Alumni e-bulletin
November 2011


Welcome to the November e-bulletin, which now goes out to more than 105,000 alumni, bringing you the latest news about alumni events, activities and updates from across the University.


Pioneering Cambridge Campaign reaches record US $2 billion

The University has just announced that the 800th Anniversary fundraising Campaign has been completed with the total raised for the Colleges and the University exceeding US$2 billion, the largest fundraising total ever announced by a European university. More information can be found online

Networking in style
Monday 5 December
Sir Paul Judge invites alumni and guests to his stunning riverside apartment overlooking the Thames, with fantastic views of the London skyline for an evening of informal networking, drinks and canapés.

For further details please see our website

Cambridge Sporting Celebration Dinner
Saturday 12 May 2012
This elegant dinner in the spectacular surroundings of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College , Greenwich will be a chance to honour Cambridge sporting achievement.

Alumni and guests are invited to a drinks reception and a three-course dinner featuring some fabulous theatre at tables hosted by Cambridge Olympians and sporting greats. This is a unique opportunity to meet athletes from a wide range of sports in an awe-inspiring venue.

For further details please see our website


Cambridge Global Alumni Conference, Hong Kong
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 April 2012
Alumni living in or visiting Asia are invited to attend the first Cambridge Global Alumni Conference in Hong Kong .

On 14 April, alumni are invited to join the Vice-Chancellor and Professor Dame Jean Thomas together with an array of distinguished academics for a thought provoking day of discussion, lectures and networking.

On 15 April, Alumni Group leaders and representatives are invited to the Alumni Groups Leadership Conference. This day is specifically designed for alumni involved in running the global network of more than 400 volunteer-led groups.

For further details please see our website

Coming up in Cambridge

Cambridge Wordfest
Sunday 27 November

The Cambridge Wordfest Winter Festival is back this year with a vibrant and varied programme of literary treats.

Many tickets have already been snapped up, but there is still availability for several events, including alumnus David Baddiel (King's 1983) in conversation with Suzi Feay on his work and local author Ali Smith on the story behind her dazzling new novel There but for the.

For full listings see the website

Tickets are available from the ADC Theatre either online or by phoning +44 (0)1223 300085.

Christmas at the Botanic Garden
Monday 28 November - Thursday 22 December
This year you can pre-book a lunch-time table at the Garden Cafe and bring family, friends or colleagues to enjoy a special Christmas lunch.

All locally sourced where possible and freshly prepared, the specialities include red onion tart to start followed by a rolled escalope of turkey with a cranberry stuffing. Round off the celebration with a walk around the Garden to offset the chocolate brownie for dessert!

The Christmas lunch menu is available to pre-booked groups only - please telephone the Garden Cafe direct on 01223 763425 to reserve your table. Normal Garden admission charges apply.

Credit: juliejordanscott on flickr

How languages are built
A team of Cambridge linguists has embarked on an ambitious project to identify how the languages of the world are built – from Inuit Yupik to sub-Saharan Bantu, from Navajo to Nepalese.

Credit: © Kaulitzki

Cartographers of the infectious world
Cambridge scientists, and their map-making skills, are contributing to an annual worldwide public health endeavour – the race to select a vaccine against seasonal flu.

The Heart of Greenland
24 June - 2 July 2012

Discover the fantastic mountain formations, icebergs, endemic wildlife and welcoming people of Greenland . Like no other polar destination, Greenland offers close interaction and unique cultural experiences alongside breathtaking nature.

For more information about this new trip with Hurtigruten on MS Fram, accompanied by trip scholar Professor Julian Dowdeswell (Director of SPRI), visit our website

News from Departments, Clubs and Societies

Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture will be celebrating its Centenary Year next year (1912-2012). They will be hosting a series of events during the year ranging from high profile research seminars to an end-of-year exhibition and conference. The Department will create a dedicated space on its website to announce the dates for Centenary activities.

Cambridge Judge Business School
Drawing on up-to-the-minute research and led by Cambridge Judge Business School faculty, the 2011/2012 Business Briefing programme is back for a second series, examining what continues to be a rapidly changing business environment.

Registrations are now open for Professor Peter Williamson's briefing on 'The Rise of Chinese Offshore M&A: What it Means for the Next Round of Global Competition' in London at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business on Thursday 15 December 2011. To register visit the CJBS website

To find out more about the 2011/12 series and join the business briefing mailing list visit the website


Fiji Cambridge & Oxford Alumni Group

There are currently 416 volunteer-led Alumni Groups around the world; the newest of which is the Cambridge Alumni Association of the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan

Alumni Groups around the world organise a variety of events from beer tasting to lectures and tours; to find out what your local Alumni Group has planned, see our website

As well as promoting forthcoming events, we are always keen to receive reports and photos for our Past Events section of the website. If you want to send anything in for inclusion, email

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Cambridge Union Society
In 2015 the Union Society will be 200 years old and planning is already underway to mark this significant milestone.

If you are a member of the Society (or think you might be!) and would like to know more or would like to register for a place at the first countdown to 2015 event (date tbc) please go to the Cambridge Union Society website to register an interest.


University Notices

Cambridge Student Alumni Network (CamSAN)
Do you want to be part of the University's effort to develop new and relevant events for postgraduate students & alumni, expand your network and connect with the Cambridge community? The Cambridge Student Alumni Network (CamSAN) is looking for Cambridge alumni to join our committee.

Email for more information.

CamSAN event - How to make the most of your time at Cambridge



Coming back to Cambridge ? Make sure you have your CAMCard handy! Whether it's for gift ideas or seasonal treats, your CAMCard will entitle you to discounts and special offers exclusive to alumni.

For the latest Benefits News, visit our website

Heffers' Festive CAMCard Event
Thursday 8 December

This December, Heffers Bookshop and Heffers Sound are offering alumni the chance to shop in style at a special after-hours event, exclusive to alumni.

Starting from 6.30pm, CAMCard holders will be able to browse at leisure, take advantage of additional discounts and enjoy festive refreshments. There will also be a prize draw on the night, with the chance to win selected books and a signed Quentin Blake 800 poster.

No booking necessary, just present your CAMCard on the door. For full details check our Benefits News page.


Alumni Merchandise

With the holiday season fast approaching, CARO is thinking affordable gifts! From mugs to iPhone covers, why not bring a touch of Cambridge Blue to proceedings with our exclusive alumni merchandise range?

See our website for more details.

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