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June 29th, 2019 Alumni & SupportersGirton150News

Girton150: An exceptional gift announcement during an exceptional celebration of the founding of a pioneering College

As over 1,000 alumni, Fellows, guests and students gather to mark 150 years of excellence and inclusion at the Girton150 Festival the Mistress, Professor Susan J. Smith, with great gratitude, is delighted to announce that the College has received one of the largest gifts in A Great Campaign. A Great Campaign was launched in 2012 with the aim of growing the endowment to secure a sustainable financial future for this unique institution where diversity and excellence go hand in hand.

Colin Tyler has donated a seven-figure gift in memory of his wife Margaret Tyler (née Hughes), who read Geography at Girton from 1953 to 1956. The gift will endow an early-career Research Fellowship in Geography that will help the incumbent establish a world-class research profile and gain significant teaching experience to form an all-important first step of their academic career. The post will be known as the Margaret Tyler Research Fellowship in Geography.

‘Girton is enormously grateful to Colin for this generous gift. The College has a rich tradition of supporting early career scholars through its Research Fellowship and post-doctoral engagement schemes. As a Geographer, I am especially thrilled to see Girton’s longstanding commitment to, and excellence in, that subject underpinned in this way. It is fitting that the first Girton Geography Research Fellowship can be announced in 2019, when not only does the College celebrate the 150th anniversary of its Foundation but the Geography Department, to which this award is linked, celebrates the Centenary of the Geography Tripos. That said, not only did Girton’s entrance exam include a compulsory Geography question from the very beginning and well into the 1890s, but a diploma was offered in the early 20th century. By the time the tripos was established Girton was ready to build Geography into one of its largest subjects. So this really is a very special gift.’ – Professor Susan J. Smith, Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge

Margaret greatly enjoyed her time at Girton and Cambridge. She once commented that ‘Being an only child I enjoyed the company of so many intelligent youngsters in my age group who came from all over Britain and abroad.’ It was during her undergraduate years that Margaret met Colin (who read Law at Emmanuel College). After graduation Margaret went on to teach Geography in Nottingham, Walsall and Solihull. Her family describe her as a vivacious person who enjoyed travelling, painting and the outdoor life. Margaret’s passion for Geography was present on every family trip and her sons, David and Richard, recall fondly her efforts to teach them about the world around them.

‘Mum thoroughly enjoyed her three years studying Geography at Cambridge in the decade after the war as better opportunities opened up for women. She was always interested in geology, geographical features of the landscape, plants and the outdoor life. In her final year, she specialized in Geomorphology. Jean Grove was her Director of Studies and supervised her Regional Essay on Ludlow. Dad and the family feel that it is very fitting that he has been able to set up this endowment in Girton’s 150th year. Richard and I are very proud of our parents’ achievement considering they both came from such humble, working class backgrounds.’ – David Tyler, son

Geography at Girton has been consistent and distinctive in its strength, vibrancy and endurance. Today, as in the past, there is a large and thriving community of undergraduates, graduates, and Fellows working together to create a lively and supportive learning environment. Both socially and academically, Girton Geographers have a tremendous sense of identity and belonging, both to the College and to the discipline.

Fellows past and present include experts in human, physical and environmental geography. The late Dr Jean Grove changed the way physical scientists understand climate change, for example, while Life Fellow Dr Roland Randall has challenged conventional wisdoms around British and Mediterranean coastal ecosystems, Dr Harriet Allen is, amongst other things, an expert on the reintroduction of the Iberian lynx into Spain, while Dr Mia Gray, is a sought-after commentator on employment and austerity. Early Career Fellows in Geography include Dr Amy Donovan, who researches the interface between the human and physical geographies of risk on volcanoes and Dr Anna Barford, whose projects on youth employment and regimes of austerity explore the intersection of economy, society and policy. Girton is, finally, the only Cambridge College to have a geographer as the Head of House. Professor Susan J. Smith’s work is centrally concerned with geographies of inequality especially as mediated by the housing system.

Geography has always been an important and prominent subject here at Girton. This exceptional gift will be game-changing in Girton’s ability to attract and support Geography students and underwrite career development in Geographical research and teaching.

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Published: 29 June 2019

Read moreJune 28th, 2019 Girton150News

GLASTONBURY’S GOT NOTHING ON GIRTON! A Festival of ideas and inspiration to mark 150 years

Girton College – the first in the UK to provide degree level instruction and examination for women – is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Over 1,000 people from all corners of the world will gather over three days to reflect on a radical history, engage in cutting edge debate, and enjoy a remarkable display of music and the arts.

Highlights include the world premiere of Jasper Dommett’s ‘Fanfare to Girton’, a keynote lecture by Britain’s top diplomat, Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce, a performance of Jessica Swale’s game changing play ‘Blue Stockings’, and a ‘march through time’ with historical re-enactment, period costume, and a Victorian band.

There are more than 90 individual events to choose from, with special guests, including Baroness Hale of Richmond, Professor Lord Martin Rees, Dr Rowan Williams, and the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, Professor Stephen Toope. There will be debates on 100 years of women in law, the future of higher education, and the challenges of ageing, and a full programme of lectures and conversations.

The online programme with the line-up of scholars, artists, musicians, magicians and more is here: https://girton150.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Girton150Festival-FinalProgramme.pdf

The Head of Girton College, the Mistress – Professor Susan J. Smith said:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the game changing role that Girton has played in the history of higher education. It is also a great moment to plan for the future of a College steeped in Excellence, Inclusion, Inspiration and Resilience.”

Published: 28 June 2019


Notes for Editors:

About Girton College

Girton College, University of Cambridge, was founded by in 1869, principally by Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon, as the first UK residential institution for the higher education of women.

Today, having been the first women’s college to become co-educational for nearly 40 years, and with an almost 50:50 gender balance, the College remains committed to the founding principle of inclusive excellence.

As Girton celebrates its 150th Anniversary, it has spent more than half that time educating brilliant women to levels of excellence comparable with, or better than those of men, but they were unfortunately not allowed to graduate until 1948. The College has therefore always set the pace on matters of equality and inclusion and continues to prioritise widening participation, alongside academic achievement and all-round personal development for students and staff alike.

Girton is one of the larger University of Cambridge Colleges, admitting students from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in almost every subject available within the University of Cambridge. There are currently about 516 undergraduates, 283 postgraduates and 136 Fellows.

Website links:

Social media:

Hashtags: #Girton150 #G150Festival

For more information, please contact:

Communications Officer, Hannah Sargent.

Email: comms@girton.cam.ac.uk tel. 01223 765834 (limited access to phone, please leave a message)

Read moreJune 25th, 2019 Library & Archives

Library opening hours, summer 2019

During the Long Vacation, Girton College Library will be open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday only (closed weekends).
However, some days may have shorter opening hours and/or be closed over lunch, depending on staff availability. A list will be posted here and kept up-to-date:-

The Library will be closed from 5.00pm on Friday 16 August until 9.00am on Monday 2 September.

It may also be necessary to close for other periods at short notice. If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, it would be worth contacting us in advance: telephone 01223 338970 or email library@girton.cam.ac.uk.

Full Term opening hours and weekend opening recommence immediately before the start of the Michaelmas Full Term (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October).

Archive and special collections:

Opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are separate; if you are planning to visit in person, please see the Arranging a visit webpage.  Thank you.

Vacation availability of external study rooms:

D33 and D35 (group study rooms) will remain available for use for study purposes only throughout the Long Vacation, with the exception of the Festival Weekend (when both rooms will be closed).
D34 (quiet study room) will remain available for use as a study room until the end of June. It will not then be available for use as a study room until the start of September.
Chapel Wing Reading Room came out of use as a study room at the end of Wednesday 12 June. It will resume use as a study room on Monday 14 October.

Read moreJune 5th, 2019 Library & Archives

Library end of term arrangements, Easter Term 2019

All loaned items are due back by 11pm on Monday 10 June:

If this is likely to cause problems because of exams or outstanding work, please contact the Library to make a special arrangement – tel: 01223 338970 or e-mail: library@girton.cam.ac.uk.

**Graduands: You will not be allowed to attend the graduation buffet if you owe money to the College or to the University. This includes the value of items that have not been returned to libraries and any unpaid library fines. You should therefore return all library loans and pay any fines by Monday 10 June. Any fines still outstanding at noon on Friday 14 June will be charged to your College bill. If items have not been returned by this time, their full replacement cost plus fines will be charged.**

 

Vacation borrowing starts at 1pm on Wednesday 12 June:

The Library will be closed that morning for final checking and tidying; if there is an URGENT reason why you must use the Library, please ring the doorbell.

You may borrow up to 10 books for the vacation. No vacation borrowing is permitted until all term books are returned, and fines paid and bills settled.

Please note that there is no borrowing from the external study rooms.

Anything borrowed for or during the vacation will due back by 11pm on Wednesday 9 October.

**We regret that graduands may not borrow from the College Library after Monday 10 June 2019.**

 

Vacation opening hours:

The Library will be open 10am–11pm on Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June.

Thereafter, the Library will be open Mondays to Fridays, 9am–5pm (closed weekends). However some days may have shorter opening hours and/or be closed over lunch, depending on staff availability.

The Library will be closed completely for a fortnight beginning Monday 19 August, re-opening on Monday 3 September.

It may also be necessary to close at other times, possibly at short notice. If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, we recommend that you phone ahead to check availability – 01223 338970.

Full Term opening hours will resume the weekend immediately before the start of the Michaelmas Full Term (Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October).

 

Vacation availability  of external study rooms:

D33 and D35 (group study rooms) will remain available for use throughout the Long Vacation.

D34 (quiet study room) will remain available for use until the end of June. It will not then be available for use until the start of September.

Chapel Wing Reading Room will come out of use as a study room at the end of Wednesday 12 June.  Any personal items left in it after that date will be treated as lost property.  It will resume use as a study room on Monday 14 October.

Archive and special collections:

Opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are separate; if you are planning to visit in person, please see the Arranging a visit webpage.  Thank you.

Read moreMay 30th, 2019 News

Come and celebrate Girton150 with us!

Girton’s 150th Anniversary celebrations are well underway having started with a fantastic gathering of minds in New York and continuing on with world-class lectures, captivating events in unique venues, sports matches and more. Five new Honorary Fellows have been elected and a new Choir CD has been launched. There is still a lot more to come, not least the Girton150 Festival, and there are many ways that you can take part wherever you are in the world.

 

Girton150 Timeline

Please visit the Girton150 website and view the fascinating timeline that provides a glimpse of the many milestones and achievements of Girton and Girtonians.

 

Your Story, Girton’s Story

An important aspect of the Anniversary is hearing from Girtonians about their experiences; whether it is about their route to Girton, their time at College, or their lives since leaving. These recollections will add a richness to the College’s records that is invaluable for telling the story of Girton. Please add your voice.

 

Into the Future

It is an exciting time and as we look to the next 150 years Girton would welcome your thoughts on what direction the College might take. What quality or characteristic of Girton would you always keep? What innovation would you make? Your thoughts will add a new voice to the strategic plans as they are developed for the next phase of this unique institution.

 

Share our news!

Tweet, share, like, love. Follow any of our social media channels (see links below) and please spread the news about Girton! Share our news stories, our social media posts, tag the College in posts about Girtonians doing wonderful things or if you’re having your own Girton gathering wherever you are! We need social media ambassadors too so get in touch if you would like to know more.

 

Join A Great Campaign

There are a many ways to support the College’s transformational fundraising campaign. Whether it is joining a Class Gift to create a much-needed bursary, supporting a vital Fellowship post or helping Girton to improve the funding options available to graduate students, a donation of any amount is appreciated. You can make a gift online, over the phone or by post and gifts can be a one off or made on a regular basis – the choice is yours. For something a little different look out for our dynamic (and fun!) Anniversary Giving Week in October.

www.girton.cam.ac.uk/alumni-supporters/give-to-girton/give-now/

 

Gifts in Wills

Remembering the College in your Will is another style of giving that is vital for the College. Since launching A Great Campaign the number of Girtonians who have notified the College of their intention to remember Girton in their Will has more than doubled. If you feel able to join this band of supporters in helping the College to deliver its world-class learning, teaching and research experience that is changing lives – please do get in touch. Girton recognises that such pledges, and any estimates of bequest amounts, are not legally binding but they help us to say thank you and find out more about the aspects of the College that are important to you.

 

Merchandise

An exciting range of merchandise is being created to celebrate the Anniversary including a book, CDs, mugs, puzzles, tote bags, prints and more. Look out for the soon-to-be-launched merchandise section of the Girton150.com website.

 

Forthcoming Events

The jam-packed Anniversary events calendar continues! From the Girton150 Festival to reunions, concerts, celebrations of Geography, marking the College’s excellence in music, and of course the Spring Ball there is much more to come. Keep an eye on the events section of our website or the Anniversary website for more details.

Read moreMay 22nd, 2019 News

Dr Carlo Acerini (1962-2019)

Carlo Acerini

The Mistress, Fellows, students and staff of Girton College mourn the loss of their colleague, friend, mentor and teacher, Dr Carlo Acerini (Official Fellow). Carlo made an immense contribution to medicine at Girton, and played an important role in the life and governance of the College. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, his patients and close colleagues at this very sad time; he will be greatly missed by us all.

Published: 22 May 2019

Read moreMay 16th, 2019 Library & Archives

Library opening hours

Weekends Library Opening Hours:

Due to popular demand, the Library will be open from 9am to 11pm on following weekends:

Sat 18 May 9am – 11pm

Sun 19 May 9am – 11pm

Sat 25 May 9am – 11pm

Sun 26 May 9am – 11pm

Sat 1 June 9am – 11pm

Sun 2 June 9am – 11pm

Sat 8 June 9am – 11pm

Sun 9 June 9am – 11pm

The external study rooms (D33, D34, D35 and Chapel Wing Reading Room) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It may also be necessary to close for other periods at short notice. If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, it would be worth contacting us in advance: telephone 01223 338970 or email library@girton.cam.ac.uk.

Archive and special collections:

Opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are separate; if you are planning to visit in person, please see the Arranging a visit webpage.  Thank you.

Read moreMay 13th, 2019 Alumni & SupportersGirton150News

Girtonians give back generously in the 150th Anniversary Easter Telethon

Telethon 2019

Over a period of three weeks in the Easter Vacation students enjoyed inspiring telephone conversations with Girton alumni from all over the world. We value the Telethon as an opportunity to stay in touch in a personal and meaningful way, and many of the callers and alumni come away from the experience with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the College’s past, present and future plans.

Thank you so much to all who contributed in cash, kind or conversation – 476 alumni made a gift raising £250,000 for Girton!

Key achievements of the Telethon included endowing an undergraduate bursary in perpetuity for a student from a financially disadvantaged background, raising funds for the Juliet Campbell Fellowship in International Studies and Graduate Research Scholarships, and raising over £70,000 for the College’s unrestricted permanent endowment which will help all aspects of College life according to need.

A very big thank you to all our alumni and supporters who took part in the Telethon; you are making all the difference by championing academic excellence in diversity.

For more information, please visit:

Published: 13 May 2019

 

Read moreApril 24th, 2019 News

The National Jane Martin Poetry Prize 2019 Winners Are Announced!

Girton College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Jane Martin Poetry Prize, a national poetry competition established in 2010 in memory of Girton alumna Jane Elizabeth Martin.

The winning poems can be found below (PDF links):

– First prize: Felicity Sheehy 
– Second prize: Oliver Newman


Felicity Sheehy grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York and has since lived in Connecticut, Corsica, and Cambridge. Her poems are featured in The New Republic, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, The Adroit Journal, Shenandoah, Southern Indiana Review, Southern Humanities Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. She has received awards and scholarships from the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, the Academy of American Poets, Narrative’s 30 Below Contest, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, Brooklyn Poets, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. She has a B.A. from Yale University and an MPhil from Cambridge University, where she studied on a Paul Mellon Fellowship.

Oliver Newman studied at the universities of Warwick and Oxford. He lives and works in Bristol.


Felicity and Oliver will be visiting the College on Thursday 25 April, along with the Judges, to attend the presentation evening and read some of their poems, which will be held in the Stanley Library from 6-7pm. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.

Published: 24 April 2019

Read moreApril 23rd, 2019 Library & Archives

Library opening hours, Easter Term, 2019

Full Term opening hours for Easter Term 2019 are:-

The external study rooms (D33, D34, D35 and Chapel Wing Reading Room) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Books and other items borrowed for the vacation are due back by 11pm (23:00) on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Current undergraduate and graduate members of the College may borrow up to 10 titles at a time, and during Full Term the loan period is 7 days.  Fines are levied for overdue items at a rate of 50 pence per day per standard loan item.

Archive and special collections:

Opening hours for the Archive and Special Collections are separate; if you are planning to visit in person, please see the Arranging a visit webpage.  Thank you.

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