Benjamin Sullivan’s John

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People’s Portraits exhibition at Girton, conceived in 2000 (formally opening two years later in September 2002), was not born like that at all. In fact it came into the world almost casually,

and it is in retrospect that Girton has folded itself around what has become a growing institution and seen some of its own values reflected in it.

The idea was first mooted in a Girton village pub, following the last of my sittings for the official portrait that Daphne Todd, then President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), was doing. I recall it as a rather simple suggestion on her part to which the answer was immediate and obvious. She had in mind the walls of College’s famous corridors; I had in mind the way she described its subjects as coming from all walks of life – her description evoked for me College’s aspirations for drawing its students from diverse backgrounds. A visit to the exhibition, when it was still at the Mall Galleries in London, afforded a vivid sense of its egalitarian ethos. College gave the idea a swift and warm reception, and I think everyone surprised themselves by the realisation it could actually happen. The idea grew into reality through a joint RP-Girton steering committee, chaired by the Vice-Mistress Gillian Jondorf and advised by Anne Allport, and above all through the creative planning of the Curator Frances Gandy (she oversaw the installation, a short phrase for an all but daunting task). Girton acquired a new way of looking at itself and the world. By contrast with other fascinating but not always widely known College collections, it was there in its prominent display to be

Michael Taylor’s Sarah Muffett, Ordinand

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enjoyed by members of the College on an everyday basis. Moreover, an exhibition regularly open to the public would also open College up, giving visitors a sense of entitlement on entering the building. In an age of increasing security measures all round, this was an outwardlooking gesture – one welcomed by school parties among others. Combining these two aspects meant proper hanging and viewing spaces that would not invade the relative privacy of people’s living quarters. This is why the exhibition starts on a staircase, and now grows along one of the busiest of Girton’s semi-public corridors. The exhibition is annually augmented through the generosity of new members of the Society. Its constant renewal fits the rhythm of the academic year. I suspect it also continues to be a bit of a surprise, not only for people coming upon it for the first time but in the scope and depth of its images, a daily reminder that you can never tell what is going to catch the imagination. Its unexpected success is a small echo of the vision for Girton voiced 150 years ago. Robin-Lee Hall’s Joy


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New Horizons Susan J Smith, Mistress, welcomes the latest addition to Girton’s estate


ertha Swirles, Lady Jeffreys, was a true Girton pioneer. An alumna, Fellow and benefactor of the College, she came up on a Clothmakers’ scholarship in 1921 and went on to carve a distinguished career in mathematical physics. It is fitting that she should be remembered as Girton stakes its claim in the University’s new academic community at Eddington, North West Cambridge.

Officially opened in October 2017, Swirles Court comprises 325 en suite rooms leased by Girton to accommodate graduate students. The complex was designed by award-winning architects R H Partnership and offers state-of-theart facilities coupled with sustainability; residents benefit from allotments where they can grow their own produce, an underground waste-storage system and the largest water-recycling network in the UK. Cycle routes provide access to the city centre, West Cambridge and the Sidgwick Site, while public transport routes are in place to link Eddington with the railway station, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus. By extending our estate into North West Cambridge – just a short walk

The Mistress and the ViceChancellor, Professor Stephen J Toope

The Mistress greets new residents

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Mike O’Dwyer

from Girton’s main site – we have the potential to link a thriving undergraduate community with a growing graduate school. We are the first Cambridge college to


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move into Eddington and no fewer than seven trailblazing Girtonians are honoured in the fabric of the development. As we look forward to next year’s anniversary of Girton’s founding, the establishment of Swirles

Court is a clear and conscious signal of how far we have come in advancing that unique partnership between the Colleges and the University that is the hallmark of a world-class education today. n


Farewell to Wolfie As Wolfson Court closes its doors, former Warden Maureen Hackett looks back at good times on Clarkson Road


or nearly fifty years, Wolfson Court was for many of us the part of Girton College we knew, loved and understood best. Starting life as ‘Miss MacRobbie’s project’, the building made possible by Girton’s 1969 Centenary Appeal was designed by David Roberts and funded by a generous donation from the Wolfson Foundation. The same Prof Enid MacRobbie, MA, ScD, FRS, FRSE, who this year celebrates sixty years as a Fellow, recalls that Girton Fellows ran the appeal and personally oversaw the works; they were down on their knees scrubbing floors moments before donning hats

and gloves for the official opening in 1972. As noted by Dorothy Thompson in her moving tribute at a meeting of the Governing Body last year, their vision and exertion gave Girton an important strategic base in town for almost a third of the College’s history. Wolfson Court, so much more than a hall of residence, offered a complete, centrally located residential experience. It allowed the College to become more outwardlooking, more international, more integrated with the Cambridge community, and it made Girton an even more attractive option for applicants.

Leonard Wolfson (later Baron Wolfson) at the opening ceremony in 1972

The original Wolfson Court rooms were small, with notoriously narrow beds. There was an adjacent WC and bathroom for every five students – luxury in 1972. Many of the original furniture and fittings are still in place, still fit for purpose. In 1992 Queen Elizabeth Court, designed by Bland, Brown and Cole Architects, was added; it was opened by the Queen Mother, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh who, according to one resident, appeared nonplussed by the concept of an en suite. The addition of two fine libraries, the Fletcher Moulton Reading Room and the Poppy Jolowicz Law Library, enabled the MCR to take over the original library as a much loved common room.

The Warden at work

The new blocks were (still are) some of the largest rooms ever built for graduates in Cambridge and a departure from Girton’s corridor-based residential architecture. The original Wolfson Court building also gave an early nod to the greater space

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requirements of research students by including ten rooms that projected three feet further into the courtyards than the others. Even if you never lived or studied at Wolfson Court, you almost certainly used the cafeteria, which was run for thirty years by Graham Hambling and Kevin Sheen. A convenient lunch place for students, it also provided a companionable space for those whose teaching commitments kept them in town for the day. The late Dr John Marks was often to be found in the kitchen, making himself a sandwich to take down to the bumps. For new Fellows, squashed awkwardly against colleagues in one of the booths – eleven Fellows round a table built for five was the record – the friendly, joyous and informal lunchtime experience was vitally important in settling in; learning the coffee orders, a rite of passage. Perhaps Wolfson Court’s greatest gift to Girton has been the establishment and expansion of our graduate community, gathering international research scholars under one roof for the first time. Lorna Troake, known to us affectionately as Mrs T, was the Warden who established Wolfson Court as the graduate base. She


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ferried students about in her car, took home for Christmas any international graduates staying up, listened to and supported women who had the heartbreak of leaving behind husbands and children in order to undertake research at Cambridge, and came up with casual jobs for anyone who couldn’t pay the rent. She founded and developed Wolfson Court’s conference trade, beginning with the Bell Summer Schools, and established a commercial link with the Isaac Newton Institute next door. When the Falklands Islands Association held its annual dinner at Wolfson Court and the port ran out, Lorna drove up to Girton and asked Tom the barman to fill up her boot with bottles while she fetched some other missing item. Arriving back at Wolfson Court we found the boot empty, and hared back to College, where the port was eventually discovered in a similar car. I was the entire security for that event, which involved several very senior military and diplomatic figures. Simpler times. Wolfson Court was known for its peace and quiet. However, at the height of its popularity with undergraduates in the 1980s and 90s, it regularly hosted noisy, practically Ball-scale student events. The Sheila Gillies Room was the

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main party place, and later became our prime conference meeting room, stewarded by Steve Evans. Headed up by its Wardens, Catherine Abbott, Lorna Troake and, since 1994, me, Wolfie was always run by a small, dedicated and intensely loyal group of staff, working together as an extended family. The porters kept order and dispensed friendly advice with legendary kindness. Strong bonds were formed with Fellows and students. Now transplanted to Girton, Wolfson Court staff are bringing their experience and skills to

the main site, and popping up to cater and porter at Swirles Court. I am especially glad to have still at my side our wonderful Wolfie housekeeper Sue Kelly, who has adopted Swirles Court as her next mission. I also salute and thank Mary Bartley, now in her fortieth year of service as kitchen porter. It has often been said that it was the people who made Wolfson Court. This is true up to a point, but it is also true that the good design achieved by the architects, Fellows

and donors who created Wolfson Court made possible that daily interaction of staff, students and Fellows which was the foundation of our happy and well-loved community. In some senses, Wolfson Court’s non-segregated social space was the ‘missing piece’ of College life, one that we hope to recreate in a different way in the new Social Hub on the main site. For me, however, and for so many others, that very particular Wolfson Court spirit is forever the spirit of Girton. n

A History of Girton in Ten Objects ‘Cox’s cart’ was the carriage hired to take Girton finalists into town to sit their Tripos exams. Girtonians usually made the journey into Cambridge in an open wagon, but were allowed the luxury of a carriage on exam days, when the College would assemble to cheer them off. The exam success of early Girtonians such as Agnata Frances Ramsay,



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who headed the Classical Tripos in 1887, spurred the campaign to secure the title of degree for female students at Cambridge; it is thought this model was constructed, in the spirit of resilience, after the historic defeat of 1899, when members of the University voted overwhelmingly against degrees for women.

Flying the Flag for Suffrage As we mark one hundred years of votes for women, Hazel Mills celebrates Girtonians’ commitment to the cause Late one evening in December 1908, Girton’s dark corridors witnessed some strange happenings. Making forbidden use of their bed-sheets, an ‘extraordinary procession’ of eight masked and ‘white-robed’ figures moved through Old Wing. In loud, though not altogether melodious voices, they sang suffrage songs –

one set to the tune of Three Blind Mice – and played a medley of instruments, including a comb, a tin trombone, a flute and a penny whistle. Their leader carried a banner, lit up against the evening shadows by Japanese lanterns and emblazoned with the words ‘Votes for Women’ and ‘Peace! Peace! Peace!’. Going

door to door, the masked troupe sought donations for ‘the cause of Woman’s Suffrage’. All went well until the procession entered Orchard Wing, where mysterious opponents appeared; a scuffle ensued, cushions were thrown, the lanterns extinguished, and sheets sent awry. But the determined eight regrouped,

Frances Balfour, Millicent Fawcett, Ethel Snowden, Emily Davies and Sophie Bryant join the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies procession, June 1908

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and by 11.00 pm close to ten shillings had been collected. A decade later, British campaigners for ‘Votes for Women’ achieved a great, if incomplete, victory. In February 1918, Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act, which granted the national vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification, or who were married to men who were rate-payers. Among these new voters – roughly two thirds of British women – were a

considerable number of former, and contemporary, Staff (the forerunners of Fellows) and students of Girton College. Moreover, Girton and Girtonians had played key roles in the suffrage campaign. The founders of the College included leading early suffragists – Emily Davies had been at the centre of the group who drew up the famous 1866 petition for votes for women, and one of those who virtually smuggled it into Westminster to be presented in Parliament. Barbara Bodichon was another closely connected both to female suffrage and to the new College. Votes for

Not everyone in Girton ‘ was a supporter of women’s suffrage. ’ women, university degrees for women: these were linked and complementary campaigns.

Propaganda poster for the Artists’ Suffrage League shows a woman rower struggling in high waves, while a man relaxes on a boat with a sail labelled ‘votes’. The Palace of Westminster is in the background


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The foundation of the College, and the hard-won successes of its early students, helped to prove to the world that women could reach the highest academic standards, and match male undergraduates, subject for subject, and mark for mark. Girton also sent out into society growing numbers of confident, welleducated young women, many of whom in time swelled suffragist ranks. There had been a lull in

suffrage activity in the later nineteenth century, but after 1900 the campaign gained new momentum. In London, Emily Davies was once more an active campaigner and she was joined by many former Girton students, including renowned scientist Hertha Ayrton and Helena Swanwick, editor of the suffragist journal The Common Cause. In 1905, the student-edited Girton Review carried two articles by Emily Davies, who called on ‘the Old Students of the Women’s Colleges, now numbered by thousands’ to give ‘effectual service’ to the cause, and on 30 November 1907, the Girton College Women’s Suffrage Club was born, gathering current and former students as members. An inaugural meeting heard three

speeches including one from Dorothy Howard, a student at Girton from 1901 to 1905, who ‘made an appeal to all women, and particularly to educated University women, to help get the vote’. After one term, the Girton Club had over 70 members, and its highest claimed membership was 117 in March 1909 (when there were 152 students in residence). It seems certain that 1908’s nocturnal marchers were drawn from its ranks. The Club’s committees organised a wide variety of events, including frequent meetings addressed by visitors from Cambridge and beyond, political discussions, and fund-raising drives. There were concerts, plays, and ‘Polyglot recitals’, at which students hidden behind a screen delivered speeches in a foreign language while the paying audience tried to guess their identity. During regular ‘Special Effort Weeks’, tasks such as ‘skirt brushing’ and ‘hockey stick oiling’ were completed in return for donations of a few pence. Other services on offer included a ‘Shampoo Salon’, a ‘Grand Jug (cocoa) Party’ for fellow students, and ‘fortune-telling’ conducted in the Tower. Some years saw suffrage ‘Bazaars’, complete with stalls selling ‘fancy concoctions’, or advertising the services of a ‘veiled palmist’.

The Club subscribed to suffrage journals; it sent delegates to national suffrage events and conferences, and encouraged members to attend public meetings in central Cambridge, as well as mass marches in London. Competitions to compose the best suffrage song, weekly ‘suffrage reading’ meetings, and ‘detective competitions’ in search of hidden items, all speak of a very active, popular society that drew on the enthusiasm of many Girtonians.

College Staff were also involved. A 1912 production of ‘Alice in Ganderland’, a ‘Suffrage play’, starred Mary Clover, College Secretary, as ‘the Dormouse’ (representing the contemporary Conservative Party), Adèle Hentsch, Director of Studies in Modern Languages, as March Hare (the Labour Party), while Alice, representing the women’s cause, was played by the Resident Librarian, Mary Cochran. At the end of the

Oil painting by Bertha Newcombe, 1910. Emily Davies and Elizabeth Garrett hide the first women’s suffrage petition under an applecart until John Stuart Mill comes to collect it

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entertainment Miss Cochran jumped up on a table ‘regardless of the crockery’ and delivered her closing speech ‘to the accompaniment of a lusty chorus of fellow-suffragists’. Perhaps the best-known event in the history of the Suffrage Club was the great London ‘Suffrage Procession’ of June 1908, when its members, marching alongside fellow suffragists from a sister Newnham society with ‘favours of light blue silk on their shoulders’, joined an estimated 5,000 to 12,000 supporters of the cause parading from Charing Cross to the Royal Albert Hall. The Girton and Newnham contingent were still, at this time, denied degrees and were therefore unable to wear the academic gowns proudly displayed by other ‘university and college women’. But the Cambridge cohort, at least 400-strong, carried another marker of identity. The famous blue and silver Cambridge Alumnae Banner, commissioned (and reputedly stitched) by their combined societies, was one of approximately sixty beautiful, handembroidered banners waving above that day’s marchers. At the head of the procession walked a redoubtable trio: Lady Frances Balfour, Millicent Garrett Fawcett and Emily Davies. Many thought it remarkable that 78year-old Miss Davies, hailed by the press as ‘the oldest suffragist in England’, completed the course.


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Dorothy Tarrant

From Girton Review, 1907 (Archive reference: GCCP 2/1/1 part)

From Girton Review, 1909 (Archive reference: GCCP 2/1/1 part)

Not everyone in Girton was a supporter of women’s suffrage. Some, including at an official level the College authorities, thought it best to keep ‘politics’ of this kind at a distance. Others showed outright opposition. In November 1908, a member of the Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League spoke in College, and a Girton branch of the same organisation was formed. At meetings of this rival society, members of the Suffrage Club sometimes attended, and were not afraid to subject speakers to energetic questioning. The Girton Anti-Suffrage League was in existence until Lent Term 1913, although it organised many fewer meetings in its later years. The College Suffrage Club continued to meet until Lent Term 1916. However, as with many national groups, from 1914 campaigning for the vote was replaced by support for women’s war work. Girtonians’ activism, however, was not confined to College. Many former students took up local and national roles as speakers and organisers; many joined their local suffrage associations, including the Cambridge Association for Women’s Suffrage, founded in 1884. That group also attracted members of Girton Staff, including (from at least 1907) E E Constance Jones, Mistress from 1903 to 1916, and (from early

1911) Katharine Jex-Blake, Mistress from 1916 to 1922. Among the most active members of the city organisation were the mathematician Frances Hardcastle, a Girton alumna, and long-serving College History Lecturer, Ellen McArthur.

In 1918, some Girtonians gained not one but two votes. Until 1950, Britain retained a number of ‘university constituencies’ where some graduates had an additional vote to that used in their geographic constituencies. In 1918, there were nine of these,

including Cambridge University, whose graduate electors chose two MPs. The final wording of the 1918 Act extended this additional vote to women graduates who would have enjoyed that right, had they been male, and to women who had

Women’s Suffrage Procession

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A History of Girton in Ten Objects

In December 1918, the first British General Election at which women could vote took place. Many Girtonians took up that right, including 88-year-old Emily Davies; some may have voted twice. As the debate about women’s full membership of the University gathered pace once more (a renewed vote on that issue would fail in 1920), Girton’s Mistress, Katharine Jex-Blake, pithily summarised the anomaly at the heart of the University: ‘…technically any woman is now qualified to be a member for the University, but she cannot at present be a member of it’. That was true, but the nocturnal marchers of 1908, and countless other Girtonians, had seen their efforts contribute to a dramatic reformulation of national politics. n This article draws on material in the Girton College Archive, the Cambridgeshire Archives and Cambridge University Library.


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The ‘Cambridge Alumnae Banner’ was designed by suffragist and stained-glass maker Mary Lowndes, and worked on by students of Newnham and Girton (the iris emblem is for Newnham, the daisies for Girton). ‘There is,’ remarked the father of a studentsuffragist, ’a regular manufactory of very advanced women going on at Cambridge.’ The banner was carried by the Cambridge contingent in the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies’ procession of 13 June 1908, and in subsequent processions between 1908 and 1913.


By kind permission of Newnham College Archive

completed ‘equivalent study’ [to a degree]. This meant that Girtonians aged over 30, who had met the requirements for the Cambridge BA (earning ‘College Degree Certificates’ though still not Cambridge degrees) acquired the second vote. We cannot yet be certain if any used this right in 1918, but it seems extremely likely. Although women’s names were not added to the official published record of ‘electors’ for that year, in the February following the General Election of 1918, the Girton College Roll (the College alumnae association) thanked the Mistress of Girton for all she and the Principal of Newnham had done in creating and sending to the Vice-Chancellor a list of ‘qualified’ former students of the two Colleges. They applauded ‘the granting of the University vote to women’ as an ‘event of the most outstanding importance’.

A Day to Remember As the University celebrates seventy years of women’s full membership, former Mistress Juliet Campbell recalls the occasion in 1998 when Cambridge turned out to honour its alumnae The fiftieth anniversary of women receiving full degrees was a potentially embarrassing milestone for Cambridge. We were the last university in the UK to grant full degrees to women students. For female students prior to 1948, it was a matter of ‘getting degrees by degrees’; their qualifications were recognised for professional purposes,

and they had long had the use of University libraries and labs. The remaining point of contention was that they received the title to their degree (vulgarly known as ‘BA tit’) through the post, rather than at a ceremony in the Senate House. It was clear, however, that the alumnae we consulted were proud of having been at Cambridge, certainly did not

feel they had been second-class citizens, and would fiercely resent any such suggestion. For dons there was more of an issue. The University had got itself into the absurd position of appointing several women as Professors, even though women could not vote on academic or other matters, and were not

Four female Heads of House assemble for the 1998 celebrations. From left to right: Ann Dowling, Juliet Campbell, Onora O’Neill, Kate Pretty (Archive reference: GCPH 9/9/78)

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included in ceremonial occasions. At an institutional level, the two women’s colleges, Girton and Newnham, were not accepted as full colleges of the University. As a member of the University Council, I raised the question of how, given these various sensitivities, the fiftieth anniversary of full membership for women should best be celebrated. I chaired a committee

canvassing for ideas, and we decided on a historical conference at Newnham, a special issue of Cam focusing on women, an exhibition of photos of eminent alumnae (many now on display in the corridor outside Old Hall) and an Honorary Degree Ceremony celebrating equal numbers of men and women. To prove the latter was achievable, I drew up, after a good deal of consultation, a list for the Honorary

Alumnae leaving the Senate House (Archive reference: GCPH 6/1/134/2)


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Degrees Committee, with a suitably distinguished woman’s name in each category. The University’s lunch for the Honorands was held at Girton; the Duke of Edinburgh attended as Chancellor, as did the Queen Mother as College Visitor, leading the Duke to complain jestingly of being upstaged by his mother-in-law in his own university! It was agreed, however, that the heart of the University’s commemoration should be an event in the Senate House, a way of celebrating the women who, since they ‘graduated’ before 1948, had been deprived of a ceremony first time round. It could not be a degree ceremony, since those concerned had already got their degrees, but it should include all the pomp the University could provide – speeches by the Vice-Chancellor and the Orator, trumpets, gowns and processions. When I proposed this to the University Council, ViceChancellor Alec Broers asked me how many women would be likely to come. I blithely suggested a figure of around three hundred, little guessing that the final number would be nearer to nine hundred. The planned ceremony would need to be enacted three times. All this entailed a lot of detailed planning at University and at College

A History of Girton in Ten Objects This handsome grant of arms was received by Girton in 1928, four years after the College gained its Royal Charter. The Revd E E Dorling was commissioned to design a coat of arms derived from the family arms of Girton’s founders and benefactors, and the resultant Girton shield incorporates ermine roundels (for Barbara Bodichon, née Leigh-Smith), a cross (for Henry Tomkinson) and red crescents (for Lady Stanley of Alderley). Emily Davies, the daughter of a clergyman and a teacher, had no family arms, but her ancestry is represented by the national colours of Wales (vert and argent).


Archive reference: GCAR 11/4a/26/9/

level. We decided to divide the groups by date of matriculation rather than by College. All the women were, by definition, elderly, and some were infirm, so we would need fleets of buses to take them to and from Girton and Newnham, where lunch was provided in relays. Another key decision was that one alumna should speak for each contingent in response to the Vice-Chancellor. Onora O’Neill, then Principal of Newnham, and I thought hard about this and chose three very eminent women: the campaigning Labour peer Baroness (Nora) David would speak for the earliest group, Dame Margaret Anstee, one of Britain’s first women diplomats, for the middle group, and Baroness (Beryl) Platt, a pioneering aviation engineer, would represent the final group. All played their part admirably. When the day came, everyone, from the Vice-Chancellor down, entered into the spirit of the occasion. The police provided motorcycle escorts for the buses, Great St Mary’s rang its bells, and crowds cheered in the street as the women walked into the Senate House. Professors and Heads of House added touches of scarlet, processing in large numbers for the different ceremonies. Afterwards, champagne flowed on the Senate House lawn, and there was excellent coverage in the national press. In short, Cambridge did the women proud. n

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Staging an Intervention Two of Girton’s Human Geographers, Mia Gray and Susan J Smith, discuss their innovative take on the austerity debate In the aftermath of the global financial crisis of the mid 2000s, a number of governments responded by sharply cutting public expenditure. The shape and structure of public services are fundamental to individuals’ and communities’ well-being, yet the complexity of budgetary trade-offs often means that important public issues are ‘hidden’ in bureaucratic language and contemporary public accounting practices. Our project aimed to bring these issues into the open and to challenge the mantra that there is no alternative way forward. However, just as some will criticise politicians for failing to appreciate the impacts of their action, others may be wary of claims made by academics from the safety of their ivory tower. It was important, therefore, to adopt a method of working that enabled people most affected by regimes of austerity – the general public – to participate fully in the debate. In collaboration with Menagerie Theatre Company, we created an interactive play as a means of inviting audiences to grapple with austerity issues on a shared stage.


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Mia Gray, Patrick Morris and Susan J Smith

plot. The debates were wideranging and included the structure of the economy, the nature of work (low-paid or precarious work is obviously not ideal, but is it better than no work at all?), the problem with welfare (does a ‘more flexible’ benefits system promote independence or entrapment?), and the possibility of uniting around a belief in the ethics of care.

Based on a method developed by the Brazilian director Augusto Boal (1931–2009), this kind of ‘forum theatre’ turns spectators into ‘spectactors’ who not only watch the drama unfold but are encouraged to comment on and change the storyline. Our short drama, A Week in the Life of Megan K, told the story of a young woman who bounces between insecure employment, the reformed benefits system and debt; her struggles and her personal choices were framed specifically to provoke

who feel ‘ Those powerless to change ‘real systems’ directly may be drawn to any opportunity to perform the world differently.

debate and discussion. At the end of the play, audiences were invited to ‘rewind’ the scenes and rework the characters’ actions and responses. They could even get up on stage in place of (or alongside) the professionals and change the

Notwithstanding the aims of the project, we were, to be honest, surprised by the level of engagement that the play attracted in community venues around the country. Theatre critics tell us that audience participation is widely viewed with dread in Britain. Austerity-debate audiences, however, threw themselves into the task. One factor behind this is, of course, the skill set that Menagerie Theatre brought to the project; our director, Patrick Morris, has a long history of putting academic ideas on stage in an engaging manner. Another factor, we think, is that people are desperate to have a voice, and eager to share their own vision for the future. Those who feel powerless to change ‘real systems’ directly may be drawn to any opportunity to perform the world differently; in this sense,

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even within the confines of a theatrical event, debate can prove empowering. As one audience member put it, the play was ‘fantastic at getting the audience to think for themselves, listen to each other, disagree with each other. By the end, I felt like part of a community of people wanting to help each other.’ Some may ask whether, from an academic point of view, this kind of information-gathering exercise is acceptable. Might it be criticised for being less systematic and therefore less reliable than more traditional quantitative, or extensive qualitative, research? We would argue that our approach fits well with a flourishing participatory research paradigm, and that it offers insights that more traditional methods cannot. For example, audiences who might be suspicious of ‘the personal touch’ in resource allocation (mindful of the biases it can introduce) had an opportunity to explain, and to demonstrate, how and why an element of discretion – a dignified sensitivity to individual circumstances – might be preferable to rule-based targets in operating the benefits system. It would be an exaggeration to claim that clear recommendations can be drawn from our exercise about specific policy instruments such as Universal


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Credit, or about flexible benefit systems in general. What forum theatre can do, however, is tease out a normative vision (a sense of what alternative futures could, even should, look like) from people whose world policy-makers are trying to shape. To enlarge those debates, A Week in the Life of Megan K will have an expanded UK tour in the autumn, once again playing to nonstandard theatre audiences in a variety of non-theatre venues. Why is this important? Austerity, after all, is not a new idea for politics nor a new experience for the public. However, levels of income inequality in Britain are now as marked as they were in the 1920s, and wealth inequalities are widening. The last time this occurred, the Welfare State was invented to manage the crisis and, with other measures, was massively successful in reducing the gap between rich and poor. This time the response to growing inequality has been to enact policies which enlarge that gap and reduce the prospects for social mobility. Forum theatre is not going to square this circle, but it can give voice to those who might otherwise be silent. Most importantly, it is a means of seeking ways forward that are imaginative, innovative and grounded in the lived experience of those who know all about the impacts of austerity.

Interview with Patrick Morris, Co-Artistic Director of Menagerie Theatre Company How did the collaboration with Girton come about? Mia Gray was familiar with a project I had done with a Law professor at Queen Mary University of London, using forum theatre to explore questions about corporate human rights abuse. Mia was beginning her research into the effects of austerity and, looking ahead to possible engagement activities, thought the interactive elements of forum theatre could work well for her purposes. I then met with Mia and Susan Smith to create a touring piece that drew from their research and engaged audiences with tough questions about austerity. What are the specific challenges of working with academics? Menagerie actively seeks collaborations as part of our Ideas Stage programme, and the biggest challenge, with any

collaborator, is establishing trust. The academics in this case allowed us to distil, edit and transform their work into the completely different medium of theatre. This meant allowing me to make choices about how to highlight some areas of their work and hide others, in order to conform to the logic and imperatives of theatrical fiction. The most important factor in a successful outcome is time – allowing the director enough time to ask all the dumb questions, read the relevant literature and develop a healthy working relationship with the collaborators. What are the principles and aims of forum theatre? Forum theatre has its roots in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, a genre developed in the specific context of radical and revolutionary politics during the Brazilian military dictatorship in the 1960s. Forced into exile, Boal came to Europe where his work became well known, particularly through the translations of Adrian Jackson, Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens (probably the best-known UK proponent of forum theatre). The essential component of the work is the opportunity for the audience to play out alternative decisions and

stories to the ones presented by the play, with the aim of achieving a more hopeful, more empowering outcome for the protagonist. It’s also meant to be fun, and we always aim to create an entertaining, playful atmosphere to explore the very serious issues at the heart of the event. The title of the piece, A Week in the Life of Megan K, has clear echoes of Kafka. What does this say about the state of contemporary Britain? The title emphasises the precariousness of the protagonist’s everyday life – how, perhaps, just one decision can set in motion a whole series of events that very quickly roll out of control and send her on a path to penury. How has the piece been received? We played in very different geographical and social environments – for example, a former literary institute for lead miners in County Durham, a community centre in Great Yarmouth and a trade union hall in London. We wanted to see how different audiences would respond and which issues they would home in on. Universally, however, audiences engaged in the interactive element, needing very little encouragement to step on stage and try out their ideas. In every instance, it felt like a genuinely creative social event.

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Universal Truths Prize-winning Girtonian Claudia de Rham reflects on recent developments in theoretical physics The past decade has witnessed no fewer than three Nobel Prizes in fundamental physics: one in 2011 for observing the accelerated expansion of the Universe, one in 2013 for the discovery of the Higgs boson, and one, only last year, for the direct detection of gravitational waves. These remarkable discoveries put the standard model of particle physics and gravity on an extremely firm footing, but at the same time challenge our understanding of the Universe on large cosmological scales. To put the impact of these discoveries in perspective, the first detection of gravitational waves was sufficient in itself to demonstrate that the mass of the graviton (the particle associated with gravitational waves) must be at least a septendecillion (10 54) times lighter than a mosquito. (This constraint is one hundred times tighter than that on the mass of the photon, the particle associated with light.) Yet, on large cosmological scales – that is to say, at distances a trillion times larger than the size of the solar system – such a small graviton mass could have a profound impact; indeed, it could help our understanding of the Universe’s past


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and future, explaining why its expansion is currently accelerating at such a rate. A few years ago, with my collaborators Gregory Gabadadze and Andrew Tolley, I proposed a new and powerful model of gravity where the graviton could carry a mass; this opened up an entirely new set of opportunities for the study of gravity, cosmology and particle physics. Interestingly, so-called massive gravity could help us understand one of the major challenges in cosmology, the nature of dark energy; this is an unknown form of energy, assumed to permeate all space and tending to accelerate the expansion of the Universe. n In recent months Claudia de Rham, who now works at Imperial College London, has won a series of major prizes for her research. These include the Adams Prize, one of Cambridge University’s oldest prizes, awarded jointly this year to de Rham and Gustav Holzegel. The Adams Prize (named after John Couch Adams, famed for his role in the discovery of Neptune) is awarded annually to UK-based researchers under the age of 40; former winners include

James Clerk Maxwell, Harold Jeffreys, Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose. Claudia was also a Finalist in the 2018 Blavatnik Awards. The citation for this award noted that ‘de Rham’s work has revolutionised our understanding of the nature of gravity, founding a new field of study that connects cosmology with particle physics and the nature of spacetime itself. The implications of her work are extremely wideranging, from our understanding of the fundamental evolution of the universe to the quantum nature of gravity.’

By kind permission of Julieta Sarmiento/Orquidea Real Photobook

Glamour on Full Steam Jazz Catto, President of the Girton Spring Ball Committee, looks back on a night to remember Girton’s 150th anniversary is fast approaching, and the 2018 Spring Ball had the challenge of celebrating the College’s rich history whilst also looking to opportunities in the future. With this in mind, we chose the theme of Mortal Engines; a celebration of steampunk philosophy seemed appropriate, as throughout Girton’s history convention has never been allowed to stand in the way of innovation.

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By kind permission of Julieta Sarmiento /Orquidea Real Photobook

The Ball Committee’s Aesthetics Team took themed decorations to a new height with their spectacular mechanical masterpieces. Dining guests, entertained by an enchanting flute quintet, began with a stellar three-course meal courtesy of our Catering Department, while VIP ticket-holders enjoyed a champagne reception with canapés as they perused the programme for the night ahead. As guests poured in through the archway, they were greeted by a cornucopia of food and drink, including a curry bar and design-your-own mac ‘n’ cheese. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

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flowed all night, with a spectacular collection of bespoke steampunkinspired cocktails billowing clouds of dry-ice ‘steam’. As well as May Ball staples such as dodgems and swingboats, we had a steampunk virtual-reality tent, steampunk bodyart, and steampunk cosplay artists adding a touch of authenticity to the evening. There was no shortage of entertainment, with headline acts including Mungo’s Hi Fi and The Busy Twist together with some of Girton’s finest musicians and comedians, and while it was undeniably a chilly evening, an unexpected blizzard at midnight left us with the magical

impression of celebrating inside a Girton snow-globe. While our guests will certainly remember the occasion for years to come, the 2018 Girton Spring Ball Committee has endeavoured to create a lasting legacy that will celebrate the sense of community and solidarity characteristic of our College. A five-figure sum has been pledged by the Committee to establish the Girton Pioneers Award. Designed to support Girton students and recognise their contributions to College life, the award is open to anyone in receipt of a College Bursary who can demonstrate how they have helped improve the experience of other Girtonians through participation in student societies, committees or welfare initiatives. The Pioneers Award is the first College award created by students for students, and will be available annually until capital in the Spring Ball account is sufficient to fund, in perpetuity, a full means-tested bursary for a Girton student. We hope that future Ball Committees and other student societies will contribute to this fund and that this is the beginning of a tradition of current students investing their time and care to improve the experience of the next generation to call Girton ‘home’. n

A History of Girton in Ten Objects Eileen Power was Director of Studies in History at Girton from 1913 to 1921, and a leading medieval historian of the interwar years. In 1933, with William Beveridge, she set up the Academic Freedom Committee to help academics flee the Nazi regime in Europe. After Eileen’s death in 1940, her sister, the broadcaster Beryl Le Poer Power, started to give silver to College in her memory. This pair of salts, like all the Le Poer silver, was designed by Leslie Durbin and incorporates both the Power crest of a stag with a cross between its horns and the Girton shield.


Eight Wheels Good Alex Clark recalls the highs and lows of a trans-continental cycle ride The University of Cambridge TransAmerica Cycle Expedition was conceived back in 2015, in Girton College Bar. It was first aired as ‘Alex Clark’s wacky, post-graduation pipe dream’ and greeted with a semiserious ‘Why not?’ from fellow Girtonian Andrew McMahon. Over the next year we got to work with the meticulous route-planning and preparation required if we were to come out of such a challenge alive and, hopefully, unscathed. We decided that a larger team would reduce the tension of sharing a tent for four months, and two further friends – Jonny Dawe (Queens’) and

Alexander Johnsen (Clare) were recruited to the team. One month after graduation in 2017, we set off on the adventure of a lifetime, intending to cycle coast-tocoast across the United States. We started from New York’s Brooklyn Bridge on a sunny day in August. Exactly 3 months, 4,302 miles, 14 states and 50.5 km of elevation gain later, we arrived at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. We had spanned an entire continent under our own steam – something so far beyond our previous comprehension that it may never fully sink in.

Our trip shed a unique light on the US. The bikes and the cycling were really just tools that enabled us to meet generous people, see astonishing landscapes and enjoy experiences that will remain memories for ever. We were surprised by how courteous most drivers were when passing us on the road, how people let us stay in their homes and cooked us breakfast, how proud Americans were of their towns, how honoured that we were passing through. We were amazed by the distinctive scenery of each state, by how ‘old’ has a whole new meaning in a young country, and how distance is perceived differently in a country of vehicle owners. And all the time we were captivated by the history we were tracing by heading West into the unknown.

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A History of Girton in Ten Objects During World War II, the public was encouraged by the Ministry of Food to supplement meagre rations with home-reared pork. The Small Pig Keepers’ Council advised groups of between four and twenty-six individuals to take ‘shares’ in a pig, feeding the animal principally on kitchen and garden waste. The Girton Pig Club raised more than twenty pigs in three sties, and lasted until 1955, when this weather-vane was erected. The enterprise is also immortalised in the Pig Club Song (lyrics M C Bradbrook):


The Girton pigs are bonny When fattening in the sty, But bonnier is the bacon That on our plates will lie.

Arriving at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. From left to right: Alex Clark (Girton), Andrew McMahon (Girton), Alexander Johnsen (Clare), Jonny Dawe (Queens’)

Along the way we were blasted by searing heat, drenched by rain and pelted by hailstones. We pulled numerous types of debris from punctured tyres and we snapped a few tentpegs. We dried out clothes on the back of our bikes as we rolled and kept each other in good spirits through some pretty tough times. That we made it across America is testament to our years of planning and a good deal of luck, but there really is no ‘truer’ way to see a country than a cycle tour, and I could have wished for no better companions to share the trip. n A blog from the trip can be found at:


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Farewell Buster Buster the cat passed away in April 2018; The Year pays tribute to a remarkable Girtonian

The Mistress recalls that when she arrived with her own two cats, ‘Buster, Max and Leo demonstrated that fifty acres of land is rather too little for three cats to carve up between them’. Buster, however, had his own way of showing who was the senior member of College: ‘It was slightly disconcerting to be enclosed in the Mistress’s flat in the depths of a Christmas night, when suddenly one of the corridors in Tower Wing would burst into light, presumably because Buster had activated the motion sensors.’ Fierce in his youth – Life Fellow Andrew Jefferies remembers a gory incident with a rabbit – Buster remained a stickler for protocol. ‘He almost always turned up in our office at admissions decision time,’ says Head of Tutorial and

Admissions Angela Stratford; ‘I think he just liked to make sure we were doing it right! For me, particularly, he was a calm reassuring presence, snoring and snuffling away on the armchair when I was having to deliver bad news on A level results day.’ Certainly, Buster had a superb sense of occasion. The College Chaplain has fond memories of an evensong when giggles broke out during a sermon on the limits of human eloquence: ‘The preacher was just adducing the undoubted authority of Aquinas when I caught sight of Buster, who had made his way up into the sanctuary and was elegantly disporting himself just behind the lectern.’ An alumni event in Old Hall was similarly enlivened when Buster leapt on the piano and delivered a flashy, fourpaw fugue. Buster is already memorialised in an official portrait, commissioned by former Mistress Dame Marilyn Strathern. Now, with an epitaph composed in his honour by Fellow in Classics Neil Wright, we say farewell to our much beloved College cat:

By kind permission of Shereen Li,

In the best tradition of heroes, Buster arrived mysteriously in our midst. But if he arrived as a stray, he quickly acquired a seigneurial air. Curled watchfully on the Porters’ window-ledge or stalking the corridors in his elegant academic subfusc, he was an imposing presence in College for some twelve years.

In cunctis felix sis reBUS TERque quaterque; glaebis te leuiBUS TERra benigna premat. May you be happy in all things, three and four times over; May the kindly earth weigh upon you with light clods.

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Jane Martin Poetry Prize

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This national competition for poets aged 18–30 is a key part of Girton’s support for poetry. This year’s winner, Nina Powles, was born in New Zealand and spent part of her childhood in China. She is the author of Girls of the Drift (2014) and Luminescent (2017), both published by Seraph Press.


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, 2016 The city is turning, the trees are turning, we are walking or perhaps swimming through a sea of yellow leaves when Louise stops to bite a perfect persimmon. Her front teeth pierce the skin and she is laughing saying I remember my mum cutting persimmons in the sun one afternoon while soft orange bits stick to her palm. We look up the Chinese name for persimmon on my phone, , we taste the word, we cut it open, wondering at how it sounds so like the word for lion, , lion fruit like a tiny roaring sun, shiny lion fruit. At dusk we sit outside cutting mooncakes into quarters with a plastic knife, peering at their insides: candied peanut or purple yam, matcha or red bean? The moon looks like a single scoop of red bean ice cream but really it’s a girl who ate her beloved then swallowed the sun he gave her as a gift. Oh there’s always so much to be lovesick for when seasons change, like green birdcages and plastic moon goddesses and pink undies hanging up to dry above the street and boys who only text at night. We lick the sugar off our wrists and it’s been so long, so long since we dreamt of the sea. © Nina Powles


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Dr John Marks, Director of Studies in Medicine 1977–91, became the first male Fellow of Girton in 1977. Male postgraduate students arrived in 1978 and the College welcomed its first ‘mixed’ cohort of undergraduates in 1979. This bronze head of Dr Marks was presented to Girton by his wife. It was sculpted by Nigel Boonham, and is housed in the John Marks Pavilion.

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Fiona Cooke Official Fellow in Medicine As a Consultant Microbiologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Official Fellow at Girton I have the privilege of linking laboratory work, clinical work and teaching. I am fortunate to be able to support medical students from the first day they enter College until they qualify as doctors. It seems a lifetime ago that I arrived for my weekend of interviews in 1988, a rather shy seventeen-year-old from a Nottingham comprehensive school. I applied to Girton chiefly because of the welcome I received on the open day, and the strong message of inclusivity. This message is as strong today as it was back then, and I am proud to play my part in selecting the next generation of doctors, choosing the most able whatever their background. I was the first from our family to go to University. My mother and maternal grandmother had been to teacher-training college, and my father worked for the County Council in insurance. My brother Fraser followed me to Cambridge (Fitzwilliam), also to read Medicine. Giving my brother and me the same initials may have saved on name-tapes, but the existence of two Dr F J Cookes with the same qualifications has challenged the taxman over the years. Before I started at Girton as an undergraduate in 1989, I took a gap year, which undoubtedly had a huge influence on my subsequent career. Having participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme through the Girl Guides, I went on a British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) expedition to the Himalayas, which certainly opened my eyes


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to the world and boosted my confidence. In later years I was to go as Expedition Doctor with BSES to Alaska and Arctic Greenland, where I came across Girton Peak (named by members of the 1963 Cambridge Expedition). I am now a senior member of the committee that advises the Cambridge University Expeditions Society. Back in 1988, having recovered from the giardiasis and amoebic dysentery picked up on my India expedition, I spent twelve months in Cairo working in a Coptic Christian home for Egyptian deaf children. While the organisation ‘Project Trust’ had overall responsibility for its young volunteers, I thank my parents for letting their eighteen-year-old daughter spend a year in the Middle East ten years before mobile phones were in common use. In addition to forming lifelong friendships and deepening my Christian faith, my time in Cairo opened my eyes to health inequality and sparked my interest in tropical infections. I remember the intensity of my undergraduate years – evening supervisions, churning out countless essays and trying to fit in a social life. The basic science approach suited me, although I was always dropping things in Biochemistry practicals. I enjoyed my Part II in Biological

Anthropology, and did my dissertation about tuberculosis in South Africa, having spent the previous summer volunteering at a mission hospital in rural Transkei, one of the South African Homelands. Dr John Marks was highly influential as my Director of Studies, and encouraged me to apply to Oxford for clinical school. Having spent three years cycling two miles from Girton into town for lectures, I now faced a

proud to play my part ‘ inI amselecting the next generation of doctors. ’

head for a career in academic medicine. I spent a term at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine doing my Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and then started as a registrar in Medical Microbiology. My specialty combines laboratory science with clinical management of infection. I love the challenge of culturing and identifying the organisms causing infections, and the satisfaction of knowing that if we manage the patient well, they can often return to the same level of functioning as before. I was awarded a training fellowship from the MRC to do a PhD on the genomics of

two-mile cycle ride every morning from Balliol up the hill to the John Radcliffe Hospital! The diversity of clinical training really suited me, and I did as many overseas placements as possible, ranging from Obstetrics in Western Ireland, Paediatrics in Toronto and Plastic Surgery in Beverley Hills to Community Medicine in Fiji. The two highlights from my time in Oxford were meeting my husband Duncan and winning the Gold Medal for Finals. After house jobs in Oxford and Bath and senior house jobs on the ‘Golden Rotation’ in London, including a stint on infectious diseases at Hammersmith Hospital, I decided to

Fiona on her graduation day, 1992

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salmonella infection and antibiotic resistance. This was initially at Imperial College but my supervisor, Professor Gordon Dougan, moved to the Sanger at the same time as my husband got a job in Cambridge. It can be difficult for couples to manage two academic careers, but with commitment and travel and a little bit of luck, things usually work out in the end... We arrived back in Cambridge in 2003, just as Andrew Jefferies was looking for a practising clinician to join the Girton Fellowship. Once established in College, and with support from the Life Fellows, I relaunched the Medical Society (now GMVS), and with the Senior Tutor I instigated the Hammond Science Communication Prize. Good communication in science is key – I have run events at the Science Museum in London and the Cambridge Science Festival, and look forward to doing more in the future. I was advised that ‘there is never a good time to have a child’, but laboratory-based research was marginally more flexible than clinical medicine. My husband jokes that the MRC nearly went bankrupt paying my maternity leaves! College life can take its toll on your evenings with family, and it is important to recognize this. I find Girton’s Family Dinners and Easter Egg Hunts a wonderful way of bringing work and home together. For a while my children described College as ‘where you get chips and books’ – a perfect summary! Music is a big part of my life. Having failed to get an audition for the Oxford Hospital Orchestra, despite Grade 8 on the flute, I encouraged my children to play less common instruments. I like new challenges and signed up for a charity grade-1-a-thon last


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Fiona in North East Greenland, 1999

summer. With only one lesson and two months to practise, I learnt the harp from scratch. I thought I would be a great role model for my children who never rush to do their practice, but I ended up practising early in the morning while they were still asleep or after they had gone to bed – so they were left with entirely the wrong impression. Reflecting on College involvement at different stages of life has been instructive. When I first came back as a Fellow, aged 33, I sometimes felt more affinity with the students – but would then find myself on High Table next to the Mistress for supper. When my children were small, evenings in College were perfect as I could put them to bed early then come in to dine at

7.15 pm. However, as the children grow up, more evening activities and homework queries take over, so I now work 70% FTE at Addenbrooke’s and try to fit College work in during the day. The only constant thing is change, so being flexible and adaptable has to be the way forward. I am lucky that I love my role at the hospital – and have great colleagues – and I love seeing students develop from shy, nervous seventeen-year-olds to competent junior doctors. Unfortunately, there are only twenty-four hours in the day – I would like to have a more active research programme, and return to the adventurous travelling and expeditions of my youth. Hopefully these opportunities will find me again in years to come. n

Debbie Lowther Bursar I was elected to the Bursarship of Girton in 1994 at the age of 33. With hindsight I’m not sure which was more surprising – that I was offered the post, or that I turned down a job at Goldman Sachs to accept it. Either way, I was thrilled and didn’t hesitate to accept. My fiscal education started early. I was born near Redcar, on Teesside, and was allowed from the age of seven to help out in my parents’ newsagent’s shop; when the buses arrived back from the mines in the late afternoon, my little sister sat on the counter handing out the evening papers, while I fetched the cigarettes, collected money and handed out change. We also got to stay up late one night helping to change all the price tags from ‘old money’ to decimal. Later, when my father established a new business with £50 capital he won betting on a horse, I used to help by writing up the VAT accounts in a ruled ledger. When it was first suggested to me by a teacher at Richmond School, a comprehensive in North Yorkshire, that I might think about Cambridge, I’m fairly certain the only thing that came to mind was the Boat Race. My father had left school at 14, one grandfather was a miner, and the

other was a shipbuilder. However, in the days when no-one had heard of ‘outreach’ or ‘widening participation’ I was lucky enough to come on a school visit to the

Whittle and Cavendish laboratories and to participate in two holiday ‘reading parties’ at Villiers Park near Oxford. I applied to Selwyn and arrived in 1978, two years after the College had gone mixed.

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well as the repetitiveness of the There is a popular view that northerners from state work, made me think this probably schools don’t thrive in Cambridge, but I thought I wasn’t for me. In 1985, I applied had died and gone to heaven. True, there were a speculatively to lot of people from public the Cambridge schools, a strange breed I had After a career spent in branch of 3i plc, not previously encountered, male-dominated often referred to but I generally found them organisations, it was as ‘the university interesting rather than quite a shock to find of venture intimidating, and they at least capital’ and a had the good manners to be myself working with leading player in friendly and interested in me so many women in the Cambridge (it helped that there were then senior roles. Phenomenon. about four men to every woman at Cambridge). I had actively avoided sport at school, but somehow found myself a member of the College Boat Club. Rowing is a surprisingly inclusive sport: very few people do it pre-university, so everyone is literally and figuratively in the same boat.

I came to Cambridge to be a physicist, but the flexibility of the Tripos system meant that I followed my changing interests and progressed from Parts IA and IB Natural Sciences to Part II Engineering. It wasn’t clear where it was all going to lead: the country was deep in recession, and accountancy firms seemed to be the only ones still recruiting. I spent the first two terms of my final year repeating ‘I am not going to be an accountant’ before accepting a training contract with Coopers & Lybrand, one of the predecessor firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in London. In the third year of my training contract with C&L, I moved back to Cambridge where the firm had opened an office. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant I was, in theory, on a career path to partnership, but the lack of female role-models, as


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The Lowther family business in Redcar

A few weeks later I found myself working as an Investment Controller. I was officially a ‘yuppie’ and had the Golf GTI to prove it. Practically everything I learned at 3i has had some application in my role at Girton; I built strong relationships with customers and their advisors, some of which continue to this day, and an understanding of the commercial and economic landscape around Cambridge has proved invaluable.

FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta, Groningen, 1994

In 1991 I became a ’trailing spouse‘, living near Basle for three years. I worked hard to keep my career alive, but pre-internet, preglobalisation and without a Swiss work permit, opportunities were limited. I networked and volunteered, becoming treasurer of both the Professional Women’s Group of Basle and the Parents’ Association of the International School. I also took classes to improve my German and did freelance work translating legal,

commercial and scientific documents into English. When the Basle posting didn’t end after three years, as was intended, I decided I needed to get back into permanent work and started job-hunting in England and Switzerland. I still wonder what life would have been like if I’d accepted Goldman Sachs’s offer of a position in Zurich instead of coming to Girton. I doubt I would have been happier, though I expect I would have been quite a lot wealthier.

After a career spent in male-dominated organisations, it was quite a shock to find myself working with so many women in senior roles at Girton. However, as I discovered at my first Bursars’ Committee, a female bursar without stockbroking or military experience was something of an anomaly in the University (women have never constituted more than 25% of Senior Bursars in Cambridge Colleges). From the start, I was a nuisance to the Committee because I didn’t understand why Colleges published their accounts in such a strange format (known as the ‘1926 accounts’), which showed neither turnover, net assets, nor a result for the year. I campaigned

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A History of Girton in Ten Objects on this exciting subject for ten years, finally getting agreement between all but two Colleges to start producing accounts in accordance with accounting standards in 2004. It seems almost unbelievable, but until that date, there was almost no transparency about the Colleges’ relative or absolute financial situations.

I have served as Chair of the Bursars’ Committee since 2013, the second woman to do so (the first, Dr Susan Lintott of Downing College, is an Old Girtonian), and I feel extraordinarily privileged to be Bursar of Girton. I treasure the strength of our College community and the variety of the job. The rewards are many, as are the challenges; it feels – in the best sense – like a job that will never be ‘done’. n


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© Sarah Denny. Photo: Tim Hardy

My strength of feeling on this issue motivated me to join successive University committees, starting with the Board of Scrutiny (the first one ever, as it happens). I left the Board when I was elected to the Finance Committee, and I was nominated to represent the Finance Committee on various bodies including the Investments Committee. In 2002, I was persuaded to stand for election to the University Council and I served two successive four-year terms as a representative of the Regent House. As a Council nominee, I became a member of the Sports Syndicate and took over as its Chair in 2008. Controversially, I initiated a governance review of sport in the University that later resulted in the abolition of the Syndicate. Less controversially, I hope, I was able to negotiate an arrangement between the University and the Colleges which enabled the University Sports Centre to be built at West Cambridge, almost a decade after planning permission had first been granted. I also wrote a report for the Vice-Chancellor on the (to my mind scandalous) inequality of resources available to the Men’s and Women’s Boat Clubs, which provided some of the impetus for the establishment of the joint boathouse at Ely and the relocation of the women’s boat race to the Tideway.

‘That Infidel Piece’, the gift of Pamela Maryfield, was commissioned for High Table from the silversmith Sarah Denny in 2014. Its title recalls the nineteenth-century clergyman who, on passing Emily Davies’s College for Women in Hitchin, denounced the establishment as ‘that infidel place’. Engraved on one of the stalks is the legend ‘Say “Thank You”’, a reference to the Manual of University Etiquette for Young Ladies, written by Jean Lindsay, Director of Studies in History 1947–60.


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Alumni and Supporters ‘There is an abundance of history to celebrate and a teeming future to embrace.’ Professor Susan J Smith, FBA, FRSE, Mistress The Development Office, in partnership with the 2019 Committee and the broader College community, has spent much of the year immersed in planning celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College in 1869. As most alumni know, Girton was the UK’s first residential institution for the education of

women to degree level; it was the first Cambridge women’s college to go co-educational, and numbers are now roughly balanced in both the Fellowship and the undergraduate student body. In the course of the celebrations we shall be showcasing our pioneering history of excellence, diversity and inclusion.

Jane Abrahams (1939 History) with the Mistress in San Francisco


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We recently launched the Girton 150th Anniversary website (, which was several months in the planning and is designed to display everything you might wish to know about anniversary activities. The website contains full events listings and booking forms. The 150th Anniversary Calendar comprises over fifty events designed to celebrate the founding of Girton College. These include an anniversary lecture series, regional and international events and a three-day ‘Girton150’ Festival at the College from 28 to 30 June 2019. Do sign up! We also have a timeline that contains events in the College history over periods of thirty years. The first period includes the founding of the College and the beginning of the long battle with the authorities to admit women as full members of the University (a goal that was finally achieved in 1948). One entry, based on nineteenth-century texts, reads as follows: ‘Emily Davies was tenacious in her insistence that women should study the same courses and sit the same examinations […] as Cambridge men. In late 1872 and early 1873 the first Girtonians took Tripos examinations (unofficially). All passed.’ Pioneering Girtonians are highlighted throughout, as so many were the first women to succeed in their field. They include: Dorothy Wrinch (1913 Mathematics), who was a pioneer in molecular biology, the first woman to teach Mathematics to Cambridge men (1929), and the first to receive an Oxford Doctorate of Science (DSc)

Barbara Wootton (1915 Economics), who was instrumental in setting up the Welfare State and was the first woman to deliver University of Cambridge lectures in Economics (1920); she was in the first cohort to be given a Life Peerage (1958), and was the first woman Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords (1967) Joan Robinson (1922 Economics), who many thought should have been the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics Brenda Hale (1963 Law), Girton’s Visitor, who was the first woman President of the UK Supreme Court Ann Dowling (1970 Mathematics), Professor of Engineering, who was the first woman President of the Royal Academy of Engineering Looking through the timeline makes you realise what Girtonians have achieved since our founding, and makes you proud to be a member of the College. Our current endowment campaign, A Great Campaign, has been centred on the 150th Anniversary. It is expected to finish in June 2022 – at the same time as the University’s ‘Dear World’ Campaign – and our target is to raise £50 million from a combination of donations and legacy pledges. We are thrilled to say that we are almost two thirds of the way there, thanks to the marvellous generosity and commitment of our supporters. One of our key priorities is to raise bursary funds to offset the living costs of students from low-income

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families, and several of our year groups are coming together to endow their ‘Class of [year]’ bursary. This initiative, usually linked to reunion dinners in College (year or subject), is proving very popular. In 2017–18, 415 alumni returned for a year reunion, and the Geographers celebrated their subject with a reunion in February. Fellowships are also a Campaign priority, with fundraising underway for the Christine McKie Fellowship in Physical Sciences and the Bertha Jeffreys Fellowship in Applied Mathematics. Former Mistress Juliet Campbell has given a significant pump-priming sum to establish a Fellowship linked to International Relations, and a dinner was held in May 2018 at the Royal Overseas League to raise further funds and to debate issues relating to the Fellowship. We raised over £258,000 in the Easter Telethon this year, with a 68% participation rate. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, one full undergraduate bursary was endowed; this is the third full bursary in recent years to be endowed as a result of the Telethon. Money was also given to teaching, the unrestricted permanent endowment and other student support funds. Over the course of the current financial year we have organised 24 events across three continents attended by over 1,300 alumni, and have held over 100 one-to-one meetings with alumni. In Michaelmas Term, the Mistress and I made a trip to the West Coast of the USA, meeting some twenty alumni in individual meetings in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a further sixteen who came to early-evening drinks in San


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Francisco. We met a fascinating range of alumni, from a 1939 matriculant (pictured on page 70 with the Mistress) whose mother and grandmother had also been at Girton, to an alumnus who graduated in 2014. Heartfelt thanks are due to Angela Hey for very kindly inviting alumni to dinner at her house in Portola Valley and offering a fascinating tour beforehand of the nearby San Andreas Fault! In March – rather earlier than usual – the Mistress and I made our regular trip to the Far East, meeting alumni in Singapore and Hong Kong, 25 for individual meetings and a further 53 at our receptions and dinners. Warm thanks go to Karen Fawcett who opened her wonderfully elegant home to us; this is one of the so-called Black and White houses – they are invariably white houses with black borders – that date back to the colonial era, when the British built magnificent homes set in gorgeously lush gardens. Karen’s dinner was sumptuous and we all relaxed on her verandah, chatting well into the night. We then moved on to Hong Kong, where members of the newly established Girton Hong Kong Committee – Kevin Chan (1986 Engineering), Chadwick Mok (1984 Engineering) and Franklin Heng (1985 Management Studies) – hosted local alumni at a drinks reception and excellent Japanese dinner, much appreciated by all present. The trip to Asia also enabled us to further our plans for the 150th Anniversary celebrations in Singapore, which will include a sponsored reception for alumni in the stunning Flower Dome, part of the world-renowned Gardens by the Bay. This will be followed by a symposium in the Old Singapore Parliament Building and a dinner at the British High Commissioner’s residence. We are very

excited that the family of another alumnus is sponsoring Girton College Chapel Choir to perform in 2019 at our Girton150 Asia celebrations in Singapore. Alumni in both Singapore and Hong Kong are busy raising funds for international scholarships to enable graduates and undergraduates from these regions to attend Girton. We are very grateful for their commitment and generosity. Our aim is to be able to announce these new scholarships within our 150th Anniversary year. I would like to extend my thanks to the many alumni who spoke at our events, in particular Dame Rosalyn Higgins who was the keynote speaker at the Law and Finance event, very kindly sponsored by Guy O’Keefe (1990 Natural Sciences) and his team at Slaughter and May. Our career networking panel on that occasion included Jeff Gooch, Julia Townend and Benoit Ramsey who all offered excellent advice to the audience of over thirty students. Our biennial Benefactors’ Garden Party on 23 June attracted over 220 alumni who basked in the sunshine and were impressed by our ’rising-star‘ students Kayan Patel, Kat Taylor and Dominic McGough, who spoke on the economic effects of terrorism, the whistle structure of bottlenose dolphins and flexibility in mathematical modelling. We are indebted to Elizabeth Werry for continuing to host the popular buffet lunches at her home in Dulwich, South London, and we are grateful for the sterling and tireless support of our Roll of Alumni Committee, our Campaign Board members and other key volunteers; together they make a real difference to our activities for alumni.

On 14 October, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Stephen J Toope, together with the Mistress, formally opened Swirles Court (pictured), a state-of-theart graduate complex in Eddington, the University’s new academic-urban neighbourhood five minutes’ cycle ride from Girton College. 150 guests attended the opening, which was followed by the Commemoration of Benefactors ceremony – focused this year on Bertha Jeffreys, née Swirles – and the Foundation Dinner. After one year of full operation, Swirles Court is fully occupied and is considered a great success by all the graduate students who now have a new Girton home. Our 150th Anniversary year will be a wonderful opportunity not only to reflect on our heritage and the founding of Girton College, but also to think about the future, both for our students of tomorrow and for alumni with whom the College has a lifelong relationship. We look forward to welcoming you back during 2019. Deborah Easlick, Development Director

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Admissions and Widening Participation In October 2017 we welcomed 142 new undergraduate students to Girton, 49% of whom are studying a science subject and 49% of whom are female; of the home students 68% are from maintained schools. 51 (36%) of our new students came to us through the Winter Pool and 18 (13%) through the Summer Pool. We were also joined by two Erasmus exchange students. Our outreach activities continue to expand and to become more embedded into schemes that will provide continuing support for potential applicants. This is due in no small part to the appointment of Anna McGlinchey as a second Schools Liaison Officer to work alongside Frances Ballaster Harriss (the replacement for Claire Nellany, whom we were sad to see go in August 2017). Anna has been working hard on the expansion of the Girton Pathways to Higher Education scheme, begun by Claire in 2016 –17. The scheme sees Girton working closely with twelve of our link schools, ten in the West Midlands and two in Cambridgeshire, starting with an ‘aspirations talk’ about universities for each school’s entire Year 7 cohort. Those pupils in last year’s pilot cohort, now in Year 8, were this year invited to enter a postcard competition, explaining to us their reasons for wanting to go to university, with a reward of Girton-branded merchandise for the most impressive. As the Girton Pathways to

Higher Education scheme continues into later school years, high-achieving pupils will be offered the chance to visit Cambridge, and will receive targeted support for applications to competitive universities, including Oxbridge. Alongside this work, the Schools Liaison Officers and Admissions Tutors continue to go out to and receive visits from many schools, in addition to maintaining the established HE+ Scheme in the Stourbridge/Dudley area and the Camden HE scheme. Taster days were held this year for Modern Languages and Theology; we also supported the Cambridge Colleges Physics Experience. The College continues to run a Maths Open Day in May and a College Open Day in September, and is open in July during the very popular University Open Days. All this work would not be possible without the support of many people, above all our undergraduate ambassadors and the Tutorial and Admissions Office staff. Special thanks are due to the Head of Tutorial and Admissions, the indefatigable Angela Stratford. Stuart Davis and Julia Riley, Admissions Tutors

Bursaries and Grants Bursaries Eighteen holders of Emily Davies Bursaries (worth up to £3,500 per year) were in residence in 2017–18. The subjects read by the bursary-holders were: Biological Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Engineering; English; Geography; Human, Social and Political Sciences; Land Economy; Law; Mathematics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; and Philosophy. Three Margaret Barton Bursaries for Medicine were held by students in residence in 2017–18, and the first Paresh Patel


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Bursary was awarded to a student reading Engineering. All four awards are worth up to £3,500 per year. Eighty-one Cambridge Bursaries (worth up to £3,500 per year) were given to Girton undergraduates in 2017–18. There were five holders of Ellen McArthur Bursaries (worth £1,000 in the first year and £1,500 in subsequent years) in residence in 2017–18, all reading either History and Politics or Human, Social and Political Sciences.

Three Jean Lindsay Memorial Bursaries (worth £800 per year) were held by Historians in residence in 2017–18, and one Sybil Lewis Bursary (worth £595) was awarded to a student reading English. Eight Rose Awards (totalling £8,500) were made to non-firstyear students who were in receipt of a full Cambridge Bursary and who demonstrated the intention to benefit society and serve the community in a practical way. Thirteen Girton Undergraduate Bursaries (worth up to £1,000 each) were awarded to third-year students in receipt of a full Cambridge Bursary. Grants Nineteen undergraduate students received hardship grants from the Buss Fund totalling £3,730. Eighteen graduate students received grants amounting to £6,653 from the Pillman Hardship Fund.

Grants for academic purposes totalling £6,513 were made from the Student Academic Resources Fund to thirty-one undergraduates. Twenty-five graduate students received grants amounting to £3,892 from the Pillman Academic Fund. Five grants totalling £1,050 were also made from the Harry Barkley Fund to Clinical Medical students undertaking elective periods of training. One grant of £1,250 from the G K Williams Fund was awarded for legal professional training, and one student reading Physical Sciences received a grant of £400 from the Mary Beatrice Thomas Fund. We remain extremely grateful to alumni for their generous financial support which allows students not only to take up their place at Girton, but also to participate in all that a Cambridge education has to offer. Angela Stratford, Head of Tutorial and Admissions

Graduate Affairs Girton’s 2017–18 graduate intake consisted of 106 new students. This figure includes five Cambridge undergraduates who progressed to graduate studies and eight graduate students who went on to higher degrees such as the PhD. There were also 19 Vets and Medics who moved on to clinical studies. We therefore had a total of 125 new graduates and postgraduates returning to study. The number of new graduates for this year meant that we exceeded our target figure of 95. The 106 new graduates were made up of 69 men and 37 women. The ratio of Science to Arts in this year’s intake was very closely balanced at 51 Science and 55 Arts. Of those new

to Cambridge in the 2017–18 intake, 23 were Home students, 35 were from the European Union and 48 were from Overseas. The statistics for either full or part funding for those students new to Cambridge and undergraduates moving to new graduate study gives a useful indication of the sources of available funding: • • • • •

Research body / Department 22% Public body (Trust/CHESS etc) 10% College 3% External bodies (Business / Government) 8% Self-funding 57%

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The total number of Girton graduates (including 49 clinical students) now stands at 278. They represent a truly international community. The 229 non-clinical students come from the following areas: UK: 84; Europe: 64 (from 25 countries); East and South East Asia: 26 (from 7 countries); North America: 22; South Asia: 12 (from 4 countries); South and Central America: 8 (from 6 countries); Middle East: 7 (from 4 countries); Africa: 4 (from 4 countries); Australasia: 2. Swirles Court October 2017 saw the first intake of students to the newly finished Swirles Court on the University’s Eddington site. 91 graduate students live at Swirles Court and enjoy the benefits of modern en suite rooms and purpose-built facilities. A recent innovation is a weekly ‘pop-up’ supper provided by Catering, with a different themed menu each week. Families We have a total of twelve graduate parents. Six currently live in Cambridge, including some in College family accommodation. Seven of the graduate parents are from the UK and five from overseas. These are a welcome addition to the graduate community. In Lent Term the MCR organised a highly successful brunch for graduate students and their families. Graduate student achievements Girton graduate students are conducting research on a wide range of interesting and socially relevant topics, and the termly Pecha Kutcha talks give a good glimpse of the breadth and depth of the research undertaken. Many of our students move on to very competitive research institutions for postdoctoral research; for example, Max Guenther will go to MIT to continue his research on exoplanets. Girton graduate students are also active in a wide range of University activities related to their studies. To give a few examples: Shreyashi Dasgupta was elected Chair of the Cambridge University Commonwealth


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Society 2017–18; Richard Clements was Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge International Law Journal for 2017–18; John Sirica was a member of the team awarded second place in Oxford’s Intellectual Property Moot in 2018. We also congratulate those who have been successful in research-funding applications, or had articles accepted for publication. Graduate Administrator In June 2018, we welcomed Adrian Cosgrave as the new Graduate Administrator. Adrian replaces Stephanie Farzad who left to pursue a career as an English language teacher. Her calm efficiency and attention to detail over the past year has been much appreciated, and we wish her well in her new venture. Adrian has already started to master the complex and varied nature of his role and is proving a great addition to the Tutorial team. Graduate Tutors The four Graduate Tutors – Dr Liliana Janik (on research leave January–September 2018), Dr Sophia Shellard, Dr James Riley and Dr Hilary Marlow – continue to uphold our strong tradition of graduate support, offering assistance to graduate students on personal, academic and financial matters. They meet their graduate students individually and socially throughout the year, and enjoy their company at Formal Hall each week. Liliana Janik is Assistant Director in Research in Archaeology and Director of Studies for Girton, Sophia Shellard is College Lecturer in Medical Sciences, James Riley is Lecturer and Director of Studies in English with research specialisms in modern and contemporary literature, and Hilary Marlow is Director of Studies for Theology and teaches in the Faculty of Divinity. The College continues to remember Giulio Regeni; a vigil and one-minute silence were held in January to mark his tragic death in 2016. Liliana Janik, Hilary Marlow, James Riley and Sophia Shellard, Graduate Tutors

Library This last year has been particularly busy for the Library & Archive department, in part because of changes in the College estate. On the main site, the Library has taken on additional study rooms, allowing us to augment the range of study spaces we can offer to students and also providing facilities for teaching library study skills. These comprise two quiet study rooms and two group study rooms, the latter equipped with large interactive whiteboards thanks to the generosity of the Barr Charitable Trust. Many of the books and journals that were housed in the Fletcher Moulton Room and Poppy Jolowicz Room at Wolfson Court are now kept in these new study rooms. The Library itself has changed little in appearance since the Duke Building was completed in 2005. We still enjoy showing it off, particularly to alumni, but we ask that you phone or email ahead to let us know that you are coming – we wouldn’t want you to have a wasted trip if you happen to coincide with a period when the Library is closed or with the exam season, when we are very protective of our students’ need to study in peace. Please note that requests to see items from our collections, including the matriculation albums, should be made 48 hours in advance. With the staffing structure for the department now agreed and in place, the Librarian has been appointed to a two-year position as Fellow for Life & Study Skills to coordinate the ’Thrive’ programme. This has the twin aims of supporting study skills and also general life/transferable skills. For the latter, there is a programme of talks and events covering a wide range of topics including

presentation skills, time management, cyber security, safe cycling and craft activities, though with an emphasis on health and resilience. Study skills support is provided by the Bye-Fellow for Study Skills, with additional library skills sessions by the Librarian. Regular readers of this report will notice the lack of a list of items presented to the Library. As explained last year, the new General Data Protection Regulation means that we are unable to name any donors publicly unless they have given explicit permission for us to do so, and it seems invidious to include a list thanking some donors but not others. We remain grateful to everyone who makes donations to the Library – whether of books, journals, money or time – and we are sorry that we are no longer able to show in print our appreciation of your gifts. Jenny Blackhurst, Librarian

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Archive This year, work in the Archive has been dominated by preparations for the College’s 150th anniversary in 2019. This involved supporting colleagues in other departments; in particular, I have been working on the early

periods of a new timeline for display on the anniversary website, as well as undertaking original research into the College’s early years at Benslow House, Hitchin. Emily Davies fixed on Hitchin after visiting the Hertfordshire town, which she considered ‘the only place which combines the essential conditions of rurality, healthiness and accessibility’ necessary for her new college. With so much of my attention taken up by 2019 I would like to thank my Archives Assistant, Tilda Watson, for helping to manage the Archive’s visiting researchers and day-to-day enquiries. I would also like to thank Joan Bullock-Anderson, our Consultant Cataloguer, who has helped to catalogue many of the new accessions during the year, as well as focusing on longer-term cataloguing projects. One such project was to re-catalogue the archive of the College’s Working Women’s Summer School (GCIP WWSS). The School was run in 1945 and 1947, and for women whose formal education ended at the age of fourteen it provided an opportunity to find new interests and progress to more advanced work. Roll members gave generously to the scheme and their subscriptions funded not only the general running of the school but also some bursaries to help with students’ expenses.

Appeal for contributions for the 1947 Working Women’s Summer School (Archive reference: GCIP WWSS 2/2/1pt)


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Many accessions this year were additions to existing collections, including additions to the personal papers of: P D James (Honorary Fellow 2000); Queenie Leavis (Research Fellow 1929); and Veronica Forrest-Thomson (Research Student 1968). New accessions included the personal papers of Margery Hawker (later Warburg 1942) and Joan Blacklocks (evacuated with Queen Mary

Mary Cartwright’s summary of accounts for the 1945 Working Women’s Summer School (Archive reference: GCIP WWSS 2/2/1pt)

College to Girton in 1939), the photograph album of Sheila Gillies (Fellow 1952), and ephemera such as invitations from the late 1950s, all augmenting our record of the Girton experience. A more unusual accession came from Peter Sparks in the form of 24 threedimensional Christmas cards, which illustrate the tradition behind the three-dimensional cards he designed for the College. Some of the catalogues mentioned in this report are now available on the Janus website at: Traditionally, I have listed here all the people who have donated material to the Archive. However, with the introduction of the General

Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25 May 2018, donors cannot be named publicly unless they have given their explicit permission. Therefore a donors’ list will no longer be included, but with the donors’ agreement their names will still appear in the Archive catalogue. The College remains immensely grateful to everyone who donates material to the Archive, thereby helping to chart and document the College’s history. Finally, I would like to thank Hilary Goy (Corke 1968), Cherry Hopkins (Busbridge 1959) and Anne Cobby (1971) who have continued to volunteer in the Archive. Hannah Westall, Archivist and Curator

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Culture and Heritage The College is proud of its culture and heritage collections, and the richness of these collections is showcased by the annual talks at the September Alumni weekend. At this year’s People’s Portraits reception, the artist Sam Dalby unveiled the latest addition to the collection, his portrait of Justin Eckersley. Sam spoke eloquently of his friendship with Justin, and explained various elements within the portrait. Pim Baxter, Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery, also gave an engaging talk about the NPG, exploring what portraiture can tell us about leadership qualities. Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou, Assistant Keeper and Cyprus Curator at the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Department of Antiquities, gave the Lawrence Room talk, ‘Cyprus in context: researching and re-assessing the Cambridge Cypriot Collections’. This fascinating talk covered the history, politics and archaeology of Cyprus. Kate Brett (1977) gave the Library talk, ‘Episodes in the life of a publisher: from manuscripts to e-books’. Kate spoke humorously about her career at Cambridge University Press, with anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of chasing recalcitrant authors.

Portrait of Justin Eckersley by Sam Dalby, 2015


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The 2018 Alumni Weekend schedule should be equally fascinating. Guest speakers will include: Professor Dame Gillian Beer; Mr Nicholas Burnett, Chief Conservator, Museum Conservation

Services; and Dr Suzanne Reynolds, Assistant Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books, Fitzwilliam Museum. Behind the scenes we continue our work on cataloguing, display and conservation. The programme of marking objects in the Lawrence

Room, to correlate with entries in the online catalogue, continues. Several items, including an Egyptian shabti (funerary figurine), have been conserved and, in the case of art work, reframed. There are some new acquisitions in the art collection this year, including three pieces by Yelena

Popova, Artist in Residence 2016–2017, and a copy of Botticelli’s Madonna of the Magnificat. I am pleased to report that, since Peter Sparks’s retirement as Steward for Silver and Antiques in September 2017, the silver collection is now in the care of Dr Emma Weisblatt, while Maureen Hackett, Junior Bursar, and Gábor Peko, House Services Supervisor, have responsibility for the clocks, antiques and rug collections. We try to ensure that the collections are accessible for everyone to enjoy and study: the Lawrence Room is open on Thursday afternoons from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm; People’s Portraits is open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Groups are welcome with prior booking, and some of our art collection is available on the Art UK website. The Lawrence Room continues to be the inspiration for the Humanities Writing Competition, in which Year 12 students write about one of six objects from the collection on display. We are also looking forward to the publication of a volume celebrating the history of the Lawrence Room and its collections; this will be available in 2019, to coincide with the College’s 150th celebrations.

For Body, Soul, and Spirit: a Tapestry for Girton College by Yelena Popova, 2017. Yelena took inspiration for this work from a letter in which Emily Davies wrote that the College was to be ‘everything that is good for body, soul, and spirit’

Hannah Westall, Archivist and Curator

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Chapel We have spent this year, as perhaps one always should, poised between reformation and renaissance. Reformation, in our case, took the form of the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses of 1517. In the Michaelmas Term we were treated to outstanding sermons by guest preachers on themes arising from the anniversary. Our own History Fellow Simone Maghenzani spoke on ‘The Compelling Love of God’, and the distinguished historian Professor John Morrill brought a Catholic perspective to his sermon on ‘Reformations’ (plural). We were also honoured that Girton Choir was invited to sing at the official ‘Reformation 500’ Cambridge commemoration at the Church of St Edward King and Martyr. Our theme in Lent Term was ‘Journeys of Faith’, since the forty-day Lenten period is in part modelled on Christ’s forty days in the wilderness, itself a recapitulation of Israel’s forty-year Wilderness Wanderings. I introduced the theme with an overview of the whole biblical journey from the Garden of Eden to the City of God, and Dr Randall, Life Fellow, gave us a personal testimony entitled ‘A Geographer’s Journey’.


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Even as he did so, I was journeying to Sri Lanka where I had been invited to speak on the wanderings of The Ancient Mariner. Unlike Coleridge’s hero, however, I was back by the following Sunday! In Easter Term the Renaissance came to Girton in the form of Botticelli’s great painting The Madonna of the Magnificat. The College has been given a fine eighteenth-century copy of this masterpiece which now hangs in pride of place on the Chapel wall. As the term’s sermons have emphasised, this painting is especially appropriate to Girton. Appropriate because, with our magnificent choir, the sung Magnificat is a central part of weekly worship, more appropriate still because the whole foundation of the College fulfils part of the agenda Mary sets out in her song: exalting the humble and meek. Significantly, the painting shows Mary in the act of writing – she is more usually pictured reading – and some scholars think Botticelli was signalling his approval of women seeking to be recognised as writers within Renaissance Humanism. A fitting ornament indeed for a College that has nurtured so many great women writers. Malcolm Guite, Chaplain

Choir We were delighted to start the academic year with the news that our Senior Organ Scholar, Lucy Morrell, has been appointed Organ Scholar at St George’s, Windsor, for 2018–19. This filled us with confidence as we travelled to Durham Cathedral in late October with our new intake of

wonderful singers as well as our equally wonderful Junior Organ Scholar, James Mitchell, for a busy weekend of services. In November we were pleased to welcome brass players from the Royal Academy of Music (with Musician-in-Residence Jeremy West) for an All Souls’ performance of

The Choir at Évora Cathedral, Portugal

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Manuel Cardoso’s Requiem. This was closely followed by a very special service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the Church of St Edward King and Martyr in Cambridge, where the choir sang music by Howells and Stanford, and a bilingual anthem (Latin and English) by the Scottish Renaissance composer Robert Johnson (fl. 1560).

in Girton College Music Society’s Schumanniade, curated by Bye-Fellow in Music Margaret Faultless and Erin Barnard (undergraduate Music student and Senior Secretary of GCMS). Members of the choir gave a full recital of solo items in the Lent Term, covering repertoire ranging from Mozart and Storace to Delibes and Gershwin.

On a less ecclesiastical front, the choir were pleased to perform a part-song by Schumann

A joint evensong with the choir of Corpus Christi in their College Chapel provided a welcome opportunity to sing in central Cambridge, to make new friends, compare notes, and see how things are done at another institution. We also thoroughly enjoyed welcoming the choir of St Albans Girls’ School in what was, for many of them, their first evensong. Our service for the Friends of the Chapel Choir, in which we were once again joined by Jeremy West and students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, provided the opportunity to promote our latest CD recording, Missa Secundi Toni, by Manuel Cardoso, which has been released worldwide on the Toccata Classics label. This recording, made at Ushaw College, Durham, followed a memorable tour to Portugal where we sang Renaissance polyphony by Portuguese composers in the very cathedrals in which the composers themselves worked. This summer, we travel to Israel and Palestine and, in addition to giving concerts in Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, we shall visit the Separation Wall, Aida Refugee Camp, Al-Shurooq School for the Blind and Bethlehem Arab Rehabilitation Centre.

You can order a copy of this CD directly from Girton at this address:


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Gareth Wilson, Director of Chapel Music

Music I write in late June with the Girton May Week Concert resounding in my head. The concert normally takes place in the Dining Hall, but this year it was moved to Chapel. This turn of events – as well as the magazine’s focus this year on the College estate – encourages me to use the Music report to reflect on Girton’s performance spaces.

We switched to the Chapel in the interests of the leavers who, traditionally, play a large role in programming the concert. Lucy Morrell, outgoing Organ Scholar, chose to highlight our wonderful Swiss-built organ in a sparkling performance of Widor’s celebrated Toccata. Laura Alexander (violin) and Chris Hedges (cello) joined Margaret

Staff and student performers at the May Week Concert. From left to right: Jeremy West, Gareth Wilson, Laura Alexander, Chris Hedges, Lucy Morrell, Erin Barnard, Martin Ennis, Maggie Faultless

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Members of Girton’s Close Harmony Group. From left to right: Olivia Fleming, Luke Tutton, Milly Atkinson, Ben Thurlow

Faultless, Bye-Fellow in Music, in a lively rendition of Vivaldi’s D minor Concerto for Two Violins and Cello. Ji Heng Lee (Music; 2014) provided a specially composed piece for the four Music graduands – Lucy, Laura, Chris, and Erin Barnard, who leaves after two years of extraordinarily generous service as Secretary of Girton College Music Society. Chun Hau Ng, another GCMS officer, said farewell with a highly atmospheric piano piece by Chinese composer Peixun Chen. For this, we were able to take advantage of the lovely new upright piano that recently arrived in Chapel; this instrument is regularly used for choir practices, and on this occasion it allowed us to attempt a movement from the Vivaldi-Bach Concerto for Four Keyboards. I can’t claim that the ensemble between main organ and piano (at the back of the Chapel) and chamber organ and harpsichord (at the front) would pass muster in the studios of Deutsche Grammophon, but the

unusual sonic combination appears to have delighted the audience. The acoustic of the Chapel – warm, supportive, and not too boomy – is particularly suited to recording. Several choir CDs have been made there, and in July of this year, the Chapel Choir will use the space for a post-tour recording of Renaissance repertoire. In fact, over the past twelve months or so, two musical Dames have been drawn to the Chapel for recording projects. Dame Emma Kirkby laid down a CD named A Pleasing Melancholy with the Cambridgebased viol group Chelys, and Dame Evelyn Glennie visited us to record a piece by Alan Gibbs for percussion and organ (played on this occasion by Kevin Bowyer, Organist of the University of Glasgow). Sadly, the Chapel doors weren’t quite wide enough to allow Dame Evelyn use of one unusually large xylophone, but composer and performers made the most of the instruments available to them. Dr Bowyer was particularly delighted by the organ, as were Steven Grahl (soon-to-be Organist of Christ Church, Oxford) and Andrew Reid (at the time, Director of the Royal School of Church Music), both of whom gave memorable Sunday afternoon recitals in the course of the year. Over the years, Old Hall has been used for a number of events, including concerts for chamber ensembles and operas. This year it provided the venue for the musical fireworks set off by Junior Prime Brass on 5 November and for Girton the Musical, the creation of Peter Facer (Music; 2006) and Stefan Porter (MML; 2006). Since it was first performed in February 2007, the musical has become a Freshers’ initiation rite;


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the authors claim its uninterrupted eleven-year run gives Evita! a run for its money. Most Sunday afternoon concerts take place in the Stanley Library, though the programme this winter included one recital in the Fellows’ Drawing Room. This event, curated by Gareth Wilson, Director of Chapel Music, was given by Choral Scholars and Exhibitioners. History doesn’t record whether logs crackled in the hearth on this occasion – I spent Lent Term on sabbatical leave in Berlin, during which many of my duties were admirably covered by Maggie Faultless – but the FDR is ideal for intimate performances of chamber music and song. Sunday afternoon concerts ranged widely in theme and substance. There isn’t space here for a full description. However, we have had the customary assortment of current students, alumni and visiting professionals. This year, the last group included many eminent performers. Apart from those listed above, mention should be made of prize-winning violinist Emmanuel Bach, who performed works by J S Bach (no relation, we think), Beethoven and Boulez; Jennifer Stinton, one of the leading UK flautists of her generation, who returned to Girton for a recital of works by Poulenc, Fauré and Debussy; and Sonia Lee, a Canadian scholar of historical keyboard instruments, who gave a harpsichord recital that included fantasies from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The season began back in September 2017 with the annual Roll Concert, given this year by cellist Pál Banda accompanied by the Director of Music. The programme consisted of Brahms’s E minor

Cello Sonata, Fantasiestücke by Schumann and a couple of musical lollipops by David Popper, a onetime collaborator of Brahms. Pál, whose biography includes a prize in the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition and a cameo as Rostropovich in the film Hilary and Jackie, impressed those present with his distinctive blend of virtuosity and musical sensibility. Of course, the preceding barely scratches the surface of music-making at Girton. A comprehensive account would include details of the masterclasses given by Ben Glassberg (Music; 2012) and Andrew Kennedy (Musician-inResidence), a short pre-dinner recital given by Andrew Kennedy and Jeremy West, informal performances in the Mistress’s Flat, concerts by brass ensembles inside and outside the College buildings, pop-up performances by a particularly polished close-harmony group coached by Jonathan Rathbone, former Music Director of the Swingle Singers – not to mention all the work that goes on in Girton’s two practice rooms, plus a new room with piano in Swirles Court. I finish, however, as I began, with changing places. For almost a decade, Maggie Faultless has curated a series of concerts focusing on a single composer. This year’s event had two unusual twists: first, it was based on two composers, not one – Robert and Clara Schumann; second, it began in one place, the Chapel, and ended in another, the Stanley Library. ‘Rise, take up thy seat and walk’, one might think – though the Bible says nothing of entering a space flowing with music and wine. Martin Ennis, Austin and Hope Pilkington Fellow in Music, and Director of Music

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Fellows’ Research Talks Stress fractures in greyhounds may have little to do with the novels of George Sand, but these are just two examples from the rich variety of research currently underway at Girton. The Fellows’ Research Evenings, usually held on two Tuesday evenings each term, showcase this work and provide a setting for members of College to meet one another and discuss academic work. Many of us were brought to Girton by a passion for research, and it is a pleasure to share ideas too often relegated to conferences, departmental seminars or laboratory meetings. Dr Nour Adel started off the academic year with a Fellows’ Research Evening entitled ‘Predicting the Financial Failure of the UK Cross-Border Acquisitions’. Later in Michaelmas Term, Dr Ian Lewis spoke on ‘The Future of Smart Cities and Cambridge as an Urban-scale Research Laboratory’. In Lent Term, the Mistress’s Office organised the inaugural joint Research Evening featuring both Fellows and PhD students (special thanks are due to Michelle Stanley). Professor William Waller (Helen Cam Fellow) spoke on ‘Barbara Wootton’s Critique of Economic Methodology’ and Professor Kenneth Johnson (Brenda Ryman Fellow) spoke about ‘Stress Fractures in Elite Athletes’. Building on the success of this event, a second joint Research Evening was held in May. PhD student Shama Ams spoke on ‘Governance and Legal Reform in Countries Emerging from Civil War’ and Dr Sean Collins (Henslow Research Fellow) presented work on the topic ‘NextGeneration Glass: Insights from Chemical


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Microstructure’. The efforts of the MCR Committee to secure a PhD student speaker brought a new angle to the joint events, something that will surely become a recurrent element in years to come. This talk, like the preceding one, was followed by dinner in Hall, and with nearly every seat in the Fellows’ Drawing Room taken, the presentations and the ensuing questions and discussion provided a stimulating evening for more than fifty members of College. In the final Fellows’ Research Evening of the year in June, Dr Claire White presented a paper on ‘Liberty, Equality, Friendship? George Sand and Jules Michelet on the French Republic’. More than thirty Fellows, members of the SCR and guests attended, some hotfoot from marking exams. Many expressed their enthusiasm for exploring areas of research previously unfamiliar to them, a reminder that enjoyment of new knowledge is a cornerstone of College life. Sean Collins, Research Fellow in Material Sciences and Metallurgy

Hail and Farewell It is always a bitter-sweet moment to bid farewell to Fellows and staff who have played a key role in the life of the College over the years. We say goodbye, however, in the knowledge that they will be going on to success in pastures new. We first say ‘Vale!’ to Dr Louise Braddock who is stepping down from her role as Praelector and Bye-Fellow, positions that she has held since 2009. Her steady hand has guided students (and the Mistress!) through many graduations and some admissions over the last decade, and she will be sorely missed at those most important ceremonial moments. Dr Pat Ward, Official Fellow in Physics for the last twelve years, retired at the end of the academic year. We wish her well for the future. Nonstipendiary Fellow Dr Anastasia Piliavsky will become a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at King’s College London in the autumn. We shall miss her highly effective steering of the Fellowship in Arts Committee, the body that selects our earlycareer researchers in Arts each year. Three of our Research Fellows are also moving on after completing their time here. The first is Dr Trenholme Junghans, who has been with us since 2015 as ISRF/CRASSH Research Fellow in Anthropology. Dr Gabriele Badano, also an ISRF/CRASSH Research Fellow, who works at the interface of political philosophy and bioethics, is taking up a richly deserved permanent lectureship at the University of York’s Department of Politics. Dr Matthew Grayson has been Tucker-Price Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry for the last four years, but is now moving on to a lectureship at Bath University where he will be setting up his own research group.

We also say farewell to Dr Sam Strong, Bye-Fellow in Study Skills for the past two years, whose sterling work on our ‘Thrive’ programme helped get it off to a flying start, and who will be close by at Homerton College completing his ethnographic research into lived experiences of inequality in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea. We have been delighted to welcome Dr Carolina Alves, Joan Robinson Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics (Dr Alves has been in post for the past twelve months, but was elected just too late to make it into last year’s magazine). During the year, ByeFellow Dr Hilary Marlow became an Official Fellow, following her appointment as a Tutor, while an old friend and former Bye-Fellow Dr Amy Donovan rejoined us as an Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography. Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, Official Fellow in Engineering, will become a Supernumerary Fellow in October 2018, having taken up a prestigious but demanding new role as Director of the Royal Institution in London. Colleagues and former students will also be pleased to hear the news that Dr Anne Fernihough, Fellow in English at this College for over twenty years, was elected to a Life Fellowship following her retirement earlier this year. And on a glorious day in June, we offered a special au revoir at the Fellows’ Buffet Lunch to Professor Enid MacRobbie, who will be moving closer to family in Northern England after an extraordinary and outstanding sixty years as a Fellow at Girton. Enid will remain a Life Fellow and will always be welcome ‘home’ when she is able to visit in future. We already anticipate a number of new Fellows. Joining us as a Professorial Fellow will be Evis Sala

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who is Professor of Oncological Imaging at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Dr Diana Fusco of the University of California at Berkeley becomes our new Official Fellow in Biological Physics, and we have elected Dr Charlie Bell as the first John Marks Official Fellow in Medicine. Dr Thomas Roulet will become an Official Fellow in Management Studies, specialising in Organisation Theory. We look forward to meeting them all.

was sold. Another familiar face with long service at Girton who left during the year was our Computer Officer Andrew Leader, whose IT support and problem-solving will be sorely missed; Kim Pearson, a further long-serving colleague, with twenty years’ service in College, has stepped into Andrew’s shoes. Steven Coe was promoted to Assistant Computer Officer, and the team was supplemented by starter Rob Taylor.

Professor Rachel Ong ViforJ, Professor of Economics at Curtin University in Australia, will be our Helen Cam Visiting Fellow in the coming year, and the poet, biographer and critic Professor Grevel Lindop will be joining us as the Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Visiting Fellow Commoner. We are also thrilled to welcome artist and former engineer Simeon Barclay as Artist in Residence during our 150th anniversary year.

Our Graduate Administrator Stephanie Farzad left, and Adrian Cosgrave took her place. Additional support in the Development Office has been provided during a hectic year by Benji Easlick-Shoolman and Deborah Patterson-Jones. Alex Green, one of our College Nurses, left to be replaced by Lisa Jones.

Among new staff, we welcomed to the Library team Katarzyna Drabek, known as Kasia, an experienced librarian from the UL and the MML Library. Andra Hoole replaced Pauline Diggins as the College’s Human Resources Manager. In the Porters’ Lodge we welcomed starters Jacqui Riley, Cliff Austine, Michelle O’Brien, Bernie Bond, Max Ruddock, Fred Davis and Kathy Cooper; we also said goodbye to Jason Martin, Steve Gordon and Gerry Dorrian who, together, had given 29 years’ service to the College. Tom Smith was promoted to Senior Porter. Steve Evans retired from our Conference Team after nearly two decades; he began as a pot-washer at Wolfson Court and progressed to Houseman and then Conference Co-ordinator, building up a portfolio of loyal clients. Most of the business he nurtured transferred to the main site when ‘Wolfie’


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Wojciech Kolpack took up a post in Maintenance, while Louie Payne departed after completing a successful apprenticeship. In Catering we were joined by Gerard Nijak, Debbie Cousins and Calla Masterton, while David Pearce and Diana Henderson left us, the latter for a more senior role at another college after six years at Girton. Gábor Peko was promoted to House Manager, now managing the whole team and ably supported by his deputy and the three housekeepers. Nick Reit returned to Girton in House Services, while Gaye Liczbinski, approaching retirement, left us after 28 years’ service. Sean Bright and Nicola Donald both completed twenty years’ service at Girton during the year, and a special mention goes to Mary Bartley with a record of forty years’ service in the kitchens at Wolfson Court; she transferred to the main site during the year. We thank them all for their loyalty and dedication. Caroline Shenton, Secretary to Council

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JCR Report The past academic year has been one of the most dramatic on record for the JCR. Not only have we seen a massive change in accommodation, with Swirles Court replacing the beloved ‘Wolfie’, but the Junior Combination Room itself is now a construction site, making way for the long-awaited Social Hub. Despite this, the JCR Committee and the undergraduate body, rooted in the strength of the Girton community, have achieved great things.

LGBT flag flies at Girton, February 2018


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Freshers’ Week was eventful as always, as the JCR tried to give the new students a crash course on the speed of life in Cambridge. I offer my thanks to members of the Freshers’ Committee for their hard work, and to the freshers, whose enthusiasm made the whole week an absolute delight. Those returning to Girton in Michaelmas Term had a pleasant surprise with the opening of Swirles

Court. Providing brand-new accommodation with strong public transport links, and far too conveniently near a huge Sainsbury’s, Swirles Court has added to the Girton community and brought the JCR and MCR closer together. Girton JCR has over thirty registered societies, all of which are open to any undergraduate at Girton. One notable addition this

year was the FemSoc, started by the JCR Women’s Officer, Katharine Taylor. All these societies are run entirely by students, showing the continued strength of community at Girton College. Girton’s sporting prowess continues to be impressive, with both results and participation remaining strong. Girton won the Skiing Cuppers, and reached the Men’s Football Cuppers final and Men’s Rugby Cuppers semifinals. The Women’s Rugby Blues team featured four Girtonians at Twickenham, and in the Men’s match, Christopher Bell won Man of the Match.

Freshers’ Formal (October 2017). From left to right: Jemima Worsfold, Dea Begaj, Owen Gill

We are grateful to the staff and Fellows of the College who have provided the JCR with extensive help. Finally, special thanks go to the JCR Committee, which provided support to the student community, in terms of welfare, advice, and the work of the student trustees. I am eternally indebted to them for their help during my presidency. Finally, to my cohort as a whole, it has been an honour to have been at Girton with you.

Freshers’ Committee, September 2017. From left to right: (back row) Jamie Klein, David Philips,

Blaise Sadler, JCR President

Emilia Broadbent, Rosalind Skillen, Finn O’Sullivan, Blaise Sadler, Jack Nason; (front row) Ryan Jenkinson, Clara Parry, Haafizah Khodabocus, Wilf Rake, Kayan Patel

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MCR Report It has been a pivotal year for the graduate community of Girton College. At the beginning of October, we suddenly found Swirles Court buzzing with its inaugural cohort of residents. Relocating MCR life to Eddington has been no mean feat, and has required impressive levels of patience and commitment from staff and students alike. That said, we still hit the ground running with our classic set of events in Freshers’ Week, introducing many of the new graduates to the wonders of punting, Formal Halls, Cambridge restaurants and, of course, the odd trip to the pub. As we settled into Michaelmas Term it became clear that the typical life of

a Girton graduate was evolving into something new. Proximity to College has seen us venturing more and more to the main site to eat together, and going for a swim before or after a hard day’s study is increasingly popular. Collaboration between the JCR and MCR – we hosted events such as the joint quiz night to recruit for a University Challenge team, and provided joint welfare support – is an initiative that we hope will continue. We had another great Pecha Kucha evening, and PhD students now attend Research Evenings with Fellows once a term. Topics addressed have ranged from governance after civil war to the history of the semi-colon. The MCR dinner was made into a

Girton MCR at Churchill College’s 80s-themed Superformal


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MCR members enjoying Halloween in Girton Bar

‘Superformal’, and we were joined by five other colleges for dinner and music. We have completed more Formal swaps than ever this year, joining St Edmund’s, Sidney Sussex, Jesus, King’s, Peterhouse and Churchill. This summer we shall revive the MCR Garden Party, giving graduates and Fellows the chance to celebrate the end of the academic year together. Whilst there have been many changes to the MCR community over the year, our new students have once again been wonderful additions to the graduate family. They have contributed massively to Cambridge sport, with Varsity players for Aussie Rules, American Football, Athletics and Squash, to name but a few. We even have a member of the Great Britain University Ice Hockey squad. Over

the last twelve months, members of the graduate community have, inter alia, taken up opportunities to become Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge International Law Journal and interview Queen Margrethe of Denmark. MCR members are the lifeblood of almost every Department across the University, as both students and supervisors. We are sad to say goodbye to long-time Girtonian and previous MCR Vice-President, Max Smith, but are also thrilled for him as he takes up a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There is something special and humbling about living and working among some of the most talented, kind and friendly people Cambridge has to offer. We have celebrated the anniversary of the College’s trailblazing efforts to secure full membership of the University for women, and now look forward to a new era for Girton in which graduate students will play an increasingly important role. I think our founders would be proud to see how successful our internationally and socially diverse MCR has become. The resilience, patience and enthusiasm of the 2017–18 cohort have been admirable, and we look forward to playing a part in defining the future of graduate education at Girton. Tess Skyrme, MCR President

Girton MCR members enjoying a night in the 2468 bar in Trinity Street

Girton MCR members at the Spring Ball

The MCR Committee Social Secretaries after winning Aussie Rules Varsity

Girton MCR members enjoying a birthday party in the Swirles Court Common Room

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Amateur Dramatic Society (GADS) In Michaelmas Term, members of Girton Amateur Dramatic Society eased freshers into theatre at Girton with their annual performance of the renowned Girton: the Musical! This was described by one reviewer as ‘far from professional, but unapologetically, unrelentingly, emphatically Girton’. After this success, members were quick to begin rehearsals for Emily! A Girton Panto – an hilarious and historically

A poster, featuring Buster the College Cat, advertising Emily!


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inaccurate interpretation of how Emily Davies founded Girton College. This was performed on 28 November in Old Hall, and received excellent feedback from audience members. In Lent Term, GADS decided to pursue another branch of theatre, turning its talents to stand-up comedy. Having co-hosted Pembroke’s ‘Sticky-Floor Smoker’ in November, GADS decided to put on its own show. Thanks to the dedication of Patrick Wilson, the GADS Committee, the acts and the Porters (who battled tirelessly to fix our technical issues), Girton’s second-ever Smoker was performed on 5 March in the

Stanley Library. GADS would like to give an honorary mention to the acts from town, who cycled up Castle Hill for the event. We are very grateful for their incredible efforts, both on bike and on stage. The Smoker was attended by many and enjoyed by all, and GADS anticipates future comedy events with excitement! GADS has always been passionate about funding Girton and University-wide theatre, and was delighted, over the past year, to offer funding to Don’t Ever Change, Detention: A Sketch Show, and Sherlock Bungalow, all of which the committee unanimously decided to support.

Daniel Allum-Gruselle performs stand-up comedy as part of the Girton Smoker in the Stanley Library

Amnesty Group The Girton Amnesty Group is relatively new, but it has been busy supporting the activities of the central University committee (CUAI). It has been an active and rewarding society to be involved with, and it was brilliant when over thirty Freshers signed up at the start of the academic year! In Girton we held fortnightly letter-writing sessions throughout Michaelmas and Lent Terms and organised a fundraising showing of the film Persepolis with Fitzwilliam College. We advertised events run by the central group, such as the open-microphone event Jamnesty, and a Clothes Swap fundraiser. Michaelmas Term ended with the ‘Write for Rights’ campaign, where students wrote personally decorated cards to victims of human rights abuses and to prisoners of conscience who should not be in any form of detention. A poster, featuring the GADS logo, to promote the society around the University and College

Saturday 3 February marked the second anniversary of the murder in Egypt of Giulio Regeni, a Girton PhD student

In Easter Term GADS was delighted to join in the College celebrations of the seventieth anniversary of the admission of women to Cambridge degrees. The society has cast Girton students for a dramatised reading of extracts of Blue Stockings. This play, written by Olivier-Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale, follows four female Girton students over the course of the academic year as they fight for their right to education. Whilst this reading explores the rich history of Girton, GADS is just as excited for the future of drama in College. Phoebe Pritchett, President

Laura Bates (Chair of CUAI) collects signatures for a petition to end indefinite detention in the UK

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who was doing research on Egyptian trade unions. The case sparked international outrage and Amnesty has been key in supporting Giulio’s family and maintaining pressure on the Italian and Egyptian authorities to ensure that the truth about Giulio’s murder is discovered. Girton held a two-minute silence and had a musical

Molly Hale (Girton College Representative) setting up the Cage in front of King’s College

performance in honour of Giulio at a formal dinner which fell on the anniversary of his last communication. This was a moving occasion, and the Amnesty group will continue to raise awareness about Giulio and make sure that he continues to be remembered.

Laura Bates (Chair of CUAI) at the ‘Write for Rights’ letter-writing session


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The other big Amnesty activity was the annual Cage Campaign, which is a 48-hour demonstration involving individual student volunteers sitting in a cage on King’s Parade for a few hours (or overnight!) to raise awareness about a particular issue. This year we focused on ending indefinite detention in the UK (no

other country in Europe allows this), and the response was wonderful. Students and local people walking by on King’s Parade stopped to chat and sign our petition, and it was a very fulfilling awareness-raising initiative to be involved with (as well as very cold and wet, as it took place in March!). We hope Amnesty continues to develop in Girton, and to raise awareness of injustices, just as the College did for women’s education 150 years ago. Molly Hale, Girton College representative

Badminton Club In the last seven years, Girton Badminton Club has claimed three League titles, two Open Cuppers titles, and one Mixed Cuppers title, and it continues to field two teams, Girton I and Girton II, in the University College Open League. The Club faced a serious rebuilding challenge at the start of the year owing to the loss of many experienced players in Girton II, as well as multiple injuries among the members of Girton I. Fortunately, a successful first few weeks of casual badminton saw many fresh faces sign up to fill the ranks of both teams.

an entirely new squad. Girton II put forward their best efforts in a very strong Third Division, but ultimately they were not enough to avoid relegation to the Fourth Division. More hard work during Lent Term began to pay off as Girton II pulled off a convincing victory against Emmanuel I and, with the talent of first-years Henry Waugh and Jamie MacDonald, Girton II looks forward to a successful campaign in the Fourth Division.

Girton I and II will be led by Reuben Marbridge and Jamie MacDonald respectively for the next season, and I wish the best for both of them in their roles as captains. Special thanks go to Andrew Williamson, Gaelan Komen and Zain Charfare for their commitment to the team this year, and to Arjun Thayyil for his services as Club Treasurer. Xi Shern Tan, Girton I Men’s Captain

After a few early losses in the Second Division, Girton I pulled together to produce an emphatic victory over Peterhouse I, which was enough to avoid relegation and stay in the Second Division. Lent Term saw a marked improvement from Girton I, with Jervis Ong, Reuben Marbridge and ex-captain Douglas Thomas playing pivotal roles in victories over the Clinical School and Jesus II. A further victory over Queens’ I secured a strong place for Girton I in the Second Division heading into the next season. In addition to leading a team for the first time, the new Girton II Captain, Nathan Bottomley, faced the challenge of starting the season with

Members of the Girton I and II teams after the end of the season. From left to right: Zain Charfare, Nathan Bottomley, Xi Shern Tan, Gaelan Komen, Henry Waugh, Harry Dalton, Reuben Marbridge, Jamie MacDonald

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Boat Club Rowing is a tough sport. As a relative newcomer to the Boat Club, it’s hard for me to explain how successful, but mentally and physically taxing, this year has been for the rowers. I am not able adequately to describe those grim and gruelling hours on the rowing machines and on the water in the early hours of the morning, nor the extreme cold, nervousness and frustration associated with this year’s Lent Bumps, which were severely blighted by the weather. A special mention should go to the men’s and women’s Eights for persevering despite the snow, and in particular to Jade Harding for her admirable effort in clearing the footpath so that the crews could compete.

Head of the Cam crew. From left to right: Lucy Morrell, Jade Harding, William Lohrmann, Calum Foley, Kamile Matulenaite

Unfortunately, both the women’s and men’s crews were bumped in the Lent Bumps, but hopefully they will make up for it in May, which is, of course, the most important race of the year. For the 2017 May Bumps, Girton’s crews put on a particularly good performance, despite technical difficulties. This was especially the case with W2 and M2, which each reversed recent trends to gain two bumps and a row-over in the four days. W1 and M1 had more mixed success, although the latter did bump St Catharine’s on the final day. The rowing year is not just about


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Mixed Lent crew

M1 Lents. From left to right: Andrew Williamson, Nathan Bottomley, Teague Smith, William Sherwood, Charlotte Heeley (cox), William Lohrmann, Ewan West, Ross Hutchinson, Calum Foley

Bumps: between the hard work that goes into preparing for these, Girton’s crews competed in the Fairbairn Cup, the Catz Cardinals Regatta, the Pembroke Regatta and the Head of the Cam. In the Catz Cardinals Regatta, Girton’s mixed crew of seven coxes and three rowers was cheated of victory in trying circumstances. The performances in the other races were

solid, and particular praise should go to the Senior Women in the Fairbairn Cup and a Mixed 4+ that was the fastest college M4+ at the Head of the Cam. Girton’s crews have done well to stick together as a team despite a tough year in some respects. However, special mention should go to certain individuals, especially the

captains, Jade Harding, Ewan West and Limeng Zhu. Philip Horton and Samuel Philpott have both represented boat clubs which are apparently even greater than the mighty Girton! Overall, then, it is possible to say with a certain degree of pride that the Boat Club can ‘sit up tall, and relax on the recovery’. Jerome Gasson, GCBC Cox

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Cartwright Mathematics Society This year marks the founding of the Cartwright Mathematics Society. The society is named in honour of the eminent Girton mathematician, Dame Mary Lucy Cartwright, who was Mistress of Girton from 1948 to 1968. She was also the first woman to receive the Sylvester Medal for Mathematical Research, to serve on the Council of the Royal

Society, and to be President of the London Mathematical Society. The inaugural lecture of the Cartwright Society was given by the renowned mathematician Professor Colm-cille Caulfield of Churchill College during Michaelmas Term 2017, in the splendid setting of the Stanley Library, to a large audience of Girton undergraduate and

graduate mathematicians, as well as other interested students. Professor Caulfield talked about his academic career in Cambridge and around the world, and particularly about the things that inspired him to work in the field of fluid dynamics and the challenges he faced pursuing his research. He was keen to answer questions and to offer advice to those in the audience who were considering a career in research. The second lecture was given by Dr Rachel Camina during Lent Term 2018. She talked about the topic of her PhD thesis, the Nottingham group, fielding many questions from the audience about her experiences of PhD research and about group theory in general. The talk was especially relevant to undergraduate mathematicians, as it built upon familiar concepts from the syllabus whilst giving a flavour of the challenges of graduate study.

The Cartwright Society Michaelmas 2017 bar crawl. Clockwise from bottom left: Alexander Thornton, Maisie Muir, Isabel Macenka, James Hennessy, Radost Waszkiewicz, George Cowperthwaite (President), Emily Godbehere, Christoloudos Chatzimiltis, Reuben Marbridge, Ethan Redmond, Ryan Jenkinson, Sophie Sadler (Entertainments Officer)


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The Society enjoyed a great many social events, from weekly study sessions to the customary end-ofterm bar crawl, for which there is always a strong turnout! Our events have helped to bring together Girton mathematicians from across the years, and we look forward to the Society’s future success. George Cowperthwaite, President

Christian Union Venturing into Jesus College a week before the Michaelmas Term got under way, the Girton Christian Union (GCU) started the year by meeting with the Jesus and Churchill Christian Unions for a fun-filled team day. We received excellent teaching from the Bible, played many a fun (if slightly silly) game, prayed, and planned for the year ahead. Michaelmas Term began with a couple of events during International Freshers’ Week, to welcome those arriving from all over the world. Some had never experienced a scone with jam and cream, something we introduced them to during an afternoon tea party. When Freshers’ Week proper commenced, a Church Search Breakfast provided those firstyear students who attended with a brief introduction to some of the churches in Cambridge. Later in Term, GCU ran some SHARE events which invited all students in College to hold honest discussions about freedom, success, justice and life stories, whilst enjoying delicious snickerdoodles. The term ended with the popular carol services at Great St Mary’s Church, which many from Girton attended. After a midweek getaway with the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU) during the Christmas vacation, GCU started Lent Term by

holding a Text-a-Toastie event, which involves offering fellow students a free toastie along with an answer to a question about faith. This was in the lead-up to a talk on ‘Science and Faith’ by theologian Alister McGrath, and the CICCU events week, REAL. The aim of REAL was to give students the opportunity to explore what being real with themselves, others and God means; members of GCU enjoyed helping out with running it and taking friends along to some of the many lunchtime and evening talks. In between all these exciting events, GCU met on Wednesday evenings for dinner and then spent time together reading the Bible, and encouraging one another in our Christian walks. We met on Friday mornings to pray for each other,

GCU meeting for dinner in Hall before a Wednesday evening meeting. Clockwise from bottom left: Samuel Bartholomew, Natalia Rye Carriegas, Ffîon Snelling, Imogen Smith, Anna Quincey, Stewart Rosell, David de Oliveira, Sarah Wolstencroft, Ella Hurley, Samuel Parkin

and for Girton as a whole. In Easter Term, things will look a little different with everyone in GCU sharing responsibilities as a collective rather than the norm of College Representatives leading the group. David de Oliveira and Imogen Smith, Girton Christian Union Representatives

Friday morning prayer meeting. From left to right: Rachel Dunn, Imogen Smith, Samuel Parkin, Sarah Wolstencroft, Ffion Snelling

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French Society We were delighted to create the Girton French Society at the beginning of this year. The society focuses on promoting French culture, as well as giving an opportunity for French people at Girton to meet up and share their common roots, traditions, and language. This usually takes place around a typically French meal (wine, bread and cheese are compulsory!) accompanied by classic Francophone entertainment such as Indochine, Les Choristes or Jacques Brel. At the beginning of Michaelmas Term, we were thrilled to host the first-ever French apéro at Girton! We were surprised by the number of non-French people who attended the event. Many Modern and Medieval Languages students realised it represented a wonderful opportunity for them to practise their chosen language with native speakers of their age. To celebrate the end of term, we held a Christmas dinner in the Junior Combination Room. For this event, we could rely on the strong French community who worked together to provide Girton students with a typical French dinner: homemade quiche lorraine with mousse au chocolat.

From left to right: (back row) Antoine Magré, Borane Gille Gacha, Marine Schimel; (front row) Marie Moullet, Livia Benini, Quitterie de Beauregard, Rose Borel, Louise Aumont, Blanche Comolli, Capucine May

At another exciting event this year, we welcomed French Society members from Murray Edwards, Trinity, and King’s. This gave us interesting insights into how French societies work in other colleges and allowed us to plan future events with them. During Lent Term we organised an outing to the Corpus Playhouse to watch the French show Rêver peut-être, directed by one of our many talented members. We shall end Easter Term with a picnic in the College grounds to celebrate the end of exams and to play some typical French games, like pétanque! Blanche Comolli, President and Amélie Loubens, Vice-President


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From left to right: Amélie Loubens, Louise Aumont, Capucine May, Livia Benini, Blanche Comolli, Marine Schimel, Borane Gille Gacha, Rose Borel

Medical and Veterinary Society (GMVS) From first-year student to sixth-year to Fellow, there has been something for everyone this year in the Girton Medical and Veterinary Society. Interspersed with a splendid programme of educational events, we have had many opportunities to socialise, both intra- and inter-college. This has included activities ranging from informal movie nights in College and enjoyable meals in Cambridge restaurants to Formal swaps with Sidney Sussex and Emmanuel Colleges. We opened the academic year with a fascinating talk by a graduate student, Elliot Reichardt, about the sociological issues surrounding ADHD diagnosis, and the application of this to other diseases. This was followed by a talk by Professor Kenneth Johnson from the University of Sydney about how stress fractures in racing greyhounds can provide insight into similar injuries in elite athletes. This cross-species examination was equally thoughtprovoking for both medical and veterinary students, and gave us an insight into recent advances in orthopaedic surgery. In Lent Term, we were delighted to host Dr Suzy Lishman (1986), immediate past President of the

GMVS members enjoying a glass of port with Professor Kenneth Johnson after his talk. From left to right: Vinit Vykuntam, Rosa Barnard, Professor Kenneth Johnson, Jaynie Symon, Fiona MacDonald, David Harrison, IĂąaki Prado Cheka (Department of Veterinary Medicine), Tom Hinchliffe (Department of Veterinary Medicine) GMVS members and Professor Josh Slater in the Dining Hall after the Annual GMVS Dinner. From left to right: Teague Smith, Ben Gosling, May Yean Chua (below and in front), Matthew Steele, Zachary Hopkins, Professor Josh Slater, Kirsty Lang, Kenji Asakura, Emilia Broadbent, Rory Scrace (below and in front), Alice Elgar

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Royal College of Pathologists, who gave a captivating talk about the politics of working with Westminster to raise the profile of pathology in healthcare. That brings us into Easter Term, and even though everyone is currently working hard, there has still been the opportunity for some enjoyable distractions. Most enjoyable of all was the annual GMVS dinner, which provided us with some much-needed relief from revision. The highlight of this entertaining evening was the inspirational talk given by our guest

speaker, Dr Sarah Clarke (1984). As current President of the British Cardiovascular Society, she talked about how she has progressed from her days as a medical student at Girton to this prestigious point in her career. One shocking fact that we learned from Dr Clarke’s talk is that she is among only 8% of cardiologists who are women. With this in mind, hosting talks by two women who were the first- and second-ever female Presidents of their respective institutions has been a fantastic way

for us to engage with the important history of Girton, especially as 2018 marks the seventieth anniversary of the admission of women to full membership of the University of Cambridge. I hope that hearing how Dr Clarke and Dr Lishman have been able to excel in their fields will inspire female and male students alike to believe that we can achieve anything we set our minds to in our future careers. Rosa Barnard, President

Women’s Netball The Girton Women’s Netball Team has performed exceptionally well this year. We have welcomed several freshers to the team, which has been critical in bolstering our shooting and defence. Returning players such as Tessa Duff, Amelia Brennan and Ismay Keane were key in helping the ball move through centre court and around the ‘attacking D’. Michaelmas Term was tough as we narrowly missed out on promotion from League 3, despite winning all but one match! This spurred on our


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drive to continue our winning streak through Lent Term and secure the promotion which we successfully achieved. Our most impressive win was recorded over Peterhouse, where we won by 30 goals to 3. A highlight of the season was the annual Cuppers tournament. Girton put on a strong performance against teams that were all in higher leagues. Notably, we managed to beat League One team Trinity, and narrowly missed making it to the semi-finals!

The team showed excellent enthusiasm, commitment (despite the horrendous weather that we had to contend with in the winter) and teamwork throughout the season. It has been a pleasure to captain the team members throughout the year. The team is looking forward to starting the next academic year in League Three, led by new captain, Amelia Brennan. Sophie Kenny, Women’s Captain

New Thundercatz Ultimate Frisbee Ultimate Frisbee is a niche sport that has a cult following among students in Cambridge, including some in Girton College, with members of College playing for the New Thundercatz Ultimate Frisbee Club. A league is played out every term, and the Thundercatz enjoyed a string of closely fought matches during Michaelmas Term, with no fewer than half the games being decided by a single point. Unfortunately, the majority of the matches were a lost cause, and the team was demoted to the second division for Lent Term. This did not, however, dampen our spirits, and considering team spirit is almost as important as winning in Ultimate – after all, the prize of a bottle of spirits for being the most spirited team possibly betters the trophy given to the league’s victors – we were all in upbeat mood at the start of Lent Term. Before the start of Lent Term, however, the matter of playing in the annual indoors tournament, always a highlight in the team’s calendar, had to be dealt with. Muddy boots were changed for indoor trainers and quick-fire matches were played with increasing intensity as the day went on. We had much fun, and despite coming low in the final standings, our spirit remained undaunted.

Despite the struggles of Michaelmas, Lent Term had a strong showing from the Thundercatz. Some amazing performances, a few of them with very depleted squads, meant Division Two was ours for the taking, and that was what we did. By winning four out of the five matches played, the team took first

place, and Easter Term will begin with a playoff match, the outcome of which will determine whether we shall be promoted to Division One and continue our meteoric rise to the top or stay put and try to defend our crown. David de Oliveira, Co-Captain

After a hard day’s work playing in the indoors tournament, the team poses for a photograph. From left to right: (back row) David Baker, Friso de Graaf, Edward Brown; (middle row) Samuel Liebana, Jonathan Lancaster, Joseph Y L Lee, David de Oliveira; (front row) May Yean Chua, Jackson Woodruff, Jo Yass

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Poetry Group As co-leaders of Girton Poetry Group, Oliver Turnbull, David Phillips and I have been looking back on the talent that has emerged during this academic year. Armed with a bounty of poems and huddled closely around a roaring open fire, with wine and conversation flowing, we take turns and read each poem aloud. As coleaders, we take it upon ourselves to create an atmosphere that is relaxed, casual and, most of all, supportive. We are a group held together by diversity, and we take pride in being the only group in Girton without hierarchical administration: we are simply a

collective of individuals who enjoy poetry. Most importantly, Girton Poetry Group is founded on the premise that poetry is a universal language. We remain one of the few societies in Cambridge to welcome all members of the public, whether they be friends in and around Cambridge, staff members, students of all disciplines (demonstrating that mathematics and poetry do mix), Fellows or alumni. Girton is a place of flourishing creativity, and rewards this talent generously, hosting the national Jane Martin Poetry Prize every year. The standard of poetry the Girton Poetry Group receives is also impressive.

What we prize most, however, is the non-competitive, encouraging, and accepting environment. The Poetry Group prides itself for its modest enjoyment of poetry, and poems can be sent to us anonymously, to be read aloud by our members and discussed in a non-judgmental way. Oliver, David and I have found it exciting work to provide the prompts for each session, and many poems have surprised us with their eloquent handling of Star Wars quotations, ghazals, and all things ‘fancy’. The Poetry Group has always been, and will continue to be, indebted to the extremely hard work and dedication of Sinéad Garrigan-Mattar, Peter Sparks, and Stephen Roberts. Their administrative and pastoral support to the group has made our small photocopying tasks a joy to complete. We are also thankful and lucky to have such strong support from undergraduate and graduate students from many diverse disciplines. Looking back fondly on all the poems read, memories shared, and new friends made, we are certain that our successors will have as much fun as we have had. Andreea Daniela, Co-Leader


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Men’s Rugby As usual, Girton rugby has experienced great success this season, finishing near the top of the Second Division in the League and reaching the semi-finals once again in Cuppers. We started the season with a promising intake of several freshers, leading to a 39 –14 win over Selwyn in our first match of the season. We were soon to find, however, that this did not necessarily lead to a large squad for our next few games, with many opting to join the Girton football side or to spend time on other activities in place of Saturday matches. As a result of this, and the absence of a further four players lost to the University Rugby team, we suffered losses against Jesus (0–54), Robinson (forfeited owing to numbers), and Churchill (12 –19), although the acquisition of five players from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), through some careful diplomacy, helped us to a 47–19 victory over Fitzwilliam. Worthy of particular mention are the two games played against Emmanuel. In the first, Emmanuel were welcoming enough to allow a two-player advantage (eight versus six), whilst in the second, they were happy to play all fifteen against a Girton team of eleven, which soon

dropped to ten … and then nine. Despite this clear disadvantage in the second match, the Girton squad put on one of its most tenacious displays of the season, scoring a late try to finish the game 7–32. With Cuppers upon us in Lent Term, numbers were, surprisingly, no longer an issue for the team; a huge twenty-five players signed up for our first match, which must be a Girton rugby record. There were rumours that we could even make it to the semi-finals without playing a single match, but Churchill managed to put out a team at the last minute for the quarter-finals. Here, the Girton team showed what it was really capable of, securing a triumphant victory of 64–7, with many of the forwards finding themselves in too much space and relishing the opportunity to play as backs.

The team in front of Girton’s John Marks Pavilion following a 47–19 win against Fitzwilliam College in the League. From left to right: (top row) William Lohrmann, ARU player, Ben Woolstencroft, ARU, ARU, William Johnston, Ewan West, ARU; (bottom row) Edward Armitage, Mihai Varsandan, Henry Broomfield, ARU, Victor Wong

We faced St John’s once again in the semi-finals at Grange Road. Despite coming away unsuccessful with a loss of 12– 46, credit must go to a fantastically worked team try just before half-time and, of course, all the supporters. We’ll get there next year! Ben Woolstencroft, Men’s Captain

Semi-finals against St John’s College at Grange Road

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Women’s Rugby Women’s rugby at Girton continues to go from strength to strength, and this year five Girtonians played regularly for the Blues. Four Girtonians were selected for the Blues Varsity Match at Twickenham in December, with second-row Alice Elgar starting in her third consecutive Varsity Match and prop Tamsin Banner starting in her second, having missed last year through injury. Second-row Jacqueline Bramley and fly-half Rebecca Graves both started on the bench and came on in the second half to help Cambridge secure a 24–0 victory.

From left to right: Jacqueline Bramley, Alice Elgar, Rebecca Graves, Tamsin Banner

In March, the weather disturbed the Tigers’ (second team) Varsity, which took place at a very muddy Iffley Road, Oxford. Jacqueline and Rebecca both started, with Kate Read completing an all-Girton second-row. Rebecca scored and converted the first try, and set up the third try in a 17– 0 win. All five played for the Blues throughout their unbeaten leaguewinning season, with both Alice and Rebecca contributing tries and conversions to the record-breaking +637 points difference. Alice Elgar, Girton College Representative


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Girtonians at the Varsity Match. From left to right: Rebecca Graves, Jacqueline Bramley, Tamsin Banner, Alice Elgar, Jordan Erikson, Christopher Bell, Thomas Wilson

Skiing The 2017–18 Girton Ski Team was one of the strongest Cambridge has seen in a long time, both in terms of past racing experience and performances at Cuppers, Varsity and British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS). Andrea Seaton, a second-year Music student from Chamonix, France, has been a regular competitor in French club races. Luke Steyn, a graduate Masters student, competed internationally for two seasons and represented Zimbabwe at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, in both Slalom and Giant Slalom. Antoine Magré, fourth-year Natural Scientist, was the 2016 Varsity Overall Winner with previous international and French national racing experience. All three skiers dominated this year’s Varsity racing scene with

Girtonian Antoine Magré competing at the BUCS Alpine championships in L’Alpe d’Huez

overall wins for Andrea in the women’s races and for Luke in the men’s races, and a second place overall for Antoine. It is worth noting that Andrea would have ranked fifth in the men’s results. These performances really set the tone for Girton’s expectations ahead of the College Varsity Race that took place the following day. The Cuppers College Varsity Race format was a dual slalom match between teams of four. University Ski Team racers Andrea Seaton, Luke

Steyn and Antoine Magré were therefore joined by third-year Natural Scientist, Barnaby van Straaten, to complete the team. Girton’s domination in the Cambridge Cuppers qualified them for the final against Oxford’s top college, St Hilda’s. Girton finally came out of the match on top, winning both final runs to claim a well-deserved victory. Other worthy results include a third place in the Giant Slalom and a fourth place in the Slalom for Antoine at the recent BUCS Alpine Championships in L’Alpe d’Huez. Andrea came third in the British Skier Cross Championships in Laax, Switzerland in April 2018. This has been a very successful season, and the taking over of the leadership by Andrea and Barnaby promises more successes next year.

The Cambridge Skiing Blues women and men’s teams. Andrea Seaton (Bib 4), Luke Steyn (Bib 14) and Antoine Magré (Bib 16)

Podium photo and celebrations for Luke (front left) and Antoine (front right)

Antoine Magré, Girton Cuppers, Team Captain

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Tabletop Gaming Society (GCTGS) Bananagrams, Bang! and other board games – it has been another flourishing year for the Girton College Tabletop Gaming Society. Over the past twelve months, the society has embraced a wider spectrum of games, creating new activities, including several events based around the popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. In Michaelmas Term, our President, Michael Lausch, introduced a new end-of-term event, where all members of the society are invited to take part in a game of Sweet Poker, during which the temptation to gamble your chips is almost as high as the temptation to eat them. The end of Michaelmas Term saw GCTGS’s first collaboration with another society, as we joined with the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society to share an all-night board games session at Swirles Court, complete with a midnight trivia quiz and a wide selection of games the society wouldn’t normally get to play (and which inspired future purchases).

In a game of secrecy, deception, and ‘accidentally’ killing your teammates, who knows who will ‘Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space’?

An Adventuring Party finds itself in Baldur’s Gate, but one of them is a Traitor!

I leave you now with an invitation: if you feel like chilling out, playing some games and having a good time, come and join us! Just follow the people carrying boxes of games and the sound of rolling dice. Alastair Haig, Vice-President


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GCTGS play a game of society favourite Saboteur – the Lithuanian Mining Game

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2019 – Calendar of Events All events take place in the College, unless otherwise stated February



15th: May Bumps Marquee and Boat Club Dinner

Mountford Humanities and Arts Communication Prize

15th: Founders’ Memorial Lecture by HIH Princess Takamado

18th: May Week Concert

18th: Hammond Science Communications Prize

28th–30th: Girton150 Festival, Girton College

21st: Launch of the Lawrence Room Book 21st: Alumni Formal Hall

September 14th: 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2009 Alumni Reunion Dinner


21st: 1986, 1987 and 1988 Alumni Reunion Dinner


Law and Finance Networking Reception

28th–29th: Alumni Weekend


Alumni Sports Matches and Dinner

28th: Annual Library Talk (all welcome) 28th: Annual Lawrence Room Talk (all welcome)

12th: Girton150 Founders’ Lecture by Professor Dame Pratibha Gai

28th: People’s Portraits Talk (all welcome)

22nd: Girton150 Celebration in Birmingham

28th: Annual Concert in the Stanley Library (all welcome)

23rd: Girton150 Celebration in Leeds MA Dinner (date TBC)

28th: Roll of Alumni Dinner (all welcome, especially matriculation years 1959, 1969 and 1979)

MA Congregation (date TBC)

29th: Annual Gardens Talk October

April 12th: Asia Girton150 Alumni Reception in Singapore

19th: 1869 Society Lunch and Music Event

13th: Asia Girton150 Symposium in Singapore

19th: Girton150 Commemoration of Benefactors and Foundation Dinner

13th: Asia Girton150 Gala Dinner in Singapore 25th: Jane Martin Poetry Prize

22nd: Autumn Gardens Walk

27th: Medical and Veterinary Society Dinner

25th: Chapel Reunion 31st: Alumni Formal Hall

May 2nd: Girton150 Founders’ Lecture by The Rt Hon Baroness Hale of Richmond 11th: Classical Society Event 14th: Girton150 Founders’ Lecture by Herman Narula 18th: Girton150 Celebration in Dublin 19th: Girton150 Celebration in Edinburgh 23rd: Alumni Formal Hall


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Bookings for the Roll of Alumni Weekend and Dinner can be made on the form on page 168. Details about other events in the calendar can be found on our website

Regional Associations An overview of the activities of regional associations at home and abroad Cambridge Local Girton Association The CLGA committee has a new Chair, Judith Rodden (Wilkins 1955), who takes over from Hilary Goy (Corke 1968). The Association is very grateful to Hilary for all her hard work and is delighted she remains on the committee as Secretary. The CLGA’s recent events have included: • visits to the University Library to view the Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo exhibition, and the exhibition Landscapes Below which looked at early geological maps. The visits were facilitated by Catherine Ansorge (Broadbelt 1964); • an AGM kindly hosted by Hilary Goy at her home; • a talk by Cambridge local historian Anthony Carpen about the first women to hold office in local politics; • joint visits with members of St Anne’s Society, Cambridge, to the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, and to the Museum of Classical Archaeology, a tour led by Hilary Goy. Details of the CLGA’s events are on their website; please note that members are welcome to bring guests. Email: Website: London Girton Association The LGA have had a busy period which has included two new events open to all Girtonians in the London area – a wine tasting and a pub quiz. Recent events organised by members of the LGA included: • a visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery, followed by a

picnic in the garden of Lindsay Merriman (Megarry 1961); • a coffee morning at the home of Ann Carey (Patrick 1952); • a visit to the Watts Gallery in Guildford; • a wine-tasting evening at the offices of Grant Thornton, with thanks to Paul Cook (1984) for providing the venue and Sophia Bergqvist (1978) for selecting the wines and port, and talking us through them; London Girton Association’s quiz night at the Rugby Tavern • a quiz night at the Rugby Tavern; • a visit to The Charterhouse; • another City Churches Walk. The wine-tasting and the quiz evenings were very popular and will be repeated in November 2018 and February 2019 respectively. Email: Website: Facebook: LondonGirtonAssociation Oxford Regional Association ORG continues with about 60 members. In addition to events a newsletter is circulated twice a year. Recent events have included: • our AGM and Autumn Lecture Meeting; one of our members, Judith Atkinson (Mandeville 1963), spoke about her life as a magistrate in the 80s and 90s; • a talk by the Rev’d Professor William Whyte who spoke on ‘Women in Victorian Oxford’; • a pub lunch;

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• a Spring Lecture; we had a talk from Juliet Campbell (former Mistress), who spoke about her experiences in the Foreign Office during the UK’s first failed attempt to join the EU in the 1960s; • a drinks party in Oxford to celebrate 25 years of the ORG. Contact: Meg Day (1967) Email: Tel: 01865 375916 Website: Manchester Association of Cambridge University Women MACUW keeps up its usual pace with three meetings a year, which are always thoroughly enjoyable. Recent events have included: • the AGM, where those present were treated to a talk, ‘From Test Tube to People’, given by a member on the process and considerations involved in developing new drugs for the pharmaceutical industry; • the annual dinner with guest speakers Dr Eleanor Barraclough and Professor Juliet Goldbart; Dr Eleanor Barraclough is Associate Professor of Medieval History and Literature at Durham University, a Norse specialist and author; Professor Juliet Goldbart of MMU is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Developmental Disabilities, and a Director of the Royal Institute for Health and Social Care; • the summer event, which this year took place at Beddington Park Conservation Area; Dr Hilary Ash, Honorary Conservation Officer of Wirral Wildlife, hosted the group and gave a lecture. Email: Wordpress blog: Wales and the West Girtonian Association Attendance at WWGA events continues to grow, but this may make hosting them in members’ homes more challenging in the future! Recent events have included: • a talk hosted at the home of Heather Toomer (Fomison 1966);


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the speaker was Penelope Byrde, former Curator of the Museum of Costume and Assembly Rooms in Bath, and author of several books on the history of dress; • a lunch hosted by Barbara Hird (Holden 1966), followed by a visit to St Christopher’s Church, Warden Hill to see the stained glass windows by Thomas Denny; • a visit to Mapperton, the family home of alumna and WWGA member, Caroline Montagu (Hayman 1962), Countess of Sandwich. Email: Website: New York Girton Association Members of the New York Girton Association enjoyed Mateusz Borowiak’s (2006) New York concert in November 2017 and hope that he will soon be back in New York. In March 2018 the Association was delighted to hear barrister and humanitarian Margaret Owen OBE (Baron 1950) give a passionate talk on ‘Why Widows Matter’ prior to the opening of the 62nd UN Commission on the Status of Women. Her talk was followed by an animated discussion. Judith Kampfner (1974) kindly hosted this event at her home in Manhattan. In June 2018 an evening drinks reception was hosted by Joanne Adamson (1985), Deputy Permanent Margaret Owen Representative of the European Union to the UN, at her townhouse in New York. The association looks forward to the Mistress’s next visit to New York. Email:

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Births Coffin. On 12 April 2016, to Benedict Peter Coffin (1999) and Sarah Elaine Reynolds (2002), a boy, Matthew William Reynolds. Coles. On 17 December 2017, to Simon (1996) and Ruth (1999 Potts), a girl, Aisling Rose, a sister to Isla. Falk. On 7 October 2017, to Seb (Fellow) and Susannah, a boy, OisĂ­n, a brother to Amos. OisĂ­n Falk

Hylands. On 23 June 2017, to Ian (2001) and Sophie (2001 Allen), a boy, Samuel Lewis. Pacitti. On 22 February 2018, to Anna (2002 Riddoch) and GianCarlo, a girl, Cara Elisabeth, a sister to Aurelia.

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Cara Elisabeth Pacitti

Marriages /Civil Partnerships Balendran – Sweeney. On 17 June 2017, Ghayathri Balendran (2006) and Mark Sweeney (2006).

Elliot – Sensecall. On 30 September 2017, Tom Elliott (2011) and Hannah Sensecall (2007).

Beasley – Murray. On 26 August 2017, Caroline (1964 Griffiths) and Paul (Jesus; 1963) celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Hollwey – Royle. On 14 January 2017, Elizabeth Hollwey (2010) and Jonathan Royle (2010).

Booker – Bingham. In October 2017, Carly Booker (2011) and Samuel Bingham.

Oakes – French. On 26 April 2017, Eileen Oakes (1974 Jacques) and Derek French.

Cooper – Cooney. On 1 July 2017, Samantha Cooper (2002) and Patrick Cooney. Dawson – Hawker. On 17 February 2018, Lee Thomas Dawson (2011) and Thomas Charles Hawker (Downing; 2010).

Mark Sweeney (2006) and Ghayathri Balendran (2006)

Sloper – Burford. On 29 July 2017, William Sloper (2011) and Charlotte Burford (2011).

Elizabeth Hollwey (2010) and Jonathan Royle (2010)

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In Memoriam

Lily Jane Miles Atiyah

ATIYAH. On 13 March 2018, Lily Jane Miles (Brown) MA PhD (1949 Mathematics) Lily came to Girton as an affiliated student after graduating from Edinburgh, and stayed to do a PhD. She married Michael, had three sons, and taught at many establishments including Bedford College, St Hugh’s College, Princeton University and, finally, Girton, where she combined teaching duties with supporting Michael during his term as Master of Trinity College. On Michael’s retirement they returned to Edinburgh. AUSTIN. On 22 December 2016, Mary Stephanie Celia (James) MA (1939 History) A Scholar at Girton, Mary began her working life at the Inland Revenue.

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BAILIN. On 20 May 2017, Barbara MA MB BChir (1964 Natural Sciences) Barbara did her clinical medical training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and practised medicine, before becoming a hospital manager. In 1973 she married Abdol Hamid Ghodse, a psychiatrist, and they had three children. She assisted his research work and was credited on occasion as co-author. BARRASS. On 24 June 2014, Hugh MA (1981 Engineering) Hugh worked for many years for CISCO Systems in California, where he was responsible for standards and technology and designed LAN switch fabrics. The Green Grid’s Hugh Barrass Award commemorates his passion for improving resource efficiency in the ICT industry. Colleagues remember his conviviality and his love for his wife Morag, his son and his daughter.


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BAYLEY. On 3 January 2018, Alison Alexandra (Houston) MA (1962 Computer Science) Alison worked at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory, then moved to Edinburgh and made a career in computing at the Medical Research Council and the University of Edinburgh. She was National Chairman of Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes, and received an IASSIST Lifetime Achievement Award. She married Roy and had one daughter. BEARE. On 20 February 2018, Rhona MA (1954 Classics) Obituary on p. 132 BENNETT. In 2017, Rachel (Appleton) BA (1951 English) Rachel qualified as a teacher at Hughes Hall and subsequently taught and lectured in Pakistan and in several places in Britain, eventually settling in the North East. She married Ian and had two daughters and two sons. BENNETTS. In June 2017, Fenella Vera (Farrar) BA (1958 Music) Fenella loved her time at Girton and was always keen to hear how Music in College was faring. She composed the music for the School Song at her old school, Claremont Fan Court, where she also taught. She was a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, lecturing worldwide on spiritual solutions to world problems. BLACKABY. On 24 January 2018, Joy Elizabeth MA (1936 English) Joy trained as a teacher, then taught English in England before moving to Ceylon where she was a teacher for the Baptist Missionary Society and

eventually became Head Teacher. On her return to England she taught at the Caldecott Community and completed her career as Head of English and Junior School Head at Simon Langton Girls’ School, Canterbury. BRADDOCK. On 9 June 2017, Margaret May (Weale) MA (1943 Modern and Medieval Languages) Margaret left Wales for the first time to come to Girton. Her memories of College in wartime included fire-watching on the roof. She became part of the happy group scratching the blackout paint from the corridor windows when peace was declared. She married John (Christ’s) and had two daughters, one (Louise, 1968) a Girtonian, and later taught. BRADSHAW. On 10 December 2017, Brendan PhD, Director of Studies in History Brendan Bradshaw was a historian of early modern Ireland. A graduate of St Edmund’s and Life Fellow of Queens’, he directed studies in History at Girton in the 1970s. A Marist Father, he was one of very few Catholic priests in modern times to hold a teaching post in Cambridge. BRIGHT. On 4 October 2017, Margaret Elizabeth (Abel) MA MB BChir (1956 Natural Sciences) Meg did her clinical training at Guy’s Hospital and was a GP in Newmarket for over twenty years. A keen sportswoman (she was a lacrosse Blue and captained the University team), she completed seven London marathons after retirement. Meg and her husband Michael had three daughters and ten grandchildren.

BROWN. On 26 August 2017, Elizabeth (Lizzy) (Wolfson Court Staff) Lizzy was a cleaner at Wolfson Court from April 1997 to June 2004, February 2005 to November 2012 and then from August 2016 until her death. She was a warm, feisty and industrious colleague, fiercely loyal to her beloved family and friends and a supportive sister to housekeeper Sue Kelly. Her death was a great shock to all at Wolfson Court; she is much missed.

Margaret May Braddock

BURTON. On 15 October 2017, Kathleen Marguerite Passmore MA (1939 English) Kay taught at Newnham (where she was Director of Studies for Sylvia Plath), and later in life served as an HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools). She was keenly interested in nature and conservation. BUXTON. On 26 January 2018, Moira Jean (O’Brien) MA (1953 English) Girton remained an important part of Moira’s varied life. After graduating in English she trained in computer science and worked as a consultant. Later she specialised in and wrote about culinary history. She married John (Trinity) and had two sons and two daughters.

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CARRUTHERS. On 15 January 2017, Jennifer (Stevens) BA (1950 History) Jenny came to Girton in the same year as her future sister-in-law, Susan Grice. After working at the Department of Aerial Photography in Cambridge and the BBC, she taught English as a second language. She married William, with whom she had two daughters and a son.

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CHOJECKI. On 24 September 2017, Caroline Elizabeth (Rowett) BA (1940 Modern and Medieval Languages) Obituary on p. 133

Margaret Jane Clarke

CLARKE. On 24 October 2017, Margaret Jane (Heath) MA (1952 Geography) After her time at Girton, which was both academically distinguished and full of other activities, Jane did a PGCE and taught. She married Michael (St Catharine’s) and they emigrated to Australia, where they had two children and Jane taught at several universities. She later taught English to students and firemen. COLE. On 9 April 2017, Gwenhwyfar (Davies) MA MB BChir (1943 Natural Sciences) Gwen suffered the rigours of wartime rationing at Girton, where she won a Blue for hockey. She completed her medical training in London and practised as a hospital doctor before and after marrying John, with whom she had seven children, five of whom became doctors. She enjoyed walking, travelling abroad, gardening and birdwatching.


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DIGGLE. On 17 February 2018, Sedwell Mary (Chapman) MA (1959 Classics) Sedwell qualified in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and worked as a clinical psychologist in several hospitals and the University of Cambridge Counselling Service. She published articles on psychological work with handicapped children and adolescents, and for many years worked tirelessly for an over-sixties club in Cambridge. With her husband James, a Fellow of Queens’ College and University Orator from 1982 to 1993, she had three sons. DIKE. On 20 May 2015, Chinwe Maureen BA (1976 Law) Chinwe came to Girton from Wellesley College in Massachusetts as an affiliated student. She practised law in Boston and New York before a long career with the United Nations, for which she held responsible positions in Zimbabwe and Swaziland; she was ultimately Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative for Gambia.

COOPER. On 1 October 2017, Christine Eleanor (Parsons) MA (1962 Natural Sciences) After Girton, Christine did a PGCE at Hughes Hall, then taught in schools in London, Shrewsbury and Bradford. She married Winston and was a gifted oboist.

DRISCOLL. In 2017, Irene Joan (Hamey) MA PhD (1963 Modern and Medieval Languages) As an undergraduate Irene noted the extremely high quality of Girton French teaching. While working on her PhD thesis on the visual element in the poetry of Théophile Gautier, she had to escape the 1968 riots in Paris. She became a Fellow and Praelector of New Hall, then taught at the Universities of Warwick and London.

CUNNINGHAM. In March 2018, Shelagh Bronwen (O’Connor) BA (1950 Classics; 1952 English) Obituary on p. 135

FORDHAM. On 11 November 2017, Thalia Aubrey (Dyson) MA (1954 Law) Thalia and her husband Max had three children. She worked in advertising and market research,

and then for her husband’s company of consulting engineers. FOWERAKER. On 1 August 2017, Juliet MA MB BChir PhD (1974 Natural Sciences) Juliet gained a PhD in immunology but was ultimately drawn in to medical microbiology. As a Consultant Microbiologist at Papworth Hospital she managed general microbiology services while developing a first-class service for adult cystic fibrosis. She had many outdoor interests and completed three marathons. FREMANTLE. On 22 March 2018, Katharine Dorothy Honor BA (1938 English; 1940 Archaeology and Anthropology) Kay followed her sister Bride (1929) to Girton, where she won a University Blue for swimming. After war work at the Ministry of Information she studied Art History and gained a doctorate. She lived much of her life in the Netherlands. GANLY. On 11 November 2016, Sarah Anne MA (1977 Medical Sciences; 1979 Social and Political Sciences) Sarah was a much-loved friend, who combined assiduous study, rowing in the First Women’s Eight and a full enjoyment of life and friendship while at Girton. She is remembered as a fabulous raconteur, a caring companion, a respected GP and the heart of her family with husband Jonathan and their children Sam, Rachael, Katherine and Helena. GIBBON. In October or November 2017, Judith (Lelievre) MA (1961 Modern and Medieval Languages)

After qualifying as a teacher Judith taught English in Germany and England, and German in secondary schools, becoming Head of German at the Pilgrim School, Bedford. She married Richard and had a daughter and a son. GREGORY. On 20 August 2017, Mary MA (1952 Natural Sciences) Mary had a long career at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where she held many positions. She was a pioneer in bibliographic databases and on retirement she was elected an Honorary Research Fellow. She was awarded Kew’s William Aiton Medal for her work in organising and training volunteers. Mary was a prolific author and editor, specialising in systematic plant anatomy.

Sarah Anne Ganly

GRIEST. On 14 September 2016, Guinevere Lindley PhD (1954 English) A graduate of Cornell University, Guinevere came to Girton from the University of Chicago with a Fulbright Award to pursue doctoral work on the influence of Mudie’s Circulating Library on Victorian fiction. She worked for thirty years for the National Endowment for the Humanities, eventually leading the Research Division. GUILLEBAUD. On 24 December 2017, Philomena MA (1944 Economics) After studying at Girton, Philomena read Russian Studies at Columbia University in New York. In 1953 she joined the Secretariat of the United Nations, where she worked until 1986. Philomena retired to Cambridge, where she became interested in local history. She published five articles and one book, From Bats to Beds to Books (Fern House Publishing, 2012).

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GWILLIAM. On 10 April 2018, Pegi Lloyd (George) BA (1945 Mathematics) A native Welsh speaker, Pegi taught Mathematics in Swansea before marrying John (Trinity) and moving to Scotland where she became an expert seamstress. As John’s teaching career took them around Britain, Pegi taught and brought up their five children, including Catherine (1969) and Rhiannon, whose special needs Pegi supported devotedly. Pegi Lloyd Gwilliam

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HAMAKER. On 14 January 2018, Anthea (Church) BA (1951 Modern and Medieval Languages; 1952 Natural Sciences) After gaining a PGCE, Anthea taught in Uganda, Kenya, New South Wales, Britain and The Netherlands. She married Emanuel in Kampala (Uganda), and on 29 September 2016 they were congratulated by their Dutch home town, Sellingen, on sixty years of marriage. HEBBERT. On 28 November 2017, Shirley Moreen (Draycott) MA (1939 Natural Sciences) Shirley gained a Double First, which was followed by a research fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons. She married John and they moved several times while bringing up six children, including Antonia (1975). Intellectually curious all her life, Shirley pursued many charitable and cultural activities, establishing herself at the heart of each community. HERZOG. In 2018, Katherine (Bennett) MA (1944 English) Kay sprang from a family of Girtonians. She was the daughter of Joan (Fellow), sister of Elizabeth (1940) and of Margaret (Fellow and Librarian from 1973 to 1987), mother of Anne Udy

(1968) and grandmother of Elizabeth Penny (1995). She married first David Udy and then Bradford Herzog, with whom she lived in the USA and had a second daughter. She taught for some fifty years in England and the US. HODGSON. On 23 July 2017, Debra (Wolfson Court Staff) Debra’s connection with Girton stretched back to her teenage years when, with her sister and her mother, she worked casual shifts in the College Catering Department. In 2001 she was appointed Front of House Supervisor at Wolfson Court, where her cheerful friendliness was highly valued by colleagues, staff and students. Throughout her long illness, she was cared for, devotedly, by her partner, former Night Porter Steve Gordon. JACKSON. On 24 July 2017, Margaret (Hardisty) MA (1955 Natural Sciences) Margaret did a PGCE at Hughes Hall, and was appointed Head of Science at Roedean on graduation. For many years, she served as Head of Mathematics at Tormead School, Guildford. She had five children and eleven grandchildren. Her son Philip came up to Girton in 1982. JOLOWICZ. On 14 April 2018, Poppy (Stanley) MA (1947 Law; 1961 Director of Studies; 1964 Official Fellow and Secretary to Council; 1969 College Bursar; 1990 Life Fellow) Obituary on p. 136 LARCOMBE. On 2 November 2017, Audrey Elizabeth (Caple) MA (1944 History) Audrey loved Girton in spite of wartime restrictions and fondly remembered the History

set – reunited in 1998 for the fiftieth anniversary of women gaining full membership of the University – crowding around a single fire drinking cocoa. She married John Cannon and then Frank Larcombe (both Peterhouse) and had seven children. Having trained as a teacher in Cambridge, she taught in Kettering and St Albans. LONERGAN. On 15 March 2017, Rosemary A long-standing and generous donor to the Olga Taussky Fellowship and the Taussky-Todd Fund, Rosemary was the partner of the late Dr John Todd, an eminent mathematician, who was also a benefactor of Girton, and whose wife, Olga Taussky-Todd, was a Research Fellow at the College from 1934 to 1938. Rosemary studied at Wellesley College (class of 1944) and taught History at Westridge School, Pasadena, for over thirty years. She died in Pasadena at the age of 94.

Christian experience through the SCM. She later taught Greek, RE and English as a Foreign Language in Northern Ireland and England, and was a local preacher, for which her Greek New Testament was in constant use. MACAULAY. On 1 December 2017, Anne Barbara (Moat) MA (1950 Economics) Anne worked in farming, accountancy and taxation. She received a Diploma in Agricultural Science in 1954, and in 1979 she became an Associate of the Institution of Chartered Accountants. Anne married Edward and had a daughter and two sons. In 1959 her sister Jenny (Mrs Shaw) followed her to Girton. MACEY. On 29 October 2017, Mary (Denton, formerly Mrs Wilson) MA (1951 Geography) Mary taught in Malaysia and in several primary schools in Buckinghamshire before becoming Headmistress of New Denham County Primary School. With her first husband Christopher she had a daughter and two sons; she later married Len. She was a member of the group of 1951 Geographers who kept in touch.

LOVELL. On 11 August 2017, Ann Patricia Lascelles (Scott-Buccleuch) BA (Leeds) (1955 Modern and Medieval Languages) Ann was proud of her time as a research student at Girton, where she worked on the aesthetic of Théophile Gautier and was involved with the ADC. Cambridge gave her many of her closest friends and her husband Mark (Jesus), with whom she had four children. An accomplished author, Ann published novels, articles and short stories.

MANN. In 2018, Ruth (Grünblatt) MA (1946 Natural Sciences) Ruth did research in crystallography at Birkbeck College, University of London, and then taught science at several schools in London. She married Alfred and had two daughters; one, Deborah (Mrs Brice), came to Girton in 1976.

LYLE. 1 January 2017, Julia Rosalind (Day) BA (1942 Classics) Rosalind made lasting friendships at Girton, acted and wrote for the stage, and widened her

MAYES. On 25 October 2016, Doreen Mary (Law) MA (1948 Geography) Doreen did a PGCE at Hughes Hall and taught geography, becoming Head of Geography at St

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Margaret’s School, Bushey. She married Ronald (St Catharine’s) and they had three sons. MAYNE. On 14 October 2018, Jocelyn Mudie (Ferguson) MA (1952 History) Obituary on p. 138

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McKIE. On 23 August 2017, Christine Hilary (Kelsey) MA PhD (1949 Natural Sciences; 1953 Research Student; 1956 Bye-Fellow; 1958 Hertha Ayrton Research Fellow; 1960 College Lecturer; 1963 Official Fellow and Tutor; 1968 Praelector and Director of Studies in Physical Sciences; 1987 Vice-Mistress; 1989 Registrar of the Roll; 1998 Life Fellow) Obituary on p. 140 METCALFE. On 17 March 2017, Edith Marion (Davies) MA MB BChir (1939 Natural Sciences) After clinical training at King’s College Hospital, Marion worked in several hospitals including one in Belgrade, then lived and worked in Telford for 65 years, first as a GP and subsequently as a psychotherapist. She was tireless in supporting the local community and in helping others individually. She had four children. MOLINEUX. On 12 February 2018, Margaret Ann (Richardson) MA (1961 Geography) Ann and her husband Ian moved to the USA, where she taught cartography and gained a PhD in geology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she became Director of Museum Operations for the Nonvertebrate Paleontology Laboratory. She had a lasting interest in computer methods and technology, first for cartography and later for the curation of collections.


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MORLEY. On 1 November 2017, Audrey Marion (Edwards) MA (1949 Geography) Audrey trained for the Education branch of the Colonial Service in Nigeria, and taught in a Muslim girls’ school there, where she met her husband Roger. Returning to Britain, she taught Geography in several schools, later becoming Head of Department, as well as bringing up four children. NAMDARKHAN. On 13 June 2017, Shah Nawaz MA (1998 Law) After studying at Girton, Shah worked as a barrister in Mauritius, rising to the post of Principal State Counsel. He appeared in leading law cases and was involved in drafting key pieces of legislation. He served as Chairman of the Medical Tribunal, Chairman of the Board of Waqf (Islamic Trust) Commissioners and as legal counsel to the Commission of Inquiry on Drug Trafficking. OAKLEY. On 21 February 2017, Maureen (MacMahon) BA (1945 History) Maureen began her working life as a research assistant at the Cabinet Office. She married Gordon in 1952. O’RIORDAN. On 19 February 2017, Nora Judith BA (1942 History) A Scholar at Girton, Judith liked to recall wartime duties, blue windows in the corridors, minimal bath-water and no men except 17-yearolds and those invalided out of the services. She taught History and Scripture/Divinity and served as housemistress in several schools in Britain and South Africa, ending her career in Jersey.

OVERTON. On 15 December 2017, Jennifer Margaret May MA (1961 English) At Girton, Jenny produced a memorable sketch based on Milton’s Comus, and in later life wrote, produced, and directed the Peaslake Millennium Pageant. She worked as an industrial journalist, an editor of books for adults and children, a writer for children and on local history, and as a publisher. OWEN. In 2018, Edith Elizabeth MA (1942 English) After studying at Girton, Elizabeth qualified as a teacher in London and began her career at the Ladies’ College, St Peter Port, Guernsey. POTTEN. On 8 October 2017, Henry Charles MSt (1999 History) Henry followed his son Will (1993) to Girton, where he did a Master’s on Essex fishing in the fifteenth century. He later joined Essex University (part-time) where he began a PhD, later abandoned through ill health, on medieval fishing villages in the county. REES. On 2 March 2017, Catherine Mary Evans (Jones) MA MB BChir (1941 Natural Sciences) Mary worked in Manchester before moving to Neath General Hospital where she met John; they had three children. They worked together as GPs in Glyn Neath and then as County Medical Officers in Pembrokeshire, where Mary specialised in paediatric child health. Mary loved music, gardening and sailing, and was a Divisional Commissioner in the Girl Guides. REISZ. On 23 September 2017, Elizabeth Anne MA (1961 Classics) Lisi’s many positions of responsibility included serving as Assistant Director of Planning

(Management Services) at Mid-Surrey Health Authority, as the first woman member of the Regional Committee of Institute of Management Services, and as LUGmaster and meetingsarranger of Portsmouth Linux User Group. In addition she taught, and brought up her son Andrew (Hoddinott, 1988). ROSS. On 4 April 2017, Alice Margaret (Wilkinson) MA (1955 Natural Sciences) Margaret made wonderful friends and enjoyed a superb social life while at Girton. She married Neil (Pembroke) in 1960 and had two sons and a daughter. She was President of the Burnaston Women’s Institute, created the Millennium Exhibition that celebrated the history of Burnaston, and served for a period as Chair of the Burnaston Parish Council. RUSSELL. On 28 April 2017, Bridget Mary Barclay MA (1953 History) Bridget attended Clapham and Streatham Hill Training College before coming to Girton. She began her working life as an Assistant Mistress at Colchester County High School for Girls. Bridget was also interested in political activism and archaeology.

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SIMES. On 13 November 2017, Doreen Marjorie (Tylecote) MA (1938 Natural Sciences) Doreen had fond memories of her time at Girton during the War. She married Richard and had one daughter, Lois. Doreen had a career in social services, her first appointment being as Welfare Officer (Field Service) for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration assembly centres for displaced people in Germany.

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SIMMONDS. On 29 January 2018, Constance Emma (Dorer) BA (1931 Modern and Medieval Languages) Emma gained an MA in Russian from the University of London and taught languages, including English, to Russian Embassy staff in London. In Cambridge she joined the Communist Party and met some of the future Cambridge spy group whom she described as ‘rich Communists’, while she was a ‘poor Communist’. She travelled extensively and had a wide circle of friends. SIMMONS. On 23 April 2018, Doreen Sylvia (Clarke) MA (1950 Classics; 1952 Theology and Religious Studies) Obituary on p. 142

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SMART. On 17 May 2017, Ruth (Armstrong) BA PhD (1951 Mathematics) After Girton, Ruth moved to Perth to lecture at the University of Western Australia, and then to Cape Town where, once her two children started school, she joined the University of Cape Town, remaining until retirement. She was loved by students for her patience and teaching style. Her hobbies ranged from succulents, knitting, and silversmithing, to helping toads across the road in the mating season. SMITH. On 2 February 2018, Ellen (Veldhuyzen) BA MB BChir (1944 Natural Sciences) Ellen completed her medical training in London and moved with her first husband, Dick Watkinson, to Hereford where she brought up two children while working as a dermatologist. She later married Phil (Selwyn) and continued to work in Birmingham. In retirement on the Isle of

Man she gardened and was Secretary of the local Cambridge Society. SMITHER. On 11 November 2016, Audrey (Brooks) BA (1941 Geography) Audrey followed her sister Katharine (1937) to Girton. She began her working life as a cartographer for the Department of Health for Scotland, a connection with health services which continued all her life. She served for a period as a Director of Rethink Disability Ltd and volunteered for many years for the Suffolk Hearing Support Scheme. SPRING. On 28 May 2018, Peter (Maintenance Department) Obituary on p. 144 STEAD. In 2018, Doris Elizabeth (Odom) MusB (1944 Music) After graduating from Girton, Elizabeth took an ARCM from the Royal College of Music and taught music in Scarborough, Runton, Bromley and Oxford. She later became an Examiner to the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Elizabeth married The Revd Professor Christopher Stead (King’s) in 1958, and they had two sons and one daughter. STONE. On 17 March 2018, Christine MA (1959 Physics) Obituary on p. 145 SUMMERS. On 12 January 2017, Isobel Margaret Rosemary (Roughton) MA MB BChir (1949 Archaeology and Anthropology; 1968 Anatomy and Physiology) Born in Cambridge into a family of doctors and academics, Rosemary began her career with

anthropological research in Leeds and California, then qualified in Medicine and practised as a GP in Cambridge. A mother of three, she made her home a haven for many who needed advice or sought communal living. THOMPSON. On 24 January 2018, Kimberly O’Dawn BA (1980 Economics; 1983 Social and Political Sciences) An American much travelled when she arrived at Girton, Kimberly went on to study Law at William and Mary College in Virginia. Upon graduation she moved to Dallas, Texas, and began her career as an attorney practising complex commercial litigation. She remained there, enjoying travelling, music, reading, theatre and many lasting friendships. THURSTON. On 16 March 2017, June Phyllis MA (1952 Tucker-Price Research Fellow) June received her BSc and PhD from King’s College London. At Girton, she worked on the parasite Plasmodium berghei and the metabolism of trypanosomes. She went on to lecture in Zoology and Biology at various institutions including the University of Edinburgh, Makerere University College, Kampala, and the University of Strathclyde. June published numerous research papers in scientific periodicals about pharmacology, chemotherapy and parasitology. TONG. On 15 December 2017, Janet Mary (Creasey) BA (1957 Natural Sciences) Janet qualified as a teacher at Hughes Hall and taught Chemistry, mainly at St Albans Girls’ School and Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls. She and Brian (St John’s) enjoyed holidays in Europe, initially with their two daughters, later by

themselves. Their travels, including to Iceland and Antarctica, continued into retirement. TOOHEY. On 8 January 2017, Joyce (Zinkin) MA (1935 English; 1937 History) Joyce studied Business Administration at LSE and later at Harvard. After working briefly in the family firm she joined the Civil Service, rising from the position of Assistant Principal in the Ministry of Supply, through a post in the Ministry of Works, to Under-Secretary in the Department of the Environment. With her husband Monty, a doctor, she had two daughters.

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TRUSTED. On 13 April 2017, Jennifer Lesley (Turner) MA (1943 Natural Sciences) Jennifer grew up at Girton Corner. She married Hugh (Trinity Hall) and moved to Exeter where Hugh became a GP. They had three children. Jennifer taught Science at Exeter Technical College, and later did an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in Philosophy of Science. She taught for the Open University, wrote several books on philosophy and travelled widely. TURNER-WARWICK. On 21 August 2017, Margaret Elizabeth (Moore) (1993 Honorary Fellow) Obituary on p. 147 WALSH. On 10 April 2017, Margaret Elizabeth (Metcalf) BA (1961 Economics) Margaret started her career as a Research Assistant at Stanford University, USA. She then moved back to the UK and qualified as a teacher at the University of Reading. Later in life she worked parttime as a debt counsellor. She married Robin in 1964.

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WARBURG. On 11 January 2017, Margery Evelyn (Hawker) MA (1942 Natural Sciences) At Girton, Margery was involved in the Girl Guide movement and was a skipper of the Cambridge Sea Rangers Crew on the S R S Versatile. She started her career as a research chemist for Pest Control Ltd in Harston. She married James in 1946, and they had one son and one daughter.

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WARNER. In February 2017, Michael William MA (1985 Archaeology and Anthropology) Mike belonged to the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy, now at SOAS, University of London, first as a PhD student, when CeDEP was based at Wye College, and later as tutor, dissertation supervisor and examiner. His interests ranged broadly across the fields of development studies and economics, and he was noted for his kindness, warmth and enthusiasm. WATTERS. On 20 September 2016, Shirley Margaret (Young) MA (1952 English) Shirley had a long teaching career in English, including a period as Head of English at Farlington School. She married Reggie, also a teacher, in 1958, and they had three daughters and one son. Shirley had an interest in gardening, and served as Honorary Secretary and devoted member of the Friends of Coleridge for more than 20 years. WILLIAMS. On 19 January 2018, Richard John MA (1983 Archaeology and Anthropology) Richard started his career at Andersen Consulting (later Accenture) and continued in management consultancy throughout his life,


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finishing his career in Chicago. He had two sons and a daughter. His hobbies included cycling and socialising with friends. WILLIAMS. On 24 October 2017, Rosalind Mary (Taylor) MA (1966 Modern and Medieval Languages) After Girton, Rosie completed a PhD at St Andrews on the language and lore of Brazilian schoolchildren. With her husband Paul she taught Spanish at Winchester College, soon enjoying a reputation for excellence. Classes regularly took place in the family kitchen and included tapas-making. A mother of three, Rosie was surrogate mother to over sixty students annually; she was also an accomplished artist. WINTERTON. On 3 August 2017, Patricia Mary Campbell MA (1951 Economics) Pat enjoyed the freedom to study when, where and what she wanted while at Girton. After graduating, she had a very distinguished career in the Civil Service, receiving a CBE in the 1991 New Year’s Honours List (Civil Division). Pat also held many positions in the charity and voluntary-services sectors, including Honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Weavers, member of the Livery of the Worshipful Company of Glovers and Freeman of the City of London. WYATT. On 25 August 2017, Elma Priscilla BA MB BChir (1951 Natural Sciences) Elma loved the opportunities to engage with people from other disciplines and Colleges while at Girton. After graduating, she did her clinical training at St Mary’s Hospital, London,

later becoming a GP in Dorchester. Elma enjoyed walking and had interests in history and history of art. ZAFAR. On 17 June 2017, Manzur Fatima (Husain) BA (1955 Mathematics; 1958 History) Brought up in pre-partition India in a family dedicated to public service, Manzur became an educational legend in Pakistan. After Girton she taught Mathematics at schools and colleges in Pakistan and the United States, and later volunteered as an English teacher. She married Zafar Iqbal Chaudry and had one daughter. n

We have recently been informed of the following deaths: • GREEN. On 27 March 2018, Joyce (Evans) MA (1940 Natural Sciences) • O’DRISCOLL. In January 2018, Philippa Mary (Thrower) MA (1973 Modern and Medieval Languages) • SHEARD. In 2015, Kay Michelle (Wheildon) MA (1991 Oriental Studies) • STOCKS. On 11 May 2018, Beatrice Rose (Martin) MA (1958 Theology and Religious Studies) Notices will appear in the 2019 edition of The Year.

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Obituaries RHONA BEARE (1935 –2018) My sister, Rhona Beare (Classics 1954), was a oneoff. Her talents were many: academic and artistic, not just drawing and painting, but embroidery, tapestry and knitting, and even a mysterious form of weaving called sprang, which dates from the Bronze Age. Knitting enabled her to study a fragment of an ancient Roman sock and work out the type of stitches the Romans used. The archaeologists who had found the sock were all men and made false assumptions about the technique. Only one man had the necessary skill, Monsignor Richard Rutt, the so-called Knitting Bishop, who used to correspond with Rhona on the subject. Rhona’s brain must surely have been several times the normal size. She could read Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, French and German, knitting of course at the same time. She decrypted a code used by a messenger of Queen Elizabeth I, this code requiring knowledge of the Greek alphabet and Norman French. Had Rhona lived a little earlier, she would have been a brilliant asset to the codebreakers in Bletchley Park. After Girton, Rhona studied for a PhD in Classics at the University of Exeter. She also took up medieval history, publishing articles on curiosities such as the barnacle goose (once believed to grow, like barnacles, on trees). During her time at Exeter she entered into lively correspondence with J R R Tolkien; some of these letters, dating from the 1950s, were later published in full. She wrote articles on Tolkien and Charles Williams for the journal Mythlore, brought out a booklet on The Silmarillion and translated Tolkien’s Songs for the


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Philologists from the original Gothic and Old English. Most of her working life was spent in New South Wales, where she lectured in the University of Newcastle. Here she made many lasting friendships. Every Christmas she would fly home to escape the heat of the Australian summer, and stay long enough to enjoy the early English spring, her favourite season. Of course, Rhona’s greatest joy was reading books. Learned books, reference books, books about travel, and above all detective stories – she devoured them all and remembered many of them almost word for word. She liked to visit the places mentioned by her favourite authors: once we took a train to the Tower of London just to see the

precise turret from which some villain is said to have shot his victim; another time we searched for a wild flower inside which could be seen the word ‘Alas!’ in Greek, commemorating the death of the Greek hero Ajax. The cinema and the television were of no interest to her. Stories had to be in books. When we met in Oxford a few years ago for an Inspector Morse tour, we had to design our own, because the official tour was entirely based on the TV series, not on the Colin Dexter originals. Not that it mattered, as Rhona’s own tour was just as good. Rhona was kind-hearted, generous and easy to please. If you took her out for the day, she would say it was the best day she had ever spent; if you brought her a home-made cake, she would cut it immediately and say it was delicious. The only thing she would not tolerate was sloppy thinking or a false assertion: she would spring from her chair and rush to consult the necessary reference book to track down the truth. My sister knew the importance of seizing the day. She loved going for walks across the Downs, and finding wildflowers in the hedgerows; she had loved the Flower Fairy books as a child, and frequently sketched her own fairies. When in her last months Rhona moved to Ashbourne House on the outskirts of Bristol, she asked me to bring her Dante’s Divine Comedy in the original Italian, and the New Testament in Greek, because the text was clearer. She died on 20 February, aged 82. The woodlands of her beloved Avon will be a beautiful resting place for her. Nancy Gregory

CAROLINE ELIZABETH CHOJECKI (1920–2017) ‘I want to go to Girton,’ wrote Caroline Rowett to her mother in 1938. Aged 17, she was spending the summer with relatives in France to enhance her language skills, and although she had at one time planned to go to art school, she was now determined to study Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge. Her sister Helen was an alumna of Girton (1935 Natural Sciences), and Caroline was keen to follow in her footsteps. Born in London in 1920, Caroline was the daughter of John Quiller Rowett, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who financed Shackleton’s final Antarctic expedition and co-founded the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen. When Caroline was four, however, her father took his own life following the dramatic collapse of his fortunes, leaving a disabled wife – Caroline’s mother’s leg was amputated in 1916 – and three small children. Homes in London and Sussex were sold to clear business debts and the family moved to Helensburgh, to be closer to Mrs Rowett’s family in Glasgow. Caroline attended St Bride’s School, where she was sporty and artistic, with a flair for poetry. In March 1939, after her Cambridge entrance exams, Caroline returned to France where she continued her studies in French and soon became proficient in German and Italian. She made it back to England in late August, a matter of days before the outbreak of World War II, and with a scarcity of linguists in wartime Cambridge, Caroline recalled being ‘taught Italian by a classicist’. Throughout her undergraduate years she looked after her mother, who moved to

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Cambridge from Scotland in 1939, setting up home first on Park Parade, and later on Fen Causeway. Caroline completed her degree in 1942 and was drafted to serve in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. Before she could join up, however, she was interviewed by Frank Birch and recruited into the Naval Service (Hut 4) at Bletchley Park. Working as an analyst alongside Harry Hinsley (later Master of St John’s College), she had the task of interpreting translated, decoded ciphers and a myriad of other information, with the aim of turning out quality intelligence. Her special field was U-boat operations. In 1943, she developed an innovative card-index system for a database comprising a vast array of information, ranging from precise details of individual submarines to profiles of U-boat commanders. At the request of the Admiralty her card index was duplicated in London, and Caroline made several trips a week into the city, where she maintained the copy by hand. After VE day, she and a handful of others were transferred to London to write up the Naval Section’s activities and archive their documents; Hinsley invited her to join his team writing up the five-volume British Intelligence in the Second World War, but she declined the offer. In the mid 1970s, Caroline became a key member of the Soviet Studies Research Centre (SSRC) at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (RMAS). SSRC had been formed in 1973 to analyse the Soviet military threat, and Caroline was introduced to the team by her husband, Zygmunt Chojecki, a lecturer in Modern Languages at RMAS who also assisted with Russian translation at SSRC. Caroline drew on her wartime experience, and in particular on her Bletchley indexing system, to pioneer a computerised database which was central to the


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unit’s operation and would later be copied internationally. The SSRC had no inkling of Caroline’s past at Bletchley until years later, when the story of the Government Code and Cypher School became public (close friends and neighbours heard about her work in Hut 4 for the first time at her funeral). Caroline was awarded the MBE in 1986 and continued to work at SSRC as a Ministry of Defence employee until 1992. Infuriatingly modest, she rejected praise, insisting she deserved no credit because she ‘didn’t bleed’ in the service of her country. As well as pursuing two separate service careers, looking after her disabled mother and caring for a war-wounded husband, Caroline had the reserves of love and strength to make a happy home for her and Zygmunt’s three children. She and ‘Zyg’ extended unconditional care and hospitality to their large network of family and friends. Their home in South Oxfordshire was a treasured destination for many, a place to unburden without being judged, and Caroline carried on this tradition long after Zyg’s death in 1983. She died, peacefully, among family on 24 September 2017. Jan Chojecki

BRONWEN CUNNINGHAM (1932– 2018) Shelagh Bronwen O’Connor, always known as Bronnie, came up to Girton in 1950 to read Classics and changed to English in her third year. Like many of her generation she did a bit of everything on going down. She worked for a year

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or two in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington before coming home to an improbable job marketing for Gossard’s, the lingerie manufacturer. She also worked for a while in a cigarette factory. Perhaps she’d have stayed in America if she hadn’t met Sandy Cunningham at Cambridge. They married in 1957, and when it became clear that his emphysema was made worse by living in London, they moved to the country, where Sandy painted and Bronnie embarked on a life of exceptional productivity. First, there were their three sons, Patrick, Andrew and Euan. Bronnie taught English for a time in the local comprehensive school, and she wrote a clutch of enchanting books for children, most of them published by Puffin and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Her Puffin Joke Book (1974) and her Funny Business (1978) are remembered with delight by readers now approaching their sixties. In 1987 she collaborated with her friend Jocasta Innes (1952 MML) on Eatability, and in 1992, she produced The Budget Guide to Italy. During the last twenty or so years of her life she turned to a wonderfully characteristic craft, the creating of exquisite scarves and coats out of silk patchwork; and in the process of finding markets for her products she started an annual summer craft fair in her house and garden, which grew exponentially to become a major local event. Bronnie died of cancer in March of this year, and it seems right to mention that she was buried in her own garden and that her funeral was a memorable occasion that paid homage to a life of intelligence, charm and stoicism. Jane Miller


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POPPY JOLOWICZ (1928–2018) Mrs J A Jolowicz (the form she insisted on) or Mrs J, as Girton’s influential Bursar was affectionately known by her staff, first came to Girton in 1947 to read Law. As an undergraduate, Poppy Stanley successfully combined her Tripos with sport and other activities; she gained a tennis blue, a halfblue in squash, and a Class I in Law Part II (1950). After success in the LLB (1951), she was called to the Bar (1952) by Gray’s Inn and practised in Chambers in London, where she developed a specialism in Trusts. A post lecturing at the LSE followed, and in 1957 she married Trinity Fellow Tony Jolowicz, then a Lecturer and later Professor of Comparative Law at Cambridge. For Poppy, husband and children – Kate, Sophie and Nat (who sadly predeceased her) – and, later, grandchildren were central to her life. In 1961 Poppy returned to Girton as Director of Studies in Law, then a small but flourishing subject. Holding that post until 1969, she showed herself adept at picking winners for the College, including (in 1963) our current Visitor, Baroness Hale. In 1964 she was elected a Fellow when she succeeded K M Peace as Secretary to the Council, a post she held until her retirement in 1990. In 1969, in troubled times for the College, she was appointed Bursar (she had previously shared this position, in an acting role, with Janet Harker). From 1968 to 1970, with her accustomed imagination and flair, Poppy successfully oversaw the centenary appeal which resulted in the building of Wolfson Court. The Law Reading Room there was given her name. It was also on her watch that a later extension to Wolfson Court came about. Beyond College, her acumen was

recognised when in 1976 she was appointed a director of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. As Secretary/Bursar, Poppy kept a firm control over both Council business and College finances. College Statutes and Ordinances were strictly adhered to; copies were provided for all Fellows immediately on election. Her Council minutes were brief and to the point, reportedly dictated in the bath to a tape-recorder; less important papers were relegated to a box-file. Her influence over procedure and her sang-froid may be illustrated by the occasion when an urgent telephone call interrupted a Council meeting: an IRA bomb had reportedly been planted in a Cambridge college. ‘What, Bursar’, Professor Bradbrook asked, ‘do you suggest that we do?’ Looking first under the table to check that nothing was amiss, Poppy simply responded: ‘We are fully insured, Mistress. I suggest that we carry on’. As Bursar, Poppy oversaw a good period in College finances. Members of the Investment Committee were carefully chosen; Trinity connections served to Girton’s advantage. These were the ‘old ways’ of running things, before the advent of management-speak, ‘transparency’ or regular budgets, but Poppy was endowed with vision and her standards were high. Her modus operandi depended on trust, on straight and open discussion in which well-argued disagreement earned respect. Above all, she had a deep sense of the academic mission of the College, a commitment to learning and research. She carefully guarded funds for Research Fellowships and was

concerned to ensure that donors’ names remained attached to their endowments. The College was run like a personal domain. We knew to switch off the lights; the heating was turned on only when absolutely necessary, an open window was anathema: ‘We don’t need to heat the whole village’. She herself was meticulous on

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rules governing College remuneration: Secretary to the Council and Bursar were indeed two separate posts but a single salary was all she should take. In such an atmosphere others would not complain of their pay. Above all, it is Poppy the individual we shall remember: the Bursar seated in her chair by the window in the Combination Room after lunch (which she rarely ate), her bold (near-illegible) handwriting, frank comments and E-type Jag, ferociously driven. The elegant barrister in a stunning hat, who in April 1972 represented the College at the official enquiry into the proposed route for the M11 and northern bypass, left an indelible impression. At the Christmas party for staff and pensioners, in her red leather hat she would serve the turkey with gusto. Indeed, she claimed to care for the College staff more than she did for the Fellows. It is not just staff, however, who have reason to recall her care. Her vivid personality, her plain speaking and lack of tact are unforgettable. We respected Poppy Jolowicz; we miss her style and panache.

JOCELYN MAYNE (1933–2017)

At Cambridge Jocelyn was active behind the scenes in the acting world, particularly with the Cambridge Mummers. On graduating, she entered the BBC as a studio manager and was quickly promoted. She was a producer on the Today programme and, later, on The Critics, where she met her husband Richard Mayne, a distinguished writer and civil servant. Jocelyn was also involved with BBC children’s television programmes such as Blue Peter and Play School. When her daughters, Zoe and Alice, were born, she threw herself energetically into motherhood and was much involved with the London Suzuki Group. In 1986, having returned to work at the BBC, Jocelyn founded the Radio Guild, set up to teach UK and overseas students the art of making radio programmes; she subsequently travelled all over the world with the Overseas Development Agency. It was Jocelyn’s job to instil the BBC’s high standards of unbiased reporting in the developing world; most notably, she was posted to Tanzania as the country prepared for its first free elections.

‘As true Girtonians,’ Jocelyn wrote as Chair of the newly formed London Girton Association in 1998, ‘we tend to remain curious, energetic and creative’. Born Jocelyn Ferguson in 1933, she was herself the epitome of such qualities. Her curiosity sprang, perhaps, from an early childhood spent travelling with her family,

In 1993, forty years after going up to Girton, Jocelyn turned her attention back towards College and became, with five other OGs of similar vintage, a leading light in The Obedient Ears. Taking its name from a Confucian poem in which the poet extols ‘three-score, “the time of obedient ears”’, the original group included Janet

Dorothy J. Thompson (Walbank 1958), with much help from several other Fellows


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including a year in Persia. On returning to London, where her father was CEO of Lloyd’s Register, Jocelyn attended North London Collegiate School and was elected Head Girl. She came up to Girton to read History in 1952, when Dr Jean Lindsay was Director of Studies.

Donald (Blood), Susan Marsden (Smedley), Elizabeth Oliver-Bellasis, Julia Roskill (Cooke) and Susan Whitaker (Babington). An outdoor lunch party was held in Jocelyn’s shady garden near Regent’s Park, an opportunity for the founding members to invite all the friends they had kept up with, as well as Cambridge people they had met since graduating. Lost friendships were renewed and new bonds created. Jocelyn wrote for the Girton Newsletter: ‘Approaching retirement, we compared our experiences and blessed Girton for the opportunities and lifelong friendships it gave us.’

scheme. Jocelyn instilled in the LGA all her own curiosity, energy and creativity, and the result was an eclectic and evolving programme of activities. During her long and happy marriage, Richard, a Trinity man, joined in all Girtonian events, and he was much missed by the LGA community when he died in 2009. Jocelyn was very proud of the LGA, which honours her as its founding Chair. Her vision, whatever the project, was clear and inspirational, and she never doubted that means to achieve the vision would be found. Her warmth and

From there, it was an easy step in 1996 for The Obedient Ears to involve themselves, with supporters, in the Girton Adopt-a-Room Campaign (‘a room of one’s own’ being an essential part of College life). Together, they drafted an appeal to the three hundred OGs who matriculated with them. ‘Fund-raising’, in Jocelyn’s phrase, ‘became friend-raising’, and a sum of £22,000 was found for rooms on E Corridor, Chapel Wing. Around the same time, the London Girton Association was created. A constitution was borrowed from the Oxford Girtonians, and the committee met regularly at the Institute of Architects near Jocelyn’s work-place at Broadcasting House. From the outset, the LGA’s dual purpose was to be a network for Girtonians living in London and to donate funds, raised from subscriptions and social events, to the College. Under Jocelyn’s leadership, the LGA went on to establish an annual Music Scholarship; some twenty young Girton musicians have, to date, been helped by the

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enthusiasm, as well as her courage in the face of disability caused by a stroke in her final years, endeared her to her many friends. We miss her now, but are heartened by her legacy – both to us personally and to Girton. Julia Roskill (Cooke; 1952 History), with contributions from Ann Carey (Patrick; 1952 Geography)

CHRISTINE HILARY McKIE (1931–2017) Christine Kelsey was born in Cornwall, went to school in Chelmsford, and entered Girton College as an undergraduate in 1949 to read Physics and Chemistry for the Natural Sciences Tripos. After acquiring a rowing Blue, in 1952, and graduating in 1953, she embarked on a PhD, studying the structure of tobermorite; she had begun a lifetime’s work in crystallography. Apart from one year as a post-doctoral Fellow at the Division of Pure Physics of the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, Christine pursued her career in Cambridge. She returned to Girton as a Research Fellow in 1958, and became a College Lecturer in 1960 and an Official Fellow in 1963. She was also appointed to a University Demonstratorship in Mineralogy and Petrology in 1958, and to a Lectureship in the same Department in 1963. The Department was incorporated into the larger Department of Earth Sciences in 1980, and Christine remained there until her retirement in 1998. In College, she held many different offices: Director of Studies in Physical Sciences, Tutor, Praelector, Registrar of the Roll, and Vice-Mistress, so that she had both a wide


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and a deep knowledge of College matters and very strong loyalty to the institution. For many years she presided over Girton’s rather idiosyncratic High Table Book Club; she was also very knowledgeable about wine, chaired the College Wine Committee, and was never without her little pocket-guide to vintages so that she could advise anyone choosing wines for a College dinner. On retirement, she was elected to a Life Fellowship. Christine’s husband Duncan, whom she married in 1968, was a fellow crystallographer and a Fellow of Jesus. Together they wrote a book called Crystalline Solids (familiarly known as McKie and McKie), published in 1974, which remains recommended reading for undergraduates studying crystallography in Cambridge and elsewhere. Another joint work, Essentials of Crystallography, followed in 1986. Christine’s positions as Tutor, and later as Praelector, brought her into contact with University administration, and this contact became closer when, in 1969, she was the first woman to be nominated by the women’s colleges to the position of Pro-Proctor, serving two stints, with a spell as Deputy Proctor along the way. Her duties included attendance at the demonstration against the Greek regime at the Garden House Hotel in February 1970 (where fortunately she escaped injury, unlike another member of the proctorial team), and preparing statements, framed in scrupulously impartial terms, for the University in connection with the subsequent legal proceedings, which culminated in the sentencing of several undergraduates to prison or Borstal custody.

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One of Christine’s greatest qualities was her willingness to accept College decisions without complaint, even if she disagreed with them. She was unenthusiastic about the decision to admit men in the 1970s, but she never said ‘I told you so’ when the College became a considerably noisier place, with more damage to the buildings and quite a lot more beer consumed in the bar. She quickly became as adept at selecting male candidates for Physical Sciences as she had long been at admitting women, and cared for them, as Director of Studies, as patiently, fairly and firmly as she had always done with her women students. She was generous with help to both students and colleagues, and many Fellows recall with gratitude her welcome when they rather nervously attended their first High Table meals. Christine had other interests, outside crystallography and outside College. At their home at Wellington House in Oakington, an elegant setting for their fine collection of landscape paintings, she and Duncan made a beautiful garden, and when after Duncan’s death she moved to an old house next to the Oakington churchyard, she oversaw the making of another fine garden. She also loved birdwatching and walking, particularly around Achiltibuie, a remote corner of north-west Scotland. Sadly, Christine’s short-term memory deteriorated in her last years, though her memory of the further past remained clear. Thanks to help from a number of kind and patient carers, and the watchful eye of her brother Julian and his wife, she was able to

remain in her own home until she died. She is remembered with affection by her former colleagues and students. Gillian Jondorf and Cherry Hopkins, Life Fellows

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DOREEN SIMMONS (1932 –2018) Doreen Simmons (née Clarke) passed away quietly on St George’s Day, 2018, in the cosy Tokyo flat which had been her home for several decades. In keeping with her eccentric character, she had chosen it because it overlooked a famous sumo ‘stable’. It was filled with sumo-related paraphernalia, but Cambridge was not forgotten: on the bookshelves were the Latin and Greek classics she described as her treasures. ‘Every so often, I take out a book of poetry or prose and enjoy reading,’ she said during a 1985 magazine


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interview, before reciting passages from Medea to the bemused Japanese interviewer. It would seem an unlikely scenario for a Nottingham girl who had eagerly kept cricket statistics at Trent Bridge and read Classics and Theology at Girton to end up as a sumo expert renowned for the depth of her inside knowledge of an essentially male world. But Doreen was a one-of-a-kind woman. After a spell of tedious Latin teaching in the UK, she headed to Singapore, where she found

happiness: ’I was a born overseas Brit!’ She met Bob Simmons, a former squadron leader and Presbyterian church elder, and they married in 1967. During a globe-trotting adventure, they spent time in Japan, where her interest in the ancient sport of sumo was sparked. She was intrigued by the history, ritual and psychological depth of the sport, but also by its gruelling training. That interest remained, and on the couple’s return to London, Doreen had already decided to move to Tokyo. Mr Simmons had other ideas, and eventually they divorced, although she always insisted on being called ‘Mrs Simmons’, not ‘Ms’. And so Doreen began the amazing second half of her life, living alone in the ‘heartland of sumo’, a place where she felt she truly belonged. She started writing and lecturing on sumo and guiding foreign and Japanese reporters and TV crews. As an official Dewanoumi stable supporter, she personally knew many of the wrestlers, referees, announcers and hairdressers right through their careers. They respected her interest and devotion, and she was seen as an ‘auntie’ (her own term) by the young wrestlers. In her eyes, sumo was not so much a sport as a rich cultural phenomenon, constantly thrilling and stimulating. Her commentaries, which began on NHK (Japan’s public broadcaster) in the 1990s, were treasured for her remarks on sumo trivia; she knew the costume-designs and colours specific to referees of every rank. She was also a stickler for pointing out the protocols of sumo, never afraid to turn on her Latin schoolmistress voice: ‘In the stadium, you should behave yourself... A lot of spectators make a mistake in leaving litter and lolling around. This will NOT

do!’ And in November 2017, to her considerable surprise, she received the Order of the Rising Sun, an outstanding and rare Japanese Government award, for her services to sumo. Although her life in Japan centred around sumo, Doreen was a multi-talented woman who was constantly on the go, active in many fields, living her life to the full right up to the end. Despite her increasing fragility, she had even managed to do her regular sumo commentary for the March 2018 Tournament. In her later years she was often likened to Miss Marple, an image of which she approved; she even performed as the detective in audio-book recordings. She was small and bird-like, sociable and fun-loving, though to some she could be a tad daunting. Sharp as a needle and fascinated by ancient cultures and languages, she would not suffer fools – or imprecise language – gladly; nor was she afraid of saying exactly what she thought. She was willing to try almost anything once, including bungee jumping and a voyage to Antarctica in her late sixties. She even acquired a ‘neat little tattoo’ while engaged in charity construction work in Mongolia in her seventies. Her wide interests were represented by the congregation that packed her June memorial service at the Tokyo church she had loved and to which she contributed in various ways: the current head of the Dewanoumi stable, a former top wrestler; members of the NHK TV bilingual sumo team; the church community which, besides the sumo boys, formed perhaps her closest ‘family’; musicians with whom she played the bodhrán and spoons in Tokyo’s Irish pubs; the British Embassy madrigal group, in which she was both performer and coach; university professors she taught with, and former students;

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dictionary editors she contacted to point out errors; tea ceremony friends (she was a qualified tea teacher); fellow actors, actresses and recording artists; representatives of various professional societies and women’s associations; Japanese government officials; and representatives of the Foreign Press Center and National Diet Library who valued her advice and her skill in rewriting speeches. Representing her family was her cousin Nikki Moore, who talked about her fond memories of ‘Auntie Dorin’, the pronunciation Doreen had always insisted we should use. I’m sure Mrs Simmons would have been amused by her Daily Telegraph obituary, with a charming picture of her laughing, surrounded by smiling giants. It described her as ‘the most extraordinary commentator you have never heard of’. Well, countless sumo fans around the world were familiar with her name and her voice, and regarded her as a friend and mentor. Her energy, enthusiasm, passion and compassion continue to be an example to all of us who knew her. Stuart Varnam-Atkin

PETER SPRING (1944 – 2018) For over twenty-five years, Fellows and staff could be greeted by ‘Peter the Painter’ in almost any corner of the College. Over the decades he must have painted every surface, and many of the more heavily used areas very many times, so that he became a particularly well-known figure and a good friend to many. He did not need to refer to any list to tell you the colour of a room,


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and in his Woodlands basement he could immediately lay his hands on a tin waiting for the inevitable re-coat. To have Peter painting in or near your room was a double delight: he was great, if laconic, company, and the exquisitely high quality of his work was a lasting pleasure. Since his retirement, the Tower pine entrance doors have not had the same loving attention. Peter was a Girton boy through and through: a staunch member of the village tug-of-war team in his youth, he worked first for a local builder and then for the Chivers jam factory, close by in Histon. When the College Steward, Margaret Hennessey,

was expanding her Maintenance team, he was an obvious choice, as he was one of those talented craftsmen who could turn his hand to any building or mechanical job. His children had toys and furniture made and repaired by him, and there was never any need for the family car, mowers or other machinery to be taken to an ‘expert’. Although very active, he was not blessed with particularly good health. Heart problems began before he was fifty and recurred at regular intervals. However, they did not stop him enjoying his family and all their activities – notably, chilly swimming on seaside holidays – as well as a range of hobbies, chief amongst which was building and flying, with a group of local friends, immaculate replica military aircraft. He was hard hit by the break-up of his marriage, and his friendships in College were an important solace at that time. However, meeting a new partner, Maureen, led to his obtaining his first passport and to the discovery that swimming was much nicer in the Aegean. His later years were full of travel – always to the sun. Peter Sparks, Life Fellow

CHRISTINE STONE (1942 – 2018) Christine came up to Girton in 1959 to read Natural Sciences, specialising in Part II in Physics. At Girton she found a Christian faith which sustained and guided her throughout her life. After completing a PGCE at Bristol, Christine went to Sheffield to teach Physics, before moving to Eritrea where she had her first taste of living

and teaching in a deprived area. After four years she returned to Scotland to work in a school for maladjusted children; here she made friends who would become her ‘home base’ for the rest of her life. From Scotland, Christine went to Tristan da Cunha, teaching for four years in an isolated community where contact with the outside world was limited to one mail-boat every six months. Her letters tell of her conservation project on rockhopper penguins; they are also full of entertaining tales of pillow dances, a ‘mad padre’ and collecting seagull eggs from the top of a volcanic crater. From Tristan she moved to Nepal which became the focus of her life’s work. She was based in Nepal for the next thirty-three years, at first working for the United Mission to Nepal, and thereafter funding herself. She started off in a village school which was a tenhour bus-ride followed by a four-hour walk from

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Kathmandu. From there she moved to Pokhara and, later still, to the Kathmandu International School, where she turned her hand to teaching History and Biology as well as Maths and Physics. At this time she began to do more work for the Nepali government, rewriting secondary school curricula in English and Maths. While doing so, she became convinced that what was needed was training for teachers; she tried to move the system away from rote-learning to teaching that ensured understanding and that made learning fun. This was her purpose in all the training she provided. She designed and built a number of visual aids and games, and these were packed in boxes which she would take with her on overnight buses as she travelled to remote areas to run teacher-training programmes. On one occasion her bus was held up by Maoist rebels and, instead of paying the expected bribe, she convinced them of the need to take the training materials to a village. In all this travel, Christine was accompanied by a series of faithful sheepdogs from the UK named after Old Testament prophets and kings. Together they risked life and limb as she cycled round Kathmandu with the dog in her bicycle basket! The last one, Nehemiah, returned to Scotland with her. In her later years, Christine lived in one room in a Nepali house, sharing the privations of only four hours of electricity per day during the winter. She went to bed as it got dark and set an alarm to wake up when the electricity came on. Then she would boil kettles for Thermos flasks and the hot water bottle she wore strapped to her waist. She found the cold winters a trial and looked forward


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to the warmth of spring sunshine, heralded by the return of the cuckoos. Christine was very much in demand for her teachertraining courses, working on occasion with groups such as ‘Teach for Nepal’, an indigenous body, and with Fulbright volunteers from the United States. She encouraged a group providing libraries in schools, and she herself wrote a number of wellillustrated, highly coloured story books for Nepali children. In total, Christine wrote some sixty books. She was awarded an OBE in 1997 for services to education in Nepal. In 2014, Christine decided to return to Scotland. However, when she witnessed the devastation wreaked in Nepal by the 2015 earthquake, she nearly changed her mind; she waited to see the rebuilding of a school which had been set up in the house of a villager she knew and trusted, and her last project was to secure funding for a teacher for the village. Christine retired to Fort William, a town chosen by researching church websites. There her life of service continued with community-driving, care-work and footpath restoration on Ben Nevis. (To her delight, she was the 2017 Footpath Volunteer of the Year!) She also settled into studying History and Archaeology, by video link with the University of the Highlands and Islands. Although she was only in Fort William a short time, Christine made many new friends and continued to help and encourage her old ones. Her approach to dying was totally consistent with her approach to living, one of trusting faith. Sheila Pigott (Megaw 1958)

MARGARET TURNER-WARWICK (1924 – 2017) Margaret Elizabeth Harvey Moore was born in 1924, daughter of William Harvey Moore QC and Maud Kirkdale Baden Powell (a niece of Lord Baden Powell). Her mother was compelled to give up her medical degree to nurse her brother,

wounded in the First World War. Margaret’s father offered his four daughters an academic education in place of a dowry, and she, the third, chose Medicine, which she began in 1943 as a Scholar of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, with clinical studies at University College Hospital, London. While a medical student she was Thomas Angus/Imperial College London

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diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent nine months in a sanatorium in Switzerland; this experience may have led her to choose thoracic medicine as a specialty and to focus on patient experience alongside her academic interests. She was appointed Consultant Physician at the Brompton Hospital in 1965, and in 1972 became Professor of Medicine at the Cardiothoracic Institute of London University. Her academic interests started with tuberculosis, but rapidly extended into many other aspects of lung disease, and she was instrumental in raising the profile of respiratory medicine and changing our understanding and treatment of many diseases. Her interest in asthma and fibrosing diseases of the lung led to expertise in immunology of the lung, the subject of a textbook published in 1978. In 1984 Margaret’s academic prowess was further recognised by her appointment as Dean of the Cardiothoracic Institute. In 1987 she retired from clinical practice and was appointed Emeritus Professor. Her stellar academic career was demonstrated in more than 200 papers on subjects throughout the field of academic respiratory medicine and treatment trials that have determined current clinical practice. In 1989 Margaret was elected the first woman President of the Royal College of Physicians in its 472-year history; however, on the subject of this pioneering first, she said, ’I have no wish to be any sort of feminist pioneer or curiosity. That would get in the way; gender has no place in medicine.’ As in all else, she was exceptional in this role – working alongside the


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Thatcher government which, through Kenneth Clarke, was introducing the ‘internal market’ to the NHS. Quietly effective, she guided the medical response to this initiative and managed the opposition; one result of her engagement was the establishment of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, an alliance of different medical specialties with a powerful professional and academic voice. In 1991 Margaret was made a DBE for services to medicine. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, in 1989, then of Girton in 1993. Juliet Campbell, Mistress at the time, comments that Margaret ‘made the most of her connection with both LMH and Girton, visiting quite often and sharing her engaging company‘. In retirement Margaret chaired the Royal Devon and Exeter Health Care Trust. As shown in a letter to one of our Fellows in 2017, she remained engaged with the organisation of the NHS, and the professional response to it, until the end of her life. Margaret led a happy family life with a medical husband, Professor Richard Turner-Warwick, a urological surgeon. She loved her second home on the Dorset coast and was an active violinist and a very competent watercolour painter. She was proud that one of their daughters and a granddaughter followed her into medicine. She died in the care of the Brompton Hospital and is survived by Richard, her two daughters, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ruth Warren, Life Fellow, with help from Thomas Sherwood, Richard Himsworth and Juliet Campbell

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The Rt Hon Baroness Hale of Richmond, PC, DBE, MA, Hon FBA, Hon LLD, Hon FRCPsych


Professor Susan J Smith, BA, MA, DPhil (Oxon), PhD, AcSS, FBA, FRSE

Fellows and Officers of the College, June 2018 Honorary Fellows

The Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, PC, MA

Professor M Burbidge, BSc, PhD (London), FRS

Lady English, MA, MB, BChir, MRCP, FRCPsych

Professor Anita Desai, CBE, BA (Delhi), FRSL

Ms J Rachel Lomax, MA, MSc (London)

The Rt Hon the Lord Mackay of Clashfern, KT, PC, Hon LLD, FRSE

Dr Margaret H Bent, CBE, MA, MusB, PhD, Hon DMus (Glasgow), Hon DFA (Notre Dame), Dr hon c (Montreal), FBA, FSA, FRHistS

HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Hon LLD Miss E Llewellyn-Smith, CB, MA Dame Bridget Ogilvie, DBE, AC, PhD, ScD, FIBiol, FRCPath, FMedSci, FRS, Hon DSc (Nottingham, Glasgow, Bristol, Dublin, Durham, Kent, ICL, Leicester, Manchester, St Andrews)

Dame Elizabeth L A Forgan, DBE, BA (Oxon), Hon FBA Professor Dame Frances M Ashcroft, DBE, MA, PhD, ScD, FRS Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, MA, PhD, FRS The Rt Hon Lady Justice Gloster, PC, DBE, MA

Professor Dame Gillian Beer, DBE, MA, LittD, BLitt (Oxon), Hon DLitt (Liverpool, Leicester, London, Sorbonne, Queen’s Univ Belfast, Oxford, Harvard, St Andrews), FBA, FRSL

Professor Sarah M Springman, CBE, MA, PhD, FREng, FICE

The Rt Revd David Conner, KCVO, MA

Ms Daphne Todd, OBE, Hon PhD (De Montfort)

The Rt Hon Lady Justice Arden, PC, DBE, MA, LLM, Hon LLD (Liverpool, Warwick, Royal Holloway, Nottingham, UCL)

Barbara Bodichon Foundation Fellows

The Rt Hon Baroness Perry of Southwark, MA, Hon LLD (Bath, Aberdeen), Hon DLitt (Sussex, South Bank, City), Hon DEd (Wolverhampton), Hon DUniv (Surrey), Hon DLitt Hum (Mercy College NY), FRSA Dame Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC, LLB, MA, Hon LLD, Hon DCL (Oxon), Hon LLD (LSE), FBA Dame Ann Bowtell, DCB, MA, PhD (London) Professor Dusa McDuff, BSc (Edinburgh), PhD, FRS, Hon DSc (Edinburgh, York, Strasbourg)

Professor Madeleine J Atkins CBE, MA, PGCE, PhD

Mrs Barbara Wrigley, MA Mrs Sally Alderson, MA Mrs Margaret Llewellyn, OBE, MA Mrs Veronica Wootten, MBE, MA Miss C Anne Wilson, MA, ALA Dr Margaret A Branthwaite, BA, MD, FFARCS, FRCP Dr Ruth Whaley BA, MA, PhD (Harvard) Sir Laurence W Martin, DL, MA, PhD, DCL (Hon)

The Rt Hon Baroness Hollis of Heigham, PC, DL, MA, DPhil (Oxon), FRHistS

Miss Sarah C Holt, MA

Viscountess Runciman of Doxford, DBE, BA

Mr Colin S Grassie, MA


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Mr Leif O Høegh, MA, MBA Ms Gladys Li, MA

1 Abigail L Fowden, MA, PhD, ScD, Professorial Fellow (Biological Sciences)

Juliet A S Dusinberre, MA, PhD (Warwick), Life Fellow Fellows

Thomas Sherwood, MA, MB, BS (London), FRCR, FRCP, Life Fellow

Enid A C MacRobbie, MA, PhD (Edinburgh), ScD, FRS, Life Fellow

Richard J Evans, MA, PhD, MRCVS, Life Fellow

Dorothy J Thompson, MA, PhD, Hon DLitt (Liverpool), FBA, Life Fellow Melveena C McKendrick, MA, PhD, LittD, FBA, Life Fellow Nancy J Lane Perham, OBE, MA, PhD, ScD, MSc (Dalhousie), DPhil (Oxon), Hon LLD (Dalhousie), Hon ScD (Salford, Sheffield Hallam, Oxford Brookes, Surrey, Heriot Watt), Life Fellow Joan Oates, BA (Syracuse), PhD, FBA, Life Fellow

Alastair J Reid, MA, PhD, Life Fellow Sarah Kay, MA, DPhil (Oxon), LittD, FBA, Life Fellow Mary Warnock (Baroness), CH, DBE, MA (Oxon), Hon FBA, FMedSci, Life Fellow and Former Mistress Howard P Hodson, MA, PhD, FREng, Life Fellow Peter C J Sparks, MA, DipArch, RIBA, Life Fellow

Gillian Jondorf, MA, PhD, Life Fellow

3 Stephanie Palmer, LLB (Adelaide), SJD (Harvard), LLM (Harvard), Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Law

Betty C Wood, MA, PhD (Pennsylvania), Life Fellow

Frances Gandy, MA, MCLIP, Life Fellow

Jill Mann, MA, PhD, FBA, Life Fellow

*1 Christopher J B Ford, MA, PhD, Professorial Fellow (Physics)

Ruth M Williams, MA, PhD (London), ScD, Life Fellow

Charity A Hopkins, OBE, MA, LLB, Life Fellow

Julia M Riley, MA, PhD, Life Fellow, Tutor for Admissions and Director of Studies in Physical Sciences

W James Simpson, BA (Melbourne), MPhil (Oxon), PhD, Life Fellow

A Marilyn Strathern, DBE, MA, PhD, Hon DLitt (Oxford, St Andrews), Hon ScD (Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Durham), Hon Doctorate (Panteion), Hon DPhil (Papua New Guinea), Hon DSocSci (Queen’s Univ Belfast, Yale), FBA, Life Fellow and Former Mistress

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S Frank Wilkinson, MA, PhD, Life Fellow Roland E Randall, MA, MSc (McGill), PhD, Life Fellow Martin D Brand, MA, BSc (Manchester), PhD (Bristol), Life Fellow John E Davies, MA, BSc, PhD (Monash), Life Fellow David N Dumville, MA, PhD (Edinburgh), Life Fellow

Fernihough, MA, PhD, Life Fellow

1 Angela

C Roberts, PhD, Professorial Fellow (Behavioural Neurosciences) *3 Hugh R Shercliff, MA, PhD, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering 3 Martin W Ennis, MA, PhD, FRCO, KRP (Organ; Köln), KRP (Harpsichord; Köln), Austin and Hope Pilkington Official Fellow, Director of Studies in Music and Director of College Music

John L Hendry, MA, PhD, Life Fellow 1 Jochen

H Runde, MPhil, PhD, Professorial Fellow (Economics) and Director of Studies in Management Studies

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Dennis Barden, MA, PhD, Life Fellow Andrew R Jefferies, MA, VetMB, FRCPath, MRCVS, Life Fellow Juliet J d’A Campbell, CMG, MA, Life Fellow and Former Mistress Peter H Abrahams, MBBS, FRCS (Edinburgh), FRCR, DO (Hon), Life Fellow

2 Colm

Durkan, BA, PhD (Trinity College Dublin), FRIET, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering

1 Edward J Briscoe, BA (Lancaster), MPhil, PhD, Professorial Fellow (Computer Science)

K M Veronica Bennett, MA, BSc (Leicester), PhD (CNAA), Life Fellow

*Deborah Lowther, MA, ACA, Official Fellow and Bursar

D Allen, MSc (Calgary), MA, PhD, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography

*Clive Lawson, MA, PhD, Frank Wilkinson Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics

Shaun D Fitzgerald, MA, PhD, FREng, Official Fellow (Engineering)

Richard L Himsworth, MA, MD, Life Fellow Josh D Slater, PhD, BVMS (Edinburgh), Supernumerary Fellow, Dean for Student Discipline, Praelector and Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine A Mark Savill, MA, PhD, FRAeS, Life Fellow 1 Per-Olof H Wikström, BA, PhD (Stockholm), FBA, Professorial Fellow (Criminology) 1 S-P Gopal Madabhushi, PhD, Professorial Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering 3P

Mia Gray, BA (San Diego), MRCP (Berkeley), PhD (Rutgers), Supernumerary Fellow (Geography) 7 Neil

Wright, MA, PhD, Official Fellow (Classics)

Ruth M L Warren, MA, MD, FRCP, FRCR, Life Fellow *Alexandra M Fulton, BSc, PhD (Edinburgh), Official Fellow, Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in Biological Sciences Maureen J Hackett, BA, MA (Southampton), Official Fellow, Tutor and Junior Bursar 1 Crispin

H W Barnes, BSc, PhD (London), Professorial Fellow

3 Harriet

Stephen Robertson, MA, MSc (City), PhD (London), Life Fellow The Revd A Malcolm Guite, MA, PhD (Durham), Supernumerary Fellow and Chaplain Stuart Davis, BA, PhD (Birmingham), Jean Sybil Dannatt Official Fellow, Tutor for Admissions and Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages 4 Benjamin

J Griffin, MA, PhD, Marilyn Strathern Official Fellow and Director of Studies in History Fiona J Cooke, MA, BM, BCh (Oxon), PhD (London), MRCP, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Medicine Ross Lawther, MA, PhD, Olga Taussky Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Mathematics *Karen L Lee, MA, Vice-Mistress, Tutor and Official Fellow (Law) Sinéad M Garrigan-Mattar, BA, DPhil (Oxon), Jane Elizabeth Martin Official Fellow in English 3 Stuart A Scott, MA, PhD, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering

C Patricia Ward, MA, PhD, Official Fellow (Physics)


Tofaris, MA, PhD, Brenda Hale Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Law

Judith A Drinkwater, MA, Official Fellow, Tutor, Director of Studies in Linguistics and Modern and Medieval Languages

8 Liliana


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4 Stelios

Janik, MPhil (Toruń), PhD, Official Fellow, Tutor for Graduates and Director of Studies in Archaeology and Anthropology

3 Samantha

K Williams, BA (Lancaster), MSc, PhD, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in History

4 Arnold

4 Kamiar

James Wade, BA (Boise State), MA (York), PhD, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in English

4 Nik

*R James E Riley, BA (Lancaster), MA (Lancaster), PhD, Official Fellow, Tutor for Graduates and Director of Studies in English

4 Katherine

Simone Maghenzani, BA (Turin), MA (Turin), PhD (Turin), Official Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in History

Mohaddes BSc (Warwick), PhD, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics Cunniffe, MA, MPhil, MSc (Bath), PhD, Official Fellow (Biological Sciences) Hughes, BSc, BVSc (Liverpool), MRCVS, PhD, Dip ACVP, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine Helen A Van Noorden, BA, PhD, Wrigley Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics

*3 Carlo L Acerini, MA, BSc (Dundee), DCH (Glasgow), MD (Dundee), Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Medicine 9 Morag

A Hunter, MA, PhD, Official Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in Physical Sciences

3 Heidi

Radke, DVM (Ludwig Maximilian University), DrVetMed (Zurich), Official Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine *Emma J L Weisblatt, BA, MB, BCh, MRCP, MRCPsych, PhD, Official Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies in Psychology and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Sophia M I Shellard von Weikersthal, BSc, PhD (Freiburg), Tutor for Graduates and Official Fellow (Pharmacology)

4 Henrik

Latter, BA, BSc, MSc (Sydney), PhD, Official Fellow (Mathematics) *1 Matthew J Allen, MA, VetMB, PhD, Professorial Fellow (Veterinary Medicine) Anastasia Piliavsky, BA (Boston), MSc, DPhil (Oxon), Director of Studies in Social Anthropology Hazel Mills, BA (Reading), DPhil (Oxon), Eugenie Strong Research Fellow in College History Matthew Grayson, MA, MSci, PhD, Tucker-Price Research Fellow in Organic Chemistry

C Hunt, MA, PhD, Official Fellow (History)

Samuel D Grimshaw, MEng, PhD, Mitsubishi Senior Research Fellow Trenholme Junghans, BA (Northampton, MA), MPhil (New York), PhD (St Andrews), CRASSH Research Fellow Gabriele Badano, BA (Genoa), MA (Genoa), PhD (UCL), CRASSH Research Fellow Amy R Donovan, BA, MPhil, MSc (UCL), PhD, Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography Arik Kershenbaum, MA, PhD (Haifa), Official Fellow (Biological Sciences) and Tutor Teng Cao, BEng (BUAA, Beijing), PhD, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Senior Research Fellow in Turbomachinery Deborah J Easlick, BA (Bristol), Official Fellow and Development Director Alexander G S C Liu, MA, MEarthSci (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon), Official Fellow (Earth Sciences) Anna Barford, BA, MA (Nottingham), PhD (Sheffield), Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Geography *Sebastian L D Falk, BA (Oxon), PGCE (Buckingham), PhD, Rosamund Chambers Research Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science 4 Claire

E White, BA, PhD, Brenda Stacey Official Fellow (Modern and Medieval Languages) 10 John

W Wills, BSc, PhD (Swansea), Hertha Ayrton Research Fellow in Biological Sciences

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Shona W Stark, LLB, LLM (Aberdeen), PhD, Official Fellow (Law)

Sarah L Fawcett, BA, BM, BCh (Oxon), MRCS, FRCR, PhD (Medical and Veterinary Sciences)

Sean M Collins, BS (Michigan), PhD, Henslow Research Fellow in Materials Science and Metallurgy

6 Christopher K Hadley, MA, MSc, Director of Studies in Computer Science

Jenny K Blackhurst, MA (St Andrews), MA (UCL), MCLIP, Official Fellow for Life Skills and Librarian

Aaron Hornkohl, BA (Biola), MA, PhD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)

Carolina C Alves, BSc (UNESP), MSc (UNICAMP), PhD (SOAS), Joan Robinson Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics

8 Andy

Anne-Margret Wolf, BSc (Twente), MPhil, Margaret Smith Research Fellow in Politics and International Studies Hilary F Marlow, BA (Manchester), BA (KCL), PhD, Official Fellow, Tutor for Graduates and Director of Studies in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion

Irvine, BSc, PhD (Sussex) (Physics)

Irit Katz, BArch (Bezalel), MA (BIU, Israel), PhD, Director of Studies in Architecture John Lawson, BA, PhD, Director of Studies in Politics, International Relations and Sociology, and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Ian Lewis, BSc (London), PhD Yvonne P Salmon, MA, MRes (European Research Institute)

Visiting Fellows 2017–18 William T Waller Jnr, BS, MA (Western Michigan), PhD (New Mexico), Helen Cam Visiting Fellow Kenneth A Johnson, BVSc, MSc, PhD (Sydney), Brenda Ryman Visiting Fellow Hugh Keyte, MA (Oxon), Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Visiting Fellow Commoner

Frisbee C C Sheffield, BA (Bristol), DPhil (Oxon), Director of Studies in Philosophy Samuel Strong, MA, MPhil, Bye-Fellow for Study Skills Gareth F Wilson, BMus, MA, PGCert, DipPGPerfRAM, DipRAM, Director of Chapel Music and Assistant Director of Music

Postdoctoral Teaching Associates Bye-Fellows Louise E Braddock, MA, MB, BChir, MD, MA (Reading), PhD (Reading), Praelector

Stefan A Köstler, MSc, PhD (IMBA, Vienna) (Natural Sciences Tripos – Biological Sciences)

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J A Brett, MA, PhD, Director of Studies in AngloSaxon, Norse and Celtic

Imen Lassadi, BSc (Ottawa), MSc, PhD (Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse) (Natural Sciences Tripos – Biological Sciences)

Claudia Domenici, BA (Pisa), MA (Lancaster), Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages

Vita Peacock, BA, MA (UCL), PhD (Human, Social, and Political Sciences – Social Anthropology)

Margaret Faultless, MA, Hon FBC, FTCL, ARCM, Hon RAM (Music)


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Archivist Emerita


Kate Perry, Cert Ed (Froebel)

Mlle Rose Borel (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)

External Teaching Officers


1 John

S McCombie, MA, PhD, Director of Studies in Land Economy

* Member of Council 1

Professor in the University

Richard Jennings, PhD, Director of Studies in Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science


Reader in the University


Senior Lecturer in the University


University Lecturer



University Visiting Lecturer

Louise E Braddock, MA, MB, BChir, MD, MA (Reading), PhD (Reading)


University Computer Officer


University Technical Officer

Josh D Slater, PhD, BVMS (Edinburgh)


University Assistant Director of Research


University Teaching Fellow /Associate


University Herschel-Smith Research Fellow

University and College Awards Cambridge University Further Degrees and Awards University Higher Degrees PhD: P W Adamson, M Bellaiche, S E Bosman, A Bowles, F Brizzi, A Butcher, C Fairbairn, K Gaddini, H Glass, A Grigoryeva, M Guenther, J A Harris, P Jedrasiak, K Judge, G K Kaya, S H Lau, M Michalski, D E N Minarsch, L M Moreno

Medrano, P Murray, A Nickerson, A Petrocchi, S Ritter, L Sundaram, J Wang, N J Wiggan, K Wohlfahrt, F Zhang MRes: A Arbab, D Maxwell, T Skyrme, A Stretton MPhil: K Abi Karam, C Adem, K Amin, A Aslam, Y Bai, M Bokša, A Buzuk, M Chung, N Daijavad, K Dawson, N El Fahim, L Etheridge,

J Feng, J S Ginsberg, E Goodwin, B Griffani, Y Hu, F Huang, P Jedrasiak, L Kazianka, J Kirkham, K Krzywicka, A A Laredj, Q Li, Z Li, R Mackenzie, D Maloney, J C Menz, M Morales Hidalgo, K Nourie, K Onyemenam, J Parkhurst, A Puleo, M R Rafmary, C Saunders, A-M Savu, M Shen, J Spolenak, H Sri, D Thomas, N Thyr, J Tremlett, Y K Tsoi, N Vandromme, T P Varkonyi, B Verma, S D Vianello, K Vosatka, B L Winter, F Wu

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MASt: K C M Cheung, L Dixon, J Göltz, E Have, M Sasieta, J Zhao MB: M Ibrahimi, A Kuligowska, D Romeu, P Saha, S Taylor, M Waite, J W Yun MBA: J Ebert, J A A Gould MFin: G El Khoury, W M Koh, W Qazizada

‘The Animal in Ancient Religion, Art and Imagination’; Second place (joint): Molly Taylor (Pate’s Grammar School) and Sophie Holloway (Ipswich High School); three other impressive entries were highly commended by the judges: Elizabeth Down (Notting Hill and Ealing High School), Amira Nandhla (The King’s School, Worcester) and Farren Yuan (Cheltenham Ladies’ College)

MMath: K J Lawler LLM: S Barnes, D Klimenko, J Kukavica, L U Meusburger, T Mohanty, J Sirica III University Prizes for Academic Excellence The Bartlett Prize: M Lehmkuehler College Awards College Competition Prizes Barbara Wrigley Prize: D Phillips Hammond Science Communication Prize: D McGough (Judges’ Prize and Audience Prize) J Cory-Wright (Abstract Prize), K Romain (Pathology Prize) Humanities Writing Prize: First place: Olivia Sandhu (Nottingham Girls’ High School) for her piece entitled


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Jane Martin Poetry Prize: Nina Powles (First Prize) and Dominic Leonard (Second Prize) Mountford Arts and Humanities Communication Prize: A Battisti (First Judges’ Prize), L Disney-Hogg (Second Judges’ Prize), V Bernardi (Audience Prize and Abstract Prize) Rima Alamuddin Prize (shared): C H Ng (performance on erhu) and R Paterson-Achenbach (composition entitled ‘Luminous Tendril of Celestial Wish’) Tom Mansfield Memorial Prize (shared): E Barnard and L Morrell

Irene Hallinan Scholarship: M Ini’ Joyce Biddle Scholarship, G M Gardner Award: H Mace Stribling Award: G Utzeri Old Girtonians Award: M Kalenak Diane Worzala Memorial Fund: H Mace Ruth Whaley Scholarship: M Kalenak Doris Woodall Studentship: F S Sener Postgraduate Scholarships Mary Higgins: J Kukavica, J Sirica III Angela Dunn-Gardiner: J Ong Zhe Ao, J Zhao Mathematics M T Meyer: M Cheung, E Have, J Melo Medical and Veterinary Medicine Edith Lydia Johns: E Denny, J Hawkesby, S Taylor John Bowyer Buckley: K Beggs, E Drabble, B Leung, N Patel Postgraduate Prizes History, Law and Economics Lilian Knowles: J Kukavica, J Sirica III Mathematics Gertrude Mather Jackson: M Cheung, E Have, J Melo

Graduate Research Awards Bryce-Tebb Scholarship, Doris Russell Scholarship: D Carver Pfeiffer Scholarship: D Sanz Hernandez

Medicine Ming Yang Lee: S Taylor Leslie Hall: K Beggs, E Denny, E Drabble, J Hawkesby, B Leung, N Patel

Natural Sciences (Biological) Ida Freund: J Ong Zhe Ao, J Zhao Undergraduate Scholarships Ellen McArthur: W Emmrich (History), M Inglessis (Geography), K Nash (HSPS), B Thurlow (Geography), Y Q Yap (Geography), E Young (History) Sir Arthur Arnold: M Inglessis (Geography), J Long (Geography), M O’Callaghan (Geography), B Thurlow (Geography), D Weir (Geography) Lilias Sophia Ashworth Hallett: I Cernyte (Engineering), H Gale (Manufacturing Engineering), B Gille (Land Economy), K Li (Land Economy) Barbara Bodichon: D Fischer (Natural Sciences, Physical), R Horne (Natural Sciences, Physical), R Lane (Natural Sciences, Physical), W Lohrmann (Natural Sciences, Physical), Y Q Yap (Geography) Emily Davies: T Deingruber (Natural Sciences, Physical), V Echefu (Economics), J Lister (Natural Sciences, Physical), E Saunders (Engineering), M Schimel (Natural Sciences, Physical), N Sun (Engineering), B van Straaten (Natural Sciences, Physical), J Wu (Engineering)

Angela Dunn-Gardner: A Gkolanta (Natural Sciences, Physical), M Isaacs (Law), D Lindebaum (Natural Sciences, Physical), S Shiers (Natural Sciences, Physical) Sir Francis Goldsmid: R Kusztos (Computer Science), L O’Connor (Natural Sciences, Physical) Mary Graham: J Smith (Natural Sciences, Physical), Z Stavrinou (Chemical Engineering), H Waugh (Natural Sciences, Physical), J G Wong (Natural Sciences, Physical) Mary Higgins: S Abu Al Haj (PBS), R Graves (Natural Sciences, Physical), W J Teh (Law) Alice Violet Jenkinson: I Branford (Law), D Ng (Law) Mary Ann Leighton: R Dunn (English), R Jamieson (English), S Liebana Garcia (Engineering) Rosalind, Lady Carlisle: J H Park (Economics), K Patel (Economics) Mary Sparke: E Hurley (HSPS), K Nash (HSPS), H Rudner (Architecture) Henry Tomkinson: S Gooch (Computer Science), T Lee (Computer Science) Classics Jane Agnes Chessar: B Halberstam William Menzies: M Hardy History Russell Gurney: D Edwards, W Emmrich, J Pieri, B Sadler Florence Ethel Gwyn: E Young

Mathematics M T Meyer: P Asvydis, G Cowperthwaite, L Disney-Hogg, M Lehmkuehler, D McGough, L Stead, A Thornton Medicine and Veterinary Medicine John Bowyer Buckley: R Barnard, M Pandiaraja, R Rashid Edith Lydia Johns: D Hines Modern and Medieval Languages Jane Hunter: C Gwinn, K Pavlyuk Maria Degani: M Rye Carrigas Todd Memorial: E Jones, A Langridge Brewer, T Normanton Music Sophia Turle: N Maier, R PatersonAchenbach Natural Sciences (Biological) John Bowyer Buckley: H Evans, S Jones, J Parkin Undergraduate Prizes Senior College Awards Thérèse Montefiore Prize: B Sadler Laurie Hart Prize: M Lehmkuehler Tutors’ Prize: R Jenkinson College Prizes Christina Barnard: N Maier (Music) Jane Catherine Gamble: B Gille (Land Economy), K Li (Land Economy), R Paterson-Achenbach (Music)

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Phyllis Tillyard: H Rudner (Architecture), E Saunders (Engineering), N Sun (Engineering), J Wu (Engineering) Raemakers: S Gooch (Computer Science), T Lee (Computer Science), Z Stavrinou (Chemical Engineering) Isabella Crawshaw: E Hurley (HSPS), R Kusztos (Computer Science), K Nash (HSPS) Beatrice Mills: I Cernyte (Engineering), H Gale (Manufacturing Engineering) C B West: S Abu Al Haj (PBS) Classics Ethel Gavin: M Hardy Alice Zimmern: B Halberstam Economics, History and Law Eileen Power: D Edwards, J Pieri, B Sadler Lilian Knowles: V Echefu, K Patel, E Young Margaret Hastings: W Emmrich, W J Teh Mary Arden: M Isaacs Thomas and Elizabeth Walton: I Branford, D Ng, J H Park


Geography Margaret Anderson: M Inglessis, J Long, M O’Callaghan, B Thurlow, D Weir, Y Q Yap Janet Chamberlain: J Long Mathematics Gertrude Mather Jackson: P Asvydis, L Disney-Hogg, M Lehmkuehler, D McGough, L Stead May Smithells: G Cowperthwaite, A Thornton Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Appleton Cup: D Hines Thomas and Elizabeth Walton: D Hines Ming Yang Lee: M Pandiaraja, R Rashid Modern and Medieval Languages Joseph Brandebourg: K Pavlyuk, M Rye Carrigas Elizabeth Hill: T Normanton Fanny Metcalf: C Gwinn Mary Ponsonby: E Jones Lilian Amanda Thomas: A Langridge Brewer

Engineering Satyanarayana Madabhushi: S Liebana Garcia

Natural Sciences (Biological) Marion Bidder: R Barnard, H Evans, J Parkin Ellen Delf-Smith: S Jones

English Charity Reeves: R Dunn, R Jamieson Charlton Award: A King Eileen Alexander: E Porro

Natural Sciences (Physical) Gwendolen Crewdson: T Deingruber, J Lister, M Schimel, B van Straaten

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Ida Freund: D Fischer, R Graves, R Horne, R Lane, W Lohrmann, L O’Connor Layla Adib: A Gkolanta, D Lindebaum, S Shiers, J Smith, H Waugh, J G Wong Music Awards College Music Scholarship: N Maier London Girton Association Award: C Hedges Daphne Bird Instrumental Awards: L Alexander (Baroque violin), C Hau Ng (piano), A Seaton (recorder), B Thurlow (piano), L J Xia (piano) Jill Vlasto Choral Awards: I Keane, E Rogers, K A Stevenson Siem Prize: To be decided Organ Scholarships: L Morrell, J Mitchell University Choral Awards: A Atkinson, N Brocksom, O Fleming, R Hill, E Pearce-Davies, H Samuel (pre-elected) Travel Awards Adela Marion Adam: R A Walker Dunn Charlotte Rycroft: O Dawson, A McGairy College Travel Scholarship: G Cowperthwaite, I Lyepyeyko, C L Milbank Dorothy Tempest: M Inglessis, W S Rake

Edith Helen Major: S Ambadkar, S de Courcy Ireland, E Pearce-Davies, M Schimel, P D Wilson Eileen Ellenbogen: J Adjei E M and F A Kirkpatrick: K Pavlyuk E M Pooley: E K Dunn J K Brightwell: R Graves, P Miranda Lopez de Arenosa, P J Pritchett, M A Spielberg Johanna Stevenson: H Khodabocus Judith Eccleshare: D Fischer, D Pratico, B van Straaten Marina Shakich: X Barker Huesca, S Horton, I Keane, L Pujos Mary Morrison: M Debashis, T Kadlecova, C Mabbutt, A Strumpel Monica Wilson: K Nash

Sheila Spire: F E G Snelling Sidney and Marguerite Cody Studentship: J Allen, S Ams, M Ini’, H Yin Kythé Waldram: M Huss Sports Awards Archery: A Liaudanskas American Football: C Ashling, S Horton Badminton: C Young Basketball: S Dinu Cricket: A Elgar, D Murty Football: L Bleehen, Y Mushtaq Golf: C Mabbutt Orienteering: A Hernandez Rodriguez

Rugby: J Eriksen Rugby League: T Wilson Rugby Union: K Read Skiing: L Steyn Ultimate Frisbee: M Y Chua Water Polo: K Read Windsurfing: D Fischer Named Sports Awards Diana Lees-Jones Award: L Steyn (skiing) Joan McGrath Sports Award: A Elgar (cricket) Robin Sports Award: C Bell (rugby), F James (cycling), T Prossor (tennis)

Awards and Distinctions BEER, G P K (1965 Research Fellow; 1994 Honorary Fellow) awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ghent, March 2018. BUCK, J K (1989) awarded the Freedom of the City by the Chamberlain’s Court, London, September 2017. COX, E K (1996) appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire, in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to Gender Diversity in Financial Services.

DAVIS, S (2003; Jean Sybil Dannatt Official Fellow) awarded a Pilkington Prize by the University of Cambridge, in recognition of teaching excellence in Modern Languages, 2018. EDWARDS, D (1961), Research Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff, awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Wales and University of Edinbugh, 2017. FOWLER, C M R (1969) awarded an

Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Leeds, July 2018. GAI, P L (1970) appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List, for services to Chemical Sciences and Technology; elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 2016. GLASSBERG, B M (2012) awarded the Grand Prix de Direction 2017, the ‘Coup de Coeur du Public’ and the ‘Coup de Coeur de l’Orchestre’,

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at the 55th Besançon Young Conductors’ Competition, September 2017. HARPER, S H (1976) appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to the Science of Demography. HILLENBRAND, C (1962 Jordan) appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to the Understanding of Islamic History. HORROCKS-HOPAYIAN, C (2004) awarded the 2017 British Composer Award for Contemporary Jazz Composition for Muted Lines, London, December 2017. HUGHES, J E (1971) appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to UK Technology Exports, charitable services to Healthcare Abroad and the Global Telecom Women’s Network. JHANDEER, M Z B (2006) elected Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, November 2017. LISHMAN, S C (1986) appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in the 2018 New Year’s


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Honours List, for services to Pathology.

Outstanding Contribution to Health from the British Medical Journal.

LIU, A G S C (2011; Official Fellow) awarded the Sedgwick Prize by the University of Cambridge for an essay relating to fieldwork or museum-based research in Geological Sciences, January 2018.

STRATHERN, M (1960 Evans; Former Mistress) awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The Learned Society of Wales, May 2018.

MASSIMI, M (2002; Past Fellow) awarded the 2017 Wilkins-BernalMedawar Medal by the Royal Society for excellence in a subject relating to the history of science, the philosophy of science, or the social function of science. OWERS, A E (1965 Spark) awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Leeds, July 2018. PIERCE, K E (1978) appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to British foreign policy. SANZ HERNÁNDEZ, D (2015) awarded the Abdus Salam Prize for excellence in graduate research, for his breakthrough in spintronics, at the Cavendish Graduate Student Conference, November 2017. SAVAGE, W D (1953 Edwards) received the 2018 Award for

TOFARIS, S (2007; Brenda Hale Official Fellow) awarded a Pilkington Prize by the University of Cambridge, in recognition of teaching excellence in Law, 2018. TYRRELL, P J (1975) appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire, in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List, for services to Stroke Medicine and Care. Further Academic and Professional Qualifications FOX EADES, J M (1981 Fox) PhD in Education, from Edge Hill University, on ‘Educational well-being or being well in education’, March 2018. KEBBELL, S (1988) PhD in Law, from Liverpool University, on anti-moneylaundering compliance in international law firms, December 2017. MOTT, M E (1968 Smith) BA (Hons) in History, from the Open University. WLOSZYCKA, M (2006) PhD in History, from the University of Southampton, January 2017.

Appointments of Fellows and Alumni 1959

THOMPSON, P N (Reed) appointed Reader in the Diocese of Leicester, with effect from October 2017.


BEASLEY-MURRAY, C W (Griffiths) appointed President of the Coroners’ Society of England and Wales, with effect from September 2018.


ARDEN, M (Honorary Fellow) appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, with effect from 1 October 2018.



ATKINS, M J (Dunkerley; Honorary Fellow) appointed ninth President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, with effect from October 2018. MORGAN, A J (Keymer) appointed Director of Rooted in Jesus, a discipleship programme for Africa, with effect from 2016.


PIERCE, K appointed UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, with effect from January 2018; she is the first woman appointed to this role.


FITZGERALD, S D (Official Fellow) appointed Director of the Royal Institution, with effect from February 2018.


KEBBELL, S appointed Lecturer in Law at Sheffield University, with effect from September 2017.


CANNON, C (Past Fellow) appointed 31st Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, with effect from October 2017.


HAYES, E J E R appointed Honorary Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University.


HAWKEY, J D T appointed Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen, with effect from October 2017; appointed by the Crown as Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, with effect from September 2018.


JOHNSON, H B (Lam) appointed Teacher of Classics at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, with effect from 1 September 2017.


JOHNSON, H K appointed Head of Modern Languages at Harrow School, with effect from 1 September 2017.


BUTTON, E R G appointed member of The King’s Singers, with effect from January 2019.


CUNNIFFE, N J (Official Fellow) appointed Senior Editor of Phytopathology, journal of The American Phytopathological Society; appointed Section Editor of Tropical Plant Pathology, journal of the Brazilian Phytopathological Society.


FAULTLESS, M (Bye-Fellow) appointed Professor of the University of London, in recognition of her contributions to the music profession, education and research, 2018.


WEST, J (Musician in Residence) appointed Jane Hodge International Chair in Historical Performance, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, September 2017.

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Fellows’ Publications Publications by the Fellows and Officers of the College during 2017–18 include: C ACERINI. (All Joint) ‘Vomiting in pregnancy is associated with a higher risk of low birth weight: a cohort study’, BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 18(133) (2018); ‘Serum phthalate and triclosan levels have opposing associations with risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus’, Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) 9(99) (2018); ‘Optimizing patient management and adherence for children receiving growth hormone’, Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) 8(313) (2017); ‘Prenatal androgen exposure and children's aggressive behavior and activity level’, Hormones and Behavior 96 (2017). H D ALLEN. (All joint) ‘Satellite remote sensing of land cover change in a mixed agro-silvo-pastoral landscape in the Alentejo, Portugal’, International J. of Remote Sensing 39 (2018); ‘Modelling biodiversity trends in the montado (wood pasture) landscapes of the Alentejo, Portugal’, Landscape Ecology 33 (2018); ‘Effect of tree phenology on LiDAR measurement of Mediterranean forest structure’, Remote Sensing 10 (2018). S M COLLINS. (All joint) ‘Entropic comparison of atomic-resolution electron tomography of crystals and amorphous materials’, Physical Review Letters 119 (2017); ‘Single-atom heterogeneous catalysts based on distinct carbon nitride scaffolds’, National Science Review (2018); ‘Liquid phase blending of metalorganic frameworks’, Nature Communications (2018); ‘A heterogeneous single-atom palladium catalyst surpassing homogeneous systems for Suzuki coupling’, Nature Nanotechnology (2018). N J CUNNIFFE. (All joint) ‘Control fast or control smart: when should invading pathogens be controlled?’,


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PLOS Computational Biology 14 (2018); ‘Using epidemiological principles to explain fungicide resistance management tactics: why do mixtures outperform alternations?’, Phytopathology 108 (2018); ‘Grower and regulator conflict in management of the citrus disease Huanglongbing in Brazil: a modelling study’, J. of Applied Ecology 55 (2018); ‘Modeling virus coinfection to inform management of maize lethal necrosis in Kenya’, Phytopathology 107 (2017). S DAVIS. ‘The state of the discipline: Hispanic literature and film in British Spanish degrees’, J. of Romance Studies 18 (2018); ‘Reading beyond cognitive meaning: the affective turn in novels of the Spanish “memory boom”’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 94 (2017). A DONOVAN. (All joint) ‘Risk perception at a persistently active volcano: warnings and trust at Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico, 2012-2014’, Bulletin of Volcanology 80 (2018); ‘The 2011 eruption of Nabro volcano, Eritrea: perspectives on magmatic processes from melt inclusions’, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 173 (2018); ‘The complex consequences of volcanic crises: trust, risk perception and experiences of businesses near Mount Zao following the 2015 unrest period’, International J. of Disaster Risk Reduction (2017); ‘Expert opinion and probabilistic volcanic risk assessment’, J. of Risk Research 20(6) (2017). J A S DUSINBERRE. ‘Alice to the Lighthouse revisited’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature, ed. C Beauvais and M Nikolajeva (Edinburgh UP, 2017). M FAULTLESS. ‘Insight Margaret Faultless – ensemble music in the making: a matter of shared leadership’ in Musicians in the Making: Pathways to Creative Performance, ed. J Rink, H Gaunt and A Williamon (OUP, 2017).

M N GRAYSON. (Joint) ‘Recent developments and applications of the chiral Brønsted acid catalyzed allylboration of carbonyl compounds’, Synthesis 50 (2018). B GRIFFIN. ‘Hegemonic masculinity as a historical problem’, Gender and History (2018); ‘Masculinities and parliamentary culture in modern Britain’ in The Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe, ed. S Brady, C Fletcher, R Moss and L Riall (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2018). M GUITE. Love, Remember: 40 Poems of Loss, Lament, and Hope (Canterbury Press, 2017); ‘“Naked to the questioner”: a reading of Joy Davidman’s love sonnets to C S Lewis’, J. of Inklings Studies 8(1) (2018); ‘Once and future: the Inklings, Arthur, and prophetic insight’ in The Inklings and King Arthur, ed. S Higgins (Apocryphile Press Berkeley, 2017). K HUGHES. (All joint) ‘Sinus-like dilatations of the mammary milk ducts, Ki67 expression, and CD3positive T lymphocyte infiltration, in the mammary gland of wild European rabbits during pregnancy and lactation’, J. of Anatomy (2018); ‘Adiaspiromycosis in a wild European rabbit, and a review of the literature’, J. of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation (2018); ‘Antioncostatin M antibody inhibits the pro-malignant effects of oncostatin M receptor overexpression in squamous cell carcinoma’, J. of Pathology (2018); ‘The mammary microenvironment in mastitis in humans, dairy ruminants, rabbits and rodents: a One Health focus’, J. of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia (2018). K A JOHNSON. (All joint) ‘The haematoma and its role in bone healing’, J. of Experimental Orthopaedics 4(5) (2017); ‘Influence of scan resolution, thresholding,

and reconstruction algorithm on computed tomography-based kinematic measurements’, J. of Biomechanical Engineering 139 (2017); ‘Effect of proximal translation of the osteotomized tibial tuberosity during tibial tuberosity advancement on patellar position and patellar ligament angle’, BMC Veterinary Research 13 (2017); ‘A biomechanical comparison of Kirschner-wire fixation on fracture stability in Salter-Harris type 1 fractures of the proximal humeral physis in a porcine cadaveric model’, BMC Veterinary Research 13(306) (2017). R LAWTHER. ‘Maximal abelian sets of roots’, Memoirs of American Mathematical Society 250 (2017). K L LEE. (Joint editor) International Law Reports: Volumes 173 to 178 (CUP, 2018). A LIU. (All joint) ‘Ediacaran developmental biology’, Biological Reviews 93(2) (2018); ‘Quantitative study of developmental biology confirms Dickinsonia as a metazoan’, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284 (2017); ‘Ichnological evidence for meiofaunal bilaterians from the terminal Ediacaran and earliest Cambrian of Brazil’, Nature Ecology and Evolution 1 (2017); ‘Great Canadian Lagerstätten 6: Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, Southeast Newfoundland’, Geoscience Canada 44(2) (2017). J MANN. ‘Nature, God, and society in Piers Plowman’ in The Role of Nature in Conceptualising Political Order/ Natur in politischen Ordnungsentwürfen, ed. A Höfele and B Kellner (Fink Verlag, 2017). H MARLOW. ‘“A land of fine large cities”: mapping the landscapes of Deuteronomy’ in The City in the Hebrew Bible: Critical, Literary and Exegetical Approaches, ed. J K Aitken and H Marlow, The Library

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of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 672 (T & T Clark, 2018); (joint editor) The City in the Hebrew Bible: Critical, Literary and Exegetical Approaches, The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 672 (T & T Clark, 2018). K MOHADDES. (All joint) ‘Oil prices and the global economy: is it different this time around?’, Energy Economics 65 (2017); ‘China’s slowdown and global financial market volatility: is world growth losing out?’, Emerging Markets Review 31 (2017); ‘Can Italy grow out of its NPL overhang? A panel threshold analysis’, Economics Letters 159 (2017); ‘Do sovereign wealth funds dampen the negative effects of commodity price volatility?’, J. of Commodity Markets 8 (2017). A PILIAVSKY. ‘Egalitarian fantasy and politics in the real world’, Anthropology of This Century 21 (2018); ‘Disciplinary memory against ambient pietism’, HAU: J. of Ethnographic Theory 7(3) (2018); ‘The wrong kind of freedom?’, International J. of Politics, Culture, and Society 30 (2017); [Podcast] Patronage as Politics in South Asia (New Books Network, 2017) [URL:]. H RADKE. (Joint) ‘Complications and outcomes associated with 13 cases of triceps tendon disruption in dogs and cats (2003-2014)’, Veterinary Record 182(4) (2018). R J E RILEY. (Joint editor) The 1960s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction (Continuum, 2018); ‘“These are my books”: What a Carve Up! and video aesthetics’ in Jonathan Coe: Contemporary British Satire ed. P Tew (Continuum, 2018); ‘Sinister


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networks: canals, snakes and otherworlds’ in Folk Horror Revival, ed. Andy Pacoriek and Darren Charles (Wyrd Harvest Press, 2018). J M RILEY. (All joint) ‘The prevalence of core emission in faint radio galaxies in the SKA Simulated Skies’, MNRAS 471 (2017); ‘9C spectral-index distributions and source-count estimates from 15 to 93 GHz – a re-assessment’, MNRAS 473 (2018). S W STARK. The Work of the British Law Commissions: Law Reform … Now? (Hart Publishing, 2017); ‘Facing facts: judicial approaches to section 4 of the Human Rights Act 1998’, Law Quarterly Review 133 (2017); (joint editor) The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives (Hart Publishing, 2018); (joint) ‘The legal holy grail? German lessons on codification for a fragmented Britain’, Edinburgh Law Review 22 (2018). M STRATHERN. ‘Gathered fields: a tale about rhizomes’, ANUAC, 6(2) (2017); (joint) ‘Interests’ in ‘“The Indian gift”: a critical debate’, History and Anthropology, 28(5) (2017); ‘Extensions’ in Human Nature and Social Life: Perspectives on Extended Sociality, ed. H Z Remne and K Sillander (CUP, 2017); ‘Persons and partible persons’ in Schools and Styles of Anthropological Theory, ed. M Candea (London: Routledge, 2018). D J THOMPSON. (Joint editor) Land and Taxes in Ptolemaic Egypt. An Edition, Translation and Commentary for the Edfu Land Survey (P. Haun. IV 70), ed. T Christensen and K Vandorpe (CUP, 2017); ‘Outside the capital: the Ptolemaic court and its courtiers’ in The Hellenistic Court: Monarchic Power and Elite Society from Alexander to Cleopatra, ed. A Erskine, L Llewellyn-Jones and S Wallace (Classical Press

of Wales, 2017); ‘The Memphite region’ in Egypt from Alexander to the Copts. An Archaeological and Historical Guide, ed. R S Bagnall and D W Rathbone, rev. ed. (American University in Cairo Press, 2017). R WARREN. (Joint) ‘A comparison of five methods of measuring mammographic density: a case-control study’, Breast Cancer Research 20(10) (2018). C WHITE. (Co-editor) The Labour of Literature in Britain and France, 1830–1910: Authorial Work Ethics, ed. C White and M Waithed (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); ‘George Sand, digging’ in The Labour of Literature in Britain and France, 1830–1910: Authorial Work Ethics, ed. C White and M Waithed (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); ‘Zola à rebours’, Les Cahiers Naturalistes 91 (2017).

(2017); ‘Comparing BMD-derived genotoxic potency estimations across variants of the transgenic rodent gene mutation assay’, Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 58(9) (2017); ‘Benchmark dose analyses of multiple genetic toxicity endpoints permit robust, cross-tissue comparisons of Muta™Mouse responses to orally-delivered benzo[a]pyrene’, Archives of Toxicology, 92(2) (2017); ‘Identification of a mammalian silicon transporter’, American J. of Physiology – Cell Physiology, 312(5) (2017). Music M FAULTLESS. (Joint) Bach: Mass in B Minor with Trinity College Choir, Cambridge, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Stephen Layton (Hyperion Records, 2018).

P-O WIKSTRÖM. (Joint) ‘Young people’s differential vulnerability to criminogenic exposure: bridging the gap between people- and place-oriented approaches in the study of crime causation’, European J. of Criminology 15 (2018); ‘Character, circumstances, and the causes of crime’ in The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, ed. A Liebling, S Maruna and L McAra (OUP, 2017); (joint) ‘Beyond risk factors: an analytical approach to crime prevention’ in Preventing Crime and Violence: Advances in Prevention Science, ed. B Teasdale and M S Bradley (Springer International Publishing, 2017). S WILLIAMS. Unmarried Motherhood in the Metropolis, 1700–1850: Pregnancy, the Poor Law and Provision (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). J W WILLS. (All joint) ‘Characterising nanoparticles in biological matrices: tipping points in agglomeration state and cellular delivery in vitro’, ACS Nano, 11(12)

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Alumni Publications Publications by Alumni of the College during 2017–18 include: ALBARDIAZ, R (1994). ‘Peer motivation – assessing and facilitating’, Education for Primary Care 28(2) (2017); ‘De-escalating emotions: a process’, Education for Primary Care 28(1) (2017). FOX EADES, J (1981 Fox). ‘Applying positive psychology in the primary school: celebrating strengths, a UK well-being project’ in Positive Psychology Interventions in Practice, ed. C Proctor (Springer International Publishing, 2017). HAKA FLOKOS, M K (1980). The Hesitant Architect (Bookstars, 2017). MENADUE, C B J (1990). ‘Trysts tropiques: the torrid jungles of science fiction’, eTropic 16(1) (2017); (joint) ‘Human culture and science fiction: a review of the literature, 1980-2016’, SAGE Open 7(3) (2017); ‘Science fiction helps us deal with science fact: a lesson from Terminator’s killer robots’, The Conversation [online] (2017). MINOGUE, V P (1949 Hallett). (Editor/Translator) The Sin of Abbé Mouret by Émile Zola (Oxford World’s Classics, 2017).


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MORGAN, A (1978 Keymer). (Editor) Something Understood: Poems for Reflection and Meditation (The Mathetes Trust, 2017); Rooted in Jesus Junior Team Manual 2017: A Discipleship Course for Africa (The Mathetes Trust, 2017). NAYLOR, R G (1958 Desoutter) The Ancestry of Reason: How Consciousness Works, What it Achieves, How it Evolved (SelfPublished, 2017). TAYLOR, P (1963 Francis). ‘The episcopal returns in Domesday’ in Domesday Now, ed. D Roffe and K S B Keats-Rohan (Boydell Press, 2016); The Victoria History of Middlesex: Knightsbridge and Hyde (Institute of Historical Research and Victoria County History, 2017). Music MAXWELL, S (1956). Maxwell Collection of Music (2017).

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Alumni Events

Roll of Alumni Dinner and Weekend Booking Form

Roll of Alumni Dinner and Weekend

Dinner ticket(s) @ £52.50 per person

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The Roll of Alumni Dinner is open to all Girtonians and their guests.

Rooms @ £67.50 per person per night for the night(s) of: Friday / Saturday / Sunday (circle)

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If you would like to help to organise a reunion for your year or for any special group such as a particular subject or society, please get in touch with Dr Emma Cornwall, the Alumni Officer, for assistance.

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I wish to reserve: Draft programme of events 28 September 2019 Library Talk There will be a talk for Girtonians and their guests at 11.00 (details TBC later in the year). Lawrence Room Talk There will be a talk for Girtonians and their guests at 14.00 (details TBC later in the year). People’s Portraits Talk There will be a talk for Girtonians and their guests at 16.00. In addition a new portrait for the Girton People’s Portraits exhibition will be unveiled. Afternoon Tea From 15.30 (details TBC on the day).

Lunch in the Cafeteria (cash till)


Library Talk (free)


Lawrence Room Talk (free)


People’s Portraits Talk (free)


Concert (retiring collection)


Gardens Talk (free) (Sunday)


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Concert A musical performance will follow afternoon tea at 18.00 (details TBC later in the year).

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Dinner in the Hall 19.00 for 19.45 We are particularly pleased to be hosting reunion tables for those who matriculated in 1959, 1969 and 1979.

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Garden Talk There will be a talk for Girtonians and their guests at 10.30 (details TBC later in the year).

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I enclose my cheque for £ .............................. made payable to Girton College Please return by 20 September 2019 to: Emma Cornwall, Alumni Officer, Freepost RTJS-ZSHH-ZHBS, The Development Office, Girton College, Cambridge CB3 0JG


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Payment by credit/debit card: Card payments can be taken over the phone. Please call +44 (0)1223 764 935.

A Great Campaign This academic year saw A Great Campaign exceed the two-thirds mark in its mission to raise £50 million in permanent endowment to secure the financial future of the College. As of summer 2018, thanks to the generosity of more than 1,500 alumni and friends, over £19 million has been donated to grow the endowment capital, with a further £13.5 million pledged in legacies. This is testimony to the tremendous affection and goodwill of our wider community, and we send our warmest thanks to everyone who has supported the College. The impact of your support for A Great Campaign is already evident. The spendable annual investment income generated from gifts totalling £19.3 million (some £772,000 under the College’s current total-return spending rule) is available in perpetuity to support Girton’s strategic goals. Seven Fellowships with responsibilities in teaching and research have been permanently endowed in English, Modern and Medieval Languages, History, Law, Economics, Mathematics and Clinical Medicine. Donations have also enhanced the quality and breadth of student experience at Girton by helping to fund bursaries and scholarships, provide hardship grants, and increase all-round educational experiences through artist-in-residence masterclasses, sports provision and the new ‘Thrive’ programme which includes study skills, life skills, even pet therapy! Please see our full ‘Impact Report’ published online at We are now two years into the 150th Anniversary phase of A Great Campaign with 2019, the anniversary year itself, around the corner; we hope, with your help, to reach our target of £50 million by the end of the Campaign in 2022. This will give Girton the necessary financial flexibility and stability to determine its own destiny. We hope to announce further important Campaign achievements in 2019. The Campaign’s core aim remains the building of a permanent endowment sufficient to enable financial sustainability. However, the 150th Anniversary phase focuses on the people who are at the heart of Girton’s unique and transformative educational adventure: • Our Undergraduates, who comprise many nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. They are here on academic merit and because they want to learn. Girton’s fundamental principles of diversity and inclusion mean that we must be able to support the many bright young applicants who cannot otherwise afford to take up the offer of a place at the College. Undergraduate bursaries help bridge the gap in living costs for over 135 students each year. However, as part of our commitment to the Cambridge Bursary Scheme, we need to secure endowment for a further twenty full undergraduate bursaries

over the next five years. With your generous support, seven of these bursaries have been endowed already, ensuring that excellence and diversity will continue to thrive at Girton. • Our Graduates, whose research helps solve the problems of our complex and ever-changing world. The superb new accommodation at Swirles Court in the North West Cambridge development at Eddington presents an opportunity for Girton to grow its graduate school which, we hope, will eventually achieve parity with undergraduate numbers. To this end, we need to attract the best applicants from around the world, and are working to endow a number of graduate scholarships. With your help, original thought will continue to thrive at Girton. • Our Fellowship, which brings inspiration, encouragement, knowledge and wisdom to students each day of their educational journey. The Cambridge collegiate system, with its emphasis on supervisions, is widely acknowledged as world-leading, and the ability to attract and invest in the world’s most talented academics is key to its continued success. To ensure that the highest calibre of educational offer is maintained at Girton, we need to endow five further teaching posts. We are already raising funds for three of these – Fellowships in Physical Sciences, Applied Mathematics and in a number of subjects with an international theme. With your help, inspirational teaching will continue to thrive at Girton. If you have benefited from your studies at Girton and have not yet joined A Great Campaign, please consider doing so now, as we approach our 150th Anniversary year; this will enable the future generations of Girton students, educators and researchers to flourish. We shall be very grateful for your gift, at whatever level suits your circumstances. Gifts may take the form of cash, shares or financial instruments; alternatively, you might remember Girton in your will. Please note that the College is a registered charity; giving can therefore be tax-efficient. Those living in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and certain European countries can find information on tax-efficient giving at Donations can be made using the form overleaf or online at: For more information about A Great Campaign, or to talk to us about a specific fund or gift, please contact the Development Office on +44 (0)1223 766672 or email us at development@

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Giving to Girton I wish my donation to support A Great Campaign Unrestricted Permanent Endowment Capital

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Undergraduate Bursaries

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Graduate Research Scholarships

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Teaching Fellowships Fund (General)

Donors to A Great Campaign will be listed in a College publication.

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