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Celebrating 40 years

The celebrations will run throughout the academic year 2016-17 as we explore the impact of women past and present in the Sidney community and beyond. This page will be continuously updated with information throughout the year.

Sidney Sussex Medical and Veterinary Society Triennial Dinner 2017

You are warmly invited to attend the Sidney Sussex Medical and Veterinary Society Triennial Dinner, to be held on Saturday 11 February 2017. This year our guest speaker is Dr Neha Pathak, Clinical Academic Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, recent recipient of the ‘Ultimate Game Changer’ prize at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards and Sidney alumna.  She will be discussing her lauded research in "From Madagascar to Cosmo: an unexpected academic journey". For more information click here.

40 years of women in SSBC - Alumni Dinner 2017

In 2016-17, Sidney is celebrating 40 years since the first admission of women as undergraduates. As the first women undergraduates entered Sidney Sussex College in 1976, the Boat Club similarly opened its doors to female rowers. In 1975, Sidney gained its first female cox, and women’s IVs soon after hit the water and raced in the Lent and May Bumps. 40 years on, we aim to celebrate women in the Boat Club, and in our 2017 the 180th birthday of SSBC gives us further reason to invite all Sidney rowing alumni back to College on Saturday 21st January 2017. For more information click here.

The Sidney Greats 2016-17

The Sidney Greats seminar series is designed to give the college community of students, staff and Fellows an opportunity to learn more about classic texts and foundational ideas. Founded by Fellows in English Clive Wilmer and Dr Edward Wilson-Lee in 2012, Sidney Greats has quickly grown into one of the most popular events in the academic life of the College. This year, the Sidney Greats series will focus on marking the anniversary of 40 years since the first admission of women as undergraduates in 1976:

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:00

Professor Janet Todd on Jane Austen's 'Emma'.

Thursday, 3 November 2016 18:00
Professor Dame Anne Dowling on 'Silent Aircraft?'. 
Thursday, 17 November 2016 18:00
Dr Clare Chambers on Feminist Political Philosophy.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 18:00  
Dame Fiona Reynolds on Octavia Hill. 
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 18:00
Dr Ceri Owen on Barbara Hepworth.  
Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:00   
Professor Rebecca Kilner on 'Behaviour and Evolution'.   
Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:00
Dr Anna Whitelock on Elizabeth I.

Graduate Seminars - MT 2016

The MCR hold twice-termly Graduate Seminars where current students showcase their ongoing research to a general audience of students and Fellows. In the first of these in Michaelmas 2016, the speakers are:

MANUELA DI FRANCO (2014, Italian): 
'Foreign contamination: American presence in 1930s Italian popular magazines'
TAHMIDA HUQ (2015, Graphene Technology): 
‘The role of graphene and related 2D materials in a sustainable world’

Sidney Sussex Medical and Veterinary Society

Sidney Sussex Medical and Veterinary Society, in collaboration with the 40 Years of Women at Sidney Initiative, are proud to present a talk by Mrs Scarlett McNally BSc MB BChir FRCS(Tr&Orth) MA MBA FAcadMed on one of the most prescient issues in medicine: "Women in Surgery: Bullying, Inactivity and Restoring the NHS". The talk will be held in College on Wednesday 30th November. 

Now a consultant Orthopaedic surgeon in Eastbourne, Mrs McNally qualified in 1989 from Trinity College. During her time at Cambridge she earned a Blue in Karate and is now 4th Dan black belt. She was the 9th woman elected onto the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011 and oversees Women in Surgery at the College, acting as Medical School Surgical Liaison. In addition, she has lectured about preventing bullying in Australia and has had roles at BMA, BOA, BSMS and was Trust Director of Medical Education (2008-11).

The Chorley Society

Dr Alice Evans will give the first seminar of the year to the College's geography society this Wednesday (9th November).  Dr Evans is currently researching social change and inequality. Having published on Zambia, her seminar will draw on recent fieldwork in Cambodia.

The seminar will be held at 6.15pm in the Knox Shaw Room in Sidney Sussex College