Ann Duncan Memorial Fund
Dr Ann Duncan was an Oxford Graduate who taught at Exeter University until she came to Newnham in 1970 as Director of Studies in Modern Languages where she remained until her death in 1989, aged only 48. She was a modernist working in nineteenth and twentieth century French studies as well as on contemporary Latin-American literature. She earned her Cambridge doctorate from her publications, not by thesis.
She was a stimulating and demanding teacher, with a lively sense of humour; never satisfied with easy answers, pompous authoritarianism or received wisdom. Despite being paraplegic from the age of thirteen she travelled widely, never allowing her disability to limit either her freedom of movement or her independence.
The Ann Duncan Memorial Fund was set up immediately after her death with donations from her family, her students and friends. In making grants from the fund the awarders try to choose those projects which they feel would have interested Ann. Grants are awarded every two years. Applications will be invited next in 2021.
In June 2019 two awards were made:
Juliette Thomas, a 1st year MML student at Jesus College, travelled to Chile to research Chile’s public reaction to the Pinochet dictatorship, and how this is reflected in the country’s literary output during and after this time.Juliette’s report of her trip.
Details of the second award will be added once the recipient has completed their trip.
Any queries should be directed to the Principal’s Secretary, Newnham College, Cambridge CB3 9DF, (firstname.lastname@example.org).