Cambridge University

Alumni e-bulletin

July 2011

Bridge of Sighs, credit: Alice Hardy


Welcome to the July 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.

Election for the Office of Chancellor

An election by the Senate for the new Chancellor of the University of Cambridge will take place in Cambridge on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October 2011. All alumni holding the Cambridge MA or any other Cambridge Masters Degree, Doctorate, or the Cambridge BD Degree are eligible to vote, but must do so in person. There are four candidates for the Office of Chancellor and further information about eligibility and the process will be available online in September.

News item: Farewell to the Chancellor

CARO Events

Russell Group Alumni Drinks in the Union at Leeds
Wednesday 7 September
Cambridge alumni are invited to the Leeds University Union building, along with alumni from the other 19 Russell Group universities, for a drink in the Terrace Bar from 6.00pm – 7.30pm. Make it a date to meet up with old friends or to find out who else from your university now lives in Leeds . Alumni and Development staff from all Russell Group Universities will also be there.

Book online.


Jesus College, credit: Andrew Gaczol

Alumni Weekend 2011 - last chance to book!
Friday 23 September – Sunday 25 September
Booking for the 21st Alumni Weekend closes on Friday 5 August. Book your place online now.

If you need any further information, please visit the website or contact the Alumni Relations Office.

Booking will re-open online only between 15 – 22 September but places may be limited. We look forward to seeing many of you in September.


The Painted Hall, London

Olympic Celebration Dinner, The Painted Hall, London - register your interest
Saturday 12 May 2012
Join Cambridge Olympians, the Vice-Chancellor and a number of special guests for an elegant black tie dinner, to be held in the magnificent Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London.

The occasion will celebrate Cambridge sporting achievement and mark the forthcoming London Olympics.


Coming up in Cambridge this summer


Open Cambridge

Open Cambridge
9 - 11 September
Come and explore Cambridge 's unique and interesting historical buildings this September, and take part in a wide range of walks, talks, tours, exhibitions, and special activities.


Discover University and College libraries, gardens, historic buildings, museums and chapels as well as civic chambers, graveyards, historic shops, and even aircraft hangars. Find out what events are available online.


Scudamore's Bat Safari
To coincide with the International Year of the Bat, Scudamore's is running weekly summer bat safaris towards Grantchester Meadows in partnership with the Wildlife Trust. From now until 9 September, these unique 90-minute tours led by a wildlife expert will depart shortly after dusk each Friday night.

Your knowledgeable guide will outline the notable characteristics and habitats of bats likely to be encountered on your trip and teach you how to use hand-held bat detectors.

For more information, please visit Scudamore's website.


Iris barbata 'Sable' by Howard Rice

Out of hours magic at the Botanic Garden
Low summer sun and warm evenings cast a magical glow over the Botanic Garden and this August, visitors can enjoy this wonderful place out of hours when the Garden stays open late on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

Visitors might even be lucky enough to spot bats, the resident foxes and badgers, or a grass snake taking an evening swim!

See the Botanic Garden website for more information.



University News




This month, the University of Cambridge is profiling research that addresses one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century – how to guarantee enough food, fairly, for the world's rapidly expanding population. What's more, if you have burning questions that you think the University can answer, you can send them to a panel of academics who specialise in research to do with food security. To get involved, all you have to do is email your question, preferably adding your name and where you come from.

As many questions as possible will be answered and the results will be published in August on the research website.

Hearts' empath by oedipusphinx, JWDban's photostream on flickr

High-risk hearts: a South Asian epidemic
Why is heart disease increasing at a greater rate in South Asia than in any other region globally? Large-scale population studies in Pakistan and Bangladesh aim to discover the basis of a little-studied public health problem of epidemic proportions.


Cover of The Inner Lives of Empires with portrait of John Johnstone, Betty Johnstone and Miss Wedderburn by Sir Henry Raeburn

Rebels, rulers and rabbit skins
A new book by historian Emma Rothschild tells the extraordinary story of an eighteenth century family.



Alumni Groups


Global Leadership Conference 2011. Photo credit: Ellie Hayes

On Saturday 9 July at Murray Edwards, CARO welcomed 49 Alumni Group Leaders from around the world, to the 2011 Alumni Groups Global Leadership Conference (previously Insider Day).

We would like to say a big thank you to all those who attended this event and for anyone who helps run an Alumni Group, we would be delighted to see you at the 2012 Conference.


We are also delighted to say that the new edition of the Alumni Worldwide Directory, which features contacts for the Alumni Groups, has gone out to all overseas alumni with Easter CAM and is also available online.


Data Protection Statement


As part of a wider project, the University Development Office (CUDO) and the Alumni Relations Office (CARO) have reviewed data protection procedures. Our revised data protection statement is available online.


Alumni Merchandise

50% off summer sale
Until 31 August, alumni can get 50% off gym bags, netbook skins and umbrellas. All items can be purchased through our online shop, see for more information.



Whenever you are back in Cambridge , make sure you bring your CAMCard with you. See our website for further information about the exclusive discounts available to alumni.


University Notices

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
On 1 August 2011 the new 'Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics' will be born out of the strengths of the Department of Linguistics and RCEAL. The website will be going live on that day, and alumni of both departments are encouraged to take a look. You will be able to access the website via a link from both the current RCEAL and Department of Linguistics websites.

New Department of Engineering alumni web pages

Keeping engineering alumni up-to-date with all the latest news and events within the department, the new alumni web pages are now available. These web pages also offer a way for alumni to stay in touch, get involved and give something back to the Department.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the new pages, please contact the Engineering Research Office.

The new Department of Engineering newsletter is now available online.

Social Networking


Join the University of Cambridge Alumni Group
As the largest existing LinkedIn Group targeted at Cambridge alumni has shut down (owing to the Group Leader leaving LinkedIn), CARO has set up a new Group! We will be able to validate members as being an official part of the Cambridge network, and are working with key alumni volunteers to manage the Group.


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.

You can also...
Join the London Group
Sign up to Cambridge Alumni living in Cambridge

Cambridge in America also has its own fanpage on facebook!




Follow us on Twitter

Want updates from across North America ? Follow Cambridge in America on Twitter.




Check out our range of photos on Flickr

Video and Audio

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

Cambridge University on YouTube

Cambridge on iTunesU


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