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Easter Term 2011  Issue 14

Marking our History… Blue Plaque in Newnham Hughes Hall leaves its mark as the 125th anniversary celebrations draw to a close. In February, a blue plaque was placed on Crofton Cottages in Merton Street, Newnham, the pair of houses in which Hughes Hall started life in 1885.

The street event to inaugurate the plaque was attended by both Hughesians and members of the local community. The President, Mrs Sarah Squire, the Chairman of the Blue Plaque Committee, Mr John Durrant, and Dr Pam Hirsch, author of Teacher Training in Cambridge: The Initiatives of Oscar Browning and Elizabeth Hughes, gave short speeches. A celebratory drink and refreshments were provided. Then the current owners of the properties – who are delighted with the link to such an important supporter of women’s education – kindly allowed visitors to look round inside the houses to try to envisage how it must have been for the students living there 125 years ago.

…and Supporting our Future Telephone campaign In our most intense alumni outreach project to date, nearly 800 alumni were contacted in December, 2010 in the College’s first telephone campaign. The objectives of the campaign were several fold: to maintain and increase engagement with our alumni; to raise awareness of events at College; to identify various ways in which alumni can be involved with the College; and to seek financial support for key College initiatives. Great strides were made across all of these objectives. The numbers 13 student callers 50 hours worked by each student 775 calls completed £40,000 for our 125 Anniversary Scholarships and th

Bursaries Fund £20,000 for other projects around College £60,000 pledged in total And countless memorable stories from alumni – ranging from marriage proposals on Fenner’s cricket pitch, to reminiscences about College food! Easter Term 2011  Issue 14

Hughes Hall 1885–2010 by Professor Ged Martin Following his fascinating commemorative lecture at the 125th Anniversary Dinner in 2010, Professor Ged Martin has now written a new book on the history of the College. Further details about the book, which will be beautifully illustrated with historical and contemporary photos, can be found in the enclosed brochure.

Crofton Cottages Chrissie Eaves-Walton… The plaque has been an object of great curiosity for passers-by. Inside number 1 it has launched much speculation. What kind of woman was able to raise all that money in 10 years when women weren’t being awarded degrees, female education was frowned upon and major financial transactions were manly undertakings? Miss Hughes must have been quite a force! Martyn, Fiona, Sophie and Anna Sakol… We at number 3 think that Elizabeth Hughes would have very much enjoyed the fact that both our daughters have written about the history of Hughes Hall in school projects, and have been lucky enough to benefit from the kind of excellent teaching she fought so hard to pioneer. We all owe her a great debt of gratitude and are very proud of our plaque and the determination and hard work that took place in our home on behalf of women’s education.

Joyce Skinner CBE, Fellow 1974–85

The current home owners, Chrissie Eaves-Walton, second from left, and beside her Martyn and Fiona Sakol and their children

Visit of the Visitor

An Appreciation Joyce Skinner was a very distinguished educationist, who insisted upon high standards in teacher training and educational research and promoted a fruitful partnership between the two. She is particularly remembered in Cambridge as the very successful Director of the Cambridge Institute of Education. Her appointment in 1974 came at a difficult time. The Institute, which, among other functions, provided in-service courses for teachers, had never been admitted to the University. All other Institutes were incorporated in universities and were consequently able to award higher degrees. Joyce was faced with the alternatives of winning acceptance by the University or closing an increasingly unviable institution. Rejecting the latter, she embarked on a protracted struggle with an unwilling University during which she made an astute move to develop higher degree courses with the University of East Anglia. Eventually her quiet determination, coupled with the support of Professor Hirst of the Department of Education and Dr Herbertson, Chairman of the Institute’s Governors and President of Hughes Hall, persuaded the University to admit the Institute. Since then the combined forces of the Department and Institute have moved from strength to strength and have achieved world wide recognition. We owe Joyce a great debt of gratitude for her part in making this possible. This was only one of Joyce’s many achievements. She managed a critical period of change at Bishop Grosseteste’s College in Lincoln and served on influential public bodies. Unassuming, kind and down-to-earth. she was very much liked and respected as a Fellow of the College. Pat Story, Life Fellow 2

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, College Visitor and Chancellor of the University, attended the 25th Anniversary Luncheon of The Kurt Hahn Trust (of which he is Patron) at Hughes Hall. The Duke met with the President of the College, Mrs Sarah Squire (who is also Chair of the Trustees of the Kurt Hahn Trust) and other members of the College, including representatives of the MCR.

New Delhi Reunion

Hughes Hall lawyers at the recent liaison event in New Delhi, India.

Peter Prabhu (MPhil in Management Studies, 1991) organised the reunion in honour of the Commonwealth Games last October, and Prathiba Singh (LLM, 1991) generously sponsored the event. Several generations of alumni were represented, with the older members getting updates from more recent graduates on the many developments in the College. We are always delighted to hear from former students who would like to set up an alumni event in their local area. If you would be interested in this, please contact the Development Office ( or +44 (0)1223 334895).

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First phone campaign a great success Hughes Hall’s first phone campaign was completed at the end of the Michaelmas term. Improved alumni engagement and generous financial support were the key outcomes. A team of student and recent alumni callers had many wonderful conversations with alumni across the globe. All our callers really enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the College, past and present, and many other matters with our alumni … some callers even received very useful careers advice during the calls! The conversations have provided a great deal of stimulus to our ongoing alumni relations programme, with many helpful suggestions for events and possible engagement with the College, as well as giving us up-to-date contact records for our past students. We received very positive feedback, with alumni remembering the College as warm, friendly and welcoming. And in addition, there was some very helpful and constructive critical feedback on how best to ensure a truly excellent student experience at College; we shall aim to learn and improve our activities! In terms of fundraising, the response was very generous and is much appreciated by all of us at the College. Around 40% of those called pledged to support the College with a financial donation, leading to a total amount pledged to the College of over £60,000 over 3 years.

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The student callers, with Deputy Development Director, Hannah Flewitt, second from left

Around two thirds of this was pledged to our 125th Anniversary Scholarships and Bursaries Campaign. As a result of this, and a truly magnificent anonymous gift of £100,000, the campaign has made a good start towards our goal of raising an additional £1m to create an endowment fund for future scholarships and bursaries. ‘How can I get involved?’ was a frequent question raised by a number of alumni to whom we spoke. There are indeed many ways in which you can continue to be involved with the College. For example: acting as a mentor in helping current students with their career choices; speaking at student events – perhaps at Hughes Hall Business Society or Law Society meetings; attending College events – subject-related dinners, Margaret Wileman Society Concerts, or our range of seminars; or perhaps, given our increasingly international outlook, helping with regional and international get-togethers. One suggestion we received was to hold an event aimed specifically at our education alumni – possibly in early summer after the end of the school year. We would be very interested to hear from any education alumni who would like to contribute ideas as to the content/format of such an event – so if this or any of the other ideas above are of interest to you please do get in touch. We intend to hold a further telephone campaign towards the end of 2011 or in 2012, when we hope to build on the achievements of our first campaign and speak to many more of our alumni.

Jonathan Taylor, Development Director

Social Media Launch Hughes Hall is expanding its presence online. If you visit the College website, you will notice on the bottom left corner of the home page that we now have official Facebook, Twitter and Flickr pages. We are pleased to be able to stay connected with alumni through these additional channels and hope to see many of you online.


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Hughes Hall sports clubs successes… Football

Lent Bumps

Chris Jeppesen (PhD in History) Manager of Hughes Hall Football Club

Tim Daines (MEd) Captain of Hughes Hall Boat Club

Rarely is one able to realise teenage dreams of managing a football team to glory, but this season I was fortunate enough to see the Hughes football team sweep all before them to claim the MCR Division 2 title, and promotion.

We have once again ranked as one of the most successful colleges on the river. Our Women’s 1 boat won Lent Bumps blades for the first time in the history of the Boat Club, a remarkable achievement considering their high starting The victorious Women’s 1 crew position. They bumped Robinson, Pembroke, Anglia Ruskin and Homerton on course to their blades.

Players in action!

This achievement means that next season we will be competing as close to the world stage as is possible for a group of ageing postgraduates, as we vie for the championship in the top MCR league. A combination of quick and skilful forwards, a dynamic midfield, an uncompromising defence and a feline-esque goalkeeper helped Hughes win all but one of our league fixtures – including a last minute win against Clare/Fitz, which ultimately sealed the title. Overall, it was an excellent season, characterised by a fantastic team spirit, flowing football and a real determination to win – even when the weather conditions made the prospect of leaving one’s bed particularly unappealing. I look forward to continuing enthusiasm and success next season.

Men’s 1 climbed higher than any other boat has in at least the last four years of Lents, gaining a total of 8 places in four days and bumping Trinity, Addenbrookes, Robinson and Fitzwilliam. It’s been a long time since there has been a double overbump (catching a crew 5 stations ahead of you) in Lents, but Hughes Hall M1 achieved exactly that. We also managed to qualify two second boats for Lents this year, so we had four boats entered for the first time, and both second crews performed admirably in chaotic conditions.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Boat Race Many congratulations to the three members of College who made it all the way to the Blue boat in the Boat Race this year: David Nelson (Economics) at stroke, Derek Rasmussen (Economics), the second member of Hughes to hold the office of President of CUBC, back in the seven seat after last year’s success, and Liz Box (Theology), cox and the first female member of the College to possess the coveted plain blue jacket (we think Miss Hughes would have approved!), had an exhausting, but ultimately disappointing afternoon. They passed my vantage point in the boathouse in Putney with the nose of the gleaming white new boat inches ahead (I like to think), but in reality it just wasn’t to be. Congratulations and commiserations too to Nick Edleman (Law) who stepped up from being spare man last year to sit at two in Goldie; regrettably they were similarly defeated by the dark blues of Isis. Courtney Wilkinson (ASNaC), Hon Sec of CUBC, and Dominic Silk (CGCM) worked hard and valiantly too, but didn’t make it to the end through the torture of training. But for all the disappointment this year, it is clear that elite heavyweight men’s rowing is still alive and well in Hughes. Dr Mike Franklin, Praelector and Fellow


James Richards (Economics)

rsity Captain of Cambridge Unive b Rugby Union Football Clu n, James was born in Cape Tow ying South Africa. He started pla of nine. rugby at school at the age erging Sevens team and also He was in South Africa’s Em an before going to play in Jap played for Western Province ited Un first degree in the for a year. He completed his nted to gain a world class States, then decided he wa uld n Cambridge, where he wo degree, and where better tha in the Varsity match! have a chance to play rugby s Boynton, had been at Hughe A friend, rugby player Trevor lege. James has enjoyed his and recommended the Col lots of mates… there’s time at Hughes: ‘I’ve made like a family.’ a good feeling here, it’s a bit

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News from Hughesians Congratulations to alumni… David van Reybrouck (MPhil in Archaeology and Anthropology, 1993). His History of Congo has had the unique distinction of winning the two most prestigious book prizes in Holland: the de Libris History Prize for non-fiction, and the AKO Literature Prize (for fiction or non-fiction). This is the first time that both prizes have been awarded to the same book. This book will be published in the UK and the US in the latter part of 2012, and so far rights have also been bought by French, German, Norwegian and Swedish publishers. Calvin Orlando Smith (MPhil in Architecture, 2003) wrote, starred in and produced A Night of 100 Stars, the final production of a year long centennial celebration at the Morton Theater in Athens, Georgia. The Morton is America’s oldest surviving Black-built, owned and operated vaudeville theatre. Before reading for his MPhil, Calvin had performed on Broadway. The Athens Banner-Herald posted: ‘Calvin Smith returns from the bright lights of Broadway, proving there’s no place like home, in a wonderful commemoration of culture, heritage, and community’. Kevin Outterson (LLM, 2002) recently received secondary appointments as a Faculty Associate at the Harvard Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics and as an Associate Professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health. His primary academic appointment continues as Associate Professor at Boston University School of Law. Lynn Clarke (MSt in Jewish-Christian Relations, 2006) published her debut novel Evidence and Judgment, with Anaphora Literary Press. Roxanna Saberi (MPhil in International Relations, 1996) had been living in Iran for six years when, in January, 2009, she was dragged from her home and taken to Iran’s infamous Evin prison. She was charged with espionage – a charge she denied. After a sham trial that made headlines around the world, Roxana was sentenced to eight years in prison. But following broad-based international pressure, she was released on appeal, having spent 100 days in prison. Roxana’s book about her time in Iran and in prison has been widely acclaimed. “Between Two Worlds is an extraordinary story of how an innocent young woman got caught up in the current of political events and met individuals whose stories vividly depict human rights violations in Iran.” – Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Emmanuel Carraud (MBA, 2009). MagicSolver, the start up company of which Emmanuel is co-founder and CEO, has been going from strength to strength and recently reached number one in the Overall App Store rankings in the UK, France, Germany and 15 European countries.

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Events Diary HUGHES HALL CENTRE FOR BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE IN SOCIETY (CBSS) 4.45–7.00pm, Thursday, 2 June, 2011 Lecture by Baroness Mary Warnock, ‘Assisted Dying’

The Margaret Wileman Music Society – in the Pavilion Room 6.00–7.00pm, Thursday, 9 June, 2011 Pianist Ian de Massini performs his own transcriptions and arrangement of the music of Bach.

HUGHES HALL MAY BALL ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Saturday, 18 June, 2011


If you are interested in attending any of these events please contact

2.30–5.30pm, Saturday, 25 June, 2011 Tea and talk by Hughes Hall Fellow, Dr Mark Turin, ‘Collect, Protect, Connect: Documenting the Voices of Vanishing Worlds’

ALUMNI WEEKEND LECTURE AT HUGHES Sunday, 25 September, 2011 Lecture by Hughes Hall Fellow, Anthony Freeling, ‘Did you hear the one about Darwin, the marketing manager and the customer?’

The May Ball Travel Around the World in 80 Days as Hughes Hall is transformed for its annual May Ball on Saturday, 18 June. You will be taken on a wild ride from the glitz of Moulin Rouge to the mystery of the Far East, to the lawless adventure of the frontier West, and even to the skies themselves. Along the way, enjoy the best in live entertainment on three stages and food from the four corners of the planet. This black-tie event is a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, renew your connection with Hughes, and relive some of the Cambridge spirit. Visit



College News

Honorary Fellow


Nigel Brown, OBE Quondam City Fellow New Fellows Dr Ajith Parlikad Institute of Manufacturing Dr Hilary Burton Director, PHG Foundation Professor James (Jim) Kaufman Departments of Pathology and Veterinary Medicine Dr Mark Turin Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Director of World Oral Literature Project Research Fellows Dr Chetan Kumar Department of Geography Dr Alastair Lockhart Faculty of Divinity Dr Sara Piccirillo Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair Dr Klara Stefflova Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Research Institute Post-Doctoral Research Associate Dr Rhodri Mansell Department of Physics Senior Member Mr David James Domestic Bursar Senior Associate Professor Nikolaos K Kazantzis Department of Chemical Engineering

Ian de Massini: Goldberg Variations 1 March, 2011 The silence before the thunderous applause at the end of Ian’s playing was testament to the effect of his expressive playing and sensitive interpretation of this music. Some of the variations are fiendishly difficult to play on a piano, but although Ian mentioned this in his very useful personal notes, the difficulty was not evident in the execution. It was a wonderful hour of music, and we look forward to Ian’s forthcoming concerts.


Dr Hilary Burton Newly elected Fellow Dr Hilary Burton is a public health physician and Director of the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health (PHG Foundation). Hilary has pioneered national approaches to the development of genetics applications across a wide range of clinical practice and primary care; more recently she has worked with international partners, including WHO, in a major project to help low and middle income countries develop services for the prevention and management of congenital disorders.

Professor Marc Weller is the new Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. He is Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies in the University. He has been a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre since 1990.

Professor Theresa Marteau is director of a new research unit in the Institute of Public Health at the University, the Behaviour and Health Research Unit, funded by the Department of Health. The new unit will inform government policy-making on behaviour and health, investigating the most effective ways of changing behaviour to improve health outcomes in all social groups.

Students Another Hughes student wins the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs £1K Award Competition

Shah Rukh Abbas (PhD in Biotechnology) and her team-mate Faisal Khan, University Shah with the award of Oxford, won the £1K Challenge 2010–2011 for their Social Enterprise Venture, ‘Khadija’s Business Park’. It proposed the empowerment of women as a possible solution to alleviate the economic crisis caused by the devastating 2010 floods in Pakistan. Their second submission, ‘Sphericos Biotechnologies’, was also awarded a commendation under the Clean Tech stream.

 Both Shah and Faisal come from the worst hit area of Pakistan. They are passionate about implementing their plan and are seeking investments to develop their project further. Dominic Silk (CGCM) received a letter of commendation from the Executive Medical Director of the East of England Ambulance Service, praising Dominic’s prompt actions and skills which ‘undoubtedly saved the life’ of a cardiac arrested rower on the Cam.

Staff Hannah Flewitt, Deputy Development Director, went on maternity leave in late April. She was sent off in great style with the best wishes of all the staff and Fellows. Joanna McPhee has joined the College from English Heritage. As the new Development Officer she will be involved in our alumni relations and development programme. Andrew Baughan is our new IT Manager. He came to Hughes Hall from the Institute of Astronomy at the University, where he worked as a Computer Officer for two years. Before that, Andrew was an IT professional in an international company.

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The Second Annual Charnley Law Dinner The Right Hon the Lord Clarke of Stone-cum-Ebony, Justice of the Supreme Court, was the guest speaker at the second Annual Charnley Law Dinner held at College in February. The President of the Supreme Court, the Right Hon the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, who introduced Lord Clarke, was amongst many distinguished guests who joined the President, Fellows, alumni and students of Hughes Hall for a lively dinner and an engaging speech. Luka Cˇolic´ and Saleema Khimji, President and Vice-President of the Hughes Hall Law Society, started off the evening with kind words of thanks to the event sponsor, William Charnley, Fellow of Hughes Hall and Partner at Mayer Brown.
This annual dinner provides an excellent opportunity for current law students to connect with alumni and network with professionals in the legal field, and has become a much anticipated event in the College’s calendar.

From left to right: Lord Phillips, Mr Charnley, the President, Mrs Sarah Squire, and Lord Clarke

Hughes Hall Business Society Energy Conference The first Cambridge Energy Conference, co-sponsored by Cambridge Judge Business School, Manchester Business School and Hughes Hall Business Society, took place in the University Centre in March. The aim of the event was to confront the views of industry leaders, policy makers and renowned academics on energy initiatives which impact climate change. It brought together nine speakers and panellists, including Jean-Pierre Hansen (Gaz de France Suez Executive Committee), Dr Bill Nuttall (Judge Business School, Electricity Policy Research Group, Fellow, Hughes Hall) and Prof Michael Kelly (Prince Philip Professor of Technology at Cambridge). In addition to the interventions and panel discussions, attendees had the opportunity to talk to the speakers around the lunch buffet or the evening drinks. The conference was opened by Prof Jochen Runde, head of the MBA Programme at Cambridge Judge Business School; he emphasised the importance of climate change initiatives to businesses today. The morning began with an inspirational talk

by Professor Kevin Anderson (Director of the Tyndall Energy Programme), followed by Dr David White, President of Water and Carbon at Schlumberger, who emphasised that Carbon Capture Technology is ready to be put into action. Dr David Cleevely, Director of the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge University, moderated the morning panel. The afternoon was more focused on the gaps and inconsistencies of energy policies, with particularly enlightening talks from Dr Michael Pollitt on electricity market reform, and Dr Nuttall on energy policy and the nuclear renaissance. The panel discussion reviewed the potential impact of European power demand, the role of regulation and the cloudy future of biofuels and solar power on the future electricity market. The day was a great success and Mahdi Kazemzadeh and Antoine Huard are now starting the Judge Energy Group to ensure the continuity and growth of this event and to bring together Judge students and alumni who share our interest in better understanding the complex world of Energy. Mahdi Kazemzadeh

Help Hughes when you use Amazon Help support Hughes by doing your Amazon shopping through the Hughes Hall website. Just click on the Amazon link on the library web page. A percentage of the purchase price goes to the College, at no cost to you. Hughes Hall is an associate of From left to right: Prof Michael Kelly, Jeremy Nicholson, Dr Bill Nuttall, Jean-Pierre Hansen, Antoine Huard, Mahdi Kazemzadeh, Lisa Stuart, Dr Michael Pollitt, and Dr David Reiner

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Hughesians on the move… Sovan Sarkar Former student and Research Fellow, Dr Sovan Sarkar, has been awarded the 2012 Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award in cell biology for outstanding research carried out by an early career scientist; this relates to Dr Sarkar’s work in Cambridge. The work focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind a cellular protein degradation pathway called autophagy, which has been implicated in many human physiological and pathological conditions, including development, immunity, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, liver diseases and longevity. Dr Sarkar’s findings pertaining to the cell biology of autophagy have provided important mechanistic insights and have led to the identification of a number of small molecule autophagy regulators (candidate drugs) of potential biomedical relevance. The Times of India has reported on his success. He is currently working at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at Massechussets Institute of Technology. Further details of his research can be found on: edu/~sarkar/

Having done a BSc in Physiology from Presidency College, Kolkata and an MSc in Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University in India, I joined Hughes Hall as a graduate student in 2002 with funding from the Gates Cambridge Trust. I completed my PhD from the Department of Medical Genetics at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research in 2006, and thereafter was elected as a Research Fellow of the College in 2007. My life at Hughes Hall and in Cambridge has been memorable for being able to interact with young and eminent personalities from various disciplines across the globe, many of whom have become long-standing friends. Interestingly, I met my wife, Dr Sohini Chakrabortee, also a Research Fellow of the College, on our way to Cambridge from India in 2002, and we eventually got married in 2006. I was associated with the Hughes Hall Cricket Club and organising the Hats Off Distinguished Lectures Series. I was also an active member of Indian charity and cultural societies in Cambridge. In future, I hope to make an impact on human society through my research, and to contribute towards the knowledge of science.

Sovan with his wife, Sohini Chakrabortee, at an Indian cultural event

Cells showing autophagy as detected by green fluorescent protein-tagged LC3 marker

Sovan with the President and his family at his graduation

Deborah Hayden I arrived at Hughes in 2003 to read for an affiliated BA in Cambridge’s Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, after completing my first degree in the States. I loved the broad scope of literature, language and history on offer in ASNaC and found Hughes to be a welcoming place, so a master’s, PhD and postdoc stretched my intended stay from two years to eight. The College has changed a lot during that time: when I matriculated Fenner’s wasn’t much more than a foundation at the end of Mortimer Road, the library was a great deal less spacious and the Hughes community was much smaller.

I’ve enjoyed being involved in College life, putting in three years at the helm of the music society and five as MCR bar manager, which means that I’ve had a chance to meet countless inspiring, intelligent and memorable people over the years. It’s also been nice to stay connected with Hughes as a Research Associate during my most recent stint of postdoctoral work, first as a lecturer in Modern Irish for the University and then as a researcher for the Early Irish Glossaries Project, with a fair bit of medieval Irish and Latin teaching for ASNaC on the side. As my last academic term in Cambridge draws to a close, I’m heading off to start a new research project of my own, involving study of a medieval Irish text on linguistic theory called Auraicept na nÉces, which is often considered

Deborah on one of her research trips to Donegal, Ireland A keen photographer, Deborah won the College’s 2007 photo competition with Wednesday morning study session

one of the earliest extant vernacular ‘grammars’ in western Europe. I’ll complete the first year of my project in Dublin as a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Scholar at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Celtic Studies, after which I’ll begin a Junior Research Fellowship in Celtic at Christ Church, Oxford.

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