Cambridge University

Alumni e-bulletin
April 2011

The Judge Business School, credit: Jacqueline Garget


Welcome to the April e-bulletin, which brings you the latest news about alumni events and activities, and updates from across the University.


Fees and bursaries

Thank you to the hundreds of alumni who wrote to us to comment on the recent letter from the Vice-Chancellor on fees. These responses have helped to give the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Officers of the University a clearer understanding of the opinions of our engaged alumni community.

The University has submitted an offer to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and a decision is expected in July.

If you haven't yet read the Vice-Chancellor's letter, you can do so online.


CARO Events

Alumni Weekend 2011
Friday 23 September – Sunday 25 September
Sign up now to receive the brochure for Alumni Weekend 2011! Discover how material sciences can save the world, what space sounds like and why pain could be useful – in between touring some of Cambridge's most stunning gardens, visiting its museums and meeting new friends and old.


Saturday 12 May 2012
We are planning a very special black-tie dinner with the Vice-Chancellor and Cambridge Olympians at the Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, London. If you would like to receive further details and register your interest now for this event, please email


Coming up in Cambridge this summer



8th annual CUTEC Technology Ventures Conference
Thursday 9 June, Cambridge Union
This year's TVC will examine the concept of the Ideas Economy. Speakers include George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology Correspondent. Interactive workshops and company exhibitions will also take place on the day.


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Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard: FOUND - a garage sale
17 - 22 May
A one-off sale of artworks, found objects, textiles, rugs, furniture and crafts will raise funds for the new education wing at Kettle's Yard. Artists, designers and collectors have donated work from their studios and attics.

Address: The Brompton Garage, 1 North Terrace, London, SW3 2BA (Nearest Tube South Kensington).


Hay Festival

Hay Festival
27 May - 5 June
Tickets are now on sale for the University of Cambridge's third series of talks at the prestigious Hay Festival. The Festival, whose director is Cambridge alumnus Peter Florence, promotes the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and the Cambridge Science Festival. Eighteen Cambridge academics and representatives will be speaking. Up to 5,000 people are expected to attend.

For more information, please see the Hay Festival website.


Let us know if you are attending the Hay Festival this year. Sign up online and we will keep you updated with news of the Cambridge speaker series and other Cambridge University events.


Faculty and Departmental Events

School of Clinical Medicine
The Regius Professor of Physics and Dr Diana Wood would like to invite Clinical School alumni who matriculated from 1978 onwards to a reunion event on Saturday 17 September 2011. The programme, starting at 3pm, will include lectures and dinner at Corpus Christi College. Please click here to register your interest.


Cambridge Judge Business School Business School

Cambridge Judge Business School
Cambridge Judge Business School invites Cambridge alumni to join them in China next month. Join both the Cambridge Executive MBA Programme and Cambridge Executive Education in Hong Kong and Beijing as they welcome alumni to a masterclass and series of networking receptions. An opportunity to connect with current participants on the Executive MBA Programme and executives within the Cambridge community, view further details and register online today.


Grand Reunion Weekend
Friday 17 June - Sunday 19 June
The Cambridge Judge Business School Grand Reunion Weekend is open to all Cambridge Business School graduates and University of Cambridge alumni with an interest in business and management. Visit Grand Reunion Weekend 2011 online for further details and online booking.


University News



If you're interested in keeping on top of all the latest research coming out of Cambridge, now you can via its newly-launched research website.

As well as news about recent findings and publications, you'll find features, videos and audio items about broader areas of research. It's fully searchable, easy to use, and readers can also have their say on the issues discussed in the comments box under each story.

Still from the film Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Credit: Arts Picturehouse

32,000 years of special effects
The only Briton to have entered the spectacular cave featured in Werner Herzog’s new documentary explains how rock-art was just one element of multi-sensory performances staged by early human communities.


Detail from the cover of the Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics. Credit: Oxford University Press

Smart thinking
As audiences watch the movie 'Limitless', in which an author uses a smart drug to boost his brain, a new book shines a spotlight on the ethical dilemmas which arise when developments in neuroscience are embraced by the non-medical world.


Alumni Groups


The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Ireland

Find out what events your local Alumni Group has coming up, on our website.

The Cambridge Society of London are organising a day at Lord's on 26 June where members and their guests can watch the Varsity Cricket matches from a private suite; for information on how to get a ticket and about joining the London Group, please see their website.


For reports on past Group events, including one from the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Ireland on their 'Second Annual Oxford-Cambridge Dinner' at Trinity College Dublin, please see our website.



Alumni Merchandise


iPhone 4 case
Visit the Cambridge Alumni Shop to purchase the new iPhone 4 case for £4.99.

Made out of rubberised crystal, the case is Cambridge blue with the University Cambridge identifier in gold.

iPhone 4 case



Visit the CAMCard section of the alumni website to find out about discounts offered to Cambridge alumni.

Cambridge CAMCard 

CARO Notices

Cambridge Student Alumni Network (formerly CARO/GU Committee)
CamSAN is hosting a dinner at Sidney Sussex College on Saturday 11 June, to say thank you to our current MCR Presidents for all their hard work over the past year, and we are inviting past Presidents back for a special networking evening.

Starting with a drinks reception at the Graduate Union, we will then make our way to Sidney Sussex for a three-course meal. Tickets cost just £22 and places are limited. Register your interest now by emailing with your name, college and date of MCR Presidency.

Join CamSAN on Facebook.


Alumni Travel Programme


The Shrines & Palaces of North India
Join Cambridge alumni and a leading academic to explore the world with like-minded travellers.

Explore the fascinating temple and palace towns of North India with Dr Maria Misra from Oxford. Visit the holy city of Varanasi, the Taj Mahal in Agra along with Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, all in Rajasthan.



Social Networking




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Our fanpage is regularly updated with news and events from across the University and from our Alumni Groups. Through facebook you can also comment on our news items, events and group notices!

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Video and Audio


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