Ring True update from the President

Greetings to all our alumni and supporters!

Well, the week we have been working towards and looking forward to, but which seemed like it would never arrive has happened! And what a fantastic week it has been.

We have seen students from 89 countries arrive here in Wolfson. They may come from across the globe, and they have many different educational experiences, but they bring with them a common excitement, sense of adventure, determination and impatience to see the new term begin.

Jane Clarke Alumni Celebration online

They were greeted by a Wolfson that looks different from that you knew in some respects:

First, there is a brand new Porters’ Lodge which was only possible because one of our alumni donated the funds to enable the “Best Porters in Cambridge” to have a new home; and we also have two grand marquees (either side of the club room) to expand our facilities in order to allow students to meet and socialise safely;  Plodge refurbishment we have table service in the bar! But, of course, some things are unchanging: The Porters are there to greet students as they arrive; the WCSA welcoming committee brings students into their community to make them feel at home; and of course, the tutorial staff and tutors are on hand to get students into their rooms and to help them get the hang of Cambridge. 

We have had to hold a number of our welcome events online, or in small groups scattered around the College, but welcome events have been held, and perhaps the small events have made it easier for me to meet and talk to more students individually than I have ever had before.  Our traditional matriculation event was held as a giant zoom ceremony and our trusty photographer will be producing a photograph by the wonders of technology, morphing all our individual photographs into one (and just as well, perhaps, because matriculation day was uncharacteristically wet!)

And so, term has begun. With lectures online but with small group teaching continuing where possible, things will look different.  Lab work may be conducted in shifts, but experiments are continuing, the library is open and buzzing; and our WolfWorks programme is full steam ahead, offering academic support programmes for students at all levels. Wolfson students are nothing if not creative. they are finding ways to meet up to work together. Our events programme will be a blended mixture of online, live-streamed and in person, meaning that wherever you in the world you can join in, you can find some way of still being part of the Wolfson community (sign up here!).

Our Wolfson alumni community (Wolfson around the World) is growing – from some who left only a couple of months ago to those who were here at Wolfson in the 1960s.  I have come to the sad conclusion that trips abroad are off for the time being.  But please keep your eye out – I hope to “visit” you often over the next few months!  We have a Celebration of Benefactors in November to look forward to and our Wolfson/ASEAN young Researchers conference is moving online in December. 

Please keep in touch with us and with others through Wolfson Connect. Send us your news.  I just can’t wait to welcome you back in person.

What's on

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Shut Up and Write

02/11/2020 at 09.45

Kick-start your week with a virtual Shut Up and Write session. These are quiet times to write in a distraction-free environment. Protect your writing time and maintain an online community with other Wolfson students. Think of it as your writing oasis!


Entrepreneurs' Society - Going global with local start-up idea: Building a team for global reach

02/11/2020 at 18.00

The Wolfson Entrepreneurs' Society organises regular events engaging the interest and meeting the needs of all who aspire to create commercial start-ups but also to explore the related field of social entrepreneurship

Humanities Society

Humanities Society - The Second World War and the Prospect of Quit India in Bengal: Perceptions, Rumours and Revolutionary Parties

03/11/2020 at 18.00

The Humanities Society organises regular talks during term time. During Michaelmas term 2020, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

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WolfWorks Plus: Stress-free referencing and bibliographies

04/11/2020 at 20.00

Confused by citations? Bamboozled by bibliographies? This sessions demonstrates how Zotero can take the frustration out of referencing.