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Ring True
August 2023

Greetings, Wolves!

Greetings to all alumni, friends, and supporters on this, our last Ring True of the academic year. And what a year it’s been – one of College’s most successful ever as you can read below!
The end of term is all about celebration and there is much to celebrate - from the May Bumps and Garden Parties to the annual May Ball, this is the time we gather with friends and family, welcome graduands into the alumni community, reflect on what makes Wolfson special, and look forward with positivity to the new academic year. 
As ever, if you have any ideas or suggestions, do get in touch.

Sian Cook, Director of College Networks

P.S. - We are visiting West Coast USA from 8 to 13 September, if you are in the San Francisco or LA area, please get in touch; we would love to see you! Plus, save the date for our next SE Asian trip which will be 1-10 Dec, details tbc shortly. 

College News

"The soil has started to shift": Wolfson launches new literary anthology
On Wolfson’s Foundation Day, we celebrated the launch of a new literary anthology: WolfWords
The collection features poetry, art and photographic contributions from across the Wolfson community, including students, staff, fellows, and alumni. It is centered around the theme of ‘Growth’, in honour of our 2023 Wolfson Explores theme, and attracted a diverse range of submissions, from reflections on the power of learning for communal endurance, to commentaries on the importance of kindness.

"Poetry and art are important for everyone, whether they know it or not”, explains contributor and Wolfson Senior Member, Anne Kirkman. "Wolfson has always encouraged art in many ways, and it's good to see that poetry is... Read more

Your Alumni News

Where our alumni and friends can share their news. From new babies to new jobs, let us know your latest news so that we can share it with our community!

Alumni recognised in King’s first Birthday Honours list
Four Wolfson alumni are among those recognised in the King’s first Birthday Honours list
Fouzia Younis (2011, International Relations), Serena Kennedy (2013, Applied Criminology), Gavin McKinnon (2008, Applied Criminology and Police Management), and Navleen Kaur (2000, Education with Psychology) were honoured in the list announced on 16 June 2023. 
Their selections – which are also reflective of the College’s historical strength in Criminology, Internal Relations, and Education – continue a long line of alumni recognition in the royal Birthday Honours lists, including... Read more

Alumni Publications
Congratulations to our alumni who have recently had books published!
Steve Heavens (m.1969)
Penguin Diplomacy: Brian Roberts, polar explorer, treaty maker and conservationist

Robert Davis MA MBE DL (m.1979)

Tim Ryan (m.2000)
East Grand Lake

Ann Colley (m.2010)
Coleridge and the Geometric Idiom: Walking with Euclid

Thomas Buchsbaum (m.1978)
Congratulations to Thomas who, upon his retirement after 39 years in the Austrian diplomatic service, has been awarded the 'Grand decoration of honour in silver [Commander's rank] for services rendered to the Republic of Austria'!

We always love to hear what our alumni are up to. If you have any news that you would like to share, please get in touch with Tiffany at alumni@wolfson.cam.ac.uk 

From the Development Director

Simon Crookall

Record year for Fundraising
In 2022/23, the Development Team had our most successful year in recent history, and we are grateful to all those who contributed to Wolfson during the year. In total, over £2.25 million was raised during the year, with an additional £1.7 million pledged for future payment... Read more

New Scholarships
Wolfson College and Aziz Foundation launch postgraduate scholarships for students from British Muslim communities
The initiative seeks to address the underrepresentation of British Muslims in postgraduate programmes by offering financial assistance to exceptionally talented and deserving individuals from this community to study at Wolfson College... Read more

Music News

"I may have shed a tear or two"
Looking back on a special year of music at Wolfson
Director of Music, Lyn Alcántara, reflects on an important year of music in Wolfson, which marked 30 years since she first started conducting the College choir.
"This has been an important year for me personally celebrating my thirtieth anniversary conducting the College Choir and in October I will celebrate twenty-five years as Director of Music. I was thrilled to welcome back former choir members from three decades to our Gloria! concert in March with an alumni chorus joining our current choir, accompanied by Prime Brass and alumnus organist Dr Stephen Rose, to perform Rutter’s ever-popular Gloria. The packed concert at St Mark’s Church was followed by a choir reunion dinner in college, where ninety... Read more

Sport News

Wolfson's Fran Steele captains Cambridge to Varsity football victory
It was an emphatic victory, with the Cambridge team 4-0 winners. “We are thrilled to have won,” said Fran. “After waiting a month since the original postponed match, we dominated the game and were very clinical in front of goal.  

“Every player gave it their all and I did not doubt this team's mentality or footballing ability for one minute. It was incredible to lift the trophy after... Read more

"I’m even more excited for what is yet to come" - new Boat Club captain looks to the future
Having been Cambridge’s most successful college boat club during Lent Bumps, Wolfson came into Easter term with plenty of momentum, writes the new Boat Club President Scott Wilson.

Preparation for May Bumps began before term had even commenced, via a successful training camp in nearby Earith. Most importantly, morale was high and a real togetherness of the club was evident both on and off the water. May Bumps was six weeks away, and everyone’s sights were firmly fixed on this goal – perhaps most of all... Read more

Sustainability News

Wolfson wins highest award at University sustainability awards
For the second year in a row, Wolfson College has won a Platinum Green Impact Award

Wolfson’s second consecutive Platinum award follows three previous Gold awards and an Excellence Award for the creation of the Wolfson Living Lab, which supports sustainable projects in College.

“I am so proud how the team worked hard to achieve platinum for a second year,” said Head Gardener, Oscar. “It’s a testament to all the staff and students on the team who are passionate to want to make positive changes to Wolfson. 

“We will de-brief and work towards a new year of making more changes from grassroots to upper-scale changes that will... Read more

Celebrating progress and looking towards a greener future
Wolfson’s ‘Transforming Sustainability’ conference was the perfect platform to showcase our success.

The conference brought together members of Wolfson’s international community of students, staff, Fellows, and alumni, along with attendees from across the university, to celebrate the progress in sustainability that has been made by the College over the past three years. 

With four engaging sessions to attend, Building a Resilient Community, Sustainability Research at Wolfson, Making an Impact, and Delivering Institutional Change, there was plenty to get excited about.

“We heard about award-winning innovations, such as... Read more

Upcoming events

Mexico Mixer
11 August
The Wolfson Networks Team invites you to join us for a mixer in Mexico City! The reunion will be a superb opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and meet other alumni living and working in and around Mexico City.

Wolfson in the USA
8-13 September
You are warmly invited to a meet with Wolfson’s President, Professor Jane Clarke FMedSci FRS who will be visiting the West Coast of America from 8 to 13 September 2023 to connect with Wolfson Alumni and friends. You are welcome to attend if you are a resident in the area or if you are travelling and will be in the vicinity. You can find out more and register for the events here!

Alumni Reunion Weekend
16-17 September
Join us for our annual get-together for alumni, this year celebrating Wolfson Alumni whose matriculation years end in 3 or 8! You can find out more and register for the weekend here!

What's On?

If you want to get involved, check out College’s three Interdisciplinary Hubs in Global Health, Sustainability & Conservation, and Gender. Each has its own webpages and there are events, group programs, and many ways to participate. Other activities are to be announced shortly so watch out for information about how to get involved Don't forget that you are also entitled to a range of alumni benefits!

What Can I Get Involved With?

If you want to get involved, check out College’s three Interdisciplinary Hubs in Global Health, Sustainability & Conservation, and Gender. Each has its own webpages and there are events, group programs, and many ways to participate.

With very best wishes,

Sian Cook, Tiffany Charnley, Emma Burbidge, Rosemary Fricker, Dan Scott, & Charlie Barty-King 
The Alumni Networks Team

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