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News from Hughes Easter Term 2012  Issue 16

Newsletter for Hughes Hall members

Law at Hughes

– from strength to strength Law has been a major feature of life at Hughes Hall for several decades, with significant recent developments. College Fellows have contributed much to this over the years, notably Nick Sinclair Brown, Robin Pirrie, Frank Dawson and Keith McVeigh, whom many older LLM alumni will fondly remember. Of our current Fellows, Marc Weller and John Barker fly the College flag at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. We continue to have large cohorts of LLM students – a record 32 in 2009–2010. And they achieve excellent results – 6 of the 18 in 2010–2011 gained Firsts. Two recent LLM students have continued to PhDs, and both are worthy recipients of Hughes Hall bursaries. Next year we will add yet another course, with the Faculty’s new Masters in Corporate Law, for which we are already receiving applications. BA alumni will also have fond memories – in their case of John Hopkins’ wise counsel and shrewd direction of studies. John has taught law in Cambridge for over 50 years, to the great benefit of generations of students at Hughes, Downing and elsewhere. In recent years the College has greatly enjoyed the Charnley Law Dinner, with eminent guests from the Law Faculty and the legal profession. President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, was the guest speaker this year, and has become an Honorary Fellow of the College. In this he joins alumnus Judge Evan Wallach, of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

On the right, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, President of the UK Supreme Court and Honorary Fellow, with the President, William Charnley and Sir Robin Auld

The Charnley Law Dinner The College was delighted to welcome as this year’s speaker Lord Phillips, President of the Supreme Court, for the third annual Law Dinner. Lord Phillips is a good friend of law at Hughes, having supported the Law Dinner for the past three years. The evening, sponsored by Mr William Charnley, Fellow of the College, was an excellent networking opportunity for students and alumni and we were joined by many Law professionals and academics.

Our latest exciting news is the appointment of a Hughes Hall Law Fellow, Dr Markus Gehring. Last year Trinity College launched a scheme offering financial support for joint appointments between faculties and colleges. We immediately approached the Law Faculty, and reached agreement on the funding and a joint appointment. As a result, from October 2012, Dr Gehring will be a University Lecturer in the Faculty and Fellow in Law at Hughes Hall, taking over as our BA Director of Studies. Markus has studied at Hamburg and Yale, worked at Oxford, Ottawa and Santiago, and is a member of the Frankfurt/Main Bar. He knows Cambridge well, having been at Robinson College since 2005 as Fellow in Law, Tutor, Director of Studies, and organiser of a whole range of activities. He remains Deputy Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies at the Law Faculty and continues to teach in the Departments of Politics and International Studies, and Land Economy. His main legal interests are European Union law, particularly on the environment and sustainable development, and he is an active member of various related international bodies. Dr Markus Gehring

This joint appointment is a new step for Hughes Hall, and Markus Gehring will bring considerable energy and enthusiasm to it. Law at Hughes goes from strength to strength! Philip Johnston, Senior Tutor

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Judge Evan Wallach Evan Wallach, alumnus of Hughes Hall (1980, LLB) and Honorary Fellow, was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, in November 2011. His varied career includes sixteen years as a judge of the US Court of International Trade, nineteen years practising media law, a stint as public policy advisor to Senator Harry Reid, and active service in the US army during the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. Judge Wallach has taught at a number of law schools in the US and at the University of Münster in Germany; he is a recognised expert in the law of war. Your first degree was in journalism. Do you still find it useful? Yes, generally lawyers don’t really write very well. I hope the newspapering helps me communicate. At least it taught me about short sentences. I’ve also taught returning soldiers how to write their combat experiences as poetry. Graves would tell you that expression is something they find very difficult to do. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gets worse over time; my brother suffers from it and I felt that writing feelings might help.

You have written extensively on subjects such as water boarding, alternative combatants, the doctrine of command responsibility, and whether nanobots are covered by the conventions on chemical warfare. How do these issues relate to each other? My priority is to help establish what the limitations are, through precedent, national and international law, on activities which are inherently chaotic. For example, my research showed that in the past the US and our allies prosecuted water boarding as torture. In common law countries precedent is always valuable. What are you working on at the moment? I have an article currently being edited on chivalry in the 21st century, and I am writing on command responsibility for fully autonomous fighting vehicles. Finally, what did you get out of your year at Hughes, and how do you find the College now? It was the happiest year of my life – a magical time, made possible by the people at College. It’s more efficient and the facilities are better now, but it’s just as kind, gentle and civilised as it always was – it’s the people who make it so lovely.

The Hughes Hall Centre for Biomedical Science in Society (CBSS)

The Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 years of innovation and enterprise

CBSS Lecture: Reverend Dr John Hare

Hughes undergraduate Kate Kirk (2011, BA English) has co-authored a book on the history of the Cambridge Phenomenon, the hugely successful cluster of technology companies around Cambridge. Honorary Fellows Nigel Brown OBE and Hermann Hauser FRS advised the project.

We were delighted to welcome the Reverend Dr John Hare back to Hughes Hall on 8 March to give a talk for the Centre for Biomedical Science in Society (CBSS) seminar series. Dr Hare, Quondam Fellow, spoke about Abortion Law and Practice in England, 1800 to the Present. His excellent talk was clear, comprehensive and thought provoking; the historical account highlighted the effect on women of criminalising abortion. He considered the ethical dilemmas related to abortion, the views held by different groups, both religious and non-religious, and the extent to which these were allowed to influence law-making. Lively discussions continued at the Formal Hall which followed. If you’d like to attend future CBSS events or register for our mailing list, please contact


Kate, who has spent her life in Cambridge, has been a writer and editor for over twenty years, and her local knowledge and extensive connections made her the ideal choice to write the book. The Cambridge Phenomenon was launched at the University Senate House in May, 2012. Published by TMI, publisher of our College history, the book can be ordered from

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 under the alumni section of our web page. A percentage of the purchase price goes to the College, at no cost to you. Hughes Hall is an associate of

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Professor Marc Weller Conflicts occur when small groups of people fight for their particular interests above others’. All that most people want is to return to ordinary life and not be held hostage by small sectors of society. As advisors we can offer solutions to help people shape the state as they wish.

Marc Weller, a Fellow of the College, is Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies in the University of Cambridge. He is also the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in the University. Why did you choose international law? It is an opportunity for lawyers to be intimately involved in international political affairs. What do you do? I work as an advisor, negotiator, and mediator, contributing to international peace negotiations – now mostly addressing situations of internal conflict. This involves working with major international organisations such as the African Union. In the past few years I have also served as an international civil servant and member of the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations. My role has been to help negotiate peace agreements. Ultimately, the aim is to help people reach a constitutional consensus after a period of violent conflict, allowing them to take charge of their own lives. What do you enjoy most about it? The great thing about being a legal advisor is the contribution one can make to ending conflict, enabling people to exercise power through the institution of the state which is supposed to serve them, rather than the other way round.

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How do negotiation settlements work best? These settlements depend on the following three factors: A genuine willingness by all parties to overcome conflict. Local ownership. Helping parties come to their own agreement is crucial – the more involvement they have, the better. Good craftsmanship of the proposed solutions and options. To get the best agreement we need to invest time and effort in the drafting process.

What are your most significant cases? I contributed towards a negotiation run by the UN and the African Union in Doha on Darfur, which resulted in a peace agreement in the summer of last year, and to the peace agreement for Yemen, which resulted in the election of a new president in February. I supported mediation efforts during the armed conflict in Libya and served on the United Nations planning team for the transition that ensued. I advised in Côte d’Ivoire and Egypt; I’ve just started working on the case of Syria.

Launch of the new College book The launch of a new history of the College, Hughes Hall Cambridge 1885–2010, by Professor Ged Martin, newly elected Honorary Fellow, took place on 2 December, 2011. It was a triumphant evening for the many senior members, alumni and students who attended, providing an opportunity to celebrate the pioneering nature and success of the College since its foundation in 1885. As Professor Ged Martin says: “It can no longer be possible to tell the story of women in Cambridge, their struggle for education, their fight for recognition and their campaign for inclusion as equal partners within the university, without taking account of the role played by CTC/Hughes Hall.”

Professor Ged Martin, the author, with the President at the launch

The illustrated history of the College is available to buy online, for international delivery, from

The Boat Club Dinner This year’s Boat Club Dinner was a great success. HHBC President, Dominic Silk, gave an inspiring speech outlining the continuing success of the Boat Club. He summed it up like this: Three Blues in the Boat Race winning crew and two Lightweight triallists. Men’s First won blades in Lents, and five crews are racing May bumps! Dominic pledged his ongoing support to the club and encouraged others to do the same. Easter Term 2012  Issue 16

The winning Men’s First crew


• Sport • Sport • Sport • Sport • Sport • Sport • Sport • Sport • Sport • Sport • Sport • The Return of the First Lent VIII Hughes Hall first competed in the Lent Bumps in 1987, and twenty-five years on seemed an appropriate time to attempt a reunion. This was greeted enthusiastically by the crew members and by the College, who invited us to the annual Boat Club Dinner. Six of the nine managed to attend and we were given a very warm welcome, particularly Lawrie Nethery who had come over from Australia. The interest from the current HHBC members in what we had to say about rowing in the 1980s was gratifying. The morning after the dinner we gathered at the Emma boathouse for a paddle with some members of the HHBC. Most of us hadn’t rowed much (or at all) since leaving Cambridge so

We returned exhilarated to have been back on the water once more. The College has changed almost beyond recognition since our time, with many new buildings and the expansion of student numbers. It was also good to see how much the Boat Club has developed, particularly the number of boats competing in the Bumps. Twenty-five years on – the crew of 1987 return for the Boat Club Dinner 2012

there was some trepidation but also excitement. We needn’t have worried because, with the help of a quality cox and equipment in a different league to what we had used twentyfive years ago, it went remarkably well.

All in all it was a wonderful weekend, an opportunity to renew old friendships and to see the way that Hughes Hall has developed – it is one that we hope to repeat before too long.

Quentin Fontana, 1986, CPGS Materials Science

The 158th Boat Race 2012 Winner Cambridge 4.25 lengths. No time recorded History was made on Easter Saturday undoubtedly, but for all the wrong reasons. To Dave Nelson (President), Jack Lindeman and Niles Garratt, the three Hughes Affiliated students in the gleaming white Hudson, and their colleagues, ultimately that stark record is all that will matter. But why precisely, for only the second time in boat race history, was no time recorded? Crudely, because this race had everything except a conventional time, as the rest of us who were there can readily testify. A protestor in a wet suit forced the race to be stopped, destroying what had been turning into an epic contest.

We shall never know whether, when we finally did turn the power on, the extra weight in the Cambridge boat would have told. Then the restart, following a 31 minute delay, when our chaps somehow managed to remain focussed, despite mounting lactate build-up and adrenaline buzz; the Oxford cox, incredibly, then steering into us, their man at six consequently breaking one of the unbreakable modern blades, and the light blues pushing all the way to the line, oblivious of the fact that they were only rowing against seven men. And then the final twist in the tail as the defeated Oxford bow man, having given his all, took a disturbingly long time to recover, and all the traditional celebrations had to be curtailed. But it was a WIN!

Dr Mike Franklin, Praelector and Roving Rowing Reporter

Nick Edelman – Boxing After 13 years of rowing, and competing in the Goldie/Isis race last year, I decided to try a new sport for my final year and picked boxing. After training with the Cambridge University team, I competed in the Town v Gown Event. I was lucky to win that fight and greatly enjoyed the experience. Following that, I was one of a group who went to Belfast to fight some extremely talented Irish boxers and train under the Irish Olympic coach. A few weeks later we went to Plymouth to compete against some Navy boxers – another great experience. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my change of sport, but I do look forward to competing for Hughes for the final time in the May Bumps, and of course I supported our rowers in the Boat Race.


Real Tennis – New Varsity sport for Hughes Undergraduate Kate Kirk played in the Varsity Real Tennis match at Lords in February. Unfortunately, Oxford lived up to their position as clear favourites, but training for revenge in 2013 is already underway.

Table Tennis Congratulations to the Hughes Hall Table Tennis team – Takehiro Kojima, Akira Murakami (Captain), Dayu Guo, Eugenio Cocchi and Marco Fernandez! They won the Cuppers tournament this year. There were 17 teams in the tournament, representing 15 colleges.

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News from Hughesians Joyce Nicholls, 1999, BA Affiliated Law  Joyce’s first novel, The Last Egyptian Mamluk, published by Sunbury Press, Pennsylvania in March, brings to life a character in Egyptian lore surrounding the Massacre of the Citadel in 1811. The novel chronicles the life of the sole mamluk who is said to have survived the massacre. ‘Maxim, a young Russian boy, is rescued from a miserable life as the property of an Arab horse trader. His benefactor takes him to Cairo and trains him as a mamluk. He dreams of glory on the battlefield but when he helps an Egyptian woman and tragedy ensues, it is the first sign that fate has other plans for Maxim.’ Ines Wichert, 1997, PhD Social & Political Sciences Ines is a senior psychologist at the Kenexa High Performance Institute, where she runs the Women in Leadership research area. In her recent book, Where Have All the Senior Women Gone?, she argues that women who want to make it to the top of the corporate hierarchy have to plan their careers to ensure they take on roles that will give them the profile, credibility and skills needed; they should look for jobs that give them operational experience at the centre of the organisation, rather than specialising early on. Wendi Adelson, 2002,
MPhil International Relations Wendi, who was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, has directed the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project at Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights (CAHR) for the last four years. Her work focuses on the intersections between immigration law, child advocacy, and poverty. Her recent book, This is Our Story, follows the lives of two young women from different countries who become victims of human trafficking when duped into domestic servitude and commercial sexual exploitation in the American Southeast. Andrew Murrison MP, 1996, Dip Public Health  Dr Andrew Murrison has been appointed by the Prime Minister as his Special Representative for the commemoration of the Great War centenary. He will work with national organisations and other governments to ensure the UK makes its own unique contribution to the marking of this seminal event in modern history. In June 2010, Andrew’s book Tommy this, ‘an Tommy that: the military covenant, was published by Biteback and his reports, commissioned by David Cameron, into mental health and prosthetic services for military veterans, have been accepted by the coalition government. Alumni Wedding at Emmanuel Chapel  We are delighted to announce the marriage of our alumni and recent graduates Rachel Hill (2010, MEd Arts, Culture & Education) and Peter Timms (2010, MEd Arts, Culture & Education). They met at Hughes in 2008 when they started their PGCEs; they moved to London together, completing their Masters degrees while teaching, and have now moved to Yorkshire where they continue to teach.

The Margaret Wileman Music Society in the Pavilion Room

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The College hosts an assortment of music concerts throughout the year. Please contact us to be added to our music mailing list.

May Ball Saturday, 16 June, 2012 Theme: The end of the world Contact George Sârbu ( for tickets and prices.

Summer Reception 2:30-5:30pm, Saturday, 23 June, 2012 We welcome our alumni and their families to return to College to reunite with friends and visit Cambridge. Refreshments provided.

London Alumni Drinks 6:00pm, Friday, 25 July, 2012 Join us for an evening of drinks and networking in London. Open to all alumni.

Ogden PGCE Matriculation Dinner 7:00pm, Tuesday, 25 September, 2012 Open to all Education alumni.

Zimmern lecture and Medical Dinner 6:00pm, Friday, 2 November, 2012 Open to all Science /Medical alumni.

Alumni Weekend

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The Emmanuel Chapel

The ceremony took place at Emmanuel College Chapel, on Sunday, 1 April in the glorious setting of Emmanuel College and its surrounding gardens. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Rachel and Peter on the day

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Events Diary

Hughes alumni wishing to marry in Emmanuel Chapel are invited to contact the Chaplain, Reverend Jeremy Caddick ( to explore their options.


Professor Peter Richards: Honorary Fellows A celebration of his life Professor Ged Martin Family, friends and colleagues of the late Professor Peter Richards, Past President Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers


Professor Lap-Chee Tsui

Life Fellow Professor Anthony Dickinson New Fellows Professor Michael Barrett Mr John Rawlings (City Fellow) Research Fellows Dr Bernhard Bayer Dr Gráinne Long Dr Helena Seth-Smith Post-Doctoral Research Associates Dr Haider Butt Dr Anatole Chessel Dr Qi Guo Dr Eun-Aig Raiber Dr David Wormser Senior Members Dr Amit Bhave Mr Kyle Coveny Dr Arthur Hibble Ms Amy Klohr Ms Anna-Joy Rickard Mrs Julie Spence OBE Dr Gonzalo Urcelay Senior Associates Mr Oliver Urquhart Irvine

Student Awards E M BURNETT PRIZES, 2010–2011 Pierre Caquet, History, UK Prize Yu Hui Kang, Nat Sci, First Class SANTANDER AWARDS 2011–2012 Shah Rukh Abbas, PhD Shokri Amzin, PhD Kirsty Davies, PhD Arjun Jain, PhD Ying Miao, PhD Benjamin Park, PhD Marek Tyl, PhD

Education Conference Postponed We have had to postpone the education conference we had been planning for late July this year. Our apologies to those who had already expressed an interest in the event. Unfortunately, it was not possible this year to pull together the academic speakers that we really wanted for our first conference. However, we hope that we will be able to reschedule the conference at a later date – watch this space!


(1998–2006) and Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall, and Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, gathered for a Memorial Service, tea and concert on Saturday, 28 January, 2012.

A packed congregation at the University Church, Great St Mary’s, listened to addresses setting out some of the key experiences and achievements in Peter’s life. The Master of Emmanuel College, Lord Wilson of Dinton, told of Peter’s college days studying medicine. Professor Robert Williamson spoke of his work as Dean of St Mary’s Medical School: his fight to ensure its survival and subsequent merger with Imperial College. Mrs Sarah Squire, current President of Hughes Hall and Peter’s successor, highlighted Peter’s transformational work completing the move to full collegiate status and the lasting legacy of the splendid Fenner’s Building. Over tea in the Peter Richards Room at Hughes Hall, many affectionate memories were shared before a concert of Peter’s favourite works.

The Phone Campaign raises vital funds for Hughes Hall Scholarships and Bursaries Fund Last Michaelmas term we successfully completed our second Phone Campaign, raising over £40,000 for the Scholarships and Bursaries Fund as well as other top College priorities. The Scholarships and Bursaries Fund has a significant impact, transforming the lives of our most able and deserving students, and we are extremely grateful to all of our alumni who have helped support our students. The Hughes Hall scholarship has made possible for me what would otherwise have been beyond reach. Wherever I may go from here, I will always be proud to be part of the Hughes Hall community. Hughes Hall Scholar As with our previous campaign, the focus was not just on fundraising, but also on re-establishing and strengthening relationships with our alumni. Our 13 student callers made around 550 phone calls, speaking to alumni all around the world. We were delighted by the warm response of those we spoke to, many of whom have not been back to College since finishing their studies 10, 20 or even 30 years ago!

Annual City Lecture and Dinner The Annual City Lecture and Dinner took place in April. This year’s speaker was Dr Stephen Bungay, a Director of the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre. His talk, Beyond the Cult of the Leader – The Tasks of the Executive in the 21st Century, argued that today’s manager – business, academic or political – needs to master a ‘trinity’ of skills in order to lead effectively in the modern world. There was an excellent turnout for the lecture and many guests stayed on for the dinner which followed.

Student Family Event Fellow and alumna of Hughes Hall, Nidhi Singal, arranged the second family event at College for students with children. The event was well attended and an excellent occasion for student parents to meet each other and members of the College. The Peter Richards Room had never seen so many toys and games and the children were delighted to have a few balloons too! Easter Term 2012  Issue 16


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I’d ordered my copy of Hughes Hall Cambridge 1885–2010 and arranged to drive to Lincoln’s Christmas Market, so I could easily break my journey to attend the book launch at Hughes. It felt great to be back and naturally the memories came flooding in. Sitting with my copy in hand, imagine my pleasure and astonishment to see that there we were on page 141 – the residents of Hughes Hall, 1971, and what a fine bunch we looked!











Formal Halls at Hughes: alumni welcome!


Alumni Reunions Hong Kong Development Director Jonathan Taylor visited Hong Kong this April, his trip coinciding with the University’s Cambridge Global Alumni Conference. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces at the Hughes Hall alumni reunion, kindly hosted by Mr Sik Yan Tse. All attendees had an enjoyable and lively evening. Jonathan also visited the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University to discuss ongoing links with the College.

United States This March, President Sarah Squire made her annual trip to the USA, hosting reunions in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She greatly enjoyed reconnecting with the College’s Californian alumni, and hearing their stories and memories of Hughes Hall. On her return journey, the President held a gathering for alumni in New York, and again was delighted by the turnout and the opportunity to strengthen the College’s US friendships.







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The President with alumni in Palo Alto Please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details by visiting

Hughes Hall alumni joined College staff and Fellows at a lively reunion event in London in February. This was the third in our series of London reunions. These informal gatherings provide an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with fellow Hughesians and to find out about what’s been happening at College. We will be holding another London event on Wednesday, 25 July (details to be confirmed), and it would be great to see our alumni there. Email for more information. Easter Term 2012  Issue 16













Natalie Larner, 1970, PGCE (number 12 in the photo)

There’s been a dazzling array of themed Formal Halls this year, with the usual excellent food, including Diwali, Eid, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chinese New Year and St Patrick’s Day. We’d be delighted to welcome you to back to College for Formal Hall – once a term, with a guest. If several of your year would like  to come as a group, please get in touch with us, we’ll do our best  to make special arrangements for you.





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Past MCR Presidents reminisce… Jane Murphy (née Donnithorne), 1975, BEd Jane came up as a 21 year old. Here is a small selection of her memories. My first impression was that it felt good to be treated as a normal human being. Another was of the original lavatories – I later thought of them as typically Hughes Hall: quirky, elderly, and very likeable! A quick tour revealed there was no bar! Joe Nutman and I contacted Greene King and soon had a couple of barrels set up. We operated out of a walk-in cupboard. The bar closed when the last person went off to bed!

I remember the wonderful Mrs Reid, Housekeeper then Domestic Bursar; we all looked up to Gill. One of my first tasks as President of the MCR was to open an invitation for us to participate in ‘University Challenge’. Eventually the team comprised: Sheila Tidd-Pratt, Martin Janes, the captain, Mick Perry and Mike Metherell. As we arrived, we saw a coach from Oxford – our reaction was immediate dismay. Amusingly, we overheard the Oxford students who had seen our coach exclaim, “s***! It’s Cambridge!” But despite a good showing, we didn’t get through.

Jeff Cook, 1983, LLM, Senior Associate Now semi-retired, Jeff is the former General Counsel of the Aveda Corporation. He applied to Hughes Hall in his last year of law school in the US. He chose Hughes for its teacher education tradition and graduate and overseas students, as well as its growing reputation for law. But rowing is pre-eminent amongst Jeff’s memories of his time at Hughes! Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince dominated the airwaves when the Hughes rowing men got up for training. Having no boat club of our own, we ‘tip-toed’ out of College at 5:15am to get to the Emmanuel Boathouse. Mist, cold, cows, wooden Macon blades, the quaint English countryside and my deep attraction to an Emmanuel cox make up the

This is Jen Leong and me. She’s the daughter of Alan Leong, my closest friend when we were students. Alan is now the leader of the Civic Democratic Party in Hong Kong.

bulk of my rowing recollections. I don’t think we won a race, but I do believe our crew can take credit for two improvements to today’s College life, indeed to UK life in general. First, we were notorious for leaving the kettle on – often returning to the smell of burnt lime and metal, and foul looks from Mrs Reid, the Housekeeper (who, though hard on the outside was a softie). This ultimately led to the invention of the ‘self-stopping’ electric kettle. Second, we

Social Media Our social media networks are going from strength to strength! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for up-to-date news and events, networking and career opportunities. You can reunite with fellow classmates and share your favourite memories and photos of Hughes Hall with us – just post them on our page or email us your news.

It was customary for colleges to drape their college scarf over the table for ‘University Challenge’, but we didn’t have one, so later I and another student designed the College scarf. I hope everyone since has been as proud to wear their scarves as we were when the first batch arrived! The person who influenced and inspired me most at Hughes was my wonderful personal tutor, Ann Turner. Her teaching was effortless, inspiring and astute. I was immensely flattered when she recognised me and remembered my name at a reception in the early 90s. Only the very best teachers still make their students feel valued years after they have left.

were always forgetting our keys, and one of us would have to climb a drainpipe. This, I believe, led to the invention of the key card system. I stood for election as MCR President; it made my time at Hughes even more special. My candidacy was controversial because I was an American – I may have been the first non-Brit! The people made it special too; I especially remember Hex Uprichard, the Bursar, and Tutors Jean Lambert, John Raffan, Ken and Ann Turner, and Keith McVeigh. Today, I am honoured to assist the College with its desire to re-establish close ties with its alumni – especially those of my matriculation year.

Links to our social media pages can be found on our new website – we hope to see you there soon! Ursula Dorestal’s rainbow over Hughes recently featured on our Facebook page. We invite you to send in your own memories and photos of the College and ask you to share our social media networks with your classmates from Hughes.

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Easter Term 2012  Issue 16

News from Hughes Issue 16 Easter 2012  

Newsletter for Hughes Hall members

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