Alumni e-bulletin
January 2012
Fitzwilliam Museum

Happy New Year to all our alumni and friends, and welcome to the first e-bulletin of 2012, which brings you the latest alumni events, news, and updates from across the University.

Cambridge Global Alumni Conference, Hong Kong
Friday 13 - Sunday 15 April
In the first of a series of global events, the Cambridge Global Alumni Conference will be held in Hong Kong between Friday 13 and Sunday 15 April.

Following an opening reception on Friday the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, and a number of distinguished academics will engage alumni in a day of lectures and thought provoking discussion on Saturday.

On Sunday alumni involved or interested in running volunteer-led Alumni Groups will meet to share and develop expertise and inspiration, building on the success of the Cambridge based annual Leadership Conference
The Painted Hall
Cambridge Sporting Celebration Dinner, London
Saturday 12 May
To recognise the importance of sport in the life of Cambridge and Cambridge students and alumni in the world of sport, an elegant dinner is being held in the spectacular surroundings of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Alumni and guests are invited to join Cambridge Olympians and sporting greats at a sumptuous dinner. The dress code is black tie and tickets cost £212 per person. 

Corporate packages are available.

Book online now
Choral and Chamber Music Concert and Supper, London
Monday 12 March
The Cambridge University Musical Society invites alumni and guests to an exclusive musical event, hosted by Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis in South Kensington, London.

The concert will include works by Britten, Debussy and Liszt with musicians including the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, John Chen, Hannah Bell, James McAulay and David Lowe. Tickets are £50 and include pre-concert drinks and supper with the musicians after the concert. Please book online or email Chloe Davidson (tel: +44 (0)1223 248945).

Coming up in Cambridge

By permission of the Syndics of the Cambridge University Library
Shelf Lives: Four Centuries of Collectors and their Books at the UL
Running until Saturday 16 June
This exhibition features ten great book collectors, whose lives span the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.

As well as placing on display some of the most splendid, distinctive and—in a few cases—unexpected items held in the Library, it allows you to observe the changing motives, fashions and tastes of book-collectors over the course four hundred years.
Image courtesy of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Grey matters: Graphite at the Fitzwilliam Museum
Running until Sunday 11 March
Discover the extraordinary expressive potential of the pencil, in a display ranging from 17th century miniatures on vellum to compositional sketches by George Romney and William Blake, and drawings by Ingres and Degas.

Graphite is the first in a new series, Grey matters, which sets out to explore the impact of the greyscale on the artistic imagination.

In a recent series of reports, we asked 12 Cambridge researchers to tell us about their 'extreme sleepovers'. Each of these fascinating reports provides a flavour of what it feels like to experience research in the 'field' and the depth of understanding it brings. Two of the stories are shown below, and all twelve Extreme Sleepovers can be found on the Research Gateway
Sarah (left) with a Tsachila woman (Credit: Sarah Radcliffe)
Gathering the views of indigenous women in rural Ecuador
Geographer Dr Sarah Radcliffe describes her work with women from the Tsáchila ethnic group, one of Ecuador's 14 indigenous populations, and the insights this gives into the women's concerns, plans and dreams.
Ian and Alison with a lakeside view (Credit: Ian Willis)
Moulins and meltwater on the Greenland ice sheet
Glaciologists Dr Ian Willis and Alison Banwell watch as a lake disappears before their eyes while on a research trip to one of Greenland's biggest and fastest moving glaciers.

Stephen Hawking 70th Birthday Symposium
A capacity 550-strong audience gave a standing ovation at the end of a moving, amusing and wide-ranging autobiographical speech by Stephen Hawking on the occasion of his 70th birthday on Sunday 8 January.

Natural Wonders of New Zealand
17 February - 9 March 2013
Discover the natural wonders of New Zealand, from Auckland’s wild, west coast and the hot springs of Waimangu Valley on the North Island, through to the Blackbirch mountain range and Dunedin in the South. Accompanied by professional ornithologist Mark Hanger.

For full details visit our website

Forthcoming events

The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Toronto
Friday 4 May
The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that former Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Paul Martin will be the speaker at its 86th annual Gala Boat Race Dinner on 4 May 2012.

At this Gala Dinner the Society will be presenting its first Scholarship to a Postgraduate student from Canada who has chosen to study at Cambridge and will be making the award in honour of the Rt. Hon Paul Martin senior who was a student at Trinity College.

For further information please contact

Cambridge University Association of Madrid
Monday 13 February
The Cambridge University Association of Madrid is delighted to welcome Prof. Christopher Andrew, President of Corpus Christi College, to Madrid on Monday 13 February. Professor Andrew will talk on 'MI5 Past and Present' and there will be a drinks reception to follow. For more information please see the CARO website
Past events

Do you want to know what sort of events Alumni Groups organise?

Check out the past events section of our website, where you can find out about the Cambridge Society of Queensland's Spring Feast (pictured here) and much more.

News from Departments

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Thursday 26 January
Deborah Grubbe, member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, is the next speaker in the CEB Alumni Speaker Series. Her talk will focus on significant incidents within NASA and address events within the chemical, bio and petroleum industries.

For further information visit the CEB website or register now
Cambridge Judge Business School
Cambridge Judge Business School is delighted to invite alumni and guests to the latest in its series of business briefings. Registration for all three events is now open.

On Monday 20 February at the Singapore Management University in Singapore and on Wednesday 22 February at the Hong Kong Club in Hong Kong, Dr Simon Taylor will deliver briefings entitled 'Will Chinese Banks Change the World?' Dr Michael Pollitt's briefing on 'Energy Prices: The Only Way is Up?' will be given in London at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, on Thursday 23 February.

To register, and learn more about the 2011/2012 Cambridge Judge Business Briefing series, go to

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CARO Notices

Thank you from CARO
Each year, in addition to the huge generosity shown by our donors, the work of the University is supported by alumni in a variety of other ways, from the purchase of merchandise to using the University Credit Card and travelling with the Alumni Travel Programme

CARO would like to thank everyone who supported us in this way in 2011 – over the course of the year you contributed more than £100,000!

Benefits News

New Statesman Magazine
Special Offer for Alumni
New Statesman is offering alumni a special 1 month free trial on digital subscriptions, and annual print subscriptions from only £65. Each subscription will directly support the University, with 25% of the subscription fee being donated to CARO. Visit our website for full information.


The University has an established history of sporting excellence and an impressive list of students and alumni working towards the London 2012 Games.

Over the coming months CARO will be profiling our Olympic hopefuls and celebrating their achievements, exploring Cambridge connections to the Games, and keeping you up to date with news and related alumni events.

News from Clubs and Societies

Cambridge University Judo Club
The 82nd Judo Varsity match will be held on Sunday 11 March, in Oxford Town Hall. Alumni of Cambridge University Judo Club are welcome to come and show their support.

Event details will be posted nearer the time on the CUJC website

To be kept up to date with CUJC events, please contact the Alumni Relations Office
Cambridge University Cruising Club
If you sailed while you were up at Cambridge, or have taken up sailing since, keep up with what is happening in the student and alumni sailing scene by visiting the CUCrC alumni website and registering as an alumni member.

Social Networking

Get news and event updates from CARO on facebook!
As well as posting news, events and updates from across the University, we also have photo competitions and a regular Friday quiz question. Sign up now for a fun and informal way to connect with CARO.
Cambridge in America also has its own fanpage on facebook!
Join the University of Cambridge Alumni Group
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Cambridge in America are on Twitter! Follow them to get short updates from across North America.

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