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Hope Mirrlees and Jane Harrison

‘Forgotten’ Newnham poet to be celebrated in BBC documentary

The life and work of a Newnham alumna once described by Virginia Woolf as ‘her own heroine – capricious, exacting and very learned’ will be featured in a BBC Radio 3 programme on Sunday.…

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Cantabrigian couple leave generous legacies to their respective Colleges

The joint estate of Barbara Bain (NC 1936) and her husband Walter (Jesus College) was divided this summer after the couple decided to remember their respective Colleges in their wills. The 1936 Register that…

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Caroline Diehl and Onora O'Neill

‘Referendum was Project Fear versus Project Fantasy’ – Philosopher Onora O’Neill at London Speaker Series

Everything from American politics to the effect of social media echo chambers was covered in a lively discussion at our London Speaker Series last night. Philosopher Professor Onora O’Neill, former Principal of Newnham College,…

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Newnhamite launches NewnhamWrites project

Newnham is known for its strong literary heritage and it is now being celebrated with a series of NewnhamWrites interviews. Newnhamite author Amna Boheim (NC 1995) has launched a dedicated Q&A section on her…

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Astrophysicist Rachel Cochrane annotates book of poetry for children: ‘Watcher of the Skies’

Rachel Cochrane (NC 2010) has collaborated with editors of The Emma Press, annotating a book of children’s poetry ‘Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens’, publishing 1st October 2016. Rachel’s annotations help…

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Wall knocked down at celebratory event to mark start of building project to improve facilities

Hundreds of former Cambridge students gathered at Newnham College on Saturday to watch the ceremonial demolition of a wall which marked the start of a major building project. Alumna Philippa Moore (NC 1996) won…

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The panel at Older and Wiser

Three Heads of House join forces to share their experiences of life over 50

Three high-profile women shared a glimpse of their lives running Cambridge Colleges at a sold-out Alumni Festival weekend event at Newnham College. Professor Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham, was joined on stage by Dame…

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Dame Mary Archer, Lucy Frazer MP and Penny Hubbard

Inaugural event aimed at getting more women on public boards is sell-out success

An event at Newnham designed to attract more women into public roles was attended by over 100 people on Saturday. Lucy Frazer QC MP (NC 1991) spearheaded the free event to inspire, encourage and…

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Margaret Anstee

First woman to reach rank of under-secretary-general at UN has died

Pioneering alumna and Honorary Fellow, Dame Margaret Anstee, has died at the age of 90. Dame Margaret (NC 1944) worked for the UN for more than four decades in many different parts of the…

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Jennifer Thomson

Alumna announced as new president of organisation which supports women scientists in the developing world

A Newnhamite who champions the cause of female scientists around the world has been named as the president of an organisation which supports and unites women. Professor Jennifer Thomson (NC 1968) will lead The…

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