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MichaelmasTerm 2012

Welcome to the Michaelmas Term Homerton College enewsletter. We bring you the latest College news and details of Roll events we have planned for Autumn/Winter 2012. Dr Ian McMahon Dr Ian McMahon (1923-2012) was Head of History at Homerton from 1965 until 1988. During that time he consolidated history as a vigorous research-based discipline within the College's curriculum. He could expound on almost any subject, particularly the finer points of current American politics but also on theology, philosophy and educational history. A memorial lecture in honour of Dr McMahon will be given on Tuesday 20 November by Dr William Foster, College Fellow and Lecturer in History. The lecture will be followed by the Michaelmas Term Alumni Formal Hall. Read more.

Varsity Match at Twickenham, 6 December 2012 Invitation from the Bursar Having joined Homerton in July as the new Bursar, I was surprised to find my love and interest in rugby appeared to be well-known and often the first topic of conversation when meeting new people! I started playing rugby (of the female variety) at University College London as an undergraduate and continued to play for another 14 years finishing at Richmond Rugby Club. For the past 7 years I have been Chair of the Rugby Football Union for Women which this year became fully integrated in the RFU. There were many achievements and highlights in that time including organising and hosting the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2010. I now represent women's and girls' rugby on the RFU Council and participate in a number of committees. Now I admit I have never been to a Varsity Match! However, I will be there this year proudly supporting the Light Blues. I would really like to meet some of our Alumni there so if you decide to take up the exciting offer or come under your own steam, please let me know and hopefully we can meet up. I am now off to buy my Light Blue scarf to annoy my Oxford student daughter! Deborah Griffin OBE

Charter Campaign 2012 The Charter Campaign raised £100,500 in the FY 2011-12, bringing the total to date since the launch of the Campaign in March 2011 to £194,500. The College would like to thank all who supported the Campaign this year, allowing the College to increase financial assistance to students through scholarships and bursaries, to support creative endeavor and to provide additional support for our young researchers. A total of £76,000 was raised from the Telephone Campaign alone, whilst a number of pledges remain outstanding, this is a great acheivement. The participation rate has risen from below 1% at the start of the Campaign to over 5% of alumni having made a gift to Homerton. We are very grateful, not only for the donations, but also for the offers of support in other ways.

Careers Service - A Request Over half the current undergraduates at Homerton College are actively engaged with the University's Careers Service. You may have used it yourself. The Service provides advice, information and guidance to all current students, whatever their career interests and abilities. With the current demanding employment market facing many of our students, the Careers Service is looking for your help and support, whatever career you're in. GradLink is their alumni database, containing contact details of over 1,200 willing volunteers who offer advice and information to current students by email or telephone. GradLinks usually get fewer than a dozen queries a year, so it isn't too demanding on your time. If you'd like to offer advice and information to current students, from all Colleges, wanting to know about your career, employer, and the highs and lows of your own career trajectory, please join GradLink. Similarly, if you can offer any work placements, internships or are looking to recruit a graduate full time, please let the Careers Service know. Free of charge, they will advertise your vacancy to targeted groups of students. Simply enter details of your organisation and vacancy here. Good advice, relevant information and the chance to undertake useful work experience all combine to ensure our students secure the career they're after. The Careers Service is looking forward to meeting you, albeit virtually. Gordon Chesterman, Director, Careers Service

The Australian Art Orchestra - Crossing Roper Bar A visionary exploration of the music traditions of Australia's first people by the Australian Art Orchestra in collaboration with the Young Wägliak Group, traditional song men from Ngukurr, South East Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory. They will be performing in Cambridge on Tuesday 13 November at both the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and afterwards at Homerton College in the Mary Allen Auditorium at 4pm. Read more.

Fellows News This term we welcome four new Junior Research Fellows:

The Charter Choir's July tour to Alsace was a huge success. The performances were gratefully received, with impressive turnouts in both town and country venues. A second international tour to Croatia is planned for 2013. As well as Choral Evensong each Tuesday during term time, at 6.30pm in St John the Evangelist's Church, Hills Road, the Choir will be performing at Great St Mary's Church on 4 November, 6.307.30pm and at Choral Evensong at Ely Cathedral on 29 November, 5.30-6.30pm. Further details are available from the Director of Music, Daniel TrocmĂŠ-Latter.

Absolute Pandemonium is the current incarnation of Homerton's very own steel pan band. We have purchased some shiny new pans and would love to offer the chance for Pandemonium alumni to play them. We wil be organising a pans alumni event later in the year. Do get in touch!

Dr Amy Blakeway joins Homerton as a JRF in History following a year as the FulbrightRobertson Visiting Professor in British History at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. Dr Blakeway intends to work on the position of illegitimate aristocrats in sixteenth-century Scottish noble society and politics, focusing on the figure of James Hamilton, Duke of Chatelherault, Earl of Arran and Governor of Scotland (1519-75). Mr Richard Brierley joins Homerton as a JRF in Physics. A theoretical physicist based at the Cavendish Labs, Richard's research will study the effects of strain on low temperature phase transitions of materials. Dr Gerry Crossan, JRF in Biological and Medical Sciences, is working on the molecular basis of the human genetic disease Fanconi Anaemia, using mice to study the cellular and pathological consequences of certain genetic deficiencies. Ms Lauren Waszek, JRF in Geophysics, is based in the Bullard Laboratories of the Earth Sciences Department. Following on from her PhD thesis on 'A body wave study of the seismic velocity and attenuation structures of Earth's inner core', her next project is to work on the outer core.

Homerton Roll Events For information about events please see our website or contact us at or by phone at 01223 747270.

Homerton College Music Society will be performing recitals on Friday evenings in the Paston Brown Room this term. Do contact us in the Roll Office if you would be interested in attending a recital.


Did you matriculatte at Homerrton College in or afte er 2001? The Youn ng Alumni Dinner postpo oned from Saturday 7th July 2012 will now be helld on Saturd day 13 April 2013. We arre hoping th hat there will be a HATs style enterttainment tog gether with dinn ner in the Grreat Hall and d a chance to o meet up with w friends. This T will be an a opportun ity for our more m recent graduate es to bid fare ewell to Dr K Kate Pretty, Principal, an nd Dr Peter Wa arner, Senior Tutor, in th his their lastt academic year y at

2012 Grraduates The 2012 2 Leavers' Dinner, D for al l of those who graduated in 2012, wiill be held in College on 15 February y 2013. Invitations will be se ent by email so do pleasse keep us up to date with current contact c details. Additiona al dates for your y diary: 23 June 2013 Family y Day in Coll ege 27/28 Se eptember 20 013 Annual R Roll Reunion

Homerton sttudents Emm ma Powell and George Potts starre ed in this year's Camb bridge Foottlights Tour, performing in the e Edinburgh Fringe F in Aug gust, and then transfe erring to America performing in New York, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia a at some of the most prestigious comedy venues in th he States, be efore returning for the home run last week at the ADC Theatrre in Cambridge.

Branch h Events The Oxfo ord Branch of Homerttonians will be meeting inside the Muse eum of Mode ern Art in Ox xford on Tuesday 20 Nov vember at 12pm for lunch followed by a visit to the gallery, g where there will be an n exhibtion by b Jean-Luc Moulène. Fo or further de etails contact Lucy L Barnettt.

The Hom merton Lond don Rollers s will be mee eting at Traffalgar Square for f a Christm mas event on n Friday, 7 December. D Th he idea is that pe eople can join in for all ((or part of) the t afternoon. Details will w be sent to London me embers in th he next few weeks. Anyone outside o Lond don who's in terested in coming c shou uld contact Stephanie S Be eardsworth o or Stephanie e Rogers for further details. Stephaniie writes: "A At 1pm there e's a free 45 minute conc cert in St Martin n-in-the-Fields, allowing time for a coffee c and sa andwich ahead off a half hour National Ga allery tour att 2.30pm. Frrom 3pm (approx)) to 4.30pm we'll have te ea in the National Gallerry Dining Rooms. By B then it wiill be dark an nd the Trafa algar Square Christma as Tree will be b lit up..." There is still a chanc ce to book a place at the e Homerton London L Dinner at the Oxford d & Cambridg ge Club on Saturday S 3 November. Please conta act Jean Carrnall as soon n as possible e.

T The latest edition of the e Homertonian is availab ble on-line, together witth previous years' y publications s. If you wou uld prefer not to receiv ve a printed copy of the next ediition of the Homertonian, do please e let us know. The Roll R News 2012 2 will be available e on-line from m November.

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