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  • 18 & 19 February: Mahler Centenary Concerts
  • 24 February: Alumni Formal Hall
  • 12 March: Bach's B minor Mass
  • 13 March: Friends of the Choir Tea and Concert
  • 16 March: Law & City Finance Event
  • 26 March: MA Dinner
  • 2 April: Reunion for those who matriculated in 2001 & 1996
  • 30 April: Medics Dinner


  • 2010 Girton College Annual Review is now online - if you would prefer to receive a copy by post, do let us know.
  • Girton Register Volume III - out now!
  • Girton's Development Campaign
  • Cambridge University on iTunes U 
  •  YouTube EDU
  • The Lawrence Room open every Thursday between 2pm and 4pm.
  • The People's Portraits Exhibition open every day between 2pm and 4pm.
  • Girton Regional Associations

  •   February '11

    The eNewsletter is sent out once a term; if you have any queries or comments or would like to submit any information for consideration in the next edition please contact the Alumni Officer, Emma Cornwall


    Girtonians honoured in the New Year's honours list.

    As well as following the College on Twitter you can now follow the Mistress!

    Connections: the Britten Sinfonia programme or Cambridge Alumni
    Britten Sinfonia is performing a series of adventurous concerts at the Southbank Centre, London. The Connections programme provides the opportunity for Girtonians to join fellow university alumni at pre-concert and interval receptions hosted by orchestra's artistic team. The next concert is on Wednesday 9 February.
    The Girton Music Society is putting on a feast of music at Girton this term. A full programme is available on the College website. Friends of the College may be particularly interested in the performance of  Bach's B minor Mass. Performed by Collegium Musicum (leader: Margaret Faultless), leading choral scholars of the University & directed by Martin Ennis. Thursday 10 March in St John's College Chapel, and on Saturday 12 March in Girton College Hall. For ticket details, please email

    The 2011 Lectures Series in Cultural Economy continues on 10 May (Saskia Sassen on Beyond social exclusions: Emergent logics of expulsion) and 1 November (Cindi Katz, title to be confirmed). For further details contact

    The Girton College Jane Martin Prize for Poetry
    Girton College is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new national Prize for Poetry. The Jane Martin Prize for Poetry, which is an annual award of £1000, has been created in memory of Jane Elizabeth Martin, who was a student at the College from 1978-1981. The competition closes on 23 March and the winner will be announced in May.

    Cambridge University Press are reissuing out-of-print titles that are of continuing scholarly interest. One title of particular interest to Girtonians is The Higher Education of Women by Emily Davies (originally published in 1866) The book also contains a pamphlet, Remarks on the Education of Girls, by Bessie Rayner Parkes, and a pamphlet on the legal restraints on married women by Barbara Bodichon.

    Friends of Girton College As we begin another year, you might be interested in supporting one or more of College's Friends Groups as a Friend or Patron, if you are not already doing so. These groups support important veins of College life namely the Library, Chapel, Choir, Gardens, People's Portraits, Infidel Boat Club and the Lawrence Room. For more information, visit the website or email

    Roll Committee Elections: The position of Roll year representative for the period 2000-onwards is currently vacant.  If you would like more information about the Roll Committee activities or if you would be interested in standing for this position please do get in touch,

     College Update
    Despite the chilly weather in Michaelmas Term the College offered a warm welcome to students and their families for the second  Students and Parents Dinner. The guest speakers this year were Christina Koning, (1971) novelist and short story writer, who has reviewed extensively for the UK national press; and Dr Neil Jennings (1999), Assistant Editor for the journal 'Global Environmental Change' and environmental entrepreneur! Both provided great insight to their lives since leaving Girton. The cold snap did however prevent the annual Alumni Rugby and Football fixtures being played, despite the lack of matches there was a  great turnout for afternoon tea in the College bar  and  a lively dinner was hosted in the evening. The matches are scheduled to be replayed  on Saturday 12 March, please do get in touch if you would like more details, In December the Mistress, Prof. Susan J Smith, gave the 2010 Tanner Lectures at Clare Hall. A video of the lecture, "Care-full Markets: Miracle or Mirage?" is available to view online.

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