January 24th, 2020 News

Remembering Giulio Regeni

Remembering Giulio Regeni

Saturday 25 January 2020, marks four years since the disappearance and subsequent murder in Cairo of Giulio Regeni, a graduate student at Cambridge University and a member of Girton College. We recognise the deep pain experienced by Giulio’s family and friends, which nothing can relieve. On this day, we stand with them in continuing to call for truth and justice for Giulio and his family.

The Cambridge City and CU Amnesty groups and UCU will be holding a vigil for Giulio Regeni on Saturday 25 January 2020 at 6pm outside Great St Mary’s Church in Kings Parade, all welcome. More details can be found at

In New York, on 25 January 2020 at 12pm (EST) there will be a vigil outside the United Nations headquarters:

On 1 February 2020 Amnesty is organising a “Truth for Giulio” event in London:

Published: Friday 24 January 2020

Read moreJanuary 22nd, 2020 Girton150News

Girton150 Alumni Profiles: Chadwick Mok

Chadwick Mok

Every Girtonian in Asia may have heard of Chadwick Mok. A leading businessman, he chairs the Girton Hong Kong Committee, our local alumni/ae association. Chadwick is the Chairman and CEO of CXC Express Ltd, one of the largest and most technologically advanced local fast delivery operators in Hong Kong.  He is also the Founder and Chairman of Rich Fellows Investment Ltd, which specialises in direct investments in various industries.  After a career start in equity research analysis for what is now UBS, and then a fund manager in the Asian investment arm of America’s Prudential, he joined as board member and executive director of a Hong Kong listed company, Kingboard Chemical Holdings Limited, finally becoming Vice-Chairman and CEO of Kingboard’s subsidiary Elec & Eltek, a leading manufacturer of printed circuit boards listed in Singapore.  Upon his founding of Rich Fellows, Chadwick’s interests span financing, healthcare, and logistics.

Whilst building his career, he also met and married Catherine, with whom he has two sons, Carlos and Carson, and a daughter, Carina.  Apart from his business skills, it is Chadwick’s affability that strikes a note when you meet him.  He joined with other members of the Hong Kong committee to help shape the course of Girton’s 150th celebrations in the Asia-Pacific region last Spring.

Chadwick read Engineering at Girton between 1984 and 1987, studying Electrical and Information Systems for his Part II of the Tripos. He then expanded his CV by becoming a Chartered Accountant, gaining also an MBA in London in 1992.  He firmly believes that education played a crucial role in forging his career: ‘I have been very fortunate to be on an interesting career path’, he says. This is why he also joined ‘A Great Campaign’ as a ‘Friend’, feeling that it is important to ‘give back’ for what he personally received.

Chadwick is aware that without individual generosity it would be impossible for many applicants to come to Cambridge and be exposed to the world-class teaching and research offered by Girton and the University Departments. This comes from direct experience, having been the recipient of a then-Hong Kong government student grant, of a Cambridge Trust Award, and of a MBA’s association student loan: ‘Without financial assistance, I would not have been able to complete both my degrees’. It is with this in mind that, together with his father-in-law Patrick Chan, Chadwick has now endowed a postgraduate scholarship at Girton College. The Chan and Mok Graduate Scholarship is available to students who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, with preference to those who have studied at schools affiliated to Po Leung Kuk. The Scholarship is worth £10,000, and will be awarded annually to a student pursuing a one year course of postgraduate study in any subject at Girton to a Master’s degree. ‘I would like to help and encourage underprivileged students to apply – Chadwick says. We want to offer young people with talent the chance to pursue a rigorous education’.

Girton is very grateful to Chadwick and his family for this exceptional gift. Alongside it Chadwick is also contributing to the Girton Hong Kong Founders’ scholarship together with the other Hong Kong Committee members – Franklin Heng, Kevin Chan, Richard Mun and James Wong – and other Hong Kong based alumni/ae.

What a great way to continue the radical mission of Girton to offer an education to those previously excluded from it (whether because of gender in the nineteenth century, or because of financial constraints today). A mission, thanks also to the 2019 anniversary, that more than ever has now reached a global scale!

For more information about Girton150, please visit:

Published: 22 January 2020

Read moreJanuary 13th, 2020 Library & Archives

Library opening hours, Lent Term 2020

Full Term opening hours for Lent Term 2020 are:-

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.

Books and other items borrowed for the vacation are due back by 11pm (23:00) on Wednesday 15 January.

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 moreDecember 9th, 2019 Library & Archives

Opening hours, Christmas 2019

During the Christmas 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:

It may also be necessary to close for short periods at other times. If planning a journey specifically to use the Library, please phone ahead to check availability: 01223 338970.


The Library will close for Christmas on Friday, 20 December, reopening on Monday 6 January 2020.

The external study rooms (D33, D34, D35 and Chapel Wing Reading Room) will remain open for the weekend of 21 & 22 December.

Full Term opening hours and weekend opening recommence immediately before the start of the Lent Full Term (Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January 2020).


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 moreNovember 28th, 2019 Library & Archives

Library end of term arrangements, Michaelmas Term 2019

All items are due back by 11pm on Monday 2 December.

If this is likely to cause problems because of outstanding work, please contact the Library to make a special arrangement – tel: (3)38970 or email:


Vacation borrowing starts at 1pm on Wednesday 4 November.

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

You may borrow up to 10 items for the vacation.

No vacation borrowing is permitted until all term loans are returned and bills settled.

Vacation loans are due back by 11pm on Wednesday 15 January 2020.


Vacation opening hours:

The Library will open 10am-11pm on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December.

Thereafter, opening hours will be 9am to 5pm, weekdays only (closed weekends). However, there may be some days when it is necessary to close over lunch and we apologise for the inconvenience.

The Library and external study rooms will close for Christmas at 5pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and re-open at 9am on Monday 6 January 2020.

Full Term opening hours begin again the weekend before the Lent Full Term (11-12 January 2020).


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 moreNovember 20th, 2019 News

Girton150 Giving Week – A huge success for student support!

Giving Week Logo

During the course of a ‘Foundation Week’ (14-18 October) celebrating 150 years of pioneering higher education, Girton launched our first ever Giving Week.

In one week, the global Girton community came together to change the lives of students – our future Girton Pioneers – and drive on the great educational adventure that this College represents. Your generosity helped make this the most successful Giving Week in Oxbridge, thank you!

We had hoped that 250 donors would support the Giving Week but were stunned that over 550 supporters joined in the celebrations and raised over £150k (a serendipitous number!) to assist students in financial need.

For example support given to the student hardship and wellbeing fund means that we are able to award eight more grants each year, in perpetuity, to those who experience unexpected financial hardship during their course. Such awards offer a lifeline of support to students in need.

It was truly fantastic that we had supporters and participants in all forms – from ambassadors helping to spread the word about our fantastic College, to those who helped create the Girton150 Community Collage, and the students, staff and Fellows who came along to the Apple Day to launch the Giving Week. Thank you Girtonians and friends for your commitment and community spirit!

P.S. If you missed it, please see our ‘Girton College: 150 years on’ Giving Week film about the College here:

 Girton150 Community Collage

Girton150 Community Collage

Published: 20 November 2019

Read moreOctober 16th, 2019 Girton150News

Celebrating 150 years of pioneering higher education

Girton College, Cambridge - Cake

© Girton College, Cambridge

On 16 October 2019, Girton College, founded by leading suffragists and champions of women’s empowerment, is celebrating its 150th Anniversary.

The College opened in Hitchin in 1869 with 5 students, 4 members of staff and a Mistress. Today Girton’s friendly, vibrant community of around 1,000 people is taking a moment to pause and admire all that a radical institution founded for inclusion can achieve.

Girton was founded by Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon in 1869 in the face of fierce opposition.  They had the radical idea of creating a residential college offering university-level instruction and examination to women, on the same terms as men.

The first higher education institution of its kind in Britain, Girton was part of an unstoppable global movement to secure women’s full participation in public, political and professional life. No wonder George Eliot described it as ‘The Great Scheme’.

It is an astonishing fact that having secured the first women students, Cambridge University denied them admission to degrees for nearly 70 years, until 1948. Girton celebrates that moment – the achievement of a foundational aim – each year at the College Feast. But on the matter of inclusion it was just the start. Girton went on to take a lead by going mixed (in 1979) and has subsequently set the pace for widening participation.

Today, Girton is a permanent institution and one of the larger Cambridge Colleges, admitting students to almost every degree within the University.

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. Our goal is to create a diverse, inclusive community of graduates, undergraduates, Fellows and staff, inspired by excellence and underpinned by an ethic of care.”

Published: 16 October 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 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.

Website links:

Social media:

Hashtags: #Girton150

For more information, please contact:

Communications Officer, Hannah Sargent.
Email: tel. 01223 765834 (limited access to phone, please leave a message)

Read moreOctober 7th, 2019 Library & Archives

Library opening hours, Michaelmas Term 2019

Full Term opening hours for Michaelmas Term 2019 are:-

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.

Books and other items borrowed for the vacation are due back by 11pm (23:00) on Wednesday 9th October.

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 moreSeptember 20th, 2019 Girton150News

Simeon Barclay, 2018-19 Artist in Residence, opens end-of-year exhibition

Fellow 3 - Simeon Barclay (2018-2019)

Fellow 3 – Simeon Barclay. 2019, Archival giclee print (Framed), 80 x 60 cm

Poetic Dissonance

Poetic Dissonance is an exhibition by Simeon Barclay, which represents the culmination of his tenure as Artist in Residence 2018-2019 at Girton College.  Barclay presents a new body of work, comprising of photography which innovatively responds to the social and cultural life of the college. Throughout his year long experience as Artist in Residence, the artist has taken part and examined all aspects of College life. This exposure has given Barclay a rich perspective upon the social life, ceremonies, rituals and traditions that give Girton College it’s distinct identity.

The exhibition, located outside the Old Hall, is open to the public, admission free. Monday – Sunday, 9am – 7pm (until 28 October 2019). Visitors can pick up a free booklet from the Porters’ Lodge which includes a guide to the artworks.

The Artist in Residence scheme is, in short, part of a unique educational adventure with Girton at its centre. We are grateful to the founders and funders who have made it possible. They are Suling Mead (1975, Economics) and Ruth Whaley (1974, English): two Girton alumni whose vision and energy have, like that of the artists whose work they support, truly made a difference.

Girton’s artist residency dates from 2013. It enables early career visual artists to live and work in the College for up to a year. The hope is that their creativity will be influenced by us – by the history, geography and materiality of the site, by the Fellows, staff and students who inhabit it  – and that our thinking and practices might in turn be shaped by their presence.

All pieces in ‘Poetic Dissonance’ are for sale and the proceeds support both the Artist and the Artist in Residence scheme at Girton. Please see the free booklet for some images and price guide (available from the Porters’ Lodge). If you would like to purchase any of Simeon’s work, please contact Tamsin Elbourn-Onslow via email: or by phone: +44 (0) 1223 765 685.

You can find out more information about the Artist in Residence scheme, here.

Read moreAugust 1st, 2019 News

Girton Pre-elects New College Bursar

James Anderson

James Anderson

Girton College is pleased to announce that James Anderson has been pre-elected to succeed Debbie Lowther as Bursar – a role he will assume on 1 January 2020.

James has spent more than 20 years in senior positions in the City of London, and brings wide-ranging experience in leadership, finance and management.

The Mistress said: “James Anderson comes to us not only with first-rate financial skills but also with a passion for higher education, and an understanding of Girton’s ethos of inclusive excellence. We are delighted that he is taking on this key role at a critical juncture in Girton’s development and joining the Fellowship of the College.”

James Anderson added: “I am thrilled to be joining the Girton community and am looking forward to helping the College build on the 150-year heritage which it is celebrating this year.”

Published: 01 August 2019

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