Trinity Term 2020
This is a start to Trinity unlike any other we can remember – but despite being spread across the world, our students, staff and academics are getting on with the business of world-class teaching and research.
We’re especially proud of all the amazing Somerville medics working to save lives and fight the coronavirus. We have been collecting stories from around the Somerville community of the inspiring ways in which they have been helping to fight the virus, and we will be publishing them as a series. You should have received the first edition of Somervillians Stepping Up, which focuses on our current students and recent alumni, from the Principal in email form. It will soon be published on our website too. For our next edition, we will be looking at the wider alumni community, and if you have stories to share about your own work please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
While the pandemic rages, we have very sadly taken the decision to cancel our programme of alumni events in College until we know it’s safe to have you back. This includes the annual Commemoration Service, although we are looking into other ways to commemorate those Somervillians who have passed away over the last year.
While the virus has changed many plans, it has also created opportunities to pioneer brand new ways of connecting our community and making Somerville more accessible than ever before. We are delighted to announce our new ‘Somerville at Home’ series. Helped by your feedback, we’ll be sharing a range of new events and content for you to enjoy and to bring our community together.
We began this week with a live broadcast from the gardens to start off our Gardens Live series. In the pipeline are podcasts and musical offerings from the Choir and Chapel; the Somerville Music Society’s Lockdown listening nights; the return of the Somerville Film Club in a new online form; and our upcoming Stay at Home talks with guest speakers hosted by the Principal. We are still finalising these offerings (and adding new ones as requested by you), so stay tuned.
We look forward to seeing you at Somerville again once everything is back to normal.
For now, our best wishes to you and your families. Stay well, and keep positive.
The Alumni and Development Team
24th April 2020
Two Somerville Fellows have helped to create a new tool which uses mobile phone data to better understand and predict the impact of the UK’s Covid-19 social distancing measures.
Our Head Gardener Sophie looks at the spring spectacle emerging in College and how a gardener works from home.
On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belsen, we look back on Dame Janet Vaughan's legacy and how it inspires us today.
Professor Louise Mycock, Somerville’s Fellow and Tutor in Linguistics, delves into the Pronoun Tag construction with the help of playwrights Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson.
Two prominent Somervillians have been elected as Honorary Fellows by the Governing Body.
In the 1930s, Somerville was one of several Oxford colleges to offer refuge to academics fleeing persecution in Germany under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime.
Fulford Junior Research Fellow Godelinde Perk examines how a story from the medieval Sister-books of Deventer can teach us about the tensions between self and community in both Alijt’s era and our own.
Tutor in Maths Renaud Lambiotte discusses his most recent breakthrough, which has shed new light on the world of hidden networks.
Somerville is to offer a new scholarship for refugees.
Distinguished jurist and Foundation Fellow Gopal Subramanium gave a lecture at Somerville in January exploring modern challenges to the rule of law.
Using X-ray crystallography, Somerville Fellow Elena Seiradake and her team have found that several key proteins act in surprising ways in developing cells.
Somerville students are making a difference around the world through the Thatcher Development Awards.
Our library and archives team are posing a 3 question quiz on our social media every Saturday morning
The Principal interviews Dame Esther Rantzen to begin a new series of lectures, talks and seminars
Invited guests discuss thought provoking questions against the backdrop of their research as part of a new series from the Chapel