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News from Hughes Michaelmas Term 2012  Issue 17

Newsletter for Hughes Hall members

Graphene, Genes, Quarks, Ecosystems, Pathogens et al ... Research Fellows at the Frontiers of Research Hughes Hall has up to ten Research Fellows at any time. They are a vital part of the College community, bringing fresh energy and enthusiasm year by year, whether in academic talks, social and tutorial input, or participation in College governance. They have short-term appointments of 3–5 years, so the group is ever-changing. Most then move on to academia elsewhere, though some stay in Cambridge and at Hughes. We greatly value them all while they are with us! Bernhard Christian Bayer, Department of Engineering, is

studying how nanomaterials ‘grow’ and how they can be used for electronic and sustainable energy applications. Nanomaterials (eg carbon nanotubes, graphene and metal-oxide nanowires) are crystals on the scale of a billionth of a metre, with exciting and useful properties. Bernhard’s research looks into the growth mechanisms of nanomaterials while their synthesis happens (‘in-situ’). This will ultimately enable large-scale nanomaterial manufacturing for electronics and the harvesting of renewable energy. 1 Francesco Bonaccorso, Department of Engineering, is working in the development of carbon nanomaterials such as graphene, nanotubes and nanodiamonds, and their application in devices like solar cells, light emitting devices, ultrafast lasers, smart windows and touch-screens. He is a Royal Society Newton Fellowship alumnus and is currently Honorary Research Convenor at Hughes Hall and Research Associate in the nanomaterials and spectroscopic group, with the responsibility of defining the ten year roadmap for the technological innovation of graphene. 2 Rachel Dowdall, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, uses high performance computing to

simulate the interactions of elementary particles called quarks. Using data from experiments such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research), this can help us understand the way matter interacts at very small distances, and thus help us formulate new fundamental theories about the workings of the universe. 3 Chetan Kumar, Department of Geography, is a human

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of geography and politics, is governance of natural resources in developing countries. Currently, he is working on a project to develop an evidence-based understanding of the political economy of negotiation about tradeoffs and synergies in the use of ecosystem services. 4


Alastair Lockhart, Psychology and Religion Research Group, Faculty of Divinity, completed his PhD on the interaction

4 of religion, psychology and metaphysics in early twentieth century Britain. He is currently investigating people’s understandings of religion and spiritual healing during the course of the twentieth century. His research questions centre on the ways in which the cultural and intellectual trends that emerged during late-modernity affected people’s religious and spiritual attitudes. 5 Gráinne Long, MRC Epidemiology Unit, is a Career

Development Fellow whose current research focuses on the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Gráinne uses epidemiological tools to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours and intensified drug prescription in individuals with recently diagnosed diabetes. She hopes this will help optimise and target interventions early in the diabetes disease trajectory, which may help prevent or delay complications associated with this debilitating disease. 6



Sara Piccirillo, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, is a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow. She completed her PhD in Translational and Molecular Medicine at the University of Milan-Bicocca in Italy and is now a post-doctoral researcher working on cellular and molecular heterogeneity of the most aggressive brain tumour in adults, glioblastoma multiforme. Her project will provide new insights into the molecular mechanisms underpinning the genesis of this tumour. 7 p


Helena Seth-Smith, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has worked on pathogenic

Klara Stefflova, Cambridge Research Institute,

bacteria including Salmonella, Clostridium difficile and Burkholderia over the past few years, both growing them in the laboratory and analysing their genomes. Her recent work has focused on the sexually transmitted bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, a pathogen which lives inside cells, and yet manages to rearrange its DNA and increase genetic variation. For truly effective treatment, we need to understand the evolution of this bacterium.

is a post-doctoral Fellow who completed her PhD in Biological Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in how genes within our genomes are switched on and off. Understanding gene regulation is important in elucidating how cells maintain their everyday function and break out of their usual routine as a root for developing many diseases, for example, cancer or blood clotting deficiency.

What are they doing now? Recent Research Fellows tell us…


Rafael Dinner (2008–2010)

Sovan Sarkar (2006–2009)

After undertaking research at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, in 2011–2012, I became Specialist, Medieval and Early Modern Medicine, at the Wellcome Library, London, in April 2012. I am working on a digital resource for the Library’s website, and advising scholars and the public about the Library’s collections. I am also continuing my research into medieval medical history, particularly that of leprosy and mental illness in France and England. 1

I moved to Los Angeles to work for a private company, Areté Associates, applying my physics background to advancing military and intelligence technologies. For example, I can detect land and sea mines using aerial imagery, but I must distinguish them from a variety of false alarms. I do experiments and physics-based modelling to determine unique signatures of the mines and decide which sensors are best suited to detecting them. 3

Sohini Chakrabortee (2008–2011)

Stephen John: (2007–2012)

I am working at the Whitehead Institute in MIT on the role of autophagy in human embryonic stem cells and disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells. Autophagy is a protein degradation pathway 2 and is predominantly a cell survival mechanism implicated in diverse human physiology and diseases. My work on autophagy drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases from the University of Cambridge has led to the Biochemical Society Early 3 Career Research Award 2012, in cell biology. 5

Elma Brenner (2009–2011)

Prions are known as ‘disease-causing agents’; however, my current research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is revealing beneficial aspects of these special proteins, whereby they may impact the phenotypic landscape of yeast during stressful environmental conditions. A successful scientific career here would not have been possible without the invaluable training at the University of Cambridge and the support Hughes Hall provided me as a Research Fellow. 2

I left Hughes in October 2012, after five stimulating years, to take up a University Lectureship in the Philosophy of Public Health in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, and an Associated Fellowship at Pembroke College. In this new post I hope to think about concrete problems in public health policy from the perspectives of both political philosophy and philosophy of science. 4

The President visits Japan In May the President, Mrs Sarah Squire, travelled to Tokyo, hosting an alumni reunion and a lunch for a number of the College’s former Visiting Fellows. She greatly enjoyed meeting so many former students, friends and supporters of Hughes, with a visit to the sumo wrestling with alumna Doreen Simmons proving a highlight of the trip! Whilst in Japan, the President also met with students and staff of the Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, a visit that was returned this August when the TWCU held its annual summer school here at Hughes. These occasions provided a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the College’s Japanese friendships. 2

Calling all BA graduates! Did you complete a BA degree at Hughes Hall? Have you returned yet to receive your MA? If not, you might like to consider returning to Cambridge in January, 2013, when Hughes Hall hopes to present a number of our MAs for their degree at the Congregation to be held on Saturday, 19 January. Full details of eligibility to receive the MA and more information on the graduation ceremony can be found on the College website or by contacting the Alumni Relations Office. Michaelmas Term 2012  Issue 17

Another year, another 600 opportunities Another year, another deep breath, and another great set of opportunities for Hughes Hall. Our student body is as large, as diverse, as interesting and as active as ever. First some figures. Since 2009 we have about 500 ‘current’ students each year, plus another 80 writing-up doctorates. With further arrivals this term and later in the year, we could well hit a grand total of 600 again. This is a far larger student body than most alumni will remember. The College is now thoroughly international: under a third of students are British, and over 70 nationalities are represented. The course titles continue to multiply, and the subjects studied are as diverse as ever, from Anglo-Saxon to Zoology and everything in between. At the same time we maintain our usual strengths in Education, Law, Business and Medicine (mainly PGCE, LLM, MBA, CGCM) and have increasing concentrations in the biosciences (MPhil and PhD). Again this year we have about 330 new students, two-thirds of whom have come for one-year courses. This means the September-October period of arrival, welcome, registration, and multiple induction is absolutely crucial, both to get everyone settled in and to set the

tone for the year. We are very grateful to the MCR student Committee for all their help at this pivotal time. Even with the new Dining Hall in the Fenner’s Building, we need five Matriculation Dinners to accommodate everyone – though this also gives five occasions to celebrate the opportunities ahead. Thankfully not everyone is new. About half our students come for two to four years (for BA, PhD and Medicine). These multi-year students are particularly valuable in providing continuity, and in leading the student body, through the MCR Committee. They are also crucial to the annual renewal of College societies. So far this year it’s looking promising for the Music, Law and Business Societies, and of course the long-standing Hat Club, with its ever pertinent challenge to explain one’s specialism to non-specialists. Not everything is rosy. We remain nervous about the new undergraduate university fee and its effect on mature student recruitment. We are concerned about proposed changes in the graduate college fee and its effect on our finances. And we are ever conscious of the need for more student accommodation. But overall the College is in good heart, and we happily anticipate another great year.

During their time at Cambridge students will learn to master many skills, including the crucial matter of how much ‘wodge’ to fold over when preparing to wear an academic hood. College Praelector, Dr Mike Franklin, demonstrates the approved technique.

Philip Johnston, Senior Tutor

Recent Fellows Michael Barrett

Jim Kaufman

is Professor of Information Systems and Innovation Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School. He is Head of the Organisational Behaviour and Information Systems Subject Group and has served as Director of Programmes at the School. His research interests include knowledge translation, service innovation, and mobile business model innovation in developed and developing country contexts. Michael has served as an external examiner at the University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics.

is the Professor of Comparative Immunogenetics in the Department of Pathology (and also the Department of Veterinary Medicine). His major interest is the evolution of immunity, focusing now on the response of chickens to veterinary vaccines, for which his lab uses genetics and genomics, biochemistry, cellular immunology and population genetics. In addition, his lab tries to understand the transmissible tumour which is driving the Tasmanian devil to extinction, with the goal of developing a vaccine for this iconic marsupial.

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John Rawlings, City Fellow: John has been a Non-Executive Director since 1994, recently as Chairman of Skipton Building Society. He was on the board of the Financial Services Ombudsman, and at a stockbroker, asset management company, housing association and a London bank owned by Qatar National Bank. John spent five years in the Foreign Office after leaving Trinity College, Cambridge, before moving to the merchant bank Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd, where he was Managing Director of the Banking Division and Deputy Chairman.


Photos and Memories Winning Entry

Winner Joshua Scheinert says: The photo was taken in Kerala, India. I was just driving and stumbled upon an annual event – bull-skiing on rice paddies!

The Hughes Hall Photographic Society held a photo competition last summer for all members of College. The winner, Josh Scheinert, (2011, LLM Law), was announced at the May Ball in June. The photo will be displayed in College. Do you have photos from your time at Hughes Hall? We would love to see your collection, especially group photos, and hear your stories and memories from your time at College. Remember that we can also put you in touch with lost classmates. Email your photos to us or write in to the Alumni Office.

Social Media You may remember hearing about Hughesviews, a campaign where we asked friends of the College to send in the view from their window. Our aim was to connect with as many College members as possible. You can view the collection of over 30 images and our infographic map of where in the world our alumni are located on the website. Connect with us online for College updates, news and events. All links can be found from the Hughes Hall website.

Alumni Weekend The University’s Alumni Weekend took place on 21–23 September, presenting a programme of varied events and lectures, covering a broad range of subjects. We were delighted to host our event on 21 September. The evening began with a lecture by Fellow, Dr Bill Nuttall, on ‘the helium problem’. Dr Nuttall, framed by helium balloons, persuasively outlined his concerns over the fundamental long-term management of this non-renewable resource. The talk was followed by a black tie dinner for Hughes alumni and their guests. We were pleased to see many familiar faces and to greet those who had not visited the College recently. Thank you to all those who came – it was a truly enjoyable evening.


News from Hughesians Eloise Millar, 1996, BA English, and Sam Jordison (St Catharine’s) launched Galley Beggar Press, a new independent publisher, alongside bookshop owner Henry Layte, in August. Their first title, The White Goddess: An Encounter, has received rave reviews and its first print run sold out quickly. ‘Extraordinary... an almost mythic, dangerous tale of love and worship.’ (Libby Purves, BBC Radio 4). ‘A tender, observant record... impassioned’ (The Guardian). Ingrid Marn, 1992, MPhil Economics and Politics, grew up around the world in a family dedicated to service through the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN. She uses her camera to promote understanding and respect among different cultures. Her Smiles from Around the World have become her weapon against intolerance. The book will shortly be published by Ecademy Press. Ingrid thrived in the multicultural and welcoming environment at Hughes Hall, about which she writes. She believes we have our world on loan from our children and that it’s our responsibility to build a peaceful and secure world fit for all our children to live in. Calvin Orlando Smith, 2003, MPhil Architecture, has worked both in Art History with National Museum Cardiff/National Museum Wales and in the theatre. He took part in the museum’s production Put Me In The Picture, a project designed to attract a wider audience to the museum. This was a happy combination of Calvin’s interest in acting and art history. He has been a member of Actors’ Equity for 30 years, starring on Broadway and in a number of touring productions, most recently as Old Deuteronomy in Cats. Calvin enjoys both aspects of his professional life, and is looking forward to a tour of Cats, followed by a new production of Miss Saigon in the US. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, 2000, MPhil & PhD International Relations, held several scholarships while at Hughes, including the Elizabeth Cherry Scholarship for successive years. In 2005, he was awarded the Jarvis Doctorow Junior Research Fellowship at St Edmund Hall and the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford. Since 2007, Arshin has been teaching at SOAS, University of London, where he is currently Reader in Comparative Politics and Director of the Centre for Iranian Studies. His books include The International Politics of the Persian Gulf (2006), Iran in World Politics (2008) and A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and Them beyond Orientalism (2011). Arshin continues to live in Cambridge.

Zimmern Medical Dinner The Zimmern Medical Lecture and Dinner took place on 2 November. Our speaker, Alastair Compston, Professor of Neurology and Head of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, gave an enlightening lecture on the history and current state of knowledge of multiple sclerosis, its causes and treatments. There was a packed audience of senior guests from the medical sector, including the new Regius Professor of Physic, Professor Patrick Maxwell, as well students and alumni of the College.

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Alumni Connections

Events Diary

The College has been proud to host a variety of events – social, networking and academic related – which have enabled us to reconnect with many of you over the past year.

7pm, Friday, 1 February, 2013 Open to all Law alumni.

Our range of events aims to bring alumni and students together, particularly in professional subjects, where we are looking to develop career mentoring and business networking. We currently have successful events drawing in medics, lawyers and Business School graduates, and would like to develop the same targeted approach for other subjects, starting with Land Economy and related professional disciplines.

Business Networking

Charnley Law Dinner

Boat Club Black Tie Dinner 7pm, Friday, 8 March, 2013 Open to all Boat Club alumni.

City Lecture Date to be confirmed.

If you are interested in attending any of these events please contact Further details can be found on the website.

Our first London business networking event took place on 25 May. Hosted by Honorary Fellow, Nigel Brown OBE, and held at the prestigious Garrick Club in Covent Garden, the event saw over 50 current students and alumni meet to network and share advice and support on business related matters. Attendees had the opportunity to see the historic interiors and art collection of the Garrick Club and to make business contacts with a whole variety of Hughes professionals. The evening was a real success, and continues a series of business focused events for the College.

Academic Evening

Summer Reception

London Alumni Drinks

The College welcomed over 100 alumni, family and friends to the Alumni Summer Reception in June. We were delighted with the turnout, with attendees travelling from across the country and representing many different matriculation years, from the 1950s to the present day. The Summer Reception is a chance for alumni to return to College, meet fellow Hughesians and see any recent developments. Do come along next year!

London Drinks The Alumni Relations Office hosted an informal drinks reception at The Crusting Pipe, Covent Garden on 25 July. Shaded from the summer sunshine, we were joined by many alumni representing diverse careers. These termly occasions are an informal get-together, providing an opportunity to reconnect with fellow Hughesians and to find out what is currently happening in College. If you would like to join us for our next reunion event do get in touch.

Date to be confirmed. Open to all alumni.

Business Networking Event Date to be confirmed. Refreshments provided. Alumni are invited to network with our Business students and professionals. Our London Alumni Drinks are held termly and are an opportunity for alumni to join us for an informal evening of drinks and networking in London. Open to all alumni.

Tea and Cakes 3pm, Sunday, 27 January, 2013 All Welcome.

Hat Club

The Hat Club hosts regular talks during term-time given, by students and Fellows of the College as well as high-profile speakers.

The Margaret Wileman Music Society

The College hosts an assortment of music concerts throughout the year. All alumni and their guests are most welcome.

May Ball

Saturday, 15 June, 2013 Plans are underway – make sure you save the date.

Summer Alumni Reception

Saturday, 6 July, 2013 Save this date for your diary.

Ogden Dinner The Ogden PGCE Matriculation Dinner took place on 25 September and we were pleased to welcome Caroline McKenney, Principal of Netherhall School, Cambridge, and alumna of the College, as our speaker for the evening. She gave a fascinating account of the great influence that certain teachers had had on her early career, and encouraged the new PGCE students to look forward to their careers in teaching and to making a difference. Thank you to the Ogden Trust for sponsoring this event.

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Hughes goes green… Hughes Hall has recently installed a 33kW photovoltaic array on its Fenner’s Building. This installation is expected to provide the bulk of the electrical requirement of the Fenner’s Building throughout the year, and will have paid for itself within nine years!

And continuing the green theme, please let us know if you’d be happy to receive an email version of ‘News from Hughes’ instead of the hard copy.


Elections and awards

College News

Elections New Fellow Fellows Dr Markus Gehring In July, Professor Mary Buckley was interviewed by Radio Russia, London, on the topic of human Research Fellow Dr Rachel Dowdall Quondam City Fellow Mr Ian Peacock Senior Members Dr James Gill Dr Eric Levy Professor Carol Seymour Senior Associate Mr Dan Saxon

Awards Hughes Hall Prizes, June, 2012 First Class in Third Year William Asquith, Law Evis Charalambous, Mathematics Stefano Gogioso, Mathematics First Class in Second Year Imran Jumabhoy, Land Economy John Torr, Linguistics First Class in LLM Shalina Daved Chung Yan Ernest Ng Louise Heenan Joshua Scheinert Lucy James Hughes Hall Scholarships, 2012 Girish Bahal (Economics) Stefano Gogioso (Mathematics) Hughes Hall Bursaries, 2012 Jennifer Bitting (Engineering) Jaba Misra (Economics) Edwin S H Leong Hughes Hall Scholarships Lau Yuen Ling Kammie (Theoretical

and Applied Linguistics)

Chun Cheung Ching Lina (Geography) Doris Zimmern HKU – Hughes Hall Scholarships Kwok Yan Shing Henry (Education) Woo David James (Education)

Alice Clough has just joined us as PA to the President and Assistant Fellowship Administrator. She’s an alumna of Sidney Sussex and has worked in a variety of office administration and other roles. Most recently she travelled and took part in a charity rally from the UK to Mongolia.


trafficking to and from Russia. The programme began with a British woman talking about her nightmare of being trafficked into prostitution in Italy and was followed by expert commentary from Robin Brierley, formerly of the Serious Organised Crime Agency. A link to the programme is available on the website.

Hat Club Speaker Dan Saxon, Visiting Professor, University of Utrecht, gave an inspiring lecture as part of the Hat Club series in October. Dan Saxon was a member of the prosecution team at the International Criminal Court of Former Yugoslavia which tried Slobodan Miloševic. ´ Mr Saxon talked about current and future weapon systems and their implications for modern international humanitarian law (IHL). This lecture focused on weapon systems – drones and robots – that fulfil their mission autonomously. These systems pose important questions about IHL, which is founded on the basis that it is people who take decisions. Who is responsible for autonomous weapons – the commanding officer, the programming soldier, or even the manufacturer? How can human casualties and suffering be avoided? The lecture sparked significant debate, which continued over drinks. This talk is the first of a three-part seminar series, with further talks scheduled for the Lent and Easter Terms.

Staff Claire Enderby is our new Development Assistant. Claire previously worked for local conservation charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future, in their development team. Emma Faid is the new College Administrator, and joined the College from the University of Cambridge, where she worked in accounts/ administration for various University departments. Eileen Hessler has joined the Bursary Office. She and her family recently relocated from South Africa, where she worked as a financial manager.

Geri McNulty is the new Admissions Secretary in the Academic Office. She previously worked in the Tutorial office at Downing College.

Brian Edgar has joined the Maintenance Team as the new College Carpenter. He was previously self-employed, working for a number of the Cambridge colleges, and prior to that he was in the Parachute Regiment. Elisabeth Barlow joined the Academic Office as the new Tutorial Secretary. Elisabeth formerly worked for the British Red Cross as their Event First Aid Coordinator in East Anglia.

Jo McPhee  Many of you will have had correspondence with our Deputy Development Director, Jo McPhee, over the last couple of years. Jo has now taken up a position with the University as Programme Co-ordinator, Cambridge Museums, based at the Fitzwilliam Museum. We wish Jo every success in her new role and thank her for all her efforts on behalf of the College.

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Professor Masa Ohtake Honorary Fellow, Professor Masa Ohtake and the cover of Ted Hughes’s How the Whale Became, one of the fine books he has generously donated to the College, all of which are now housed in the newly opened archive within the Library.

Hughes Hall History wins Award Our College History, Hughes Hall 1885–2010 by Honorary Fellow, Professor Ged Martin, has won the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History Book Awards, 2012. The awards celebrate books which represent original and exciting research and which enhance knowledge of the local history of Cambridgeshire. The book was cited as a major contribution to the history of the area and women’s education. For further information or to buy your copy please visit

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Gift of Painting The College was delighted to receive a splendid gift from Life Fellows Ken and Ann Turner to add to the College’s collection of art works. The painting, The Tree of Knowledge by local Cambridge artist Maureen Mace, will be hung near the Library. The painting represents her personal thoughts on how knowledge has been gained over the centuries; it features one of the College’s symbols, a fine owl.

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 in the Supporting Hughes Hall section of the Alumni page of the website. A percentage of the purchase price goes to the College, at no cost to you. Hughes Hall is an associate of


May Bumps Report

Stradivari Trust Concert

Hughes Hall Men’s Team II won blades this year, with consecutive bumps over Pembroke IV, Sidney Sussex II, Lady Margaret IV and Magdalene III. Our Men’s Team I missed out on blades when they were unable to catch Clare II, who got off to a great Is the cox about to be dunked? start on the penultimate day, but they finished off triumphantly when they bumped Darwin, who got spoons!

This year’s music programme was launched in October by a splendid cello and piano recital by Aleksei Kiseliov, principal cellist of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with pianist Olga Jegunova. The concert was presented by Honorary Fellow, Nigel Brown OBE, and the Stradivari Trust, who hope to be able to establish a trust to acquire a fine cello for Aleksei’s use.

Our combined Women’s Teams with Lucy Cavendish struggled to make any lead in the Bumps, with our Women’s Team I being bumped twice, finally being beaten on the last day by a triumphant effort from Caius II, who started 4th and rowed into the next league. A similar fate befell our Women’s Team II, who were bumped on three consecutive days, but they finally got their own back on the last day when they bumped back Queens III.

Olympic Bronze Medal for Alumnus Tom Ransley! Congratulations to Tom Ransley (2007, BA Management Studies) who won a bronze medal in the Men’s Eight Rowing Final in an emotional race. Team GB tried to go for gold by challenging the German favourites, but they lost out to Canada for the silver in the closing stretch. Whilst at Hughes, Tom was a member of the Cambridge University Boat Club, taking part in the 2008 and 2009 Boat Race. Since then Tom’s rowing career has gone from strength to strength, with two silver medals at the 2010 and 2011 Rowing World Championships, and now an Olympic Bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Well done, Tom.

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A series of concerts followed during the term. Works performed included pieces by Bach, Duruflé and Rachmaninov. Our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Carol concerts marked the end of term. We are always pleased to welcome alumni to our music concerts: further details can be found on our website.


Alumni Memories A brief selection from our website: Quentin Fontana, 1986, CPGS Material Sciences My main memory of rowing training in Lent term was the cold and the wind; anyone who has rowed early mornings during the Lent term will know all about those two contributors to the misery of many outings. The cold didn’t actually prevent us from going out, although chipping the icicles from the blades while putting them away after the outing is something that I will never forget.

The student bar in the 1970s Steve Clifton, 1976

Steve Clifton, 1976, PGCE Education When the bars of other Colleges closed, students would come to our bar at Hughes Hall which would often stay open until 3 am and, as we had an indented dance floor in the bar area itself, we could both drink and dance the night away. Luckily, the senior members and staff turned a blind eye to our late opening hours!

Wendy Graham, 1970, Cert Education

Croquet on the lawn, 1976–1977

Hughes Hall men’s rowing team, 1986–1987

In the summer we took our tea into the garden behind Annexe 2 and sat on sleeping bags. We also climbed into the sleeping bags and had ‘caterpillar races’ round the lawn, and I would do my special Dougal (Magic Roundabout) impression, half in and half out of a sleeping bag.

Jane Gomm, 1970, PGCE Education When I came to Hughes for my interview it was January. Snow was on the ground and the temperature was well below zero. I arrived quite late and was given a room in the main hall. It was freezing. There was one blanket on the bed. You needed coins to light the gas fire. I didn’t have any and everyone had gone to bed. It was the coldest night of my life!

New memories page on website In the last issue of News from Hughes we featured the group photo taken in 1971 and asked alumni to get in touch if they recognised themselves, or anyone else in the photo, or if they had any memories of their time at Hughes that they would be willing to share. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been in contact – the response has been amazing. We have been able to name nearly all those featured, with only four remaining unidentifiable. Please visit the new Memories page on our website to see the photo with a list of names. The page has a variety of memories from different years: All of us in the Alumni Relations Office have thoroughly enjoyed this project, and would be delighted to carry out something similar for a different year group. If you have a group photo of your fellow classmates, where you would like to identify or get back in touch with them, please do let us know.

Dinner in 2001 to launch the Hughes Hall Society for alumni

If you have any memories you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you:

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