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Sidney Sussex College 2011 annual

Sidney Sussex College  2011 annual

Sidney Street Bicycle by Sadia Malik, winning entrant in the student category in the College Photographic Competition


Alumni and Development

Master’s News From the Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Features Sidney’s Medieval Manuscripts: A Snapshot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Conservation of a College Accounts Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ‘A Source of Power in the Transformation of the Atoms’ .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The King James Bible – 400 Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Afghanistan – A Sailor’s Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College Music and the Chapel Choir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A New Perspective on Sidney’s Past . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fellows’ Research: Dr Helen Castor and Dr Rebecca Kilner .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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College News Examination Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Admissions and Schools Liaison .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Tutors’ Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visiting Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . International Programmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honorary Fellows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Staff News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College Buildings Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Year in Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Library Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Muniment Room Report .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Garden Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Development and Membership Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fund-raising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sidney Sussex Annual Fund .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1596 Foundation .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donald Green Fund for Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sidney Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alumni Benefits, including Dining Privileges .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alumni News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Thornely Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sidney Sussex Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sidney Club of Geneva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College Events and Reunions .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Student Life Report of the JCR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Report of the MCR .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arts Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larkum Reading Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . From Tel-Aviv to Ramallah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MIT Exchange Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College Travel Awards and Reports .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College Sports Clubs and Societies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Officers of the Students’ Union 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The Register Appointments, Awards and Destinations .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . College Library: Books Received . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Births, Marriages and Other Occasional Offices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The College 2011–12 The College 2011–12 .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181



master’s news

Master’s News

From the Master Replaying the past year by reading the pages of this Annual, I am struck by the richness, liveliness and quality of the College’s life, going far beyond the education and research that lie at the heart of our mission. The year culminated in an Arts Festival, the second of a series that alternates with May Balls. The Festival, with its offerings in music (choral and jazz), opera (a memorable Albert Herring), drama and more, proved a massive hit in a Cambridge jaded with allnight partying. The year began as it was to finish, made notable by the presence of Eric Whitacre as Visiting Fellow, a relationship now reinforced by his nomination as Composer in Residence. I myself first ran into Eric by chance at the start of the Michaelmas term, as I was slipping quietly out of the back gate for a walk. Eric, instantly recognisable by his golden mane of hair and his broad smile, had at that moment arrived, together with his wife Hila, their son Esh, and a considerable quantity of luggage. They reacted to the quaint Britishness of a flat in Kent House with an enthusiasm that went beyond the demands of a visitor’s politeness. Eric’s presence gave a boost to a choir already raised to the highest level by David Skinner’s talented direction. By the end of the year, we could boast a moving setting of Oculi Omnium, first performed for the benefit of our 1596 Foundation, a Choral Evensong transmitted live on Radio 3 from the Chapel, and the Sidney launch of Eric’s 1000-person Virtual Choir. Nor was Eric our only local composer: a concert put on to celebrate the arrival of a fine Steinway donated by John Beale also featured Alamire premiering an eight-part motet composed by our Vice Master, Chris Page, while at the end of the year the final chapel service featured a new setting of the hymn, Lift up your hearts by Derek Beales (see p. 8), sung to mark his 80th birthday. Nor, as the Arts Festival demonstrated, is our cultural life limited to music. One of the most memorable events of the year was the celebration of the quatercentenary of the King James Bible, organised by Clive Wilmer and Edward WilsonLee. Undaunted by a catastrophic slip on the icy paths, which shattered his hip, Clive put together a luminous constellation of speakers, among them the brightest of stars, the poet Geoffrey Hill. This eagerly attended occasion also allowed us to renew links with the family of our first Master, and close adviser to the King, James Montagu. The Montagu estate of Boughton passed to the Dukes of Buccleuch, and the enthusiasm of Dickie Buccleuch has now allowed us to revive those historic ties.


Lift up your hearts H. Montagu Butler (1881)

DEREK BEALES Tune: 'Sidney Sussex'

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Copyright © 2011, Derek Beales

Finally, there is good news also in the field of the visual arts: the magnificent portrait of Lucy Harington, which featured in the 2010 Annual, has now been purchased for the College thanks to the generosity of 1596 Foundation Copyright © 2011, Derek Beales member, David Fyfe. This adds to what is already an important collection of art works. For the last six years these have been curated, sensitively and knowledgeably, by Claire Preston. As she leaves us for her chair at Birmingham, her role as Curator of Pictures passes to Dick Humphreys, author of the richly illustrated College History, and eminently qualified by his years at the Tate Gallery to curate a historical collection.


master’s news The numerous successes, educational, sporting and other, of our students are reported below. The Tompkins table, which ranks Cambridge Colleges by the proportion of their students to achieve good degrees, especially firsts, offers an all too partial metric of the academic success of a College. Nevertheless, since it exists, it is better to measure up well in it. For the second year running, Sidney has advanced up the table from the atypically low ranking to which it fell in 2009. Equally pleasing is the high number of our students who came top of their subject markbooks, including Medicine, History of Art and Political Sciences. At the same time, we celebrate the numerous successes of our distinguished Fellowship. Exceptionally, two colleagues have been promoted to the rank of professor in the same round, Chris Page in English and Eugenio Biagini in History; add to that Claire Preston’s chair at Birmingham and Emma Gilby’s promotion to a senior lectureship, and it is something of an annus mirabilis. Colleagues have won national and international recognition for their achievements: their disciplines span architecture with Michael Ramage (the Silver Medal in the 2011 International Prize for Sustainable Architecture); biology with Rebecca Kilner (the Zoological Society of London Scientific Medal for 2010); engineering with both Dame Ann Dowling (the 2011 UKRC award for Women of Outstanding Achievement) and John Longley (the ASME Gas Turbine Award); modern languages with Barry Nisbet carrying off both the Hamann Research Prize of the University of Munster and the Einhard Prize for Biography; and solid-state physics with Tomislav Frišˇ ci´c (the Harrison-Meldola Memorial Award). Perhaps the most enviable award goes to our Nobel Laureate, Sir John Walker, who in being granted the Gold Seal of the University of Bari has been given the keys to the City of Bari. Other Fellows have their distinction acknowledged in their roles in public life: Alan Hughes now joins Dame Sandra Dawson on the Council for Science and Technology, giving advice to 10 Downing Street, while Sir Tom Blundell has been elected President of the UK Science Council. A Master too is bound, willy nilly, to leave his or her mark on the College. Sidney has found itself linked to Herculaneum, on television, radio and in the press, thanks especially to the curious public taste for the contents of a Roman sewer. The collapse of a minor structure in Pompeii caused shockwaves through the Italian and international press; and those looking for light amidst the gloomy catalogue of neglect and mismanagement were happy to discover a good news story in the Packard Humanities Institute’s project in Herculaneum. This year also saw the publication of the first general book on the site for half a


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 century, which met, thanks not least to its lavish illustrations, with some critical acclaim. Among the numerous visitors I have shown round the site in the past year were the Sidney Club of Geneva, led by Ajit Bhalla, and the Society of Apothecaries of London, led by 1596 Foundation member, Christopher Khoo. Herculaneum, however, is relatively far off: closer to hand it has been possible to indulge my archaeological interests by an investigation of the invisible traces of the Franciscan monastery, the Greyfriars, which preceded the College. Geophysical prospection has become increasingly sophisticated in revealing traces of buried structures, and the College gardens offer an ideal environment for such an investigation. As we suspected, it is possible to map not only the Chapel, revealed by Peter Salway’s excavations in 1958, but also a series of outbuildings under the Master’s Garden, where the friars brewed their beer. Our head gardener, Trevor Rees, who has fought a long and noble battle against the chafers and crows that infested his lawns, not to speak of the assaults of May Balls, Arts Festivals and endless parties, need have no fear that archaeologists will deliver the coup de grace: their work is non-invasive and leaves no trace. Finally, the entrances and exits. This year has seen the death of our Emeritus Fellow, Phillip Clemmow, and of our Fellow Commoner, Christopher

master’s news Stoneman, who did so much to encourage support for Sidney in the States. Among the distinguished alumni who feature in our obituary section, we should note John Herivel, a key member of the Bletchley Park team. The importance of Sidney in the Bletchley story has been brought out in the new book by our Honorary Fellow, Lord Asa Briggs, who celebrated his 90th birthday this year. Our younger fellows are prolific, not only in scientific publications: the year has seen the birth of children to Brian Billups, Marko Cvitas, Andrew Flewitt, Emma Gilby, Rebecca Kilner and Julius Ross. We were sad to say goodbye to Marko, and also to his fellow Croatian and chemist, Tomislav Frišˇcic´, both of whom have left us at the end of their tenures to take up new positions in Zagreb and Montreal respectively. The College has a special debt to those who take on the rotating burdens of College office: thanks go especially to Chris Page, who is now succeeded as Vice Master by Richard Penty, and to Richard Flower, who leaves us for Sheffield, and is succeeded as Praelector by Jane Spencer. Christopher Parish relinquished his long-held role as Keeper of Muniments in his 94th year; the new role of Keeper of Manuscripts and Archives is now taken on by Rosamond McKitterick. To all go warmest thanks. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Left to right: Julius Ross, Emma Gilby and Brian Billups with Jasper, Samuel and Mia respectively, at the Master’s Summer Barbecue, July 2011





Sidney’s Medieval Manuscripts: A Snapshot [Editor’s Note: This article is based on a talk given by Professor McKitterick prior to the 1596 Foundation Dinner on 13 November 2010.] Sidney’s medieval Latin manuscripts contain texts spanning over a thousand years, with the classics, biblical, theological, philosophical and scientific work all represented. All the books have played a role in the transmission of ideas across time and space, and the formation of an intellectual framework that remains part of our own cultural inheritance. Many of the books were studied within the University of Cambridge. Others played a role in private families as devotional books or books read for pleasure. Some are very workaday texts in appearance and others are beautifully decorated, but all were intended to be used. Like any group of books in a college library, they are also part both of the history of the College and its institutional memory. Many once belonged to former members or were given by them out of affection for Sidney, and a commitment to everything the College stands for. Even a brief snapshot of a small selection will illustrate how interesting and important they are as pieces of historical evidence in their own right. A text very widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages was the Historia ecclesiastica tripartita by the sixth-century Italian statesman Cassiodorus, who had worked for Theodoric the Ostrogoth. MS 30, a handsome book written in a clear and well-formed English cursive textura, joins Cassiodorus with the Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum by Bede. This copy was probably produced at Durham in the late Middle Ages, and was the property of John Pilkington, Archdeacon of Durham in 1591. The donor, William Pratt of Bossall, was admitted a sizar at Emmanuel in 1663 and was vicar of Bossall from 1673 until his death on 2 January 1701/2. He was the father of John Pratt, admitted as a sizar at Sidney in 1691–2, who also became vicar of Bossall and died in 1718. William Pratt gave a number of medieval manuscripts to his College, including the twelfth-century copy, MS 32, of Bede’s excerpts from Augustine’s

Opposite: Sidney Sussex College, MS 76, Psalter, fol. 34r, marginal illustration showing the martyrdom of St Alban


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 commentary on the Epistle of St Paul to the Romans, written at Durham, and MS 37, a Sarum Book of Hours, illuminated in London in the 1470s most probably for Anne Holand (d. 1486), wife, successively, of Sir John Nevile and James, 9th Earl of Douglas. Books of hours were devotional books, mostly designed for the laity, but each with unique features. Common elements are the office of the Virgin Mary, the penitential Psalms, the litany of saints and the office of the dead. To some Sidney Sussex College, MS 100, pt 1, Bestiary, fol. extent they replaced the Psalter as a commonly-owned devo60r, with the elephant family and the dragon tional book. Sidney’s Psalter, MS 76, is a century older than MS 37, but is a fine example of English work of this period. Judging from some of the saints invoked in the liturgy – Petroc, Brannoc, Sativola – it was produced for a patron in the diocese of Exeter, although written and illuminated most probably in Oxford, in the early 1330s. Virtually all the figures in this manuscript have been literally defaced by a Protestant iconoclast. Until the later Middle Ages few people owned a whole Bible. MS 96 of c. 1260, for example, probably came from a monastic house in the Fenlands. It is a fine example of English work of this period. The miniatures are by several artists from the workshop that produced Trinity B.4.1, a glossed Pauline Epistles that belonged to St Augustine’s, Canterbury. It is likely that the Bible was given to the College in 1631 by John Clement, rector of Chesterton in Huntingdonshire. Clement was admitted as a sizar on 22 April 1607, graduated BA in 1610–11 and MA in 1614. He was buried at Woodstone, Huntingdonshire., of which he was also rector, on 9 February 1653. Thomas Jennings, a graduate of Pembroke and rector of Willingale Spain (d. 1607), bequeathed MS 100, pt. 1, the famous thirteenth-century Bestiary. The later Medieval Bestiary was a combination of useful zoological information


features and fantastic stories with allegorical explanations of the animals’ significance. The bestiary developed in part from the older Physiologus manuscripts of antiquity and drew on other ancient and early medieval encyclopaedists such as Pliny and Isidore. Bestiaries were designed to illustrate the Creation of God, on which the medieval study of the natural sciences was based. An example of the kind of meaning attached to creatures in a Bestiary is this note about doves: ‘As doves are safe from their enemy the dragon as long as they stay in the shelter of the peridexion tree, so Christians will be safe from Satan as long as they stay in the shelter of the Church.’ Illustrations of the elephant are accompanied by an account of its attributes, although these can vary. One common misconception is that elephants have no knee joints, so if they fall down they cannot get up again. A ninth-century Irishman at the court of Charlemagne commented that he knew this was not the case because ‘their elephant’ (sent to Charlemagne by the caliph Haroun-al-Raschid in 802) could lie down and you could then see its knees. Other parts of the story in the Sidney Bestiary are the way in which elephants give birth. The female elephant eats

Sidney Sussex College, MS 76, Psalter, fol. 60r, with Saints Etheldreda, Catharine, Margaret and Agatha


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 some mandrake, and then gives some to the male; they mate and the female immediately conceives. The female remains pregnant for two years, and can only give birth once. When it is time to give birth, the female wades into a pool up to her belly and gives birth there. If she gave birth on land, the elephant’s enemy the dragon would devour the baby. The Bestiary is an example of how specific knowledge could be transmitted. Encyclopaedic and lexical miscellanies are another. They were popular from the eighth century to the later Middle Ages. MS 75 is an English example from the early thirteenth century. It contains material relating to grammar, history and the Bible, including an exposition of Hebrew proper names and a very onomato­poæic list of the noises animals and birds make, thought to be derived from a list by the classical writer Suetonius Tranquillus. The book was a gift from Samuel Ward, former Master of the College (1610–43). Then, as now, Cambridge colleges were a training ground for lawyers, so it is hardly surprising to find law books for both ecclesiastical and secular courts represented in the library. Medieval canon law collections combined decrees from early Christian ecumenical church councils and papal decrees concerning doctrine, clerical discipline, ecclesiastical organisation and lay moral behaviour. In the twelfth century, the Decretals emerged as the authorised version of ecclesiastical law, still substantially in use today in the Catholic Church. MS 101, also given by Samuel Ward, is a twelfth-century collection, a fine example of Italian work of this period, in a spacious format, with English annotations from the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Like MS 32, it comes from Durham Cathedral Library. Sidney’s medieval books provide a wonderful cross-section of the type of text now represented in many libraries across Europe, although we are fortunate to be able to associate so many of ours with particular former members of the College. Professor Rosamond McKitterick (Notes on provenance provided by Nicholas Rogers)


The Conservation of a College Accounts Book When I came to Sidney in 1989 there was no doubt as to which document presented the most serious conservation problems. MR.62, a folio volume, 485 × 285 mm, of over 700 pages, comprises the College accounts for the period 1720 to 1817. In his handlist of Masters’ Records, Otto Smail had described MR.62 as ‘in poor condition’. This was an understatement. The paper was so acidic that particles dropped off every time it was moved. It could not be opened without risking major damage to the leaves. It was clear what needed to be done to conserve it, but it was also clear how expensive that treatment would be. And so it rested on a shelf in the Muniment Room safe until, in 2008, David Ives (1973) very generously agreed to meet the cost of restoring it to a usable condition. Melvin Jefferson, who, with Elizabeth Bradshaw and Edward Cheese, carried out the work over three years, provided progress reports upon which the following account is based.

The College Accounts Book (MR. 62) after conservation, ready to be rebound



sidney sussex annual 2011–12 First of all the leaves were cleaned throughout, using a conservation vacuum cleaner to remove dirt, mould spores and debris. Surface dirt was removed by means of a paper-cleaning sponge. Then each leaf was treated with magnesium methyl carbonate, a paper deacidification treatment. A non-aqueous method of intervention was chosen as it was felt that the mould-damaged paper was too fragile to withstand the conventional wet treatment, which would also have caused the red ink used in the accounts to run. It was discovered that spray application was the most effective way to apply the deacidifying agent. The mould-damaged areas were given a further spray application of hydroxypropyl cellulose, a paper sizing agent, which gave the weakened areas more body. The leaves were dried on a vacuum table to ensure that the sizing was drawn deep into the paper. Once the condition of the volume had been stabilised, it was possible to begin the slow process of reinforcing the damaged paper. Two types of Japanese paper were used for this. The damaged spine folds were guarded with Japanese handmade Kozo-fibre paper, which was also used to infill areas of loss. Further support for damaged areas, particularly along the edges, was

features provided by Tengujo paper, secured with thinned-down paste applied through the support. At first, hand-made Tengujo paper was used, but then a supply of machine-made Tengujo was obtained. This paper, made like Kozo from mulberry plant fibre, is both strong and light; even where it is necessary to overlay text, the writing can still be read clearly through the Tengujo. It was originally hoped that the conservation of the leaves could be carried out without disturbing the sewing structure, but it was discovered that the hemp sewing supports were in poor condition and the sewing was breaking down. So the text-block is being resewn on to new linen cords to provide a structure sturdy enough to support such a heavy volume. It has been decided not to reuse the existing binding, a cumbersome and crude construction set with metal bosses. There was evidence that this binding had originally been used for some other purpose. This binding will be preserved in a separate box. A native-dyed Nigerian goatskin, both strong and colourful, has been selected for the new binding. Why does MR.62 merit this attention? It provides the most detailed documentation of the administrative history of Sidney for much of the eighteenth century, at a time when the minutes of College meetings are extremely sparse. As Richard Humphreys’ new history of the College makes clear, eighteenthcentury Sidney was a more stimulating intellectual environment than previous historians of the College have realised. Brief extracts from the accounts relating to the remodelling of the Hall were published by Peter Salway in Country Life in 1960. It is expected that study of the accounts will shed further light on other building projects of the period, most notably the Chapel built by James Essex. MR.62 also promises to provide a structure to the history of College estates in the Georgian period, enabling surviving deeds to be set in their proper context. Nicholas Rogers, Archivist

Tengujo paper being applied to a damaged area of MR 62



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‘A Source of Power in the Transformation of the Atoms’ The turn of phrase in the title comes from a speech by Lord Rutherford (1871– 1937) to the British Association, printed the following day (12 September 1933) in The Times. Among other things, Rutherford reported on new work by John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton in Cambridge. They had split lithium nuclei into alpha particles by bombardment with protons from an accelerator. He noted, in a passage he might later have regretted: It was a very poor and inefficient way of producing energy, and anyone who looked for a source of power in the transformation of the atoms was talking moonshine. Leó Szilárd, who came up with the idea of a nuclear chain reaction (overlooked by Rutherford) on the very same day as reading The Times article, considered that, on the contrary, it might be Rutherford who was talking ‘moonshine‘. It is intriguing that more than 75 years later, while the possibility of generating energy from atoms has been amply demonstrated, the wisdom of doing so remains a matter of competing claims of moonshine. Is atomic energy a curse bringing present dangers and blighting future generations with its waste, or a timely rescue from the perils, geopolitical and environmental, of fossil-fuel consumption? Quiescent for decades, especially after the Chernobyl disaster, there has recently been talk of a ‘nuclear renaissance‘. The case for nuclear is first about energy security. The issue is not that the oil will dry up, but rather that there will be higher prices and greater competition: can it be wise to rely on fossil fuels imported from regions that may suffer instabilities of various kinds? Wind power cannot be a dominant source of electricity unless we want to slow our lives on still days. And solar cells, though improving all the time, produce electricity with a cost that is many times the market rate. A second driver is the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, normally considered in the context of climate change. Even if we take the optimistic view that climate change will not occur or will not be important, there are yet other reasons pressing us to reduce emissions. These include the acidification of the oceans. The oceans overall have absorbed nearly one third of the excess carbon dioxide emitted in our industrial age. With inefficient mixing, much of this remains in surface


features waters. The consequent acidification of these is beginning to endanger some marine life and will almost certainly be fatal for corals. New nuclear power plants are under construction in China, Finland, France, India and Korea. Many other countries are considering starting nuclear programmes (Jordan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, UAE, Vietnam), or reviving programmes (Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Romania, Switzerland). These trends have been affected by the events at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. The earthquake of 11 March 2011 left the operating reactors in the plant undamaged but shut down, which was the planned response. For some time after shut-down, however, a reactor needs continued cooling to remove ‘decay heat’. The tsunami triggered by the earthquake produced waves of up to 14 metres, vastly higher than the six metres the reactors were designed to cope with. The plant’s cooling systems were overwhelmed and disabled, leading to overheating of the reactor cores and probable partial meltdown. Hydrogen explosions from decomposed cooling water and release of radioactivity followed. The reaction to the Fukushima disaster has varied from country to country. Just days after Germany announced its intention to go nuclear-free, Charles Hendry, the UK’s Energy Minister, confirmed that the UK will build eight new stations adjacent to existing sites and said that they would provide low-carbon electricity as coal-fired stations close. The minister might rather have noted that the new stations will largely replace existing nuclear generating capacity due to be shut down over the same period, but even so the announcement is Should Sidney go nuclear?


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 highly significant. He stated: ‘Nuclear is the cheapest low-carbon source of electricity around, so it can keep bills down and the lights on … The 16 gigawatts of new nuclear generation planned by industry equates to investment of around £50 billion with the construction of each reactor delivering investment equivalent to that for the 2012 Olympics.’ Given its particular history of waxing and waning interest, the nuclear industry worldwide has a huge problem with its employee age profile, with a large fraction now approaching retirement age. Over the next few years in Europe alone there will be a requirement for the appointment of tens of thousands of nuclear engineers. And that need will be there in large measure even if the nuclear renaissance falters: those engineers are needed not only for new build, but for safe operation, decommissioning, waste management and antiproliferation measures. I chair a group to coordinate nuclear interests across Cambridge departments. This has led to the founding of the Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre (, and to an MPhil course in Nuclear Energy. This course, with its first intake in October 2011, is led by the Department of Engineering in conjunction with Judge Business School, and the Departments of Physics, Materials Science & Metallurgy, and Earth Sciences. It aims to provide a grounding in the engineering, scientific and safety aspects of nuclear power; an understanding of nuclear technology policy and business issues; and an appreciation of the wider contexts of electricity generation in the twentyfirst century. In addition to next-generation nuclear-fission plants, attention will be paid to more revolutionary reactor designs, to the use of thorium rather than uranium as a fuel and to the attractive prospect of nuclear fusion. Over the last few years there has been a remarkable growth in the number of undergraduates choosing the ‘nuclear’ modules on offer in the Departments of Engineering and of Materials Science. With such evidence for student interest, our hopes for the new course are high. Whatever the technical, political and economic vagaries of nuclear power generation across the world, the technological and policy issues are ones with which Cambridge has to engage. Lindsay Greer (Fellow, 1984), Head of the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy



The King James Bible – 400 Years ■■ A celebration at Sidney Sussex College On 27 February 2011 the College hosted a conference to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible, popularly known as the King James (KJB). There were four distinguished speakers. John Morrill, Professor of British and Irish History at Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College, spoke on the historical background and the involvement of Sidney Sussex. David McKitterick, Honorary Professor of Bibliography at Cambridge and Wren Librarian at Trinity College, talked about the material circumstances of the production of the KJB and its importance in the history of the book. Dr Kerry McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Music at Duke University, North Carolina, who is an authority on the music of the Jacobean period, talked about the church music of William Byrd, who as a Roman Catholic is not normally thought of in that context. Geoffrey Hill – currently Professor of Poetry at Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel and, for many of us, the outstanding English poet of our time – called his lecture ‘The Violent Bear it Away’, which is a quotation from the Douai-Rheims Bible. In it he considered the sometimes violent conflicts and repressions that lie behind what can appear the timeless tranquility of the King James text. We tried to keep that text, its origins and its consequences, present to us as the day proceeded. Before each paper, as the day went on, members of the College read passages from the Bible in different versions: the Creation and the Tower of Babel from Professor Geoffrey Hill delivering his talk to Genesis, the twenty-third Psalm, the King James Bible Conference


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Title-page to The Holy Bible (London, 1612)


features the first chapter of St John’s Gospel and Revelation 22. Each group of readings began with the King James version, which was then followed by other English translations and translations in other languages. So as well as Tyndale and Coverdale and the Catholic Douai-Rheims version, we heard the Anglo-Saxon and Wycliffite texts. As well as the original Hebrew and Greek, we heard a range of tongues – from Latin to Dutch, Welsh to Swahili and so on. The programme was brilliantly planned by Professor Rosamond McKitterick. The conference was followed by a glorious Sung Evensong in Chapel, at which the choir, directed by the Osborn Director of Music, Dr David Skinner, and supported by the celebrated consort of viols, Fretwork, sang music of the Jacobean period by Thomas Weelkes and William Byrd. The preacher at that service was the Pastoral Dean, Revd Dr Peter Waddell. Fretwork’s contribution and other costs were funded by an alumnus, Andrew Bolton (1971), to whom I would like to express our warm thanks. There were also sideshows. In the Old Parlour, our Fellow Curator of Silver, Dr Janice Stargardt, had laid out an exhibition of plate donated to the Chapel by the Earl of Kent, who was, with Sir John Harington, executor to the Foundress and a very active party in the creation of the College. Also on show, thanks to our Archivist Nicholas Rogers, was the College’s Plantin Polyglot Bible from the sixteenth century. Nicholas Rogers had also laid out, in the Library, an exhibition of historic Bibles, which included a couple of KJBs said to have been owned by Oliver Cromwell, to say nothing of the famous Sidney illuminated Bible and several others of interest and beauty. We are grateful to Dr Stargardt and Nicholas Rogers for their contributions. ‘We’ in that last sentence means the Working Group, which worked hard for more than two years to make the day a success. The Group comprised the Vice Master, the Pastoral Dean, the Osborn Director of Music, Dr Andrew Flewitt, Professor McKitterick, the Archivist, Dr Edward Wilson-Lee as Secretary and myself as Chairman. For the whole occasion we were indebted to the College’s premier benefactor, John Osborn. I want to thank him on behalf of the College for his hugely generous gift. We are also grateful to an alumnus of Sidney, the Revd John Mitson, who in recognition of this great occasion and to express his affection for the College, paid for the purchase of a handsome new King James Bible, published by Cambridge University Press, for subsequent use in the Chapel for as long as it lasts. What now follows is an edited version of my introductory address.


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f you haven’t visited Sidney Sussex recently, or if you have never known the College well, there is one thing I would urge you to do today that is not part of this conference. You should look through the front door of the Master’s Lodge at a picture that has hung there for only the past few months. It is an extraordinarily refined and handsome Jacobean portrait of a lady in early middle age. Her severe but rather beautiful black gown and her white lace collar suggest a person of taste and elevated social status. She appears to be in her study, moreover, and to have been reading a book – at the time, not an obviously female association; there is also a touch of melancholy in the pose and expression, which suggests (in the visual language of the age) that this lady was something of an intellectual. The lady in question is Lucy, Countess of Bedford (1581–1627). She is mostly known to history as the patron and friend of major figures in Jacobean literature, notably Ben Jonson and John Donne; she is, indeed, the addressee of some of their poems. But Lucy Harington, as she was born, is also a significant figure in the history of Sidney Sussex College. She was the daughter of Sir John Harington, Lady Frances Sidney’s executor and (in effect) one of the College’s founders, and she bequeathed to the College 180 of her father’s books. There is one other aspect of Lucy Harington I want to remind you of. Like her father, like Lady Frances, like Lady Frances’ nephew the poet Sir Philip Sidney, she was a Puritan. In the twenty-first century the word ‘Puritan’ has unfortunate associations. There is a suggestion of narrowness and self-righteousness that seems not to belong with civilised and cultivated people of the type I am trying to evoke. But that is because we altogether misunderstand Puritanism (and therefore misuse the word) and because our misunderstanding is partly due to the fact that there were many different kinds of Puritan. For these people, Puritanism was a simpler form of Christianity, purged of the largely nonChristian traditions that have accrued to it, a more ethically


features demanding system of belief, and a more intellectually coherent one. We do not have to agree with them to find them admirable. Despite impressions we may have of seventeenth-century intolerance, it seems there were contemporaries who felt that way as well – Donne and Jonson, for instance, neither of whom was remotely Puritan. As a literary scholar myself, I am naturally interested in them. Another Anglican poet of the time, not at all a Puritan and very much a disciple of Donne’s, was George Herbert. I mention him because today, the 27th of February, is the day set aside by the Church of England to remember and celebrate his life and his work as priest and poet. We chose Herbert’s day for this conference for a number of reasons. He is perhaps the first outstanding English poet to have drawn inspiration from the King James Bible. The team of King James translators, moreover, was headed by Lancelot Andrewes, then Dean of Westminster, who had taught Herbert at Westminster School, and whom Herbert idolised. But Herbert, too, has a remote connection with the founders of this College and their friends. His mother Lady Magdalen Herbert was also a friend of Donne’s and knew the Countess of Bedford, and the Herberts were remote Welsh cousins of some members of the Sidney family, the Earls of Pembroke. Mary, Countess of Pembroke, was Sir Philip Sidney’s sister, part author with him of The Sidney Psalter and dedicatee of his Arcadia, and her sons, William and Philip, were both patrons of Shakespeare and his company. Given the richness of these cultural connections, it is not surprising that two Masters of Sidney, both connected with these families, served on the translation committees for the King James Bible. The role of James Montagu, our first Master, who went on to be Bishop of Bath and Wells, has been disputed, though it seems to me more than probable that he was involved. He was certainly valued by the King and was present at the Hampton Court Conference, at which the new translation was proposed. If he was involved, he


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 was one of the Second Oxford Company, who translated the four Gospels. Our third Master, Samuel Ward, undoubtedly served as one of the Second Cambridge Company, who dealt with the Apocrypha. Sidney Sussex, founded in 1596, like Emmanuel, founded a little earlier, in 1584, was a Puritan foundation – as one would expect of a College created by the Sidneys and the Haringtons. It is of immense historical and cultural significance that these two Masters, like their colleagues Laurence Chaderton of Emmanuel and John Rainolds of Corpus Christi, Oxford, being Puritans, were required by the King to join with conservative Anglicans in a common enterprise: the translation of a Bible that, as it was hoped, all English people could share. (In recognition of these old associations, I am very pleased to welcome to this conference the Master of Emmanuel, Lord Wilson, and his colleague Sarah Bendall. It is a nice coincidence, too, that our present Master, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, studied at Rainolds’ college.) The durability of the King James version, I believe, has as much to do with the involvement of these possible dissenters, as also with the fact that the text draws on the full range of translations that preceded it in the sixteenth century, and indeed on the Bible in other places, other times and other languages. It is very much my own hope that, in celebrating this great event today, we are not celebrating something narrowly Anglican or narrowly English, but a book whose language has touched a vast range of human beings – of different races and nations and of different kinds of believer and non-believer. Clive Wilmer MA, Fellow in English



Afghanistan – A Sailor’s Story [Editor’s Note: We reported last year (p. 52) on Kevin Rourke’s commission as a Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. Here he writes of his experiences on a posting to Afghanistan last December.] On my last night in the UK I decided not to have a drink. In retrospect perhaps I should have done, since it was the last chance for the next nine weeks and it was nearly Christmas Day. It just seemed that sticky toffee pudding and sleep were more important. True to the military maxim ‘rest when you can’, I slept for three hours. Good job, as ‘on tour’ rarely did a night pass without a helicopter or bleep disturbing me. The flight left in the middle of the night from RAF Brize Norton; at the same time Heathrow was paralysed by snow, but snow is no bar to the RAF. We touched down at Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE and then boarded a C-17 to Camp Bastion, flying in on a ‘tactical’ landing – lights off, body armour and helmet on. As we left the aircraft by the ramp I saw the dust on the ground and the tents lit up in the floodlights. My ears were bombarded by helicopter noise; it felt like a film. I picked up my kit, which weighed in at 50 kg, located the corporal from the hospital and boarded a minibus. I tried, in vain, to enter an accommodation tent silently and slept on an empty cot in my combats and boots. After three hours’ sleep I woke up, showered and wandered around the camp searching for breakfast, eventually being pointed in the correct direction by a kindly colonel. As it was Christmas Eve, the rest of the day involved a carol service, midnight mass and pizza and beer (0%). I fell asleep reading A Christmas Carol, as I’ve done since I was a child, but never in a war zone before. Christmas Day brought surprise parcels from my family, phone calls home, Christmas dinner served by the commanding officers and Blackadder in the mess. On 27 December my gentle introduction to Camp Bastion ended when the first improvised explosive device (IED) casualty was brought into the hospital. Category A calls bring tens of personnel to the Emergency Department but the overall appearance is of calm, purposeful movement, similar to a pit stop. The casualty moves through resuscitation, scanning, theatre and finally intensive care in an incredibly efficient process. UK personnel are usually back in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, within 48 hours. The field hospital treats all injured personnel, whether part of the International Security Assistance Force


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Kevin O’Rourke on duty in Afghanistan

(ISAF), enemy combatants or indeed innocent civilians. It is difficult to describe how intense an experience this is but, to give an idea, I personally performed 50 amputations in my time there but also performed another 200 procedures. There is no doubt that most of my time was spent working for all trauma calls from my arrival until departure, on call 24 hours a day. However, when we weren’t busy I have never laughed so much, at films, playing games, building MASH-style signs from scrap wood and enjoying banter, constant banter – whether it was midday or 4 a.m. My favourite activity: walking the IED sniffer dogs, in my case a beautiful Springer called Flash, usually followed by coffee and cake at the Danish ‘Camp Viking’ coffee shop. As I reflect back on my experiences I am thoroughly proud of what the UK and US military medical services have achieved and are currently achieving in Afghanistan. Many service men and women owe their lives and quality of life to the development of a truly world-class service in an austere and dusty environment. At no point did I see the sea, a ship or indeed receive a daily rum ration. Kevin ‘Harry’ Rourke MA (1996) Surg Lt Cdr RNR


This has been the busiest and most productive year yet for Sidney Music and there’s much to report. The Music Society, as ever, has been very active and has showcased our new Steinway with a regular song series in Chapel during term. In addition to this, thanks to the generosity of Brian Moody (Classics, 1962) the College has now acquired a new harpsichord, which is considered to be the finest continuo instrument in Cambridge. It was built by Huw Saunders in 2010 and based on a design after Michael Mietke (Berlin, 1710), who supplied a similar harpsichord which J.S. Bach ordered for the court at Köthen where he composed much of his chamber music. The year was punctuated with a number of high-profile events, and started with the admission of our Visiting Fellow, the American composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre. Eric is one of the most popular composers of his generation, and is particularly known for his internet sensation ‘The Virtual Choir’. He spent much time with the choir (including singing with the choir at Vespers, composing a new College Grace, and working with our singers and composers). We are particularly delighted that Eric adapted his instrumental work ‘October’ into his first-ever liturgical work ‘Alleluia’, which is dedicated to Sidney Choir. Consulting with Jo Wallace-Hadrill he is also undertaking a set of four motets based on poetry by Virgil, the first of which will also be dedicated to Sidney. We are thrilled that Eric has recently been appointed to a five-year position at the College as our official Composer in Residence. Sidney musicians have been active throughout the University and beyond, and two of our music finalists were particularly busy with extra-musical activities. Ben Atkinson (Senior Organ Scholar) and Henry Scarlett (Senior Choral Scholar) respectively composed and directed the Cambridge Footlights Pantomime ‘The Pied Piper’ in Michaelmas Term, creating a very Sidney-based production with contributions from several of our students, including art historian Yates Norton who was the set designer. The same team then went on to produce a highly entertaining and immensely popular show ‘Once Upon a Dream’, which highlighted the best of Disney from the childhood of our current intake of students. The production was awarded ‘Best Lateshow’ and was runner up for ‘Best Show’. Many congratulations to them all! The Choir continues to flourish and has been on fine form throughout the year. We welcomed our new Choral Scholars (Catherine Shaw, Camilla


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Wehmeyer, Anna Souter, Phillip Franklin and Laurens Macklon); new exhibitioners from other colleges included Hannah Berridge (Trinity), Renee Hale (Jesus), and Christopher Webb (Girton and Clare). We geared up for our first project in Lent Term with music by the Spanish Renaissance composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria, who died in 1611. From 9 to 12 April the Choir performed Victoria’s music in some of the most idyllic venues in Italy, including the sixth-century Benedictine monastery at Farfa, the Basilica di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola in Rome, and the Chiesa di Nostra Signora della Neve in La Spezia. We then returned to Cambridge to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Victoria’s death in Sidney’s first ever BBC Choral Evensong (Radio 3) on 27 April; the service took the form of our popular Latin Vespers, and was led by the Pastoral Dean with lessons read in Latin by the Master and in English by the Vice Master. College talent then came together for our Second Sidney Arts Festival, which took place on Saturday 25 June, opening the previous evening with a Sidney’s Choir on tour in Germany, in front of the Bachkirche, Arnstadt


features performance of J.S. Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ (performed one-to-a-part), led by Maggie Faultless and produced by Henry Scarlett, who also managed the Arts Festival itself. The Saturday included Shadwell Opera’s production of Britten’s comic opera ‘Albert Herring’, the premiere of Eric Whitacre’s ‘Alleluia’ for Sidney Choir (including a welcome message from the composer via his studio in Los Angeles), CUOS’s ‘La Serva Padrona’ (Pergolesi), Collegium Regale, Footlights comedians, a repeat of ‘Once Upon A Dream’, chamber music, reggae, poetry and more. We look forward to Sidney Arts Festival III in 2013. After graduation the Choir returned to the Chapel to make their next recording: the music of Thomas Weelkes (d. 1623) with our previous Ensemble in Residence, Fretwork. The recording was supported by Richard Phillips (Law, 1966), and will be released in the spring of 2012. With Weelkes, Victoria, Whitacre and other composers firmly in the blood, the Choir then embarked on its summer tour to Germany. We visited the more rarely explored churches in the old GDR, including some where J.S. Bach himself was employed: we sang to full houses and met with standing ovations in Mühlhausen, Göttingen and Kassel (with the help of Sidneyite Heinz Fuchs), Gotha and Arnstadt. Sidney is the first Oxbridge choir to sing in these wonderful venues since the Reunification. Although happily laden with Schnitzel, Würste, Weissbier (renamed by Sidney Choir as ‘Banana Beer’) in the end we had to say goodbye to many long-standing members of the Choir, and wish the very best to Ben Atkinson, Henry Scarlett, Tom Hindmarch, Joachim Cassel (Robinson), Amanda Kay (Homerton) and Eleanor Cramer (Clare). Our musical successes are all down to teamwork, and I am grateful for the support of my friends and colleagues in the Fellowship, especially the Master, Vice Master and Bursar, Pastoral Dean and the Friends of Sidney Choir. I am particularly grateful to our out-going Organ Scholar, Ben Atkinson, who has been wonderfully supportive and highly professional throughout his time with us. Look for his name in London’s West End in the years to come. For the rest of us, in true Sidney spirit, we are all geared up for another musically successful year ahead. Dr David Skinner, Osborn Director of Music


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A New Perspective on Sidney’s Past The history of the College starts very precisely in 1596 with the official moment of its foundation. Yet, as we are all aware, the College has an invisible prehistory. The site on which the Elizabethan buildings were constructed – purchased, not without difficulty and royal intervention, from the Fellows of Trinity – had for centuries been that of a Franciscan monastery, known as the Greyfriars, which had flourished from its foundation in the mid-thirteenth century to its brutal closure in Henry VIII’s dissolution of monasteries in 1538. We know that the friary was important enough as a building for its church to be used regularly for University ceremonials, and indeed that the University petitioned in vain to acquire this building after the dissolution. Some glimpse of how impressive the building was is offered by the rich fragments of fourteenth-century stained glass discovered by the young Peter Salway in 1958, when a long trench was excavated across Cloister Court. It is to Peter Salway that we owe the most detailed suggestions available as to what the entire monastery may have looked like. Archaeological science has moved on a long way since 1958, and one of the most spectacular advances, familiar to watchers of the Time Team, has been in geophysical survey. During my time as Director of the British School at Rome, I worked closely with colleagues, including Martin Millett, Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge, using these techniques to cast radical new light on the towns of Roman Italy. It seemed to Martin and me that Sidney’s gardens might offer a precious opportunity to try out these techniques in a very different context, and cast new light on medieval Cambridge. By happy coincidence, Dr Martin Scott, an alumnus of the College (1993) and member of the 1596 Foundation, is married to alumna and specialist in medieval stained glass, Dr Heather Gilderdale Scott (1993), and together they expressed enthusiasm for financing a pilot project to see if we could find out more about Sidney’s prehistory. Over the course of the summer, Rose Ferraby, a veteran of geophysical survey in Italy, and more recently famous for her discovery of a Roman amphitheatre at Aldborough in Yorkshire, close to where she was born, led an intrepid team of archaeologists. Unfazed by a combination of bad weather (what else should one expect from the English summer?) and competition for use of the gardens from a succession of garden parties with marquees and gazebos, the team walked the garden in lines half a metre apart, to the insistent click of the magnetometer, measuring variations in the magnetic field of what lies below.


features What did they find, and what is its significance? One feature that famously ran across the Master’s and Fellows’ Gardens was the King’s Ditch, the ill-smelling waterway, probably going back to Saxon times, but improved in 1267 on the orders of King Henry III, which marked the eastern boundary of the medieval town. There can be little doubt about where it ran, along a line that continues that of Hobson Street. The ditch shows up clearly on the survey: the surprises are what look like the remains of a bridge over it, which may be the bridge recorded in a map of 1574, and signs of an elaborate revetment along its edge. But there are also traces of other buildings beneath the lawn of the Master’s Garden. Records show that when the site was leased in 1546, after the Church and Cloisters had been demolished to provide building materials for King Henry VIII’s new college, Trinity, there was still a ‘brewhouse, malthouse, millhouse and garner’. The Greyfriars cared about their food and drink, and we seem to be seeing traces of their buildings, not so far from our present kitchens and cellars. In the end, the prize will be to find the Church and Cloisters. But the builders of Trinity did an exceptionally good job of demolition, as Peter Salway discovered, and what the magnetometry survey shows in Cloister Court is no more than a spread of rubble. The project is still under way, and ground penetrating radar is likely to provide more information. In the end, we hope to know a good deal more about the monastic buildings, on the rubble of which our College was constructed. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Rose Ferraby carrying out the magnetometry survey of the Master’s Garden



Fellows’ Research ■■ Dr Helen Castor (Fellow, 1994–) As a historian, I’ve always been fascinated by the exercise of power: how rulers rule, and why people obey them. And in the Middle Ages – the period in which I specialise – power was inherently and inescapably male. The images displayed on the Great Seal of England encapsulated expectations of a medieval monarch: on one side the king sat in state to give justice to his people, orb and sceptre in his hands; on the other he rode a towering warhorse, his sword unsheathed. But a woman could not sit as a judge, nor could she lead an army into battle. A woman, therefore, could not rule. That, at least, was the theory. In practice, however, the political waters were muddied twice over – first, by the principle of heredity, which risked bestowing the right to rule on daughters as well as sons; and, second, by the sheer calibre of some of the women sidelined by these formal structures of power. Behind the masculine façade of government, mothers and wives could exert an irresistible influence on the policies of kings and nobles; and an exceptional woman in exceptional circumstances might do much more than that. Despite all the limitations of experience and expectation that stood in their way, seven extraordinary women ruled England during the 500 years between the Conquest and the end of the sixteenth century. My starting-point when I began to write She-Wolves was the moment in July 1553 when the 15-year-old King Edward VI lay dying of tuberculosis. It might seem counter-intuitive to begin this exploration of female power with a male ruler centre-stage – but this was the moment in England’s history when the unsettling prospect of a queen holding power in her own right became an inescapable reality for the first time. All the dynastic hopes of Edward VI’s father, Henry VIII, had rested on this boy’s slight shoulders. Now, with Edward’s premature death, it was clear that there would be no glorious line of Tudor kings. Instead, every single one of the contenders for his throne – from his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, to his cousins, among them Lady Jane Grey and Mary, Queen of Scots – was female. Whatever the controversies over the Tudor succession in 1553 (and they would



sidney sussex annual 2011–12 be both vicious and bloody), one thing was certain. For the very first time, England’s crown would be worn by a woman. To understand the challenges that confronted England’s first reigning queen, however, we have to look back as well as forwards. This was not the first time that the possibility of female rule had precipitated political crisis. In 1153 – exactly 400 years before Edward VI’s death, in a world as remote from Tudor England as the Tudor age is from our own – a civil war that had raged for two decades was brought to an end with the sealing of a peace treaty at Winchester. That civil war had been caused by the claims of a woman who could have been the first queen to rule England in her own right. Matilda, daughter of the Conqueror’s son Henry I, had become heir to her father’s throne in 1120 when her brother drowned at sea. But when King Henry died 15 years later, broken hearted by his loss, Matilda’s crown was seized by her cousin, Stephen. Her refusal to acquiesce in this coup d’état tore the country apart. Many Anglo-Norman lords withheld their support from Matilda because of her sex; many offered her their allegiance despite it. But she never succeeded in achieving more than the ambiguous title of ‘Lady of the English’ – an ambiguity enshrined in the Treaty of Winchester, which acknowledged her claims by passing the crown to her son, Henry II. Matilda came tantalisingly close, not only to establishing her right to the throne, but to securing an unequivocal hold on power. She tested the presupposition of male sovereignty to its limits – but, with predictable irony, the fact that her challenge ended in concession and compromise set its own precedent in the centuries that followed. Women, it now seemed, might transmit power to their sons, but not exercise it themselves. However, the story of the four centuries that elapsed between Matilda’s failure to secure the throne and the successful claims of her female Tudor descendants was not straightforwardly


features one of the exclusion of women from the corridors of power. Between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries, three more formidable women – Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou – showed, as queens consort and dowager, how much was possible if conventions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly. Their relationships with their husbands and sons might be supportive – Eleanor of Aquitaine governed England during the long absence of her ‘most beloved son’, Richard the Lionheart, and Margaret of Anjou did the same for her feeble-minded husband, Henry VI – or fiercely confrontational: Eleanor was imprisoned for a decade by her husband Henry II, and Isabella deposed Edward II in the name of their son. But all had the freedom to act because their power was exercised under the legitimising mantle of a male monarchy. Freedom to act did not, however, mean freedom from censure and condemnation. The power of these queens seemed to be a perversion of ‘good’ womanhood, and a distillation of all that was most to be feared in the unstable depths of female nature. The unease, if not outright denunciation, with which their rule was met has coalesced in the image of the she-wolf: a feral creature driven by instinct rather than reason, a sexual predator whose savagery matched that of her mate – or exceeded it, even, in the ferocity with which she defended her young. Their relationships with their husbands and sons therefore gave these queens their power, and simultaneously undermined it. It was not until a female monarch finally took power in her own right that a queen could shake off the slurs that attached themselves to a woman who ruled from behind the throne. But shedding the she-wolf ’s skin came at a price: the ‘good woman’ who did not seek to dominate or supplant her husband had little choice but to acknowledge her subservience to him. When Edward VI died, a palace coup placed his 15-year-old cousin, Jane Grey, on the throne. Opinionated and fiercely intelligent though she was, Jane was never more than the pawn of her powerful father-in-law, and her reign lasted just nine days. She was supplanted by Mary Tudor, Edward’s elder half-sister, who spent five years trying, and failing, to combine the majesty of her English crown with her devotion to her consort, Philip of Spain. Only by appropriating an entirely different persona – that of the Virgin Queen, married to her realm – did Mary’s sister Elizabeth escape the constraints of her sex. And even then, the cost of her success was one that no male sovereign would have tolerated: in giving up her chance of bearing children, she tightened her grip on her kingdom by forfeiting her hold on its future.


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■■ Dr Rebecca Kilner (Fellow, 2005–) Raising offspring brings many delights but it is also a costly business. In evolutionary biology we can quantify some of these pleasures and pains in terms of fitness. Parents gain fitness by nurturing their young, thereby ensuring they thrive and survive, but this comes at the cost of being able to produce offspring again in the future. From beetles to birds, frogs to mammals, parental care is an act of self-sacrifice. With experiments in the field and laboratory, on families of birds and insects, our research reveals the far-reaching evolutionary consequences of this observation. For a start, costly care constrains parental generosity, something we have shown with our insect study species: the burying beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides). We know from our experiments that parents limit the effort they devote to rearing their current brood so as to hold back resources for future reproduction. Indeed, if the current brood is sufficiently small then it is more profitable for the beetles to abandon their young completely rather than to continue rearing them. In general, natural selection favours parents that carefully divide investment between current and future reproduction, so as to maximise the number of offspring they can produce during a lifetime. Much of our work has shown how this careful balancing of current and future investment is perturbed by social interactions within the family. For example, in the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), an Australian songbird, some pairs are assisted in rearing offspring by helpers, and there can be as many as seven adults tending the brood on some territories. We have found that the primary beneficiary of this extra workforce is not the nestlings, who are nevertheless fed at a very high rate when helpers attend the nest, but the breeding female. Females assisted by helpers recalibrate the balance of investment in current and future reproduction, substantially undernourishing their eggs so as to afford additional future breeding opportunities. The helpers compensate for the shortfall in investment at the egg stage by supplying extra food after hatching.

features In more conventional families, mothers and fathers gain equally from care given to their young, but each parent attempts to force the other to bear the greater burden of care, so as to maximise their own chance of breeding again. The costs of care therefore cause natural selection to act in opposing directions on males and females, always favouring the sex that works less hard to raise offspring. Our work on burying beetles shows that males and females can each influence how the cost of care is shared. On the one hand, males clearly encourage females to take on more than they might prefer because when we experimentally widow males, we find they are capable of working much harder to rear

Opposite: A canary nestling gaping (© Fernando Trabanco)



sidney sussex annual 2011–12 young than when in a pair. On the other hand, we find that females can encourage males to put more effort into raising offspring, for example if mothers are of low quality and so unable to work hard themselves. The strength of selection thus seesaws back and forth between the sexes according to opportunity and chance events, with the result that sometimes it is the male that carries out less than his fair share of care, and sometimes it is the female. The costs of care can also cause natural selection to work in opposing directions on parents and their offspring. It favours greedy young, who promote their own interests by taking as many resources as possible from their parents, but at the same time it favours prudent parents who can resist the excessive demands of their young and withhold resources for use in future reproduction. So who wins this battle of the generations? With experiments on families of canaries (Serinus canaria), we discovered that parents gain the upper hand. In this species, if offspring are too demanding, they waste effort on begging and grow more slowly as a result. However, we also observed that nestlings are careful never to beg this wastefully under natural conditions. Instead, they restrain their demands to match their parents’ prudence. Remarkably, this is A burying beetle tending its larvae (© Oliver Krugen)


features achieved before hatching through cues of maternal quality present in the egg. High-quality mothers are more generous to their young after hatching and they also have higher testosterone levels. At egg laying, they deposit greater levels of testosterone in the egg yolk, and their offspring develop more vigorous begging displays as a result. The threat of retarded growth forces nestlings to pay close attention to these maternal cues in the egg and this ensures that the nestlings’ demands match the levels of care that mothers would prefer to provide. The costs of care can even influence interactions beyond the family, with other species. It is well known, for example, that costly care drives the evolution of cheats: parasites that dump their offspring on other species and so get them raised for free. This sort of behaviour is most famously shown by the cuckoo, but it is also seen in over 100 other bird species as well as countless fish, frogs and insects. A major strand of our current research investigates the evolution of adaptations in cheats for this parasitic mode of life, and counteradaptations in their hosts who are under selection to avoid exploitation. We are also currently determining whether costly care can ever drive cooperative interactions between species, this time using burying beetles as our model species. Burying beetles are sometimes known as sexton beetles owing to their habit of burying the dead. Pairs of beetles together strip a small vertebrate carcass of feathers or fur and roll the flesh into a ball, which they embalm with antimicrobial exudates before interring it in a shallow grave. Here it becomes a resource for their developing larvae. In fact, the carcass is a breeding resource for all sorts of other species as well, notably mites and worms, but these species lack the means to travel independently between carrion. Instead, they hitch a ride on the burying beetle and beetles can end up carrying half their body weight in benign passengers like this. Why do the beetles obligingly transport these other species? We are testing whether the mites and nematodes pay for their flight by assisting the beetles in keeping the carrion free from microbes. Producing antimicrobials is even more costly for beetles than provisioning young so perhaps beetles offset these costs by recruiting other species to help. And with that thought in mind, I’m now heading home to relieve our helper at the nest and indulge in some happy self-sacrifice of my own, caring for our offspring.


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Examination Performance A total of 314 Sidney undergraduates took University examinations (including Tripos, and unclassed Preliminary Examinations in History). A further six spent the past year abroad on student exchange schemes (including the CambridgeMIT and Erasmus Programmes); and five first-year English students – the only Sidney undergraduates without a University examination – sat a progress test organised by their Director of Studies and marked to Tripos standard. Tripos results have traditionally been discussed in terms of inter-collegiate rankings such as the Baxter Table (only circulated internally) and the Tompkins Table (published by the Independent newspaper). In both, Sidney continued its steady progress, ranking 16th (from 18th in 2010) out of the 25 Colleges included. Additionally, our Firsts rose for the second consecutive year (from 48 in 2009 to 71 last June): this is 22% of all undergraduates, strongly up from 15% in 2009 and now in line with the University’s average. The College’s students are to be congratulated on this performance; recognition is also due to their Directors of Studies and to all the Fellows who, through their teaching, encouragement and support, gave our undergraduates the best opportunities to fulfil their academic potential. Within this generally satisfactory picture, there are as always peaks of extraordinary individual excellence (a number of University Prizes; two of our second year students topping their Tripos for the second year running); strong subject performances (above all Natural Sciences, ranked 5th in Baxter; Mathematics, recovering to 15th place after a few lean years; and a number of smaller subjects, including Chemical Engineering, Classics, and Politics Psychology and Sociology). Above all, there is real further promise in the performance of our first years, who ranked 12th overall, establishing a much stronger baseline than had been the case for recent cohorts. These encouraging results are not of course the limit of the College’s aspirations; even as we plan to consolidate and to raise our examination game, however, it is important to acknowledge the ultimate value of all our students’ examination performances – a value that has little to do with the College’s Baxter or Tompkins ranking, but that defines the essence of the collegiate learning experience. The entire school experience of most freshers had been dominated by modular testing; yet already by the end of their first year at Cambridge, Opposite: Hall Court in bloom by College Photographic Competition entrant Caroline Whiting (2006)


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 and increasingly thereafter, our undergraduates learn in a synoptic way. Tripos has no modules (and no re-sits, for that matter); it tests a whole year’s learning (or more) within a couple of weeks, and demands an ability to construct argument from first principles, to marshal evidence and to express thought cogently and concisely. This requires self-confidence and curiosity, as well as aptitude and industry; and in supervisions, our undergraduates also learn the value of asking and pursuing questions beyond what they have understood and rehearsed. These skills are mastered over time, by every one of our students who engages wholeheartedly and systematically with the subject through the myriad opportunities available through lectures, classes, supervisions, subject events and everyday discussions with their peers: and these skills – whatever the class of degree eventually achieved – will serve them well as a life-long legacy of collegiate learning. Max Beber, Senior Tutor

Senior Tutor Max Beber and Admissions Director Kirsten Dickers


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Admissions and Schools Liaison This year proved to be particularly significant for those of us involved in admissions. Personally, I watched the first cohort of students I had admitted complete their degrees and graduate. It has been fascinating to follow them from meetings at open days, to interviews, to their first days at Sidney, and finally to their graduation in July, and I look forward to hearing about their next achievements when they return to visit Sidney in the future. More generally, we have faced the challenges posed by the Browne review and the introduction of tuition fees. The University has worked hard this year to respond to the changes and draw up an Access Agreement. Our Office for Fair Access (OFFA) agreement is challenging, and represents Cambridge’s commitment – one that Sidney fully supports – to widening participation and ensuring that the most academically able students are admitted to the University. The academic year started in 2010 with the matriculation of 101 new undergraduates, including eight from the European Union and a further eight international students. Of our UK-educated students, 58% were from the state sector. This cohort was the first to be asked to achieve A*AA at A-level, and we were pleased to see that the majority of our offer holders comfortably met this requirement. We received 470 applications for the next academic year, and offered 114 places after the December interviews. It was perhaps unsurprising, given the changes announced to tuition fees, that only two of our offer holders had requested deferred entry. There was an even split in terms of gender, and the arts and sciences were reasonably well balanced, with 54% arts, humanities and social sciences. State sector students made up 64% of our UK-educated offer holders, which bodes well for Sidney’s ability to meet the target of 61–63% in the University’s OFFA agreement. Our outreach programme continued to expand this year, with numerous visits to and from schools across the country. We worked to provide more focused support to students from families and schools with less experience of higher education, and found that personal statement and interview workshops were particularly well received. We have also put considerable efforts into working with younger students, as decisions made before sixth form can significantly affect students’ chances of gaining a place at a top university. By meeting pupils studying for GCSEs, we were able to give important advice about post-16 courses and subject choices. A large number of Sidney Fellows have


college news fundraising with a view to running the first summer school in 2012. Needless to say, this will be a significant undertaking, and we are very grateful to be able to count on our students, Fellows and College staff for support. Kirsten Dickers, Admissions Director

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Sidney students Jack Scannell (Medicine), Matt Gebbett (History), Chris Page (English) and Isabelle Kamenou (Medicine) manning the welcome desk at a recent open day given up their time to help with these activities, often by giving sample lectures to schools visiting the College. This year we also encouraged the graduates to become involved with our outreach programme, and several students have given entertaining talks about their own experiences of university and research. As ever, our undergraduate students have been invaluable, and without them our outreach programme would be much less successful. Four students deserve particular thanks: Alyona Levitin, who made sure that all the interview candidates received a warm welcome; Matt Gebbett, who helped us host three weeks of school visits and open days in June and July; and Issy Marks and Charlotte Wabe, who organised a very successful student-run Access trip to schools in Lancashire. Thanks are also due to Bryan Ghosh, a recent Sidney graduate who assisted in the Admissions Office between October and December. As well as being a stalwart in the Admissions Office, Bryan was instrumental in setting up Sidney’s new and very funny stand-up comedy group, No Fixed Abode. Looking forward to next year, there are some exciting developments on the horizon. We aim to arrange a series of one-day teachers’ conferences at central locations in our North West link areas. We know that many teachers would appreciate more information about supporting Cambridge applicants, but are not able to take time away from school to visit the University. We hope that making the conferences local will allow more teachers to attend. We are also hoping to run a Sidney summer school for sixth-form students, and are currently planning and


It has been another busy year for Sidney’s graduate community. Graduate student numbers across the University continue to rise, particularly on the wide variety of taught MPhil courses available. Whilst this is a welcome sign of the national and international status of the University and its ability to attract excellent postgraduates from many countries and disciplines, it is a trend that also requires careful planning and attention to detail in assuring every student who is admitted to the College enjoys the very best possible academic, social and cultural experience. Achieving a good mix of subjects and programmes is a key guiding principle and it is ever more important to balance the need to be responsive to the growth strategies of Departments and Faculties with the desire to maintain the special collegiate environment that is such a distinctive cornerstone of the University as a whole. In this context it is very pleasing to report that the new MCR building will shortly be finished, after the conversion of Galloway & Porter on Sidney Street. The new facilities will provide excellent social and academic spaces, together with important additions to our stock of graduate accommodation, helping us to keep pace with the growth of graduate students in the College. The health and vitality of research undertaken by our graduate students is impressive. At a time of increased pressure on funding it is one of our strengths that we continue to be able to support a wide range of studentships, bursaries and awards that help attract and develop excellence in postgraduate work in many fields. During the past year Thelma Ohene-Agyei (PhD Pharmacology) became the first recipient of an Adam Glinsman Award, established to support students engaged in research or study on topics that will directly benefit the life of emerging economies. From October 2011 we look forward to welcoming Adam Solomon, who has been awarded a Gledhill Research Studentship to support doctoral research on Theoretical Cosmology. Maintaining our close links with Judge Business School, Sarah Van Kirk, who is studying for an MBA, has been awarded a Joyce Coutu Bursary. The Evan Lewis-Thomas Fund again


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 continues to support the graduate study of Law and Rowan Nicholson, who is studying for the LLM degree, has been awarded a bursary. In addition to such awards for formal courses of study the College also participates in schemes that allow academic visits and exchanges between Sidney and universities overseas. The Fox Fellowship Scheme has been running for many years, offering our students the chance to spend time at Yale University, whilst also providing a base for Yale students to come to Cambridge. This year we will welcome Thomas Meyer (Political Science) and Richard Anderson (History), while Samuel Kirsop (Geography) and Jonathan Agensky (International Studies) will be in Yale. We are also delighted to announce that through the generosity of the Mong Foundation Claudia He Yun will be our first Tsinghua Visiting Student. She is coming from Tsinghua University to work for two terms on her PhD with the support of Professor Mayall and the Department of International Studies. The College is especially grateful to all the benefactors who make such awards possible. The MCR has been very active this year and has played a key role in the maintenance of a full social and intellectual programme. A particularly notable success has been the consolidation and development of the Graduate Seminar Series, which provides an informal setting for students to present their latest research. Held twice termly, these have become a keenly attended fixture in the College calendar, with audiences of 40 to 50 on occasion. As tutors we would like to thank Chris Crowe, past-MCR President, for all his enthusiasm and interest in driving this and many other activities over the year, ably supported by Ellie Kim as Treasurer and the whole of the MCR Committee. As Chris and Ellie step down, we would like to welcome Jim Ross and Stephen Casey, respectively the new MCR President and Treasurer, who have now taken up their offices and are already demonstrating a strong commitment and interest in their new roles. This will also be the last report from Dr Julius Ross, Graduate Tutor for the past three years, who will be stepping down at the end of the academic year. Julius has made a tremendous contribution to the reform and management of the Graduate Office and all its activities. Finally, as ever, we would like to thank all the College staff who, in their various roles, help to sustain the well-being and vitality of the graduate community. Central among these is the Graduate Tutors’ PA Suzannah Horner, whose good nature and well-developed sense of humour is valued by the tutors and students alike. Dr Iain Black and Dr Julius Ross, Graduate Tutors


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New Fellows ■■ Dr Joanna Craigwood Dr Craigwood joined the Fellowship on 1 September 2010 as the Austin Robinson Research Fellow in Arts and Humanities. She had been based at St John’s College, Cambridge throughout her university career to that point, encompassing her BA in English Literature, her MPhil in Renaissance literature, and her PhD. Her thesis was entitled The Poetics of Embassy: Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern England, c. 1575–1630, and explored the links between ambassadorial and literary representation during this period, with a particular focus on the works of Sir Philip Sidney, Shakespeare and John Donne. As well as revising her PhD for publication, Dr Craigwood’s postdoctoral work includes research into literature written for diplomatic occasions, by authors such as Milton, Marvell and Swift. Her PhD was approved earlier this year and the Master was delighted to be able to admit her to her doctorate personally in his capacity as Deputy Vice-Chancellor on 22 January. Sidney seems a particularly appropriate base for Dr Craigwood and we were pleased that she was able to join the membership of the 1596 Foundation for their lunch at Penshurst Place in May, and meet current members of the Sidney family including the Visitor, Viscount De L’Isle, in their ancestral home.

■■ Dr Mariá Noriega-Sánchez Dr Noriega-Sánchez has a Licenciatura (equivalent to a BA) in English and German Philology, a PGCE in English and Spanish, and a Doctorate in English and German Philology from the University of Valencia, as well as an MA in Modern and Contemporary Writing and a PhD in English Literature from Sheffield University. Her publications range from articles on language pedagogy, Latin American and US studies, and the book Challenging Realities: Magic Realism in Contemporary American Women’s Fiction (Universitat de València, 2002), to a number of Spanish language course books and DVDs for the Open University. She has over 10 years’ experience of language teaching, and since September 2009 has been an external Director of Studies in MML at Sidney.


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■■ Bill Abraham Bill Abraham gained his BA in History with Law at the University of East Anglia. He joined Sidney in October 2010 from the London School of Economics, where he was Senior Development Manager and, previously, Head of Alumni Relations, where he had an outstanding track record in alumni relations and fundraising. Prior to joining the LSE, he was a Director of Shell UK’s Technology Enterprise Programme. More information on Bill Abraham and his newly-formed Development and Membership team can be found in the Alumni and Development section (pp. 75–89)

■■ Dr Philip Wood Dr Wood is our current Osborn Fellow in Early Medieval History and Culture. He gained his BA in History from Pembroke College, Cambridge, moving to St John’s College, Oxford for his MPhil in Byzantine Studies and his DPhil, with a thesis entitled ‘We have no King but Christ’; Christian Political Thought in Greater Syria on the Eve of the Arab Conquest (c. 400–585). Concentrating on the late antique period in Roman Syria and Mesopotamia, it investigated the effects of Christianisation upon ideas of authority and regional identities, and was published by OUP in December 2010. Dr Wood’s next project, based on the tenth-century Chronicle of Seert, is intended to form the basis of the monograph The Christian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq.

college news poetry of the fifth century BCE through the lens of this single thematic image. She also intends to revise and publish her thesis as a monograph and to complete a number of journal articles including a study of battle scenes in Homer’s Iliad, and an analysis of the use of simile in Aeschylus’ Oresteia.

■■ Dr Lionel Hautier Dr Hautier is the new Ramon Jenkins Research Fellow and started work at Sidney in September 2011. He holds a BSc in Palaeontology from the University of Poitiers, and an MSc and PhD from the University of Montpellier. His thesis considered the Morphological Evolution of the Masticatory Apparatus in Rodentia (Mammalia), and the Origin of Hystricognathi, using cutting-edge techniques such as computed tomography (CT scanning) to collect data from embryos representing key growth stages, in order to solve the 200-year-old mystery of the sloth with its nine cervical vertebrae – it is one of the very few mammals that does not have seven vertebrae in the neck. The research was published to great acclaim in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA). Dr Hautier is currently based in the Museum of Zoology at the University of Cambridge where he has been working with Dr Robert Asher, and will use his research fellowship to continue his study of morphological evolution in basal placental mammals.

■■ Anna Uhlig Anna Uhlig is our new Research Fellow in Arts and Humanities, and joined the Fellowship in September. She gained her BA and MPhil at King’s College, Cambridge and her PhD thesis on Script and Song: The Temporality of Poetic Speech in Pindar and Aeschylus is approaching completion at Princeton University. Anna Uhlig has been acting as a supervisor in English and Classics at King’s College since 2008. She plans to use her research fellowship to work on a new project entitled Imagining the Sea, looking at Greek



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Visiting Fellows ■■ Eric Whitacre (Michaelmas 2010) Eric Whitacre has a BA in Music Composition from the University of Nevada and qualified as Master of Music at the Juilliard School where he studied with composers John Corigliano and David Diamond. He is one of the most successful choral composers in the USA, with over 40 published concert pieces and sales of over one million copies. He was a Grammy Award nominee for Best Choral Performance in 2007, for Cloudburst (Polyphony, cond. Stephen Layton, Hyperion Records). He was a Guest Conductor of the LSO during October 2010, and gave the world premiere of his new commission for the LSC, Songs of Immortality, at the Barbican Centre in London during his residency. Having signed a classical recording contract with Universal/Decca, his debut album, Light & Gold, was released in October 2010 and became the No. 1 Classical Album in the US and UK charts within a week. In March 2011 he conducted the premiere of a piece written for Julian Lloyd Webber with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. This piece for cello and string orchestra was inspired by his time at Sidney Sussex in 2010, and is entitled ‘The River Cam’. More of the highlights of his stay at Sidney are included in the feature on p. 31, and we are delighted that Eric Whitacre will be returning to Sidney as the College’s first Composer in Residence with effect from September 2011.

■■ Professor Hélène Merlin-Kajman (Lent 2011) Professor Merlin-Kajman is currently Professor of Seventeenth-century French Literature at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III. Her recent publications include Les Emotions publiques et leur langage au XVIIe siècle in Littératures classiques (Winter 2010). Her previous books include: Public et littérature en France au XVIIe siècle (Paris, Les Belles Lettres, 1994); L’Absolutisme dans les Lettres et la théorie des deux corps: passions et politique (Paris, Champion, 2000); L’Excentricité académique. Institution, littérature, société (Paris, Les


college news Belles Lettres, 2001) and La Langue est-elle fasciste? Langue, pouvoir, enseignement, (Paris, Seuil, 2003). She has also written four novels: Rachel (Minuit, 1981), Le Cameraman (Minuit, 1983), L’Ordalie, éd. Trois (Québec, 1992) and Avram (Zulma, 2002).

■■ Dr Michael Hochedlinger (Easter 2011) Dr Hochedlinger is currently a Lecturer at the Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Vienna University; and Senior Archivist at the Kriegsarchiv in the Austrian State Archives. Dr Hochedlinger gained his BA in History at the University of Vienna, followed by an MA from the Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung and his PhD from the University of Vienna. His principal research interest is the Hapsburg Monarchy in the late eighteenth century. His book on the eighteenth-century Austrian Wars and the state’s army, Austria’s Wars of Emergence, 1683–1797, is virtually the only serious work on the subject in the last 30 to 40 years. Dr Hochedlinger used his time at Sidney to complete a major project on the militarization of the Hapsburg Monarchy (1740–90).

■■ Professor Monojit Chatterji (2010–11 academic year) Professor Chatterji was appointed a College Teaching Associate and Director of Studies in Economics at Sidney Sussex College in October 2010. He is also currently Bonar Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Dundee, and Director, MSc International Business. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Sydney, California, Vassar, Purdue and Oregon, ITAM in Mexico and the Indian Statistical Institute. He graduated from Elphinstone College, University of Bombay with First Class Honours in Economics and Statistics, then won a British Council Scholarship to Christ’s College, Cambridge, to read for the Economics Tripos in which he was awarded First Class Honours. He took his PhD in Cambridge with a thesis entitled ‘On the Allocation of Labour and Labour Mobility’.


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Current research interests include human resources and personnel (notably trade unions, contracts, training policy and education); international development (globalisation and growth); and political economy, particularly in respect of South Asia. Professor Chatterji was appointed a Bye-Fellow of Sidney Sussex College in July 2011.

International Programmes The Selection Committee to appoint the 2011 Pavate fellows met in August 2010 in Dharwad. The field for the International Fellowship was much stronger this year than for the Science and Business School fellowships, and we had no visiting fellow at the Judge this year. However, after re-advertising, in April we were able to welcome Dr M. N. Kalasad, a research scholar in the Department of Physics, University of Karnatak, Dharwad, who spent the spring and summer working with Professor Neil Greenham in the Cavendish Laboratory. In September, Dr M. Vishwanath, an Assistant Professor in the University College of Law, joined the College to start his four-month attachment to the Centre of

Left: Dr Maraiah Vishwanath and Claudia He Yun at the Gransden & District Agricultural Society Annual Show, near Cambridge, 24 September 2011 Above: Dr Muttanagoud Kalasad


International Studies. He is working on the problem of how to achieve a balance between the needs of development and the rights of those displaced from dam projects. At the Centre he will be mentored by Dr Srinivasan, the Director of its Human Rights programmes. The 2010 Pavate Memorial Lecture was delivered by Krishnan Srinivasan, a member of the Selection Committee, former Indian Foreign Secretary and Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth, who spoke about India’s troubled relationship with Pakistan. In October the College inaugurated a new international collaboration, which will bring Chinese doctoral students from Tsinghua University in Beijing for two terms. The scheme has been made possible by a legacy from our benefactor, the late Dr William Mong (see 2010 Annual, pp. 14–15). Our first visiting student is Claudia He Yun. She is attached to the Department of Politics and International Studies and is a second year PhD student working on the theory of extended deterrence. Professor James Mayall

Honorary Fellows On 15 May Lord Asa Briggs (Honorary Fellow, 1968) launched his war-time memoir of Bletchley Park, where he was one of several Sidney members engaged in code breaking. The book, Secret Days: Codebreaking in Bletchley Park, is published by Pen and Sword. Peter Lipscomb (1959), who helped Lord Briggs with its preparation, has also written a tribute to John Herivel, another Sidney code breaker, who died in January this year (see the Obituary section, p. 153). We reported last year on the appointment of the Rt Hon. Peter Riddell (Honorary Fellow, 2005) to the Privy Council (2010 Annual, p. 65). He has now started work as a member of the Prime Minister’s inquiry into the involvement of the British Government in the treatment of UK detainees overseas.


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Staff News This year there have been many changes in the Development Office. Zoe Swenson-Wright, the Membership and Development Officer, left on 30 September 2010, after 14 years at Sidney, to concentrate on her freelance editing and writing. Zoe has written one book and is in the middle of her second, and we wish her well in her writing pursuits. We were very fortunate to recruit a new Development Officer, Hannah Williamson, who joined us from Murray Edwards College on 28 March 2011. We also have a new Development Assistant, Matthew Armstrong, who joined us on 1 November 2010. With the new Development Director, Bill Abraham, this makes a total complement of four in the Development Office, which bodes well for future fundraising. Mark Hopes, who worked in the College Office as College Office General Officer, left Sidney on 30 June 2011 after 30 years’ service. Mark joined us in 1981 and worked in Hall until his move to the College Office in November 1995 where he has been ever since. Mark is a very talented artist and is looking forward to having more time to pursue his painting. Sadly, Jean Herdman, who started at Sidney on 1 December 1987 and retired in September 1998, died at 72 years of age on 25 May 2011. Jean, who was based in the College Office, worked for the Bursar as a second secretary with particular responsibility for the steward’s side of his work. This involved dealing with conference arrangements, functions in the College and generally acting as a liaison with staff. Our kitchen staff continue to do Sidney proud. In the early part of 2011, our executive head chef Stephen Mather, Phillip Crouch and Brian Girdlestone went to the NEC Birmingham and competed against the industry’s best. Stephen Mather and Phillip Crouch won silver medals and Brian Girdlestone a bronze medal and an award for food safety. Once again Sidney’s catering team did well at The Stewards Cup: Jonny Bridgeman and Steve Borbas won gold medals; Brian Girdlestone and Paul Thadiyan George won silver medals and Ashley Irvine bronze. There has also been restructuring and, as a consequence, staff changes in the Hall and Kitchen. Nigel Tumber, deputy head chef, who had been with us for five years, left on 4 April to go into business with his family, and Phillip Crouch was promoted to deputy head chef on 15 April. Many congratulations to him on his promotion. Derek Pledger, sous chef, left on 13 May after 17 years at Sidney. Many congratulations to Jonny Bridgeman and Brian Girdlestone on


L-R: Philip Crouch, Stephen Mather and Brian Girdlestone

their promotion to shift leader chefs to fill the gaps left by Phillip Crouch’s promotion and Derek Pledger’s departure. Kevin Flack, kitchen porter, left Sidney on 4 April after 15 years’ service and we would like to welcome Tomasz Zaborowski, our new kitchen porter, who started at Sidney on 6 June. Some wonderful news to report in the kitchens – the birth of three new babies. Steve Borbas’ baby Luke was born on 9 November 2011; Paul Thadiyan George’s baby Grace was born on 23 December 2010 and Lucy Tarrant’s baby Amelia was born on 25 May 2011. There must be something in the water in the Catering Department. Sam White chose to step down as Head Porter due to a health scare but we are very pleased to have him back in the Lodge after his six-month absence. Many congratulations to Colin Maxted who was promoted to Head Porter on 1 June. There was some sad news to report from housekeeping, with the deaths of two ex-members of staff: Brenda Law, who died in December 2010 and Elsie Rivers, who died in April 2011. Now to happier news. Five members of the housekeeping staff have just completed NVQ level 2 in Housekeeping. Congratulations to Sam Baker, Nabil


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Bousquet, Renuka Gurung, Iwona Kiljanska and Fang Zhao on their achievement. Congratulations also to Radovan and Dana Cogan on their marriage on 22 January 2011 and on the birth of their son Kevin on 14 November 2010. Congratulations also to Eros Trento and Irineia Klabunde on the birth of their daughter Sofia, born on 1 April 2011 and Kadian Graham and her husband on the birth of Brandon. Diana Stanton, HR Manager

College Buildings Report I write this with the sounds of summer in College coming in through my window – drilling, banging and builders’ radios blaring. The building season is here once again. The College appears to have a never-ending list of building projects. First, for the last five years we have had a programme of bringing our buildings up to acceptable standards in terms of electrics, plumbing, kitchens, bathrooms and fire precautions. This is almost complete with only six student rooms left to deal with. Second, we need to replace the 44 rooms in Portugal Street, which we lease from St John’s, when the lease comes to an end in 2018. These rooms will be found by converting into student accommodation the offices we own in Sidney Street and Sussex Street and have previously rented out. The total cost of the conversion will be about £5 million. Third, a number of the College facilities need updating to meet our current needs, including the MCR, the Porters’ Lodge and the kitchens. Fourth, there are plans to improve what College offers by creating a multi-purpose student facility adjacent to Blundell Court to include a new bar and JCR, a coffee shop and spaces for drama, music and seminars. In this context, the summer of 2010 was a relatively light year for building, with only two major projects. One of these was the renovation of the kitchens and bathrooms in South Court. It was a shame to remove the old kitchens, many of which were original. I might miss the units with coalbunkers underneath, which were there when I was a student, but I doubt the staff will miss them. We now provide decent kitchens and showers for all the students in South Court. Y and Z staircases are once again among the most popular with students. The other project was the conversion of three seminar rooms in Sussex House into a new gym. This has a cardiovascular room, and a weights and


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resistance room with all the facilities one might expect, with the added benefit of fresh air. Many will remember the old gym in the basement of the Mong Building, which was more like a sauna, as it was next to the boilers and had no ventilation. The old gym has become the Choir Room, where the choir will practise and robe. Sidney’s new gym is one of the top three in Cambridge colleges, and has proved very popular, with nearly 200 members including students, Fellows, staff and families. We are grateful to the donors who contributed to the Annual Fund, who made this project possible. This year we have taken back from the University 8–9 Jesus Lane, two Georgian buildings next to the Pitt Club that have fine views across our gardens. Now that the gate at the end of Cloister Court leading into Jesus Lane has been opened, these buildings really feel like part of College. We originally planned to convert this space into student accommodation, but as the buildings are in good condition we saved the money and decided to use them as offices. We have created four seminar rooms on the ground floor and basement and moved the College Office to the first floor. Eight new Fellows’ rooms have freed up eight rooms for students on the main site. Fellows and staff had already moved in by the summer, creating their own homely community, complete with flower


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 boxes in the windows. Finally, we have created the Larkum Music Room, which has proper acoustics and sound proofing. This room was funded by the Larkum Music Fund and named in memory of my predecessor, Charles Larkum. We are in the process of renovating 30 Sidney Street, which used to house the Galloway & Porter bookshop. The ground and basement will be a retail store, to be available to let before the start of the academic year. The first floor will be a new MCR, which will give our large number of graduate students the space they need. There will be seven student rooms, a couple of bathrooms and a kitchen on the upper floors. This has been a very expensive project since the building was not in good condition. In places the joists were held up by the floorboards, which in turn were held up by the carpet. We had to seal off the upper floors from the shop with good insulation. Finally, as many of the rooms overlook Sidney Street, we have invested in mechanical ventilation. However, the investment will be worth it, as we will eventually have an excellent MCR, seven additional student rooms and higher retail rental income. We are moving the student Post Room into part of the old College Office and converting the old Post Room and MCR into two new seminar rooms. This will give us two high-quality seminar rooms in the heart of the College that can be used as break-out rooms for the Mong Hall. As a result, we will close all the seminar rooms in Sussex House in 2012 and create nine new student rooms there. In total, we will have created 24 new student rooms – eight from the move to Jesus Lane, seven above Galloway & Porter and nine in Sussex House— a major step towards meeting our target of 44 new student rooms. The next project is to expand the Porters’ Lodge. We plan to extend this back into the vacated College Office and double its size. Our current Lodge was built when the College had 100 resident members, and is easily overwhelmed by today’s demands. A planning application will be submitted in the Michaelmas Term, so work can begin next year. The biggest hurdle will be sorting out the mess of cabling that passes through the Lodge and is the hub not only for all the College communications – voice, data, alarms, CCTV, etc. – but also for the University network to Jesus and Christ’s Colleges. Nick Allen, Bursar


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The Year in Chapel A former Chief Nursing Officer for England and Wales; a forensic psychotherapist from Broadmoor; a Professor of Theology and the Bio-Sciences, and the Chaplain to the fast rising MediaCity UK: this isn’t the set up for a very finely tuned joke, but just a taste of some of the remarkable guests we have had in the Chapel’s pulpit this year. It has been wonderful, week by week, to hear their reflections on faith and experience, and for our students to get immersed in deep conversation with them after dinner over ‘Port with the preacher’. Chapels should be places where great conversations are started, and Sidney has certainly been that this year. And we have not relied on guest preachers alone: the Pastoral Dean’s rooms have seen vigorous student discussions this year on themes such as sexuality, politics, evolution, prayer ... There is no shortage of interest in God and all of life in relation to God in this place. We’ve seen some magnificent occasions in Chapel this year, representing perhaps rather divergent strands in our inheritance. First came the Evensong that served as the grand finale to the College’s conference marking the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. A packed Chapel enjoyed music from the time of King James, led by the choir and the renowned viol ensemble Fretwork, whose appearance was made possible by the generosity of Andrew Bolton (Mathematics, 1971). The readings were from a splendid King James lectern Bible donated by the Revd J. Mitson (Law, 1949). The whole evening was resonant with the formative phases of the reformed Anglican tradition. Yet it was swiftly followed by a wholly contrasting occasion – with Choral Vespers sung in Latin to the music of the Counter-Reformation (and indeed, the Scriptures read in Latin) across the nation live on BBC Radio 3. Worship in College is nothing if not diverse, but the best thing in all the diversity is the consistent seriousness and excellence with which worship is prepared and undertaken. Not that all of our worship is of the highly formal, choral tradition. The said Sunday morning Eucharist remains in good health, with a delicious brunch afterwards a key part of many students’ diet. For those for whom Sunday morning presents challenges (like Saturday night), there’s a new simple service of communion late on Tuesday nights with the motto ‘no sermon, no singing, no fuss’ – but with a lot of devotion, and marshmallows and hot chocolate to follow. On Thursday lunchtimes there is a regular session of lectio divina, and all of this underpinned of course by the simple Daily Office. Sidney Chapel and the community that worships here are in good health.


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For which, of course, many thanks are due. The choir members, Organ Scholars and Director of Music have the most high profile involvement and are simply invaluable to what happens here. But no less significant is some of the quiet work that goes on behind the scenes: of Eros Trento, in cleaning the Chapel; Derek Cowling, in acting as verger and replacing candles time after time after time; of Claire Couzins, who handles all Chapel bookings; of Simon Westripp and Sofia Singler who between them have acted as Chapel Wardens for the vast majority of services this academic year, making sure everything is prepared and can run without a hitch. To all of them, the College’s gratitude – and the Pastoral Dean’s especially – is due. Revd Dr Peter Waddell, Pastoral Dean


The Easter Term revision is always the culmination of the College Library’s yearly cycle, and this was my first experience of Easter Term in a college library. We provided more ‘hot desks‘, at the request of students, which were kept strictly clear of all things when the users departed. The system was appreciated, as were the three new armchairs upstairs, the ring-binder tidies and the extra off-desk shelving for papers and folders. The Library became once again the focus of intense activity, marked by piles of books and revision aids, file cards, Post-it notes, water bottles and at least one mascot – a giant fluffy rabbit. It wasn’t just the pressure of work – other people were able to see the rabbit too. The comb-binder to which my predecessor Stewart Tiley referred in last year’s report has seen vigorous use, binding not only dissertations, but revision notes. Twenty-four items were bound on 28 April alone. In preparation for the coming year, a new artificial skeleton has been acquired. It was assembled in the shadow of the rather battered and disconsolate-looking old (real) skeleton. The object in the bottom of the cupboard in the photograph is not the visor of an Imperial stormtrooper’s helmet, but an artificial larynx. One of Sidney’s old adversaries, Melolontha vulgaris, entered the Library to the consternation of those revising, and I was asked to bring it to order. Trapping and banishing a cockchafer was not one of the skills covered in my postgraduate library course! Hard-working Library users made their traditional 3.30 p.m. escape to the steps of Garden Court for squash and biscuits during Easter Term weekdays, and were favoured with outstandingly friendly weather. We also found time for origami and Medic Douglas Brand and the Librarian poi spinning during these breaks. assemble the new skeleton


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We recorded nearly 12,000 issues and renewals for the year, maintaining the level of use seen in 2009–10. We are now also tracking browsing use of books, where they are read in the Library but not borrowed, and this will inform the stock editing process. Consultation with finalists to discover similar patterns of use has also started this year. Library Assistant Alison Beaumont has branched out into new areas of communication, and is enjoying editing Sidney’s first staff newsletter. She has reported lots of babies and NVQ successes, and promoted the Library’s availability to staff, as well as to students and Fellows. Literary fiction made its appearance again, in the form of books long-listed for the 2011 Orange Prize. These were enjoyed by a number of students who had finished exams and were clearly able to face the thought of further reading without dismay. At the time of writing, we look forward to a summer of purchasing, cataloguing, shelf-tidying and stocktaking, to prepare ourselves and the Library to assist all users in the coming academic year. Alan Stevens, Librarian

Muniment Room Report Several significant acquisitions have been made by the Muniment Room this year. Through the generosity of the Master it has been possible to acquire two items. The first is an 1835 edition of Aristophanes’ The Wasps by Thomas Mitchell (1783–1845), a Fellow from 1809 to 1812, whose work was admired by Byron. The other is a College bill sent by John Hey to Thomas Twining in January 1762, itemising charges for the previous quarter, including 16 s. to the ‘Bedmaker and Shoecleaner’ and £1. 10 s. 9½ d. for ‘Coals and Coal-porter’. The printed form used by Hey is an extremely rare piece of ephemera, not previously recorded. In February, the Revd Giles Hunt presented the Commonplace Book of William Canning (1778–1860, matric. 1797) and also placed on indefinite loan a series of letters from William Canning to other members of his family. Heinz Fuchs presented two facsimile reprints of early Cologne printing, the Sibyllen Weissagung and the Ursula-Legenden. Fellows and other members of the College have been

Opposite: Title-page to the New Testament, in The Holy Bible (London, 1612)



sidney sussex annual 2011–12 most generous in donating copies of their latest publications, which are now displayed in the Fellows’ Bookcase in the New Parlour. Michael Beaman (1954) presented a set of prints of the College by Gertrude Hayes. Once these have been cleaned and remounted, they will be suitable for decorating Fellows’ rooms. On 5 March the College received on loan from Simon Green-Wilkinson of Cobham, Surrey, the inventory and accounts register of Sir Oliver Cromwell, Oliver Cromwell’s Royalist uncle. The Archivist is at present transcribing the 1600 inventory, an important Cromwell family document completely unknown to scholars, and will also transcribe some of the later material relating to the Cromwell/Williams family of Ramsey. In addition to the effective completion of conservation work on MR.62 (see pp. 17–19), Melvin Jefferson, Elizabeth Bradshaw and Edward Cheese of the Cambridge Colleges Conservation Consortium continued the rebacking and basic conservation of items identified during the conservation audit as in need of attention. Prior to the Lent Term exhibition, the Sidney copy of the 1612 King James Bible was conserved and rebound in a more sympathetic binding. Other items included in this year’s exhibitions were conserved and, where necessary, special book cradles were made for them. The Conservation Consortium also provided a new vellum roll to be signed by members of the Confraternitas Historica. In 2010–11 there were 87 external visitors, consulting a total of 155 items. Notable visitors included Dirk Imhof, of the Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp, the Munby Fellow for 2010–11, who made good use of the College’s extensive holdings of Plantin Press books, and Dr Christopher Cook, whose edition of the Palfrey Notebook is scheduled for publication by Boydell & Brewer later in 2011. In addition there were 618 e-mail enquiries relating to material in the Muniment Room or College history. The Archivist also hosted visits from descendants of Sidney alumni, who were shown items associated with their ancestors. Dr Edward Wilson-Lee, assisted by the Archivist, conducted a seminar for undergraduates on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century printed editions of literary texts, using material in the Muniment Room. A selection of treasures from the Muniment Room was put on display for the Cambridge Open Libraries Trail on 10 and 11 September 2010. This was followed by the usual programme of termly exhibitions. The Michaelmas Term exhibition, entitled ‘Britannia Rediviva: The Loss and Recovery of Roman Britain’, marked the 1600th anniversary of the end of Roman Britain. Included were historical texts, such as MS 102, an early fifteenth-century copy of Bede


college news from Bury St Edmunds, the works of early antiquaries, notably Camden’s Britannia, and Roman and early Saxon pottery found during the 1958 excavations conducted by Peter Salway in Cloister Court. This was the first time any of the finds, apart from the stained glass, had been on exhibition. ‘Bibles at Sidney’, the Lent Term exhibition, which was designed to complement the celebration of the King James Bible on 27 February, included no fewer than nine Bibles from the College’s collections, ranging from a fine Vulgate manuscript of the 1260s, which probably belonged to a Fenland monastery, to two examples of the 32mo pocket Bible printed in 1653, both of which were falsely believed by former owners to have belonged to Oliver Cromwell. Also included was the only surviving copy of the specimen sheet of Walton’s Polyglot Bible, sent by Abraham Wheelock to Richard Minshull in order to persuade the College to subscribe to the publication. In conjunction with this the Librarian mounted a display of recent publications relating to the King James Bible and its influence, which were available for borrowing. It is hoped that it will be possible to add the text of the handlist that accompanied this exhibition to the College website, as the first of a series of virtual exhibitions. The Easter Term exhibition, ‘A busy street: 25–30 Sidney Street’, was devoted to the history of the College properties in Sidney Street. The earliest item was a 1637 lease of the tenement on the site later occupied by Galloway & Porter. Also on display was the plan and elevation of the house built on that site in 1807 by Samuel Luccock, which, despite alterations, is substantially the present building. A series of letters illustrated the range of businesses that were to be found in Sidney Street in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Some were remarkably long established. A bookmaker, first Henry Chapman and then W. T. Thrussell & Son, occupied 28 Sidney Street from 1840 to the 1960s. At number 29 the Wehrle family, watchmakers and jewellers, worked from 1867 to 1931, when they were succeeded by Saqui & Lawrence, a subsidiary of H. Samuel Ltd. A selection of Sidney manuscripts was displayed by Professor McKitterick to members of the 1596 Foundation on 13 November 2010. Muniment Room records are now added to COPAC, the Catalogue of the Consortium of University Research Libraries. There are already signs that this has been of benefit to scholars based outside Cambridge. At the end of the Easter Term, the first steps were taken towards adding the catalogue of Sidney archives to Janus, which provides networked access to Cambridge archives. This will be of particular use in alerting scholars to the existence of local estate records and personal papers.


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 In February 2011 the Archivist, who was elected a Vice-President of the Monumental Brass Society in 2010, gave a paper on ‘The Introduction of Classical Motifs in Monumental Brasses’ at the Claude Blair Memorial Day at the V&A. He also gave a lecture at a Study Day at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on the chantry foundation plate of Anne of York. He edited The Friars in Medieval Britain (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2010), which contains several articles relating to the Cambridge Greyfriars, and published an article on the Frenze Palimpsest in Tributes to Nigel Morgan (London: Harvey Miller, 2010). Nicholas Rogers, Archivist

Garden Notes We all know that the wisteria on the front of the college is the star of the show when it’s in full bloom. It is the College’s landmark shrub. Whenever I explain where I work I always say it’s the college with the beautiful wisteria overhanging the railings. And, yes, I do end up saying that it’s the one opposite Sainsbury’s. After that, though, it is the Magnolia grandiflora ‘Exmouth’ variety that grabs the most attention. It was planted by the late Tom Wyatt in the 1960s and is particularly popular with our visitors and tourists. ‘Jeez, honey, would you look at the flowers on this laurel!’, a man in a peaked hat will exclaim from behind his camcorder. ‘Why they sure are big, aren’t they?’ his wife will reply, clicking him with an instamatic. I’ve always been slightly puzzled as to how a wall shrub of that size gets access to any moisture, given that it is surrounded by paving and buildings and stands on a south-facing aspect. The answer to this came during the Christmas break. I entered the College to find the Magnolia cordoned with boundary tape, standing in a massive pool of water. It turns out that one of the roots had strangled the mains water pipe to a fracture and the plant had been living off the leak for quite some time. The problem now was that the fracture had turned into a full-on burst and we were in danger of having to pass through the courts on punts (oh, what an outrageous thought). The emergency water services were called in, responded within days, and a huge exploratory hole was dug around the plant’s base. A few of us, including the Bursar, the Domus Bursar, the Maintenance Manager and the College Surveyor were called to view the damage. We all stood round the hole with our


college news hands on our hips and made ready to tut and shake our heads concernedly while the man in the hole explained to us what needed to be done. ‘To join the water pipe back together we’re going to have to cut through this tap root,’ he then paused for a reaction. ‘Tap root. Get it? Tap root!’ Though I congratulated him on his pun I found it difficult to join in with his mirth. This procedure would probably spell the end of the Magnolia; even the pigeons became tangibly nervous. I asked if there was anything else that could be done. ‘No. Not really,’ he said, shaking his head. ‘But then we could …’ ‘Yes?,’ I said, tugging the cuff of his trousers. (By this time I was actually in the hole and on my knees.) ‘Well, we could go at right angles to the quadrangle, grab up the slabs and by-pass the grass, go left, right, up, down, in, out, shake it all about and rejoin at the groin in the Cloister lawn … But that could take weeks.’ ‘Do whatever it takes,’ I said. ‘You just gotta save that tree!’ I heard myself saying that last sentence in an American accent. I don’t know if it had any particular effect but the people standing round the hole decided to go with the latter option.


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college news of the May Ball committee. Nay, these people don’t just pace the grounds, they have real tape measures. They have strings and pegs and electronic sounding equipment. To my chagrin I have discovered that these people are ARCHAEOLOGISTS! I must go. I’d better inform the Master! (I feel another American accent coming on.) Trevor Rees, Head Gardener

This summer the Magnolia has flowered really well and the water people kindly left us with a feeder pipe to get nourishment to the roots. A big hit with this summer’s bedding has been the Salpiglosis Royale mix planted in the two beds in Garden Court. They have produced attractive bell flowers threaded with a beautiful range of deep, rich colours. I’ve also been pleased with the Nicotiana x hybrida Baby Bella planted in Hall Court with Ricinus Carmencita. These have made for a lovely blend of burgundies up against the honey coloured wall. Given that the border is only about nine inches wide it is quite surprising how you can enhance it with bedding plants. Although we only have quite a small greenhouse it gives us the advantage of being able to source and grow plants that are slightly off the beaten track. For the first time in a long while we can enjoy looking at the flower borders without being distracted by the damage to the lawns that was caused by the birds scrapping for chafer grubs. I still don’t think we’ve made much progress in killing off the grubs but our efforts with the constant re-seeding and top dressing seem to be paying off. Mind you, I have been optimistic before only to see the lawns devastated a few weeks later. Perhaps I shouldn’t count my chafers before they hatch. As I write I can see a couple of people out in the garden who have the power to make the chafer grubs look like pussycats. And, no, they’re not members



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Development and Membership Office The year 2010–11 saw a number of changes that the College has made towards fund­-raising – formerly reported in the College Annual under ‘benefactions’. Bill Abraham was appointed as the College’s Development Director on 1 October 2010 and elected as a Fellow. Sidney said farewell to Zoe SwensonWright after 14 years as the College’s Membership and Development Officer. We are extremely grateful to Zoe for her commitment to ensuring that so many of our alumni, members and friends were engaged in our activities. Bill joined Sidney following nine years in development at the London School of Economics, as part of the team that successfully raised £100 million for the Campaign for LSE. During his time at LSE, Bill was their Senior Development Manager, responsible for major gift fund-raising and fund-raising in Asia. Prior to this he was responsible for LSE’s alumni relations programme, implementing their Alumni Mentoring Network, and as Head of Alumni Relations established the LSE Alumni Association.

Left to right: Matt Armstrong, Wendy Hedley, Hannah Williamson and Bill Abraham


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Before working in higher education fund-raising, Bill was a Director of the Shell Technology Enterprise Programme (STEP) and worked for GlaxoWellcome and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He graduated from UEA with an undergraduate degree in History with Law and a postgraduate degree in Development Studies. The Development and Membership team was strengthened with two additional arrivals – Matt Armstrong joined as Development Assistant in November and Hannah Williamson joined the College as Development Officer in March, following five years at Murray Edwards College. With all these changes, we are ever grateful to Wendy Hedley (Membership and Events Officer) for her experience – Wendy is now in her twenty-first year at Sidney – and institutional knowledge, which is not only appreciated by her colleagues, but by all Sidney’s alumni and friends.

Fund-raising The purpose of all these changes is to ensure that the long-term financial future of the College is secured with the support of a sustainable development programme. In the past few years, Sidney has been reliant on a small number of large donations from benefactors and the occasional legacy gift. The education sector is now changing radically, not just in the way we are funded from government, but how institutions finance themselves. Fund-raising from alumni and friends has always taken place, but as with many other schools, colleges and universities, Sidney has decided to make a significant investment in ensuring that not only are more funds realised from more of our supporters, but that this is done with more consistency to enable long-term planning for the College’s future. The University of Cambridge itself is taking a lead in this area – having announced in 2009 that it had reached its target of raising £1 billion for the 800th Anniversary Campaign, a feat achieved two years ahead of schedule, and with Collegiate fundraising accounting for around half of this total. The University formally closed this Campaign in July 2011, and is now considering launching a new fund-raising campaign during the 2012–13 academic year. Sidney itself contributed nearly £10 million to this target – and although last year’s College Annual talked about the launch of a ‘20/20 Campaign’ to raise £20 million by 2020, the changes taking place at Sidney, the University and in the education sector suggest that we should undertake more planning before we launch a formal ‘Sidney Campaign’ some time during the academic year


alumni and development 2013–14. We are now working to focus on the College’s specific needs and start to communicate our ‘Case for Support’ to all our alumni and friends. Sidney’s current fund-raising priorities are clear: ●● to attract and support the very best students irrespective of their financial background ●● to continue to provide personalised teaching with high levels of supervision by research-active scholars ●● to enhance our students’ experience at Sidney by providing excellent facilities and a wide range of activities outside academia, such as music and sport. In many ways the year 2010–11 has been a year of transition in terms of fund-raising at Sidney. For the year ending 30 June 2010, donation income had fallen by more than 50% from 2009, and indeed had been falling since 2007. Nonetheless, we have now turned the corner and are pleased to report that last year donations from Sidney alumni and friends reached c. £672,000, an increase of 25%. Of particular interest is the increase in the ‘participation’ rate, that is to say the number of individual donors giving to the College, which now stands at nearly 400 supporters, or about 6.5% of our known alumni. But to achieve Sidney’s potential – and it is obvious that our alumni and friends can make a significant contribution to the College – there are some fundamental structures that will need to be built in order to deliver a sustainable development programme. The first of these has been the appointment of a larger team capable of undertaking increased activity for both fundraising and alumni relations. This is now in place. The second has been the implementation of a robust alumni database – for too long the Development and Membership Office had been struggling with an extremely unfriendly system that virtually no other education institution used. After considering a number of options, the most appropriate product was Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge database, currently used by the University, the vast majority of Cambridge colleges and many other institutions working in development. Since signing the contract with Blackbaud in December, we have been working tirelessly to migrate the existing data and build the new system, which went live in May 2011. In addition to the standard contact data, we now have the ability to manage our fund-raising programme properly, reconcile all gift income with the College Office and record professionally all contact with our alumni, donors and prospective donors. In due course we will be producing annual donor reports, giving comprehensive information about donations, such as breaking down which areas of support donors give to and comparing year-on-year income.


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In March 2012, we will be embarking on a two-week telephone fund-raising campaign as part of the drive to increase both fund-raising income, and the participation rate of our alumni. If we are to provide an increased and more consistent level of income to support the priorities of the College, we must increase the number of donors, ensure that we steward those who have already given so generously, and continue to seek new supporters to help take the College forward. It is clear, however, that none of this could be achieved without the wonderful support that we are given by Sidney’s alumni body. I hope you will all continue to support Sidney during 2011–12. Bill Abraham, Development Director

Sidney Sussex Annual Fund It is pleasing to see more alumni and friends supporting the Annual Fund – money that is given for immediate use in that year, and in most cases given to unrestricted funds. This is the most valuable support we can receive, as it allows us to provide for a wide variety of projects that transform the experience of life at Sidney, enhance our research and teaching and support students in financial need. In 2010 the Annual Fund supported the conversion of three seminar rooms in Sussex House into a new student gym. Sidney now has one of the best gyms in Cambridge, and one that will feature in our admissions prospectus. In 2011 the Annual Fund will support the conversion of the old student Post Room and MCR into two new seminar rooms. This will enable us to close all the seminar rooms in Sussex House and create nine new student rooms, which as the Bursar’s report (p. 60) explains is critical for the College.

1596 Foundation members at the November 2010 dinner, including new member Murray Clayson seated at the Master’s right

our visiting Fellow during Michaelmas Term. This event showed how music is flourishing at Sidney, inspired by our Director of Music, Dr David Skinner, and the vision of 1596 Foundation member, John Osborn (Classics, 1962) who endowed this position. In May, the 1596 Foundation enjoyed the warm hospitality of our Visitor, the Viscount De L’Isle and his wife Isobel, Viscountess De L’Isle, at their wonderful home Penshurst Place. Those attending enjoyed tours of the house before lunch, with the opportunity to visit the beautiful gardens afterwards. Immediately before lunch, the Master admitted three new members of the Foundation: Dr Alison Brown (Engineering, 1976), founder and CEO of

1596 Foundation The 1596 Foundation honours Sidney’s most generous donors and continues to engage them in the life of the College. At the 1596 Foundation Dinner held in College in November 2010, we welcomed Murray Clayson (Law, 1979), a partner at Freshfields, into the Foundation. Those present were given the opportunity to hear the College Grace set to music for first time, by Eric Whitacre,


Paul Supramaniam, Dr Alison Brown, Alan Redfern pictured during their admission to the 1596 Foundation, at Penhurst Place in May


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 NAVSYS, a leading developer of GPS technology; Alan Redfern (Law, 1952), formerly of Freshfields and a leading authority on international arbitration; and Paul Supramaniam (Law, 1982), founder and chairman of Law Asia in Singapore. We are deeply indebted to all three for their support of the College. Over the course of 2010–11 we have been working towards the creation of a 1596 Foundation Fellowship, funded by members of the 1596 Foundation. We are delighted to be able to report that this fund has now achieved its target of raising £250,000, enabling us to make a five-year Fellowship appointment. We look forward to making a formal announcement on this at the 1596 Foundation Dinner in November 2011. A full list of 1596 Foundation members is included on pp. 191–193.

Donald Green Fund for Engineering In November 2010 the College organised a dinner to launch the Donald Green Fund for Engineering. Sidney engineers, past and present, gathered to honour nearly five decades of service by Fellow in Engineering and former Senior Tutor Donald Green. Sidney enjoys a reputation as one of Cambridge’s pre-eminent engineering colleges and this is in no small part due to the work of Donald Green. Donald was elected as a Fellow and Lecturer in Sidney in 1966 after serving in the army Corps of Royal Engineers. One of his first tasks was to reform the College’s Stephenson Society as a place of academic discussion. Forty years later the Society is one of the chief assets of the Sidney engineering community, inviting distinguished speakers to College each term. Today the College has around 40 undergraduate engineers and eight Fellows, including current Head of Department, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, who began her research career alongside Donald. The dinner itself was the catalyst for the Donald Green Fund and we have so far received in excess of £60,000 in cash donations and pledges. The fund aims to support the best possible education for the College’s engineers, primarily through: ●● the support of College-sponsored engineering activities, such as the Stephenson Society ●● bursaries and a travel award to ensure that Sidney remains accessible to talented UK students, irrespective of their financial background ●● support of the College’s Outreach Programme, to make potential Sidney Sussex students aware of Sidney and of our strength in engineering.


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Sidney Alumni Sidney Reunions In the previous College Annual we published the dates of the next three years of Alumni Reunion Dinners (formerly known as ‘commemorations’). It is clear that there were some errors with these dates and in some cases the year groups that were to be invited back. For 2012, we can confirm that the Alumni Reunions will be: Saturday 30 June 2012 – Alumni Reunion Dinner Matriculation years – 1961, 1962, 1950 and earlier Saturday 22 September 2012 – Alumni Reunion Dinner Matriculation years – 1974, 1975 and 1976 Sunday 23 September 2012 – Alumni Decade Reunion Lunch Matriculation years – 1990–1999

Sidney Reunion for matriculation years 1989, 1990 and 1991: Saturday 25 June 2011 Over 100 alumni joined us at Sidney on Saturday 25 June 2011 for their alumni reunion – a number that represented almost a third of those who were invited from the matriculation years 1989, 1990 and 1991. Many alumni also brought along their partners and children, which created a wonderful family atmosphere, for afternoon tea in Cloister Court with the Master. The skies above threatened rain but this thankfully never arrived, and at one point several young boys were seen climbing the mulberry tree in Cloister Court garden with the promise of Cromwell’s head at the top. After tea, alumni gathered in the Audit Room of the Master’s Lodge and were treated to the first viewing of the winning entries in this year’s Sidney Photographic Competition. Moving into Hall for dinner, we listened to some wonderful conversations from alumni catching up and reminiscing about their experiences since graduation – everyone was very lively and it wasn’t long before the noise levels rose and filled Sidney’s beautiful Hall. Given the 20 or so years since matriculation people were eager to share news of their careers, children, marriages and the friendships that have shaped their lives. Alumni also heard from the Master about what life is like at Sidney today and how some things at Sidney never seem to change, in particular Professor Derek Beales’ continuous involvement in College life. The Master led a toast


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Sidney Publications As long as we have your current contact details you should receive copies of the College Annual and Pheon, Sidney’s bi-annual alumni magazine. Electronic copies of all Pheon editions are published on the alumni pages of the Sidney website:

Visiting and Dining

Alumni and guests relaxing in Cloister Court during the Reunion in June 2011

to our Foundress, Lady Frances Sidney, and the dinner was brought to a perfect end with thanks from Michael Young (Law, 1990). The lively celebrations continued well into the early hours. Takings at The Maypole may have seen an unusual rise in the early hours of Sunday morning and for a short while it appeared as though alumni had been transported back in time before being abruptly brought back to the present with an early breakfast in Hall.

Alumni Benefits, including Dining Privileges If you matriculated at Sidney Sussex College, then you are a member for life, and we hope you will continue to keep in touch with us. You are welcome to take advantage of the alumni membership benefits, but do please ensure that we have all your contact details.

Events and Reunions We organise regular events at Sidney and around the country for all our alumni and friends. Working closely with the Sidney Sussex Society – led by our Sidney alumni – we aim to arrange events and reunions for all alumni, covering a wide range of interests and geographical locations.


You are always welcome to visit us here at Sidney. We have a small number of guest rooms available for alumni at a reasonable charge. To check availability, please contact the Housekeeping Manager – e-mail:, or telephone: +44 1223 338880. All members of Sidney Sussex who hold the degree of Master of Arts or another graduate qualification (including PhD, MPhil, MBA, Med, LLM and PGCE) taken while in residence at the College are entitled to dine free of charge at High Table three times in each academic year. Formal Hall is open to these members on Sundays and Wednesdays in Full Term. These dining privileges start three years after members have obtained their Bachelor’s degree. For catering reasons, we ask that you give at least 48 hours’ notice of dining. Permission to bring a guest, which is encouraged, should be sought in advance from the Steward (email: A charge will be made for the guest. To make arrangements to dine and to check there will be a High Table on the day you wish to dine, please contact the Porters’ Lodge: telephone 01223 338800 or email Sidney members can arrange to hold receptions and social gatherings in the College gardens, as well as private dinners, parties, weddings and conferences at Sidney. For more information, please contact the Conference and Events Manager – e-mail: or telephone: +44 1223 338850. Conference Facilities:

The Sidney Sussex Archive Our archive is normally open by advance appointment. Please contact the Archivist – e-mail:, or telephone: +44 1223 338824. Archives:

Sidney Library – The Richard Powell Library Alumni are welcome to use the Library. Please contact the Librarian – e-mail:, or telephone: +44 1223 338852. Library:


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Sidney Sussex College Merchandise Whether you want to purchase one of the books written about Sidney and its people, or purchase Sidney memorabilia such as a tie, cufflinks or tableware, please view the merchandise brochure: Merchandise:

University of Cambridge Alumni Benefits As well as your Sidney membership privileges, do remember that as soon as you matriculate at Cambridge, you become a lifetime member of the University. To acknowledge this, the University provides the following services to all alumni: ●● CAMCard: All alumni are entitled to receive the CAMCard, which offers a range of discounts and services from retailers, restaurants, hotels and other suppliers in Cambridge and beyond. A number of services are also available online. ●● E-mail for life: The University’s alumni e-mail service is provided by, offering full e-mail account services and a permanent home for your e-mail. Whether you’re trying to get your first job, set up business contacts or just stay in touch with old friends, your address is the only one you’ll ever need. ●● LifeLong Learning: The University’s Institute of Continuing Education offers adult learners in Cambridge and beyond the opportunity to study at University level on a part-time basis. University of Cambridge alumni pages:

Alumni News Congratulations to: Dr Rashid Amjad (1966), who was appointed as Chief Economist by the Government of Pakistan (2007–9) on his retirement from the International Labour Organisation, and Vice-Chancellor of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Islamabad. Stephen Badsey (1973), who has been appointed Professor of Conflict Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. Christopher Green (1953), who was awarded an MBE for services to education through summer camps, in the 2011 New Year Honours List.


alumni and development Arnab Goswami (Pavate Fellow, 2000), who is Times Now Editor-in Chief, was listed by at number 90 in its list of the most powerful Indians in 2011. In 2010 he was also one of the Ramnath Goenka award winners for excellence in journalism. John Stephen Kos QC (1984, LLM 1985), who has been appointed a New Zealand High Court Judge. Dr Manju Kurian (1992), a Research Fellow in Paediatric Neurology at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital & School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Birmingham, was awarded the 2010 Ronnie MacKeith Prize. Lord Ian Lang of Monkton (1959), who has been appointed Chairman of Marsh and McLennan Companies Inc. Vasyl Marmazov (1998 PhD; British Council Fellow, 1995–6) has been appointed an Ambassador of the Ukraine to the Republic of Korea with effect from 1 September 2011. Scott Newton (1975), who has been awarded a Personal Chair in History at Cardiff University. Victoria Proddow (née Lipscomb, 1990), who has been appointed Head of Soft Tissue Surgery and Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College, London University. Mark Rawlinson (1976), who has been appointed as managing partner of the London office of international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Ken Skates (1994) and Rebecca Evans (1997), who have both been elected to the Welsh Assembly. Together they form part of the 30-strong group of Labour AMs responsible for the government of Wales. Vincent Tan (2001), who recently completed his PhD in electrical engineering at MIT and was awarded the best thesis prize for his PhD dissertation. Tim Ward (1975) is Chief Executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance, a notfor-profit, membership organisation for the small and mid-cap quoted company sector. The organisation campaigns, educates and provides networks on behalf of the quoted company community ( Tim would be pleased to hear from anyone involved in the small and mid-cap quoted sector including corporate advisory firms and institutional investors.


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Christian Nathanial Whata (LLM, 1995) of Auckland, who has been appointed a Judge of the New Zealand High Court.

The Thornely Society In October 2010 the Thornely Society held its Annual Dinner with around 40 alumni and guests attending. The seventh Annual John Thornely Lecture was held in March 2011 at the offices of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP in London, with a reception following the lecture. The speaker was Peter Murphy, a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit and a former Principal Lecturer at the Inns of Court School of Law. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice and is the author of Evidence, Proof and Facts: A Book of Sources. Sidney Sussex College and the Thornely Society are extremely grateful to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert for generously hosting this event.   At the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Thornely Society (held prior to the annual lecture), Professor Dashwood introduced Bill Abraham, Development Director, to those members attending. Bill expressed his admiration for the Society’s record of fund-raising, which was regarded within the College as a model for other subject groups. He explained that there would be a continuing and probably significantly enhanced need for Law bursaries in the years to come, but that the Fellowship Fund would also need ongoing support. The Thornely Society Annual Dinner will be held in Hall on Saturday 15 October 2011. Professor Alan Dashwood, Emeritus Fellow in Law

Sidney Sussex Society To coincide with the 400th anniversary of the election of one of Sidney’s greatest Masters, the scientifically minded Samuel Ward, the Sidney Sussex Society held its Christmas Reception on 6 December 2010 at the Royal Society, where 113 alumni, Fellows and guests were welcomed by the Master. Sidney has an exceptionally strong scientific tradition with over 50 Fellows of the Royal Society and five Nobel Prize winners linked with the College. Richard Humphreys (English, 1972) gave an historical overview of these links, including eighteenth-century


The Master addresses the Sidney Sussex Society at its Christmas Dinner at the Royal Society

figures such as the botanist Thomas Martyn and the astronomer Samuel Vince. Professor Lindsay Greer spoke on the central role of Sidney’s pioneering Victorian laboratory in the development of Physics and Metallurgy at Cambridge, and Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir John Walker gave a truly fascinating insight into the work his team is carrying out today at the Mitochondrial Biology Unit in the treatment of diseases associated with ageing. The Choir of Sidney Sussex College celebrated Evensong in the Quire at Westminster Abbey on 8 April 2011, followed by a Commemoration of the College’s Foundress, Lady Frances Sidney, at her tomb, where the Choir sang the College Grace. The Society organised a dinner afterwards at Osteria Dell’Angolo nearby and this was attended by 40 alumni, Fellows and their guests. The annual BA Graduands’ garden party, which is hosted by the Society, and to which we welcomed 55 new members, was held in College on 21 June 2011. The Society Committee met in College on 9 October 2010, 12 February and 21 June 2011. A full listing of all events for Sidney Sussex College alumni and friends – including those organised by the Sidney Sussex Society – can be found at the end of the Alumni and Development section of the College Annual. Ian B. M. Stephen, Chairman


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Visit to Duxford Imperial War Museum, 15 October 2011 (organised by the Sidney Sussex Society) Thornely Society Annual Dinner, 15 October 2011 1596 Foundation Dinner, 12 November 2011 Sidney Sussex Society Christmas Party, 5 December 2011 Sidney Sussex Society Spring Dinner, 17 April 2012 MA Graduation Dinner, 19 May 2012 BA Graduands’ Garden Party, 26 June 2012 Alumni Reunion Dinner, 30 June 2012 (Matric. years – 1961, 1962, 1964 and 1950 and older) Alumni Reunion Dinner, 22 September 2012 (Matric. years – 1974, 1975, 1976) Alumni Decade Reunion Lunch (Matric. years – 1990–1999) University Alumni Reunion Weekend, 22–23 September 2012 Visit to Boughton House, 6 October 2012 (organised by the Sidney Sussex Society)

The Master leading the tour of Herculaneum for Sidney Club of Geneva members in September 2010 (see the College Annual 2010, p. 56)

Sidney Club of Geneva The Club held its annual dinner and talk at the Hotel du Lac, Coppet on 18 June 2011. The 22 members were joined by a strong contingent from Sidney, including Professor James Mayall and his wife Avril, Professor Lindsay Greer, Professor Ron Horgan and the Development Director, Bill Abraham. Following the AGM and dinner, Bill Abraham gave a talk on ‘Educational Philanthropy’, giving an overview of the issues facing UK Higher Education fundraising, and the implications of the government’s introduction of higher tuition fee charges. In August we organised a trip to Grand Saint-Bernard (Switzerland) and we will hold a Christmas dinner in early December. Dr Ajit Bhalla, President The Mapungubwe exhibition hall at night, designed by Sidney Fellow Michael Ramage and colleagues (see p. 136)



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Report of the JCR Amid significant changes to the national higher education system, it has been a busy year for student unions and SSCSU has been no exception. Many Sidney students were involved in protests against the rise in tuition fees, and even more turned out for the ‘Save our Bursaries‘ campaign that successfully secured excellent financial support for future Cambridge students. SSCSU officers were also in frequent contact with Sidney Fellows to explain how prospective students would be affected by changes to the fees and bursaries. This feedback helped steer negotiations at the University level about future monetary support, and will help Sidney to ensure that it remains accessible to all, regardless of their financial background. This year has seen numerous changes to the organisation of SSCSU officers, with the Vice President role being combined with that of External Officer and the Entertainments Officer being replaced with an Entertainments Committee of four people. This has put Ents at Sidney right back at the centre of College life, with the Acoustic Night being one of the most well-attended and enjoyable events the Sidney Bar has seen for many years. Also new this year is the SSCSU Welfare Committee. This committee is made up of all of SSCSU’s welfare and representative officers, including the newly created male and female Social Welfare Officers and the Disabled Students’ Officer. It has already begun to tackle big issues such as how SSCSU can better support degraded students, as well as commenting on the upcoming reorganisation of the Sidney tutorial set-up. In my opinion one of the best things SSCSU organises is the annual ‘Access Bus‘, which sees current students, this year lead by Charlotte Wabe and Issy Marks, visit schools and colleges in order to dispel myths about applying to university, with the emphasis often on applying to Cambridge in particular. This year the team visited students in Manchester and gave a variety of presentations that were tailored to the needs of the audience, with plenty of time left for question and answer sessions afterwards. All the schools and colleges visited provided overwhelmingly positive feedback and I hope this is something SSCSU will make available for many years to come.

Opposite: The Fellows’ Garden, by Katie Hunter (2010), entrant in the College Photographic Competition


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Report of the MCR The past year has been an excellent one for the graduate community of Sidney Sussex, delivering a fantastic spirit and set of events throughout the year and the promise of even better times ahead. Freshers’ Week was a roaring success and set the tone for the year to come. A healthy contingent of Sidney grads were seen punting, going to ghost walks, MCR-arranged pub quizzes, Footlights shows and, of course, the ‘Disco Fever vs Wild West’ Freshers’ Week party. This was set to continue, even once the workload of the graduate students began to be felt in Michaelmas. It is my view that the graduate community of the College acts as a welcome pressure-relief valve and I recently stated in a letter to new starters that the MCR Committee ‘aims to make graduate life that bit easier‘. I certainly think we have achieved that through the community spirit that has developed at Sidney over many years and complements the extraordinary effort of successive MCR committees. The Graduate Guest Nights have been as well attended as ever over the past year, with some real effort going into their staging and formal swaps with other Sidney in protest mode

The year was rounded with the annual SSCSU Dinner in May Week, which for the first time saw members of the College staff invited, along with all SSCSU officers and the Senior Fellows. The evening was a great success, with the Sidney chefs cooking a delightful meal and the Hall staff providing excellent service, and was the perfect way of showing our appreciation for all the members of the College who help to make Sidney such a welcoming environment in which to live and work. Over the summer we are hoping to revitalise the SSCSU website, with the aim of making it a central point for information, news and photographs. Our Admissions Officer will also be starting to gather information to create a new alternative prospectus, and the freshers’ team will be hard at work to provide next year’s intake with an exciting and memorable Freshers’ Week programme. Liam Agate SSCSU President 2010–11 MCR Casino Night



sidney sussex annual 2011–12 colleges selling out rapidly. Particularly successful this year was the casinothemed formal hall and the ever popular Burns Supper and ceilidh, an event close to my own heart. While members of the MCR have embraced graduate events, they have also continued to embrace College life as a whole. There have once again been healthy contingents taking part in College rowing, football and rugby teams, although I’m sure this proved tough during the snow-laden winter months. Attendance at the Graduate Seminar Series, which offers graduates the opportunity to present their work and research to friends and colleagues in College, continues to grow. Having done one myself this year, I can testify to the importance of allowing these events to continue to flourish, as they have since their resurrection last year. The end of the year saw another flurry of events to help everyone celebrate, including fireworks punting trips during May Week and the wildly successful MCR Garden Party. With one of the highest attendances in years, the expanded event featuring live music and comedy was a massive success for the new committee. It was also pleasing to see the mature graduate students of Sidney take to the bouncy castle like delighted children. I look forward to the remainder of my term as President, and the upcoming move to a new MCR room promises to deliver facilities fitting the graduate community. In addition, the events of Easter term that the new committee and I organised convince me that we have a hard-working and talented team determined to work towards making College life an excellent deal for those accepted to Sidney Sussex. The tremendously hard work put in by the graduate tutors Iain Black and Julius Ross can never be underestimated, as well as that of the tireless Suzannah Horner. My thanks go out to them and the previous committee. Jim Ross, MCR President 2011–12

Arts Festival On Saturday 25 June 2011, Sidney Sussex hosted the second Arts Festival in the College’s history. Over 500 guests – current students, alumni, Fellows, staff, and others from the University – enjoyed around 20 different performances given in the Chapel, the William Mong Hall, and a marquee erected in the Master’s Garden.


student life On the previous night, to launch the Festival day proper, the Chapel was the atmospheric venue for a one-to-a-part performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. This was co-directed by Margaret Faultless (leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) and the English tenor Nicholas Mulroy, who was also the Evangelist, and was produced by the Festival Director, Henry Scarlett. The eight singers who made up the two choruses, as well as the bass singing the role of Christ, were drawn from across the University and represented the finest calibre of singers currently at Cambridge. The performance was a great success and received widespread interest from the media, largely because a project as ambitious as this had never before been undertaken by students. The concert even made it onto The Guardian website’s Culture page, with the Observer’s music critic, Fiona Maddocks, commenting that she had spotted ‘top new talents to watch’. This was not to be the only feature of the Festival to receive interest from the national media. On the afternoon of the Festival the college choir gave the world premiere of Eric Whitacre’s latest choral work, Alleluia, which has been adapted from a previous orchestral work entitled October. This performance came hot on the heels of the announcement a few days before the Arts Festival that Eric will be the College’s composer-in-residence for the next five years, as he and his family relocate to the UK. Eric was unable to get away from Los Angeles for the premiere but he sent a video in his place in which he discussed the new work as well as his excitement about returning to Sidney. The video was played to the audience before the choir, directed by the Osborn Director of Music, Dr David Skinner, performed the work, which was extremely well received. The main feature of the afternoon on the Master’s Garden stage was the award-winning Shadwell Opera’s performance of Britten’s comic opera, Albert Herring. This production was at the start of a UK tour by the new opera company, which was founded by Cambridge students. During the intermission, the audience was entertained by the electrifying All The King’s Men (also known as Collegium Regale, comprising men from the choir of King’s College, Cambridge). The group performed an energetic set of close harmony arrangements before the concluding half of Albert Herring. Meanwhile, the Mong Hall had been transformed from a dance studio (Cambridge University Dance Sports had given a dance workshop at the start of the Festival) into a comedy den as comedians from Sidney, as well as regulars from Cambridge Footlights Smokers, kept audiences amused for the afternoon. The Mong Hall also hosted a poetry recital put together by second-year art


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 historian, Yates Norton, as well as a new film by third-year philosopher, Joe Pitt-Rashid. As well as the Whitacre premiere, the Chapel was used as venue by the Lady Frances Singers, the vocal consort founded at Sidney a few years ago; the Minio Quintet, who performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet; and Cambridge University Opera Society’s production of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona. The latter featured two Sidney second-year Music students – Ruth Shannon, singing the role of Serpina, and the Junior Organ Scholar, Dan Smith, the production’s Musical Director. Back in the Master’s Garden, the Hardway Family, a reggae and soul band from Peterborough, got the crowd up and dancing to their own songs as well as covers of Bob Marley hits. The critically acclaimed one-man show I Found My Horn followed with the actor, Oskar McCarthy, keeping the audience totally engaged for his hour-long performance as Jasper Rees. The evening in the Master’s Garden concluded with a revival of an ADC Lateshow devised by two third-year Sidney Music students, Ben Atkinson and Henry Scarlett. Once Upon A Dream (The Tab Theatre Guide Awards: Best Lateshow Easter Term 2011) had been a great success at the start of the Easter term when it provided a nostalgic antidote to revision for students stressed about their exams. It proved the perfect way to wind down the Festival and dazzled audiences as its orchestra, choir and soloists, conducted by Henry Scarlett, performed Ben Atkinson’s arrangements of songs from Disney films. The event was blessed with beautiful weather and so the Festival’s guests could do little but sit in the sun enjoying some great performances accompanied by a hog roast and the ice cream that was on offer throughout the day. The student newspaper, The Tab, reflected the audience’s enjoyment with extremely complimentary reviews by three of its critics. Excerpts from the reviews include: ‘My soul felt a little cleaner afterwards.’ ‘The festival left me a happy boy. A happy full boy, even. A happy full, listening-to-lovely-music-on-a-nice-day boy.’ ‘A fine event providing a much needed occasion to kick off your shoes, sit on the grass, and grab a bap of apple-sauced pig, all in the guilt-free knowledge that you only paid £15 for the privilege.’ ‘I bloody loved the Sidney Sussex Arts Festival.’ ‘The actual arts themselves were unbelievably good – I couldn’t believe the professional standard and began to feel a little ill as things went on.’


student life ‘Overall … a fantastic day and 100% worth the ticket price. Going next time for sure.’ The committee and I would once again like to thank the Bursar, Domus Bursar, Porters and Housekeeping for their help in achieving the committee’s goals. We would also like to thank the Master and Fellows for allowing the festival to make full use of the College grounds, which were highly praised for their beauty by everyone who came. Finally, on a personal note, may I thank the rest of the committee (Rebecca Di Mambro, Duncan Hewitt, Mhairi McNeill and Rob Weatherup) who were quite simply the committee from heaven – professional, efficient, faultless, dedicated, and prepared for anything. Without them the festival would not have been the huge success that it was. Long may it continue. Henry Scarlett Festival Director, Sidney Sussex Arts Festival II (2011)

Larkum Reading Competition For the fourth year running the Larkum Reading Competition was held in the Audit Room, the ideal venue in most respects, and we are grateful to the Master for his continuing willingness to make it available. The Master also agreed to serve on the judging panel. The other judges were Dr Edward Wilson-Lee and myself (from the College) and two guests: Charles Larkum’s widow, Penny Price-Larkum, and the novelist Rebecca Stott, author of Ghostwalk and The Coral Thief, who is also Professor of Creative Writing at UEA. There were 12 competitors, all of whom had to read one section, allotted by the judges, from Tennyson’s In Memoriam. They then read a prose text of their own choosing. After an interval for drinks and nibbles, the judges announced a shortlist of five, who then had to read an unseen text. Once the prize was announced, contestants joined the judges for dinner in Hall. In the event the clear winner was Michael Christie, a third-year English student, who took home a cheque for £80. There were two runners-up – Ami Jones and Christopher Page – who won £30 each. Rebecca Stott, who acted as chair of the judging panel, announced the result, commending the exceptionally high standard of reading. Clive Wilmer MA, Fellow in English


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From Tel-Aviv to Ramallah [Editor’s Note: This is a shortened version of an account of a trip organised by the Cambridge International Studies Association (CISA) by Raphaël Lefèvre, (MPhil International Relations, 2010)]. When the idea of undertaking a study-trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories first emerged at a meeting of CISA in October of last year, no one had any idea that the Middle East would undergo such a significant geopolitical earthquake. By the time we left for Israel, King Abdullah of Jordan’s regime faced severe internal difficulties and Syria was also in the midst of a popular revolt. Locally, militant groups in the Gaza Strip had resumed a missile-launching campaign against Israeli cities in the South and, in Jerusalem, a bomb had just exploded near a bus station, prompting a re-emergence of the paranoid security atmosphere characteristic of the Second Intifada (2000–4). We soon discovered that the dynamics of the conflict were often fundamentally opposed and subject to highly uncertain regional developments. If the recent upheavals within the Arab world have been widely covered by the international media, the strategic implications for Israel have not, perhaps because it is still too early to predict any fixed geopolitical trend. According to the spokesperson of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs we met, there are ‘huge clouds of uncertainty‘ as to where the region is headed. The general mood, however, is one of scepticism. Einat Wilf, a Member of Knesset (MK) told us of her fear that the Arab Spring could very well culminate in authoritarian Islamist take-overs according to the rule of ‘one man, one vote, one time’. For this self-professed ‘hawkish leftist and feminist politician’, the prospects for a democratisation of the Middle East are gloomy in the short and medium term, in these ‘corrupt and authoritarian societies‘. Such reasoning, reminiscent of Samuel Huntington’s ‘clash of civilizations’ would be heard time and again throughout our journey in Israel. Nonetheless, recent developments in the Arab world are viewed with cautious optimism for the long term by some Israelis, such as Dr Oded Eran, a former chief Israeli negotiator in the peace process, precisely because Israel has had nothing to do with them. Meanwhile, however, as he also explained, politicians not only ‘don’t like to commit suicide’, they are also unwilling to return to the negotiating table when they perceive concessions to lead only to more violence. The Palestinians, for their part, are politically divided between Hamas, which tightly controls the Gaza Strip, and a West Bank-based Fatah leading the


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Palestinian Authority, although senior Palestinian figures confessed they were working hard on the reunification, which they subsequently achieved. Two Cambridge graduates from the EU Police Mission in Ramallah confirmed that Israeli–Palestinian cooperation on matters related to hard security worked well. What, then, stands in the way of transforming this technical cooperation into a more general and political compromise? Ambassador Grappo, who represents the international community’s efforts in forging peace on behalf of the Quartet (UN, EU, Russia and the United States), summed up the problem succinctly: ‘Each side needs to acknowledge the other side’s suffering.’ Slogans such as ‘Free Palestine’ or ‘End the apartheid’ flourish on the Palestinian side of the 8m-tall wall that stretches along and across the Green Line, while Yasser Arafat’s tomb in Ramallah has almost become a shrine symbolising resistance to the occupation. On the other side, visits paid to the Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, and to Herod’s Masada Fortress, act as constant reminders that Israel’s narrative is closely tied to claims of a historical presence in the Holy Land as well as to fears of future persecution against the Jewish people. So long as each side denies the very core of the other’s identity and historical narrative, is peace possible?


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Much depends on Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, who has been described in Haaretz, as a ‘Palestinian Ben Gurion’. We met him in his offices in Ramallah. Fayyad argued that his plan to build effective Palestinian security, economic and political institutions has made significant progress. He also stated his willingness to compromise with the Israelis on crucial issues such as Jerusalem, the right of return and land swaps in exchange for accepting the incorporation of some existing settlements into Israel. Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Netanyahu, told us that Israel, too, was willing to make concessions in order to reach ‘a historic compromise’. Ambassador Grappo, again: ‘Senior Israeli and Palestinian officials cooperate on a daily basis on technical matters, some of them are even good friends, but when it comes to the peace process and political issues, they simply don’t trust each other.’ At first glance, Israel appears to be fairly homogeneous. But, politically, the country is divided between secular and religious movements as well as between the advocates of continued settlements and those who favour compromise with the Palestinians. Religiously and ethnically, Israeli society is split between the Ashkenazi and the Sephardi, as well as between secular, religious and ultraOrthodox Jews. Israel is also a country in which over 20% of the population is of Arab origin, some of them Christians, but most Muslims. Arab Israelis seem to be under pressure from Israel’s recent political shift towards the right. A recent law passed by the Knesset approved a loyalty oath that would compel all Israelis to swear allegiance to Israel as ‘a Jewish state’. We were told that this new law was ‘bombastic rhetoric but meagre substance’, but Sara Miller, an editor-in-chief of Haaretz, claimed that the Arab Israelis tend to be seen as a ‘fifth column’ that does not want to integrate into Israeli society. Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger told us that the Arab Israelis are indeed victims of discrimination, adding that the status of the Arab Israelis and of the residents of East Jerusalem have become two of the most important issues for Israeli democracy and its international legitimacy. How can such a diverse and divided society actually hold together? We learned about the ‘Masada complex’, i.e., the Israeli perception that their country is isolated and constantly under threat. Today, the target of this complex has become the ‘Iranian threat’. Rafi Zinger, the head of the Foreign Ministry team that monitors Iranian policy, told us that that the use of military force would be an option if Iran became a threshold nuclear weapons state. A nuclear Iran, he said, would otherwise profoundly alter the balance of power in the region. Mark Regev from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office stated that ‘the border keeps


student life quiet because Israel carries a sword’. Haim Koren, head of the Middle Eastern Affairs desk at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told us that the ‘Iranian issue’ must be solved before the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could effectively be dealt with. Is this a paranoid view of the regional situation or the reflection of genuine security concerns? Both Ambassador Grappo and the Fatah leadership state that Iranian efforts to ‘destabilise the security situation’ are unhelpful, and believe the two issues should be dealt with separately. In the end, our group left the region in a state of mind that was both optimistic and pessimistic. The former because there seemed to be long-term reasons favouring a peaceful resolution of the conflict; the latter because there are so many short-term issues that could further inflame the situation. Raphaël Lefèvre

MIT Exchange Report This year, I was lucky to be able to live at Sidney Sussex as a part of the Cambridge-MIT Exchange. It has been truly amazing and I have learned so much – both about myself and academically. Academically, I benefited from seeing both new concepts and a different perspective. Often, people would ask me which system I preferred. I can honestly say that this experience has given me a new appreciation for the dedication to excellence present at both institutions. I feel privileged that Cambridge let me take part in the supervision system and Tripos examinations like any other Cambridge student. Social life at Sidney has been lovely. During this past year, Sidney has truly come to feel like home. I will miss going to the bar, sitting around with friends and a pint of cider in my hand; eating in Hall; chatting over port and muffins at the

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sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Pastoral Dean’s; dressing up for formal dinners; dancing at bops. I hope to bring some similar traditions with me to MIT, although it won’t be quite the same. I don’t know how well MIT would appreciate a publicised Port and Muffins event with our Freshers – we might just have port in red plastic cups instead! I don’t know if I’ll manage to convince MIT women to dress up for a dinner either; more than a few might show up in a pair of cargo pants with a Leatherman for cutlery. I want to thank Sidney for all the memories of this past year – including my 21st birthday spent with so many friends among floating balloons in the Knox Shaw; skating on Parker’s Piece; rowing with some Sidney Pirates; a celebratory nighttime game of frisbee in the Fellows’ Garden; cooking an Easter roast with friends; a swim in the Cam on the remains of a not so sturdy craft; a leisurely punting journey to Grantchester; and a truly magical night at Emma May Ball. Hearing the air hostess announce in a pronounced,Texas twang, ‘Welcummt’ Dallas Farht Wurth TeheXas. It’s a sunnee niaty siven digrees outsiade’ I felt sad at the distance separating my two homes. However, a friend of mine would write from Cambridge, MA asking, ‘How are things on the other side of the Pond?’ I hope that Sidney will also consider me to be only a pond away. Arathi Ramachandran

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College Travel Awards and Reports Each year, the College is in the fortunate position of being able to support its junior members through the distribution of a large number of travel awards. These grants enable our students to visit different lands, experience different cultures, and apply their learning and skills beyond what they could afford otherwise: for this, they and the College are extremely grateful to the many benefactors who have built up the Travel Award Fund over successive generations. Demand for the travel awards is high, and each year the tutors face the unenviable task of choosing the successful candidates from a large number of worthy applicants. In the Easter Term 2011, College travel awards were granted to the following Sidney students: Gérard Boulton Travel Awards Noami Cohen-Lask Geography (2010) James Marshall Geography (2009)

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College Travel Awards Hannah Alderton Rachael Bonnebaigt Ellen Brookes Kate Harrison Isobel Marks Nicholas Taylor

Malaysia India Peru Italy China Italy

Geography (2009) Mathematics (2008) Natural Sciences (2010) Archaeology and Anthropology (2010) Natural Sciences (2009) Natural Sciences (2009)

L. A. Hamlyn Travel Award Bethan Parker Medical and Vet Sciences (2009) Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship Patrick Bradley Clinical Medicine (2007) Anthony Brewer Natural Sciences (2007) Francesca Docherty English (2009) Samuel Harrison Engineering (2007) Chibuzo Jemade Medical and Vet Sciences (2008) Thomas Jovic Medical and Vet Sciences (2008) Daniel McEvoy Social Anthropology (2009)





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Fran Owen Geography (2009) Roseanne Smout-McGlade Geography (2009) Kate Snow Economics (2009)


Ratcliffe Travel Awards Aimee Muirhead Natalie Tapley Natalie Smith

Cuba Cuba Senegal

Law (2009) History (2009) Social Anthropology (2009)

Mark Wainwright Memorial Award Lucy Musselwhite Archaeology & Anthropology (2009)


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Natural Sciences (2009)

Charlotte Binstead (History, 2008; College Travel Award) went inter-railing from Krakow to Istanbul, taking in Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade and Sofia. ‘The historical sites in Istanbul are really fascinating, but there’s no information about them unless you buy an audio-guide on top of your admission fee. Justinian’s Basilica Cistern was astonishing, but we had absolutely no idea why or how it was built. Still, a giant underground room full of pillars soaring up out of moodily lit water was quite cool. The Hagia Sofia is of course the sight that no one can leave Istanbul without seeing. The mosaics are indeed beautiful and I look forward to going back when even more restoration work has been completed (and to look at the Viking graffiti again – that was an unexpected bonus).’ Anna Churchlow (Natural Sciences, 2007; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) enjoyed time in Boston and New York, meeting up with a friend from Australia. ‘The main thing that struck me about New York is that it is absolutely huge – all the buildings are massive and the city seems to go on and on and on. And every street is lined with shops and restaurants. To get around we mainly used the subway, which turned out to be one of the most confusing systems I have tried to navigate. To add to that, most lines go North–South but there are almost none going East–West, so you just have to walk in that direction. All in all this was a great trip, with a wonderful opportunity to catch up with an old friend as well as experience the culture of two interesting cities.’


Roger Clarke (Geography, 2008; L. A. Hamlyn Travel Award) went to Rwanda, a country still recovering from a horrific genocide, in order to study the impact of the internet in that country. ‘Tonight I will go over the notes that I made back in cold, wet Cambridge, before heading out tomorrow into the hot, dry Rwandan morning to see what I can find. I’ve already made some useful contacts on my flight over – a girl teaching in an orphanage (which will hopefully have computers – she’s getting back to me) and a guy working for an NGO (which will hopefully use the internet – he’s getting back to me).’ Once there he found that ‘research is tiring, especially since you often feel like you’re moving at a snail’s pace. Rwanda [I found] should not be characterised as “postgenocide”, it is so much more than that.’


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Ella Delany (Law, 2006; College Travel Award) spent some time in Paris after graduation in order to reconnect with old friends from her year abroad. ‘I went for lunch with my old Paris flatmate who graduated from Clare College; we were both studying the same course together. We sat in Le Comptoir and ate perfect French fries, looking over the Place du Panthéon and of course that was the same too. We could almost imagine walking back home to our apartment, climbing up the six flights of green stairs, into our perfect tiny Paris box – but of course we couldn’t. When we went to ring the bell of the big blue door the concierge pretended not to recognise us and wouldn’t let us in to our old courtyard. That’s when it really hit me that I was back in Paris; it was great, as if I had never left.’ Jane Dinwoodie (History, 2008; Parry Dutton Travel Award) explored Duke University and the archives of its Special Collections Library. ‘With my research aims centring my trip on the university, I found myself resembling many of the nation’s first settlers, drawing frequent parallels between the novelty of Duke and the more familiar academic environment of Cambridge. Although a much younger institution (having been founded only in 1924, and thus a relative newcomer compared with Sidney), I found myself repeatedly evoking comparisons, especially in terms of snapshot-friendly architecture and studious atmosphere. Despite finding myself with very little free time per se, I was able to make the most of my break hours exploring the campus, and its slice of quintessential American college life. Maybe for my second visit, the bright lights of NY, or the draws of Washington would be nice: but, for this first visit, I’d not have swapped them for a sunny fortnight at Duke, gaining an otherwise impossible insight into William Holland Thomas, and the irresistible enigma of his existence as a white Cherokee chief.’

student life hazardous choice of footwear. [All in all] ... a very fitting trip that was characterised by surprising and enchanting curiosities.’ Elizabeth Ing-Simmons (Natural Sciences, 2008; College Travel Award) went inter-railing from Krakow to Istanbul. ‘Looking back on it, maybe we were a bit too ambitious when planning our route. Nine cities in twenty-five days was never going to make for a nice relaxing holiday – luckily, that wasn’t what we were aiming for, so much as the chance to see places and experience cultures that were new to us. It was a whirlwind taster tour of Europe that took us from Krakow down to Istanbul, via some amazing cities and some beautiful scenery, including Budapest, Sofia, and Vienna (twice). While in Istanbul we visited the Egyptian bazaar, which mostly sells spices and teas, and the Grand Bazaar, which sells almost anything you can think of. It was a great place to look for souvenirs and Christmas presents. We also saw the archaeological museum, which had some incredibly well-preserved ancient sarcophagi and even a mummy. On our last full day, we went to both the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque, which we’d been walking past every day.’

Elizabeth Farmer (English, 2007; College Travel Award) spent four days in Lisbon, her arrival coinciding with Portugal’s World Cup defeat by their rival neighbour Spain. ‘In spite of this seemingly unpropitious beginning, making our way through the crowds of dispersing fans, the city’s sociable, festival-like atmosphere was palpable. Equally unforgettable was the initial sight of houses, shops, churches, railway stations and streets each decorated with intricate mosaics of painted ceramic tiles, a tradition that has been a part of Portuguese architecture for centuries. The spectacle of thousands of glittering tiles was truly breathtaking – although, as we soon discovered, heels are a particularly



sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Lara Kerrison (Architecture, 2008; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) went to Portland in order to study the architecture of the Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Health and Healing. ‘The Center for Health and Healing is undoubtedly an exemplary building, which has pioneered innovative new approaches to sustainable design and has succeeded in many of its key goals, using 63% less energy than suggested by Oregon code and making 49% water savings (resulting in a water bill of less than $9000 per year), all for around an 18–19% lower MEP budget. In fact, the Center obtained all the available Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits in the fields of water efficiency, energy and atmosphere. In its challenging of existing regulations to incorporate pioneering and specially adapted sustainable technologies, as well as in the fact that it is a new build which is part of a neighbourhood masterplan (other buildings that have scored highly in the LEED rating system have tended to be outside the city), this medical centre is unique. It will be fascinating to study this exceptional building in greater detail alongside a UK equivalent for my final year dissertation.’ Sam Kirsop (Geography, 2008; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) spent two gloriously cold weeks hiking and observing grizzly bears in Alaska. ‘It was a sight I’d long dreamt of seeing but, for one moment, everything was put on hold. As we turned a corner a grizzly appeared from the forest no more than 20 metres in front of us. The impulse to run is incredible. The male bear in front

student life of us weighed around 500kg and, on its hind legs, stood a breathtaking 12 feet tall. The bear’s claws extend two inches, strong enough to tear through bark with ease – or flesh. It continued to plod steadily towards us, seemingly eyeing up its starter on the journey to the main course of salmon. I could feel my heart beating out of my chest but, at the same time, I was convinced (or maybe convincing myself) that this couldn’t be real. With just metres before it made contact with us the bear veered off into the bushes and into the wild.’ Emily Manolopoulos (Natural Sciences, 2008; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) explored New York and Niagara Falls. ‘We started our trip in Harlem in New York, where we spent five days eating a lot of delicious soul food, getting to know people in and around our hostel and visiting the rest of Manhattan. We spent a few lazy days in Central Park, reading and watching the locals play baseball. We also spent a whole day in the Metropolitan Museum, where I saw pretty much every piece of art that I ever studied at school. The whole trip was a wonderful experience and I had such a great time. I am exceedingly grateful for the opportunity that the travel award gave my friends and me.’ Greg Mellers (Natural Sciences, 2008; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) travelled to the USA in order to take in the sights of New York before heading to Canada. ‘One of the highlights of our stay in Brooklyn was visiting the highrise art installation. This is the converted railway tracks in the Chelsea district of the city, which have been turned into a wonderful park. The most amazing part of the trip was on the same day as visiting the high rise. We were walking through the trendy Chelsea market and Leonardo Di Caprio walked past in a baseball cap and sunglasses. My trip to NYC was the highlight of my summer, and I am extremely grateful to the College and the grant committee for allowing me this opportunity.’ Nick Oldham (History, 2007; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) marked the end of his time in Cambridge with a trip to Turkey and Syria. ‘Syria itself was, for me, the highlight of the trip – our time was spent in the major cities of Aleppo and Damascus. The former, smaller, more welcoming, still retains its souk, crammed with everyday goods, bustling yet still an area of respite from the beating midday sun. It is the only place I have ever been where the local people actively welcome you, whether in the street, a shop or your hotel. It is striking that despite all we hear of Syrian autocracy, the people themselves



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could not be nicer. From Aleppo we headed by train – first class is a bargain at less than £3 – to Damascus. Our trip ended with a train journey back into Turkey and a flight into London; exhausted but filled with a desire to return to the Middle East we landed back in London in late July. A return to the Levant cannot come quickly enough.’ Viresh Patel (Architecture, 2008; Wilkinson Travel Award) spent a month in India. ‘The first two weeks on a workshop that formed the initial researchwork for the amendment and modification of rural housing guidelines in the Uttar Pradesh region of the Indian Himalayas, and the remaining time back in the village from which my family originate, studying two case-study buildings of different construction techniques. I would like to thank RIBA East, the Cambridge–India Partnership and Sidney Sussex College for their support and funding towards my dissertation research; without them the research trip to India would not have been possible. I would also like to thank the Faculty of Architecture at Cambridge for lending me the scientific equipment that enabled me to log data over the duration of my stay in Navsari.’ George Roberts (History, 2009; Hentsch Travel Award) took part in a French language course at the Université de Genève. ‘I took time to visit the United Nations and the nearby International Red Cross Museum, both of which demonstrated the central role that Geneva and the legacy of Swiss neutrality have played in modern international affairs. The nearby hillside town of Nyon, the ancient Roman capital of the region, provided a perfect combination of winding, Mediterranean-esque alleyways and la glace, which came as a welcome relief from the sun – the temperature rarely dropped below 30 degrees Celsius during the three weeks. Further along the shoreline, the opportunity to see Usain Bolt run the 100 metres on a furiously hot evening in Lausanne was well worth the effort.’ Abigail Schultz (Social Anthropology, 2008; Ratcliffe Travel Award) spent her summer in India interning with the Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation (Grassroots) in Uttarakhand. ‘The award money enabled me travel around northern India, visiting Delhi, Agra, Udaipur and Amritsar. The most significant travelling was with four other Grassroots interns to Leh, in Ladakh. The purpose of the trip was to observe the work of the The Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) and, on a personal level, to experience some of


the variety in cultural traditions and religions across India. Ladakh, located up in the Himalayas, was not only truly stunning, but appeared so distinct and different from Uttarakhand, with Buddhist prayer flags and temples, dzo, and the ethnic Ladakhi, giving the region its nickname of “mini-Tibet”. I am excited that my exploration does not stop on leaving India, as for my undergraduate dissertation to supplement my first-hand experiences I am continuing my research into how self-help groups and female empowerment are used as tools for grassroots development in India.’ Victoria Sedgwick (Economics, 2007; Gérard Boulton Travel Award) took a sailing holiday to the Sporades in Greece, starting from Athens. ‘We were delighted when we reached our first stop in the Sporades, Skiathos. The landscape and scenery were very different from our previous destinations, with fragrant bright green pine trees, white sands and crystal clear waters (as well as lots of small nipping fish). We spent a day at a beach that could only be reached by boat, as well as having more (unsuccessful) attempts at windsurfing. Our next destinations were Skopelos, famous for being the location of much of Mamma Mia and Pierce Brosnan’s terrible singing performance, and Alonissos, where


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we visited the beautiful old town. A dramatic storm meant we were confined to the cabins of our boat for a day and a half in Skopelos – it was a relief when the sun came back out as 12 people in a not-that-large yacht is quite a squeeze. I’m very grateful that the College Travel Award helped make this once in a lifetime holiday possible, and I will treasure my memories of it.’

Building and had the most amazing view of the NY skyline. On the journey back, we stopped in the city of Baltimore to eat in Little Italy. At Maryland University, I was able to meet a range of students and found out a lot about life in America and their education system. I also was able to see the process used to generate the data I will look at in my project.’

Rebecca Singer (Natural Sciences, 2008; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) enjoyed the sites of New York City. ‘Following an eventful Greyhound bus ride back to NYC from Niagara Falls, we spent the remainder of our time in Brooklyn. Here our trip became a little more peaceful compared with the actionpacked feel of Manhattan, and we enjoyed sights such as Brooklyn Botanic Garden and numerous flea markets. Walking over the Brooklyn Bridge was amazing, and definitely the best way to view the incredible Manhattan skyline. Even with a short stretch in the New York emergency room (missing my friends spotting Leonardo DiCaprio), my trip to NYC was definitely the highlight of my summer, and I am extremely grateful to the College and the grant committee for allowing me this opportunity.’

Joel Winton (History, 2008; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) completed a one month internship at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. ‘The Hudson Institute is a non-partisan think tank with a strong focus on foreign policy and the promotion of global security, prosperity and freedom. I was privileged to be interning with Dr Kenneth Weinstein, CEO of the Institute. The work I was involved in was as intellectually stimulating as it was eclectic. I tackled research assignments covering such diverse topics as education policy in Central America, the current trajectory of Turkish foreign policy and recent Iraqi/Kurdish political developments. I co-wrote a couple of articles that appeared on the Le Monde website, and assisted with the writing of a speech for an academic symposium concerning two recent books on the history of Chinese foreign policy.’

Greg Styger (Geography, 2008; Parry Dutton Travel Scholarship) travelled across the east coast of the United States in order to research his Geography dissertation. ‘The final stop on my tour was Richmond, the capital of the state of Virginia. What first struck me once more was the differences in this region compared with the two previous ones. It was another reminder of how vast and varied America is, and has certainly created the want to explore its other cities and state. On the final day in America I felt a break was needed from work, so I spent the day at a local amusement park. The trip across America was both fascinating and useful, and I’m now looking forward to correlating my findings and writing it up. I would like to thank everyone for the grants I was able to receive, without which the trip would not have been possible. I would also like to thank all my interviewees and everyone else who helped me during research. Their kindness will always be remembered, and helped me feel at home in a foreign land.’ Rosalie Tostevin (Natural Sciences, 2007; College Travel Award) travelled to Washington DC and the University of Maryland in order to meet experts for her Part III project. ‘We took an Amtrak train to New York, where we went shopping and drank cocktails in rooftop bars. We went to the top of the Rockefeller



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College Sports Clubs and Societies ■■ The Allen Society (Mathematics Society) It has been yet another successful year for the Allen Society, with two excellent guest speakers coming to talk to us this year, and an absolutely fantastic garden party to celebrate the end of the Tripos exams. In Michaelmas came the return of our society’s founder Dr Laurent Storoni, previously Director of Studies in Mathematics and now a director at Goldman Sachs. His talk was entitled ‘Heads I win, tails you lose‘ and was about how mathematics is used in the financial sector. In Lent we were privileged to have Professor David Tong as our dinner speaker and guest of honour at the annual Allen Society event. The talk was entitled ‘Why you are nothing but a hologram, and why this is useful to know‘. The talk was excellently received and we were honoured to have a fellow of the Royal Society and Adams Prize winner talk to us. Lent also saw the MMath dinner, where Part III alumni were welcomed back to College to receive their MMath degrees. The dinner was also an opportunity for Raphael Assier and Christopher Crowe, former Part III students and current Sidney PhD students, to present brief talks on their research, and allowed the Allen society to rebuild relationships with previous students. The garden party, which we shared once again with the Natural Scientists, was the usual success, and once again played host to plenty of Pimms and the paddling pool. We welcome Jan Wollman and Adam Jowett as our new joint Presidents, and wish them all the best for the year ahead. Nim Sukumar and Michael Grayling, Presidents

student life the intercollegiate league, we climbed two divisions this year, into Division 3. We also topped Division 5 and Division 4 in Michaelmas and Lent respectively. During practice, we introduced a 30-minute training session for both beginners and the College players. Training includes teaching players how to cover court effectively and ways to increase stroke consistency and accuracy. Players who have gone through the session have said that they found it very useful. However, one difficulty is that due to the large attendance per session, the courts booked are inadequate to conduct an effective training session. Overall, the standard of both beginners and College players has improved. It has been a lucrative year for the College Badminton team and the Badminton Club members. Most of the College players who played this year are staying on, and will be able to coach the amateur players and also bring the Sidney Badminton team to a new high next season. So, we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Sui Poh Tee, Captain

■■ Boat Club The past year has seen a number of successes for the Sidney Sussex Boat Club, both on and off the Cam. Although several experienced rowers left at the end of last year, there has been a lot of potential in terms of the new members, all

■■ Badminton This year is a year to celebrate as the Sidney Badminton Club has made some remarkable achievements in the intercollegiate competitions. We have a really strong team, and played consistently well throughout the year. It is the first time in many years that we managed to progress into the Men’s Cuppers quarter-finals. Even though we appeared as the underdog team, we still managed to knock out favourites such as the Clinical School and Fitzwilliam College who were in the higher division. Unfortunately, we did not play our best in the game against Queens’ and therefore stumbled in the quarter-finals. In



sidney sussex annual 2011–12 of whom have improved dramatically over the year. A good year’s training was accompanied by a number of successful socials including a Freshers’ event with the Magdalene and Queens’ Boat Clubs.

Michaelmas Michaelmas is traditionally the term when new members of College are able to try rowing. There was a good level of interest this year with four men’s novice boats and three from the women’s side. Senior rowing continued as normal with the addition of a W1 4+, which took part in the University Fours competition, something that Sidney has not entered for a few years. We managed to get through to the semi-final but sadly it was Emma who made it to the final against Lady Margaret Boat Club, after a very close and well fought race. The Fairbairn’s Cup novice races took place on Thursday 2 December, over a shortened course to the Pike and Eel. We put out four men’s novice boats and three women’s, braving the cold to finish with respectable times and rankings (especially WNA as the thirteenth fastest 1st VIII). Unfortunately, there was too much ice on the river for the senior races to proceed, so these were postponed to the start of Lent term when a scratch W1 crew put in a strong performance, coming eighth overall.

Lent Harsh weather conditions during Lent term made for some difficult rowing, especially during the Winter Head to Head course which was the windiest 2km race for a number of years. The strong wind meant that W2 were sadly unable to row but both first boats and the men’s second boat put in good performances. M1 found themselves placed as the ninth College 1st VIII, W1 as the sixth in the women’s firsts and M2 as the eighth men’s second boat. Both first boats also took part in the Bedford regatta with M1 doing especially well in winning one of the two categories they entered. Lent Bumps ends the term’s rowing and despite some unfortunate placings of Sidney boats within the Bumps charts it was an enjoyable week and all crews learnt a lot from it.

student life The men’s side saw the return of a number of rowers including George Brown, a Blues trialist, and showed strong potential from the beginning of term. Lower boats also benefited from the increase in experience and Sidney succeeded in putting four men’s boats into the May Bumps races. M1 bumped Darwin and Anglia Ruskin on the first two days of Bumps respectively. Sadly this was then followed by two days’ chasing St Edmund’s Hall, whose boat had been improved considerably by the return of two Blues rowers. The second men’s boat also came up against some bad luck during the week, going down two overall. The third boat went up three, bumping Fitzwilliam, Jesus and Caius and M4, whose place on Bumps was only confirmed the evening prior to racing, rowed over every day, several equipment failures preventing them from gaining the bump they deserved. The women’s side also looked to have a strong first boat from the beginning of term with the return of Tasha Scott from the Blondie boat and Rose Tallon as a University Women’s spare. Both the first and second boats trained hard and the two crews made a lot of progress throughout the term. The first summer race, Head to Head, saw W1 putting in a convincing win in the second May’s category and coming fourth out of all the women’s boats. The City Sprint Regatta the following day saw W1 gaining a place in the semi-finals before losing to Downing. The initial success of W1 was followed by strong performances at Champs 8s as the second fastest women’s boat and winning pots for the second bumps division category. The May Bumps continued in a similar fashion with

Easter Easter term saw nine Sidney boats (M1–5 and W1–4) take to the water, an impressive feat for such a small college.



sidney sussex annual 2011–12 convincing bumps of Anglia Ruskin, Robinson and Jesus on the first three days of racing. The last day found Sidney chasing Emma W2. Although this proved to be a longer race than the previous days they got the bump just before Plough reach and gained their oars. The second boat also had a successful May’s campaign with bumps on Darwin, Addenbrooke’s and Jesus on days two, three and four. A hard term’s training and determination mean that they made significant progress over the term and finished ahead, in both technique and power, relative to many of the crews around them. Overall a good term for Sidney Sussex Boat Club and I hope that next year will bring a similar combination of enjoyment and success. Finally I would like to thank all those leaving this year who have dedicated so much time and effort to the Boat Club and to wish good luck to all students trialling for the University boats next year. Kate Snow Captain of the Boats 2011

smaller evangelistic events. As a group, we have organised larger events such as ‘text-a-toastie‘ (where you can text your order for a toasted sandwich with a question about the Bible, which is answered upon delivery of the ‘toastie‘) and a barbecue. Through all these efforts we have been able to outline a basic gospel message to a considerable number and seen some people take significant strides in their relationship with, and understanding of, our saviour Jesus Christ. Next year, we hope to build on the work we have already done, staging more adventurous events as we welcome a new group of Freshers to the College. As always, your prayers and support of the CU are hugely valued and we would like to thank all those from beyond the College who contribute to the work of the group. It is very much appreciated. Anyone wishing to know more about the Christian Union or its beliefs should contact William Zong ( or Bethan Parker (bp312@ Tom Hindmarch

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The Chorley Society has undergone somewhat of a renaissance this year, with a number of speaker events being organised in addition to regular lunches that unite all geographers at Sidney. The aim of the events was to ask academics to come to Sidney to talk about their very latest research, as well as asking them to dine with us and the Sidney geography Fellows at formal hall. In the first ‘Chorley Formal’ of Michaelmas we welcomed Dr Emma Mawdsley to speak about her latest research on the political ecology of water resources in India, an event that appealed to many of the Sidney human geographers. Later on in term we were honoured to invite Professor Julian Dowdeswell, the Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and recent winner of the Louis Agassiz Medal of the European Geosciences Union, to talk about his research into what clues the glacio-marine environment can give to reconstructing recent geological histories. In Lent Term we heard from a Sidney Natural Sciences alumnus, Dr Chris Sandbrook, who has recently returned to Cambridge to work in the Department of Conservation Leadership. Chris spoke about his research on the likely impact of Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) initiatives on forest governance, before engaging in an interesting discussion

The Christian Union in Sidney exists as part of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (CICCU). We are a non-denominational group of Christians aiming to make Jesus Christ known to students in Sidney and the student body around Cambridge. We believe that God so loved the world that he sent his only son, Jesus Christ, that we may not perish for the wrong we have done, but have eternal life. By dying on the Cross in our place, Jesus has freed us from the punishment we deserve and brought forgiveness. Further to this, Jesus has conquered death through his resurrection and will one day return to judge the world as King. We believe this message is relevant to all and as a Christian Union, we want people to know that Jesus offers a living and current relationship with anyone who asks. The group meets weekly for a time of prayer, Bible study, fellowship and evangelistic training. We aim to encourage each other in proclaiming the good news about Jesus, while growing in our knowledge and faith in God as individuals. The CU has had an exciting year. A large number of enthusiastic and committed Freshers joined the group, enabling us to engage in many stimulating mission projects. Some members of the group now meet up with non-Christian friends to read and explore the Bible further. Others have been able to put on


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about how a multi-disciplinary approach to research is possible from a geographical perspective. The formal events were rounded off with the Chorley Annual Dinner. This year’s guest speaker, Dr Tim Bayliss-Smith, is also a Sidney alumnus and shared some very amusing anecdotes of the feedback he received on his essays when he was a geography undergraduate. It was an excellent evening, and any visitor to the Old Library on that night would have been in no doubt that the Sidney geography community is in an excellent state of health. Liam Agate and Fran Owen, Chorley Society Co-Presidents

■■ Medical and Veterinary Society (SSMVS) The academic year 2010–11 was an exciting year for SSMVS.It started with the aim of improving two key elements within the society: our appeal to prospective students as a college to study medicine, and to improve the relationships and sharing of resources within the six years of the medical and veterinary students at Sidney. In order to address this, the old society website was renovated and replaced by a new one, revealing an updated society logo, offering academic resources and interactive event calendars alongside advice and course information for current and prospective medical and veterinary students at Sidney. We hope the website,, will expand the appeal of medical and veterinary medicine at Sidney for prospective students in addition to forming a useful medium through which current students can organise events both within and beyond Sidney. The start of Michaelmas Term saw the arrival of the new medical and veterinary intake, and our Fresher reps, Jack Scannell and Ronak Patel, organised an introductory meal for the new students, familiarising the Freshers with their subject peers and the hectic life of a Cambridge medical or veterinary student. Michaelmas Term also included several additional sessions to facilitate Fresher integration, with events organised by our new additions to the SSMVS committee: the social secretaries, who organised formal hall events with medical and veterinary students from colleges such as Peterhouse, Churchill and Robinson. Following two years of the Tripos system, we were also able to appreciate the challenges of the essay component of the exam, which has a large (50%) weighting for Tripos students and is a somewhat alien concept following the shortanswer question format of science A-levels. As such, we decided to organise an essay workshop for the freshers – ‘Fresshays’ – integrating our own experiences


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and advice, and inviting some of Sidney’s highest-scoring medical students to offer techniques and strategies underlying their previous academic success. The Cambridge medical and veterinary courses are split into two components: a largely scientific preclinical component and a more practical, clinical component. Last year, SSMVS strove to improve the links between these two components through the introduction of the Biomedical Seminars: opportunities for clinical students and Fellows alike to draw on areas of interest or research, with a particular emphasis on the implications of their contributions to improving medical and veterinary practice and our understanding of disease. This year we were delighted to extend this beyond the constraints of the medical and veterinary Tripos with an invitation to a ‘StephSoc’ engineering lecture by Dr Michelle Oyen. This fascinating lecture explored the contributions of mechanical and structural properties of human tissues such as skin, bone and the uterine and placental tissues, to their essential functions in humans, and how synthetic materials may contribute to the development of prosthetic treatments and protective interventions in disease and ageing.


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Our Biomedical Seminars also featured a Presentation Evening in which four Part II medics presented the research projects they had been working on for the year, covering research from the Pathology, Pharmacology and PDN departments. In Easter Term, we also heard from Dr Colin Roberts, who gave an enthralling, well attended talk on an area of special interest to him, aptly titled ‘Why are there so many bleeding racehorses?’, addressing the common complication of haemorrhage in racehorses. Furthermore, SSMVS hosted a seminar for the final year clinical students to discuss and present their experiences during their medical electives abroad, highlighting the marked disparities in healthcare in developing countries such as the Maldives and Uganda, as well as developed countries such as Australia. In the earlier part of this seminar, the third-year medical students also discussed their experiences in complementary healthcare that occurred over the summer vacation, focusing on an important and often overlooked contributor to holistic healthcare in society. In the light of further improving the relationship between clinical and preclinical students, SSMVS, with the help of our clinical representative, Kate Kiln, have run several events this year to integrate the two groups of students both socially and academically. The strengthening of this relationship has been particularly invaluable for the preclinical students in their application for clinical studies, both within and beyond Cambridge, but has also enabled the clinical students, who are largely based outside the main College site, to reintegrate into College life. It is hoped that this relationship will be further augmented and remain profitable over the coming years through the organisation of similar events. The most exhilarating event, and indeed major focus of the committee, this year has, however, been the SSMVS Triennial Dinner held on 22 January. Every year SSMVS hosts a society dinner for current Fellows and students. One dinner in every three years, however, extends to alumni and includes a lecture from a high-profile guest speaker. This year, SSMVS were both delighted and honoured to receive a lecture from the Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir John Walker, a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit. His seminal work on energy metabolism includes mechanistic and structural studies of the mitochondrial F1 ATPase, for which he shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This formed a key element of his riveting lecture on the diverse roles of the essential, energy-producing component of mammalian cells: the mitochondria. In addition to the molecular composition of these extraordinary structures, the lecture explored the role of


student life these organelles in health and disease, including some revolutionary perspectives on the role of mitochondria in normal processes such as ageing, in addition to common diseases such as cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The event was very well attended, with invitations extending to over 500 alumni practising medicine and veterinary services throughout the world. It included a delectable four-course meal provided by the Hall staff, and was both memorable and inspirational for all attendees. Current students noted the value, not only from attending a lecture from such a high profile guest speaker, but also from conversing with practising and experienced clinicians over dinner, many of whom provided fascinating tales that generated a wave of motivation and inspiration among the students. In addition to the array of academic events, Sidney medical and veterinary students organise an equal, if not larger array of necessarily fun and relaxing social events that form a refreshing respite from our rigorous academic schedule. A particular emphasis this year has been the value of our relationships, both within and beyond the members of our Tripos, in enriching our academic and social experiences at Sidney. We firmly believe that the following years will build on the achievements of this year’s society, and we wish the new committee continued success. Tom Jovic, President

■■ The New Arcadians As Sidney’s own home-grown drama society, the New Arcadians aims to be a small and concentrated but also friendly and fun source of theatrical creativity. The New Arcadians is dedicated to putting on productions that rely on substance rather than show, and above all bring the approachability of Sidney Sussex College to the general theatre scene in Cambridge. We hope to nurture budding thespians with the confidence to explore the exciting opportunities Cambridge theatre has to offer, while always providing a home base and familiar support for more independent projects. The New Arcadians has been a frequent source of original student writing, forming a strong working relationship with the Corpus Christi Playroom, Cambridge’s largest alternative theatre. We also finish each year with our May Week Show as part of the general celebrations. Most recently, the New Arcadians performed an original adaptation of Paradise Lost in an exciting promenade production that ventured through the sprawling grounds and the beautiful gardens of the College. Previously, the society has also seen productions of


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■■ Rugby Union This has been a season of mixed results for Sidney Sussex RFC. The season started with both Captain and President out with serious injuries (cruciate ligament replacement and broken arm respectively), meaning it was vital that some new blood be added to the team. The newest batch of Sidney players has not failed to impress, from our fresh-faced graduates – Richard Westerman, Chris Crowe, Blake Van Velden and Andreas Stegmuller – to our newest Freshers – Edward Linford, Phil Franklin, John Hopkins, Ollie Young and Nicholas Kernick. All have put in great performances. With such a new intake mixing in with the players from before, there was inevitably going to be a bedding-in period and the early results in the season show this. However, the team grew together and one result that for me was the turning point of the season was a great victory over Fitzwilliam College, when we could field only 13 players including Henry Englander, Seb Bailey and Theo McCusker all making their debuts for SSCRFC. After this the team just seemed to click into place and although we had already been put into the league of shame for the season we performed strongly in the division and we hope promotion will be on the cards next season from such a benchmark. We also had a very strong performance in Cuppers, defeating Christ’s in the preliminary round to get into the first round of the cup competition. We drew Magdelene (a Division 1 team) who, in spite of a strong Sidney performance, defeated us, putting us into the Plate competition. We progressed through to the semi-final of the Plate where we lost to Emmanuel College (who won the Plate competition) by the narrowest of margins. Unfortunately, the WallaceHadrill Shield match this season was deemed unplayable due to a frozen pitch. However, I would like to think we won the touch rugby that was played in lieu of the match and that all enjoyed the subsequent revelry. We would like to thank the boys at St John’s for their hospitality and look forward to a return game this season (hopefully in better weather). In the annual Dashwood Cup Opposite: The New Arcadians’ production of Paradise Lost in the Master’s Garden, June 2011



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match, the old boys managed to assemble a fantastic all-star team and put in an excellent performance to regain the cup from us young upstarts. This means that they retain the overall series lead in victories, something we current boys hope to remedy next year. As the season comes to an end it is with great sadness that we must see some of our members leave for the real world. Thanks must go to Zedekiah Akanga (who chose to wait until this year to finally score a try), Rupert Harrison and Ayodele Fajuyigbe for four years of service to the club and Dan Penman for his three years for the club. Richard Westerman and Blake Van Velden must also be thanked for the past season before they leave. Special thanks must go to our outgoing President Freddie Iron who has done a fantastic job of admin (ladmin) over the past two seasons for the club and has been a stalwart member of the team for three seasons. He will be much missed (although we might be able to live without his constant emailing). It is with a heavy heart I must relinquish captaincy to Edward Linford and I have the pleasure of taking over the position of Club President from Freddie Iron. I also would like to announce Philip Franklin and Ollie Young as Vice


Following last year’s founding of the Table Tennis Club, this year has seen strong, if inactive, growth. We are now, on paper, 40 members (although this provides no justification for fanfaronade, this number being more hypothetical than actual). Nevertheless, we have fielded teams in all divisions with a fair spattering of success, particularly at the business end of the league. Michaelmas 2010 saw a populous turnout at Magdalene where trials, triage and trenchant blades boded well for the coming year. Enthusiasm at this stage was high and matches soon began to be arranged with other colleges, first among them a friendly match against Caius in Sidney bar (a team who would have proved superable opponents) and this set and screwed a bar of some metaphorical height that teams thereon, with relative frequency, managed to attain. It was following the impractical manoeuvring of the table tennis table from the squash court to the bar for this opening match that sowed the first seeds of reverie. Soon after, club funds were put to good use with the purchase of a second-hand table, which now means that up to eight players at a time may contest. The first team, adroitly led by Matt Screeton, glowed brilliantly and cemented their place in the second division with victories over many a local college. The second team’s performance at St John’s (a vast college with not only a table tennis table but a dedicated table tennis room) encapsulated this erstwhile enthusiasm, which had but a few weeks to run. After a long and hard-fought, even fraught, evening, Sidney seconds, with might and main, emerged victorious over the combined force of St John’s College. Lent and Easter saw somewhat reduced activity, although the fracturing of a table leg suggested that at least the table had been moved for some purpose. We hope to stand (on sturdy legs) with similar preponderance next year. Simon Westripp


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■■ Squash Club Sidney squash entered the 2010–11 season with high expectations following the promotion of both teams at the end of the last year. However, this promotion put both teams in difficult divisions and, combined with the loss of a few key players from the previous season, led to a tough first term for both the first and second teams. The former lost all of their games in a tough 2nd Division, while the latter battled hard to narrowly retain their place in their division. Lent Term saw a turnaround for both teams. The first team had a successful term with notable wins over Trinity II, Christ’s II and Wolfson, and just missed out on promotion back into the 2nd Division. Having narrowly avoided relegation at the end of Michaelmas, the second team performed significantly better this term, justifying their place in this league with a solid third place finish. Cuppers success in the summer was limited, with a loss in the second round to a strong Wolfson side. Several Freshers contributed significantly to the team this year, working hard and improving throughout the season, none more so than Nick Kernick, who takes over as Captain next year. I am sure he will do a great job in what appears to be an exciting future for the squash club. I would like to thank everyone who has played squash for Sidney this year. In particular, special thanks must go to former Captain Greg Styger, who leaves us after three years committed to the team, and who will be missed greatly. Toby Ankers Captain 2010–11

■■ Stephenson Society (Engineering Society) This year got off to a great start with a well-attended Freshers’ challenge meeting – the challenge chosen being to make a 60 cm span bridge to hold as great a weight as possible, using only paper and Sellotape. Some very innovative constructions were produced by the teams and I think it would be fair to say the most questionable design was, in the end, the most successful. The first meeting clearly whetted everyone’s appetite for the Stephenson Society and the rest of the Michaelmas Term talks were highly popular, with topics ranging from new ultra-efficient thorium reactors to the future of holographic technology. One of the most memorable talks for me was that given by Steve Nevey from Red Bull just after their Formula 1 wins last year. Steve gave a great talk on the competitive high-tech world in which he works and also provided a fascinating insight into the logistics of moving such a large team around the world.


The Kárahnjúkar Dam and Hydropower Plant, Iceland

Refreshed after the Christmas break, students and fellows returned in Lent Term to Stephenson Society talks with a more structural engineering emphasis. Alan Jones from Sinclair Knight Merz talked about the entire design process of the amazing glass roof construction in the Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol. His talk showed the difficulties in delivering an artist’s vision for a project while still remaining economically viable and structurally strong enough – certainly not an easy task. Also, for the first time, we hosted a joint talk with the Medical and Veterinary society in Lent Term. As well as giving the engineers an opportunity to talk to medics and vets (which some of them do anyway), it was a fantastic chance to hear Dr Michelle Oyen, a Fellow at Sidney Sussex, talk about the mechanical properties of biological tissues. It was one of the most memorable talks (and most humorous), and I will always remember Dr Oyen describing a pregnant woman as a ‘pressure vessel’. To round off the year, the last meeting in Lent Term was our annual blacktie dinner in which Mott Macdonald talked about the Kárahnjúkar Dam and Hydropower Plant in Iceland – an extremely challenging project and a great talk to finish the year. I think I can safely say everyone found it a captivating presentation. After a magnificent four-course meal in the Mong Hall followed by some


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 good and some not-so-good (mine especially) jokes and maybe a little too much port, the year was finished. I hope everyone enjoyed the talks as much as I did this year and I’m sure next year’s Secretary will do a fantastic job. Andrew Smyth Secretary 2010–11

■■ Women’s Rugby Riding on the high of last season when we won the Intercollegiate League, Sidney Sussex Women’s Rugby Club and Jesus Women’s Rugby Club decided to continue their successful alliance in the form of ‘Team Jesney‘. The 2010–11 season began as usual in October with recruitment during the Freshers’ Fair. We then held a few training sessions to introduce our new recruits to the game, since many of them had never played rugby before and were unfamiliar with the sevens format, which is shorter and faster. Matches lasting seven minutes each way played by seven a side were easy to squeeze into Saturday afternoons and our initial training paid off in our first match, which was a 35–0 win over the less experienced Girton/Fitzwilliam team. This was followed by another convincing victory over Homerton who failed to score during our match. The team was undoubtedly strengthened by Blues players Rici Marshall, Jess Tayenjam and Sammy Graham whose tactics helped focus the team and support newer players. By the end of the season, play was fluid with great communication and this earned us second place in the Intercollegiate League. We were second only to Magdalene who won due to playing more games but we consoled ourselves with the fact that we had beaten them 21–14 earlier in the season. Next year we aim to reclaim our place at the top of the League. Natalie Catherwood Captain


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■■ Sporting Distinctions 2010–11 Once light blue had been chosen as the colour of Cambridge’s Boat Club, other university sport clubs followed suit; by the 1860s, the presidents of the rowing, cricket and athletics clubs began overseeing the awards of blues (B) and later half blues (HB) to members of smaller clubs involved in Varsity matches. Today, blues and half blues awards recognise sporting distinction at University level, and in 2010–11 fourteen students (up from ten three years ago, and eleven in 2008–9) achieved this distinction. Those selected for University teams but who do not participate in Varsity events are awarded University colours (UC). Sport Student’s Name Athletics Wagner, Thomas (B) Badminton Alleck, Amit (HB) Boxing Sukumar, Nimalesh (B) Cycling (mountain) Nichols, Andrew (HB) Canoeing Bird, Hugh (HB) Chess Graw, Christopher (HB) Fencing Kerrison, Lara (B) Karate Sukumar, Nimalesh (HB) Pistol and Revolver Murugesu, Sughashini (UC) Rowing (Women) Scott, Natasha (UC) Staack, Nora (UC) Rugby (Women) Marshall, Erica (B) Tayenjam, Jessica (B) Rugby League Snoddy, Jack (HB) Swimming Goh, Alessandria (UC)

Subject and Year of Study Engineering Part IIa Economics Part I Mathematics Part II Natural Sciences Part II Engineering Part IIa Mathematics MAST Architecture Part II Mathematics Part II Clinical Medicine Engineering Part IIb Engineering (PhD) Chemical Engineering Part IIb MML Part II English Part I Chemical Engineering Part IIa


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Officers of the Students’ Union 2011 Chairman Massimo Beber, MPhil

The Executive Committee SSCSU/JCR President Liam Agate

Freshers’ Representative Katie Hunter

Junior Treasurer James Rickenbach

Bar Secretary Simon Gibbons

MCR President James Ross

LBGT Officer Andrew Pirrie

MCR Treasurer Steve Casey

College Council Representatives Rebecca di Mambro Emel Kayihan

Female Social Welfare Officer Issy Marks Male Social Welfare Officer Kenton Whitehall Academic Welfare Officer James Wilson Student Admissions Officer Matt Gebbett Publicity Officer Charlotte Wabe Sponsorship & Facilities Officer Shaun Cook


MCR Committee

Computer Officer Michael Killough

Social Officers Rob Weatherup Will Menz Lou Cantwell

Access Bus Representatives Charlotte Wabe Issy Marks

Senior Treasurer Nick Allen, MA

JCR Vice President/External Officer Fi Vickerstaff

Co-opted Posts

Yearbook Representatives Roger Clarke Tom Loughran

Bar Committee Bar Staff Manager James Seel Bar Finance Manager James Rickenbach Assistant Bar Finance Manager Chris Page

JCR Women’s Officer Fran Docherty

Bar Committee Assistant Tom Smith

JCR International Officers Jan Wollmann Julia Reinert

Other Elected Posts

Green Officer George Roberts Disabled Students’ Officer Chris Page Entertainments Committee Katie Estdale Ellen Brookes Tom Bardsley Magdalen Hoyt

External Officer Kim Wagenaar Women’s and Welfare Officer Megan Sim Green Officer Anija Dokter Film Officers Graeme Ward Daisy Scholten Webmaster Geraldo Vidigal Neto

Gym Officer Nick Kernick SidNews Editors Harry Michell Danny McEvoy Jack Snoddy El Sid Editors Chris Page Adam Wills


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Appointments, Awards and Destinations BARKER, Dr Roger Alistair (Fellow, 1999–2001) promoted to a Professorship in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences. BIAGINI, Dr Eugenio (Fellow, 2008) promoted to a Professorship in the Faculty of History. BLUNDELL, Professor Sir Tom (Fellow, 1995) elected as the new President of the Science Council. CHAPMAN, Dr Scott (Fellow, 2008–9) promoted to a Professorship in the Institute of Astronomy. DA SILVA, Ms Jo (Fellow, 2001–6) awarded an OBE for services to engineering and humanitarian relief in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, June 2011. DAWSON, Professor Dame Sandra (Master 1999, Fellow 2009) appointed to the Council for Science and Technology. DOWLING, Professor Dame Ann (Fellow, 1979) has been awarded the 2011 UKRC award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in the category Inspiration and Leadership in Academia and Research. She has also been appointed as the Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics Panel Chair for the Research Excellence Framework, and listed at number 37 in The Times ‘Eureka’ list of the UK’s most influential scientists. FRISCIC, Dr Tomislav (Fellow, 2008–11) won the Harrison-Meldola Memorial Award for ‘developing solid-state methodologies which explore and combine new types of molecular self-assembly’ and was appointed to an Assistant Professorship at McGill University, Montreal. GILBY, Dr Emma (Fellow, 2006) promoted to a Senior Lectureship in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. HUGHES, Professor Alan (Fellow, 1973) reappointed to the Council for Science and Technology. KILNER, Dr Rebecca (Fellow, 2005) awarded the Zoological Society of London Scientific Medal for 2010. KIM, Dr Tae-Kyun (Fellow, 2007–10) appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London. LONGLEY, Dr John (Fellow, 1993) was awarded the ASME Gas Turbine Award (for the best 2009 publication in the world). This follows the award to Dr Longley and his fellow authors, E. M. Curtis, J. D. Denton and B. Rosic for the same paper, which won the best turbines paper prize the previous year (see 2010 Annual, p. 123). The award was presented to the authors in Vancouver in June 2011.


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 MCKITTERICK, Professor Rosamond (Fellow, 2007) appointed Chairman of the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters at the British School at Rome from January 2012. NISBET, Professor Barry (Fellow, 1982) has been awarded the Hamann Research Prize, administered by the University of Münster, Westphalia, and the Einhard Prize for Biography of the Einhard-Stiftung of Seligenstadt/Frankfurt, for his biography of Lessing. PAGE, Dr Christopher (Fellow, 1985) promoted to a Professorship in the Faculty of English. PENTY, Professor Richard (Fellow, 2002) elected to a Fellowship of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (the Electrical and Electronic engineering professional body). PRESTON, Dr Claire (Fellow, 1990) appointed Professor of Early-Modern Literature at the University of Birmingham. RAMAGE, Michael (Fellow, 2008) awarded (with colleagues Peter Rich (South Africa) and John Ochsendorf (MIT)) the Silver Medal in the 2011 International Prize for Sustainable Architecture for the Mapungubwe Interpretive Centre in South Africa (see p. 89). RIO, Dr Alice (Osborn Fellow, 2007–9) won the Gladstone Prize of the Royal Historical Society for her book Legal Practice and the Written Word in the Early Middle Ages (CUP, 2009). WILSON-LEE, Dr Edward (Fellow, 2010) elected to a College Lectureship and Fellowship in Post-Medieval English Literature. WALKER, Professor Sir John (Fellow, 1997) awarded the Ahmed H. Zewail Gold Medal from Wayne State University, Detroit, USA. He also delivered the Royal Society’s 2010 Ernest Rutherford UK-Canada Lecture in Ottowa in October 2010. On 10 May 2011 Sir John was awarded the gold seal of the University of Bari Aldo Moro and the keys to the city of Bari, in recognition of his work in science, and of his role in promoting Bari’s image in the world.

College Library: Books Received We are grateful for the following new books donated by the authors: Neil Andrews Contract Law Prof. Tim Blanning The Romantic Revolution Dr Helen Castor She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth


the register Prof. Alan Dashwood Wyatt and Dashwood’s European Union law Prof. Alan Dashwood (editor) Law and Practice of EU External Relations Dr Elaine Fahey (2002, LLM) EU Law in Ireland Prof. Michael Lamb (editor) Social and Personality Development; Cognitive Development; The role of the Father in Child Development; The Handbook of Life-span Development Prof. James Mayall Towards the New Horizon: World Order in the 21st Century Prof. James Mayall (editor) The Contemporary Commonwealth: An Assessment 1996–2009 Prof. Rosamond McKitterick (editor) Ireland in Early Mediaeval Europe: Studies in Memory of Kathleen Hughes; Rome Across Time and Space: Cultural Transmission and the Exchange of Ideas, c. 500–1400 Prof. Timothy Snyder Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill Herculaneum: Past and Future And also for the following new books given by Fellows, students, alumni and other friends: Prof. Eugenio Biagini Demography, State and Society: Irish Migration to Britain, 1921–1971 (Enda Delaney) Prof. Tim Blanning Medicine and society in early modern Europe (Mary Lindermann) Dr Paul Flynn (contributor) Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology Dr Heinz Fuchs Deutsche Grammatik (Hermann Funk, Michael Koenig and Lutz Rohrmann); Swedish History in Outline (Jörgen Weibull); 4. November ’89: der Protest, die Menschen, die Reden (edited by Annegret Hahn et al.) Prof. Rosamond McKitterick Encounter with the Plumed Serpent: Drama and Power in the Heart of Mesoamerica (Maarten Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez); The Languages of Gift in the Early Middle Ages (edited by Wendy Davies and Paul Fouracre); The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity (edited by Lloyd Gerson) John Osborn Kunst und Kultur der Karolingerzeit: Karl der Große und Papst Leo III. in Paderborn (edited by Christoph Stiegemann and Matthias Wemhoff) Dr Claire Preston (contributor) Teaching Early Modern English Prose (edited by Susannah Brietz Monta and Margaret W. Ferguson) We have also had donations from friends and recent members that have added popular undergraduate textbooks to our collection.


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Births, Marriages and Other Occasional Offices ■■ Births To: Brian (Fellow, 2007) and Daniela Billups a daughter, Mia Alexandra, born on 24 November 2010. Steve (Hall Manager) and Karen Borbas a son, Luke Robert, born on 9 November 2010. Marko (Fellow, 2007) and Jelena Cvitas a daughter, Petra, born on 15 January 2011. Emma Gilby (Fellow, 2006) and Tim Lewens a son, Samuel, born on 21 March 2011. Andrew (Fellow, 1999) and Hannah Flewitt a daughter, Miri, born on 8 May 2011. Rebecca Kilner (Fellow, 2005) and Martin Fowlie a son, Elijah, born on 4 December 2010. Lynne (née Thompson, 1991) and Josef Kolar a daughter, Sarah, born on 1 October 2010. Adam (1994) and Fiona (née Thurston, 1994) Kolbert a son, Maximilian Theodore, born on 22 March 2011. Julius Ross (Fellow, 2007) and Suzanne Pritikin a son, Jasper, born on 2 December 2010.

the register Andrew Watson (Engineering, 1982) and Cathy Prescott were married in the Chapel on 9 July 2011 by the Pastoral Dean. Richard Humphreys (Fellow Commoner, 2009) and Joanna Banham were married in the Chapel on 16 July 2011 by Fr Alan Walker. Helen Strachan (LLM, 2003) and Damian Debski were married in the Chapel on 17 July 2011 by the Pastoral Dean. Rachel Holland (Medicine, 2003) and James Howe received a Roman Catholic blessing in the Chapel on 23 July 2011 after a civil marriage ceremony. Carrie Larner (PhD, Pharmacology, 2006) and David Jones were married in the Chapel on 30 July 2011 by the Revd Quentin Chandler. Paul Cook (Masters, Education, 2009) and Jane Croghan were married in the Chapel on 20 August 2011 by the Pastoral Dean. David Marchant (Engineering, 1980) and Renée McClellan were married in the Chapel on 27 August 2011 by the Pastoral Dean. Jennifer Gibson (current PhD student, International Studies, 2001) and Guy Hill were married in the Chapel on 3 September 2011 by the Pastoral Dean.

■■ Funerals Phillip Clemmow (Fellow, 1952) was buried after a funeral service at Great Eversden Parish Church on 20 October 2010. The Revd Michael Matthews officiated.

■■ Baptisms Logan Marshall [McPherson], son to Robin McPherson (Gardener) and Ashley Hardingham (Bedder), was baptised in the College Chapel on 13 November 2010 by the Pastoral Dean.

■■ Marriages Matthew Atkinson (Land Economy, 1999) and Anna Milford were married in the Chapel on 2 July 2011 by the Pastoral Dean. Quintin Pastrana (MPhil, International Relations, 2009) and Beatriz Tomas were married in the Chapel on 3 July 2011 by the Pastoral Dean.



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Obituaries ASHFORD, John Robert, 1949, Professor, MA, DipStat, PhD, FBCS, FRSS; born 19 March 1929; ed. Tiverton Grammar School and Blundell’s School; read Mathematics and took the Diploma in Mathematical Statistics. We are grateful to John’s son Robert for this obituary. Born in Otterton, Devon, the son of a headmaster, John Ashford won open scholarships to both Balliol College, Oxford and Sidney Sussex. He chose Sidney. He did his national service in the RAF, mainly at Chivenor in Devon, where he specialised in radio communication and electronics. His work as a member of the ground crew was not normally hazardous, but he was lucky to survive when the single-engined drogue-towing plane in which he was working suffered complete engine failure and crashed. A much happier result of his time in North Devon was his chance meeting with his future wife Josephine Houston. They were an inseparable couple for over 60 years. After leaving the Air Force, he helped a former RAF colleague in preparing the business plans to set up a TV rental business that went on to become a nationwide success. After Cambridge, John moved to London to work for the National Coal Board and enrolled for a doctorate at the LSE. Seconded to the Atomic Energy Authority, he pioneered Monte Carlo methods for estimating complex numerical integrals. Later he became deputy chief scientist of the Coal Board’s Pneumoconiosis Field Research Group, where his study of the effects of diseases such as pneumoconiosis on coal miners was his start in the field of medical statistics. In 1963 John took the post of lecturer in statistics at the new University of Exeter, where he built up the Department of Mathematical Statistics, becoming its chair in 1968. Although he was active in university life, becoming Dean of the Faculty of Science, his main interest was improving the effectiveness of the NHS through collaborative research into health services management with many regional and area health authorities in the UK and Europe. John led a number of community health research projects, one of which developed into the first integrated computer system linking general practice, hospitals and local authorities. He founded the Institute of Biometry and Community Medicine at Exeter to study patterns of community health. His


the register interest and work in these areas led him to become a Fellow of both the Royal Statistical Society and the British Computer Society. After leaving academia in 1984, John formed Exeter Health Information Systems (later Multilex), which became a leader in the UK market for drug databases for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Its systems were used to process most of the prescriptions written under the UK’s National Health Service. He was chief executive of the company, whose success led to its being acquired by the Hearst Corporation in 1996. John died suddenly on 18 November 2010. He spent his last months caring for Jo, who died on 31 August that year. He is survived by his three children and eleven grandchildren. BAINBRIDGE, Raymond Henry, 1946, BA, FCA, ATII; born 24 January 1923; ed. Colfe’s Grammar School, Lewisham; read Economics. We are grateful to Raymond’s wife Lillian for the information on which this obituary is based. Raymond’s school was evacuated to Tunbridge Wells during the war, where in the summer holidays the pupils attended summer camps and assisted with the apple harvest. He recalled watching dog fights over Kent during the Battle of Britain and on leaving school he joined the RAF, where he trained in Canada as a navigator and received his commission. He mostly flew in Lancasters, including one trip to Prague after the war to return a consignment of gold to the Czechoslovakian government. After graduation he worked briefly for the P&O Shipping Company before enrolling as an articled clerk with Kemp Chatteris in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In 1957 he gained a further qualification in taxation. In 1965 he became Assistant Chief Accountant at the Midland Bank (now HSBC), where he remained until his retirement in 1984, although he returned to work in 1985 for a further ten years with the tax department of the CBI. In July 1965 Raymond married Alice Lillian Mills in St Andrews, Fife. Their son, born in 1967, was tragically killed in a car accident in April 1990, while still a student. Raymond enjoyed living in the countryside and was a supporter of charities, particularly those concerned with the prevention of cruelty to animals. His other abiding interest was old cars, mostly Bentleys: he kept a Mark VI and a 1937 4¼-litre saloon. Raymond Bainbridge died peacefully at home on 27 July 2010.


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 BALLARD, Alexander Daniel, 1991, MA; born 26 November 1972; ed. Gorseinion Tertiary College, Swansea; read Natural Sciences. We are grateful to Alex’s Sidney contemporaries Andrew Meanley and Chris Evans for this obituary. If the purpose of an obituary is to capture the spirit of the deceased, then we are indeed resigned to failure, because we are writing about someone in whose spirit there was no horizon. Alex’s appetite for conquest was simply insatiable and his achievements in turn were remarkable. Boisterous, amusing and overflowing with energy, Alex was a superb storyteller. ‘It’s all about the story,’ he would often say, so the more difficult the task and ingenious the solution the better as this would provide the raw material for a great story to tell later in the pub. Once he revealed, to our amazement, that his singing career had stumbled in its infancy when he had had the misfortune of being the first pupil in the 100-year history of his Welsh school to be thrown out of the choir. What really mattered to Alex, though, was not the success of an endeavour but the heart and soul that was put into it. At school, Alex played chess for Wales; at Cambridge, his time was punctuated by notable athletic successes with the College rowing team and University American Football squad (later playing for the Great Britain Students’ American Football team). After graduating, he moved into the IT industry, but athletic challenges continued to beckon and he subsequently joined the Territorial Army to complete the tough paratrooper training and gain the coveted red beret. He also ran the London Marathon, a feat for which he required minimal training. Alex’s fundamental integrity and ability to rationalise his own life inexorably led him to the decision to leave his career in IT. He yearned for more adventure, and took the brave step of re-focusing his energies down an alternative life path. Travelling around South America for two years, he worked in a conservation project for endangered leopards and found time to gain his Ocean Skippers licence. Back in the UK, he worked as an outward bound instructor, which allowed him to introduce his world to others, whether by taking schoolchildren on expeditions to Asia and Africa or simply by encouraging his friends to develop their own potential. Alex chose life. If there is a fitting epitaph, it would read: ‘Don’t let your fears stand in the way of your dreams’, as he never did. Maybe because of this desire for life, one sensed inevitability the path his life would take. We still


the register grieve for the tragic and sudden loss of his life and miss him immensely, but those who know him agree that he would not have gone any other way: 37 years old, climbing the legendary Dent du Géant in Chamonix in the glorious sunshine. No fear; living the dream; and one hell of a story. Alex Ballard died on 23 January 2011. BEEBY, Mervyn Henry, 1944, MA, PhD; born 24 January 1926; ed. Leicester City Boys’ School; read Natural Sciences. We are grateful to Dr Steve Bland for this obituary. Mervyn Beeby was born in Leicester on 24 January 1926. He grew up as a middle child with an older sister Joyce and younger sister Gwen. He was an outstanding student both at school and at university, where he was awarded the Preliminary Examination Prize in 1945, and the Tripos Prize for Parts I and II in 1946 and 1947 respectively. Following the award of a First Class Honours degree in 1947 he continued his postgraduate studies at Sidney Sussex and completed his PhD in 1950. He chose to focus on chemistry during his time at Cambridge although it has to be said that his first love was mathematics. Apparently he was persuaded that chemistry would be a better option for a future career in industry. He pursued this career at ICI in Macclesfield, where he worked as a research chemist and was responsible for the development of many new drugs, including key drugs to combat tuberculosis. He never lost the urge to continue learning and following his retirement he returned to his first love of mathematics, collecting an Open University degree in the subject and continuing to study right up to the point where his developing illness made this impossible. He always understood the importance of a good education and encouraged his nephews and nieces to continue their studies, even generously funding their educational trips. He was extremely well read and knowledgeable in many areas and loved to discuss topics such as investing and business matters. He was a good speedreader, a skill he found helpful in supplementing his college finances by offering a proofreading service. He enjoyed playing chess and sports in general. He was an avid investor, referring to this as his favourite hobby, and over the years established an impressive investment portfolio. In later years he also took a great interest in tracing his family genealogy. He was a quiet, modest and unassuming man who never married. He was close to his sisters but sadly both would pass away at relatively young ages. His younger sister Gwen died of cancer in 1983, leaving a husband and


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 five children. Shortly thereafter his older sister Joyce was also diagnosed with cancer, whereupon he promptly moved from Macclesfield to Leicester to be closer to her and help care for her in her final months. Joyce finally succumbed to the disease in 1989. He always lived a simple frugal life and preferred to invest his money and watch his investments grow. He was, however, generous in his support of certain charities, especially those associated with cancer research and with educational advancement, including his alma mater Sidney Sussex College. Mervyn Beeby was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia in 2009 and eventually died on 23 January 2011, just one day short of his 85th birthday. BLACKWELL, Donald Eustace, 1940, MA, PhD; born 27 May 1921; ed. Merchant Taylors’ School; read Natural Sciences. We are grateful to Donald’s son Chris for this tribute to his father. Donald was born in North London, the second son of John, a civil servant and Ethel, a concert pianist. At Cambridge he obtained a double first. After working at Farnborough during the war he returned to Cambridge for his PhD and further research. In 1951, he married Nora Carlton, a medical student from Yorkshire; they first met when at a dance in Cambridge. Donald saw Nora across the crowded dance floor and was immediately smitten. They were happily married for 59 years and brought up four children. Donald’s career in astrophysics was also his life’s passion. Despite being a cautious man, he wasn’t afraid of doing dangerous things to further his scientific investigations. On 30 June 1954, he made observations of a solar eclipse from the open door of a Lincoln aircraft at an altitude of 30,000 ft, noting: ‘It was found most convenient to fold the aircraft door back and to mount the camera in the open doorway …’. The vibrations from the engine must have made this a perilous task. In 1957, Donald and David Dewhirst, a colleague from Cambridge, collaborated with Charles Dollfus, a famous French astronomer and balloonist, on a series of balloon trips to photograph the surface of the sun. There was only room for two men plus the telescope in the basket beneath the balloon, so they tossed a coin for it and Donald won. On the final launch on 1 April 1957, they reached 18,000ft and took 390 photographs with a 29 cm refracting telescope.


the register Donald was very well travelled, visiting telescopes around the world – mostly in warm climates such as the Canary Islands, Arizona and the Negev Desert, where the sky was sunny and clear for observing; sadly, a lone cloud that passed in front of the sun at the crucial moment of an eclipse thwarted the observers on an expedition to Manuae Island, a remote atoll in the Cook Islands, in 1965. In 1960, he was appointed as Savilian Professor of Astronomy at New College, Oxford. A favourite piece of research entailed working late into the night on ‘The Furnace’, in the basement of the Astrophysics building in the Science area. As he told his son Chris, this used so much electricity that they had to invent a new piece of equipment for the Central Electricity Generating Board to offset the costs. An enthusiastic supporter of the Royal Astronomical Society, Donald served as its President in 1974 and 1975, and many of his papers were published in its journal. Donald Blackwell died on 3 December 2010. A dedicated and highly respected scientist, he was a gentle man of simple tastes – he loved nothing better than to sit listening to classical music, with his cat on his lap. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. CLEMMOW, Phillip Charles, MA, PhD; Fellow 1952– 2010, born 16 April 1922; ed. Marlborough College. This appreciation is based on the addresses given by Dr John Dougherty and Professor Derek Beales at the service of thanksgiving for the life of Phillip Clemmow at Great Eversden Church. Phillip was taught mathematics by a well-known and distinguished teacher and author of textbooks, Alan Robson, a member of Sidney, although Phillip himself came up to Trinity Hall with a Scholarship in 1940. He was resident for two years – when he was also awarded a Half Blue for Rugby Fives – before he had to interrupt his career to do war service. He was recruited by the RAF and worked in the field of radar, training aircrew in using the equipment. After the war, Phillip resumed his studies and was brilliantly successful, winning the Mayhew Prize (jointly with Peter Sweet, Sidney Sussex 1940, later Professor of Astronomy at Glasgow). He decided to stay on as a research student in the Radio Section of the Cavendish Laboratory, which was led for most of its existence by Jack Ratcliffe, another Sidney man. Its core business was to investigate the layers of electrically


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 conducting gas in the upper atmosphere, which can be done by sending up radio waves and applying a clever analysis of the signals reflected back. The members were mostly experimentalists but they included Ratcliffe’s student, Henry Booker, who held a lectureship shared between the Physics Department and the Mathematics Faculty. Phillip joined the Radio Section after his Part III year. He worked under Henry Booker on diffraction theory, which explains the way radio waves interact with conducting objects and is used in the design of antennae and dishes. He duly obtained his PhD and some of his thesis work appeared in his first book. When Booker left to take up a post at Cornell University, New York, Phillip was appointed in 1952 to the lectureship that he had vacated and elected to a College Fellowship. John Dougherty first met Phillip in 1953 when he entered Sidney Sussex to read Mathematics under his direction. With Phillip’s help and encouragement, John prospered. On graduation, he followed Phillip into the Radio Section of the Cavendish as a graduate student, with Phillip as his supervisor. Phillip excelled as a teacher both at the undergraduate and graduate student level and John considered himself fortunate to receive his advice and wisdom at both those stages of his career. Phillip and John later became colleagues in the Mathematics Faculty when John was hired as a lecturer. By then they had both become interested in plasma physics, which is the study of electrically conducting gases, and they collaborated to write a text on the subject. Phillip also had a particular interest in how electromagnetism should be taught to mathematical undergraduates. He eventually produced a textbook that set out his ideas on that question. Phillip was a Fellow of Sidney for 58 years and saw great changes in College life. At the time of his election the Fellowship was barely a quarter of its present size. The lunching Fellows could usually be fitted into the Old Parlour, and after the meal Phillip and others might settle down to The Times crossword, perhaps assisted by the then Master, Tom Knox-Shaw, himself a mathematician. For five years after Phillip joined the College it elected no new full Fellow. He was the College’s Praelector for a time, presenting students for their degrees, and from 1975 to 1977 he was Vice Master, when he had to cope with the sudden death of the Master, Professor Jack Linnett, to preside over the College during the vacancy and to manage the subsequent election of a new Master according to the tight timetable prescribed by the College’s statutes. His moderation and wisdom helped to smooth the transition to co-residence in these years. He was always easy to talk to, never seeking to dominate a conversation, not expecting


the register others to be mathematically competent, but revealing broad general interests. When an opportunity arose for him to take early retirement in 1983, he did so. In 1948 he had married Joan Watkins, whose qualities proved an ideal match to his. They went to live in Great Eversden. They originally intended to move away in a year or two, but the house, and particularly the garden, and the charm of the village and the villagers, held them in thrall. The garden used to supply greengages to the London markets. Phillip, with Joan’s collaboration, turned the plot into a splendid and productive garden of a more general character. Those who enjoyed their generous hospitality were plied with delicious food, cooked by Joan, and sent on their way with fresh produce. Phillip and Joan enjoyed a game of bridge, at which Phillip was both skilful and tolerant of those less adept. He continued, well into his seventies, to play tennis and squash with skill and success. He now attacked The Times crossword at home every day, and those puzzles that he did not complete on the day they appeared he would keep in a pile until there was time to finish them. His great hobby was watercolour painting, at which he excelled. He shared this talent with his friends by sending them individually painted Christmas cards. He was a devoted family man and, before he became gravely ill, he and Joan were able to celebrate their diamond wedding with a delightful party. His wife and two of his three children survive him. Phillip Clemmow died on 10 October 2010. He was a man of great and varied talents who was unassuming, calm and generous as a colleague, mentor and friend. DRUCKER, Royston Frederick, 1971, MA, MB, MChir, MRCS, LRCP; born 5 May 1953; ed. Minchenden School, Southgate, London; read Medical Sciences. We are grateful to Roy’s son Luke Drucker for this obituary. Roy Drucker came to Cambridge with an exhibition in biochemistry. At school he was a talented swimmer and represented the Junior Great Britain team by the age of 15. He was awarded a Blue for swimming in his first year at Cambridge, as well as finding time to row for the College. He was also awarded a Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, which substantially funded a scientific expedition that he organised to Papua New Guinea. He was later selected as the youngest member of the British Schools Exploring Society’s scientific expedition to Iceland. After training at Middlesex Hospital, Roy started his clinical medical career in New Zealand in 1978 at the North Canterbury Hospital and then became a


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 locum general practitioner and port medical officer at Lyttleton Harbour before returning to the UK, first as an SHO in the geriatric medicine unit and subsequently as a registrar in clinical biochemistry at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. A career change led him to the pharmaceutical industry, where he joined Sterling-Winthrop’s Research and Development Division before moving to Alnwick, as Senior Departmental Manager. He then joined The Upjohn Company in Crawley, where he was rapidly promoted to a succession of senior positions, simultaneously becoming an Honorary Research Fellow in Clinical Pharmacology at Guy’s Hospital, London. In 1996, Roy left Upjohn to become Director and General Manager of Technomark Consulting in the UK and also joined a Newcastle University spin-out, eTherapeutics Ltd, as Director and Chief Medical Officer. After 11 years there, he established Infinitus Clinical Research with a vision and passion to create an organisation that offered clinical trials in India and China, but also bridged M&A medical due diligence with offices in Canada, England, China and India. Roy’s colleague Graham Hughes described him as the best drug developer he had ever met, with a uniquely clear view of the process and the energy and intelligence to follow his vision. Though a world traveller and accomplished in the pharmaceutical industry, Roy Drucker was a simple man with old-fashioned values, firmly believing that success is earned through hard work. He never took credit for his successes and his son, Luke, remembered times when he would work through the night so that he could truthfully say he gave a task his best effort. He never considered himself more adept than others, just willing to put in the required work to get the job done. Outside of business Roy Drucker was a devoted family man, a voracious reader and an absorber of a wide range of culture, especially music. He was also a supremely generous man; in his career he helped countless colleagues both with finance and, even more importantly, his time. His unsparing work ethic may have hastened his untimely death from cancer in October 2010. He will be sadly missed by friends and family alike. EVANS, Tony Rees, 1955, MSc, B Ag Sci; born 20 April 1933; ed. Vaynor & Penderyn Grammar School, the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the University of Queensland Australia. We are grateful to Margaret Evans for this obituary.


the register Tony Rees was born in a whitewashed Welsh farmhouse on the Brecon Beacons in 1933. His parents ran 5000 sheep and a Welsh mountain pony stud and as a youth he learned animal and farm management and how to shear sheep. He joined the Colonial Service in 1955 and was sent to Cambridge for a year’s postgraduate study. This was followed by a year at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture Trinidad, where he received a diploma in tropical agriculture. The next four years were spent in Kenya doing general research but in particular pasture research and animal nutrition. At that time Kenya was unstable and concerns for his family and the future education of his three young children led him to accept an appointment in 1961 with the CSIRO Division of Tropical Pastures in Brisbane. He received an MSc from the University of Queensland for his study into pasture roots. Tony established himself as an expert in the field of animal production and pasture management, an expertise that was readily recognised in tropical agriculture. He was appointed to direct several Australian Government overseas development projects, mainly in Southeast Asia but also in the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and, latterly, in the Pacific region. He provided consultancy services for the Ford Foundation, Gunn’s Rural Management, Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations Development Programme, Australian Development and Assistance Board and Australian Centre for International Research, not only in research and development but also in education and training, development planning and evaluation. All in all, he was involved in research and development assistance to about 12 different countries. He retired in 1996. He was a keen rugby player and played for Sidney. He continued to follow the fortunes of the British rugby teams but over the years changed his allegiance to the Wallabies except when the Welsh team was playing. Tony Evans died of cancer on 4 August 2010 in the home he and his wife built on 50 acres north of Brisbane. The area reminded him of his heritage and carried a small flock of sheep and a few angora goats. He is survived by his widow Meg, two sons and a daughter, ten grandchildren and one great-grandson. FERNANDEZ, Henry Dietrich, 1998, MArch (Harvard), PhD; born 13 January 1958; ed. University of California Berkeley, Harvard University.


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 This obituary is mainly drawn from the RISD Archive blog, by Elizabeth Leuthner, of 15 September 2009. At the time of his death, Henry Dietrich Fernandez was Senior Lecturer in the Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) departments of Architecture and Interior Architecture. In 1999, while a Cambridge PhD student, he was awarded the Hawksmoor Essay Medal by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. At different times he taught courses at Tufts University, the University of Cambridge, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the Warburg Institute in London. He had first joined the RISD Architecture department in 1992 and Interior Architecture in 1998, teaching a variety of architectural history courses over the years. An inveterate traveller, Henry led several winter session travel courses and served as coordinator of RISD’s 2008 summer studio in Denmark. He was the recipient of numerous grants and awards, among them a Samuel Kress Research and Teaching Fellowship, RISD Professional Development Fund grant and a Getty Foundation Grant. In 2003 he received a Scott Opler Foundation grant for his ‘Reconstructing Renaissance Rome’ project, in which he and a team of RISD alumni used 3D computer modelling and animation to recreate pre-Renaissance structures adjacent to the Vatican that had been levelled during a 1930s Fascist urban renewal project. An ebullient expert on Vatican politics and its influence on design history, Henry also researched and taught subjects ranging from Derrida to Aalto. He had recently signed a contract with Yale University Press to publish a book on Bramante and Raphael in Renaissance Rome. Henry Fernandez died on 2 September 2009, from complications after heart surgery. He is survived by his wife, Dr Caroline P. Murphy, and will be greatly missed by many devoted students, alumni and colleagues. FINLEY, James Mainland Keith, 1948, BA; born 25 February 1927; ed. Carlisle Grammar School; read English and Theology. We are grateful to Mrs Margaret Finley and to The Old Albanian Club for the information on which this obituary is based. Keith Finley was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and after school in Carlisle served in the Royal Navy as a National Service signalman aboard minesweepers. In Cambridge his major impact on university life was on the athletics track. He won the University 100-yard – in 1950 clocking 9.9 seconds – and 200-yard sprints every year and was elected President of the Athletics Club in 1951. He


the register was part of the combined Oxford and Cambridge team of 1949, including Bannister, Brasher and Chataway, which beat Harvard and Yale, and he also represented Great Britain in the International Student Games in Luxembourg. After graduation Keith taught English, first at Berkhamsted School and then at Retford Grammar School, before being appointed to St Albans School to teach Divinity and English in the mid-1950s, where he stayed until his retirement 30 years later. At St Albans he took charge of athletics and also produced a number of plays over the years, some of which were performed in the open air in a theatre in the school grounds that he had helped to design, and which had been built by some of the boys with professional assistance. He is remembered at the school as an inspiring teacher who made a lasting impact on all those he taught. Out of school he kept up an interest in music, playing the oboe in the St Albans City Orchestra. He was also a Reader in the Church of England, preaching and attending St Stephen’s Church regularly. After retirement he served as a Lib Dem local councillor in Park Street for many years and volunteered in the Oxfam bookshop. Keith Finley died on 29 November 2010. FRANCIS, Keith Willison, 1968, MA; born 19 October 1945; ed. Brighton Hove and Sussex Grammar School; read History. This obituary is based on tributes delivered at Keith’s funeral in St George’s Church, Benenden, on 8 July 2011. Keith grew up in the beautiful Lakeland town of Kendal. His earliest ambition was to be an egg-farmer and he partly realised this dream when he retired from the Civil Service early, in 1989, and began developing his smallholding at his home in Kent. At school, following the family’s move to Hove, he was keen on sport, cycling and music, becoming an accomplished cellist. Once at Cambridge he met Dariel, his wifeto-be, at a Freshers’ Week meeting of the English Society. A former colleague writes that he was stunned to find that he had known Keith for approaching 40 years, since they first met as trainee tax inspectors in Oxford. A key feature of Inland Revenue careers was the regular transfers from


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 one office to another; Keith always seemed to end up in locations that allowed him to live in gorgeous countryside. It was a tribute to the strength of the friendship – and the draw of Keith’s cooking, one of his abiding interests – that they never lost touch, and spent many happy hours together in Wallingford, then near Pershore, and finally at Broomhill. Keith was an accomplished poet. As the Chairman of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society explained: ‘Keith turned up one evening at a workshop and it was straight away apparent that here was a writer with a fresh, exciting voice ... He started to have poems published and, more significantly, to win prizes in poetry competitions ... Each year the Society engages an external poet to select a number of poems for publication. In May Keith was chosen by Kit Wright as winner of the first prize for 2011, another pointer to the quality of his writing.’ His elder son, Fred, reflected on what inspired him: ‘My dad dedicated a lot of his life at Broomhill to the growth and nurturing of fruits, vegetables, vines, chickens, guinea fowl, pigs, sheep, cows, geese and children .... And always this home life ... he created a harmonious, sustainable environment where curiosity, intelligence and learning could develop. The two fed off each other, with every home and garden curiosity – each new apple tree to have its characteristics studied, every unusual insect to be looked up – being a reason to learn something new, which could then resurface in a poem, an unusual correspondence (e.g. to the Mayor of the French town of Gravelines, or the National Fruit Collection), or just the answer to a quiz.’ Keith Francis died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack early on 18 June 2011, while returning home by train from a visit to the Miró exhibition at the Tate followed by the ballet event of the year, Carlos Acosta and Tamara Rojo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. He is survived by his wife Dariel and his sons, Fred and Ben. GODFREY, Charles Woide, 1949, MA; born 7 June 1929; ed. Marlborough College; read Economics and Law. We are grateful to Pat’s daughter Frances Lamb for the information on which this obituary is based. Charles (Pat) Godfrey was born in Warlingham, Surrey, son of Charles Woide Godfrey (1919), and elder brother of Christopher John Woide Godfrey (1951). At Sidney he won his oar in the College 4th boat and, after graduating, worked in the Trustee Department of Barclay’s Bank in Pall Mall, from where he was posted to Trinidad for a year.


the register Later he became a Member of Gray’s Inn and practised as a solicitor and barrister for many years in the chambers of Monier Williams and Keeling of Vintners Place, London. After moving to Jersey he took the Jersey Bar exams, becoming an Advocate of the Royal Court in 1972. He enjoyed riding, tennis and croquet. Pat Godfrey died in Jersey General hospital on 18 June 2010 and is survived by three children and five grandchildren. HERIVEL, John William Jamieson, 1937, MA; born 29 August 1918; ed. Methodist College, Belfast; read Mathematics. We are grateful to Peter Lipscomb (1959, member of the 1596 Foundation) for this personal tribute. John Herivel was one of the elite band of code breakers at Bletchley Park whose personal contribution added significantly to the work of breaking Enigma and other codes during the Second World War. Born in Belfast in August 1918, John won a Mathematics Scholarship to Sidney in 1936. He was fortunate that his supervisor was Gordon Welchman, then Mathematics Fellow at the College. Welchman, probably the best known code breaker of all, along with Alan Turing, went to Bletchley Park on 3 September 1939, the day war broke out, and shortly afterwards returned to Cambridge to recruit a number of his former colleagues and students, among them John Herivel. John arrived at Bletchley, aged 21, in January 1940 where he started work in Hut 6. At that time, the German military Enigma was being broken by the Zygalski method of sheets, but it was realised that this method might become inoperable, which indeed duly happened when the Germans changed their encoding method in May 1940. Efforts were already being made by other means to break German military codes. It was in the breaking of the ‘Red’ code that he made his vital contribution with what became known as the ‘Herivel Tip’, the whole process being called ‘Herivelismus’. Alone in his Bletchley digs in the cold winter of 1940, John had the crucial insight that there must be many German operators of his own age using Enigma machines under wartime stress, and that some would take shortcuts through the official procedures, to make their life easier. ‘I may have dozed off,’ he later wrote, ‘and perhaps I woke with a start and the faint trace of a vanishing dream in my head. Whatever it was, I was left with a distinct picture in my


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 mind’s eye of a German Enigma operator. This was the trigger that set off my discoveries.’ The next stage drew on John’s detailed working knowledge of the German military (non-naval) three-wheel Enigma machine. He was able to demonstrate that the most obvious shortcuts would result in the indicators used by lazy operators being close to the official ring setting for the day. This deduction dramatically reduced the number of decode variables needed to find the ring setting for the day from 17,576 to around 20. It followed that if the intercept sites could send through the indicators of all the first messages of the day, there was a good chance they would cluster around the ring settings for the day. The third and final stage was known as the ‘Herivel Square’. This was a large piece of graph paper on which the operators’ indicators were plotted and where a cluster of entries might point to the whereabouts of the ring setting, which could then be broken by hand. The resulting system was tried about 50 times in March and April 1940 without success. Then shortly after 10 May 1940, a powerful cluster showed up on the ‘Red’ Luftwaffe code. The key for the day was quickly broken and so began a long sequence of almost daily breaks that lasted for the rest of the war. The fascinating aspect of John Herivel’s achievement is that although the exploitation of his insight depended on a mathematical mind and a detailed knowledge of the Enigma machine, the concept itself did not rely on mathematics at all, but was a brilliant example of lateral thinking or what is now called ‘thinking outside the box’. John had a strong poetic and romantic streak in him (he wrote poetry and read historical romances) and it was surely this which inspired him that evening in 1940. As to the significance of the Herivel Tip, it is sometimes supposed that it was only needed during the vital period of the Battle of Britain, until the ‘bombes’ (the early form of computer invented by Turing with help from Welchman) started to come on stream in the autumn of 1940. But this is not so. Even after the bombes became operative, there was still the need to reduce the number of variables before the bombes were used, added to which there was always pressure on bombe time, with the urgent needs of Hut 8 (naval Enigma) often having to take precedence over the needs of Hut 6, a situation that continued for the duration of the war. In narrowing the variables, the constant breaking of the ‘Red’ in the summer of 1940 enabled Milner-Barry (deputy head of Hut 6) and his team to develop a series of ‘cribs’ to help in the breaking of the ‘Red’. So the vital importance of the Herivel Tip long outlasted the summer of 1940.


the register As Milner-Barry wrote at the end of the war (National Archives HW43/70): ‘I can well remember most vividly the roars of excitement, the standing on chairs, and the waving or order papers, which greeted the first breaking of the “Red” by hand in the middle of the Battle of France. It was never surpassed ... the greatest event of all.’ John was not present when this happened (24-hour shifts were being worked) but when he arrived later that day, Welchman was waiting for him. ‘Herivel’, he said, ‘this will not be forgotten!’ It was only later that John realised why the Tip had worked in May 1940 but not before, and why it continued to work thereafter. This was because on 10 May, the phoney war came to an end, the Germans invaded France, and as a result there was a huge increase in the amount of Enigma traffic and the urgency of communication, meaning that the chances of enough Enigma operators taking shortcuts and thus producing a ‘cluster’ were dramatically increased. I first came to know John late in his life when I was Chairman of the Sidney Sussex Society. We hit on the idea that rather than have all our reunions in Cambridge we would visit other venues associated with the College. The obvious place to start was Bletchley Park, where I discovered that 11 members of the College had worked, most of them recruited by Welchman, a remarkable record for what was then a very small college. Apart from Welchman and Herivel, the others were Asa Briggs, Paul Coales, Malcolm Chamberlain, Edward Dudley Smith, John Manisty, James Passant, David Rees, Howard Smith (later head of MI5) and Leslie Yoxall (famous for his work in Hut 8 on breaking the German naval officers’ code). A College event was duly held at Bletchley Park in May 2005, with over 80 members attending, where we were given a fascinating talk by Asa Briggs. Unfortunately, John could not be present that day, having fallen off his bicycle in Oxford. But it was this accident that led me to go and see him and persuade him to give a talk at the College later that year. John eventually agreed to write a book about his experiences. I put him in touch with the perfect publisher, Mark Baldwin, who had already published a number of books on Bletchley Park. Throughout 2006 and 2007, I acted as a go-between for John and Mark, whose intimate knowledge of all things Enigma was invaluable in checking John’s memories of 60 years previously. Eventually in August 2008, Herivelismus and the German Military Enigma was published. After that, I continued to see John regularly in Oxford and much enjoyed his company and his breadth of interests, particularly his knowledge of the history of science. Returning from lunch one day we fell to discussing the


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 difference between genius and talent. ‘A genius,’ said John, ‘is someone like Mozart, Newton or Einstein who did remarkable things all their life, but a man of talent may have a stroke of genius once in a lifetime.’ That man was John Herivel. He died on 18 January 2011. I shall miss him sorely. HOOKER, Eric John, 1944, MA PhD (London); born 29 October 1926; ed. Coopers’ Company School; read Natural Sciences. We are grateful to Eric’s son-in-law, Richard Weatherhead, for this obituary. Eric Hooker was born on 29 October 1926 in Bow, East London. At the age of 11 he won a place at Coopers’ Company charity school, which was evacuated to Frome during the war. He clearly had a powerful intellect and he also excelled at sport, particularly rugby. At Sidney, he continued to excel intellectually and added rowing to his sporting prowess, rowing in the University second eight. After graduation he did National Service in the RAF, where for part of the time he taught mathematics. He met Hilda, his future wife, at a Volunteer Camp harvesting potatoes. While courting Hilda, Eric worked on his PhD, an achievement that quite rightly brought him satisfaction throughout his life. Perhaps because Eric was an only child, he enormously valued being part of Hilda’s family and bringing up his own. Eric saw his first duty as ensuring that he provided housing, warmth, clothes and food for his family. He did this through a career in the cable industry, working for BICC and, until it was taken over and he was made redundant, for Permanoid (a cable manufacturer), where he became Managing Director. Eric was respected at work as someone with enormous integrity and drive – even if he was a difficult taskmaster. Outside of work, he could also be tough at times. He had a very strong belief that he should make the best of his talents, and no doubt made similar demands of those around him. But there were also many good times, as a glance though the family picture albums will testify, with family gatherings and adventures, as Frances (now Khemesuri), Kathleen, Peter and Louise were growing up. By the time I met Eric, his children had left home but returned frequently with their partners and in due course with his grandchildren George and Alice. By then he had become a respected physics teacher, with a reputation for taking on classes for whom expectations were low and consistently enabling his students to achieve results well ahead of these expectations. He enjoyed his work – perhaps in another life he would have chosen to be an academic rather than a


the register business manager. In his retirement he enjoyed walking and, once he and Hilda had moved to Chard, he was able also to spend more time visiting the seaside for which he had a great love. He also enjoyed his close and wider family. Above all, I know he appreciated the way his own children had followed their own particular paths, generally not conventional or straight ones, with the same depth of integrity that was a key part of his own character. Eric Hooker died at the end of 2010. HOYLE, John Battye, 1939, CEng IMechE IEE; born 22 September 1920; ed. Blundell’s School; read Engineering. We are grateful to Elizabeth Savell (1977, Geography) from whose tribute to her father this obituary is drawn. John Hoyle was born in Gravesend. After an engineering apprenticeship at Vickers in Manchester, he came up to Sidney just before war intervened. He joined the Royal Engineers serving in France, building bridges, and in India, catching dysentery. He ended up in Singapore rebuilding the infrastructure, and eventually commanded the Royal Engineers there. On his return home he completed a shortened engineering degree at Cambridge and then joined the National Institute for Research in Dairying, part of the University of Reading, in 1947. He remained at the Institute until it closed, and he retired, in 1985. Through the university, he met my mother and crewed for her in her Firefly, not admitting the depth of his sailing knowledge. This was his introduction to the Henley Sailing Club, which was to become a focal point in his life. His creative skills, both mental and physical, were put to good use circumventing post-war restrictions on materials and creating, in stages, a family home – Horseshoes. With colleagues in the microbiology and husbandry departments at the Institute, he was involved in the process that eventually saw the transition from milk in churns to the now universal bulk milk cooling and storage on farms, and collection by tankers. One of his department’s responsibilities was the testing of dairy machinery and equipment for manufacturers and bodies such as the Ministry of Agriculture and the Milk Marketing Board. In 1960, John completed a new National Twelve ‘Electra’ N1830 from an un-decked kit. He took every opportunity to encourage sailors, or potential


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 sailors, from the Institute, and elsewhere, to sail Twelves and join the Henley Sailing Club. He was himself a master of light-wind sailing, detecting subtle changes in light airs on the Thames, and tacking to advantage long before others had recognised the situation. His trophy record was as impressive as his service to the Henley Sailing Club, in which he was active as a committee member for many years, and as Commodore in 1968 and 1969. He was touched to be made an Honorary Life Member in 2003. John continued to sail up to the age of 80, and was instrumental in teaching sailing in Twelves to many Henley Sailing Club members. He loved his grandchildren Tom, Cate, George, Harry and Robert. He supported Tom in his pursuit of the arts, and took his dyed hair and piercings better than his mother! He was proud of Cate with her culinary skills and two degrees. He passed on his love of sailing to some of his grandchildren, as well as the engineering gene. Both George and Harry are currently studying engineering at Cambridge, with Harry the third generation to study engineering at Sidney Sussex College, following John (1939) and his son Michael (1973). John Hoyle died on 28 April 2011. HUGHES, Geoffrey Brian Clifford, 1943, MA; born 28 November 1924; ed. Whitgift Grammar School and Tonbridge School; read Economics. We are grateful to Geoffrey’s wife Angela for this obituary. Geoffrey was born in Kensington. He was first sent to Sidney at the start of the war by the Fleet Air Arm on a short Engineering course. He then trained as an Air Engineer Officer and served briefly before war ended. When he was demobbed he returned to the College, to read Economics.  At Cambridge, a love of cross-country running, dating from his school days, led to his captaining the Cambridge Hare and Hounds and his election to the Hawkes Club. He also learned ballroom dancing and was instrumental in re-starting the Porcupines, whose purpose in those days was to run the College Dinner Dance. After graduating, he joined his father’s practice, C. J. Hughes and Company, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1951. When he retired 40 years later Geoffrey was Senior Partner of Everett and Son. He continued to look after some of his clients at home until the very end of his life, and was always cycling


the register into the City for work, for appointments in central London, or to go to the theatre or Prom concerts. In 1945 Geoffrey was admitted to the livery of the Innholders’ Company in the City of London; his membership was to last some 65 years, during which time he became an active member of the Court. He was Master in 1970 and was proud of his contribution to the successful campaign for women to be admitted.  Geoffrey took great pride in his family and their achievements – his daughter, Jane, who works as a correspondent for the BBC; Gillian, who works for the National Health Service as a psychologist; Graham, who read Engineering at Sidney and subsequently became a jazz musician; and Nigel, who is a builder and designer in Spain. His three grandchildren were a constant source of pleasure for him.  His engineering skills were put to good use throughout his life in maintaining his vintage Sunbeam Speed 20, which was his working car for many years, and which took him on a number of tours both here and abroad. His greatest joy was driving his daughter, Jane, to her wedding three years ago.  Geoffrey Hughes’ love of music and membership of two choirs was a shared pleasure with Angela, his wife for 47 years. Together they enjoyed travel and marked the Millennium by trekking in Nepal. They skied every year, and Geoffrey continued to run. At the age of 74 he took part in a team event to run from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of charity. Most mornings he would have a run on Hampstead Heath, and he did this the day before he died unexpectedly on 14 January 2011. HUGHES, Thomas Bartley, 1945, MA; born 23 November 1921; ed. Rugby School and Liverpool University; read Engineering and Mechanical Sciences. The information in this obituary is drawn from those that appeared in the Daily Telegraph and The Times. Tom Hughes was born in Rugby, the younger son of an electrical research engineer. Aged 18 he joined the RAFVR and trained as a pilot. After a period as a flying instructor, in September 1942 Hughes converted to the Spitfire and, after a few operations with No 611 Squadron, he joined No 72 in Gibraltar. From January 1943 he was constantly in action, flying from desert airstrips in support of the British First Army as it advanced towards Tunisia.


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 On 2 March he had to crash-land his Spitfire. He walked back to his lines and was flying two days later. After victory in the desert, No 72 saw action in Sicily. When the squadron moved to the Sicilian airfield of Comiso, RAF pilots discovered a number of flyable Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. Hughes flew one against a Spitfire to compare their respective capabilities, but on another flight the German aircraft suffered an engine failure and he had to bail out. He parachuted into a vineyard and, after convincing the locals that he was not a German, enjoyed their hospitality. Hughes thus had the unique distinction of qualifying for the Caterpillar Club by having bailed out of an enemy aircraft. The squadron then moved to the Italian mainland. Returning from a divebombing sortie supporting the troops attacking Monte Cassino, Hughes’s aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he crash-landed, suffering severe burns to his legs. As a PoW he was transported to a German military hospital. He managed to escape, after annoying a German general by claiming: ‘I have flown both the Me 109 and the Spitfire and can confirm that the Spitfire is the better aircraft.’ His insolence saw him transferred to solitary confinement, but he always said that his quip had saved his life. Finally, six months before the end of the war, he was included in a prisoner exchange and returned home. After graduating in 1948, he pursued a career in electronic design and engineering, working for AEI and Ronson. For many years he was a member of the management committee of Matfen Hall – a Cheshire Home supporting the disabled. Leonard Cheshire wrote a foreword to a collection of Hughes’s memoirs that were sold to raise funds for the homes. A staunch supporter of No 72 Squadron Association for many years, Hughes was thrilled in 2006 to be invited to be the reviewing officer for jet pilots graduating from the RAF’s No 1 Flying Training School, which had been granted the title of 72 Squadron. A keen glider pilot, Hughes was a modest man who rarely spoke of his combat flying, or the injuries and imprisonment he endured. In 1949, he married Joan Harris, who survives him. Tom Hughes died on 31 December 2010. ISAACS, David Christopher, 1982, MA; born January 1963; ed. St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury; read Engineering. We are grateful to David’s brother Richard Isaacs for this obituary. An active schoolboy, David played hockey for the second XI, shot for the CCF rifle team, played rugby and participated in the general knowledge teams. After graduating from Cambridge, where he won a College Scholarship in his


the register first year, David committed to a career in public service, rather than having to compromise his principles for the narrower financial perspectives of the private sector. He joined the Engineering and Science Fast Stream in the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Given his long-standing interest in aviation, as evidenced by his membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, it was natural that he would eventually specialise in air systems. His initial work was in a research environment, based at the former Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. He next went to University College, London for an advanced degree in Planning, before spending several years engaged in the RAF Medium Tactical Transport programme, based initially in London and then in Bristol. His particular focus was supporting the acquisition of the second-generation Hercules (C-130J) aircraft from Lockheed in the USA, which necessitated frequent travel across the Atlantic. David led on the provision of the training systems for the new fleet, which meant exercising his wider engineering skills, as the project encompassed not only his ‘home’ discipline of aeronautical engineering, but also elements of civil engineering (in provision of a ground facility for the trainees) and electronic/information systems engineering (in the acquisition of a highly complex flight simulator). His final assignment was as senior technical analyst working back in London, providing advice and guidance to MOD Head Office, the uniformed services, other government departments and Allies on varying aspects of emergent aviation technologies in which he was an internationally recognised subject matter expert. This international recognition led to frequent travel to Europe, the Americas and Australasia. In November 2009, at a ceremony in Washington, David and two UK colleagues became the first ever non-US officers to be awarded a US Exceptional Achievement Medal. Outside of work, David spent much of his time travelling. His ‘world tours’ were legendary. He was also an accomplished photographer; one of his pictures hangs in the New Zealand High Commission in London and others have been published by the British Sundial Society and exhibited at the North American Sundial Society meeting in St Louis. He had many friends from school, Cambridge, Rotaract and work with whom he kept in contact during his travels. His sense of humour tended towards the scientific, the cerebral and the topical mixed with a smattering of


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 puns. This never failed him during his illnesses. He quietly supported many charities ranging from the Transplant Games to scholarship. David Isaacs died on 20 April 2010. His ashes were buried in the gardens at Sidney Sussex in July 2010. JOHNSTONE, Charles George Graeme, 1946, MA; born 1 June 1927; ed. Westerleigh, Blundell’s and Cranbrook Schools; read Agriculture. We are grateful to Graeme’s daughter Christina for this obituary. Graeme Johnstone was born in Horsham, Sussex, the only child of Irene and Reginald Johnstone. After university, he moved to Courtenay on Vancouver Island, to the Cliffe family farm. He next moved to Cobble Hill, where he used his training on a dairy farm. There he met his future wife Lisbeth English. After their marriage they moved to England where Graeme managed three dairy herds, and enlarged his family with the birth of his first child Christina. He moved back to Cobble in 1957 and resumed his career as a herdsman. Graeme started his long involvement with 4H while he was in Cobble Hill, where his son Michael was born at Duncan in 1959. The next home for the family was found in 1965 in Prince George, where Graeme worked as a dairy specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture for seven years. The family moved to Victoria in 1971 when Graeme became the Dairy Field Supervisor for the area. A move to Smithers in 1972 saw him take up the role of District Agriculturalist, where he was noted for his involvement with 4H and his role with the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair. Graeme was active as District Agriculturalist until his retirement in 1992. He was president of the Fall Fair for many years and was instrumental in moving the fair down to its current location by the river. He continued his involvement to the current day, helping with his practical, hands-on management. Graeme also became an evaluator of fairs for the province, did arable land assessments for Agricultural Leases, and was a Director on the Northwest Premium Meat Board. He was a founding member of the Hereford Breeders’ Association and continued as an honorary member until his death. He was also made a life member of the BV Cattlemen’s association in 1992.  A pilot with 26 years’ experience, Graeme managed the Air Search and Rescue for the northwest region, organising crews and doing the training. Between all these ventures, he acted as a contractor for weed control, from Moricetown,


the register west to Prince Rupert and north to the Yukon border. He spent 30 years discouraging invasive plants. His working partner was his daughter Chris Johnstone. Graeme lost his beloved Lisbeth in 2002, but was comforted by having his daughter Christina and his son Michael living nearby. He also had the support of his two little companions, Tutter and Scruffy.  Graeme Johnstone died quietly at home, with his son Michael at his side, on 27 April 2011, aged 83.  JOSCELYNE, Trevor Andrew, 1965, MA; born 26 May 1946; ed. Southend High School; read English. Trevor Joscelyne was born in Hawkwell, Essex, the son of Mrs L. M. Joscelyne. From Sidney, where he was an Exhibitioner, he went straight to the Polytechnic of North London English Department where he was subsequently course leader and Head of School. He stayed there for the next 33 years. In the latter part of his career he served as the Associate Director of Quality and Standards for the now London Metropolitan University. He will be remembered as a loyal, funny and generous friend, a thoughtful and measured colleague, and a cultured man. Trevor Joscelyne died of cancer on 25 May 2011. LAYDON, Ian, 1947, MA; born 28 June 1922; ed. Council School, Aspatria, Cumberland; Nelson Grammar School, Wigton; read History. We are grateful to Ian’s son Dr John Laydon (1967) for this obituary. Born and brought up in Cumbria, Ian was the son of a miner, and a primary school teacher. Head boy at school, he was also victor ludorum, and captain of rugby, tennis and athletics. When war broke out he decided to become a qualified teacher and was evacuated from Culham in Oxford to Cheltenham, where he met my mother, Marie Keating, also a trainee teacher. He volunteered for the Royal Air Force, where he became a pilot and Flight Lieutenant, training in India and South Africa before active service in the Burma Campaign. Demobilised in December 1946, he applied to Cambridge and was invited to Sidney by David Thomson, who asked when my father could come up. He modestly replied that, if he was fortunate enough to obtain a place, he had assumed October 1948. David (always David to Dad) thought this unduly dilatory. ‘Why don’t you come in January?’ Taken aback, Dad said he hadn’t even


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 discussed it with his parents and his fiancée, and that he didn’t know if he could afford it. David thought that the College might be able to make a modest contribution, by way of a sizarship. (Dad’s first few months coincided with the winter of 1947, famously freezing, with snow packed on the pavements. Perhaps he was not the only former serviceman whose flying suit was pressed into service against the Cambridge cold.) His impressions of Cambridge were vivid. He remembered Bertrand Russell taking tea beside him at The Whim, and enjoyed those staples of the Cambridge History Tripos, Political Thought and American History. The five-term degree, on offer to demobilised servicemen, left little time for enjoying his previous sporting activities. There is a tantalising reference in the College Annual to the regrettably rare appearance for the Rugby lst XV of Ian Laydon, ‘a born attacking fly-half ’. David Thomson, with whom he remained in touch, tried to persuade him to stay on for Part II but having waited seven years, he wanted to marry and begin his career. In September 1948 Ian took up a teaching position at Emanuel School. In 1959 he was appointed as the first headmaster of a new mixed grammar school in Broxbourne, which later joined with the neighbouring secondary modern school to form the borough’s first mixed, comprehensive, Broxbourne School. He was appointed Chief Education Advisor for Hertfordshire County Council in 1979. In 1982 Dad retired but continued active in his work as a JP and most of all enjoyed spending time with his family, and increasingly after 1994, a second family home on the edge of the Lake District. Ian Laydon died on 15 January 2010. He leaves his devoted wife of 61 years, Marie, and their four children, John, Moira, Kate and Michael. LENIHAN, Brian Joseph Brendan, 1981, LLB; born 21 April 1959; ed. Belvedere College and Trinity College, Dublin. The information in this obituary is based on that published in The Times. Born in Athlone in 1959, Brian Lenihan was the eldest son of a Fianna Fáil senator. He read law at Trinity College Dublin, graduating at the top of his year with a first class degree. He repeated this performance with his Cambridge LLB. Called to the Irish Bar in 1984, he combined practice in Dublin with a law lectureship at Trinity. He was not directly involved in politics until after his father’s death in 1996. At the resulting by-election in his West Dublin constituency, he was returned with a knife-edge majority. Although he took silk the next year, he concentrated almost exclusively on politics thereafter.


the register He was made to serve a long apprenticeship on the backbenches when Fianna Fáil returned to government in 1997, but characteristically showed no resentment. He was content to bide his time and apply his profound knowledge of the law as chairman of a parliamentary committee examining the Irish Constitution. He gave much of his time to mundane constituency work, gaining an understanding of the people he served. Friendly and unaffected, he could relate on an equal basis to every type of person, always seeming to have time for a chat. He topped the constituency poll in the 2002 general election. Brian Lenihan finally entered the cabinet as Minister for Justice only after the 2007 general election. He steered a liberalising Defamation Act into law. Such was his love of the law and interest in the justice portfolio that he accepted with mixed feelings promotion to become Minister for Finance in May 2008. It was his misfortune as Finance Minister to have had to cope with a financial crisis of such severity that it did not lend itself to correction before he lost office in 2011. Commending his budget at the end of 2009, Lenihan claimed – wrongly as it turned out – that the worst was over. Weeks later, news leaked out that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was on the economic rather than the personal front that things first unravelled, leading eventually to the fall of the government. Although he failed in his bid to become party leader, in the February 2011 general election Lenihan was the only member of the party returned for a Dublin constituency. In politics he was as remarkable for his capacity to transcend personal hostility as for his ability and genuine commitment to the public interest. An engaging conversationalist, he deployed a wide knowledge of history and literature and was a lover of classical music. Immensely sociable and humorous, he enjoyed a drink and loved a party and, to the end, stayed on at gatherings into the small hours. He inspired much affection. Brian Lenihan died of cancer on June 10, 2011, aged 52. He is survived by his wife Patricia Ryan, a circuit court judge, and by a son and daughter. LESLIE, William, 1947, BA; born 13 April 1926; ed. Loretto School, Midlothian; read History. The information in this obituary is based on that published in The Scotsman. William Leslie was born in Aberdeen. In 1944 he was elected to a major scholarship in Classics but was almost immediately called up. He served in the Gordon Highlanders and, when commissioned, was posted to India towards


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 the end of the war. Afterwards he continued to serve in the Gordon Highlanders TA, attaining the rank of Major and being awarded the Territorial Decoration. After Sidney, where he rowed for the College, he went to Aberdeen University to read law, passing his final exams with distinction. He was very much an Aberdonian and next began a legal apprenticeship in the city with Messrs Davidson and Garden, where his maternal grandfather had been senior partner. However, Leslie chose to move to Edinburgh, joining the well-known firm of Brodies, and he quickly became a partner. His work was largely litigation, but he developed a large personal private client practice. In his immediate poststudent days, he shared a flat with three friends above what was then a wellknown Edinburgh restaurant, L’Aperitif. The flat became known as the ‘Upper Aperitif ’ and many will remember the parties held there. In Cambridge, he was part of a Scottish country dance group founded by the late Tony Reid, who went on to form a professional band. In Edinburgh, Leslie, himself a gifted pianist, founded the Auld Reekie Band. As an Aberdonian, he delighted in telling stories in the Doric and as Chairman of the Astley Ainslie Hospital League of Friends he persuaded the ‘Scotland the What?’ performers, whose sketches he could recite from memory, to perform at the hospital. Aged 50, Leslie was appointed as a chairman of industrial tribunals, becoming an expert in their practice and procedures and writing the first edition of the standard textbook used on this subject. He was said to be impatient when solicitors appearing before him seemed inadequately prepared or unprofessional in presenting their clients‘ cases. Shona Simon, the current President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland) said: ‘Bill Leslie has, through his book, Employment Tribunal Practice in Scotland, had a very significant influence in the development of tribunal practise over many years.’ Leslie’s unshakeable Christian faith, born in his parents’ Aberdeen home and nurtured in the West Church of St Nicholas there, remained with him throughout his life. He found great happiness in his marriage to Elizabeth and his love for his family and his home. His sports were shooting and fishing, his hobby gardening. William Leslie died on 6 February 2011. He is survived by his second wife, Elizabeth Boden-Smith, and by their two children, Margaret and Malcolm. He first married Dilly Ross-Farrow, by whom he had a son, Robin.


the register PATERSON, Alexander Hugh Trenchard, 1957, BA; born 12 April 1936; ed. Marlborough College; read Modern and Medieval Languages. We are grateful to Hugh’s friend and Sidney contemporary David Allen for this obituary. Hugh Paterson was born in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab before partition, the son of Brigadier Henry Paterson (1911), Indian Army. Hugh came to Sidney after serving in Aden as a National Service Subaltern in the Cameron Highlanders. He was an extraordinary sportsman, being able to turn his hand to almost any sport. He played cricket, rugby and squash for Sidney and was a member of the Cockerels University Squash team. He also made an appearance as a shot putter in Athletics Cuppers and was no mean boxer, but a school hand injury put paid to his Cambridge boxing possibilities. However, his best sport was undoubtedly golf and his great regret was that he never took golf seriously while at Cambridge. From Cambridge he joined the firm Lamson Paragon and was soon based in Paris. There he joined the Chantilly Golf Club, which welcomed expatriate Englishmen with open arms. His golf now developed fully and he became Captain of Chantilly, a scratch golfer and a regular member of their first team. Hugh won the French Seniors Amateur Golf Championship three times during the 1990s and played regularly in senior representative golf and senior open competitions in Europe. He was a member of the French Seniors Team that won the European Seniors Amateur Team Championship and he was proud to stand for the Marseillaise during the prize-giving. He was also strongly involved in nurturing junior golf in France, where the sport was far less developed than in the UK. He married Ailsa Prentice, whom he first met in Cambridge, and they had three children; ‘AJ’ a librarian and historian, Robert, a doctor working for the Red Cross in many of the world’s trouble spots and Fiona, a clinical psychologist. While in Paris Hugh became Finance Director of Schweppes France and then started his own golf equipment company. Golf was his abiding love and focus and, despite a series of health problems in his last eight years, including a kidney transplant, he continued to make the journey from his home in Ville d’Avray to Chantilly to play or practice. Up until 2006 he organised and captained a mixed team of UK expats against a French Chantilly team in the annual Trophy Schneidau, which was established


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 after the war by a member of the French Resistance, Phillipe Schneidau, to commemorate the friendship between the two countries during that period. All his friends from Sidney days, especially the fellow members of the ‘Gladiators’ and the ‘Lunaticks’ will remember Hugh and his delightful presence with great affection and respect. Hugh Paterson died in Paris in March 2011. REEVES, Peter Richard Christopher, 1952, MA; born 2 July 1932; ed. Felsted School; read Law. We are grateful to Sir Derek Bradbeer OBE TD DL (1952) for his tribute, on which this obituary is based. Peter and I met on our first day at Cambridge. We quickly found out that by some extraordinary coincidence we had both been born in Beckenham and, what is more, in the same road. We kept up our friendship for the rest of our lives. I was best man at Peter and Sue’s wedding and godfather to Nicky. At Felsted, Peter distinguished himself both at sport and on the stage. He was commissioned as a National Serviceman into the Royal Artillery in the summer of 1951 and posted to 32 Medium Regiment, spending his last four months in Hong Kong where he clearly had a fascinating time and acquired a lifetime’s supply of shirts. At Sidney Peter captained the College at squash and tennis and represented it at rugby. Much to the envy of his male friends, he also acquired a succession of girlfriends at a time when girls were in short supply. Despite such distractions, at the end of three years he gained a respectable law degree, but then deserted the law and decided that his future lay in industry, having also been turned down by Peter Hall, then Chairman of the ADC. After a short spell at De Havilland, he joined BP. He travelled widely and early on spent some time with Sue and their young children in Canada. Peter then became Managing Director of BP Malta and later, while he was with BP International, went all over the world before becoming responsible for BP in Turkey. He concluded his career with the company running BP Netherlands as well as being Oil Director of BP Benelux, and it was then he and Canan were married. Peter was a kind man with feelings for all his family. He was keenly interested in the progress of his grandchildren, Tom, Sophie and Sarah, and determined to ensure to the best of his ability they were all properly safeguarded to cope with the vagaries of life. Peter was deeply affected by the death of Christopher, his son with Sue, and when talking to him over the years it was to that tragedy that,


the register understandably, he frequently returned. He was a loyal friend to many. But what I will remember most was his enormous enjoyment of life itself. When he retired from BP he and Canan moved to Turkey. My wife Marnie and I had several enjoyable holidays there with them, when Peter shared his enthusiasms with us. In fact it is only just over three years since the four of us went to Cappadocia: Peter seemed remarkably fit and enjoyed crawling through 2000-year-old narrow underground city tunnels; he at least did not get wedged between the floor and the roof and was full of advice as to how I should dislodge myself. Peter Reeves died on 30 November 2010. SCHOFIELD, Peter Granville, 1951, MA; born 10 February 1931; ed. Manchester Grammar School; read Modern and Medieval Languages. We are grateful to Peter’s daughter, Hazel Nicholls, for this obituary. Peter died just a few days after celebrating his eightieth birthday surrounded by his family, followed the next day with a service and mini-party at his beloved Seaburn Dene New Church. Here he had become, over the course of a long life, an unforgettable figure – almost larger than life. He was a bright boy, who won scholarships to both school and university before becoming a Sergeant in the RAF during his National Service. It was at Cambridge that he met his future wife, Edith Peckham. They were both involved in the British New Church Federation and were leading figures in its holiday centres. Peter’s professional career took him from the Manchester factory of Thomas Hedley (later Proctor and Gamble) to Gosforth, north of Newcastle, and he and Edith settled in a permanent home in Whitley Bay. For the better part of a half-century, the road between Whitley Bay and Seaburn Dene in Sunderland became a familiar track as they motored endlessly between home and church. Clearly a man of enormous energy and capacity, Peter’s devotion found many outlets, from the mundane to the cerebral. He was an eloquent speaker who had a ready facility to speak extemporaneously, a gift he put to good use as a Worship Leader over many years and in other more light-hearted settings. Also something of a wordsmith, he edited the Church newsletter for over 25 years. The Seaburn Dene premises are evidence of his building and carpentry skills, as is his own home and garden and those of his family. Peter was always


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 ready for new experiences: in retirement he went up in a hot air balloon over the city of Bath, climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge with his son and daughter-inlaw, had a pleasure flight in a helicopter over Newcastle, which allowed him to indulge another of his hobbies, photography, to get unique shots of local landmarks. But his favourite pastime was driving steam trains at the East Lancs Railway with his son-in-law Geoff – a boyhood dream come true. Peter was an extraordinary mixture: extrovert and loud, yet privately shy and quiet; impatient and sometimes critical, yet kindly and warm; keen to welcome change and innovation, yet by nature a traditionalist. Peter did indeed love his Lord. In retirement, he took on heavy responsibilities in the Alzheimer’s Society Newcastle Branch, taking part in a great deal of voluntary work and serving, of course, as its Treasurer. He leaves behind him a lot of holes to fill. His family, too, will miss his presence. Edith, his wife of 54 years, their three children (Enca, Andrew and Hazel) and 11 grandchildren had a husband, father and grandfather who loved them dearly. Peter Schofield died in February 2011. SCOTT, John Lindsay, 1960, MA; born 26 June 1942; ed. Royal Grammar School, Guildford; read Modern and Medieval Languages. We are grateful to Lindsay’s daughter, Airlie Scott, for this obituary. Lindsay, as he was always known by friends and family, was born on 26 June 1942 to Margaret and Robert Scott. His mother attended the Royal Academy of Art and his father was an architect and furniture designer. Lindsay was the youngest child, with older siblings Duncan and Susan. At school he proved himself a good linguist and loved Classics and History. He went on to study French and Spanish at Sidney, where he was also involved in choral singing and drama. He greatly enjoyed a cultural European trip touring round cathedrals and key cities of art and architectural interest. He was a member of the Christian Science Organisation at Cambridge, for which he was also graduate treasurer for many years. After Cambridge, Lindsay trained as a chartered accountant and his career took him through a number of roles for different companies including Finance Director for the Consumers’ Association, Financial Controller for the Pentos Publishing and Bookselling Group and Group Financial Director at Hudson’s Bookshops, Birmingham. In 1981 he became an independent corporate and financial advisor to several companies but his primary focus in the next 30 years was working with


the register Fastfile Applications and Mailkit, designing and selling software suitable for publishers, mail-order businesses, membership organisations and mailing houses. He took on the company single-handedly in 2005 when his business partner and friend Nigel Haughton passed on. Alongside this work he continued to work as financial consultant for various other companies. In 1967 Lindsay married Jane Dickinson with whom he adopted Jackie, and then had five further children, Daniel, Airlie, Iona, Esther and Quentin, and 20 years of full family life. He was very proud and fond of all of his children and their varied interests and talents, which include a shared love of languages and music. After divorce, in 1993 he married Alison Blackah, with whom he enjoyed 16 happy years. She had three grown-up children of her own, Sarah, Andrew and Richard, whom he also enjoyed getting to know and encouraging. He was a much-loved grandfather to Lyndon, Felicity, Liberty, Elspeth, Ciaran, Akira and Kai. Lindsay enjoyed a number of interests – music, singing in local choirs, offshore sailing – and he gave a lot of time to church and voluntary work, serving as a Council Member and Governor at Claremont Fan Court School for some years and in numerous capacities for his Church. He was a life-long Christian Scientist and a much-loved father, husband and friend. Lindsay Scott died in October 2009. SERGEANT, John Muirhead, 1954, BA; born 8 June 1933; ed. St Dunstan’s College, Catford; read History. We are grateful to John’s wife Dorothy Sergeant for this obituary. John was born in London within the sound of Bow Bells and was thus a true Cockney, of which he was always rather proud. He showed an early talent for music and successfully auditioned for St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, although he was unable to take up his place due to the intervention of the Second World War. During the war he was evacuated and won a scholarship to St Dunstan’s where he flourished, playing in the rugby First XV and as head boy. Like most of his generation, he did two years’ National Service before university. He served as an officer in the Royal Artillery Parachute Regiment in Suez. While at Sidney he made lifelong friends and enjoyed all aspects of university life. A year after graduating in 1957, he married his first wife, Sheila,


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 and went on to qualify as a teacher at the London lnstitute of Education. He then returned to St Dunstan’s as a History master and his daughter Katherine was born in 1961. John pursued his career in county administration as an Education Officer. This took him and his family to Suffolk, where his son David was born in 1963, then to Berkshire and finally to Staffordshire in 1969. John married Dot in 1978 and they enjoyed a very happy life together with many shared interests. They were both enthusiastic members of Stone Choral Society and took part in numerous concert tours including those to Belgium, Austria and Poland. John served the people of Staffordshire for 20 years, taking early retirement in 1989 following a heart attack in 1987. He was well regarded by his County Council colleagues, who valued his excellent analytical and administrative skills and his eye for detail. Characteristically, John embarked on an active retirement, embracing his new hobby of wood turning with great gusto. His prodigious output of wooden bowls, goblets and light pulls now resides with family and friends all over the world. The jewel in the crown was an unexpected commission for a set of skittles, which he duly produced. During this time he became a proud grandfather to David’s children Benjamin, Samuel, Oliver and Hannah. As the years went by, John’s memory and mobility began to fail him. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008 and died peacefully in his sleep on 14 July 2010. He is sadly missed by his wife Dot and by all of his family. STONEMAN, Christopher Greek, 1947, MA; born 9 July 1927; ed. King’s School, Canterbury and Dulwich College; read Law. This obituary is based on information drawn from that published in the Vermont Standard. Christopher Stoneman was born on 9 July, 1927 in Plymouth, England, the eldest son of Lt Col Edwin G. Stoneman, caterer, and Mary, and nephew of Charles Beechey Spencer (1919). Following two years of military service in the 16th Punjab Regiment of the Indian Army, he read law at Sidney, graduating in 1949. Later, he would organise the Sidney Sussex Foundation in the USA, in recognition of which he was elected a Fellow Commoner of the College in 1977. In 1951, he emigrated to America where he attended the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1957. He became a partner at the New York firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler in New York, specialising in


the register trusts and estates. In 1984, he joined the firm Downs, Rachlin and Martin in Burlington and went into solo practice in Woodstock until 1997. He also served briefly as a Vice President and Trust Officer for Green Mountain Bank and most recently as an estate-planning consultant to Vermont National Bank (now Chittenden Bank). Christopher had extensive experience in secondary school teaching, for which he developed a deep attachment. On leaving Cambridge, he began teaching French and Latin at several schools in England. In the US he taught at Governor Dummer Academy, Woodstock Country School, the Buckley School in New York and Proctor Academy. From 1986–9, he served as an adjunct faculty member in estate planning at the Vermont Law School. Sacred choral music and operetta were vital to Christopher; he enjoyed many years as a volunteer with the Blue Hill Troupe and the Village Light Opera Group in New York. Christopher also had a passion for the written language and completed a Master’s degree in English and French at New York University. Throughout his life, he celebrated witticisms and penned verse for various occasions. In his later years, he produced a collected volume of his creative writing for each of his children to treasure. He was a much beloved father of nine children by his former wife, Jane Russell Stoneman: Mark (deceased), Jonathan, Elizabeth, Andrew (deceased), Nicholas, Timothy, Christopher, Spencer and Olivia. Together, his children and grandchildren formed a focal point of his life. Christopher Stoneman died on Monday 3 January 2011 and is survived by his wife, Roberta Baldwin Stoneman. VERSCHUEREN, Samantha Jane, 2003, Organ Scholar, BA, MMus (Southampton); born 25 August 1985; ed. Withington Girls’ School, Lancashire; read Music. We are grateful to Sam’s father, Paul, for this obituary. Samantha (Sam) Verschueren died very suddenly on 22 August 2009, a tragic victim of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS, She died three days short of her twentyfourth birthday. Sam had a promising academic career ahead of her. After Sidney, she gained a Distinction in her Master’s in Medieval Music at Southampton, and was studying for her PhD under the eminent medieval musicologist Professor Mark


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Everist. Her untimely death and unrealised potential are marked by the dedication to her memory of the Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music. Among other things Sam is fondly remembered for her love of fun, sharp wit and passion for tea. But above all she is remembered as a deeply spiritual person with a rare gift for touching lives. Many describe how Sam helped them through difficult times, and no doubt many more were helped by her unstinting work as a Samaritan. Her memorial service in Salisbury Cathedral was attended by nearly 500 friends and acquaintances, many of whom travelled long distances to be there. One telling tribute described Sam as ‘the first ever gifted soprano without an ego’. Many of the local choirs Sam had worked with came to sing tributes, as did a specially convened Sidney Sussex Alumni Choir. Sam was quietly determined to do her bit for women’s equality, and liked to quip, ‘research shows that women still have to achieve 20% more than men to win parity of recognition – fortunately that is not too difficult’. Sam felt immensely privileged to become the second female Organ Scholar at Sidney, and went on to become the first female Director of Music at the large city centre church of St Mary’s, Basingstoke. Inspired by her example, her old school (Withington Girls’ School) has launched a bursary fund to enable and encourage other girls to follow in Sam’s footsteps. On a trip to Africa in the year before her death, Sam was deeply moved to see first-hand the growing effects of water poverty in the region. Many young women there have been forced needlessly to exchange the hope of education for an increasingly gruelling life of water provision. Fittingly, a new charity has been started in Sam’s memory named Living Water Africa (; it has just completed the commissioning of two wells in African villages, with five more under way. It is supported by Sidney Chapel and Choir, and her many friends. Our world is the poorer without Sam, but richer through her memory. WEINBERG, Marc, 2005, MBA; born 17 June 1975. This obituary is largely drawn from the tribute by Raphael Ahren, which appeared in Haaretz on 4 July 2010. Marc Weinberg was born in Hampstead, the son of Henry and Syma Weinberg. He emigrated to Israel in 2006 and influenced many families to follow his example. Although a businessman by profession – he finished near the top of his MBA class at Cambridge – Weinberg always considered Jewish education his main priority. As the head of Bnei Akiva in Britain, Weinberg


the register oversaw 40 national branches with thousands of members. He was also instrumental in revitalising the London School of Jewish Studies and created in London a new Modern Orthodox congregation, Alei Tzion, in 2004. From the moment Weinberg arrived in Modi’in, he became involved in various projects. He immediately started talking to people about plans to change the education system in the city, about having a different outlook that would make education more appealing and could bring students closer to Judaism. Rivka Klein, a close family friend, told Haaretz: ‘He was a very sharp person. He was also the kind of person who put his money where his mouth was. Whenever he saw things needed to be changed, he was the first one to get up and do something about it.’ His impact was evident in the appearance of Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, who flew in from London to eulogise the former head of the British Bnei Akiva movement, Jewish educator, businessman and activist. Sacks said that those around Weinberg ‘were inspired by his faith, his moral courage, his passion and his compassion. They were drawn to him, and he drew out the best in them.’ Around 1000 people gathered to bid farewell to Weinberg, who died of complications following a bone-marrow transplant after battling leukaemia since October 2007. Many paid personal tributes, echoing the Chief Rabbi’s sentiments. A driver for the Jewish burial society of Modi’in said it was the largest crowd he had ever seen at a funeral in the city. Marc Weinberg died on 1 July 2010. He is survived by his wife, Natalie, and their two daughters, Yona and Maayan. WHITTLE, Laurence Malcolm, 1955, MA; born 24 December 1937; ed. King Henry VIII School, Coventry; read Mathematics. We are grateful to Pauline Whittle for the information on which this obituary is based. After graduating in 1958 Malcolm’s first appointment was with Hawker Siddeley Aviation, where he remained for a number of years until he was made redundant. He then took a position as lecturer at Rugby College of Technology, which in time became the Lanchester Polytechnic then Coventry University, from where he took early retirement. He then took a post with the DVLA, invigilating for the driving test. Malcolm had many interests; first and foremost he was a local preacher in the Methodist church in Hinckley from 1992 until his death, and he took


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 different roles in the wider church both locally and nationally. He was also a member of the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley, where he was known for his cameo roles in musicals, such as Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun, Merlin in Camelot, President Roosevelt in Annie and many more. Malcolm Whittle died in September 2010. He was married to Pauline for 44 years and they had a daughter, Heather. WILKINSON, John Michael, 1959, MA; born 11 January 1941; ed. Bradford Grammar School; read Classics. We are grateful to Michael’s brother Stephen and his friend, Stephen Mead, for the reminiscences on which this obituary is based. Michael Wilkinson was born in Bradford. He was elected to an Exhibition in Classics and at Sidney was involved in College musical activities, including organising the Musical Society’s performance of Haydn’s Creation in Great St Mary’s. His brother Stephen recalls that their parents liked going for walks at weekends but that Michael was not a keen walker, trailing behind them reading his book. He continues: ‘I would arrive home from my school (Carlton Grammar School, a few notches down from BGS) only to find Michael standing on a chair in front of the mirror with the fire poker in his hand conducting to his latest record, hair flying all over the place. We used to fight constantly over the one record player, I liked rock and roll, my brother absolutely loved all types of classical music. ‘His first job was working for Rootes group in Paisley near Glasgow. After visiting home I offered to take him back to Paisley on my newly purchased motorbike; I remember him saying “Never again”. Although we fought like cat and dog when we were young we both mellowed later on in life but still very rarely agreed on any subject except food and drink. He will be sadly missed.’ One of Michael’s oldest friends, Stephen Mead, adds: ‘I first met “Wilk” in the late ’60s in a small record shop off Leicester Square, where we shared many of the same tastes in music; although I was responsible for his first and last encounter with Wagner, Benjamin Britten, Schubert and French song and early English choral music was safe ground. ‘At the time he was working for the Bank of London and South America, latterly Lloyd’s, installing what was then a room-sized computer system. We were flatmates for several years but not in the same line of business, and although I met some of his colleagues at strange times of the day and night (his energy and


the register enthusiasm for his job was astonishing), he had a unique ability to compartmentalise his circles of friends. They sometimes came together at his legendary mulled wine Christmas parties with an eclectic but sociable mix. ‘We stayed in close touch over the years, meeting regularly to share meals, go to concerts and to visit the Aldeburgh Festival (where another circle of June friends coalesced). After his early retirement, yet another group of what he liked to call his “patients” sought his advice on computer matters, and such was his well-known expertise he had several consultancies here and abroad. ‘He was a true, steadfast and generous friend, and as another remarked (his embonpoint increased considerably over the years!), “There will be a Wilkshaped hole in many lives”.’ Michael Wilkinson died on 28 June 2010. WINTER, John Henry, 1945, MA; born 3 April 1924; ed. Kelly College, Tavistock; read History. We are grateful to John’s daughter, Trish Richardson, for this obituary. John Winter was born in Batavia, Java, in the Dutch East Indies where his father was a rubber broker. From school he went to Sandhurst for officer training. During the Second World War he served as a Lieutenant in A squadron, 51st Royal Tanks and was slightly wounded in North Italy. After Cambridge, he joined the far-eastern trading company Butterfield and Swire in Hong Kong and China, where he met and married Luba Wolfman in Tientsin in 1949. John then took senior insurance roles in South Africa and India before moving to Australia in 1960 with the family to lead the fledgling first Australian office of the Swiss Reinsurance Company. He was to head Swiss Re in Australia for the next 27 years until he retired in 1987. John was a formidable and persuasive presence in the reinsurance marketplace at a time when the task was to turn Swiss Reinsurance, a famous old company but a relative newcomer locally, into the premier reinsurer in Australia. He was a keen contributor to the insurance industry as a whole. He supported trade associations such as the Insurance Council of Australia and the Life Insurance Federation of Australia, as well as the educational Australian Insurance Institute. He was in regular touch with the insurance commissioners in Canberra, and chief consultant to the Treasury in drafting the reinsurance controls under the new General Insurance legislation in the 1970s.


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 He loved all the people in his life – their company, their discourse, their friendship – friends, colleagues and family. In addition to his three children, he had four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. On retiring to Metung on the Gippsland Lakes, he continued to pursue passionately his many leisure activities – particularly sailing, bridge and classical music – only returning to Melbourne in 2005 after Luba’s death. John will be remembered by his industry colleagues, his friends and his family as a man of great charm with a disarming sense of humour and as a man of true distinction, of unique character and of the highest integrity. At Sidney he had been an enthusiastic member of the Confraternitas Historica, to which he left a bequest of A$ 20,000 in his will. At the most recent Confrat party on 17 June 2011 he was toasted with a glass of good Australian wine, as he had requested. John Winter died on 18 September 2010. WOODS, Dennis Frederick, 1947, MA; born 1 January 1926; ed. Bancroft’s School; read Modern and Medieval Languages. We are grateful to Dennis’s son, David Woods (1970, History) for this obituary. Dennis Woods came up to Sidney after three years of war service as an interpreter on a German POW ship, relishing the intellectual release provided by a university environment. He shared the post-war optimism that the social cohesion of wartime could be replicated in peacetime under a reforming Labour government. Teaching (of French and German) became his chosen career. And what a good choice it was. If ever there was a round peg in a round hole, this was it. After early jobs at Beckenham and Penge Grammar School and Bancroft’s School, he arrived at Chatham House Grammar School, Ramsgate in 1958 as Senior Modern Languages Master, a position he was to hold until his retirement 27 years later. His commitment to teaching was total. He thought deeply about education and delighted in helping boys understand and achieve their potential. He could be inspirational, and swept people up with his dedication and enthusiasm, laced with a judicious schoolmasterly dose of sarcasm. His great gift was to see education, especially in the sixth form, as so much more than exam preparation. Outside the classroom he was heavily involved in school sport and


the register overseas trips. On the wider stage, he was amongst the first British teachers to build bridges to the new post-war West Germany by organising exchanges with schools in Oldenburg and then Muenster. The school magazine recently carried an article which referred to Dennis Woods, and three or four contemporaries, as ‘pedagogical giants … crucial to the forging of Chatham House’s fine academic reputation’. He was tickled pink by the shared tribute. And so into a long retirement. Faced with the demands of increasingly severe deafness, he retained a strong internal life. He taught himself Russian and Spanish, became knowledgeable about classical music, played idiosyncratic bridge and golf, and wasted much nervous energy following the fortunes of West Ham United Football Club. He travelled widely, and could not believe his good luck in the early 2000s when he found himself, a teacher of French and German, with a daughter and son living in Paris and Berlin respectively. He showed stoicism and self-deprecating humour when confronting the infirmities of old age. Not that he was that frail. He went by train to London to attend concerts and visit relatives until shortly before the end. He still ‘jogged’ and played golf occasionally. Indeed, he played a couple of the best holes of his life just before he died. His professional life was rooted in a strong home environment. His love for, and reliance on, his wife Margaret was complete. He took enormous pride in his children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter, and was content that the family future was in good hands. Dennis Woods died on 21 August 2010. We have also heard of the deaths of: ABRAM, C C (1955) BROMLEY-CHALLONER, D D (1949) CROCKETT, A C (1986) ETHERIDGE, A J (1962) GODDARD, J M L (1950) HALL, J P (1946) HARTLEY, R A (1962) HOLDSWORTH, D E (1946) HOPPER, K (1955) KEMP, A R (1963) NASR, A Y (1947) OSBORN, R J (1957) OTTER, H S (1968)

PARKER, A M (1946) PITTER, I C (1953) PULLEN, J (1949) ROLFE, P (2006) RUGGINS, D C (1954) SCHWARZ-LIEBERMANN, H I G A (1950) SMITH, M L (Fellow, 1973) STANSFIELD, W H (1959) THOMAS, M (1944) TITHERIDGE, J E (1956) WALLIS, J R (1946) WINDER, J W (1934)


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The College 2011–12 Visitor The Right Honourable Philip John Algernon Sidney, Viscount De L’Isle, MBE Master Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, DPhil (Oxon), OBE, FBA Personal Assistant: 330868 Vice Master Richard Penty, PhD

Senior Tutor Massimo Beber, MPhil Personal Assistant: 338847 Admissions Director Kirsten Dickers, PhD Admissions Officer: 338872 Pastoral Dean The Revd Peter Waddell, PhD Bursar Nick Allen, MA HR and Bursary Assistant: 338882

Development Director Bill Abraham, BA Tutors Brian Billups, PhD Erika Eiser, PhD (Rehovot) Eva Nanopoulos, LLM (Cantab) Michael Ramage, MArch David Skinner, DPhil (Oxon) Tutorial Assistant: 338844 Tutors for Graduate Students Iain Black, PhD Rebecca Kilner, PhD Personal Assistant: 338810


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Praelector Jane Spencer, PhD Secretary: 338810

Keeper of Pictures Richard Humphreys, MA

Steward Ron Horgan, DPhil (Oxon)

Computer Officer Andrew Flewitt, PhD

Wine Steward Barry Nisbet, PhD (Edinburgh) LittD Dean Bernhard Fulda, PhD College Librarian Fellow: Massimo Beber, MPhil Librarian: Alan Stevens, 338852 Domus Bursar Keith Willox Editor of the College Annual James Mayall, MA, FBA Secretary: 330868 Keeper of Manuscripts and Archives Rosamond McKitterick, LittD, MA, PhD


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Keeper of Silver Janice Stargardt, DLett (Paris)

Communications Officer David Beckingham, PhD Note: All telephone numbers, if called from outside the Cambridge area, must be prefixed by (0)1223.

■■ College Lecturers

Law Paul McHugh, PhD Jillaine Seymour, DPhil (Oxon) Mathematics Julius Ross, PhD Medical and Veterinary Sciences Frances Hall, DPhil (Oxon) Antony Jackson, PhD Modern and Medieval Languages Natasha Franklin, MA (Voronezh) Emma Gilby, PhD Maria Noriega-Sanchez, PhD (Sheffield and Valencia)

Music David Skinner, DPhil (Oxon) Natural Sciences Brian Billups, PhD Erika Eiser, PhD (Rehovot) Rebecca Kilner, PhD Politics, Psychology and Sociology Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, PhD (EUI, Florence) Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, PhD (Stanford) Note: Further information about the College and its officers may be found on the College’s website:

Architecture Michael Ramage, MArch

■■ Directors of Studies Economics Massimo Beber, MPhil Michael Pollitt, DPhil (Oxon) Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Abir Al-Tabbaa, PhD Andrew Flewitt, PhD John Longley, PhD English Edward Wilson-Lee, PhD History Bernhard Fulda, PhD Philip Wood, DPhil (Oxon)

Note: An asterisk after the Director of Studies’ name denotes an external Director of Studies

Subject All Parts of Tripos unless otherwise indicated Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Archaeology and Part I Anthropology Parts IIA+IIB (Archaeology) Parts IIA+IIB (Social Anthroplogy) Architecture Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Directors of Studies Dr Rosalind Love* Dr Janice Stargardt Dr Janice Stargardt Dr Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov Dr Marta de Magahlães* Mr Michael Ramage Dr Barak Kushner* (M11 & L12) Dr Brigitte Steger* (E12)


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Chemical Engineering Classics Computer Science Economics Parts I and IIA Part IIB Engineering Part IA Part IB Part IIA Part IIB English Geography History Prelim to Part I Part I Part II History of Art Land Economy Law Parts IA, IB and LLM Part II Linguistics Management Studies Manufacturing Parts I and II Engineering Mathematics Parts IA, IB (Applied) Parts IA, IB (Pure) Part II Part III Medicine Part IA Part IB Part II Clinical Studies Parts IA+IB Modern & Medieval Year Abroad Languages Part II Modern & Medieval Erasmus Languages Music


the college 2011–12 Dr Sarah Rough* Dr Rosanna Omitowoju* Dr Chris Hadley* Professor Monojit Chatterji Dr Michael Pollitt Dr Abir Al-Tabbaa Dr Andrew Flewitt Dr John Longley Dr John Longley Dr Edward Wilson-Lee Dr Iain Black Dr Bernhard Fulda Dr Bernhard Fulda Dr Philip Wood Dr Frank Salmon* Dr Paul McHugh Miss Eva Nanopoulos Professor Alan Dashwood Mrs Natasha Franklin Dr Michael Pollitt Dr John Longley Dr Berry Groisman Dr Wayne Bucher Dr Julius Ross Dr Berry Groisman Dr Paul Flynn Dr Antony Jackson Dr Paul Flynn Dr Mark Gurnell Dr Maria Noriega-Sanchez Dr Paul White Dr Paul White Mrs Natasha Franklin Dr David Skinner

Natural Sciences Parts 1A, II and III (Biological) Part IA (Physical) Part 1B (Biological) Part IB (Physical) Part II (Physical) Part III (Physical) Part III (Physical) Philosophy Politics, Psychology and Sociology Theological and Religious Studies Veterinary Medicine

Dr Veronica Bennett Dr Christopher Doran Dr Rebecca Kilmer Dr Ian Baxendale Dr Ian Baxendale Dr Ian Baxendale Dr Christopher Doran Dr Christina McLeish Dr Mette EilstrupSangiovanni Professor James Mayall Revd Dr Peter Waddell Dr Colin Roberts

■■ The Fellows Elected 1955 Professor Derek Beales, LittD PhD FBA, Emeritus Professor of Modern History 1962 Dr Paul Scott, PhD, former University Lecturer in Physics 1965 Professor Tim Blanning, LittD PhD FBA, Emeritus Professor of Modern European History 1966 Mr Donald Green, MA, former University Lecturer in Engineering 1968 Mr Christopher Parish, MA MB ChB FRCS FFPHM FSA, former Postgraduate Dean and Consultant Cardio-thoracic Surgeon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Papworth Hospital 1972 Dr Roderick Woods, DPhil (Oxon), former University Lecturer in Physiology 1973 Dr Peter Collier, PhD (London), former University Senior Lecturer in French 1973 Professor Alan Hughes, MA, Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies, Judge Business School and Director of the Centre for Business Research


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 1976 Professor Keith Glover, PhD (MIT) FRS FREng, Professor of Engineering 1979 Professor Dame Ann Dowling, DBE PhD ScD FRS FREng, Professor of Engineering and Head of the Department of Engineering 1980 Professor William Jones, PhD (Wales), Professor of Chemistry 1982 Professor Barry Nisbet, LittD PhD (Edinburgh), Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages (German) 1982 Professor Ronald Horgan, PhD, Professor of Mathematics 1984 Dr Paul McHugh, PhD, Reader in Law 1984 Professor A Lindsay Greer, PhD, Professor of Materials Science, Head of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy and Chair of the Faculty Board of Engineering 1985 Professor Christopher Page, DPhil (York), Professor of Medieval Music and Literature 1990 Professor Timothy M Cox, MD FRCP FMedSci, Professor of Medicine 1992 Professor Sir Gabriel Horn, ScD MD (Birmingham) Hon ScD (Birmingham, Bristol) FRS, former Master, Chair of the Cambridge University Government Policy Programme, Emeritus Professor of Zoology and Senior Scientist, Animal Behaviour 1992 Dr Antony Jackson, PhD, University Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry 1993 Dr John Longley, PhD, University Senior Lecturer in Engineering 1994 Dr Helen Castor, PhD, Fellow in Medieval History 1994 Dr Michael Pollitt, DPhil (Oxon), Reader in Business Economics 1995 Professor Alan Dashwood, MA CBE QC, Emeritus Professor of European Law 1995 Professor Sir Tom Blundell, DPhil (Oxon) FRS FMedSci, Director of Research and Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry 1997 Dr Abir Al-Tabbaa, PhD, University Reader in Geotechnical Engineering 1997 Professor Sir John Walker, DPhil (Oxon) Hon DSc (Oxon) FRS FMedSci, Professor of Molecular Bioenergetics, Director of MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit 1998 Professor James Mayall, MA FBA, Emeritus Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations 1998 Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, DBE BA, former Master, KPMG Professor of Management, Judge Business School and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1999 Dr Andrew Flewitt, PhD, Reader in Engineering


the college 2011–12 2000 Dr Ian Baxendale, PhD (Leics), Royal Society Wolfson Fellow in Organic Chemistry 2000 Dr Christopher Doran, PhD, PPARC/RSE Enterprise Fellow in Physics 2000 Mr Massimo Beber, MPhil, Senior Tutor and Fellow in Economics 2001 Mrs Natasha Franklin, MA, University Senior Language Teaching Officer in Modern and Medieval Languages 2002 Dr Janice Stargardt, DLett (Paris), Emeritus PACSEA Professorial Research Fellow in Geography 2002 Professor Richard Penty, PhD, Professor of Photonics (Engineering) 2002 Dr Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, PhD (Stanford), University Lecturer in Social Anthropology 2003 Dr Jillaine Seymour, LLB (Queensland) DPhil (Oxon), John Thornely Fellow in Law 2003 Dr Frances Hall, DPhil (Oxon) FRCP, ARC Rheumatology Lecturer, Hon. Consultant Rheumatologist at the University of Cambridge Clinical School of Medicine 2004 Professor Christopher Hill, DPhil (Oxon) FBA, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations 2004 Dr Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, PhD (European University Institute), University Lecturer in International Relations 2005 Dr Rebecca Kilner, PhD, Royal Society University Research Fellow in Zoology and University Reader in Biology 2005 Revd Dr Peter Waddell, PhD, Pastoral Dean, Fellow in Theology 2005 Mr Clive Wilmer, MA, Fellow in English 2005 Dr Colin Roberts, PhD (Open University) FRCVS, Affiliated Lecturer in Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine 2005 Dr Paul Flynn, PhD MRCP MRCPI, Consultant Physician, Acute and Metabolic Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital 2006 Dr Emma Gilby, PhD, University Senior Lecturer in Modern and Medieval Languages 2006 Dr Robert Busch, PhD (London), arc Senior Research Fellow 2007 Dr Michelle Oyen, PhD (Minnesota, USA), University Lecturer and Fellow in Bio-Engineering 2007 Professor Rosamond McKitterick, LittD MA PhD, Professor of Medieval History 2007 Dr Brian Billups, MSc (Birmingham) PhD (University College, London), University Lecturer in Pharmacology


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 2007 Dr Iain Black, PhD BA (Sheffield), Fellow in Geography 2007 Dr Bernard Fulda, PhD, Dean and Fellow in History 2007 Dr David Skinner, DPhil (Oxon) MMus (Edinburgh) BA (California State University, USA), Director of Music 2007 Dr Kirsten Dickers, PhD, Admissions Director, Fellow in Natural Sciences 2007 Dr Julius Ross, PhD (Imperial College, London), Knox Shaw Fellow and Taylor Lecturer in Mathematics 2008 Mr Nick Allen, MA, Senior Bursar 2008 Dr Erika Eisner, PhD (Weizmann Institute), University Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Fellow in Natural Sciences 2008 Dr Clare Blaukopf, PhD, John and Delia Agar Research Fellow in Science and Engineering 2008 Mr Michael Ramage, MArch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), University Lecturer in Architecture 2008 Professor Michael Lamb, PhD (Yale) MPhil MS MA (John Hopkins, USA) BA (Durban), Professor of Psychology in the Social Sciences 2008 Professor Martin Kilduff, PhD (Cornell University), Diageo Professor of Management Studies at Judge Business School 2008 Professor Eugenio Biagini, PhD (University of Pisa), Professor in Modern British and European History 2009 Mr David Doupé, MA, John and Delia Agar Research Fellow 2009 Dr David Beckingham, PhD, Austin Robinson Research Fellow 2009 Dr Paul White, PhD, University Research Associate in Early Modern French Philosophy 2010 Dr Joanna Craigwood, PhD, Austin Robinson Research Fellow 2010 Dr Thomas Harvey, PhD, John and Delia Agar Research Fellow 2010 Dr Philip Wood, DPhil (Oxon), Osborn Fellow in Early Medieval History and Culture 2010 Dr Edward Wilson-Lee, PhD, Fellow in English 2010 Dr Mariá Noriega-Sánchez, PhD, Fellow in Modern and Medieval Languages 2010 Mr Bill Abraham, BA, Development Director 2011 Ms Anna Uhlig, MA, Research Fellow 2011 Dr Lionel Hautier, PhD, Ramon Jenkins Research Fellow


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■■ Honorary Fellows Elected 1968 Lord (Asa) Briggs, Hon. LittD (East Anglia) Hon. DSc (Florida Presbyterian), Hon. LLD (York, Canada) FBA, formerly Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, and Chancellor of the Open University 1977 Rt Hon. Lord (David) Owen, MA MB BChir PC CH, formerly Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Chancellor, Liverpool University 1977 Lord (Jack) Lewis, ScD (London) Hon. ScD (Rennes, Open University, East Anglia, Nottingham, Bath) FRS, Commander Cross, Polish Order of Merit, Fellow 1970–77, formerly Warden of Robinson College, Cambridge; Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry 1981 Sir Michael Stoker, CBE FRCP FRS FRSE, formerly President of Clare Hall 1981 Sir Terence Beckett, BSc (London) Hon.DSc (Cranfield, Heriot-Watt) Hon.DSc (Lond) Hon. DTech. (Brunel) KBE FREng FIMechE DL, formerly Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry 1991 The Hon. Sir Patrick Neville Garland, MA LLM, formerly Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division 1991 Lord (David) Stevens of Ludgate, MA 1994 Professor Charles Thurstan Shaw, PhD DipEd (London) Hon. DSc (Nigeria, Ibadan) CBE FRAI FSA FBA, formerly Professor of Archaeology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria 1994 Mr David Gwilym Morris Roberts, MA CBE FREng FICE FIMechE Hon. FIWEM, Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and former Chairman of Acer Group Ltd 1995 Dr Ramon Barton Jenkins, MA MD, former Chairman of the Department of Neurology, Washington Hospital Center and Attending Neurologist at the Children’s Hospital, Washington DC, USA 1996 Professor Arthur Kwok Cheung Li, MA BChir MD FRCS FRCS (E) FRACS FACS Hon. FPCS, Foundation Professor of Surgery and Chairman of Surgical Services at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong; Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China 1999 The Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, MTh (London), Hon. DD, Emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town 2000 Mr John Philip Madden, MA, theatre, film and television director


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 2003 Baroness (Barbara) Young of Old Scone, MA DipHSM, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK 2003 Professor Anthony John Badger, MA PhD (Hull) Hon. DLitt (Hull), Paul Mellon Professor of American History, University of Cambridge, Master of Clare College, University of Cambridge 2004 Sir Ravinder Nath Maini, MB BChir FRCP FRCP(E) FmedSci, Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology at Imperial College London 2005 Dr Alison Brown, MA SM PhD, President and CEO, NAVSYS Corporation 2005 The Rt Hon. Sir William Gage, MA, former Lord Justice, Court of Appeal 2005 The Rt Hon. Peter John Robert Riddell, MA, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Government 2007 Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea, CBE, FCA, DL, MA 2007 Major General John Drewienkiewicz, CB CMG MA, Consultant, Peace Support Operations 2008 Professor Herman Waldmann, ScD (Hons) PhD MRCPath MRCP FRS, Head of Department of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology

■■ Fellow Commoners Elected 1993 1999 2000 2000 2001 2003 2003 2004 2006 2008 2009 2009 2009 2011 2011


Dr Stewart Reid Lang, PhD Ms Priscilla Barrett, BA (Cape Town) Dr Graham John Davies, PhD Dr Hagen Schulze, PhD (Munich) Mr Joseph C Fox, BA Dr Richard Chisnall, PhD Mrs Kyoko Gledhill Dr Michael Purshouse, PhD Mr David Purchase, MA Mr Henry Dawson, MA Mr John Osborn, MA Dr George Reid, PhD Mr Richard Humphreys, MA Mrs Josephine Wallace-Hadrill, MA Mr Christopher Pyatt, MA MICE FIHT

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■■ Bye Fellows Elected 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011 2011

Dr Dejan-Krešimir Bucˇar Professor Monojit Chatterji Dr Berry Groisman Dr Mark Gurnell Miss Eva Nanopolous Dr Stefano Pluchino Mr Nicholas Rogers Dr Jane Spencer Mr Keith Willox

■■ Visiting Fellows 2011–12 Dr Muttanagoud Kalasad Dr Maraiah Vishwanath Professor Peter Wolynes (Linnett Visiting Professor) Professor Pierre Dubois Professor Jill D. Harries Professor Steven Uran

Easter 2011 (Pavate) Michaelmas 2011 (Pavate) Michaelmas 2011 Lent 2012 Easter 2012 Easter 2012

■■ 1596 Foundation Members Elected 2000 Dr Alan Diamond Hon. DBA MCSI 2000 Mrs Sheila Diamond 2000 Mr Hugh Easterling 2000 Professor Anthony French 2000 Mr Rex Harbour 2000 Dr Stewart Lang

2000 Mr Gwilym Roberts CBE FREng 2000 Mrs Elizabeth Young 2000 Mr John Young 2000 Pfizer Global Research and Development 2001 Mr James McNeill QC


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 2001 Mrs Jill Campbell 2001 Dr Simon Campbell CBE FRS FMedSci 2001 Mrs Kyoko Gledhill 2001 Mr Peter Ellis 2002 Dr Dennis Hui 2002 Mr Gilbert Rodway QC 2002 Mr John Thornely 2002 Dr Julia Thornely 2002 Mrs Patricia Wills 2002 Mr Richard Phillips QC 2002 Dr David Fyfe 2002 Mr Malcolm Gammie CBE QC 2002 Mr Peter Espenhahn 2002 Dr Gerald Avison 2003 Mrs Patricia Begg 2003 Mr David Purchase 2004 Dr Chris Dobson 2004 Mr Matthew Bullock 2004 Mrs Ann Ewart 2004 Professor Michael Scott Morton 2005 Mrs Mary Scott Morton 2005 Ms Taryn Edwards 2005 Mr José Alvarez Stelling 2005 Mr Prakash Melwani 2005 Mr Richard North 2005 Mr John Rushton 2005 Mr John Gibbon 2005 Mr Gareth Jones 2005 Mr Geoffrey Darby 2005 Mr David de Saxe 2005 Mr Ken-Yu Chou 2005 Ms Sherry Coutu 2006 Mr Peter Lipscomb OBE


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Mr Richard Hartley QC Mr John Osborn Dr David Bieber Mr Roger Siddle Ms Anne Farlow Mrs Wang Mei-Wen Chou Mr John Collis Mr Andrew Sheard The Lord Stevens of Ludgate Mrs Ann Dobson Mr Mark Rawlinson Mr Alan Lancashire Mr Nick Gray Mrs Penny Price-Larkum Mr Malcolm Basing Mr Charles Sherwood Mr Gordon Chilton Mr Michael Blake Mr Edward Chandler Mr Anthony Morris Mr Chun-Chi Chou Dr Leslie Illing Mr John Brock Dr David Ives Mr Jackson Deans Mr Iain Oldcorn Dr Christopher Hoare Mr Mike Styles Mr Peter Andrews Mr Lawrance Heller Mr Antony Watson QC Mr Keith Nicholson Mr Christopher Khoo Mr Clive Nicholls QC Dr Martin Scott Ms Hanadi Jabado

2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2010 2010

The Nasr Family Mr Christopher Lucas Mr Norman Shepherd Professor Herman Waldmann Mr Donald Luker Mr John Beale Mr Adam Glinsman

2010 2011 2011 2011 2011

Mr Murray Clayson Dr Alison Brown Mr Alan Redfern Mr Paul Supramaniam Professor Rosamond McKitterick

■■ Members of the College 2011–12 Doctoral Students Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic Dunshea, Philip M Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Casey, Stephen Hewitt, Duncan Archaeology Bellifemine Sanchez-Chopitea, Viviana Taylor, Sean P Architecture Bill, Nicholas A Astronomy Crowe, Chris M Biochemistry Le Guillou, Ian Longo, Michael A Pacitto, Angela (Lent 2011 start)

Biological Science at European Bioinformatics Institute Parks, Sarah (Lent 2011 start) Biological Science at MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit Walpole, Thomas Biotechnology Lapsley, Marta Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair Choi, Minee Chemical Engineering Chen, Dongping (Lent 2011 start) Lee, Chern L Menz, William Ross, James G Classics Gershon, Yehudah N Criminology Eshel, Abigail (Easter 2011 start)


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Divinity Bryson, James

Land Economy Wagenaar, Kim

Economics Brutscher, Philipp-Bastian

Law Lusa Bordin, Fernando Rossi, Guido Vidigal Neto, Geraldo D C

Education Perkins, Rosie L (part-time) Engineering Dawoud, Osama (Lent 2011 start) Gallieri, Marco Ingram, James N (part-time) Keränen, Krista Pino, Juan M Reilly, Aidan Weatherup, Robert S Wu, Yue Experimental Psychology Davidson, Gabrielle Lawrance-Owen, Adam Geography Gatti, Emma Kovacs, Eszter History Cameron, James J J Lally, Jagjeet Mills, Robin Redman, Lydia C Rembold, Ingrid Rogachevsky, Neil Scholten, Desirée Tunstall Allcock, Thomas Ward, Graeme


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Management Studies (Judge Business School) Cappellaro, Giulia Markou, Andreas Mathematical Analysis Civin, Damon Materials Science & Metallurgy Aveson, John Barrett, Clark James, Matthew P W Qiu, Jing Medical Genetics Castro Dopico, Xaquin Medicine Smith, Nicholas J C Tajsic, Tamara Modern and Medieval Languages Assinder, Semele J A Hilpert, Stephan Patterson, Jonathan H C

Pathology Guinot Aguado, Anna Harman, Laura E R MacRae, Elizabeth J (part-time) Pharmacology Huang Cao, Zhen F Ng, David C-H Ohene-Agyei, Thelma Philosophy Cameron, Christina F Physics Asil, Demet Brewer, Anthony Kim, Joung-Youn Kumar, Abhishek Richardson, Carly Son, Seok-Kyun Thomson, Nicholas Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Baez Mendoza, Raymundo Graham, Sarah

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) Agensky, Jonathan C Andrews, Anthony I Laderman, Charles Lewis, Oliver (part-time) Laitio, Noora (part-time) Puri, Samir (part-time) Public Health and Primary Care Barnes, Daniel Social Anthropology Avramopoulou, Eirini Kvedaravicius, Mantas Ringel, Felix Social and Developmental Psychology Sim, Megan Zoology Lin, Yangchen (Lent 2011 start)

Plant Sciences Li, Zheng Rudge, Timothy J

MRC Dunn Human Nutrition Unit Leerkotte, Baastian J


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■■ Continuing Graduate Students 2011–12 Doctoral (Probationary) Archaeology Accetta, Kelly History Cantwell, Louisa Politics and International Relations Bray, Donald Social Anthropological Research Heywood, Pier Social and Developmental Psychology Krpan, Dario

Other Courses

Education (MEd) Connor, Matthew Dowling, Simon Veterinary Medicine Carter, Caroline Hooker, Holly Leney, Francesca Mansell, Rhiannon

Graduates (by Department) Doctoral (Probationary/CPGS)

Legal Studies Lusa Bordin, Fernando

Biological Science at MRC MBU Walpole, Thomas

Mathematical Analysis Civin, Damon

Chemical Engineering Chen, Dongping (Lent 2011 start) Menz, William

Medical Genetics Castro Dopico, Xaquin

Criminology Eshel, Abigail (Easter 2011 start)

Clinical Medicine Bradley, Patrick Creamer, Andrew

■■ New Graduate Students 2011–12

Experimental Psychology Davidson, Gabrielle

Physics Chang, Hui

Other Courses Clinical Medicine Coysh, Thomas Goradia, Harshita

Jemade, Chibuzo Jovic, Thomas Lang, Sarah-Jane Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies Barnes, Sophie Wu, Charlotte

Veterinary Medicine Hare, Cassia Maw, Hazel Tallon, Rose

■■ Matriculations 2010–11

Engineering Dawoud, Osama (Lent 2011 start) Gallieri, Marco Keränen, Krista

Doctoral (Probationary)


Fielding, Josephine Hind, Eleanor Lawrence, John Mason, Sarah McKnight, Angus Murugesu, Sughashini Tan, Linette White, Laura Wightman, Ruth

Part III Mathematics Banks, Elliott Bonnebaigt, Rachael

German Hilpert, Stephan History Lally, Jagjeet Rembold, Ingrid Rogachevsky, Neil Scholten, Desirée Ward, Graeme

Pathology Guinot Aguado, Anna Pharmacology Huang Cao, Zhen Fang Ohene-Agyei, Thelma Physics Asil, Demet Richardson, Carly Public Health and Primary Care Barnes, Daniel Physiology, Development and Neuroscience Graham, Sarah Zoology Lin, Yangchen (Lent 2011 start)


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Other Courses Advanced Computer Science Giannaros, Paul African Studies Gersten, Jonathan

Conservation Leadership Sibanda, Mxolisi Development Studies Buthpitiya, Vindhya Cantwell, Louisa

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Silverstein, Eli

Education Connor, Matthew Dowling, Simon Turner, Ruth Westerman, Richard Whitefield, Colin

Biological Science Pacitto, Angela (Lent 2011 start) (Course registration subsequently changed to PhD)

Engineering for Sustainable Development Krammer, Philip Richards Ovalle, Juan

Bioscience Enterprise Freedman, Michael

Egyptology Accetta, Kelly

Business Administration (MBA) Alexandrian, Maral Chen, Yao Cushman, Simona Famutimi, Emily Farid, Mohammad Nair, Savita Roos, Breena

English Ward, Matthew

Archaeology Allen, Joanne

Chemistry Stegmueller, Andreas Criminology Koning, Anneke Littman, Aaron


the college 2011–12 International Relations Baumgaertel, Moritz Lefèvre, Raphaël Law (LLM) El-Haj, Ali Giddens, Laura Rodgers, Niamh Tait, Elisabeth Mathematics (MAST) Graw, Christopher Houston, Nicholas Moreau, Jérémie Qureshi, Ahmad Schmitt, Simon Medical Science Annamalai, Anand Kumar Music (MMus) Haneman, Jeremy

Musicology Dokter, Rachel Physics Davies, Gary Real Estate Finance Martin, Jack Social and Developmental Psychology Bloom, Ivanka Chaturvedi, Tanvi Cherson, Mollie Krpan, Dario Perry, Benjamin Rampat, Smita Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Chang, Hsinyu

Environmental Policy Van Valden, Blake History Hunter, Catherine Nixey, Louise Rostad, Samuel Innovation, Strategy and Organisation Millington, Graham


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■■ Graduate Students coming into residence 2011–12 Doctoral (Probationary/CPGS) Architecture Vallejo Bermeo, José Applied Mathematics Solomon, Adam Biological Science at MRC MBU Constable, Robert Chemical Engineering Termglinchan, Vivat (from Lent Term 2012) Chemistry Baker, Ysobel Development Studies Rocha, Igor Engineering Eroukhmanoff, Nicolas Racz, Gergely Shapiro, Jenna English Harris, Merrilees Experimental Psychology O’Connor, Richard


Geography Gibson, Sebastian History O’Byrne, Darren Warr, Simone (part-time) Wolverton, Alexandra Management Studies Norman, Toby Mathematical Analysis Jones, Adam Nanotechnology Young, Laurence Pathology Oefner, Carolin Pharmacology Droubi, Alaa (from Lent Term 2012) Physics Huang, Cheng-Kuang Public Health and Primary Care Suleman, George Mgomella

Social & Developmental Psychology

Balsari-Palsule, Sanna (from Easter Term 2012) Hanbidge, Laura (from Lent Term 2012) Zoology De Gasperin Quintero, Ornela Other Courses Archaeology Huisman, Floor Robertson, Calum Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Caballero, Jonas Bioscience Enterprise Benaich, Nathan Ejsmont, Andrzej Mulgrew, Stephen Business Administration (MBA) Anderson, Katherine Block, Carl Gonsalvez, Neil Nielsen, Nanna Taylor, Richard Van Kirk, Sarah

Chemistry Madusanka, Adassooriyage Nadeesh

Finance (MPhil) Goldberg, Terence Savic, Una Shao, Han

Classics Strauss, Simon

Finance (MFin) Lee, Shi Qin Desmond Sears, Robert

Computational Biology Bancroft, Jeremy Economics Charalampidis, Nikolaos Education (MEd) Alexandre, Rebecca Campbell, Sarah Florack, Franziska Parker, Andrea Peirce, Christopher Education (MPhil) Birdi, Deepika Geerts, Jaason Education (PGCE) Brown, Paul Engineering for Sustainable Development Hirmer, Stephanie Savill, Iain

History Critchlow, Daniel Gross, George Stoakes, Coral International Relations (MPhil) Confavreux Zimmermann, Marine Noble, Natalie Ostermeyer, Christoph Petkanas, Zoe Tudor Jones, Gwilym International Relations (MSt) Brown, Jessica Gilfillan, Stacy Hasani, Astrit Jenkins, Lewis Luksa-Soltanovic, Dzuliana Morcoms-Harneis, Julien Petratos, Pythagoras Turner, Jane

Jewish-Christian Relations Black, Joanna Latin American Studies Stokes, Rosemary Law (LLM) Gherbaoui, Tarik Hamilton, Thomas Mercadante, Daniele Nicholson, Rowan Paterson, Claire Smrcek, Toni Management Cowan, Alistair Mathematics (MAST) Braun, Wilhelm Braune, Lucas Huang, Kedi Mazur, Przemyslaw Stulemeijer, Thierry Xie, Qingqing Yan, Han Pharmacology Ding, Ning Photonics System Development (MRes) Wu, Ji Zhou, Tianyao


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Planning, Growth and Regeneration Liu, Peidong

Social & Developmental Psychology Noorderhaven, Rebecca

the college 2011–12 Technology Policy Ligueros, Sebastian Theology and Religious Studies Wharton, Geoffrey

■■ Graduate Students – Most Recent Institution ALEXANDRE, Rebecca, University of Cambridge ANDERSON, Katherine, University of California BAKER, Ysobel, University of Southampton BALSARI-PALSULE, Sanna, University of Cambridge BANCROFT, Jeremy, University of Cambridge BENAICH, Nathan, University of Cambridge BIRDI, Deepika, University of Nottingham BLACK, Joanna, University of Manchester BLOCK, Carl, Technische Universität, Berlin BRAUN, Wilhelm, Universität Potsdam BRAUNE, Lucas, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro BROWN, Jessica, Brown University BROWN, Paul, University of Cambridge CABALLERO, Jonas, University of Pittsburgh CAMPBELL, Sarah, Canterbury Christchurch University CHARALAMPIDIS, Nikolaos, Athens University of Economics and Business CONFAVREUX ZIMMERMANN, Marine, Institut d’Etudes Politiques CONSTABLE, Robert, University of Warwick COWAN, Alistair, University of Leeds CRITCHLOW, Daniel, University of Cambridge DE GASPERIN QUINTERO, Ornela, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México DING, Ning, University of York DROUBI, Alaa, University of Manchester EROUKHMANOFF, Nicolas, Imperial College London EJSMONT, Andrzej, Cornell University FLORACK, Franziska, University of Cambridge GEERTS, Jaason, University of Toronto


GHERBAOUI, Tarik, University of Amsterdam GIBSON, Sebastian, University of London GILFILLAN, Stacy, John Carroll University, Ohio GOLDBERG, Terence, University of Cape Town GONSALVEZ, Neil, University of Technology, Sydney GROSS, George, King’s College London HANBIDGE, Laura, University of Wisconsin HAMILTON, Thomas, College of Law HARRIS, Merrilees, Queen Mary, University of London HASANI, Astrit, Rochester Institute of Technology – American University in Kosovo HIRMER, Stephanie, University of Warwick HU, Chou-Hui, National Defense Medical Center, Taiwan HUANG, Cheng-Kuang, Peking University HUANG, Kedi, Imperial College London HUISMAN, Floor, University of Durham JENKINS, Lewis, King’s College London JONES, Adam, University of Oxford LEE, Shi Qin Desmond, Nanyang Technological University LIGUEROS, Sebastian, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile LIU, Peidong, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics LUKSA-SOLTANOVIC, Dzuliana, University of Vilnius MADUSANKA, Adassooriyage Nadeesh, University of Moratuwa MAZUR, Przekyslaw, Jagiellonian University MERCADANTE, Daniele, Università di Pisa MORCOMS-HARNEIS, Julien, INSEAD, France MULGREW, Stephen, University of Dundee NICHOLS, Georgia, London School of Economics and Political Science NICHOLSON, Rowan, Macquarie University NIELSON, Nanna, International Christian University, Tokyo NOBLE, Natalie, Northwestern University NOORDERHAVEN, Rebecca, Utrecht University NORMAN, Toby, University of Cambridge O’BYRNE, Darren, University College Dublin O’CONNOR, Richard, University of Cambridge OEFNER, Carolin, Free University of Berlin OSTERMEYER, Christoph, Humboldt University


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 PARKER, Andrea, University of Cambridge PATERSON, Claire, University of Auckland PEIRCE, Christopher, University of Cambridge PETKANAS, Zoe, George Washington University PETRATOS, Pythagoras, Queen Mary University London RACZ, Gergely, University College London ROBERTSON, Calum, Edinburgh University ROCHA, Igor, Universidade Estadual de Campinas SAVIC, Una, University of Belgrade SAVILL, Iain, University of York SEARS, Robert, University of Oxford SHAO, Han, Ohio State University SHAPIRO, Jenna, University of Kentucky SMRCEK, Toni, Sveucˇilište u Zagrebu SOLOMON, Adam, University of Cambridge STOAKES, Coral, Goldsmith College, University of London STOKES, Rosemary, University of Bath STRAUSS, Simon, University of Basel STULEMEIJER, Thierry, Free University of Brussels SULEMAN, George Mgomella, Harvard University TAYLOR, Richard, Australian National University TERMGLINCHAN, Vivat, Imperial College London TUDOR JONES, Gwilym, University of Manchester TURNER, Jane, University of London, Birkbeck College VALLEJO BERMEO, Jose, University of Cambridge VAN KIRK, Sarah, Duke University WARR, Simone, Imperial College London WHARTON, Geoffrey, Trinity College, University of Dublin WOLVERTON, Alexandra, University of Cambridge WU, Ji, National University of Singapore XIE, Qingqing, University of Nottingham YAN, Han, University of Science and Technology, China YOUNG, Laurence, University College London ZHOU, Tianyao, Beijing University


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■■ Graduate Awards, Studentships and Bursaries 2011–12 Each year, the College is in the fortunate position of being able to support its Graduate Students through the distribution of various awards and bursaries. The College is extremely grateful to the benefactors who have contributed to the establishment of these grants over successive generations. Competition for the awards is high, and each year the Graduate Tutors face the unenviable task of choosing the successful candidates from a large number of worthy applications. In the Easter Term 2011, awards were granted to the following students:

New Award Holders 2011–12 Evan Lewis-Thomas Bursary Nicholson, Rowan (LLM) Joyce Coutu Scholarship Van Kirk, Sarah (MBA) Gledhill Research Studentship Solomon, Adam (Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics) Fox Fellowship (incoming from Yale) Meyer, Thomas (Sociology/Political Science) Anderson, Richard (History) (outbound from Sidney) Kirsop, Samuel (Geography) Agensky, Jonathan (International Studies) Andrew Semkov Travel Award Creamer, Andrew (Clinical Medicine)                                                 Mason, Sarah (Clinical Medicine)                                                 Wightman, Ruth (Clinical Medicine) Tristan Barber Medical Travel Award Creamer, Andrew (Clinical Medicine) Mason, Sarah (Clinical Medicine)

Current Award Holders Evan Lewis-Thomas Studentship Vidigal Neto, Geraldo (PhD Law) (2009–10) Evan Lewis-Thomas Bursary Lusa Bordin, Fernando (PhD Law) (2010–11) Howard Studentship (2009–10) Mills, Robin (History) Adam Glinsman Award (2010–11) Ohene-Agyei, Thelma (Pharmacology) Sidney Sussex Research Studentship Guinot Aguado, Anna (Pathology) (2010–11)


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■■ Undergraduate Students 2011–12 FIRST YEAR Archaeology and Anthropology Fletcher, Grace S Architecture Austin, Jasmine R Brookes, Joshua Bungey, Joseph Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Thompson, Georgina Chemical Engineering Lee, Julin Patel, Sajan P Classics Clifford, Brendan Fothergill, Helena F Norris, Benjamin T W Oghene, Hannah Economics Dholakia, Shreya Howell, Charlotte Jamison, Mark W Parlasca, Markus Springer, Alexander J White, James Yianni, George Engineering Al-Mashouk, Sami Bathurst, Alexander P D Brockie, Samuel G


Cole, Thomas A Cooksley, Henry J Fitton, Matthew J Heywood, David Hobbs, John Lim, Jia Wei Murphy, Stephen L Nagarajah, Sasha Shah, Kalpesh Wynne, Kirsty L English Bowen, Isabelle M Donovan, James W Holland, Jordan M Tripathi, Ameya Vernon, Katie Woods, David J Geography Bellamy, Laura C Durrant, Jennifer C Ehrmann, Georgia B Jackson, Samuel F Layton, Jack L Lochead, Samuel G History Best, Charlotte Bloomfield, Jenifer H Grayling, Laura H Morris, Poppy L Thomas, David A

Land Economy Elliott, Tom Kenny, Peter Law Auster, Rebecca Liao, David T Y McKnight, Rebecca V Todd, Patrick F Linguistics Hurley, David J Mathematics Horder, Stewart Hyman, Daniel M Lambeth, Christopher Lubel, Matthew Show, De Yang Tan, Jiann Meng Wedge-Roberts, Matthew J Medicine Cumming, Helen Jaker, Sams U Jeyabelen, Harishanth Naruka, Vinci Peutherer, Catherine Toal, Connor M Turberfield, Catherine S Yang, Dorothy D Zheng, Nancy X Modern and Medieval Languages Folland, Imogen Hreben, Rebecca L Ngah, Safiah

Rauchegger, Olivia Timothy, Rebecca Music Bourne, Joseph Cheung, Jo-Yee Parris, George Natural Sciences Barth, Anna Burrows, Laura Harrold, Alexander Houlder, Emma L Howard, Joseph L Jones, Emma Legg, Kirsten J Liu, Hon W MacBean, Laura A Madgwick, Alison Marshall, Ashleigh F Moffatt, Emma Ryda, Jordan Savage, Eleanor Trevelyan, Matthew F Welbourne, Alexander Philosophy Jimenez Cordero, A Bulmaro Politics, Psychology and Sociology Andrews, Samantha J Brunert, Joshua Datta, Anita Hutchinson, Aimee F S Jones Buxton, Angharad Macmillen, Daniel A


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Theology and Religious Studies Hambro, Maya Riley, Terri-Leigh Veterinary Medicine Shiels, Rhonda L Winstanley, Calista

SECOND YEAR Archaeology and Anthropology Harrison, Kate J McAuliffe, Stephanie Architecture Singler, Sofia A Young, Oliver Chemical Engineering Collett, Catherine H Classics Hoyt, Magdalen Macklon, Laurens Oon, Isabel Pulsford, Emily Computer Science Sanduleac, Ovidiu-Dan Smith, Thomas C Economics Alleck, Amit Gao, Yun H (Derek) Iliffe, Emily Patel, Maya


the college 2011–12 Shaw, Catherine M Walsh, Conor Engineering Atkins, Caroline L Faulkner, Natasha R Hopkins, John M Linford, Edward G D Nodzynski, Wojciech Ross, James Sheldon, James Toyn, Jeremy M von Rudno, Markus Waller, Jonathan Worrall, Daniel E English Hunter, Catriona M R Jones, Ami N Michell, Harry Souter, Anna L Williamson, Rory Geography Cohen-Lask, Noami Deslandes, Laura G Levy, Hannah Matthias, James Tompkins, Isabelle History Bardsley, Thomas Brookes, Thomas Z Estdale, Catherine J Hillsdon, Thomas Landa, Adam Singer, Jonathan

Smith, Jonathan Songi, Matt Voignac, Joseph M History of Art Mills, Lydia Land Economy Rubin, Katie Yung, Janet P Q Law Barr, David J M Duru, Kristy N Phillips, Nicole Sangani, Krishma Veale, George Zong, William W Mathematics Bootland, Niall J Liu, Fangzhou Oh, Seong J Pirrie, Andrew Seddon, Thomas H Ward, Alexander E Medicine Cope, Rosanne M A Davies, David L Franklin, Philippe Ghareeb, Ali Kamenou, Isabelle Musiol, Szymon K Shaw, Caroline Sinclair, Rachel Wood, Matthew J

Modern and Medieval Languages Arbuthnot, Mollie Downes, Emily R Martin, Toby Pillinger, Octavia Walker, Jonathan M Natural Sciences Baxter, Luke Brookes, Ellen Daley, Rosemary A Hayward, Andrew Houston, Alexander Huang, Ruoxi Kasoar, Timothy A Kernick, Nicolas Matthews, Peter McCarthy, Amy Perez-Storey, Richard Robinson, Sarah-Louise Stephenson, Anthony P Philosophy Chatterjee, Ophelia K Elliott, Alexander Politics, Psychology and Sociology Alcock, Nicola C Duffield, Olivia C Hore, Rosalind Theology and Religious Studies Brunt, Alison (BTh) Khan, Bilal H Kurtinyte, Saule Lee, Franklin O Y (BTh) Taylor, Hannah R


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Veterinary Medicine Fellows, Virginia A Gregory, Rosalind K M Lee, Elaine C E Yazdanian, Bijan

THIRD YEAR Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic Bullard-Smith, Victoria Archaeology and Anthropology McEvoy, Daniel R Musselwhite, Lucy A Smith, Natalie Architecture Bailey, Sebastian Chemical Engineering Xu, Ke Classics Dilnot, Rosemary Westripp, Simon J Computer Science Chen, Dolly Killough, Michael J Economics Ankers, Toby Bassi, Kanika Kayihan, Emel Khong, Anthony Lewin, Thomas


the college 2011–12 Manafi, Navid Shen, Jieni Snow, Kate Engineering Austin, Mark Ayache, Philippe C Chia, Charmaine Melzer, Andrew Neat, Thomas E Redman-White, Aneurin J Ronaldson, Alexander D T Savell, Harry Smyth, Andrew M English Docherty, Francesca Isaac, Anna Page, Chris Snoddy, Jack Vickerstaff, Fiona J Geography Agate, Liam Alderton, Hannah R Bates, Jennifer Edwardes Jones, Mark W Marshall, James S J Owen, Frances G C Smout-McGlade, Roseanne E S History Berry, Heather Gebbett, Matthew Parton, Emily H Roberts, George Tapley, Natalie K

Whitehall, Kenton Wilson, James D History of Art Norton, Yates Land Economy Brown, George T Greenway, Charles E Law Crothall, Amy Englander, Henry T Graves, Elli Kola-Balogun, Morohunkeji (Keji) McCusker, Theo Muirhead, Aimee Linguistics Cormack, James R W Manufacturing Engineering Ginger, John Mathematics Bettany, Tom R Clark, Caroline J Jowett, Adam O Reid, James A Wollmann, Jan Medicine Chen, Ning L Clubb, Rhea K Parker, Bethan Patel, Ronak S Scannell, Jack

Street, Anna N Vega, Philippa A Wong, Francesca F Modern and Medieval Languages Boulding, Emma C (Abroad) Duncalfe, Laura (Abroad) Hardman, James (Abroad) Wright, Nicola B (Abroad) Music Bramson, S Verity M Shannon, Ruth Smith, Daniel Natural Sciences Cook, Shaun J Gould, Oliver Griffiths, Matthew J S Hands, Melissa J Jamie, Gabriel A Malek, Raihazah Marks, Isobel H Mecklenburg, Milan B A Miller, Harry A Mogull, David (Gustav) Overvoorde, Lois M Reinert, Julia Screeton, Matthew Seel, James Smith, Hannah Staines, Alison Taylor, Nicholas Xie, Cheng Philosophy Levitin, Alyona


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Politics, Psychology and Sociology Evans, Alexander Mair, Luned Nicholson, Krista A Takenaka, Kaori

Geography Weldon, Dominic A

Theology and Religious Studies Norman, Kitty Wabe, Charlotte

Modern and Medieval Languages Arora, Harshil Bajorek, Tommy Johnson, James F Mayhew, Nicholas Williams, Emma R

Veterinary Medicine Bertrand, Katherine Gray, Katherine

FOURTH YEAR Chemical Engineering Goh, Alessandria Y Y Lee, Su Lyn Rickenbach, James A Tong, Haoyang Wills, Adam P Engineering Baker, Ross Bird, Hugh J Bokor, Tamas G Hunter, Andrew J Jarvis, Caroline L Lei, Yutian Phelps, Benedict R L Pilkington, Andrew J Wagner, Thomas


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Management Studies Di Mambro, Rebecca

Natural Sciences Gibbons, Simon L J Grayling, Michael J Ing-Simmons, Elizabeth G L Magan, Shahir A Manolopoulos, Emily Mellers, Gregory J Scholtes, Timothy Teskey, Christopher J Yallup, Christine D

■■ Examination Results 2011 (*Distinction mMerit) Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Tripos Part II Class II (Div.1) Binstead, Charlotte

Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Tripos Part IB Class II (Div.1) Duncalfe, Laura

Rickenbach, James* Tong, Haoyang

Archaeological and Anthropological Tripos Part I Class I McAuliffe, Stephanie

Architecture Tripos Part IA Class II (Div.1) Singler, Sofia

Class III Lee, Su Lyn

Class II (Div.1) Harrison, Kate Part IIA Class II (Div.1) Musselwhite, Lucy Social Anthropology Part IIA Class I Smith, Natalie* Class II (Div.1) McEvoy, Daniel Part IIB Class II (Div.1) Schultz, Abigail Thorowgood, Cottia

Class II (Div.2) Mills, Lydia Young, Oliver Part IB Class II (Div.1) Bailey, Sebastian Part II Class II (Div.1) Kerrison, Lara Patel, Viresh Chemical Engineering Tripos Part I Class I Xu Zhou, Ke Part IIA Class I Goh, Alessandria

Class II (Div.2) Wills, Adam

Part IIB Class I Ng, Xian Class II (Div.1) Marshall, Erica Classical Tripos Part IA Class II (undivided) Macklon, Laurens Oon, Isabel Pulsford, Emily Declared to have Deserved Honours Hoyt, Magdalen Part IB Class I Dilnot, Rosemary Westripp, Simon


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Computer Science Tripos Part IA Class II (Div.1) Smith, Thomas Class II (Div.2) Sanduleac, Ovidiu-Dan Part IB Class I Killough, Michael Class II (Div.2) Chen, Dolly Economics Tripos Part I Class I Alleck, Amit Gao, Yun (Derek) Class II (Div.1) Iliffe, Emily Patel, Maya Shaw, Catherine Walsh, Conor Part IIA Class I Khong, Anthony Class II (Div.1) Bassi, Kanika Kayihan, Emel Lewin, Thomas


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Shen, Jieni Snow, Kate

Nodzynski, Wojciech Toyn, Jeremy

Class II (Div.2) Ankers, Toby Manafi, Navid

Part IB Class I Chia, Charmaine Melzer, Andrew Smyth, Andrew

Part IIB Class I Anderson, Gareth Patel, Rishin Class II (Div.1) Highcock, Rebecca Watts, Benjamin

Class II (Div.1) Ginger, John Neat, Thomas Savell, Harry

Part IIB Successful Chandler, Peter* Fajuyigbe, Ayodelem Gorton, Daniel* Guo, Xiaochen m Harrison, Samuel* Jones, Gwyn* Parker, Bethany Scott, Natasham Woodfield, Danielm

Class II (Div.2) Austin, Mark Ayache, Philippe Redman-White, Aneurin

English Tripos Part I Class II (Div.1) Docherty, Francesca Green, Rose Page, Christopher Vickerstaff, Fiona

Engineering Tripos Part IA Class I Atkins, Caroline von Rudno, Markus Worrall, Daniel

Class III Ronaldson, Alexander

Class II (Div.2) Snoddy, Jack

Part IIA Class I Bird, Hugh

Class II (Div.1) Faulkner, Natasha Linford, Edward Ross, James Sheldon, James Waller, Jonathan

Class II (Div.1) Baker, Ross Bokor, Tamas Jarvis, Caroline Phelps, Benedict

Part II Class II (Div.1) Blackwell, Iain Christie, Michael Goodman, Imogen Hornsey, Michael Wu, Charlotte

Class II (Div.2) Howlin, Philip Jenkins-Murray, Sean

Class II (Div.2) Hopkins, John

Class II (Div.2) Hunter, Andrew Pilkington, Andrew Wagner, Thomas

Geographical Tripos Part IA Class I Cohen-Lask, Noami

Class II (Div.1) Deslandes, Laura Levy, Hannah Matthias, James Tompkins, Isabelle Part IB Class II (Div.1) Agate, Liam Alderton, Hannah Bates, Jennifer Edwardes Jones, Mark Marshall, James Owen, Frances Smout-McGlade, Roseanne Part II Class I Clarke, Roger Class II (Div.1) Drummond, Poppy Goldberg, Laura Kirsop, Samuel Sommerfeld, Mark Styger, Greg Class II (Div.2) Richardson, Natalie History of Art Tripos Part IIA Class I Norton, Yates

Class II (Div.1) Bullard-Smith, Victoria Part IIB Class I Di Mambro, Rebecca Class II (Div.1) Davenport, Thomas Historical Tripos Part I Class I Roberts, George Class II (Div.1) Berry, Heather Parton, Emily Tapley, Natalie Whitehall, Kenton Wilson, James Class II (Div.2) Gebbett, Matthew Part II Class I Campsie, Alexandre Winton, Joel Class II (Div.1) Allen, Kimberley Al-Rehani, Luke Day, Helena Dinwoodie, Jane Hindmarsh, Elizabeth


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Penman, Daniel Sweetland, Lucy Land Economy Tripos Part IA Class II (Div.1) Rubin, Katie Yung, Janet Part IB Class II (Div.1) Brown, George Greenway, Charles Part II Class I Zender, Stephanie Class II (Div.1) Iron, Frederick Loughran, Thomas Law Tripos Part IA Class II (Div.1) Barr, David Phillips, Nicole Class II (Div.2) Duru, Kristy Sangani, Krishma Veale, George Zong, William Ordinary Ferguson, Amy


Part IB Class II (Div.1) Englander, Henry Graves, Elli Kola-Balogun, Morohenkeji (Keji) Muirhead, Aimee Class II (Div.2) Crothall, Amy McCusker, Theo Part II Class II (Div.1) Ali, Saira Barford, Alla Gerard, Christopher Spink, Serena Wild, Rebecca Management Studies Tripos Class I Harrison, Rupert Class II (Div.1) White, Joseph Class II (Div.2) Akanga, Zedekiah Mathematical Tripos Part IA Class I Oh, Seong Seddon, Thomas

the college 2011–12 Class II (Div.1) Bootland, Niall Ward, Alexander

Part III Successful Skinner, Daryl

Class II (Div.2) Liu, Fangzhou

Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos

Declared to have Deserved Honours Pirrie, Andrew

Part IA Class II (undivided) Cope, Rosanne Davies, David Fellows, Virginia Franklin, Philippe Ghareeb, Ali Kamenou, Isabelle Lee, Elaine Musiol, Szymon Shaw, Caroline Sinclair, Rachel Wood, Matthew Yazdanian, Bijan

Part IB Class II (Div.1) Jowett, Adam Wollmann, Jan Class II (Div.2) Bettany, Tom Clark, Caroline Reid, James Part II Class I Bonnebaigt, Rachael Rafferty, Simon Class II (Div.1) Grayling, Michael Hung, Cheuk Man Sukumar, Nimalesh Class II (Div.2) Dupre, Matthew Leonard, Jason McClintock, Sean

Gray, Katherine Patel, Ronak Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos Part IA French Class I Martin, Toby

Pillinger, Octavia Part IB Class II (Div.1) Boulding, Emma Cormack, James Hardman, James Shepherd, Alice Wright, Nicola

Class II (Div.1) Downes, Emily Jemade, Chibuzo Maw, Hazel Pillinger, Octavia

Part II Class II (Div.1) Gosby, Elin Hall, Theresa Melliss, Jonathan Tayenjam, Jessica Warry, Sarah

German Class I Arbuthnot, Mollie Walker, Jonathan

Class II (Div.2) Smith, Emma Music Tripos

Part IB Class I Chen, Ning Parker, Bethany Class II (Div.1) Clubb, Rhea Scannell, Jack Street, Anna Vega, Philippa Wong, Francesca Class II (Div.2) Bertrand, Katherine

Italian Class II (Div.1) Jemade, Chibuzo Russian Class I Arbuthnot, Mollie Martin, Toby Walker, Jonathan Spanish Class II (Div.1) Downes, Emily Maw, Hazel

Part IB Class II (Div.1) Bramson, Sarah (Verity) Shannon, Ruth Smith, Daniel Part II Class II (Div.1) Atkinson, Benjamin Scarlett, Henry Wehmeyer, Camilla


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Natural Sciences Tripos Part IA Class I Baxter, Luke Daley, Rosemary Kasoar, Timothy Kernick, Nicolas Matthews, Peter Perez-Storey, Richard Class II (undivided) Brookes, Ellen Collett, Catherine Hayward, Andrew Houston, Alexander Huang, Ruoxi McCarthy, Amy Stephenson, Anthony Part IB Class I Gould, Oliver Mecklenburg, Milan Mogull, David (Gustav) Xie, Cheng Class II (Div.1) Griffiths, Matthew Jamie, Gabriel Overoorde, Louis Reinert, Julia Screeton, Matthew Smith, Hannah Class II (Div.2) Malek, Raihazah


Marks, Isobel Miller, Harry Seel, James Staines, Alison Taylor, Nicholas Class III Hands, Melissa Part II Class I Banks, Elliot Gibbons, Simon Gilbert, James Ing-Simmons, Elizabeth McNeill, Mhairi Mellers, Gregory Scholtes, Timothy Class II (Div.1) Catherwood, Natalie Coysh, Thomas Goradia, Harshita Hindmarch, Thomas Hone, Thomas Jovic, Thomas Lang, Sarah-Jane Magan, Shahir Nichols, Andrew Singer, Rebecca Tee, Sui Poh Teskey, Christopher Weldon, Dominic Yallup, Christine

the college 2011–12 Class II (Div.2) Manolopoulos, Emily Part III Class I Chang, Hui C Tostevin, Rosalie Class II (Div.1) Brewer, Anthony Class II (Div.2) Kalotay, Daniel Philosophy Tripos Part IA Class II (Div.1) Chatterjee, Ophelia Elliott, Alexander

Politics, Psychology and Sociology Tripos Part I Class I Hore, Rosalind Class II (Div.1) Duffield, Olivia Class II (Div.2) Alcock, Nicola Part IIA Class I Takenaka, Kaori Class II (Div.1) Mair, Luned Nicholson, Krista

Part IB Class II (Div.1) Cook, Shaun

Part IIB Class I Ushiyama, Rin*

Class II (Div.2) Levitin, Alyona

Theology and Religious Studies Tripos Part I Class II (Div.1) Khan, Bilal Kurtinyte, Saule Taylor, Hannah

Part II Class II (Div.1) Haldane, Dominic Pitt-Rashid, Josef Declared to have Deserved Honours Rose, Alexander

Part IIA Class II (Div.1) Wabe, Charlotte

Class III Griffiths, Christopher Part IIB Class I Kirby, Emma Lyons, Charles Class II (Div.1) Chrysostomou, Stefan Love, Joel Preliminary Examinations Historical Tripos Part I Successful Bardsley, Thomas Brookes, Thomas Estdale, Katherine Hillsdon, Thomas Singer, Jonathan Smith, Jonathan Songi, Matt Voignac, Joseph Examinations Not Leading to a First Degree Law LLM Examination Class I Tait, Elisabeth

Class II (Div.1) El-Haj, Ali Giddens, Laura Rodgers, Niamh Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics Successful Graw, Christopher* Houston, Nicholas Moreau, Jérémie Schmitt, Simon Master of Advanced Study in Physics Successful Davies, Gary Medical Sciences Final MB Examination Part I (Pathology) Successful Creamer, Andrew Fielding, Josephine Mason, Sarah White, Laura Wightman, Ruth Final MB Examination Part II (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) Successful Creamer, Andrew Fielding, Josephine Mason, Sarah White, Laura Wightman, Ruth


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Final MB Examination Part III (Clinical Examination) Successful Atinga, Angela Brand, Douglas* Howe, David Kiln, Kate* St John-Green, Celia* Theological and Religious Studies First Examination Bachelor of Theology Successful Brunt, Alison Lee, Franklin Second Examination Class II (Div.1) Laundon, Timothy Watson, Julie Final Veterinary Examination Parts I and II Successful Hooker, Holly Leney, Francesca


Part III Successful Coombe-Jones, Claire (Special Merit for Farm Animal Studies) Swiestowska, Jessica College Examinations in English Successful Hunter, Catriona Jones, Ami Michell, Harry Souter, Anna Williamson, Rory Other Courses The following student on the MIT Exchange Scheme has successfully completed her course (not for honours): Ramachandran, Arathi Natural Sciences

the college 2011–12 The following returning student on the MIT Exchange Scheme has successfully completed his course: Lei, Yutian Engineering (Part IIA) The following students were on the Erasmus Exchange Programme in 2010–11: Incoming Dankel, Katinka Natural Sciences (Part IB) Wachsmuth, Dennis Natural Sciences – (research project) Outgoing Modern and Medieval Languages: Johnson, James Williams, Emma

■■ Scholarships and Prizes 2010-11 *Title of Scholar

Elected to a Scholarship for one year NAMED SCHOLARSHIP Paul Micklethwaite Arch. and Anth. Social Anthropology Thomas Ireland Chemical Engineering Arthur Beattie Classics Philip Haswell Computer Science Peter Blundell Economics Thomas Ireland Engineering William Barcroft English Downham Yeomans Geography Charles Whittaker History

McAuliffe, Stephanie Smith, Natalie Goh, Alessandria Ng, Xian* Rickenbach, James Tong, Haoyang Xu Zhou, Ke Dilnot, Rosemary Westripp, Simon Killough, Michael Alleck, Amit Anderson, Gareth* Gao, Derek Khong, Anthony Patel, Rishin* Atkins, Caroline Bird, Hugh Chandler, Peter* Chia, Charmaine Gorton, Daniel* Harrison, Samuel* Jones, Gwyn* Melzer, Andrew Smyth, Andrew von Rudno, Markus Worrall, Daniel Williamson, Rory Clarke, Roger* Cohen-Lask, Noami Campsie, Alex* Roberts, George Winton, Joel*


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Paul Micklethwaite History of Art Peter Blundell Land Economy Leonard Coling LLM John Freestone Management Studies William Pochin Mathematics Howard Agg Medicine Arthur Sells MML Samuel Taylor Natural Sciences James Johnson PPSIS Robert Johnson Theology


the college 2011–12 Di Mambro, Rebecca Norton, Yates Zender, Stephanie* Tait, Elisabeth* Harrison, Rupert* Bonnebaigt, Rachael Oh, Seong Rafferty, Simon* Seddon, Thomas Chen, Ning Gilbert, James* McNeill, Mhairi* Parker, Bethan Arbuthnot, Mollie Martin, Toby Walker, Jonathan Banks, Elliot Baxter, Luke Chang, Hui C* Daley, Rosemary Gibbons, Simon Gould, Oliver Ing-Simmons, Elizabeth Kasoar, Timothy Kernick, Nicolas Matthews, Peter Mecklenburg, Milan Mellers, Gregory Mogull, David (Gustav) Perez-Storey, Richard Scholtes, Timothy Tostevin, Rosalie* Xie, Cheng Hore, Rosalind Takenaka, Kaori Ushiyama, Rin* Kirby, Emma* Lyons, Charles*

College Prizes NAMED PRIZE Ronald Bentham-Green Management Studies Julian Blake Music PPSIS Richard Chorley Geography Diamond-Larkum History Frank George Engineering Reginald Hackforth Classics Martin Jacks Natural Sciences Michael Lyndon-Stanford LLM Prakash Melwani Economics Anne Peachey History Kelvin Pollard Engineering Norman Swindells Medicine Vensi Thawani Mathematics Dudley Wilson MML

Harrison, Rupert Atkinson, Ben Scarlett, Henry Ushiyama, Rin Clarke, Roger Winton, Joel Harrison, Samuel Dilnot, Rosemary Westripp, Simon Mogull, David (Gustav) Banks, Elliot Gibbons, Simon Chang, Hui Chang Tostevin, Rosalie Tait, Elisabeth Alleck, Amit Khong, Anthony Patel, Rishin Campsie, Alex Bird, Hugh Melzer, Andrew Ning, Chen Bonnebaigt, Rachael Martin, Toby


sidney sussex annual 2011–12

■■ Undergraduate Students – Most Recent Institution Al-Mashouk, Sami, St Christopher’s Senior School, Bahrain Andrews, Samantha J, Itchen College, Southampton Auster, Rebecca, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington Austin, Jasmine R, Torquay Grammar School for Girls Barth, Anna, Camden School for Girls Bathurst, Alexander P D, Canford School, Wimborne Bellamy, Laura C, The Judd School, Tonbridge Best, Charlotte, Sevenoaks School Bloomfield, Jenifer H, The College of Richard Collyer, Horsham Bourne, Joseph, The King’s School, Canterbury Bowen, Isabelle M, Parrs Wood High School, Manchester Brockie, Samuel G, The Cherwell School, Oxford Brookes, Joshua, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield Brunert, Joshua, Watford Grammar School for Boys Bungey, Joe, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham Burrows, Laura, Coombe Girls’ School, New Malden Cheung, Jo-Yee, Sheffield High School for Girls Clifford, Brendan, St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury Cole, Thomas A, Cheadle Hulme School Cooksley, Henry J, Alton College Cumming, Helen, Westminster School Datta, Anita, Hull Collegiate School Dholakia, Shreya, North London Collegiate School Donovan, James W, City of London School Durrant, Jennifer C, Sheffield High School for Girls Ehrmann, Georgia B, Wycombe Abbey School Elliott, Tom, Tonbridge School Fitton, Matthew J, Holy Cross College, Bury Fletcher, Grace S, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School Folland, Imogen, Tonbridge Grammar School Fothergill, Helena F, Tonbridge Grammar School Grayling, Laura H, City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead Park Hambro, Maya, Wycombe Abbey School Harrold, Alexander, Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge Heywood, David, Tonbridge School Hobbs, John, St Leonard’s Catholic School, Durham Holland, Jordan M, Moorlands VI Form College, Stoke-on-Trent


the college 2011–12 Horder, Stewart, King Edward’s School, Edgbaston Houlder, Emma L, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge Howard, Joseph L, Bootham School, York Howell, Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington Hreben, Rebecca L, Eastbourne College Hurley, David J, King Edward VI School, Southampton Hutchinson, Aimee F S, Truro School Hyman, Daniel M, The Manchester Grammar School Jackson, Samuel F, Chellaston Foundation School, Derby Jaker, Sams U, St Olave’s Grammar School, Orpington Jamison, Mark W, Methodist College, Belfast Jeyabelen, Harishanth, Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet Jimenez Cordero, Alejandro B, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, and University College, London Jones, Emma, Exeter College Jones Buxton, Angharad, The St Marylebone Church of England School Kenny, Peter, Sevenoaks School Lambeth, Christopher, Trinity School, Croydon Layton, Jack L, Stratton Upper School, Biggleswade Lee, Julin, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia Legg, Kirsten J, Toot Hill School, Nottingham Liao, David T-Y, Kristin Senior School, Auckland, New Zealand Lim, Jia Wei, Institute of Science and Management, Malaysia Liu, Hon Wing, Woodbridge School Lochead, Samuel G, The Sixth Form College, Farnborough Lubel, Matthew, Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood MacBean, Laura A, Blundell’s School, Tiverton McKnight, Rebecca V, The Sixth Form College, Farnborough Macmillen, Daniel A, Asociación Escuelas Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina Madgwick, Alison, The European School, Munich Marshall, Ashleigh F, Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast Moffatt, Emma, Finham Park School, Coventry Morris, Poppy L, Tonbridge Grammar School Murphy, Stephen L, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree Nagarajah, Sasha, Caterham School Naruka, Vinci, Ashton-under-Lyne Sixth Form College Ngah, Safiah, Queen’s College, London Norris, Benjamin T W, Freman College, Buntingford


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Oghene, Hannah, Haileybury and Imperial Service College Parlasca, Markus, Max-Planck-Gymnasium, Trier, Germany Parris, George, St Edward’s School, Oxford Patel, Sajan P, Westminster School Peutherer, Catherine, Fettes College, Edinburgh Rauchegger, Olivia, Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck, Austria Riley, Terri-Leigh, St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Comprehensive, Hebburn Ryda, Jordan, Latymer Upper School, London Savage, Eleanor, Sydenham School, London Shah, Kalpesh, Christ’s College, Finchley Shiels, Rhonda L, Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt Show, De Yang, Taylor’s University College, Malaysia Springer, Alexander J, Wilson’s School, London Tan, Jiann Meng, Abbey College, Cambridge Thomas, David A, Eaton Bank School, Congleton Thompson, Georgina, St Mary’s School, Ascot Timothy, Rebecca, Uppingham School, Rutland Toal, Connor M, St Malachy’s College, Belfast Todd, Patrick F, Campbell College, Belfast Trevelyan, Matthew F, Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke Tripathi, Ameya, The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree Turberfield, Catherine S, The Cherwell School, Oxford Vernon, Katie, Sheffield High School for Girls Wedge-Roberts, Matthew J, Greenhead College, Huddersfield Welbourne, Alexander, Xaverian College, Manchester White, James, The Leys School, Cambridge Winstanley, Calista, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh Woods, David J, The Grammar School at Leeds Wynne, Kirsty L, Greenhead College, Huddersfield Yang, Dorothy D, King George V School, Hong Kong Yianni, George, Ashmole School, London Zheng, Nancy X, Rugby High School Ridley Hall affiliated students (Theology) Simpson, Martha (B.Th.) Williams, Owen (B.Th.)


the college 2011–12

■■ Degrees Conferred * In absence

MD 2010 27 November *Fan, Stanley L-S

PhD 2010 23 October *Azzato, Elizabeth M Cao, Jiayi Frey-Toompere, Linet Liu, Yu Silas, Patricia K Skottowe, Hugh *Wilson-Lee, Edward 27 November *Gehlenborg, Nils Kirchhoff, Christopher M *Sundkvist, Luis A 2011 19 February Li, Meng 26 March Salinas-Varela, Adrian A 30 April Blundell, Jamie R

14 May Karmali, Anjum Pengas, George Xenofontos, Constantinos 23 July Baumann, Marcus Divakaruni, Ajit S *Leone, Anne Mauritz, Jakob M A Nikita, Efthymia *Noir, Charles R Shearman, James W Theocharous, Myrto Varuhas, Jason N E

MA 2010 23 October *Busch, Robert *Cvitas, Marko T 27 November *McGregor, Laurie A Silva, A H Dulanka 2011 26 March Allen, Kate M-J 30 April Read, Nicholas *Sloan, John

14 May *Adams, Richard A L Allard, Jonathan M Barnes, Sara J Battrick, Timothy A Bell, Alistair J Blanshard, Kathryn N Boyle, Claire E J *Brayne, Kathleen E Broad, Laura M *Cameron, Christina F Caroe, Eleanor N M Chadha, Kieran D Clutten, Rebecca P *Collins, Emma J Cooke, Alice E *Crane, Rachel L *Crockett, Leah A Crowe, Duncan A Cullen, Ella J Davison, Andrew J Docherty, Marie H Esparon, Paul A Evans, Timothy J Ewing, Judith C Fernandez, Olivier A Gaastra, Alexander Gregory, Lauren G L Haggett, Thomas D Hamdy, Nicholas C *Hassall, Andrew Hendley, Victoria H Hilditch, Rachel H Hill, Rowan R F


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 Hillsdon, Rachel L C *Humphreys, Olivia Jackson, Rachel E Jeevan, Mohini S *Jennings, Arabella D Jones, Abigail J Jordan, Joseph F Lapsley, Marta C Lee, Jennifer H Li, Alexander N Lloyd, Christopher J Lloyd, Eleanor M *Longhill, William M McCloskey, Sorcha McDowell, Elisabeth H Min, Bruno S Y Mittel, Naveen Morgan, Jennifer J Morgan, Nicola A Morit, Helene *Newman Taylor, Thomas A Nicholls, Thomas A J Nierinck, James P *Nixon, Thomas C M Ong, Lay Ping Patterson, Nicholas D Pinder, Jonathan M Rao, Priyanka Raymond, Michael Rigby, Louise K Robinson, Alexander Rogers, Joseph A *Rose, Paul S *Schmidt, Felix Seddon, Laura J Seddon-Daines, D


Singh, Manpreet Spiers, Laura R Stevenson, Emma N Swinney, Paul A Tankel, Benjamin Torrance, Alexander *Turner, Adam M Uwubamwen, Ebuwa V *Walker Drew, Eleanor *Wang, Muhan Ware, Christina *Warner, Robyn E *Whitfield, Stephen Wilkes, James D Williams, Edward J G Williams, Katharine F Wohanka, Alexandra M Worth, Alastair T S Wykurz, Karen M Yu, Jonathan T S 23 July *French, William

LLM 2011 1 July El-Haj, Ali Giddens, Laura K Rodgers, Niamh Tait, Elisabeth H

MPhil 2010 23 October *Bottomley, Edward-John

the college 2011–12 *Giambartolomei, Claudia Hilpert, Stephan Lee, Heng K Ponce Terrazas, Christian O 27 November Cotter, Paul E Dessors, Elodie Kilbey, Paul H Kumagangue, Ivann *Lee, Mei-Chun Lloyd-Jones, Naomi *McDougal, Gwen E *Simila, Megan C 2011 19 February Akiner, Ata A Castro Dopico, Xaquin 23 July Bloom, Ivanka Buthpitiya, Vindhya L Cantwell, Louisa B Chan, Irina Y L Chaturvedi, Tanvi Cherson, Mollie Freedman, Michael Giannaros, Paul A Haywood, Alixandra N Hunter, Catherine A Krpan, Dario McNeill, Thomas H Perry, Benjamin Rampat, Smita Ross, Donald I

Strange, Rosalyn Tuccillo, Julian I Twist, Helen

MMath 2011 30 April Ahnert, Sebastian E Bennet, Mark D Brassington, Emma L Brown, Paul R M *Burrell, Christian K Choi, Yemon Coulon, Jeremy Elmer, Samuel D *Hadden, Andrew Hawkins, Janos Hewitt, Duncan R *Hilditch, John R Jackson, Charles P Kelly, Luke T *Leese, Stephen J Mott, Richard W Mott, Robert E Penman, David B Perry, Christopher D Read, Nicholas Tennison, Barry R 14 May *Doran, Christopher J L

MMath/BA 2011 1 July Skinner, Daryl A

MASt 2010 23 October *Mackman, Stephen W 2011 30 April Arulnandhy, Thavendran R Assier, Raphael C Casey, Stephen Covarrubias, Enrique Crowe, Christopher M *Liu, Jinxi McNamara, Cillian A Mansfield, Shane J Phillips, Katherine C F Rossen, Ninna S 14 May *Ortalo, Jeremie 23 July *Breen, Patrick I *Carmody, Daniel Graw, Christopher *Guilbert, Marc Schmitt, Simon Vardy, Jessica J *Winter, Graeme

MEng/BA 2011 1 July Chandler, Peter Fajuyigbe, Ayodele Guo, Xiaochen

Harrison, Samuel J Jones, Gwyn W Marshall, Erica Ng, Xian W Parker, Bethany Scott, Natasha E Woodfield, Daniel

MBA 2011 30 April Banerjee, Arpan Kubik, Carlos I Lim, Terence Lin, Stephanie Rafiq, Farazeh

MSci/BA 2011 1 July Brewer, Anthony R Chang, Hui C Kalotay, Daniel Tostevin, Rosalie

MB 2010 23 October Hendley, Victoria H Spiers, Laura R Yu, Jonathan T S 27 November *Ong, Lay Ping 2011 22 January *Singh, Manpreet


sidney sussex annual 2011–12 14 May Ewing, Judith C

Vet MB 2010 27 November *McGregor, Laurie A 2011 1 July Coombe-Jones, Claire E Swiestowska, Jessica

BA 2010 23 October Ahluwalia, Uddamjit S 2011 22 January *Sutton, Jamal J 1 July Akanga, Zedekiah Ali, Saira Allen, Kimberley L Al-Rehani, Luke Anderson, Gareth Atkinson, Benjamin R Barford, Alla Binstead, Charlotte E Blackwell, Iain M Campsie, Alexandre M Catherwood, Natalie E Christie, Michael R Chrysostomou, Stefan Clarke, Roger Coysh, Thomas


Davenport, Thomas JM Day, Helena Dinwoodie, Jane Drummond, Poppy A Dupre, Matthew G H Gerard, Christopher Gilbert, James Goldberg, Laura Goradia, Harshita K Gosby, Elin S Haldane, Dominic Hall, Theresa M Hare, Cassia H Z Harrison, Rupert F M Highcock, Rebecca E Hindmarch, Thomas J Hindmarsh, Elizabeth S Hone, Thomas V Hornsey, Michael Howlin, Philip Hung, Cheuk M Iron, Frederick Jemade, Chibuzo Jenkins-Murray, S P Jovic, Thomas H Kerrison, Lara M Kirby, Emma E Kirsop, Samuel M Lang, Sarah-Jane Leonard, Jason S Loughran, Thomas Lyons, Charles McClintock, Sean W McNeill, Mhairi C Maw, Hazel H Melliss, Jonathan A

the college 2011–12 Nichols, Andrew Patel, Rishin Patel, Viresh Penman, Daniel Pitt-Rashid, Josef J Richardson, Natalie Scarlett, Henry C Schultz, Abigail Singer, Rebecca G Smith, Emma K Sommerfeld, Mark Spink, Serena Stechman, Maximilian H Styger, Greg Sukumar, Nimalesh Sweetland, Lucy Tallon, Rose Tayenjam, Jessica Tee, Sui P Thorowgood, Cottia Ushiyama, Rin Warry, Sarah J Watts, Benjamin White, Joseph M Wild, Rebecca E Winton, Joel Wu, Charlotte Zender, Stephanie

■■ Notices Dates of Full Term, 2011–12 Michaelmas 2011 Lent 2012 Easter 2012

begins 4 October begins 17 January begins 24 April

ends 2 December ends 16 March ends 15 June

Dates of Congregations 2011–12 Ordinary congregations for the award of degrees will be held as follows, at 2.00pm on Saturdays unless otherwise stated: Michaelmas 2011 Lent 2012 Easter 2012 1 October 21 January 28 April (11am) (in absentia only) 18 February 19 May (10am) 22 October (11am) 24 March (10am) 26 November

Long Vacation 21 July (10am)

It is expected that Sidney students will graduate at the Congregation on Friday, 29 June. Members of the College who wish to proceed to degrees at General Admission only should contact the Senior Tutor’s PA, Maria Booth: telephone 01223 338847, or email At this Congregation, only the following degrees may be taken: LLM, MEng, MMAth, MSci, VetMB, MusB, BA and BTh. For all other Congregations, please contact the Praelector’s Assistant, Suzannah Horner: telephone 01223 338810, or email, at least one month in advance.

23 July Smith, Robert J H

BTh 2011 1 July Laundon, Timothy J


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