The Girton College eNewsletter: November 2013 - featuring the latest news and events, including forthcoming reunions.
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November February
  • 5th: Law and Finance Event, London
  • 28th: MA Dinner
  • 29th: MA Congregation
  • 2nd: Girton Gardens Walk
  • 22nd: Alumni Formal Hall
  • 14th: May Bumps Marquee
  • 17th: May Week Concert
  • 20th: 2004 and 1998-2000 Reunion
  • 27th: Annual Library Lecture
  • 27th: Annual Lawrence Room Lecture
  • 27th: Annual People's Portraits Reception
  • 27th: Roll of Alumni Dinner to include reunions for years 1954, 1964, 1974 and 1979-80
  • 28th: Annual Gardens Lecture
Inspired by the needlework panels in the Reception Room, Ornamental Embroidery has created four crewel work kits.



On October 19th the College Visitor, The Rt Hon the Lady Hale of Richmond, officially opened the new wing at Ash Court: the first substantial residential development on the Girton site for over 80 years. Guests were treated to a tour of the new facility which boasts 50 en-suite bedrooms, new and refurbished fitness facilities, a landscaped courtyard and state-of-the-art energy efficient technology.
- Congratulations to those Girtonians who received recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013.
- Girtonian and Honorary Fellow Professor Dame Athene Donald (1971) is to be the first female Master of Churchill College.
- Girtonian and former Mistress, Professor Dame Marilyn Strathern, and Honorary Fellow Professor Gillian Beer have been awarded honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews.
- Girton Fellow in History, Dr Ben Griffin, has been awarded the Royal Historical Society’s prestigious Whitfield Prize for his book The Politics of Gender in Victorian Britain – Masculinity, Political Culture and the Struggle for Women’s Rights.

Girtonians continue to distinguish themselves in music, including:
- Chad Kelly (2008) who received the Shinn Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music
- Mateusz Borowiak (2006) who won two music awards at Belgium’s prestigious Piano 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition
- Nicholas Mulroy, the Director of Chapel Music, recently performed at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London. He was the Tenor Soloist, in a programme of Bach, directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
- The Chapel Choir will sing the Morning Worship for Remembrance Sunday on BBC Radio 4. This service will be broadcast live from 8.10 am - 8.50 am.

Girton musicians and the Chapel Choir perform regularly both in College and elsewhere, for further details please see the Girton College Music Society section of the website or 'Like' GCMS on Facebook.

Can you offer one of our current students work experience? Every year we reward our top student callers in the Telethon with an opportunity to gain some valuable work experience via opportunities donated by our alumni. The student would most likely be available in the summer 2014 and the offer can be any period of time you wish, in any field of work! If you feel you can help please contact Tamsin Elbourn - - in the Development Office.

Opening of the John Marks Pavilion: Thanks to the generosity of many the pavilion was completed and opened this summer.
OG vs Students Cricket: A fantastic match took place in front of the new pavilion, with the current team triumphing over the alumni for the second year running.
A new portrait of our current Mistress, Professor Susan J. Smith FBA FRSE, which the College commissioned from artist Benjamin Sullivan RP has now been completed and joins our other portraits of previous Mistresses in the Great Hall.
Girton appoints Artists in Residence: The College is delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Barnett and Sonny Sanjay Vadgama as Artists in Residence for 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively.
This September a new portrait was unveiled for the People's Portraits collection which now consists of over 50 paintings. The new addition is of Stuart Thorne: Tailor and Beekeeper by John Walton RPA.
Girtonians Joyce Wheeler (Blacker 1954) and Margaret Marrs (Lewin 1948) contribute to a short film about the development of the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC) - an early computer that transformed research at Cambridge.
Bollywood comes to Girton: Over the summer parts of the College were transformed as film makers shot a movie about Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, due to be released within a few months.
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