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Alumni e-bulletin

August 2011

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Wren Library, credit: Les Goodey

Welcome to the August e-bulletin, which now goes out to over 100,000 alumni; bringing you the latest news about alumni events and activities, and updates from across the University.

CARO Events

Russell Group Alumni Drinks in the Union at Leeds - last few places remaining
Wednesday 7 September
If you live in or around Leeds, make sure you come to this exclusive networking event, starting at 6pm in the Terrace Bar, Leeds University Union Building. Meet up with old friends as well as alumni from all Russell Group universities over drinks and nibbles.

Places are limited and booking is essential - book your place online


Alumni Weekend 2011
Friday 23 September Sunday 25 September
Booking for the 21st Alumni Weekend closed on Friday 5 August. Booking will re-open online between 15 22 September. All lectures are currently available, but some tour places may be limited.

We look forward to seeing many of you in September. If you need any further information, please visit the website or contact the Alumni Relations Office


Bank of Santander, Madrid Alumni reception in Madrid with the Vice-Chancellor
Tuesday 15 November
All alumni living in Spain or visiting Madrid are invited to attend an alumni event on Tuesday 15 November, with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.


The event will take place at the Bank of Santander's high-tech headquarters, set in the rolling countryside just outside the capital, Madrid.


The Painted Hall, London Olympic Celebration Dinner, The Painted Hall, London - register your interest
Saturday 12 May 2012
Booking will open shortly for the Olympic Celebration Dinner; an elegant black tie event to be held in the magnificent Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, London.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, will be in attendance, along with a number of Cambridge Olympians and VIPs to honour sporting achievement and mark the forthcoming Olympics.

To register your interest for this event, please email:


Have you competed in the Olympics? We are keen that our records of Olympic competitors are up-to-date, so if you are an Olympian, please email us and let us know which sport you competed in and when. If you have a particular story to tell, we'd love to hear from you!


Coming up in Cambridge this autumn


Literary Britten: a Recital
Sunday 4 September
This is a very special opportunity to hear a recital of songs and poems by Benjamin Britten and WH Auden, before the programme is taken on a European tour. Cardiff Singer of the World, tenor Andrew Kennedy, is joined by award winning actor Alex Jennings, and pianist and Radio 3 personality Iain Burnside.

The programme includes a world premiere song cycle written for the occasion by young composer Tim Watts. The recital starts at 2pm and is taking place in Girton College Hall. Tickets 15/10 available online


Festival of Ideas Festival of Ideas
19 - 30 October
Cambridge Festival of Ideas, the UK's only arts, humanities and social sciences festival, runs from 19 to 30 October with over 160 free events for all ages. Highlights include debates on the Arab Spring and Wikileaks, and a workshop with children's book author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt. Bookings open 5 September.

Full programme:


University News


University of Cambridge iPhone app University launches iPhone app
Want to stay up-to-date with news and events from within the University through your iPhone? The new University of Cambridge app enables you to do just that. Free to download through the iTunes store, the iPhone app contains a news feed on the latest research news from Cambridge and an events service that lists exhibitions, festivals and other activities happening across the University.


An interactive map features University departments, Colleges and other places of interest. Users can also access videos and audio media through the app, including the Cambridge Ideas series of films and other content located on the University's YouTube and iTunesU channels. In addition to these functions, iPhone users can search and explore Cambridge's library collections.




Genetically modified chicken. Credit: Norrie Russell, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh Field to fork: safeguarding livestock health
Veterinary research in Cambridge is spearheading a new generation of preventive methods to protect livestock from disease.


Irish tenants are evicted and their homes torn down under the supervision of troops. Illustrated London News, December 16, 1848 Whose fault is famine? What the world failed to learn from 1840s Ireland
A new book by a Cambridge University academic revisits one of the worst famines in recorded history.


Alumni Groups


We are very pleased to announce that several new Alumni Groups have recently been set up. These include the Cambridge Society of Bolivia, the Cambridge and Oxford Dining Club of Hamburg and Oxbridge Muslim Alumni (OMA). For more information about our Groups please see our website.

Check out our Forthcoming Events page for details of events taking place over the summer. Do remember, if you are organising an event and would like the Networks and Volunteers Team to promote it for you, please email us


Alumni Travel Programme


St Petersburg Visit St Petersburg this winter
Join Cambridge alumni on a trip to St Petersburg this February when the snow makes everything picturesque and the city looks magnificent. Throughout the six-day visit there will be two visits to the Hermitage with its hundreds of glittering, gilded rooms and its unrivalled collection of European and Russian art.

Visit our website for more information.


Hurtigruten offer
Hurtigruten, who are running our Polar Nights and Mystical Northern Lights trip to Norway in February 2012, have offered Cambridge and Oxford alumni the opportunity to visit one of their ships, the MS Fram, which will be docked in Portsmouth on Friday 30 September. Space for this visit is limited: to book your place, please email us. We are also planning a new trip with Hurtigruten to Greenland in June 2012. Contact CARO to receive more information when it becomes available.

CARO news

50% off summer sale continues
Alumni have until 31 August to benefit from 50% off gym bags, tumblers, netbook skins and umbrellas from our exclusive merchandise range. All items can be purchased through our online shop


Spend and support
Looking for a simple way to support the University? Use the official University credit card and Cambridge will benefit when you set up your account and every time you use it. Accounts include online banking and attractive rates. Visit our website for more information.




Make sure you have your CAMCard with you whenever you are in Cambridge. See our website for information about the exclusive discounts available to alumni.


University Notices

BlueSci Subscriptions
BlueSci, Cambridge University's leading science magazine, is now offering the chance to subscribe to the magazine and receive three brand new issues throughout the next academic year. Subscription costs vary; for further information including how to subscribe, either visit the website or email

Social Networking


Join the University of Cambridge Alumni Group
Exclusively for alumni, this Group allows you to post discussions and meet fellow alumni in a professional networking setting.


Get 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.

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Video and Audio

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See the audio and video productions that present the University's cutting edge research.

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