The latest news from Newnham’s Fellows, alumnae, students and staff.

Marin Alsop with Newnham students and academics

First woman to conduct Last Night of the Proms becomes Honorary Fellow

One of the world’s most eminent conductors has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of Newnham College to acknowledge the exceptional contribution she has made to music. Marin Alsop, an inspiring and powerful voice in…

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Kirsty Young

‘Being gung-ho has been my friend’ – Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young on her career trajectory

The presenter of the iconic Radio 4 programme talked about providing early morning pre-interview vodka to Morrissey and what she learnt from Newnham’s Professor Dame Carol Black as she recounted her 10 years as…

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Honorary Doctorate

Principal receives Honorary Doctorate from King’s College London for her ‘distinguished’ work

The head of Newnham College received two prestigious awards from two universities in less than a week. Professor Dame Carol Black was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from King’s College London on Wednesday, October…

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School pupils visit Newnham to help make the internet less sexist on International Day of the Girl

Newnham College held a Wikipedia edit-a-thon for 45 school pupils on International Day of the Girl to help make the internet less sexist. Students travellled from across the country to Newnham, the women’s college…

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Topping Out ceremony

Newnham building project reaches Topping Out milestone

Work to create state-of-the-art student and conference facilities at Newnham College has reached an important milestone – the new building now stands at its full height of 14 metres. A traditional ‘topping-out’ ceremony was…

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Onora O'Neill

Former Principal of Newnham wins $1 million philosophy prize

Baroness Onora O’Neill has been named the winner of the 2017 Berggruen Prize, which is awarded annually to a thinker whose ideas ‘have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world’.…

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Claire Hughes

Sibling relationships can often be our most enduring close relationship – so why do we know so little about them?

Siblings have a powerful influence on each other’s development – influencing wellbeing, achievement in school and resilience – according to a pioneering 10-year study. The results of the psychological research project led by Professor…

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Mary Beard, Joyce Reynolds and Pat Easterling

Newnham academic still breaking ground at 98 as she is awarded Kenyon Medal for her research – the first time a woman has received the honour

Classicist Joyce Reynolds has been honoured by the British Academy for her services to academia. The Newnham academic was awarded the prestigious Kenyon Medal 2017 for her lifetime’s contribution to the research and study…

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Millicent Fawcett

First statue of a woman to be built in Parliament Square will be of Millicent Fawcett – co-founder of Newnham College

Leading suffragist Millicent Fawcett will be the first woman honoured with a statue in Parliament Square after a campaign which highlighted that all of the 11 statues currently located there are of men. A…

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Aliya Khalid

From an abusive marriage in Pakistan to a PhD in Cambridge – one Newnhamite’s inspiring story

Aliya Khalid is from Peshawar in North West Pakistan where she says ‘a girl is supposed to be voiceless and faceless’. She escaped from an abusive marriage after she was banned from seeing her…

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